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An innovative spirit, made with a unique blend of top-shelf vodka, pineapple, coconut and Moscato, SMOKE® Liqueur blends two of the most popular trends in the spirits industry today – Ready-To-Drink cocktails and Moscato, the fastest growing wine category in the United States. Combining the finest ingredients, this extraordinary liqueur has a rich heritage fusing influences from around the world.

Packaged in a striking white, frosted champagne bottle, SMOKE is the hottest new product to hit the market, already becoming the life of the party at high-profile events around New York City. Whether mixed into a delicious cocktail or served over ice, this spirit is rich and smooth with an attractive, vibrant and flavorful profile.

SMOKE brand spokesperson, Zev Norotsky, remarked, “SMOKE is poised to quickly become a spirits leader because of its taste, packaging and innovation.  It will thrive from its premium positioning as a lifestyle brand and as a product that celebrates luxury and status.  SMOKE was born from a deep understanding of the rich cultural narratives that influence our lives from the streets to the suites and beyond, which is evident in our ability to combine two popular consumer favorites into one sophisticated ready-to-drink cocktail.”

The trend of ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails is showing no signs of slowing down.  Pre-mixed bottled cocktails represent about 55% of the overall ready-to-serve category, making up approximately $1.2 billion of the total market share. US Sales of Moscato jumped a whopping 70 percent between 2011 and 2012 and millenials make up 46% of Moscato drinkers. Perfectly aligning the two most popular categories in spirits, SMOKE is a sexy blend of premium ingredients, perfect for day and nighttime drinking occasions.

Distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits, SMOKE is 26% alcohol by volume (60 proof) and is available in 750 ml ($29.99 SRP) and 50ml sizes. Hitting high-profile bars/restaurants and retail stores in the tri-state area this month, the launch will include a national multi-media campaign spearheaded by celebrity affiliations and product seeding, as well as social media, brand collaborations, and on/off-premise activations and events.

ABOUT SMOKE® LIQUEUR
SMOKE® Liqueur is a ready-to-drink premium cocktail made with a unique blend of top-shelf vodka, coconut, pineapple and Moscato. Its familiar flavor profile resonates well with consumers all over the world – causing it to light up retail and nightlife.  SMOKE launched in New York where it is distributed exclusively by Southern Wine & Spirits and is expanding to additional states this fall.  For more information visit: www.smokedrinks.com