Archives for April 2011

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Canadian Club Classic 12 Year: Save it for a Rainy Day

by Jason Lightner April 27th, 2011| Spirits
So my girlfriend comes back from her trip to Canada and as luck would have it, she brought me back a nicely wrapped bottle of Canadian Club Classic! If this twelve year old blended whisky tastes as good as it looks, it may not sit on my shelf very long!

Brought to us by the same folks that brought us Canadian Club Reserve 10 Year, the 12 year ditches the subtle aromatics of oak and instead opts for vanilla and spice-- or so the label says. We'll just have to take matters into our own hands and find
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by J Frazzetta April 25th, 2011| Beer
Bottle/Tap: Bottle

There is nothing better than after a long week of work finding a six pack of imported beer waiting on your doorstep.  For a few brief seconds it was Christmas, and I tore through the box to find a familiar set of bottles looking back at me.  I am no stranger to Bohemia and I’m glad we got reacquainted.  However, this time we added another friend of mine to the mix.

For old time’s sake I had to have at least one of these beers unadulterated.  Pouring it in a glass I found the golden color inviting and that
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Gotham City

by Jared April 22nd, 2011| Crafty Bartender
Hi, everyone.

Thank you for joining me for this month's cocktail.  I have recently been experimenting with port and some of its possibilities for mixing.  I enjoy a nice glass of ruby or tawny port during a cold winter night or after dinner.  However, outside of a Portonic I never really did much with it during the spring and summer months.... until now.

The cocktail I would like to share with you is a cross between a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned and is a fantastic sipper with subtle complexity and sophisticated masculinity.  I call this cocktail Gotham City for its dark
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Cruzan Single Barrel Rum: “But Why’s the Rum Gone?”

by Jason Lightner April 20th, 2011| Spirits
It's that time again! The weather has finally broken here in Baltimore, and it's time for some good music and good drinks. Let's do this like Buddhists.

The second of two bottles sent to me by Cruzan Rum, Cruzan Single Barrel Rum appears to be something special. It's dark amber hue from its time spent aging in white oak delights the senses, especially once it's in a glass with some ice and accompanied by some Deep Purple.

As I've already made evident, I'm not a big rum fan. I am, however, a fan of good spirits in general.
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Magic Hat, Demo IPA

by J Frazzetta April 18th, 2011| Beer
Bottle/Tap: Bottle

Another indication that spring has arrived: I’ll be drinking more IPAs and enjoying every second.  I will admit that it has taken me a long time to warm up to these illustrious beers, and I seem to enjoy them most in the spring time.  Roaming the aisles of the local grocery store I was pleased to see that Magic Hat is rolling out some new IPA’s this year in each of their variety packs, one different IPA for each season.  I picked up the spring case and found a few bottles of this IPA waiting for me.

As I
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The Blushing Bride

by Michele April 13th, 2011| Cocktails, Martinis
In case you haven't heard, there is a royal wedding later this month.  From the amount of media attention the pending nuptials of Price William and Kate Middleton have received, it seems like there will be a large audience around the world.  When planning a viewing event, it is important to include delicious food and drinks in the menu.  While nothing says wedding quite like a flute of Champagne, it can be fun to make cocktails for the event.

To assist with your planning, we have a recipe created by Tanqueray Global Brand Ambassador Angus Winchester.  Using the bridal theme of 
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Weihenstephaner, Vitus

by J Frazzetta April 11th, 2011| Beer
Bottle/Tap: Bottle, pint +9

It must be spring, since the wheat beers are starting to sprout up at most markets.  I’m always a fan of any kind of wheat beer, be it filtered or not, and what better way to start April than a bottle of weizenbock.  This traditional German brew is a strong wheat-based beer, and I was pleased to crack it open on a ‘warm’ (40 degrees, WTF?) New Hampshire evening.

The aroma almost reminded me of a Stella Artois, but it tasted much better.  With a solid golden color there was a massive amount of head brimming
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Domaine Costa Lazaridi

by Michele April 8th, 2011| Wine
Attending the Boston Wine Expo, I am fortunate to meet many interesting winemakers from near and far.  One of the wineries of note was Domaine Costa Lazaridi, which is located in Greece.  While visiting their booth, I was able to sample their Amethystos Red and Domaine Costa Lazaridi Syrah.  Both of these reds were delicious and had a great depth of flavor.

After speaking with Chrissa Giatra, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, at the Expo, I discovered that Domaine Costa Lazaridi was more than just a winery.  In addition to a vineyard and winery, they also have a reception area
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Herradura Bloody Maria

by Michele April 6th, 2011| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
Do you have plans for brunch in the near future?  If so, there's no need to make a reservation when you can make a perfectly delightful brunch at home.  And what goes better with brunch than a Bloody Mary?  Of course, you want to serve a drink that is memorable, which is where this recipe will be quite handy.

The Herradura Bloody Maria isn't your typical Bloody Mary.  First of all, there are special ice cubes for this drink.  Yes, you read that correctly, ice cubes.  Made with jalapeños and cilantro, they offer more flavor to this drink.  Second, instead of
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Clown Shoes, Clementine Ale

by J Frazzetta April 4th, 2011| Beer
Bottle/Tap: Bottle, pint +6

As I write this review, there is snow falling outside my window.  The date is April 1st, and this is the worst joke Mother Nature could play on New England.  Well, snow be damned, I’m through with drinking dark beers, so here is an interesting brew from a brewer that is new to me.  Whenever someone I know has used the term ‘clown shoes’ I am reminded of the definition from Urban Dictionary.  I must say, I find this beer to be quite the opposite, and I’ll have to keep my eyes open for other
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