Archives for May 2011

It May Taste Like Almonds, but it’s Not Cyanide

by Jason Lightner May 31st, 2011| Spirits
I've got some more tequila to sample for you fine folks, but I'm going to give the agave plant a rest this week and, instead, turn my attention to amaretto. "But wait!" you say, "amaretto is a liqueur, not a liquor." Well, yes, but the way I see

Red Hook, Mudslinger

by J Frazzetta May 30th, 2011| Beer
Bottle/Tap: Bottle

Now that the political motives of this country are in full swing, I thought it would be fitting to celebrate with a beer that foreshadows the next 18 months: Mudslinger.  This term was first used around 1890; if you are a political figure that uses offensive terms when

Layer Cake Shiraz

by Dennis Mayer May 27th, 2011| Red Wine, Wine
Layer Cake might seem like a strange name for a wine. (Is it a flavored wine? Is it some sort of heavy-handed branding?) In this case, Australian winemaker Jayson Woodbridge attributes the name to his grandfather (and winemaking mentor), who would describe his vineyard's soil as a complex layer

O3 Margarita

by Michele May 26th, 2011| Cocktails, Margaritas
A few weeks ago, I was offered a sample of O3 from DeKuyper.  Marketed as a premium orange liqueur made from the rind, pulp, and juice of Brazilian Pera oranges, it sounded quite tasty.  Between the fine description and my enjoyment of homemade margaritas, how could I resist such

Corzo Tequila Reposado: My, How Times Have Changed

by Jason Lightner May 25th, 2011| Spirits
Oh man, what did I do last night? I can't remember anything... Well, I remember talking to that girl about the difference between high fructose corn syrup and sugar... I also remember running up seven flights of stairs in the parking garage, but the rest of it is just

Nobilo Regional Collection Pinot Noir

by Shannon Cyr May 24th, 2011| Red Wine, Wine
Wine Category: Red
Type of Wine: Pinot Noir
Producer: Nobilo
Wine Name: Regional Collection
Vintage: 2008
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Alcohol: 13%
Average Price per Bottle:

Narragansett, Summer Ale

by J Frazzetta May 23rd, 2011| Beer
Bottle/Tap: 16oz Can

All you have to do is look out a window and see the seasons change in New England.  That used to be how I would gauge the change in climate, I have a new method now.  When I see a box on my doorstep from the folks

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel

by Shannon Cyr May 20th, 2011| Wine
Wine Category: Red
Type of Wine: Zinfandel
Producer: Ravenswood
Wine Name: Lodi Old Vine
Vintage: 2008
Region: California
Grape Blend: 77% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Syrah

Tom Collins – The Old-Fashioned Way

by Dennis Mayer May 18th, 2011| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks, Sparkling
One of the only moments that's stuck with me from The Great Gatsby was a morning-after scene, in which the characters watch the house staff cart away giant mounds of squeezed-up fruit that had been used the night before. Fitzgerald wanted the fruit to symbolize how much the

Asyla Is Sanctuary in a Bottle

by Jason Lightner May 17th, 2011| Spirits
Hey guys! Guess what! It's time for some Scotch!

I know – it's been a good two months rest, and it's well overdue, so we're kicking into high gear to sample a lovely Scotch whisky from our friends at Compass Box Whisky (Flash required). After checking out

Weihenstephaner, Kristall Weissbier

by J Frazzetta May 16th, 2011| Beer
Bottle/Tap: Bottle

As some of you know I am no stranger to Weihenstephaner, and I find their beers to be quite refreshing.  I have been known to take recommendations, however; when a friend hands you a bottle and tells you that this beer is something you’d like, well, you

The Smarty Jones

by Jared May 11th, 2011| Crafty Bartender
Hi  everyone,

After a fabulous Kentucky Derby weekend, it seems the ideal time to create a cocktail that will keep the spirit of the derby alive for months to come.  With the combination of Maker's Mark (the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby) and fresh fruit, one can't helped but
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