Archives for Spirits


Ilegal Mezcal Reposado

by Jason Lightner November 19th, 2015| Spirits
While imbibing and engaging in witty banter at a new local favorite of mine, an opportunity arose which I couldn't possibly afford to pass up. We've taken a look at both Ilegal Mezcal Joven and Ilegal Mezcal Añejo, but we hadn't yet had the chance to try

Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila Silver

by Jason Lightner November 12th, 2015| Spirits
There are times when one has to choose between doing what's expected, and doing what's needed. Sometimes that choice can be difficult. Oftentimes that choice can be painful. In nearly every instance, making the choice between what's expected and what is needed, is what makes us who we are.

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Don Julio Añejo

by Jason Lightner November 5th, 2015| Spirits
It's a scary thought, and I'm afraid to admit it, but I think I might have a new favorite spirit on my hands. Tequila has handily and decisively taken over the liquor cabinet, leaving scotch in the dust as I haven't touched a dram in what seems like an
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As It Relates to Liquor and Cheesesteaks

by Jason Lightner October 29th, 2015| Spirits
Just a few short moments ago I returned from a trip to one of my favorite spots in which to grab a cheesesteak in sunny Philadelphia — Chubby's Steaks on Henry Avenue. I couldn't even count the number of times I've visited this location; their steaks are cooked
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Three Olives Whipped Cream Vodka

by Jason Lightner October 22nd, 2015| Spirits
As a brand synonymous with the Martini, Three Olives has gained a reputation for producing a reliable vodka with a great flavor, and deservedly so — their original offering is one of my go-to spirits for a vodka Martini whenever I find myself in an unfamiliar bar, which is
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Fruit Cocktail

by Brendan G October 15th, 2015| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
Over the past few years, there has been an explosion in the flavored vodka market. The first brand I recall doing flavors was Absolut. Their Citron vodka has been a mainstream ingredient for at least 20 years. Stolichnaya was the next major brand to expand their product line by
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Pumpkin Pie Martini

by Brendan G October 8th, 2015| Cocktails, Martinis
Fall is here once again and the one flavor that immediately comes to mind when the leaves start changing colors, is pumpkin. It seems everyone catches pumpkin fever, from pumpkin flavored coffees to pumpkin beers, to actual pumpkin itself. Now is the time to come up with some creative
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After Shock Hot Cinnamon

by Jason Lightner October 1st, 2015| Spirits
To continue the trend of dubious liqueurs, I'd like to deviate slightly from Dekuyper's famous Pucker line of products and, instead, touch on a seldom-summoned little bit of alcoholic danger called After Shock (October 1995 link courtesy of the Internet Archive's WayBack Machine). A cinnamon-flavored liqueur, the original Hot

Ilegal Mezcal Añejo

by Jason Lightner September 24th, 2015| Spirits
Mexico is home to many an incredible and interesting beverage. From the delicious beers like Noche Buena, Modelo, and the various craft brews that have sprung up recently, to delicious and refreshing tequilas like El Jimador, Patrón, and Milagro, the country carries a storied history of exquisite drinks. Off the
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by Dennis Mayer September 17th, 2015| Cocktails
Today's drink is one that we can only enjoy in its original formulation thanks to history-minded bartenders' insistence on the preservation and recreation of classic cocktails with classic liqueurs. The Aviation, basically a variant on a gin sour, depends on a little-known liqueur called
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3 Amazing Distilleries to Visit in Shanghai

by Marnie Bii July 16th, 2015| Bar Destination
As a large port town and industrial center, the city of Shanghai is a vision of productivity. Within this region, you will find a wide range of manufacturing venues, including iconic distilleries. The distilleries use traditional production techniques in a modern venue. You can visit the distilleries and pick
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Spirits to Try Near Dublin

by Charles Wangersky June 12th, 2015| Destination, Destination Brewery
This article normally would concern itself with wines to try near Dublin, that being this month's destination, but we very quickly run into difficulties. The land does not lend itself well to vines, with only one active producer at this point, Lusca, producing a cuvee and a
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