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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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Chilling in the Great Outdoors

by Gary Hays June 9th, 2015| Well-Stocked Bar
Ah! Summertime! The great outdoors. The pool water has once again been restored to a translucent sparkle, the barbecue grill has been scraped and cleaned, now, bring on the heat, and bring on the many friends who will be swinging by for a cool dip, and whatever you’ve got
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Johnnie Walker Double Black Label

by Jason Lightner November 4th, 2014| Spirits
Johnnie Walker Black Label has become perhaps the quintessential Scotch whisky — a mainstay in bars and restaurants all across the world, from the most low-brow of establishments to the most upscale of destinations. It's everywhere, it's well liked, and for good reason. Johnnie Walker Black Label is a

Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon Liqueur

by Jason Lightner October 28th, 2014| Spirits
There's something to be said for gimmicky spirits and liqueurs — from the various flavored vodkas and whiskies which have cropped up over the years, to the incredible depth of the catalog of schnapps and infusions adorning the cordials aisle at my local liquor store — all of these
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Ice Surge, Tropical Freeze

by Jason Lightner October 21st, 2014| Spirits
Out and about two nights ago, my wife and I stopped by a neighborhood bar to enjoy some comfort food and drinks while awaiting the results of the preliminary matches of the annual U.S. Open Squash Championship here in sunny Philadelphia. The bar was noisy, with many patrons

Seagrams VO: Not A Lot to Say

by TK September 30th, 2014| Spirits
North American whiskey is about as hot as a spirit can be right now.    Commercials running on every television outlet, print ads in mainstream print media, and lots of celebrity spokespeople all have contributed to unprecedented volume hitting the market.  Canadian whiskey has had its fair share of that

Jose Cuervo Cinge: Get Ready for A Surprise

by TK September 23rd, 2014| Spirits
Ok, be honest here for a second, you have never even had a passing thought that tequila and cinnamon should go together in into your mouth at the same time.  These two flavors are not things that are deeply rooted together in the culinary or libation lexicon.  Everyone is

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

by TK September 16th, 2014| Spirits
The American whiskey sales explosion has shown no sign of slowing down.  There are new distilleries and new brands hitting the market every month.  The global markets can't get enough of the oak flavor that comes with most American whiskeys.  So with all of this expansion it is always
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