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Gin & Lemon

by Michele May 16th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
In New Hampshire it was a long winter, which has been followed by a chilly, rainy spring.  So, although it is the beginning of May, there haven't been many opportunities to embrace the return of spring.  So, although we're watching baseball games and getting our yards ready for summer,

Benjamin Prichard’s Single Malt Whiskey

by TK May 13th, 2014| Spirits
When one hears the term "single malt" the mind instantly travels to the rolling green hills of Ireland and the classic Irish whiskeys.  But on this fine weekend, I am here to review an American single malt, Benjamin Prichard's Single Malt Whiskey.  Barreled, aged, and bottled in Tennessee, this
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20th Century Cocktail

by Joe Shotkus May 9th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
The 20th Century; now here is a classic with a divine combination of quinine, lemon and chocolate that come together subtly to provide a drink with a dense palate and a rare color in modern cocktails, a hazy, almost smog-like brown. Named after the 20th Century Limited train, this

Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka

by Editorial Team May 6th, 2014| Spirits
You might be wondering how I came to be in possession of a vodka that is cinnamon roll flavored.  It's quite simple really.  We were going to hold a multi-aged egg hunt at our house on Easter. I decided that each adult should have one egg with a nip
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Sloe Gin Fizz

by Joe Shotkus May 2nd, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
This week I want to look at one of my favorite warm weather drinks, the sloe gin fizz. It's a very simple drink you can take a long way with proper ingredients. The base is sloe gin, a sloe-infused gin concoction from over the pond. Sloe is a relative
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Hennessy VS Cognac

by Joe Shotkus April 29th, 2014| Spirits
Awhile back I did a review on a pretty well known cognac, Remy Martin VSOP. To continue  the series I jokingly refer to as "Joe's review of the same eight bottles sitting in his windowsill" is Hennessy VS. I was given this particular bottle by a house

The Colony Cocktail

by Joe Shotkus April 25th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
There are a lot of julep recipes out there, and I intend to try all of them. The julep is my favorite cocktail of all time, so I've had plenty of time to experiment with different ways to enjoy them. Right now at the bar I work at, we
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Dubonnet Rouge

by Joe Shotkus April 22nd, 2014| Spirits

I had fun the other week reviewing a vermouth, so today I am looking at one of my favorite fortified drinks, Dubonnet Rouge. Dubonnet is drunk like vermouth, an aromatized fortified wine, but contains quinine and herbs, making it quinquina. Similarly to vermouth, fermentation is cut off early by


Remy Martin VSOP

by Joe Shotkus April 15th, 2014| Spirits
Brandy in America has so many odd associations. Cognac has typically been associated with the upper class, and I guess who can blame it. For a brandy to be considered cognac it has to abide by an incredibly stringent set of laws, be aged in wood I can imagine
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Bee’s Knees Cocktail

by Joe Shotkus April 11th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
Today's cocktail feature is a classic inspired by honey, the Bee's Knees. This is an incredibly simple cocktail, a true sour in three parts: Gin, lemon and honey. With all sours, I always suggest you squeeze your own juice or move on. It really does make that big of
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R.L. Seale’s 10 Year Old Rum

by Joe Shotkus April 8th, 2014| Spirits
R.L. Seale's rum is malty. It's a big, dark aged rum weighing in at 86 proof. I love dark rum, especially when you can taste the sugar that it was distilled from. It's like having an understanding of the region from which it is derived. So few alcohols give
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by Joe Shotkus April 4th, 2014| Cocktails, Martinis
Similar in many ways to a Negroni, the Boulevardier is a drink rapidly growing in popularity in cocktail bars and restaurants around the U.S. It has equal portions and is a very simple cocktail by design, but depending on the ingredients used, can be such a different cocktail. I've
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