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Knob Creek Bourbon

by TK June 24th, 2014| Spirits
The American whiskey industry is exploding with growth.  More and more small batch whiskeys are coming onto the market and the volume being produced is also geometrically progressing.  In the American whiskey realm, the undisputed king is bourbon and within this regal realm many small batch offerings
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Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka

by TK June 17th, 2014| Spirits
In my dream world, I wake in the morning, stroll on the beach, hear the waves mesmerize me, and I return to my ocean front condo for a breakfast.   That breakfast has already been laid out by my butler.  A Thomas's English muffin that is toasted and buttered, black
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Svedka Mango Pineapple Vodka

by TK June 10th, 2014| Spirits
When life is particularly challenging, I dream of moving to a place where I walk to the beach and spend my day snorkeling and surfing.  My diet in this fantasy land consists of steamed crab, the occasional fresh grilled fish, and a never ending string of pina coladas.  Sadly,
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Grand Marnier 150

by TK May 27th, 2014| Spirits
Most of us like the taste of opulence.  It is why we watch celebrities and marvel at their lifestyles.  The economics dictate that most of us do not get to experience many forms of this grand life style.   But on rare occasions, we get to taste it and see
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Jack Daniels Winter Jack Tennessee Cider

by TK May 20th, 2014| Spirits
In the Northeast, winter has finally released its stranglehold on our dear citizens.  The cold, snowy weather seemingly never ended this year.  But as spring steps to the stage and summer is on the horizon it is time to review one last winter liquor, Jack Daniels Winter Jack Tennessee
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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,
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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
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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
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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

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