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Patriotic Cocktail #2

by Michele June 13th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
patriotic cocktail 2So, if Patriotic Cocktail #1 was red (kind of), then Patriotic Cocktail #2 must be. . . blue!  And living a five-minute walk from a blueberry farm, it is quite obvious what would be the main ingredient in this cocktail.  Of course, blueberries aren't in season here right now, but I still have berries frozen from last year's picking.  Of course, if you don't have local berries available, you definitely can use fresh or frozen berries from your store.

Originally, when I planned this cocktail I figured I would rim it with red decorating sugar, making it a mirror image
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Svedka Mango Pineapple Vodka

by TK June 10th, 2014| Spirits
IMG_20140601_185912_918When 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, I don't live in my fantasy land, but anytime I get to visit I consider it a great win.

This weekend, I had the chance to try Svedka Mango Pineapple Vodka.  This beverage consumption was an attempt to gain transport to my make believe island life.

As I poured the vodka out
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UV Sriracha Vodka

by TK June 3rd, 2014| Spirits
RS315_UV_logo_mainThe entire world has fallen in love with  sriracha pepper sauce.  Historically, sriracha pepper sauce is made of chili peppers, salt, sugar, and vinegar and heavily used in the cuisine of southeast Asia. But over the last 10 years, it has invaded the American palate and makes its way into everything from fast food breakfast offerings to ice cream.   As a lover of all things spicy, my latest visit to the local liquor store found something that caught my eye, UV Sriracha Vodka.

The bright red bottle was like a siren to me, pulling me in and demanding that
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Maple Cream Dream

by Michele May 30th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
file0001240818910We're all familiar with the White Russian, aren't we?  In my early 20s, both the White Russian and Sombrero were go-to drinks.  I know my early 20s were full of clichés.  However, at that point in time I found them to be tasty.  Since then my palate has changed immensely.  In fact, I can't think of the last time I ordered either of those drinks.

So, it is a little surprising that the cocktail recipe I share this week is reminiscent of the White Russian.  Sometimes, though, you find that a little bit of a throwback can be a good
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Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka

by Editorial Team May 6th, 2014| Spirits
cinnabon_vodkaYou 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 of some interesting spirit.  As I was waiting in line to purchase these nips, I noticed a display of assorted nips that were only 99 cents.  The Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka caught my eye.  I had no idea what I would do with it but figured for a dollar it could
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Rubinoff Vodka

by Jason Lightner February 25th, 2014| Spirits
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd so it goes. There's the good company you drink the good stuff with, and there's the bad company you drink the bad stuff with. Oftentimes the only consequence of either is a headache and a slight aversion to light, especially during one's first few waking hours. Hopefully, my fair reader, you're imbibing the good stuff more often than not, but lest you run astray, I am here to keep you on the straight and narrow.

As a simple, neutral grain spirit, vodka has the distinct honor of being the one spirit that every two-bit distiller in the world
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Long Island Iced Tea

by Brendan G February 21st, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
ice teaThe Long Island Iced Tea has always been a favorite of patrons wherever I have worked. First for the fact that it is a tasty drink when made properly. The second thing that makes it so popular is that it packs quite a punch. You definitely want to keep track of how many of these you order, because they will sneak up on you.

The L.I.T., as it is commonly called, looks like a non-alcoholic iced tea, but contains five alcohol ingredients and a small amount of mixer, making it perhaps the strongest mixed drink one could order. The makeup
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Kamikaze

by Brendan G February 14th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
kamikazeThe Kamikaze is a popular citrus flavored cocktail that can be served in a variety of ways, either as a cocktail, a shot, or on the rocks. Similar to both the Margarita and Daiquiri, the Kamikaze uses lime juice as its main flavor component. Vodka is the primary alcohol in this drink, making it a nice option for those who would like to try a Margarita, but don't like tequila.

One of the interesting things about the Kamikaze is the different twists you can put on it. This cocktail is ideal for flavored vodkas. When someone orders a Kamikaze from
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CîROC Amaretto Vodka

by Jason Lightner January 14th, 2014| Spirits
CirocAfter a blisteringly unsavory week in the City of Brotherly Love, wherein wintery temperatures dipped down to below 0 degrees fahrenheit, and we watched the Schuylkill River freeze over alongside the iconic boathouses of John B. Kelly Drive, we're ready to put some warmth back into our bodies. Let us proceed in a manner fit for the dead of winter — with the pleasant burn of a premium vodka.

I approached CÎROC Amaretto Vodka with skepticism. Call it a habit, but that's just the way it goes with me and flavored vodka. Burnett's, Smirnoff, Absolut, Three Olives, Stolichnaya
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Bay Breeze

by Brendan G January 10th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
baybreezeThe Bay Breeze has always been one of my go-to cocktails. Simple and basic. It never fails, on a nightly basis there's a number of customers who don't know what they want to drink. They'll say “What do you like?”, “Give me something fruity or sweet”, or “Surprise me”. Then I pause, look around at the bottles (as if for inspiration), then start to make my go-to cocktail.

When I first started bartending I was taught a way of remembering the difference between a Bay Breeze and a Sea Breeze. A fellow bartender once told me his memory trick. “A
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Bloody Mary Brunch

by Brendan G January 9th, 2014| Ask the Bartender
party barWe are hosting a brunch, and I want to provide a Bloody Mary bar for our guests.  Besides providing celery and green olives, what other garnishes would be interesting additions?

The options for an interesting and unique Bloody Mary bar are quite numerous. First with the standard ingredients, there are many choices. Don't limit yourself to just options for the garnishes. Flavored vodkas like citrus, pepper, and bacon are readily available. Also instead of using regular tomato juice or Bloody Mary mix, you can have V-8 or Clamato juices for a change of pace. Offering different type of hot sauces
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Penn 1681 Rye Vodka

by Jason Lightner December 24th, 2013| Spirits
ryeAs a fan of traditional craftsmanship and a fan of locally-made products, it's sometimes a challenge for me to accept that the two are not always mutually exclusive.

When it comes to vodka, I like it Polish if possible. It's not that there's anything inherently wrong with vodka produced anywhere else, it's just that vodka was born in Poland and these guys know enough about producing vodka to not screw it up.

Try as I might, I can't think of a single thing that comes from Pennsylvania that I prefer. I was going to say cheesesteaks, but that's more centralized in
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