Recipe: Jungle Witch

Here’s another fun cocktail featured in Garden & Gun, by way of Chattanooga’s Unknown Caller. The Jungle Witch is a spin on the Jungle Bird, and while it will require a bit of prep on your end, the end result is worth it. The secret is found in infusing Campari with pineapple, an idea which…

Book Review: Drinks for Every Season

This book is not for professional mixologists, advanced hobbyists, or anyone having basic cocktail skills already under their belt. It’s not for anyone who attends Tales of the Cocktail or needs a trip to specialty markets to pick up some obscure ingredient. What this book does do is provide absolute beginners and novices an opportunity…

Review: The Macallan A Night on Earth in Scotland

Macallan’s A Night on Earth in Scotland isn’t intended (necessarily) for you to buy it and drink it. It’s supposed to be a gift, a celebratory bottling that’s part of a new limited edition gifting series that celebrates the New Year. Elaborately packaged and full of surprises, the bottling is as much fun to open…

Review: OG de Négoce 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Pack 2021

We’ve covered de Négoce (“day nuh-go-shay”) in recent installments: a Fall 2021 overview and recently the 2021 Holiday Party Pack Sampler. This time we look at a 12 Days of Christmas sampler pack: a behemoth dozen bottles of various West Coast wines carefully selected by wine negociant Cameron Hughes. Unlike the Holiday Party Pack Sampler,…

Review: Paul John Christmas Edition 2021

Paul John’s Christmas Edition 2021 is upon us, an exotic peated single malt whisky produced in Goa, India, aged in ex-bourbon barrels and “finished in a mélange of Port and Madeira casks.” As always, the whisky is made from six-row barley instead of the more typical two-row, non chill-filtered and with no added colors or…

Review: Simi 2019 Pinot Noir and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma’s Simi bottles a range of whites and reds, sourced from vineyards throughout Sonoma County. Here’s a look at two of the winery’s more widely available bottlings. 2019 Simi Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Instantly weird — though not corked — and hard to shake. Notes of mint chip ice cream, strawberry soda, and…

Review: Casa Noble Reposado Tequila (2021)

The iconic, squat, Gaudi-esque bottle is out. In its place, a more traditional — but still striking — taller decanter, as Casa Noble relaunches its brand. And what’s inside the bottles has also changed: The new liquid being “more refined” and “reimagined,” though the tequila remains 100% blue agave and CCOF Certified Organic. We received…

Book Review: Wines and Vineyards of Burgundy

Everyone wine lover needs one shelf full of thick books about wine, and fans of France’s best region — depending on who you ask — won’t do much better than Camillo Favaro and Giampaolo Gravina’s Wines and Vineyards of Burgundy on that front. This dense and extensive tome — over 500 pages in length — is…