Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

Classic Recipe: Mint Julep

By Christopher Null | May 3, 2008 |

Today is Derby day, and while I’m leaning towards bets on Big Brown, Pyro, and Court Vision in Kentucky’s Run for the Roses, I’m more preoccupied with preparations for Mint Juleps, which are one of the few hard liquor beverages (aside from breakfast junk like Bloody Marys and Mimosas) that are acceptable to drink before…

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Review: Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

By Christopher Null | May 2, 2008 |

Ginger is one of the hottest flavors in cocktails right now, and it’s only fitting that someone has put the essence of ginger into a liqueur. Domaine de Canton is the real deal: Baby ginger steeped in cognac, bottled at 56 proof, and coming together as a spicy and flavorful monster of a liqueur that…

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Review: Reserva del Señor Almendrado

By Christopher Null | May 1, 2008 |

Mexico’s answer to Amaretto (and no, I didn’t know there was a challenge that needed answering either) is Almendrado, a tequila-based liqueur flavored strongly with almonds and bottled at 60 proof. If you’re the type of person who can handle Amaretto on the rocks after dinner, you’ll have no trouble with Reserva del Señor Almendrado.…

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New Menu: Bong Su, Cocktails 2008

By Christopher Null | April 30, 2008 |

The lovely people at San Francisco’s Bong Su (upscale Vietnamese, South of Market) hosted a small gathering to show off their new cocktail menu, devised with the exotic Southeast Asian food menu in mind. We rolled through all five unique concoctions (each paired with an appetizer to match). All in all, very good libations, but…

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Review: Swan’s Neck Vodka

By Christopher Null | April 28, 2008 |

More proof to my theory that grapes make the best base for vodka arrives in the form of Swan’s Neck Vodka, an artisan spirit from French grapes distilled in copper pots and named for part of the alembic still used to make it. Swan’s Neck is a very sedate vodka, smooth and silky, offering flavors…

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Review: Grey Goose Vodka (2008)

By Christopher Null | April 26, 2008 |

It’s easy to see why Grey Goose has become one of the most successful new liquor brands in recent years. This is a fantastic vodka, smooth and lightly sweet, with a nutty nose and aftertaste that works well in cocktails and adds an interesting complexity when served straight. Grey Goose is very mild, quite neutral…

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Review: Tequila Herradura Silver (2008)

By Christopher Null | April 26, 2008 |

Only about a week until Cinco de Mayo… time to get some tequila coverage out of the way, no? Herradura is one of the bigger tequila brands, and for good reason. Nothing at all wrong with this smooth sipper with the horseshoe on the label. This tequila is a pale pale yellow, aged 45 days…

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Tasting Report: Napa Valley with Altitude, April 2008

By Christopher Null | April 26, 2008 |

Rather than focus on a specific grape varietal, this event had the unique idea to get the word out about three small parts of Napa Valley, specifically, the mountain regions of Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder, and Diamond Mountain, which run one after another along the valley in the Mayacamas mountain range that makes up Napa’s…

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Original Recipe: Nilla Wafer

By Christopher Null | April 25, 2008 |

Once again, it’s dessert drink time at Drinkhacker. This one’s inspired by the eponymous cookie. Nilla Wafer 1 1/2 oz. vodka 1/2 oz. white chocolate liqueur (I use Godiva White) 1/2 oz. Navan vanilla liqueur 1/4 oz. Damiana liqueur (a Mexican herbal liqueur) Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a cocktail…

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Review: On the Rocks Spring Water Ice

By Christopher Null | April 25, 2008 |

Yes, this is a review of a bag of ice. No, it’s not ice made out of diamonds and pixie dust, it’s just ice. From water. And yes, I was skeptical too. Premium ice? At $4 a bag, On the Rocks is about four times as pricey as your average supermarket ice. But the company…

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