Rated B-

Reviews of spirits, wine, and beer (and various errata like mixers and garnishes) comprise more than 80% of the content at Drinkhacker, and at the B- level we begin to shy away from recommending these products except in relatively uncommon circumstances or for certain types of drinkers. On a five-star scale, these products would score 2.5 stars. On the traditional 100-point scale popular with many wine and spirits graders, these products would merit scores of 79 to 82 points.

Review: THC The Hangover Cure

By Christopher Null | August 13, 2009 |

THC The Hangover Cure — yes, the name is completely coincidental — comes in powder form, contained in a long tube. You mix it with water — 12 to 16 oz. — and guzzle it down after “a night of debauchery” and before bed. What’s inside? A whole bunch of stuff: Supersized doses of vitamin…

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Review: Cocaine Energy Drink

By Christopher Null | August 9, 2009 |

You don’t name your beverage “Cocaine” because it’s subtle. Banned in numerous jurisdictions (despite the warning on the label that the product does not in fact include cocaine nor is it intended to be used a substitute for any street drug (“and anyone who thinks otherwise is an idiot”)), Cocaine is intended to raise eyebrows…

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Tasting Report: Patz & Hall Wines, 2009 Releases

By Christopher Null | August 3, 2009 |

A few miles south of Napa, located in a nondescript corporate office park, you’ll find Patz & Hall‘s tasting salon. And yes, it’s open to the public and no, you don’t need an appointment. (Though, if you have one, you’ll get even more personalized service.) We had a fun 45 minutes (at least) talking wine…

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Review: Burnett’s Cocktails – Cosmo, Margarita, and Mojito

By Christopher Null | July 22, 2009 |

More pre-mixed, ready-to-pour cocktail offerings, this time from Burnett’s which turns out some 20 vodkas and gins in every flavor imaginable. With these three concoctions, Burnett’s turns its vodkas into three simple bar standbys. All are 30 proof and come in big, plastic 1.75-liter jugs. They are intended to be served on the rocks, but…

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Review: Southern Comfort Sweet Tea and Hurricane Cocktails

By Christopher Null | July 11, 2009 |

Let’s be frank. Southern Comfort has a difficult reputation. Everyone I know has a story involving the peach-flavored liqueur, and it usually ends up with a blackout or someone’s head being shaved against their will. Hey, it’s party booze. Nothin’ wrong with that. SoCo is expanding its little empire with the craze du jour —…

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Review: Fruit Lab Liqueurs – Citry, Crism, and Theia

By Christopher Null | July 9, 2009 |

The folks behind Tru Organic Vodka have set their sights on, well, a smaller, less lucrative market: Fruit- and flower-flavored liqueurs. Up first, a line of three curious concoctions, with even more curious names. All are certified 100% organic, sweetened with cane sugar, and weigh in at 40 proof, which puts them on the (very)…

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Revisiting Absinthe: Seven Bottlings Re-Sampled

By Christopher Null | May 25, 2009 |

Absinthe is the subject that keeps on keeping on — some of the forum battles over the intricacies of the subject here are legendary — and in honor of Vieux Carré‘s fine showing, I thought it would be personally instructive to revisit some of my most highly rated absinthes — and a few I didn’t…

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‘Cello Roundup: Limoncello and Beyond from Pallini and Loft (2009)

By Christopher Null | May 12, 2009 |

Limoncello is a lovely and simple liqueur that is made from lemon rind and sugar and steeped in alcohol. Served chilled, it can be a bracing way to start the afternoon or end the evening, and it’s an essential ingredient in any number of cocktail recipes. But it seems you can make a ‘cello out…

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Review: Alizé Gold Passion Liqueur

By Christopher Null | May 10, 2009 |

Alizé treads that fine line between high-end product and pop culture joke (when Tupac raps about your product, well…), but its pedigree speaks for itself: A blend of cognac and passion fruit juice (and other unspecified fruit juices), this is high-end stuff. The problem is figuring out how to use it. Alizé (which has been…

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Review: Fish Eye and Pinot Evil Boxed Wines, 2009 Releases

By Christopher Null | May 9, 2009 |

More and more producers are turning to boxes to move lots of product (they typically hold three liters vs. just 750ml of wine in a standard bottle) at rock-bottom prices. Here’s a look at two more offerings that use cardboard and plastic in lieu of glass and cork. 2008 Fish Eye California Pinot Grigio is…

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