Blind Review: SkinnyGirl Margarita vs. SmarteRita

If you’re unfamiliar with the SkinnyGirl phenomenon, either you don’t go down the booze aisle at your grocery store or you’re a dude. SkinnyGirl is one of the fastest-growing brands in the spirits (and wine) world, and its vast array of “low-cal” alcoholic beverages have ladies’ night positively abuzz. It was only a matter of…

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Recipes: Memorial Day 2013 Cocktails

For many folks, the arrival of Memorial Day signals the start of summer (for others it’s the premiere of the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix). In honor of both, we’ve pulled together some new recipes for your consideration/experimentation during the upcoming holiday weekend. Herradura Kiwi Cooler 2 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila ½ oz.…

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Review: Widow Jane Rye Whiskey

I raved about Widow Jane’s Bourbon late last year. Now I’m taking on a new product: A 2 year old Rye made in Kentucky and finished, like its Bourbon, in Rosendale, NY using local mineral water from the Widow Jane Mine. Bottled unfiltered, you’ll notice a distinctly visible haze in this brilliant amber Rye —…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 05.23.2013 – Alternate Universe Pre-Memorial Day Edition

Much weirdness has infiltrated the world of spirits since our last update: 6’s are now 9’s, hypothetical press releases and other stuff that has left us scratching our heads a bit and accelerated our hope that the weekend will soon be upon us. Let’s start in New Jersey, where 29 bars were the subject of…

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Review: White and Rose Wines of Cline, 2013 Releases

If you’re driving to Sonoma, Cline is always worth a stop, not just because it’s one of the first wineries you encounter as you drive into the area. We got our hands on four affordable, summer-friendly whites (one’s a rose). Thoughts follow. 2012 Cline Cool Climate Pinot Gris Sonoma Coast – Crisp and refreshing, with…

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Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Arran, Tobermory, and Tormore

Today we look at a few more independently-bottled malts from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, courtesy of Master of Malt. All three of these are recent arrivals from Batch 1. Again, all are limited edition single malts bottled without age statements in 500ml bottles (and wacky labels). Thoughts follow. That Boutique-y Whisky Company Arran Batch 1…

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Making Our Own Aquavit with Spiced Spirits

Aquavit is a flavored Scandinavian vodka that has as many variations as there are countries in Europe. Finding aquavit stateside is difficult, though. The few bottlings imported here are mass-produced stuff that is, unfortunately, usually not very good. Why not make your own, then? Sounds good, but the number of spices required will probably fill…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 05.20.2013 – Spirits Outpacing Beer and Wine in 2012

A new report issued by Technomic finds that spirits outpaced beer and wine in sales last year, with no signs of slowing down in 2013. Vodka continues to be one of the fastest growing categories, along with American whiskey and tequila not too far behind. With its 5.8% increase, vodka now commands roughly one-third of…

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