Review: Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

The whole “ginger ale/ginger beer” thing is extremely misleading. As any partaker of the occasional can of Canada Dry can tell you, there’s no “ale” in there — it’s really just ginger-flavored 7-Up. Ginger beer and ginger ale aren’t the same thing (The difference between the two is simple: Ginger ale was actually invented as…

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Pisco Disco Cocktails

Okay they’re really not disco-inspired cocktails, but it was tough to resist the whole rhyme scheme. Absolutely abysmal wordplay aside, Pisco is indeed a wonderful South American brandy that is sorely under-represented in the cocktail world. Here are a couple of recipes courtesy of our friends over at Portón that are worth checking out and…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters

I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for a whiskey company to get into the bitters business, but Woodford Reserve has finally opened that door, introducing its first bitters, barrel-aged and spiced cherry-flavored. Crafted in conjunction with Bourbon Barrel Foods, the bitters are specifically designed for use in a Manhattan cocktail (and presumably one…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.15.2013 – Silicon Valley Bank Issues Annual State of the Wine Industry Report

As promised, Silicon Valley Bank made its Annual State of the Wine Industry Report in a live broadcast earlier today. There were several issues touched upon during the conference, including these: The general financial condition of the wine industry continues to improve at a slow and steady pace. 2012 produced the rarest of events: large…

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Cocktails from the Sundance Film Festival 2013

Sundance isn’t just about movies. All those stars have to eat and drink, too. And eat and drink well they do. The “Chefdance” dinner series gets underway when Sundance starts on Thursday of this week. Here are some of the cocktails the A-list will be consuming with their wagyu and foie gras. All cocktails courtesy…

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Review: Russell Henry Gins

Who the heck is Russell Henry? I’m not sure, but I’m guessing Craft Distillers is referring to this guy, a chemist and expert in digestion from the late 1800s. Not sure he had anything to do with gin, but in a funny coincidence, there is a Henry Russell who wrote about the cotton gin in…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.14.2013 – Stitzel Weller Distillery Reboots

In what could only qualify as a major victory for bourbon drinkers, Diageo has announced plans to re-start production at the famed Stitzel-Weller distillery in Kentucky. John Hansell announced via the Whisky Advocate blog on Sunday that plans have been underway for a bit, but a formal announcement wasn’t made until this past weekend. For…

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Review: Absolut Vodka

Once in a while we like to head into the archives and take a fresh look at a classic — particularly when we need a palate cleanser. Today we turn to that icon of the vodka biz, Absolut, a brand which was in many respects the first premium vodka to be sold. Absolut has always…

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