Review: Thomas Tew Pot-Still Rum

Pot-distilled rum isn’t exactly commonplace these days, and pot-still rum from Rhode Island, well, that’s an entirely new one for me. Rum has a great history in New England, but for the last century or so it’s been primarily a Caribbean endeavor. Now Newport Distilling Co. is bringing back the area’s rich tradition — by…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 12.21.2012 – The Holiday Edition

It’s Friday. The Friday before the holiday. You’re rushing around, scurrying frantically at the last minute for a gift to bring to your holiday party. Gin or red wine? Bourbon or single malt? What brands are best? Thankfully we’ve sampled them all and we have our selections for 2012 handy for you! We also have…

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Recipe: Sailor’s Punch

Will you be at Drinkhacker HQ tonight? Here’s what you’re drinking… while supplies last! Adapted from this recipe at Serious Eats. The bay leaves are what sucked me in! Update: This punch was a huge hit and was gone in about an hour. There’s no way it serves 40. Maybe 20. I would at least…

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Review: Kinky Liqueur

Technically a flavored vodka (5x distilled), Kinky is a bright pink “liqueur” flavored with mango, blood orange, and passion fruit, a clear shot across the bow of Alize, Hpnotiq, and its ilk. The look and taste are actually heavily reminiscent of pink lemonade. Of the three fruits named in the mix, the passion fruit is…

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Drinkhacker Reads –12.20.2012 – Rare Bowmore Sold + Whiskey Toothpaste

Just one day until the Mayans and everyone who posts REM’s “It’s The End of The World As We Know It” on Facebook is proven wrong. Or right. Either way, there’s a more important holiday today. Did you know the 20th is National Sangria Day?  It is! A bit of trivia for you: Sangria is…

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Book Review: Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History

Spirits nerds love a good yarn about how such and such booze came into being, and with Iconic Spirits, Mark Spivak has put plenty of the best into one easy-reading tome. Curious how moonshining and NASCAR are inextricably intertwined (hint: it’s got nothing to do with the people watching it), or how St. Germain found…

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Review: Kendall-Jackson 2010 Chardonnay and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Even the wine world is going mobile. Kendall-Jackson has launched a new mobile app called K-J Recommends, with an eye toward pairing its wines with certain events in your life (romance, family, etc.). It’s a fanciful app… and two of the 11 wines recommended are reviewed below. 2010 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Vintner’s Reserve California – Apples…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.19.2012 – Shaq Vodqa Attaq

CELEBRITY BRAND PRODUCT LAUNCH OF THE WEEK: The latest celebrity-turned-aspiring spirits expert to jump into the arena is retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. Sports Illustrated reports that his gluten-free vodka, Luv Shaq, is slated for release in early 2013.  It is slated to compete with Diddy’s Ciroc brand, and it will be produced by Devotion…

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