Recipe for the Mars Landing: Red Planet Curiosity

Our friends at Campari sent us this cocktail recipe in honor of today’s Mars landing. Enjoy with your beanie on! Red Planet Curiosity 0.75 oz Campari 0.75 oz Skyy Infusions Citrus 0.5 oz Cointreau 0.5 oz Fresh Blood Orange Puree 1 oz Fresh Lemon Sour (2 parts Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice and 1 part Simple…

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Central Italian Wine Review: 2009 Fratelli Barba and 2008 Saladini Pilastri

First, a note on Montepulciano, which is both a region (where Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is mode) and a grape. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made from (mostly) Sangiovese. Second, a bit of geography. Abruzzo is a region in central Italy, east of Rome. Le Marche is right next door, directly north of Abruzzo. The…

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Book Review: Brewed Awakening

Joshua M. Bernstein is a fountain of beer-centric knowledge, and if you found yourself sitting next to him at the bar you’d probably get your ears filled with talk of saisons, cask ales, and Berliner weisses. Brewed Awakening, subtitled Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution, is well-written in an engaging…

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14 Rums Reviewed with Paul Pacult and “Rum For All”

is no name in the spirits reviewing business more prominent than F. Paul Pacult. His Spirits Journal is the gospel of the booze industry, the way Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate makes or breaks companies in the wine business. Pacult, along with cohort Sean Ludford, is branching out from neutral critic into industry advocacy. His new…

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Top 10 Best Scotch Whisky Names

Just some fun for Friday… Say these 10 out loud — if you can — and see if you agree with me. 10. Daftmill 9. Dufftown 8. Knockando 7. Pittyvaich 6. Knockdhu 5. Sheep Dip 4. Laphroaig 3. Hankey Bannister 2. Auchentoshan 1. Bunnahabhain What’s your favorite whisky to order — strictly from a phonetic…

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Review: Third Shift Amber Lager

Band of Brewers (part of MillerCoors) offers this new, limited-release lager, now available in select markets (Dayton, San Francisco, Reno, Sacramento, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Dallas). It’s a traditional amber color and a big, malty lager — one of the maltiest brews I’ve had in a long time, sweet and sticky with a nose…

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Book Review: M.F.K. Fisher, Musings on Wine and Other Libations

For those not in the know, M.F.K. Fisher is sort of like what Julia Child might have been had she decided to eat out for every meal. A prolific writer who produced dozens of books and countless magazine articles about food from the 1930s to the 1980s, Fisher loved to eat and drink, but more…

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Tequila Revolucion Serves Up Drinks with Dinner

The closest I typically get to drinking a tequila cocktail with dinner is the occasional margarita with Mexican food, but the good folks at Tequila Revolucion set out to prove that tequila is more versatile than just that. Revolucion PR rep Tim Yates and brand ambassador Summer-Jane Bell hosted a group of us to a…

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