Book Review: Vintage Cocktails

Amanada Hallay’s Vintage Cocktails: Retro Recipes for the Home Mixologist takes advantage of the classic cocktail resurgent, presenting a solid 70 or so cocktails, all of which you’ve likely had once or at least read about in a cocktail recipe book and dismissed as sounding like swill. There’s plenty of classic stuff in this book…

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Hands on With Miller’s “Punch Top” Can

First came the wide mouth. Now comes the punch top. By now you’ve seen the ads touting Miller’s newest beer can technology: A little hole opposite the can’s mouth designed to prevent the “glug” effect, caused by air rushing into the can to replace the outgoing beer through the same orifice that the beer’s coming…

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Review: The Perfect Puree New Flavors – Chipotle Sour, Thyme & Citrus, Thai Basil & Black Pepper

The Perfect Puree is back with more high-end blended mixers, this time fruit bases blended with spices to create a combination of sweet and savory components in one cocktail. Want to recreate higher-end mixological tricks without a lot of effort? Check out one of these ready-made mixers. The Perfect Puree Chipotle Sour – a hodgepodge…

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Retrospective: Handley Cellars Pinot Noir, 1993 to 2009 Vintages

Here’s a rarity: One producer offering a vertical retrospective of 13 wines (same varietal and appellation) from 16 years’ worth of production. Handley recently brought its winemaking team from Mendocino’s Anderson Valley to San Francisco to show off its deep library and give a bunch of us a rare look at how Pinot Noir develops…

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Review: Scottish Spirits Single Grain “Scotch in a Can”

Your eyes do not deceive you. That is a 12-ounce aluminum can and yes it is filled with Scotch whisky. This is a new frontier for hard spirits, the first time whisky (or any spirit) has been approved in the U.S. for sale in a can format. In addition to the presentation questions, the public…

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling: 3 Varieties Reviewed, 2012 Releases

One of the most versatile grapes of the wine world, Riesling can be used to create everything from dry table wines to deeply sweet dessert wines that are some of the biggest cult darlings of the vino world. If you need proof, check out the bulk of Germany, where many producers offer a half dozen…

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Tasting Report: 2011 California Cabernet Sauvignon

This year’s California Cabernet Society barrel tasting event was considerably smaller than in previous years (many producers are probably skipping it outright), though this at least gave me a little more time to spend with each winery on hand, all pouring barrel samples of their 2011 vintage bottlings (plus a number of older wines on…

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Review: Col. E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Bourbon

This fourth entry into Buffalo Trace’s Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr., Bourbon series is notable primarily because it is an uncut and unfiltered Bourbon, weighing in at a whopping 134.5 proof. At seven years old, it’s a youthful bruiser in comparison to its senior brethren in this line up. It tastes young: Quite sweet, it has…

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