Recipe: Canadian Punch

Being served at my birthday party. From The Punch Bowl, via Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide: How to Mix Drinks (1862). UPDATE: This punch may have flown in 1862, but today it’s too weak and flavorless (the pineapples did nothing). I ultimately doctored it up by cutting the water back to about 1 1/2 quarts, and…

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Review: Armorik Breton Single Malt French Whisky (2011)

Cognac may be the national spirit of France, but doggone it, the Gauls make whisky, too. Single malt whisky, and a pretty good one at that, courtesy of Armorik, a distillery located in Brittany, on the far northwestern tip of the country, wedged between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay…

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Tasting Report: Biodynamic Wines of Benziger, 2011 Releases

Benziger is a brand often associated with the supermarket, but like many mega-brands, it also has a wide array of more upscale bottlings. Recently I had the chance to taste through six of its biodynamic selections with owner Mike Benziger and some other wine blogger types. None of these wines are actually sold in stores,…

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Review: Samogon Russian Grappa

Yeah, you read that right: Grappa from Russia. Samogon is actually the Russian term for moonshine, so using it as a brand name is a little confusing. Samogon, from Phenix Brands, is also not really moonshine (in Russia, it’s typically a sugar-based spirit), but rather a grappa, made from grape stems and seeds left over…

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Recipe: Herradura Smoked Peach Iced Tea

Our pals at Herradura Tequila sent in this delicious-sounding recipe in honor of the end of summer. Get to your local farmer’s market: Peaches are tasting great right now. Herradura Smoked Peach Iced Tea 1 ½ oz Herradura Reposado ½ oz Lemon Juice 1 ½ oz Peach Juice 1 ½ oz Earl Grey  tea ¼…

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Review: Ambhar Tequila, Complete Lineup

A name like Ambhar makes me think more of my local tandoori shack than a line of tequilas, but such is life… and such is the booze business. The company behind Ambhar says the name refers to an ancient goddess of the same moniker, but all I can find online when googling “Ambhar” are searches…

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Review: Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur

How do you know that fall has arrived? Easy: Pumpkin-flavored liqueurs arrive on the shelves. Fulton’s, produced by Kentucky’s Heaven Hill, is a limited-edition liqueur available only from September to November. Now available nationally, this cream liqueur tells its tale simply by looking at its name. The color is that of chocolate milk, and the…

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Review: Baileys Mudslide

Few cocktails in the panopticon of chain restaurant beverages imbue the spirit — the very heart — of panty peeler so thoroughly as the Mudslide. A chocolate, creamy, boozy frozen concoction, this is dessert — and usually drunkenness — in a glass. Now Baileys brings the Mudslide to ready-made status, or as near as is…

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