Review: Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur

Oddball combo spirits week continues here at Drinkhacker with what sounds like a natural one: Caramel Apple Liqueur. Hey, if nothing else you can at least be absolutely certain that this is one spirit that contains caramel color. A light and minimalist liqueur, this is a relatively mild concoction that is more reminiscent of the…

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Review: Stolichnaya Stoli Chocolat Razberi Vodka

What do you do when you run out of flavors for your vodka? Start making combinations. Stolichnaya, which makes a Razberi vodka now but not a Chocolat, combines the two flavors, long considered natural buddies in the dessert world, into a single mega-vodka. Stoli’s intentions here aren’t tough to fathom: The gooey, chocolate-dripping raspberry on…

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Review: Cruzan Coconut Rum

Coconut continues to be a vital flavoring agent in all manner of spirits (we’ve got coconut vodka coming later in the week for you), and our friends at St. Croix’s Cruzan sent us their rendition of the classic coconut rum. They even put their money where their mouths are: Sending a mini of Bacardi Rock…

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Review: Redemption Rye and High-Rye Bourbon (2011)

Distilled in Indiana and bottled in Bardstown, Kentucky, Redemption is part of a growing cadre of craft distillers who go guerrilla on getting their stuff produced (a la Angel’s Envy), releasing amazingly high-quality product at very affordable prices. At Redemption, the focus is obviously on increasingly popular rye. Redemption Rye Batch 027 (2011) – 95% rye,…

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Tasting Report: Family Winemakers of California 2011

Family Winemakers of California, while not quite as daunting as I’ve seen it in prior years, remains a monstrous wine exhibition: It’s been called the largest show of its kind in the country — and with 300 wineries pouring this year, if that’s not still true today, it’s awfully close. I did my research in…

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Recipes: Autumn Cocktails from Grey Goose

Some interesting-sounding seasonal concoctions in this list, courtesy of our friends at Grey Goose Vodka and mixologist Nick Mautone. Ah, fall! Grey Goose Balsamique 1 1/2 parts Grey Goose Vodka 3/4 part Crème Yvette 1/4 part balsamic vinegar 1 part pomegranate juice 3/4 part agave nectar 1 to 2 parts seltzer water In a cocktail…

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Review: Wines of McManis, 2010 Vintage

McManis Family Vineyards is a budget outfit with vast vineyard holdings in inland California. A step above ultra-cheap wines, McManis aims to offer quality while keeping prices as low as possible. We sampled three whites from the 2010 vintage, with generally acceptable results. 2010 McManis Pinot Grigio California – Extremely tart but overall fairly pleasant.…

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Review: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon 2011 Edition

This year, the “small” batch gets bigger than ever: Four Roses is batching four of its 10 Bourbon recipes into the 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch release. This year, the annual Limited Edition Small Batch is built out of 13-year OBSK, 13-year OESQ, 12-year OESV, and 11-year OESK. (If none of that means anything to…

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