Review: Absolut Wild Tea Vodka

Absolut flavored with elderflower and black tea. Hmmm, where have we heard this one before? Ah yes, about a year and a half ago, when it was first released as the limited-edition Absolut Boston. Absolut must have had a hit on its hands with Boston, and I can back that up: It’s the only one…

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Review: Vodgria

Is this sangria-flavored vodka? Or vodka-infused sangria? The world may well debate it forever, but while you noodle over that one, we turn our attention not to Vodgria’s name but its very essence. At 30 proof, it’s a touch stronger than most wines (and considerably stronger than most sangria, which is wine cut with fruit…

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Review: Campari and Tempus Fugit Gran Classico (2011)

It’s a bitter bitter spirits battle here at Drinkhacker tonight! In one corner we have Campari, the classic, bright-red bitter spirit that’s a key part of the Negroni and other ultra-bitter cocktails. In the other, cross-country foe Gran Classico, from Tempus Fugit Spirits. How do these bitter aperitifs measure up? Let’s find out! Campari is…

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Tasting Report: Red Bordeaux and Sauternes, 2008 Vintage

It’s not every day that several dozen Bordeaux purveyors show up in San Francisco, but that’s exactly what happened recently, when the tour of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux made a pit stop in SF to show off the new 2008 vintage. I was excited to taste through the vintage – though I…

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Review: El Gran Jubileo Tequila, Complete Lineup

This tequila brand has been available in Mexico and in limited distribution at that. Now it has arrived on U.S. shores, you can try it too. All expressions are 100% agave of course and are 80 proof. El Gran Jubileo Blanco – For those who like a lot of agave, but not so much bite,…

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Ice Is Nice

How do you get good ice at home? My quest took me from my freezer to New England and back again. Some say the world will end in fire. Some say it will end in ice. I hope it’s the latter. Finding a good ice cube to chill your cocktail is hell enough as it…

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Review: Zaca Organic Hangover Patch

I’ve reviewed all manner of hangover remedy products in the last few years, but Zaca takes the cake for the strangest one of all: It’s a patch that you wear on your body (a la a nicotine patch) while you drink (and on into the next day), designed to combat the effects of alcohol without…

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Drinking Habits of the Rich and Fictional

Who knew Ol’ Blue Eyes enjoyed not just a martini but Jack Daniel’s as well? My pal Kayte sends along this link to the favorite cocktails and other drinks of various celebrities and a few fictional characters, too. Lotta martinis on there. Related Stories: Who’s Drinking “The Sully”? Book Review: Drinking the Devil’s Acre Book…

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