When You Write About Drinking…

…this is what you get for Christmas. Not that I’m complaining! Related Stories: Want to Write About Wine, Beer, and Spirits? We’re Hiring! Book Review: Drinking with Saint Nick Christmas Drinking – A Drinkhacker Spotify Playlist So We’re Drinking More

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Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum

What we’re drinking this evening in the Christmas aftermath, recipe courtesy of Ron Atlantico. (There are of course dozens of variations on Hot Buttered Rum, but Atlantico’s is pretty tasty.) Hot Buttered Rum 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 2 cups light brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg Pinch ground cloves Pinch…

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Book Review: The Essential Cocktail

Author and mixologist Dale Degroff was in town recently to promote his new book, The Essential Cocktail, and while I sadly missed the promotional soiree, I did at least get a copy of the book to check out. All in all this is an excellent and accessible introduction to classic cocktails and their newer variants.…

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Review: Rowan’s Creek Bourbon

Happened upon this bottle of Rowan’s Creek Bourbon at my local liquor store and was intrigued by the almost scrawled logo on the label and hand-numbered coding. Some thoughts on what’s inside. At 100.1 proof, it’s a hot whiskey and needs a bit of water to bring out anything other than heavy alcoholic characteristics. With…

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Give a Pal a Drink… 3000 Miles Away

Anyone ever try this service? I’d love to hear how well it works… Step 1 -Select – Choose a friend. Give a drink credit of $1 to $99, good towards a purchase at any Bar or Restaurant! Step 2 – Style -Style your gift by making a drink suggestion and adding a personal message. Step…

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Review: Flor de Cana Rum Centenario Gold 18 Years Old

Like 10 Cane, Flor de Cana is a name you see “called” on many a bar menu. I just got my hands on Flor’s 18-year version (which, apparently, is so new it does not yet appear on the company’s website). Some thoughts. The initial nose is, bluntly, heavy with smoke. Smoke to the point where…

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Smart People Drink More

That old genius at the end of the bar? Turns out drinking’s in his genes. The Times Online reports on a study linking intelligence to heavy drinking: Research has now shown a link between high childhood IQ and an adult enthusiasm for alcohol that leads in some cases to problem drinking. … This association is…

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Review: Griottines Brandied Cherries

Brandied cherries are essential for a proper Casino, but finding them is surprisingly difficult. The normal variety I use are quite large and though they taste great, they can get mushy, which is hardly the way you want to cap off a quality cocktail. Griottines are smaller, and quite tart. Macerated in Kirsch liqueuer, these…

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