Review: Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

Summer’s almost over (my kids go back to school in three weeks, thank God), but that doesn’t mean you won’t still find dozens of summer-themed brews on the shelves. Drink it up. It’s still plenty hot. Sierra Nevada’s Summerfest is by and large what we expect from a summer-themed beer. Not too complicated. Crisp. A…

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Instant Bloody Mary? Three Olives Tomato Vodka vs. Absolut Peppar Vodka

Building a Bloody Mary from scratch is a complicated and time consuming process. After all, who wants to grate fresh horseradish first thing in the morning? While some Bloody Mary mixes offer an acceptable shortcut, one doesn’t always have a bottle on hand. Is there an even quicker shortcut to a good Bloody? Enter two…

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Original Recipe: Lemblu Cocktail

For lack of a better name… The Lemblu 8 blueberries 1 oz. vodka 1 oz. Passion Fruit vodka 1/2 oz. Maraschino liqueur 1/2 oz. Chambord 1/4 oz. Damiana lemonade Muddle blueberries in a tall glass. Add next five ingredients and stir. Add ice, then top up with lemonade and stir again. Very refreshing little drink,…

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Review: Wild Turkey American Honey Liqueur

Honey- and whiskey-based liqueuers are nothing new. Drambuie, of course, is the classic by which others are measured. There’s also another honey+Scotch spirit called Lochan Ora, and one from Macallan called Amber (which is actually flavored with maple syrup instead of honey). American Honey is the first American version of this spirit that I’ve seen:…

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Review: 2005 Williams-Selyem Pinot Noir Westside Road Neighbors

Last night I splurged on this bottle of Williams-Selyem Pinot Noir. It may be the most I’ve ever spent on a 750ml bottle of wine in a restaurant, and it is arguably one of the best bottles I’ve ever drank, too. (The price below is the retail cost.) Williams-Selyem’s Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir comes,…

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Winebloggin’ Episode II

The winemaking process continues over at Wired… Related Stories: Winebloggin’ Episode IV Now Live Winebloggin’ Episode V… Last Until 2009 Winebloggin’: The Final Chapter TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null

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Taking “the Fun Out of Booze”

All of the hangover, none of the glory. An experimental drug that blocks the euphoric feelings associated with drinking may prevent alcoholics from relapsing. The finding, the result of a mouse study at Oregon Health & Science University, could lead to human clinical trials within the next year. Good news for alcoholics and fraternities who…

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Review: Prairie Organic Vodka

Like you, when I think “vodka,” I immediately think “Minnesota.” Wait, what? Shocking, but it’s true: One of the best vodkas going right now is from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, right here in the U. S. of A. Strange, sure, but like Tito and Boomerang have proven, good vodka need not come from frozen,…

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