Top 10 Drinks for Guys

AskMen posted this manly cocktail list this week. Definitely can’t go wrong with using 100th anniversary Grand Marnier in a margarita, but the Guinness and champagne cocktail called the Black Velvet will test even the manliest drinkers’ palates, I fear. Check ’em out and you be the judge on the manly factor here. Related Stories:…

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Original Recipe: Catalina Coffee

Don’t like coffee drinks? Don’t think tequila will work in one? Give this recipe a try (inspired by south-of-the-border spirits) and I absolutely guarantee your satisfaction. Catalina Coffee 1 oz. premium silver (blanco) tequila 1/2 oz. Licor 43 1/4 oz. Damiana liqueur 1 sugar cube Add above ingredients to a coffee mug, fill mostly with…

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Review: Hangover Buster

Hangover remedies are legion (and of questionable utility), but the prepackaged variety has become considerably more popular in recent years. My own pre-sleep regimen of two Tylenol and a big glass of water seems to work pretty well, but is there a more “natural” way to do the job? Hangover Buster is an Alka-Seltzer like…

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Review: NV Gallo Family Vineyards Twin Valley Chardonnay

The good folks at Gallo Family Vineyards (see prior review here) were kind enough to send along a four-pack of mini-bottles of Twin Valley Chardonnay, a non-vintage white that’s as close to a “picnic wine” as you’re likely to find. Like “summer wine,” the “picnic wine” term comes loaded with baggage. It implies an easy-drinking,…

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Tasting Report: Vino in Villa USA Prosecco Event, June 2008

Italian sparkling wine gets little love, and is often hard to find in the U.S., so it was a real treat to get to try a dozen or so Proseccos at a recent event in San Francisco, offering that rare chance to taste numerous producers and varieties side by side. First, a little primer: Prosecco…

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Review: Rubi Rey Rum

The red bottle screams gimmick, but the rum inside is legit: Rubi Rey, I’m happy to report, is one of the best white rums on the market, and a good deal, to boot. Finished in white oak and marketed as a “single barrel” rum, Rubi Rey offers a very clean sugary rum flavor and a…

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Review: Bluecoat American Dry Gin (2008)

A little primer for gin novices: Though there are numerous types of gin, but the vast majority sold is called London Dry Gin. Bluecoat is an American Dry Gin. The difference (putting aside their national origin) between London and American gin (not that there’s a lot of gin made here) is generally one of flavor.…

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I Want My 16 Ounces!

Interesting story in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal: To boost profits, some bars are turning to 14 oz. pours instead of 16 oz. when a customer orders a “pint” of beer. Numerous tricks are being employed. Some are at least somewhat justified, like including some amount of foamy head on a beer. Some are clearly…

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