Original Recipe: El Cosmito

Something fun for the ladies using rum as the base spirit instead of vodka… El Cosmito 1 1/2 oz. white rum 1/2 oz. Cointreau (or other orange liqueur) 1/2 oz. peach brandy 1/2 oz. Damiana 1/4 oz. agave nectar cranberry juice Put first four items in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into…

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Review: Zodiac Vodka

As gimmicks go, astrology is pretty far up there. Or should I say “out there.” And thus one looks to Zodiac Vodka with a certain skepticism: Available in 12 different, star-signed bottles, Zodiac attempts to merge the astrologic with the alcoholic. How does it fare? This potato vodka (straight outta Idaho, U.S.A.) is 80 proof…

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U.S. Alcohol Consumption Falling

What? Sales of liquor are supposed to go up during a recession or periods of other economic unrest. But the American Journal of Medicine is saying that alcohol sales are on the decline, with beer especially getting hit hard. Researchers examined 50 years of data and found several changes in alcohol intake but no change…

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Review: Gran Centenario Plata Tequila (2008)

The first thing you’ll notice about this blanco tequila is the distinct yellow tone it has. That’s not a tint on the Deco-styled bottle, that’s the spirit. But aren’t blanco tequilas supposed to be totally clear? Surprise: Gran Centenario lets its blanco/plata mellow for 28 days in oak barrels before going into bottle. It’s not…

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Winebloggin’ Part III Now Up

Look at all that juice! Related Stories: Winebloggin’: The Final Chapter Welcome to Drinkhacker 2018 TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Drinkhacker’s Turning 10, and You’re Winning a Bottle of Booker’s Bourbon!

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Review: Obsello Absinthe

I love getting a sneak peek at stuff before it hits the market, but it’s even better when the stuff is good. Obsello, come tomorrow, will be the first Spanish absinthe for sale in the U.S., and even then only in San Francisco. (New York is coming soon.) Obsello’s Joanne Haruta (pictured) is in town…

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Review: Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila

Got a chance to try Sammy Hagar’s Mexican brainchild: Cabo Wabo, at least its reposado version, thanks to a bottle courtesy of the company. Reposado is historically my least favorite of the three tequila varieties, so I went in automatically disappointed, but came away reasonably impressed. Cabo Wabo’s Reposado (aged from 3 to 12 months…

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Review: Mata Hari Absinthe Bohemian

Mata Hari absinthe is an Austrian spirit, distilled (per the bottle) from the original Belle Epoque recipe from 1881. Of course, the actual Mata Hari would have been just 5 years old at the time the recipe was created, so we’ll assume the recipe came first, the name came later. Made with Grand Wormwood and…

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