Original Recipe: The Shrubb Rush

I had a mango. This is what I came up with. Use as ripe a mango as you can. Add sugar as needed if it isn’t sweet enough. The Shrubb Rush 1 mango, chopped 2 pineapple spears, chopped 6 oz. pineapple juice 6 oz. rum (I used Jamaican Sea Wynde) 1/2 oz. Creole Shrubb (or…

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Tasting Report: Bonhams Pre-Auction Event, January 2008

Hit another tasting event this week (check out September 2007’s report here). My notes are less copious this month; the wines were good on the whole, but nothing knocked me off my feet. Here are some thoughts on what was especially interesting over the course of the evening. Nothing of exceptional note among the whites,…

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Review: Dewar’s Special Reserve 12 Years Old

A cut above standard grade Dewar’s, this 12-year-old blended Scotch is as smooth as they come. Honey is brightest on the palate, and a smoky, tobacco-laden aftertaste lingers on the finish. Light and almost crisp (imagine biting into a fresh apple), this is a whisky that’s best straight up, without water or ice. At just…

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Review: Tonala Tequila Añejo

Patron enthusiasts, you’re on notice: There’s better stuff out there… but yes, it will cost you. Tonala is a pottery town in the state of Jalisco… and they also turn out a mighty fine tequila, too. Tonala’s Añejo is a subtle, not-overly-oaky golden amber sipper, as smooth a tequila as I can remember. With just…

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Original Recipe: The White Prussian

Just goofing around with dessert drinks again. Here’s a way to sort-of emulate the venerable White Russian even if you don’t have Half & Half on hand… and maybe even improve on it. (I suppose you could always use coffee liqueur if you’re a stickler for accuracy.) The White Prussian 1 oz. vodka 3/4 oz.…

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Review: 2004 Viñedos de Aldeanueva Rioja Cortijo II Crianza

If you’ve dismissed Spanish wines until now, you might be in for a surprise. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an easier drinking wine, from Spain or anywhere else, than Viñedos de Aldeanueva’s Cortijo Crianza (aka Cortijo II Crianza; the II refers to, well, I’m not sure exactly what, but I think it has something to…

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Original Recipe: The St. Ignatius Cocktail

The idea for this cocktail came to me out of the blue. It’s indeed quite delicious. The St. Ignatius 1 oz. St. Germain liqueur 1 oz. white dessert wine (Sauternes, Tokaji, Moscato, or premium American botrytis-affected wine like Violetta) Shake with ice and strain into a coupe. I actually used Donnafugata’s Passito di Pantelleria Ben…

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Review: Kona Brewing Co. Longboard Island Lager (2008)

Longboard Lager really is made in Hawaii. The Kona Brewing Company churns out 190,000 gallons of beer a year, in fact, with a staff of six people. It’s amazing, then, that Kona beers seem to be so easy to find here in the States, at least on the west coast. Longboard is the company’s flagship…

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