Review: Gran Gala Orange Liqueur

We did a rare experiment tonight and put Gran Gala to blind test vs. the liqueur it’s designed to imitate: Grand Marnier. This Italian liqueur even has the red ribbon and circular wax seal, just like Grand Marnier, and it promises it’s blended from “triple orange essence from the choicest oranges from Sicily.” So, how’d…

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Original Recipe: The Oscar Cosmo

For Hollywood’s most glamorous night, here’s what the Drinkhacker crew is imbibing: The Oscar Cosmo 1 1/2 oz. vodka 1/2 oz. pomegranate liqueur 1/4 oz. orange liqueur 1 oz. cranberry juice Shake first three ingredients with ice in a shaker. Pour into a cocktail glass. Top off with cranberry juice. Related Stories: TapInfluence Interviews Editor…

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Review: Cafe Boheme Coffee Creme Liqueur

Inspired, so they say, by the cafe scene of 1920s Paris (it says so write on the bottle: “1920’s Paris”), the folks behind Alizé bring us this curious liqueur, a blend, again so they say, of coffee, vodka, cream, and vanilla. Sounds like four great tastes that go great together! Café Bohême muscles into a…

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Original Recipe: The Healthberry

The Healthberry 1 1/2 oz. vodka 1 oz. VeeV açai spirit 1/2 oz. Chambord 1 sugar cube Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass. It looks a lot like a Cosmopolitan, but the taste is quite different (letting the açai come through), and much stronger. Just…

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Review: VeeV Acai Spirit

Açai (pronounced ah-SAH-eee) is the superfood of the moment, so it was only a matter of time before it became a spirit. VeeV is the only açai spirit on the market, but there’s more to it than that. Not quite a vodka and not quite a liqueur, VeeV is a 60-proof spirit that’s clear and…

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Review: Weaver’s Coffee “The Blend”

We haven’t reviewed coffee on this blog yet, but a pack of Weaver’s beans showed up out of the blue… we had to try them once we opened the bag! John Weaver is a former master roaster for Peet’s Coffee, a San Francisco institution and the only real competitor to Starbucks in these parts. He’s…

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Original Recipe: Sparkling Caipirinha

As discussed here, I promised my recipe for the Sparkling Caipirinha, a lighter way to sip cachaça, a Brazilian sugar cane rum. This cocktail offers the spirit of the Caipirinha but is easier to sip; more like a Mojito than a Martini. The Sparkling Caipirinha 1/2 a lime, cut into four pieces 1 teaspoon sugar…

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Review: Beija Cachaca Virgin Cane Rum

Eric Felten wrote recently that cachaça is taking the world by storm, like it or not. The unofficial national spirit of Brazil, cachaça is used to make Brazil’s official national cocktail, the Caipirinha. Brazil produces over a billion liters of the stuff each year, and only 1% of it ever leaves the country. Brazilians, they…

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