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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Review: Peak Organic Amber Ale, Nut Brown Ale, and Pale Ale

Organic beer: OK, I’m in! Peak Organic brews three beers out of its Portland, Maine headquarters, using organic barley and hops and, of course, 100% organic water. Can you taste the difference? Well, depends on what you compare it to. I tried all three of Peak’s beers. Here are some comments. Peak Organic Amber Ale…

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Original Recipe: The Thorny Toad

Try one of these if you’re a fan of bitter drinks like the Negroni. The Thorny Toad 2 oz. Irish whiskey 1 oz. Punt e Mes splash Absinthe 3 dashes Angostura bitters Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Adapted from the Blackthorn Cocktail, from the classic Savoy Cocktail Book. Related Stories: Recipe:…

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Review: Cocktails by Jenn – Appletini and Lemon Drop

You’ve probably seen these pastel-toned, mini-sized premixed cocktails (typically in a little, hat-box-looking tote package) at the grocery store. Cocktails by Jenn seem to be on sale everywhere. With enticing Lemon Drop, Cosmo, Appletini, and “Tropical Blue Lagoon” (to round out the color palette), look good on the shelf. But how do they taste? Unlike…

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Review: Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice Beer

Apple and spice in the beer? You bet. Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice seasonal brew is loaded with apple and cinnamon to the point where it tastes more like a cider than a beer. I found it incredibly sweet and difficult to drink much more than half a bottle, but the ladies seem to be bigger fans…

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Review: Samuel Adams Utopias (2007 Release)

With an alcohol level of 27%, served at room temperature, and not carbonated, Samuel Adams’ Utopias is not your father’s can of Pabst Blue Ribbon. With 8,000 bottles produced — some fetching up to $600 (though a still-insane $175 is a little more standard) — it’s definitely not PBR, no. So, what is it? Utopias…

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Review: Cheerz IntelliShot Supplement

Hangovers. I don’t like ’em. You don’t like ’em. Hangover remedies are legion, of course, but those with the most promise are the ones that promise you never get the hangover to begin with. Enter Cheerz,  a little shot-sized vial of green liquid that, when consumed while you drink alcohol, promises to eliminate hangovers and…

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