Recipe: Good Cork

This is not your typical Irish whiskey cocktail. While plenty of Irish variations exist on classic whiskey tipples like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned, few, if any, call for an equal measure of mezcal. Ordinarily, I would be a bit dubious of such a bizarre recipe, but the Good Cork has a reliable pedigree. It…

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Review: Kiss Detroit Rock Rum

Yes, folks, the inevitable has happened. The rock band Kiss now has its own line of spirits (which launched overseas and are now available stateside). Oddly, three expressions of rum and one gin. We got a look at one of the rum releases, Detroit Rock Premium Dark Rum, which is a selection of Dominican rums…

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Review: 4 Sierra Nevada “Little Thing” Beers (2022)

Sierra Nevada has four beers in its “Little Thing” series, and recently the brewery refreshed the packaging for all of them, bundling them together in a mixed 12-pack called theĀ Little Things Party Pack. We reviewed a couple of these beers last year, but this is our first look at the quartet together. Let’s try them…

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Review: Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Muckety-Muck Single Grain Scotch 25 Years Old

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Project featured a 24 year old single grain Scotch last year. Now Muckety-Muck returns as a 25 year old — same Port Dundas stock, same pig-inspired name, just one year older. I think it’s safe to say that any opinions you may have had about the 24 year old version of this…

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Review: Wines of Gancia, 2022 Releases

Behold, three wines from exceptionally affordable Italian producer Gancia, which has been producing wine for 170 years. 2019 Gancia Prosecco RoseĀ – Rose Proseccos aren’t overly common, particularly at this price level. Gancia’s expression is creamy and lightly dusted with notes of strawberry and baking spice, hints of cinnamon giving a lift to a core that…

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Review: Cedar Ridge The QuintEssential Signature Blend

Cedar Ridge is an Iowa-based producer of whiskey, specifically, well, what kind of whiskey doesn’t Cedar Ridge make (and brandy, and wine, and… everything)? With The QuintEssential, Cedar Ridge takes its 2-row barley single malt whiskey, ages it in bourbon casks for two years, then finishes it in up to 20 different types of wine…

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Review: Golden Rule Margarita and Old Fashioned

It’s hard to resist those tiny, 4 oz cans that offer a single serving cocktail, ready to pour into glass and knock back, no mixing required. San Francisco-based Golden Rule Spirits offers two such offerings, both made with authentic ingredients (no malt liquor here) and coming in at 80 to 100 calories per serving. (Though…

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The Top 10 Gins of 2021

For the third year, we enter spring with gin on our mind, excited to break out the tonic and cool down with the season’s most essential cocktail. That said, if you can’t shake those wintry Negronis yet, we won’t judge you. Either way, we’ve got you covered, with a look at our ten favorite gin…

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