Review: Nickel Dime Cocktail Syrups, Complete Lineup

Nickel Dime is based in Oakland, California, where it makes a collection of four cocktail syrups designed for home cocktailing. Created by bartender Jared Hirsch and entrepreneur Absinthia Vermut, the four-pack’s centerpiece is called Caged Heat, one of Hirsch’s most well-known cocktails. The syrups are made from natural ingredients. Consumers are directed to mix 1…

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The Best Apricot Liqueur Roundup – 6 Brands Tasted, 2 Winners

Apricot is a tricky flavor to work with, but if you’re exploring classic cocktails, you’ll find apricot brandy or liqueur a component in dozens of recipes. When recipes call for apricot, they often call for plenty of it. The PDT Cocktail Book offers a recipe for an Apricot Flip which includes a healthy 3/4 oz…

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Review: 2020 Castello del Terriccio Con Vento IGT

Con Vento is an Italian sauvignon blanc, and this expression veers heavily toward the more floral elements of the wine. Notes of white flowers and a brisk mineral note lead to a bold element of sultry, earthy clover honey. Well balanced between its various elements, it finishes with a lively pop of peaches. A- /…

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Review: Spiked Cherries – Original and Balls of Fire

It’s time for more late-arriving cocktail cherries, these another rare entry into the booze-infused variety, jarred under the straightforward name of Spiked Cherries. (Technically these are “Howie’s Spiked Cherries,” but Howie’s does not appear on the label.) Both are bright, dyed-red maraschino-style cherries which come in 355ml jars. Refrigerate after opening. Let’s give both a taste.…

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Review: The Deerslayer Venison Flavored Whiskey

New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling specializes in uncommon oddities. We previously covered its Graverobber Rye, flavored with maple syrup drawn from trees grown adjacent to a graveyard. We missed out, however, on its corpse flower brandy as well as its whiskey flavored with beaver musk. A recent arrival at Drinkhacker HQ however was Tamworth’s Deerslayer (aka…

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Review: 2019 Serego Alighieri Possessioni IGT

This blend of 75% garganega and 25% sauvignon blanc from the Veneto region of Italy is very pale and quite dry, loaded with mineral-driven acidity up front, with a quick segue into notes of lemon and green apple. Quite tart but vibrant with lingering citrus notes, it’s a cleansing style wine that hints at florals…

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Review: Hallmark Christmas Wines: 2018 “Jingle” and 2019 “Joy”

Something happened to my brain during the lockdown phase of this pandemic. Like most people, I grew depressed and a bit anxious. I was let go at my full-time place of employment, and was burning through single malt samples in an attempt to calm myself and have a little bit of enjoyment during what has…

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Review: Doorly’s Rum 12 Years Old

We recently reviewed a couple of rums from Foursquare Distillery on Barbados, beloved makers of “pure” Bajan rums that are helping to reinvigorate the category. The distillery releases rum under several house labels, one of which is Doorly’s, a brand produced on the island since 1908. Doorly’s also carries the distinction of being the first…

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