The Best Chocolate Liqueur Roundup – 10 Bottles Tasted, 2 Winners

Chocolate is the most iconic of desserts, yet it’s widely maligned when it comes to cocktails. The chocolate martini? Is that a serious cocktail that anyone would drink outside of a bachelorette party or while enjoying a cover band on a cruise ship? Hey, it’s time to put aside prejudices and embrace the power of…

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Review: J.T. Meleck Louisiana Vodka

J.T. Meleck Louisiana Vodka is a grain-to-glass product made from rice, which is something Louisiana knows a lot about. Vodka? It’s less of a staple around these parts, so let’s see what Meleck can do with this tricky spirit. Boldy grainy and a bit on the funky side, the vodka offers aromas of sesame seed…

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Review: Fabrizia Vodka Sodas and Frozen Italian Lemonade

Fabrizia Spirits, based out of Salem, New Hampshire, is the leading producer of limoncello in the U.S. It has been expanding its line of liqueurs and ready-to-drink cocktails over the past few years, some of which we have reviewed here at Drinkhacker. (Links can be found to our previous reviews here: July 2016, February 2019…

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A Spirited Journey With the 20 Whiskies That Changed the World Tasting Set

Tasting kits full of mini bottles are always fun, but the typical set always manages to shove a fair amount of junk in with the whales. That makes for a varied tasting experience, to be sure, but also a frustrating one. With the 20 Whiskies That Changed the World Tasting Set, Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh…

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Review: Cayuga Clear Vodka

  Vodka can be made from many things, basically anything that has starch or sugar in it — like potatoes, grains, grapes, or sugar beets. Black Cow Vodka in the UK makes vodka from milk, and we’ve reviewed a couple of New Zealand vodkas that are made from whey. Whey is what’s left over when…

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Review: Volare Simple Syrup, Grenadine, and Lime

Volare mixers are made in Italy (appropriately, given the company’s name), and they arrive in full size bottles which, unless you work in an airport bar, are probably guaranteed to spoil before you ever finish them off. Today we look at a trio of essential cocktail ingredients. Note that there are no notices regarding refrigeration…

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Review: Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition 2020

At the end of 2020, Jamaica’s Hampden Estate Distillery launched the first in a new annual series of rums that are designed to enhance its profile on the market. The distillery, which has been running for hundreds of years, only began producing products under its own label in 2018. (Before that, it sold off virtually…

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Pairing Winefornia Wines with Laura Chenel and Marin French Cheese Co.

Wine tasting is fun. Wine and cheese tasting: Even better. Winefornia recently sent a trio of wines and a half dozen cheeses for us to taste as part of series of launch events for its 2020 Innovatus viognier. Made by Napa’s only Korean female winemaker, Cecil Park, the company is also showcasing two reds to…

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