Review: Miami Cocktail Co. Organic Spritzes

We were surprisingly impressed back in 2016 with Miami Cocktail Co.’s first foray into ready-to-drink cocktails, what the company called “Small Batch Originals.” This year they have broadened their portfolio with a new line of single-serve canned cocktails dubbed “Organic Spritz.” As the name implies, these are certified organic. They are also low calorie (just…

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Review: 2016 Stags’ Leap Winery Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon

Here’s a pair of wines from Stags’ Leap Winery — not to be confused with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, its nearby neighbor — both luxe bottlings from the boutique producer. 2016 Stags’ Leap Winery Malbec Napa Valley – Rich and unctuous, this silky 100% malbec offers notes of dark chocolate, black raspberry, and currants, whipped…

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Review: Michter’s Single Barrel Straight Bourbon and Rye 10 Years Old 2020

The pandemic mucked with Michter’s release schedule of its annually released 10 year old single barrel whiskeys this year. Unusually, samples of each arrived simultaneously at Drinkhacker HQ, so we’re taking the rare opportunity to review them together. Both are, as usual, sourced spirits from an unnamed Kentucky distillery. Michter’s Single Barrel Straight Rye 10…

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Recipe: The Drinkhacker Mai Tai

No cocktail is easier to mess up than a Mai Tai — and yet the drink is so incredibly easy to make, there’s really no reason to have to drink some screwed-up version of it. You don’t need pineapple juice, and for God’s sake you don’t need orange juice. Nor do you need to bother…

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Review: NV Avaline White and Rose (2020)

The brainchild of Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, Avaline is a new line of nonvintage wines with a distinct eye on organic, vegan, sustainable winemaking. Odd then to find that these bottlings, a white and a rose, both blends, hail from Spain and France, respectively. Ingredients are listed on the label… but not the grape varietals,…

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Review: Wilderness Trail Single Barrel Bourbon Bottled in Bond 6 Years Old

We reviewed the lineup from Kentucky’s Wilderness Trail Distillery last summer, and in that write-up we mentioned that the distillery’s founders had exercised considerable patience releasing their first bourbon as a four year, bottled-in-bond. Well, a couple of years later, and the distillery is now slowly releasing its first six-year-old single barrel. Like the previous…

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Tasting the White Wines of Lodi, 2020 Releases

California’s Lodi region is known for its wide range of varietals, irreverent approach to winemaking, and affordable prices, and to showcase all of the above, a sextet of Lodi’s most notable winemakers recently got together to showcase their wares via a Facebook webinar. The theme: white wines, many of which are rarely produced on American…

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Review: Sourland Mountain Gin

New Jersey-based Sourland Mountain makes a wide range of spirits, ranging from vodka to bourbon to coffee liqueur. Today we look at a standby, Sourland’s “flagship” Gin (so called to distinguish it from its barrel-aged expression). There’s not a lot of data about what’s in the bottle, though the distillery notes that it uses 12…

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