Review: Good Idea: The Swedish Sugar Buster Mixers

The awkwardly named Good Idea: The Swedish Sugar Buster is a mixer with a focus on trying to get you to drink healthier, layering in “five specific amino acids” and “a hint of chromium” to help reduce post-meal blood sugar from spiking, with studies showing a reduction of up to 30 percent. As the name…

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Review: Nikka Whisky from the Barrel (Japan vs. U.S. Bottlings)

Nikka’s Whisky from the Barrel has been a global sensation since it was introduced over 30 years ago — with one problem: It hasn’t been available in the U.S. Until now. At long last, this coveted — yet surprisingly affordable — blended whiskey is making its way to the United States. If you aren’t familiar…

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Review: NV Amelia Brut Rose Cremant de Bordeaux

Cremant is an almost foamy style of sparkling wine typically associated with the Alsace region of France, but they make Cremant in Bordeaux, too. They have a lot in common, at least judging by this Cremant, made from 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc. Rich notes of strawberries and cream emerge on the lightly toasty,…

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Review: Seersucker Southern Style Lemonade and Limeade

The folks behind Seersucker Southern Style Gin have launched two extension products: both are based on their gin recipe, flavored with either lemon or lime. They say this is a first: “After a year of research and development, we’re proud to be the first brand to offer a gin blended with all-natural juice,” says Trey Azar,…

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Review: Dulce Vida Paloma and Margarita

Austin-based Dulce Vida Spirits makes an exceptional line of tequilas, and the latest addition to the mix is this duo of ready-to-drink, classic tequila cocktails. Boasting “100% natural freshness,” these premixed cocktails are made with 100% agave blanco tequila, plus authentic ingredients — meaning real juice. So, hats off. Let’s give these ready-to-go concoctions the old…

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Review: Colina Colada Ron con Horchata

Colina Colada is the rum world’s answer to Irish Cream liqueur, a horchata-inspired liqueur that “blends Caribbean rum with fresh dairy cream, cinnamon, lemon, and other unique, natural spices.” It’s made using Don Colina’s recipe, though the product does not include the Dos Ron brand on the label; also, the product is actually bottled in Florida. If…

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Review: Farmhouse 2017 White Wine and 2016 Red Wine

Sonoma’s Cline family is stretching its way into natural wines with the release of Farmhouse, a new label of inexpensive blends, one red, one white. While the wines are named and labeled in honor of a Petaluma farmhouse called Green String, where clean farming techniques are taught to Cline’s “interns,” the grapes used in the…

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Review: Dos Ron Solera 8 Anos and Solera 16 Anos

Dos Ron is the brainchild of Don Colina, who brought his “authentic Cuban family recipe” to the Dominican Republic, where these two rums are being distilled. Both Dos Ron bottlings are aged in a solera style, though it’s unclear whether the 8 years/16 years of age on the label represents the minimum or the average…

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