Review: Cocktail & Sons Switchel and Haymaker’s Punch

Two new seasonal mixers made by our friends at New Orleans’ Cocktail & Sons — both based on 18th century cocktail ingredients and built around ginger. Let’s dive in. Cocktail & Sons Switchel – A citrus syrup made with ginger, Louisiana honey, and apple cider vinegar. Intensely spicy ginger dominates this syrup, with a smattering…

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Review: Headframe Spirits Anselmo Gin and Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur

Butte, Montana is the home of Headframe Spirits, a craft distiller that at present makes a total of five products. Today we look at two: a gin and, intriguingly, a craft bourbon cream liqueur. Headframe Spirits Anselmo Gin – Flavored with 12 botanicals, mostly unnamed with the exception of “citrus and huckleberry.” The results are…

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Review: 2015 Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Chardonnay and White Pinot Noir

  This is our second spin through Oregon’s Left Coast Cellars’ offerings, and today we look at two white wines, a chardonnay and Left Coast’s signature white pinot noir. Let’s taste them both. 2015 Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Chardonnay Willamette Valley – A very dry style of chardonnay, harvested from a vineyard adjacent to…

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Recipes: Labor Day Cocktails 2016

So for this, the 250th recipe post to Drinkhacker, we celebrate the unofficial arrival of summer’s end. However, with the continuous reports of record heat around the globe, it appears that summer isn’t going quietly this year. So until the arrival of everything pumpkin spiced and cooler temperatures, hang out with one of these this holiday…

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Review: 2014 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay Napa Valley

Sequoia Grove’s latest chardonnay release offers no real surprises, an oaky-buttery wine with equal emphasis on both oak and butter. This year’s offering finds some tropical and golden fig elements bubbling up late in the game (let the wine warm a bit to find more fruit in the mix), with a finish that evokes notes…

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Review: Redemption Aged Barrel Proof Straight Rye 8 Years Old (2016), High-Rye 9 Years Old, and Bourbon 9 Years Old (2016)

In late 2015/early 2016, Redemption Rye took the unexpected move of releasing three well-aged straight rye whiskies, all “honey barrels” representing the brand at 7, 8, and 10 years of age. Now Redemption is back again with three more entries into its Aged Barrel Proof line. The twist: Only one is a straight rye; the…

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Review: Suntory Whisky Toki

Japan’s Suntory is well known for its single malts, but it also blends whisky from time to time. With Toki (“time” in Japanese), it’s trying something a little different. Specifically, Toki is a blend of a number of Suntory’s other whiskies, including spirits from Hakushu Distillery, Yamazaki Distillery, and Chita Distillery. Some addition information from the distillery:…

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Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas Madeira Edition 2016

Laphroaig’s latest annual Cairdeas release is finally here: Cairdeas Madeira. As the name suggests, this is Laphroaig finished in Madeira-seasoned hogsheads. Unlike some Cairdeas releases, there’s no information on how old the spirit is before it goes into the finishing cask. Traditionally it is an 8 year old whisky, but this year Laphroaig has been…

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