Recipe: Southern Bourbon Holiday Punch

Who’s ready for some punch? If you’re in the neighborhood, here’s what we’ll be serving… With props to Yankee Kitchen Ninja (which in turn adapted the recipe from Garden & Gun). Southern Bourbon Holiday Punch 1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar 4 cups brewed black tea, cooled 4 cups bourbon 2 cups spiced rum 2 cups brandy…

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Review: 21st Amendment El Sully Mexican Style Lager

You needn’t head all the way down to Mazatlan to get a Mexican beer: 21st Amendment is making a Mexican-style brew right here in San Leandro, California. One sniff of El Sully and you’ll be transported to your favorite beach — or, probably, your local sports bar — wherever it is you tend to sip…

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Blend Your Own Rum with Rum Blender

Remember Whisky Blender? Which lets you whip up your own bespoke vatted malt? Now the company behind that operation is doing the same thing with another big spirit category: Rum. Same idea as before: Rum Blender has seven rums to choose from. You select the proportion of each that you want, in 10ml increments, until…

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Review: Popcorn Sutton Small Batch Recipe Moonshine

Don’t know Popcorn Sutton? Pshaw! The man wrote the book — literally, and he self-published it — on how to make moonshine. Sutton passed away in 2009, but you can still get a copy of Me and My Likker for, oh, $500. If you’ve never seen a picture of Sutton, stop and click this link. The…

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Review: The Macallan Amber and Gold

The Macallan has never been a distillery to do things in a straightforward way. Case in point: the 1824 collection. There’s not just one. There are many. There’s an 1824 Master Series (which Rare Cask is part of). And there’s an 1824 Collection Travel Retail (which these whiskies are part of). Amber and Gold are…

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Review: 2012 Mullan Road Cellars Red Wine Blend Columbia Valley

The Cakebread empire’s latest acquisition is Mullan Road* Cellars, a Washington winery focusing on this Bordeaux-style red blend. The 2012 vintage of Mullan Road Cellars Red is 51% cabernet sauvignon, 37% merlot, and 12% cabernet franc. Mullan Road may be young, but it’s already showing some impressive chops with this blend. The wine is initially…

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Review: Kilchoman 2008 Vintage and PX Finish 2010

Kilchoman may be just a kid on the distilling scene, but that doesn’t mean it’s taking its time. Here’s a look at two new expressions from this up-and-coming Islay distiller. Kilchoman 2008 Vintage – This is a vatting of exclusively bourbon-cask-aged barrels of Kilchoman distilled in July 2008 and bottled in August 2015, making this, at…

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Review: 2011 Marina Cvetic Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva

A curiously late release for an Italian white wine, this trebbiano from the Abruzzo region in south-central Italy pours a deep gold, offering notes of deep oak, roasted apples and pears, vanilla custard, and quite a few herbal notes. The big body dives into hardcore brown butter, coconut, and just a touch of tropicality. You…

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