Recipe: New Years Eve 2014 Cocktails

While the big moment on New Year’s Eve usually calls for champagne, we found a few recipes worthy of your time and consideration to serve prior to the stroke of midnight. Sugar and Spice 1 oz. Ketel One Citroen 1 oz. cranberry juice ½ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice ¾ oz. honey syrup Drop of allspice…

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Review: Tullamore D.E.W. Celebratory Phoenix Irish Whiskey

You’ll have to look very closely to distinguish this special edition bottling from Tullamore D.E.W.’s other limited edition release, Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix. Tullamore D.E.W. Celebratory Phoenix comes from a single production batch of the Phoenix release and is being launched in honor of Tullamore’s new distillery opening. Just 2,014 bottles are available, and they are available only…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.30.2014 – End of Year Wrap Up Edition

Things are winding down for 2014 and we’re getting ready to welcome in 2015 with a bang tomorrow. Here’s what’s been happening since we were on break for the holiday season: • In case this wasn’t already obvious to everyone, a new report claims we drink more in the winter months than any other time…

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Review: Jeremiah Weed Spiced, Cinnamon, and Sarsapirilla Whiskey

  Has flavored whiskey jumped the shark? Jeremiah Weed, which got its start with a sweet tea flavored vodka and then a credible sweet tea flavored whiskey, has now extended itself further into the whiskey world — with spiced, cinnamon, and sarsaparilla expressions. As with any flavored whiskey, whiskey purists need not apply. These are…

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Review: Wild Card Pacific Northwest Absinthe

Bend, Oregon-based Oregon Spirit Distillers makes Wild Card Absinthe with locally-grown wormwood, fennel, and anise, the re-distills the resulting concoction and steeps it with petite wormwood, cardamom, hyssop, and melissa. The finished product is a light-bodied absinthe that is nonetheless a punchy and highly alcoholic nod to the past. Thoughts follow. Wild Card is pale yellow-green in…

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Review: Pampelonne Sangria

Pampelonne’s new sangria comes in a can instead of a bottle for a reason. This new brand, made with French wines as a base, is lightly sparkling, which gives sangria a neat, new dimension. Available in 250ml mini-cans, these two varieties — one red, one (very pale) rose — are bottled at an easy-to-guzzle 6%…

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Review: Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Cider

Vermont-based Woodchuck makes well over a dozen ciders. Recently we received this sample of Hopsation, a traditional apple cider that is infused with Cascade hops. As someone who’s hardly a cider fanatic, Hopsation is a surprisingly drinkable concoction. Some of that bitterness from a dosing of hops is just what that overly sweet-and-sour cider character…

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Review: 2012 Juxtapoz Red Wine Blend North Coast

This new blend comes from the Delicato family, and it’s a bit of a mutt of a wine: Five grape varieties (not sure which) from all over northern California go into an inky, deep purple, super-fruity concoction. Initially overpowering, it does open up to reveal more charming layers underneath its up-front punch — muddled blackberry, dark…

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