Review: UV Sriracha Vodka

As we reported in December, the world of flavored vodka has delved into the full-on lunatic, with the launch of UV’s Sriracha-flavored vodka. Officially notated as a “chili pepper flavored vodka” made with all-natural flavors, the spirit really looks the part, bottled in imitation of the iconic condiment, packaged in a red bottle with a…

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Review: 1.0.1 Vodka

Made in California and pronounced “One-O-One,” this new vodka is distilled from corn (to keep the spirit gluten-free) and filtered five times before bottling. Billed as affordable alternative to $30-plus ultra-premium vodkas, 1.0.1 fits right in with its oversized, frosted bottle. The spirit itself, however, is considerably different than most of those big brands. Here,…

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Recipes: Valentine’s Day Cocktails 2014

Along with bone-chilling temperatures for most of the nation, love is indeed in the air. And as always, we present a nice assortment of cocktail recipes to keep you warm and well-served during this most festive of holidays. Chandon Rosebud 4 raspberries 1/3 oz fresh lemon juice 3/4 oz gin 1/4 oz simple syrup 2…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.12.2014 – Product Launches And Revamps Day

Aberlour is getting ready to launch a global rebranding initiative of its product line. The Pernod-owned single malt has refreshed its logo and is planning an aggressive social media campaign, led with the tagline “Made From Experience.” No word on which supermodel or actress they’re recruiting as a spokesperson. [Just Drinks] In other product launch…

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Review: Frangelico Liqueur

Consider the hazelnut. Best known as a secondary ingredient in a popular chocolate-flavored spread, it’s also long been the only way to get hazelnuts into a cocktail (though newer options have recently availed themselves). Frangelico is a classic spirit that reportedly dates back more than 300 years to a bunch of Italian monks who made the…

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Review: Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

It should be noted at the start that “INTENSE” is by far the largest text on the label of this liqueur, but that’s to be expected from any ginger-flavored spirit. It simply comes with the territory. Ginger liqueurs are a small category, for obvious reasons. The number of cocktails you can use it in is…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.10.2014

If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em: the paper of record is reporting that Anheuser-Busch InBev waved some cash, made it rain, and purchased microbrewer Blue Point Brewing Company. While details of the acquisition of the Long Island brewery were not disclosed, it is expected to be a done deal by the end of this…

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Review: Ketel One Vodka (2014)

The Netherlands-distilled Ketel One was one of the brands that drove vodka’s rise to super-premium status, and it’s been 6 years since we took a look at this iconic, venerable brand. Recipes and production methods change, over time. So how has Ketel One fared in the last half-decade as its found itself attacked by competitors?…

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