Drinkhacker Reads – 04.14.2014 – Putin Gets Trolled By Vodka Company

While politics normally resides in the domain of elsewhere, Sobieski vodka has taken to trolling Russian heartthrob Vladimir Putin in a recent series of ads poking fun at recent events in the Ukraine region. While outcry to the campaign has been at a minimum thus far, Mediaite’s Luke O’Neil sums it up best with this gem:…

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Review: 2012 Sequoia Grove Chardonnay Napa Valley

A new release from Rutherford-based Sequoia Grove, right in the heart of Napa. A modest wine, this Chardonnay is a dialed-back version of California’s classic style. Butter, wood, and vanilla are all present, but muted by some fresh apple and lemon notes that linger on the finish. Worthwhile, if not exactly earth-shattering, particularly with summer…

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Book Review: The Signature Series

Tired of cocktails that include rhubarb-bacon bitters or crystallized foie gras garnishes? Well have I got a book for you. The Signature Series isn’t really a book so much as a life experience. At least that’s the goal of New Jersey-based author Erik G. Ossimina (aka “EGO”), who has collected 100 of his own homegrown…

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Review: BridgePort Brewing Trilogy 1 and Hop Czar Citra IPA

Portland, Oregon-based BridgePort Brewing is celebrating 30 years in business, and it’s honoring the event by putting out three beers, all named “Trilogy something” over the course of the year ahead. Fans will vote on their favorite and the winner will be brought back in 2015. The first of this trio is out now: Trilogy 1,…

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Review: Kinky Blue Liqueur

Barely a year ago, Kinky, a hot pink Alize knockoff, first crossed our desk. Now, the club-friendly concoction is out with a second version, Kinky Blue. Which is not pink, but blue. Again, this is technically not a liqueur but a flavored vodka, 5x distilled and flavored with blue things — “tropical and wild berry…

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The A-List – March 2014

Welcome to another edition of the A-List, our monthly review of the best and brightest products we’ve had the privilege to sample over the past month. Compared to last month’s (relatively) barren list, March saw a major uptick in the quality and quantity of the products that have come across our desks. Lots of quality…

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Review: Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila and Plata Tequila (2014)

The world’s love affair with whiskey has now come… to tequila. Say hello to Hornitos Black Barrel, a unique spin on an Anejo from the Sauza-owned distillery. The production process is on the complex side, so let’s let Hornitos tell the tale for us: Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila is redefining the premium tequila experience. Hornitos…

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Book Review: Liquid Vacation

The Tiki drink revival may not have really taken off the way that rum nuts had hoped, but fanatics intent on making fruity, high-proof drinks in the comfort of their own homes and hula skirts can find solace in Liquid Vacation, a large-size recipe book from P Moss, who runs Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas…

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