Review: El Jimador Tequila Blanco

Looking to boost its presence off the lower tier of tequilas (albeit the still-100% agave ones), venerable El Jimador, the #1 selling 100% agave tequila in Mexico, is revamping its image with a new bottle design. The new look is sleeker and considerably more upscale… but what of the tequila within? 2014-era El Jimador (we…

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Review: Sinfire Cinnamon Whisky

Oregon-based Hood River Distillers has recently rebranded Sinfire, a cinnamon whisky (no “e” on this one) that was launched only two years ago in February 2012. The highlight of the relaunch: “Best served as a 32-degree shot, Sinfire now features a thermochromic temperature-triggered color-changing label to help consumers know exactly when it reaches optimum temperature.…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 02.14.2014

While this edition is a bit lean on the reviews and selection, we’ve still had some great stuff over the past two weeks, both in quality and quantity. Once again Evan Williams comes correct with its Single Barrel Vintage, an excellent value year after year, and Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur most certainly spices things up…

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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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