Coconut Cartel Rum Bottle

Review: Coconut Cartel Rum

By Mike Gerrard | March 12, 2021 |

The name of this rum brand comes from the fact that founders — brother and sister Dani and Mike Zighelboim — used to smuggle suitcases full of coconuts to hotels in Miami from their home in El Salvador. Eventually they were supplying coconuts to customers as far north as The Hamptons. Finally they went legit…

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Crafthouse Cocktails in a box, Moscow Mule and Spicy Margarita

Review: Crafthouse Cocktails – Spicy Margarita and Moscow Mule

By Mike Gerrard | February 20, 2021 |

It’s a sign that pre-prepared cocktails have truly arrived that every one of Crafthouse Cocktails’ eight ready-mixed cocktails won Double Gold, Gold or Silver at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The company is the brainchild of Chicago bar owner and restauranteur Matt Lindner and Global Bartending Champion Charles Joly. Joly had become used…

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BarBox Cocktails in a Box

Review: BarBox Ready-to-Drink Craft Cocktails, Complete Lineup

By Mike Gerrard | February 5, 2021 |

Cocktails in a box have become such a fast-growing category that you wonder how come it took so long to happen. Wine has been available in boxes for decades and has long done away with the myth that boxed wine has to equal cheap wine. Of course it can be cheap, but it can also…

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Bottle of Mezcal Don Ramon

Review: Mezcal Don Ramon Joven

By Mike Gerrard | January 27, 2021 |

Don Ramon’s range of tequilas have been around for a while, aiming for an upmarket image by recruiting ex-James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan as their brand ambassador. It’s notable, then, that in late 2020 they chose to launch Mezcal Don Ramon. Mezcal is usually seen as a more artisanal spirit than tequila, often made in…

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Pickers Original Vodka Bottle

Review: Pickers Original Vodka

By Mike Gerrard | January 9, 2021 |

The name Pickers has nothing to do with the American Pickers TV series but is rather a homage to the guitar pickers in the city of Nashville where the Pennington Distilling Company is based. Use of the word ‘original’ also lets you know that they have a small range of flavored vodkas, as well as…

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A bottle of Desert Door Back Burn Sotol from Teaxas

Review: Desert Door Back Burn Texas Sotol

By Mike Gerrard | December 30, 2020 |

Sotol is typically thought of as a Mexican spirit, if it’s thought of at all, but Desert Door makes the only U.S. sotol on the market, distilled from Desert Spoon plants that grow in its native Texas. Launching with a straight blanco version, which was followed by an oak-aged expression, the company has now embarked…

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Bottles of Q Kola and GuS Cola.

Review: Q Kola and GuS Cola

By Mike Gerrard | August 29, 2020 |

When looking for a cola mixer it’s far too easy to reach for the usual suspects, especially in the grocery store where the big names occupy most of the aisle. However, most of the big names use obesity-inducing high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. HFCS is a cheap sweetener made from corn, and has…

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Review: Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 Years Old

By Mike Gerrard | August 11, 2020 |

For a distillery that releases premium whiskies at 24 and even 26 years old, and for which a 10 year old is comparatively young, releasing a 5 year old spirit is a bold move. But Islay’s Ardbeg is so confident of its success, though, that they are adding it to their core range, so I…

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Cazadores Tequila Blanco

Review: Cazadores Tequila – Blanco and Extra Anejo

By Mike Gerrard | July 15, 2020 |

The Cazadores Distillery is in the town of Arandas in the highlands of Jalisco in Mexico, and of their range of tequilas we’ve only reviewed their Reposado to date. While it’s definitely at the budget end of the tequila market, it’s a reliable choice if you want a 100% agave tequila for margaritas or palomas,…

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Stray Dog Wild Gin

Review: Stray Dog Wild Gin

By Mike Gerrard | July 7, 2020 |

As well as some excellent wines, Greece is known mainly for its indigenous spirits like ouzo, raki, tsipouro, and Metaxa. But gin? Not at all. There are only 2 or 3 made in the whole country, and only one currently available in the USA: Stray Dog Wild Gin. The first part of the name is…

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