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Vodka Drinkers Celebrate October 4

October 3, 2017 – It’s vodka’s turn to have its day, Wednesday, October 4 to be precise.  Vodka is one third of all spirits volume amounting to $6 billion – that’s billion with a B – in sales and just shy of 70 million cases in 2016.  Someone out there...
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Coffee Cocktails for National Coffee Day September 29

September 26, 2017 – Morning Joe slips happily into Evening Joe when coffee enters the equation.  Coffee and spirits are made for each other but the trick to a great cocktail is getting the proportions right. We’ve three new recipes below, one is bourbon based, one features gin and the...
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A Bourbon Lover’s Bourbon

September 19, 2017 – September is Bourbon Heritage month so we looked around for something special and we found Trail’s End.  It was like finding the prize in a treasure hunt. This bourbon pays homage to the heritage of the Old West and the end of the trail for the...
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National Vanilla Ice Cream Day for Grown Ups

July 21, 2017 – Calorie counting is banned this Sunday, July 23 as we observe  National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.  And, of course, the celebration of America’s most popular ice cream flavor calls for a boozy twist. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream month and...
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Olive Me a Martini

June 18, 2017 – Would the world be a better place if everyone observed World Martini Day on Monday?  We can all do our patriotic duty to honor this great American invention and turn it into Mellow Monday, one martini at a time (remember you have to work on Tuesday.)...
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For National Gin Day Consider the Tonic

June 8, 2017 – June 10 is National Gin Day and fortunately it falls on a Saturday this year.  There are dozens of excellent gins available, both imported and domestic and at all price points.  But since it is summer and long, cool drinks are in demand, we thought we’d...
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Negroni Week June 5-11 Raising Money for a Good Cause

June 2, 2017 – Next week could be called Guilt-free Negroni Week because for every Negroni ordered at participating bars or restaurants. donations are made to worthwhile causes around the world.  Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and as an effort...
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Bombay Sapphire Gin Recalled in Canada

May 4. 2017 – There’s a round up going on in Canada to find bottles of Bombay Sapphire Gin that are 77 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) instead of 40 percent as marked on the label. Before anyone gets hysterical, let’s just establish that the product won’t kill you unless...
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Something More for Mother’s Day

May 4, 2017 – Mother’s Day and your significant other’s birthday are two days that call for extra effort.  Next weekend, Sunday, May 14 is the date to keep in mind for anyone having a hard time keeping track of the calendar.  If you are old enough to drink cocktails...
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Rye Whiskey from New York State the Ultimate Winner

April 13, 2017 – When thinking about New York’s Hudson Valley, rye whiskey isn’t the first thing to come to mind but that may change with the recently announced results of the 2017 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.  The Chairman’s Trophy, the most prestigious award, went to Hudson Manhattan Rye from craft...
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Captain Morgan LocoNut a Summer Winner

April 5, 2017 – Dreams of cool, breezy summer evenings on your mind?  That’s what we’re all looking forward to as the days get longer and warmer, but you can get in the mood right now with Captain Morgan LocoNut. We love this new blend of Caribbean rum, coconut liqueur,...
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St. Patrick’s Day Means Green Cocktails

March 17, 2017 – It’s the day to drink green.  Today everyone is Irish and green abounds, even for cocktails. Potatoes are a part of traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare so using potato-based vodka is one way to get yours.  Blue Ice Vodka is made from Idaho Russet potatoes, is...
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Death’s Door Gin Revives the Spirit

March 10, 2017 – It’s Friday evening and after a ferocious week, you crawl home feeling like you’re at death’s door and thinking of resuscitation.   In this case, reaching Death’s Door is a good thing because it’s the name of one of the most acclaimed domestic gins that will revive...
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Super Bowl Drink Recipes

February 1, 2017 – We’re just days away from Super Bowl 51 and deciding what to eat and drink is a big part of the annual tradition, whether your party is two people or 20.  Beer is the featured beverage, both in the ad lineup and around the TV screen,...
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Valentine’s Day for Rum & Chocolate Lovers

January 20, 2017 – Looking for a different idea to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year but still bow to the chocolate tradition?  We turned to David Cid, Global Brand Master, Rum & Cane Spirits for Bacardi’s Facundo Rum Collection for a sophisticated solution. As with chocolate and red wine pairings,...
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An Old Fashioned New Year’s Eve

December 22, 2016 – Some traditions never die.  For many of us, saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new just wouldn’t be the same without a cocktail of America’s finest whiskey.  We weren’t too surprised to find out via Google that the Old Fashioned remains one of our...
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Warm up with Pumpkin Spiced Moonshine

November 4, 2016 – It’s hard to resist the lure and romance of Moonshine, even the legal kind with all the taxes paid.  A company to watch is Sugarlands Distilling based in Gaitlinburg, Tennessee that offers a plethora of flavored moonshine, cream liqueurs and coming soon, small batch Tennessee Whiskey....
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A Cocktail for the Day of the Dead

October 28, 2016 — The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a lively and joyful celebration in Mexico, where it originated, and other parts of Latin America on November 1 and 2. It combines the Catholic Church’s celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day...
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National Coffee Day Gets Spirited Help

September 22, 2016 – Coffee drinkers deserve a reward on National Coffee Day next Thursday, September 29 and there are any number of spirits that pair beautifully with coffee making that cup of Joe deliciously different.  You could just splash a bit of Frangelico or just about any liqueur in...
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Serious Drinks for Serious TV Watching

September 9, 2016 – The motto is never let a hot event on TV go to waste, or something like that.  Spirits makers and marketers have fertile brains and we have to admire them for turning couch potato pastimes into events. Take the U.S. Open, now in full swing.  Swigging...
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Easy Cocktails for Labor Day Parties

August 25, 2016 – You’ve got beer on your list.  You’ve got wine.  But you’d really like something special to get things rolling.  Here’s a choice of six simple but delicious, and pretty, cocktails that don’t require a PhD in mixology or an enormous outlay on a haul of expensive...
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Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide Now Online

August 19, 2016 – We all need this!  Whether you are capable of mixing of a decent drink or your repertoire is limited to “something and tonic”, your life will be made easier and far more enjoyable by Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide. The famous “Little Red Book of America’s...
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Traveler’s Guide to the Best Drinks

August 5, 2016 – A web site called TogetherWeek.com, that puts together vacation packages to places where they can guarantee lots of partying and fun, sent us a super illustrated guide to drinks in 20 locations you might just want to put in your bucket list of “must visit” sooner...
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National Scotch Day is Tomorrow!

July 26, 2016 – July 27 is National Scotch Day not to be confused with World Whisky Day, which is celebrated each year on the third Saturday in May, or International Whisk(e)y Day that is held on March 27 each year. July 27 falls on a Wednesday this year which...
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National Tequila Day Sunday, July 24

July 22, 2016 – We’ve had International Negroni Week back in June.  That was a good one as it raised money for charity.  This past week it was National Daiquiri Day, a delightful classic cocktail to celebrate every day.  Now we move on to National Tequila Day on Sunday, July...
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National Daiquiri Day July 19

July 15, 2016 – Mark you calendar!  Next Tuesday, July 19 is the day to take a Daiquiri Time Out. It’s a simple cocktail with a long history and celebratory trappings.  Hemingway was most famously associated with the cocktail but did you know that President Kennedy was also a big...
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New Release of The Macallan Sells for $35,000 a Bottle

June 16, 2016 — You’d have to be crazy to pay $35,000 for a single bottle of Scotch whisky, right?  Not really.  Apart from being wealthy, you would also be a smart investor. The Macallan, one of Scotland’s premier distilleries, will be offering just 450 numbered decanters of a 65-year-old...
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It’s Negroni Week! Drink for a Good Cause.

June 6, 2016 – It’s official.  June 6 thru 12 is Negroni Week worldwide. Before we get into the who, why and where details, let’s answer the question “What is a Negroni?”  It’s a drink with three ingredients Campari/Gin/Vermouth.  Of course creative mixologists always riff on a classic so there...
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Meet Martin Cate, Pioneer of the Tiki Revival

May 27, 2016 – The amiable Martin Cate is one of those people who make lemonade when life hands out lemons.  In his case, the lemonade involved drinks with little umbrellas. About 25 years ago, when Martin was a student in the Washington D.C. area, he had his first Tiki...
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World Whisky Day May 21

May 20, 2016 – Saturday, May 21 is World Whisky Day.  Since it is only the fourth year of World Whisky Day, you can be forgiven for never having heard of it.  Or you might ask, “Isn’t every day whisky day?”  You’d be right about that, too. There’s a web...
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The Cutest Wine and Spirits Gift Ever!

December 22, 2015 – We had to share this one! Ungava Gin, one of our favorites which we reviewed July 22, 2014 http://www.wineandspirits.com/?s=ungava+gin is a super premium gin imported from Quebec, Canada. The rare tundra botanicals that are used to create Ungava gin are handpicked by the Inuit tribe in...
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Flavored Whiskey. White Whiskey. What’s Going On?

December 18, 2015 – Move over vodka.  Our mixologist friends assure us that whiskey is the next big thing cutting into vodka’s popularity.  Whiskey falls into the category known in the trade as “brown spirits” and more and more brown spirits are being used creatively in cocktails.  Savvy marketers have...
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Pau Maui Pineapple Vodka the Spirit of Hawaii

Premium vodka truly handcrafted by a micro-distiller December 2, 2015 – As the days get shorter, darker and colder, the Hawaiian Islands become even more magical in our reveries.  The thought of pineapple vodka lures us to imagine swaying palms, island music, warm breezes – all the images of Hawaii...
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The Ups and Downs of Moonshine

September 4, 2015 – When you put “mainstream” next to “moonshine”, the renegade spirit loses some of its cachet.  However, since most of us can’t access a local moonshiner but would like to experience white whiskey, mainstream is the way to go.  It is also safer.  No risk of ingesting...
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BRANDY & COGNAC: GROWING POPULARITY

Courtesy Beverage Dynamics www.beveragedynamics.com BY JACK ROBERTIELLO   While much talk lately in the spirit business has been about the surge of whiskey sales in the U.S., the other brown spirit — brandy and Cognac — has managed to rebound quite nicely from the economic turmoil of a few years ago and even build...
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Louisville –a New Bourbon Tourism Destination

December 29, 2014 – Louisville’s 4th Street Live entertainment district will have a new attraction in 2015 with the planned opening of a 4,300 square foot visitor center by Jim Beam. The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse will include a working pot still, a bottling line where guests can fill their...
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Anchor Old Tom Gin – A Gin for Gin-Lovers

November 7, 2014 – If you’ve no idea what the Old Tom designation means, don’t feel bad.  You weren’t around in 18th Century London at the height of its popularity and it has only very recently been rediscovered by a handful of distillers.  Mixologists are excited as it makes its...
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Whiskey Becoming #1 Spirit Supplanting Vodka

November 1, 2014 – Vodka, long the best-selling spirit, is about to be replaced by whiskey, possibly by the end of this year, as the biggest selling spirit in the U.S.  The increase in sales of whiskey, especially the made-in-America variety, has been confirmed by the industry trade group DISCUS...
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Tito’s Handmade Vodka Sued Over “Handmade” Claim

Tito’s Handmade Vodka of Austin, Texas, is an American success story.  An entrepreneur who started with a 16-gallon pot still in 1997 built his brand to 850,000 cases by 2013 with estimated revenue of $85 million. The man behind Tito’s is Bert Butler Beveridge II, whose nickname is “Bertito” or...
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Master Distiller Celebrates 60 Years at Wild Turkey

Three million barrels of bourbon or 20 million cases and one man has overseen every drop.  Jimmy Russell “the Master Distiller’s Master Distiller” recently celebrated 60 years at Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg, KY making him the longest tenured master distiller in the industry. Jimmy, as he is known to everyone,...
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Sign up for 2014 Spirits Program in October in New York

Let’s face it, beverage alcohol whether it’s wine, spirits or beer, is a complicated subject and we often have more questions than answers. If you live in the New York City area, respected educator Harriet Lembeck has a great Spirits program starting Wednesday October 1 through October 22.  Each session...
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Ungava Gin Is A New Experience

For Gin lovers and romantics, especially those who delight in botanicals, Ungava Canadian Premium Gin is an exciting find. Originating in the northern-most tip of Québec, a remote windswept place of great beauty and solitude, Ungava derives its unique bouquet and complex flavor from six rare botanicals – Nordic Juniper,...
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Popcorn Sutton’s Legacy White Whiskey Lives On

Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton was a famous third generation moonshiner in the mountains of east Tennessee.  He had a reputation for making “the best damn likker” out there.  He was also a character writ large.  Stories about him abound on the Internet. We recently tasted his recipe, now in the capable...
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SOUTH BAY RUM DELIVERS AN EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Like most people, we think of rum as delightful ingredient in drinks with colorful names like Missionary’s Downfall, served with little umbrellas or in a coconut shell.  At least that’s how we got started a few decades back at Trader Vic’s in the basement of the New York Plaza Hotel....
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WHAT’S BETTER THAN PECAN PIE? PECAN BOURBON!

A belt of bourbon pretty much describes some whiskeys that can be a bit harsh and hot.  Not this one.  William Wolf’s Pecan Bourbon is incredibly smooth, with just enough pecan distillate blended in to make it interesting.  It is slightly sweet but not cloying and it finishes with a...
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SIA — A SCOTCH WHISKY DESIGNED FOR THE MODERN DRINKER

SIA Scotch Whisky is breaking all the rules.  Created by a young woman of Cuban heritage, who originally didn’t like Scotch, it was funded through Kickstarter, and it was purposefully designed to be the Scotch for people who don’t even know they like Scotch. Carin Luna-Ostaseski was a successful graphics...
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Japanese Whisky – A Trend to Explore and Enjoy

by Harriet Lembeck This is the time for you to learn about Japanese Whisky.  Suntory Distillery, the only game in town for at least 40 years, has four whisky entries in the U.S. market.  Now Anchor Distilling Company has added two Japanese whiskies from the Nikka distillery, making a total...
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Making Spirits the Old Fashioned Way

In a drinks world dominated by huge conglomerates, mostly headquartered overseas, starting a distillery means you have to be either foolhardy or incredibly optimistic.  In the case of Arthur Hartunian, owner of the Napa Valley Distillery, it is large doses of the latter. His enthusiasm is contagious and he obviously...
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First Gluten Free Vodka Now Available

“Gluten free” is the trending term resonating with the American consumer. It has been discovered that gluten is the cause of painful celiac disease and while the number of people with this affliction is estimated at 1 in 141, about one third of adults want to cut down on gluten...
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Here’s Looking At You

Wondering what to spend your tax refund on? Or what to buy dear old Dad for Father’s Day? How about a special bottle of Balvenie Scotch Whisky, which will set you back a mere $33,000.00. That’s right. Twenty thousand pounds in the UK or $33,000 in the USA. The Scotch...
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Belles Of Bourbon

Bourbon isn’t just for the “good ole boys” anymore. With the founding of Bourbon Women Association, bourbon is becoming the drink of choice for professional women in many different industries who enjoy the networking opportunities the Association provides. Founded in 2011 by Peggy Noe Stevens, Bourbon Women has over 500...
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