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The Macallan Celebrates 200 Years

March 7, 2024 -- The Macallan has unveiled Tales of The Macallan Volume II, the second edition in a remarkable series of rare single malt Scotch whiskies which tells the story of The Macallan pioneers and their whisky-making legacy.  The second release pays homage to Alexander Reid, founder of The...
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Valentine’s Day Cocktails & Gifts

February 2, 2024 --  How about trying something new and different this year!  We’ve found several interesting spirits that might not be familiar: Hollywood-themed whiskies from Filmland Spirits, romantic Italian aperitivos from Italicus & Savoia, and one of our all time favorites Hood River Distillers.   All are not only delicious...
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Hot Drinks for Cold Weather

January 15, 2024 – There’s nothing like a hot toddy to warm us up on a cold day and it’s hard to beat a good rum as the base for a true deliciousness.  If you haven’t tried Barceló Rum from the Dominican Republic now is a good time.  We tried...
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Christmas Cocktails Served with a Splash

December 18, 2023 -- Stress no more!  We’ve got a delightful and delicious shortcut for festive cocktails to get you through the season of celebration and parties. No need to search out new recipes or buy ingredients you may never use again.  Simply add a splash of Clear Creek Cranberry...
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Flaviar’s 2023 Advent Calendar Now Available

October 12, 2023 -- The always highly anticipated Flaviar Advent Calendar is now available and this year’s is a winner so grab yours right away – they sell out really quickly every year. The Lost Art of Distillation – The Amber Kingdom features :             Twenty-four superb whiskeys including gold...
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Negroni Week September 18-24

September 15, 2023 --  Negroni Week is back and here’s what you need to know. The classic Negroni was invented around 1919 in Florence, Italy.  The recipe is simple – equal parts each of Campari, Red (sweet) Vermouth and London Dry Gin served with an orange twist for garnish.  Over...

Perfect Cocktail for Summer’s Ending

August 30, 2023 – Labor Day spells the unofficial end of summer, which for those of us who love the heat and bare feet, is a bit depressing.  But we have a cocktail to make those last “Golden Hours” amazing and it requires no skill at all. The recipe calls...

National Lemonade Day Grows Up!

August 17, 2023 -- Lemonade isn’t just for kids.  Grown-ups enjoy it too and Smirnoff certainly knows how to make any celebration more festive with suggestions for informal gatherings or just a relaxing libation after at the end of a long day.  Smirnoff Blue Raspberry Lemonade offers refreshing tart and...
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“The Big Dog” Vodka for the Dog Days of Summer

Augus14, 2023 -  Hood River Distillers, founded right after Prohibition ended in 1934, got its start crafting fruit brandies with the excess apples and pears from local orchards.  It has prospered to become the Northwest’s largest and oldest importer, distiller, producer and marketer of distilled spirits.  In 2021 they released...

Sunshine Punch Rum Cocktail Nostalgia in a Bottle

August 5, 2023 – Inspired by an orange creamsicle, newly released Sunshine Punch in the sassy orange bottle is there to savor wherever you find your sunshine.  The ready-to-serve cocktail is made from orange, crème, rum and vodka.  Served chilled or over ice, at just 18% ABV it is designed...
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July 4 Easy Entertaining

June 29, 2023 – With Independence Day falling on Tuesday this year, we’re looking for a way to have a stylish celebration but keep the preparation and clean up easy.  Ready-to-Drink cocktails are a great solution and we have two suggestions:  Smirnoff Poco Pico ICE and Fishers Island Lemonade. Smirnoff...
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For Mother’s Day, Add a Little Luxury

May 8, 2023 --- When Mom struggles home loaded with a week’s worth of groceries we seriously doubt there’s a bottle of a luxury spirit just for her in the shopping bags.   So why not slip one in as an unexpected surprise with your other plans for the day.  We...

Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cups Now Available

April 14, 2023 – On May 6 the 149th Kentucky Derby returns to Churchill Downs for what is known as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”.  It is also the 50th anniversary of the amazing Secretariat winning The Kentucky Derby, a historic moment in thoroughbred history.  Woodford Reserve, the Presenting...

Pack your walking shoes!  You and a friend could be headed to Ireland to soak in the beauty of Glendalough, County Wicklow – also known as the “Garden of Ireland.”  Besides touring the sights of Dublin, winners will have a unique three-hour excursion with Glendalough Distillery’s full-time forager, Geraldine Kavanagh...
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The Kraken Gold Spiced Rum Released Nationally

March 8, 2023 --- Spiced rum is a hot category and the latest entry comes from The Kraken.  Capitalizing on their popular Black Spiced Rum launched in 2010, The Kraken Gold Spiced Rum is set to take the cocktail world by storm.  And that’s appropriate since the Kraken is a...

New Ideas for Valentine’s Cocktails

February 9, 2023 – With Cupid’s approval, we’re introducing two fresh ideas for Valentine’s Day celebrations:  Empress 1908 Gin and ready to pour Via Carota Craft Cocktails.  Get ready to fall in love! Empress 1908 Gin Empress 1908 Gin comes to us from the island of Victoria, just a ferry...
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Ring in the New Year with Stylish Cocktails

December 28, 2022 – After the mess caused by the weather, staying warm, taking it easy and enjoying a good cocktail sounds exactly right.  We don’t have snow but we are being drenched by an atmospheric river, and that Irish Coffee from Keeper’s Heart Whiskey looks awfully good.  Whipped cream...
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Gift Solutions

December 5, 2022 – No need to stress over gift giving.  There’s something for everyone in the realm of wine and spirits.  Whether it’s a bottle of a well-known brand that they enjoy frequently or something new and different, it will be an appreciated gift.  Here are our suggestions: OCEAN...
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A Taste of Africa

October 10 , 2022 ---  The introduction of a new gin is exciting news to gin lovers everywhere.  And when it comes from Kenya’s first craft distillery, that’s really something we all want to know about.  But it gets better.  All the botanicals are from the continent of Africa as...
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Black Infusions Dirty Shirley is the Drink for Fall

September 28, 2022 – As we transition from summer fun to tailgate parties, watching the game with friends, early fall barbecues and other fall and winter socializing, we need a great cocktail that has its own vibe.  Black Infusions Dirty Shirley is just the thing. You can mix it yourself...
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Patrón Tequila and Lalique Release Gorgeous New Bottle

July 21, 2022 –Patrón Tequila, the world's number one super-premium tequila, and Lalique, the crown jewel ofFrance’s crystal industry, have unveiled their third remarkable collaboration: PATRÓN en LALIQUE: Serie 3. The stunningly beautiful bottle, created by Marc Larminaux, Lalique’s Artistic and Creative Director, is an artistic interpretation of the agave...
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The Macallan Releases 2022 Collection

June 29, 2022 – Attention lovers and collectors of The Macallan Scotch whisky! The Macallan has unveiled The Macallan M Collection, a range of limited release single malt whiskies celebrating the brand’s acclaimed Six Pillars. The whiskies come in beautifully crafted decanters created in collaboration with renowned creative director, Fabien...
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Father’s Day Bottles and Cocktails

June 15, 2022 --- Buying Dad a bottle of something special is a simple solution to the gift dilemma, but why not make it extra special by creating a cocktail to enjoy together as you indulge in recollections of the past.  We’ve selected suggestions from Grand Marnier, Rémy Martin, George...
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Memorial Day Easy Drinks

May 26, 2022 – Hard to believe, but Memorial Day Weekend is upon us.  That summer vibe we all look forward starts this weekend, and what better way to celebrate it than with an easy, breezy cocktail.  Tullahoma Tea 1.5 oz Dickel Bourbon0.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice0.5 oz Texas...
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World Aperitivo Day Debuts May 26

May 20, 2022 -- Italians know how to relax as the sun goes down and we get ready for dinner with friends or family.  They sip an aperitivo which comes from the Latin word aperire “to open” meaning, in this case, to open the appetite for the meal to come. ...
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Grand Cocktails for Mother’s Day

May 4. 2022 – Making Mother’s Day special each year is something we all strive to do.  Gifts, flowers, lunch are all wonderful but making a special cocktail is probably not something Mom does on a daily basis – if ever!  So here’s your chance to add some unexpected glamour...
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Ukrainian Vodka Plant Reopens

May 04, 2022 --- As we watch the systematic destruction of Ukraine by the Russian dictator, it is hard to imagine businesses reopening but this is what is happening in parts of Ukraine where the Russian army is still at bay, and President Zelenskyy is encouraging reopening where safe. One...
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Whiskey

March 10, 2022 --- At last we can get back to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends, parades and parties. How great is that!   And what could be more appropriate than raising a glass of Irish whiskey to toast our return to tradition.  If you’ve never tried Irish whiskey, then...

Valentine’s Gift for the Cocktail Enthusiast

February 10, 2022 --- Here’s a great gift suggestion for the person on your gift list that enjoys making, creating, even just drinking, cocktails.  It is “Barkeep:  The Art of Mixology, Bar & Cocktails” by Danilo Bozovic.  His first book published in 2016, “Barkeep:  The Guide to Becoming a Professional...

Valentine’s Cocktails New and Old

February 11, 2022 – Pink.  Red.  Roses.  Chocolate.  It’s Valentine’s Day and we have cocktails that pay homage to the day but also delight year ‘round. Could there be anything more romantic than a pink gin made from the roses in an Irish garden distilled with botanicals from the mountains...
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Festive & Delicious Cocktails

December 19, 2021 – It’s the time of year when we all make a bit more effort to produce food and drinks that are special.  It’s also the time of year when we should be able to experience the joy of the season that comes from gathering with family and...
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Monkey Shoulder Goes With Fun & Food

December 18, 2021 – When it comes to partying, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky doesn’t monkey around (couldn’t resist it!).  Fun and food are what it’s all about.  Take their spin on making 12 Old Fashioneds in one fell swoop created by Brand Ambassador Anna Mains.  It’s genius and a great...
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Gift Guide 2021

November 22, 2021 – It’s time to make the gift list again so here are a few ideas to help in the process.  The world of wine and spirits is a great place to shop as there are options at all price points and a huge variety of choices.  There...
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Whiskey + Doughnuts = Doing Good

October 20, 2021 -- National First Responders Day is October 28.  To celebrate our first responders, Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey has released two limited-run, whiskey-infused doughnuts in collaboration with Dough Doughnuts - The Proper Irish Coffee Cream-Filled and The Proper Irish Coffee Glazed.  A portion of the proceeds of...
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National Rum Day Recipes

August 16, 2021 – Today is National Rum Day, and we’ve got some recipes for you, mostly simple but with a few interesting twists. For example both Butterfly Oasis and Trader Vic’s Classic Mai Tai call for Orgeat, a syrup made from almonds which is a great addition to any...
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“Keep the Dive Alive”. You Can Help.

July 5, 2021 --  Remember the opening line of the Cheers theme?  “Sometimes You Want to go Where Everybody Knows Your Name”.  That sums up the enticement of the dive bar.  But, like so many small, independent businesses, the dive bar world has suffered thanks to the pandemic.  However, help...

Independence Day Cocktails

June 30, 2021 -- The Fourth of July falls on Sunday this year which is great for anyone organizing a celebration.   The following recipes are festive, easy to make and definitely have the appropriate color scheme.  What’s more, they will carry you through every summer occasion. Smirnoff Red, White &...
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Father’s Day Gift Suggestions

June 16, 2021 --  Time is running out, friend, but here are some suggestions to save the day and ensure you are not cut out of the will, at least this year.  These are for the Dads who like to make cocktails, think about making cocktails one of these days...

Whiskey Notes & News

In Tennessee May 22, 2021 – The historic George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey released the latest vintage of their highly acclaimed Bottled in Bond whisky series, Spring 2007, which will be available as a limited-time offering. This bottling is the first offering of the series from a spring distilling season, and...
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Memorial Day Cocktails

May 27, 2021 – The Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of the summer season so a new cocktail recipe is a good way to celebrate.  We’ve selected four that are “doable” – they taste good, look good, but are not too complicated.  You almost certainly have one or...

One Million Trees Promised by Rum Distillery

April 23, 2021 --- On Earth Day I was reminded of the numerous stories we’ve posted about distilleries, wineries and breweries, large and small, taking steps to improve our planet.  One such company is Flor de Caña, a premium rum producer in Nicaragua, the world’s first spirit to be Carbon...
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Quick & Easy Spring Cocktails

April 4, 2021 -- It’s spring.  Things are getting better.  Let’s celebrate! Our friends at Bacardi have a few ideas to lend a touch of glamour to brunch or cocktails and they couldn’t be simpler.  In fact, these are recipes to have on hand for any occasion all summer long. The...
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Rare & Exciting Offer From New U.S. Whiskey Distillery

March 25, 2021 – If you love whiskey and have 15 grand lying around, a Minneapolis distillery has a great opportunity for you.  The O’Shaughnessy Distilling Company, which officially opens to the public this summer, has launched the Keeper’s Heart Cask Society.  You can join this members-only society and enjoy...

Crown Royal & Coming 2 America

March 1, 2021 – Ready for some fun?  This Friday, March 5, Coming 2 America movie premieres on Amazon Prime Video.  Appropriately, Crown Royal, with its very real royallegacy (it was created in 1939 as a gift for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the first reigning monarchs to visit...
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Valentine’s Day – Drink Pink!

February 10, 2021 --  As the song says, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love…”  but if you can’t find love, try liking someone..  Valentine’s Day is all about romance but liking one another is a really good place to start and can really make a difference in...

Gift Guide 2020 – Part 2

December 13 -- Time is running out but we have some gift ideas for anyone on your list who enjoys whisk(e)y or a great cocktail.  Thinking creatively will help your thoughtful giver reputation and bring joy to the lucky recipient.  The list we’ve compiled features limited editions and new releases...

Gift Guide 2020

November 27, 2020 --  There’s a plethora of fabulous wines and amazing spirits that make wonderful and thoughtful gifts but we were searching for something really fresh, exciting and different.  Our two finds – one for cocktail enthusiasts and the other for wine lovers with an inclination for history and...

Australian Whisky Gathers Gold & Accolades

November 6, 2020 -- Just a year ago we told you about the Australian whisky brand, Starward that had made its debut in the U.S. with Nova Single Malt in May of 2019 followed by Two-Fold Double Grain in October.  This year both expressions each took home a Gold Medal...
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Bulleit Whiskey’s One Million Tree Goal

October 21, 2020 – Bulleit Frontier Whiskey is teaming up with American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization, founded in 1875, to plant one million trees over the next five years.  The partnership will reforest eastern landscapes dominated by white oaks, a key species for wildlife, water conservation and...
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Labor Day & We Could All Use a Drink

September 4, 2020 – Just because this has been the weirdest year ever, the unofficial end-of-summer celebrations can still go on.  Hanging on to traditions is helpful, even if everyone is saying “Cheers!” from six feet away.    And trying something new and different keeps life interesting, even if there’s just...
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The Macallan Offers Virtual Tasting. Reserve Now!

August 28, 2020 – The Macallan has unveiled an exciting new virtual experience providing unprecedented access to the Whisky Mastery Team as they explore the journey of the creation of the new Double Cask Range, a perfect partnership of Oloroso sherry seasoned American and European oak casks creating a range...
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National Rum Day – A Summer Favorite

August 13, 2020 – National Rum Day falls on Sunday, August 16 but if you want to get an early start on Saturday, or even Friday afternoon, it’s OK with us. Rum makes the best summer cocktails which is hardly surprising considering its Caribbean birthplace back in the 1600s.  As...

Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky is Back!

July 31, 2020 --- Summer will be different this year but back by popular demand, Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whisky will make it a whole lot more enjoyable. The smooth Crown Royal whisky is bursting with the juicy flavor of fresh Georgia peaches and we’re delighted it’s available again, starting...

Fourth of July Cocktails & Punch

July 1, 2020 –Independence Day gatherings might be limited this year but we can still ring in America’s birthday with a vibrant and patriotic punch made with a combination of Bacardi white and flavored rums.  The great thing about the Red Rum Punch recipe below is it can be adjusted...

Father’s Day Gift Solutions

June 12, 2020 --- If you’ve been procrastinating about getting Dad a gift, you are coming down to the wire.  Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21 so get off your duff get him something he’ll treasure but probably wouldn’t buy for himself.  You’re done with ties, tools and golf balls...

Gin is the Spirit of World Cucumber Day

June 9, 2020 --- World Cucumber Day?  Really?  Indeed.  June 14 is the designated day.   There was something a bit odd, even a bit rum you might say, about the whole thing.  Sniffing around online we found who was behind it --- the sly, creative Brits at Hendrick’s Gin. World...

World Whiskey Day May 16

May 14, 2020 – Have you noticed the acronym for Shelter In Place is SIP --- so let’s do it on Saturday to mark World Whisk(e)y Day.  Crank up FaceTime or Zoom or hang over the back fence and mellow out with something from Scotland, or the USA/Japan/Canada – even...
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Reyka Vodka Launches #ReykaBeard

April 27, 2020 – Have you noticed more hirsute males in the last month or so?  Undoubtedly the lockdown is to blame.  That’s a lame excuse but we have a really great one for you from Reyka Vodka.  The Icelandic vodka maker has just launched a campaign that’s good fun...

Bacardi Helps Produce Hand Sanitizer

March 25, 2020 – Bacardi Limited, the fabled premium rum producer since 1862, has shifted production at the distillery in Cataño, Puerto Rico to produce much need hand sanitizer.  They have partnered with Olein Refinery to provide raw materials that will enable the production of more than 1.7 million units...

St. Patrick’s Day Green Cocktails

March 13, 2020 – On March 17, everyone is Irish and what could be better than a green cocktail to celebrate.  The recipes below cover the gamut from sweet shots using Sailor Jerry Rums to savory with Milagro Tequila’s Maria Verde.  This recipe requires a juicer.  iI you don’t have...

Smirnoff: “It’s Written in the Stars”

February 28, 2020 – Feeling “star crossed” or grouchy, blame it on the weather or maybe, just maybe, you need to find the cocktail that goes with your astrological sign. To ensure that everyone is properly aligned, the party animals at Smirnoff have created a chart showing which of their...

Valentine’s Day No Drama Drinks

Valentine’s Day No Drama Drinks February 7, 2020 --  Valentine’s Day  --  some people love it; some people hate it.  Don’t let society’s expectations stress you out.  Make it whatever you want it to be, count your blessings and enjoy a lovely glass or two of bubbles or an interesting...

Thanksgiving Cocktail Choices

November 23, 2019 – It’s Thanksgiving, it’s fall, it’s apple time, it’s time for fun and new and interesting cocktails.  If the Thanksgiving weekend means lazy mornings and enjoying someone else’s kitchen slog then by all means indulge in Svedka’s Rise & Shine and you’ll be in a good mood...
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Australian Whisky Brand Expands in U.S.

October 30, 2019 --  Starward Australian Whisky burst on the U.S. scene in May 2019 with Nova, an international award-winning single malt that led Forbes Magazine to opine that Australia might replace Japan as the hottest unconventional crafter of fine whisky.  Recently, the Melbourne-based distillery increased its visibility in this...
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Halloween Parties Need Halloween Cocktails

October 27, 2019 – Things aren’t quite normal on Halloween and neither are these cocktail recipes designed just for the occasion.  Want a Martini?  How about an appropriately red one from Belvedere Vodka?  Or for a crowd of creatively attired guests, offer creative punch recipes from Nolet’s Gin (frequently voted...
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Belvedere Vodka Cocktails With a Healthy Twist

October 17, 2019 – For anyone seeking to live an all-natural lifestyle, Belvedere Vodka offers the three guilt-free recipes below for making ultra-premium vodka cocktails using healthy ingredients already in your pantry. Candice Kumai who is known as the go-to girl for healthy eating and drinking, created these recipes exclusively...
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Cocktails to Celebrate the Fall Equinox

September 19, 2019 – The Fall or Autumnal Equinox occurs on Monday, September 23 this year.  It marks the time when the length of the day and the length of the night are almost equal.  This occurs at 3:50 a.m. on the east coast or 12:50 a.m. on the west...
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Glenfiddich Releases Luxury Edition

September 13, 2019 – Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky, has just released Grand Cru. This exclusive and elegant whisky has matured for 23 years in American and European oak casks and elegantly finished in rare French cuvée casks for up to six months. What exactly does...
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Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee is Coming!

September 6, 2019 – Jägermeister, the iconic and popular shot liqueur, is adding intense rich Arabica coffee and cacao to its 56 herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits to launch Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee. “Combining Jägermeister with coffee has been a fan favorite for years, so we wanted to perfect that...

Labor Day – Go Big or Go Bubbly

September 29, 2019 --- Friends coming over for Labor Day?  Sometimes we just want to show off a bit, right?  We think the Venezuelan Colada below does just that.  Santa Teresa 1796 Rum is the base of this yummy cocktail.  And the secret is, as long as you have the...
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Easy Rider Bourbon On The Road Again

August 11, 2019 – Calling all bourbon enthusiasts, hog and chopper zealots and denizens of the man cave start your engines!  Easy Rider Bourbon is back and even better. In 2018, Hood River Distillers acquired Easy Rider and have reintroduced the brand as Easy Rider Kentucky Straight Bourbon.  The distillery,...

Cocktails for The Dog Days

August 8, 2019 – The Summer of 2019 is almost in the history books but it’s still hot and we’re still inviting friends to gather around pool and patio for a final fling.  We’ve got some great cocktail suggestions to carry you from now through Labor Day.  They’re new, different...
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It’s National Daiquiri Day!

Note: Last Friday was National Diquiri day and we apologize we missed the post date due to a minor technical issue. July 19, 2019 – It’s hot, you’re tired, but TGI Friday.  Not only that, it’s National Daiquiri Day.  Here’s a recipe (below) from Bacardi that’s so simple you don’t...
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Mojito Recipe With a New Twist

June 10, 2019 – The Mojito is so popular that it has its own day for celebration -– Thursday, July 11 is National Mojito Day. The Mojito comes to us from Cuba and who better than Bacardi to offer a new take on this classic cocktail.  The latest addition to...

Save the Puffins with Reyka Vodka

May 6, 2019 – Puffins are delightful, slightly comical little birds that need help to continue to be delightful and comical.  Their numbers have declined due to over hunting and climate change.  Iceland, home of Reyka Vodka that rightfully claims to be one of the purest in the world is...
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Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

March 15, 2019 – Things with a green tinge are on the menu on St. Patrick’s Day and for a really festive touch from Smirnoff Ice, we’ve found a way to make shamrock ice cubes that won’t dilute your drink. (If you don’t have a shamrock shaped ice tray, just...
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National Margarita Day Made Easy

February 20, 2019 --- National Margarita Day is this Friday February 22 – which is better than when it happens during the workweek.  But we keep wondering who chose Freezing February to celebrate America’s favorite cocktail.  Perhaps the idea is that sipping a Margarita after shoveling the driveway will remind...
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Chinese New Year Good Luck Cocktails

January 30, 2019 – Next Tuesday, February 5 marks Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year throughout Asia.  It will usher in the Year of the Pig in the 12-year Chinese zodiac.  Like Western New Year, it is a time for celebration and new beginnings. Family get-togethers, special...
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Eggnog is an Ancient Yule Tradition

December 18, 2018 – Eggnog has been around for centuries.  Food historians believe it got its start in Medieval times when a drink called “posset” made of hot milk, sugar and spices was enjoyed in the winter months.  The sugar was surely honey back in the day.  There is a...
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Crown Royal Calls for Water Breaks

September 12, 2018 – This football season be prepared to take water breaks.  Frequently.  Crown Royal, the Canadian whisky in the nifty purple bag, has launched a responsible drinking campaign, which they claim is the largest ever, and it probably is. If you watched the season opener last Thursday, you...

National Rum Day August 16

August, 15, 2018 – Tomorrow is National Rum Day.  Too bad it falls on a Thursday but rum makers won’t mind if you move your celebration to Friday and Saturday and Sunday.  We’ve gathered a group of recipes to make sure you have the perfect choice to enjoy this intriguing...
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Captain Morgan Releases Apple Smash

August 9, 2018 – Captain Morgan’s latest foray into the fruit and veg department is Apple Smash now available in stores just in time for National Rum Day on August 16. Apple Smash comes in the familiar round cannonball bottle this time in bright green scratch and sniff cladding.  And,...
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Star Trek Vodka is a Stellar Idea

July 26, 2018 – Suddenly the Cosmo cocktail will have a whole new meaning.   Silver Screen Bottling Company is collaborating with CBS Consumer Products to market a luxury vodka blended with vodka that has traveled beyond Earth.   Named Ten-Forward Vodka, for the bar on the Starship Enterprise-D, each bottle...
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Jägermeister Releases Mini Meisters

July 10, 2018 – Jägermeister has just released Mini Meisters nationwide.  The 20 ml minis chill quickly and are perfect single shot serves that can be taken anywhere.  The 10-pack fits in the fridge and the serving size works well for cocktails or alongside a beer. Jägermeister Price: Jägermeister Mini...
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Father’s Day Gift Solutions

June 7, 2918 – Mark you calendar.  Sunday, June 17 is Father’s Day and if you feeling challenged in the gift-giving department, here are some helpful suggestions.  We’ve listed suggestions in price points ranging from an affordable $24.99 up to $170.00 and we picked out interesting bottles of domestic whiskey...
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Mezcal Cocktail Honors the Mexican Gray Wolf

April 1, 2018 – Montelobos Mezcal Cocktail celebrates the Mexican gray wolf.  The Mexican gray wolf needs friends as there aren’t many of them roaming around the Southwest of the U.S. and Mexico these days.  So it is appropriate that Montelobos Mezcal has partnered with the @WolfConservationCenter to bring awareness...

Green Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

March 13, 2017 – St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is when the whole world is Irish and green is le color de Irish.  So, of course, green cocktails are obligatory.  We’ve got two super special recipes: The Sophisticated Shamrock has interesting ingredients and flavors. In addition to the Reyka...
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Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum & Harley-Davidson Art Contest

January 18, 2018 – Call it Hog Heaven.  Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Harley-Davidson are teaming up again, this time with a first-of-its-kind design competition open to the public.  Dubbed the “My Works Speaks for Itself” contest, details on how to enter can be found at The model selected...
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The Macallan and Chinese New Year

January 14, 2018 – Paying homage to Chinese New Year which starts February 16, The Macallan is issuing a limited edition gift box featuring the Year of the Dog. The handsome box contains two bottles of The Macallan Double Cask 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  For collectors,...
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Drink Your Dessert!

December 18, 2017 – We can’t guarantee it, but this just might be the way to save on calories!  Skip the pies and indulge yourself with a delicious cocktail. The following recipes are easy to make and any one of them will be a perfect alternative to offer guests at...
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Nothing Says Christmas Like Candy Canes

December 3, 2017 -- Peppermint flavored candy canes are an indispensable   Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Fact Sheet   part of Holiday Season trimmings and our friends at Smirnoff Vodka have done a wonderful job wrapping their Peppermint Twist – peppermint flavored vodka – in scratch and sniff candy cane stripes.  It looks like fun...
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Absinthe – Gifting the Green Fairy

November 28, 2017 – In the summer of 1905, Jean Lanfray, a farm worker in the French-speaking Swiss canton of Vaud, started the day with “copious amounts of wine and brandy”. Later he had more wine and brandy for lunch rounding off with a couple of crème de menthes and...
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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...

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...

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.)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Traveler’s Guide to the Best Drinks

August 5, 2016 – A web site called, 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...


Courtesy Beverage Dynamics 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...


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....


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...


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...

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...

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...

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...