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Six Cocktails for Great Whiskey
The extensive, alluring worlds of whiskey, Scotch and bourbon can feel daunting to novice drinkers—especially when there's an expectation to drink it neat or with a bit of water. For an easier entry point into one of the most nuanced areas of the spirits...
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Absentroux Herbal Wine with Wormwood
At this year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival, we stumbled upon the rather distinct absinthe herbal wine Absentroux. The dynamic drink marries the absinthe and wine experiences, with the predominant note being the rich anise taste associated with...
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Cocktail Courier Hits Chicago
When you're looking to order beer, wine and spirits directly to your home, both Drizly and Minibar Delivery App can get alcohol to you rather quickly. But if you're planning on making a mixed drink, Cocktail Courier comes complete with a recipe and...
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Utah's French Oak Aged Beehive Gin
When Beehive Distilling opened its doors in August 2013, it became the first gin distillery in the state of Utah since 1870. After nearly a year of tweaking the recipe these first time spirit-makers released their inaugural batch in June 2014. Since...
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Eight Sexy Valentine's Day Cocktails
While making no promises about love potions or secret tonics, what we can guarantee is the quality of taste in the following eight drinks. Made with care and concern, they exemplify many ideals surrounding the holiday of love: spice, smoke and flavor...
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Atsby Vermouth Armadillo Cake Reserve
A crucial component in Manhattans, Martinis and Negronis, vermouth is often perceived exclusively as a mixer. Just 150 years ago though, it was a popular drink all its own and the fundamental component in a Vermouth Cocktail (enhanced only by one...
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Martin Miller's London Dry Gin, Westbourne Strength
Among the two standard offerings on roster from one of the most highly awarded UK distilleries, London's Martin Miller's Gin, we were recently taken by the botanical blend within their 90-proof Westbourne Strength. While all of their gin is distilled...
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Six Celebratory Holiday Cocktails
As the seasons shift, so do cocktail menus at bars, restaurants and even within homes—and that's largely due to the palates of consumers seeking out a drink to match the spirit of the times. With holiday parties in abundance, the following options...
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Jean de Lillet 2010
The latest limited edition from the acclaimed, elegant French aperitif brand, Jean de Lillet 2010 is created from a combination of the best Sauternes grapes from Bordeaux and an in-house orange liqueur made from the peels of sweet Spanish oranges...
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CH Editions: Backsberg Estate Cellars Safari Collection
We’ve brought together a selection of our six favorite South African wines from Cool Hunting's recent safari in Zambia, which were provided by the talented winemakers at Backsberg Estate Cellars. From a classic pinotage to a fruity chenin blanc, these...
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Tesseron Cognac
It comes as no surprise that Tesseron Cognac—with its family lineage at the pinnacle of winemaking—is among the more graceful and interesting offerings in the world of brandy. Alfred Tesseron is the current director of the stunning estate in the...
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Whiskey Wedge
If you're looking to ice your spirits without watering them down, this silicon mold produces a diagonal, ski-slope like slice of ice that simply won't over-dilute a drink. It's ideal for chilling whiskey and letting it open over time as ice slowly...
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History in a Bottle: The Hub Punch
When it comes to seeking novel libations, sometimes the best place to look is the past. Those who came before us truly knew how to party, and what they lacked in (current day) hygiene standards, they more than made up for with inventive—and piquant...
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East London's White Lyan Cocktail Bar
London's appreciation of a good cocktail can easily be traced back to 1891, but right now the craft resurgence is at a new high point: solid offerings continue to pop up across the metropolitan with an array of well-made classic and neo-classic drinks...
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American Born Moonshine
There's something rugged and pioneering about the history of moonshine. Whether it's Appalachian myths and the human spirit, the Whiskey Rebellion post-War of Independence, or a prominent surge during American Prohibition when it took on greater...
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Penny Blue XO Mauritian Rum
Nearly 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Madagascar lies the island nation of Mauritius. Known mostly for its beaches and lush mountains, Mauritius is also home to a long tradition of rum-making, utilizing the island's rich sugarcane crops. The Medine...
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The Single Malts at the Heart of Dewar's Blended Whisky
There's a reason why Dewar's is most likely your father's, and grandfather's, whisky. It's more than their heritage (which dates back to 1846) and it extends well beyond their groundbreaking commercial done with the Edison Illuminating Company back...
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Tullamore D.E.W.'s Limited Edition Celebratory Phoenix Whiskey
While in Ireland for the opening of Tullamore D.E.W.'s brand new distillery, we had the opportunity to try their latest limited edition expression: the Celebratory Phoenix Single Batch. Crafted in honor of the distillery opening and made in an edition...
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Stoupakis Chios Homeric Mastiha Liqueur
Mastic trees flourish on the Greek island of Chios. In fact, it's one of the only places in the world where these trees are found, despite repeated attempts at growing them elsewhere. Natives of Chios have long used the trees' aromatic sap (called...
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Four Navy Strength Rums
Back in 1655, British Naval liquor rationing made the switch from French brandy to Caribbean rum. By the 1740s, Admiral Edward Vernon of the British Navy put into practice diluting this rum acquired from Jamaica and Barbados to the proportion of half...
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100 Proof Black Dirt Apple Jack
Anyone who's been to Normandy, France or has a solid interest in spirits knows the wonders of Calvados, the high-proof apple brandy that really packs a punch. However, apple brandy happens to be an American tradition, as well. It's known as Apple...
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Socially Conscious Snow Leopard Vodka
For consumers who don't have time to try all of the many different vodkas on the market, it's tough to know the liquor's true nuances and build brand allegiance. With the newly released Snow Leopard Vodka, however, there's an added value to every...
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Beefeater Gin's Master Distiller Desmond Payne on Creating Burrough's Reserve
On a recent trip to London, we caught up with our friend Desmond Payne, Beefeater Gin's Master Distiller of 20 years (check out our video with him). With 45 years of gin-making under his belt, he’s one of the industry’s most accomplished distillers...
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Highland Park's Rich New Expression, Dark Origins
Aside from being one of the most reliable single malt makers out there, Highland Park also regularly bolsters their core expression offerings with new releases of masterful scotch whisky. Their latest, Dark Origins, is no different—though it is a...
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The Flowing Bowl and Other Vintage Cocktail Books
Currently, there is a classic cocktail revival occurring; bartenders are once again revered as artists and flavors become the palette for one's palate. But what are these classic cocktails being revived? Where do their roots begin? How did those...
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