Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cocktail of the Day: Sangria del Matrimonio

Not a cocktail, per se, but a great drink for the summertime. I made this recently at a party for my brother-in-law's wedding (thus the name) and it was a big hit. Sangria del Matrimonio 750-ml Bottle of Dry White Wine5 oz Grand Marnier8 oz Pineapple Juice12 oz Peach Soda or Nectar Mix in a … Read more

Richard Gomez Named First Ever World Class U.S. Ambassador

Congrats to Ricky Gomez, a bartender at Portland's Teardrop Lounge, for being named the first-ever USBG & World Class U.S. Ambassador. Twenty mixologists, five Cocktail Luminaries, four challenges – all to determine who will journey to Rio de Janeiro to represent the United States in the world's largest international cocktail program.  After months of scouring the country and searching for … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Skinny Colada

Skinny Colada 2 oz Jamaican Rum2 oz Coconut Water1 1/2 oz Pineapple JuiceSplash (squeeze) of Lime Juice Stir in a glass with ice. A cool, flavorful drink without a lot of calories. Make sure to use a good quality rum, since there isn't a lot of syrup covering it up. 

Bittermens: 2012 American Treasures Award Winner

Bittermens earns a lot of acclaim for their products, including both cocktail bitters and craft spirits. I still haven't had a chance to try any, but I need to rectify that omission soon. Bittermens today announces that it is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 American Treasures Award. The award will be presented at the annual Take … Read more

Buy It or Do It Yourself – How to Decide

Along with the craft cocktail renaissance has come a booming movement for bartenders and home mixologists to make their own ingredients. Recipes abound for making syrups, liqueurs, and the like. I've linked to several of them in the past, and Serious Eats runs a regular feature on this subject. Let's face it, though, making your … Read more

Appleton Estate Reserve Rum Wins First Place

Congrats to one of my favorite brands of rum, Appleton Estate! Appleton Estate Reserve was awarded the prestigious 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman's Trophy, surpassing all other brands as the top overall selection in the rum category. Appleton Estate Reserve received a first place score of 96 points and an "Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation" from the … Read more

New Booze: April and May 2012

The redoubtable Camper English has a regular feature on ShakeStir.com where he rounds up the New Booze that's coming out. It makes for an interesting read, both to admire the latest cool stuff, and to cringe at the dreck the marketeers are foisting on the public. Here's a list of the last two months' worth of new products. Click … Read more

Sazerac Says Go Canadian for Father’s Day

As I mentioned yesterday in our Father's Day Gift Guide, one of the perennial favorite gifts for Dad is Canadian whisky. A popular spirit with a mass-market following, Canadian whisky appeals to most tastes, and is an excellent idea for Dad's who enjoy a tipple. The Sazerac company recommends two of their own brands to … Read more

Father’s Day Gift Guide – Give Your Dad the Good Stuff

You know what your Dad really wants for Father's Day: booze! He doesn't need another necktie or a pair of slippers or whichever 1950's cliche you choose to bestow. Liquor is the gift that is never turned down. Because even if it's not your brand, even if it's not your spirit, it's still alcohol. Here … Read more