Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wine Wednesday: Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008RieslingColumbia Valley (Washington State)Price: $12Highly recommended Pacific Rim Dry Riesling is produced in Washington's Columbia Valley, a region growing in regard for its fine Rieslings. Ninety percent of the wine made by Pacific Rim is Riesling of one type or another, so it's no surprise they know what they're doing. Pacific Rim … Read more

Assorted News from the Spirits Business

We're mostly consumer-focused here at Professor Cocktail, but occasionally we come across news from the booze biz that we think you might be interested in. The U.S. spirits market achieved steady growth in 2012, as vodka solidified its position as the leading category on the strength of its top-selling brands. Total U.S. spirits sales rose by … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Bourbon Milk Punch

Bourbon Milk Punch 1 1/2 oz Bourbon Whiskey3/4 oz Simple Syrup1/2 Bar Spoon Vanilla Extract (a couple dashes)3 oz Whole Milk or Half and HalfGarnish with freshly-grated nutmeg and/or cinnamon. Shake well with ice, then strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Mardi Gras is coming, and this classic New Orleans brunch cocktail is the … Read more

Rum Review: Shellback Silver Rum

Shellback Caribbean Silver Rum Bajan Rum Grade: (Average) Price: $16 (750ml) Shellback Caribbean Rum, currently available in silver and spiced varieties, represents another bold move into the spirits world by E.&J. Gallo, the ubiquitous California winemakers. It’s produced in Barbados by the West Indies Rum Distillery, the company that also make the rum that goes into Cockspur and Malibu. … Read more

Buffalo Trace Distillery Plays with Fire

I'm always fascinated with the things being done by Buffalo Trace Distillery. They're constantly experimenting, trying to find new ways to make fine bourbon. A lot of them don't work, but that's just part of the fun. Here's their latest, which sounds like it produced some good results. Just in time for colder weather, Buffalo … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Cherry Daiquiri

Cherry Daiquiri 2 oz Shellback Silver Rum1 oz Lime Juice1 oz Simple Syrup2 Maraschino Cherries1 tsp Maraschino Cherry Syrup Muddle the cherries in the bottom of a mixing glass along with the juice and syrups. Add the rum and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. I used Shellback Silver … Read more

Wine Wednesday: Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Brut Blanc de Blanc 2006

Pierre Gimmonet is far from a household name in the Champagne business. But even though they don't get the headlines, they produce some of the best wines in the region. A great example is the Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Brut Blanc de Blanc 2006. A "Blanc de Blanc" Champagne is a white wine made from white grapes … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Sandeman Harvest Sour

  In an effort to help make one of my 2013 predictions come true, I offer a tasty cocktail made with Port wine. I know this one's a little complicated, but if you feel ambitious, it's worth the effort. Sandeman Harvest Sour 1 1/2 oz Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto1/2 oz Apple Brandy 3/4 oz Raspberry Syrup3/4 oz Lemon … Read more

What to Expect in 2013 According to Professor Cocktail

Everybody likes predictions — especially when the predictor gets things horribly wrong and looks like a dolt. So here are my predictions for the spirituous world in 2013. Bookmark this page so you can come back in a year and see how I did. An end to whiskey insanity: The past few years have been crazy … Read more