Tag: vodka

Cocktail of the Day: Caramel Apple Cosmo

Caramel Apple Cosmo 1 1/2 oz Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka1/2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka1/2 oz Licor 431/2 oz Lime Juice1/2 oz Cranberry Juice Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. A lot of cocktail people look down their noses at vodka, especially flavored vodka. I don't get it myself. … Read more

Four Old Stand-by Spirits from David Wondrich

Writing in Esquire Magazine, David Wondrich muses about the changes ever-present in the spirits business. In favor of "innovation" and the drive for something new, old brands disappear, new expressions appear, formulas are changed, and the world as we know it is turned upside down. But not with these four spirits that Wondrich recommends as perennial … Read more

The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition Winners

The LAIWSC recently announced their winners, and the list includes some interesting choices. Best of Show: Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 10 Year Old ReserveWilliam Grant & Sons, USA Whiskey/Whisky, Irish Blended $3596 Pts. Best of Rum: Bacardi 8BacardiRum (Cane Spirits) with indication of age (Unflavored) $22.9991 Pts.  Best of Gin: Oxley Gin Bacardi USA Inc. Gin (Unflavored, i.e., Botanicals … 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

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

Cocktail of the Day: Red Berry Delicious

Red Berry Delicious 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur1/2 oz Licor 433 Large Srawberries1 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Demerara Sugar Syrup In a mixing glass, muddle the strawberries with the lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (If you … Read more

Liqueur Review: PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

PAMA Pomegranate LiqueurFruit LiqueurFinal Grade: A-Price: $24 (750ml) PAMA is the category leader in pomegranate liqueurs for a reason — it is by far the best one on the market. There are only a few of them out there, and none captures the pure flavor of pomegranate as well as PAMA does. In an area where … Read more

San Francisco World Spirits Competition results

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the oldest and most prestigious spirits judging event in the United States. Some of the spirits world's best judges came together recently to taste 1215 different spirits from around the world. This is the granddaddy of American spirits competitions, and one of the most highly regarded in the … Read more

Vodka Review: Platinum 7X Vodka

Platinum 7X VodkaAmerican VodkaFinal Grade: B+Price: $10 (750ml) I don't write about vodka very often, a reflection of the fact that I don't drink it nearly as often as I used to. I still like vodka — I just don't find it as interesting as other spirits. But there's no denying its flexibility and effectiveness. … Read more