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Berry Bros. and Rudd No. 3

Posted by Jamar St. on November 9, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)


The exquisite taste of gin is something that leaves a lasting impression on the drinker. But when it comes to No. 3 London Dry Gin, exquisite doesn’t quite cover it. After being named after the St. James Street in London, the London Dry Gin will leave a lasting impression on anyone. With juniper at its heart, the

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Wine Cooler Brands

Posted by Phil Arvanitis on August 10, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)



The final installment of the Bartender series for this summer will be on wine cooler brands. Wine coolers are a great way to enjoy a hot day as the summer winds down, and combine a refreshing taste with the effects of alcohol. Wine coolers are alcoholic beverages made from wine and fruit juice, and it's often carbonated. The alcohol conte...

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Non-Alcoholic Beers

Posted by Phil Arvanitis on July 13, 2015 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)



This week's bartender piece will be focusing on the best non-alcoholic beer brands. Non-alcoholic beers are an interesting beverage group simply because of the fact that they contain no alcohol, or at least very little. As such, brewers and distributors have had to be much more creative in producing these beers, and a premium has been pla...

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Building The Home Bar #19: Hard Ciders

Posted by Phil Arvanitis on June 8, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)



The topic for this week’s Bartender piece is hard apple cider. Not the most common drink choice, drinking cider is a unique but simultaneously sophisticated approach to alcohol. Although it isn’t yet extremely popular in the United States, its popularity is certainly increasing as a unique flavor of cider is being developed here.

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Mixed Drinks: Cream Liqueurs

Posted by Phil Arvanitis on May 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Cream liqueurs are vastly underrated alcoholic beverages with a whole lot of versatility. They can be used in dessert situations or as the main attraction, and if these drink recipes are done right they’ll never fail to contribute to a good atmosphere. They’re perfect for parties, but are also a good way to enjoy a relaxing night alone or with a...

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Mixed Drinks: Rakia

Posted by Phil Arvanitis on April 13, 2015 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 


Rakia is an alcoholic beverage originating in Bulgaria, originally a homemade product that helped the locals survive their struggle through all sorts of bad economic situations. Many of the Balkan states experienced communism as well as many of the negative effects of the two World Wars, but they found a potential way to cope in their production Rakia. I...

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Mixed Drinks: Syrah/Shiraz

Posted by Phil Arvanitis on March 16, 2015 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)



A large part of maintaining a metropolitan identity is having a good knowledge of drinks, and knowing how to whip up a quality recipe in a flash. You can't really go wrong with red wine: a classy and classic option that looks and tastes sophisticated, and will do nothing short of impress any gue...

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Mixed Drinks: Pisco

Posted by Eric Thiele on January 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)



Pisco is like the flag hanging off the middle of the tug-of-war rope. On one side, you have Peru, the team of quantity, the country of eight grape varietals, and on the other, you have Chile, the team of quality, the country of three grape varietals. Being tugged at from both sides, mercilessly like a Stretch Armstr...

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Mixed Drinks: Merlot

Posted by Eric Thiele on November 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Poor, Merlot. It is horribly understated and rarely gets the praise it truly deserves, especially here in the States. It's gentle and soft nature tends to put off stubborn connoisseurs who prefer more distinguished varietals. If you have seen the 2004 film, Sideways, you're quite familiar with Miles Raymond's love for Pinot Noir, as we...

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Mixed Drinks: Pinot Noir

Posted by Eric Thiele on September 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Pinot Noir. Saying the name itself makes you want to curl your index and middle finger to your thumb, pucker your lips and kiss them like you always thought a romantic and well-palated Frenchman should. Do you think we would drink it if it was refered to as its English translation, Pine Black? Hell no! The name Pinot Noir ro...

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Mixed Drinks: Zinfandel

Posted by Eric Thiele on August 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Among the vineyards that ceaselessly stretch across the valleys of California, Zinfandel might not be the grape that catches your eye these days. It has a long history of wavering popularity, especially in the United States. Known mostly as a seasonal wine, the bottle you pluck from the back of your wine collection during Thanksgiving Dinner or a mi...

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Mixed Drinks: Riesling

Posted by Jake Lasprogato on May 23, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Riesling is a white grape variety with origins in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is a very aromatic variety of grape that has a flowery, perfume-like aroma and a high acidity. Riesling grapes are used in the production of dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Ten years ago, it was estimated that Riesling was the world’s 20th most grown variety of grape,...

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Mixed Drinks: Sake

Posted by Jake Lasprogato on April 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Sake is an alcoholic drink which originated in Japan and is sometimes also called rice wine. Despite the term rice wine, the drink is brewed in a process similar to that of beer in which sugar needed to produce alcohol must first be converted from starch, whereas with true wine the alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in the grapes or o...

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Mixed Drinks: Brandy

Posted by Jake Lasprogato on March 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)


Brandy is the common name for Brandywine, which is a distilled wine that has been widely consumed since at least the 14th century. Brandy as we know it came about when regular wine was distilled as a way of preserving it, presumably to make it easier for merchants to transport. There is also a story that wine was originally distilled as a way to decrease the tax, w...

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Mixed Drinks: Succulent Scotch

Posted by Jake Lasprogato on February 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Scotch, sometimes called by its proper name scotch whiskey, is malt or grain whiskey made in Scotland.



The first written reference to scotch is in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland and dates to 1495. The text indicates that scotch was being produced at Lindores Abbey ...

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Mixed Drinks: Tequila Temptations

Posted by Jake Lasprogato on January 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


A popular drink most of us are familiar with, Tequila is made from the Blue Agave plant and comes primarily from the area around the Mexican city of Tequila (from which the drink takes its name) as well as the highlands of the state of Jalisco.


The history...

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Mixed Drinks: Gin Favorites

Posted by Jake Lasprogato on January 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


The word “Gin” is derived from the French word “Genievre," which means Juniper, a.k.a the evergreen plant. The berries from this plant give this centuries-old drink its trademark flavor. While several different production methods have evolved since th...

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Mixed Drinks: Champagne

Posted by Jake Lasprogato on December 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Champagne has been synonymous with opulence for nearly five centuries since its invention. This sparkling wine, well noted for its effervescence, is widely known as the drink of choice for any occasion that calls for big time celebrating.



While Champagne is a term widely used in the United States to reference sparkling wines, in many parts of the world the word is reserved on...

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Mixed Drinks: Rum

Posted by Jake Lasprogato on November 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Rum has been a favorite cocktail ingredient for generations. Known for its sweet taste, this beverage is made from sugarcane byproducts (don’t worry, that just means molasses) or from sugarcane juice through a process of fermentation and distillation.



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Limited Edition Dom Perignon Champagne

Posted by Jake Lasprogato on October 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


There are few things that say class and sophistication quite like a bottle of champagne...except a bottle of champagne in pop art packaging. Dom Perignon has paired with Jeff Koons, a famed pop artist, to bring you their Limited Edition Dom Perignon Rosé 2003

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