Deep Dive


Lemorton Calvados and the Quest for an Honest Spirit

Posted by Patrick Smith on

The Lemorton family is one of the most notable and unique producers of Calvados, having been growing apples and pears and producing brandies from them in Normandy for generations. On a recent trip to the area, I got to visit with them, take in the sights, smells, and tastes, and discover just what makes this traditional, family made spirit so special.
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Notes From The Pisco Trail: A Primer On The Oldest Grape Spirit Of The New World

Posted by Addition Collaborator on

This three part primer is a spirited introduction to the oldest grape distillate in the Americas, pisco. Part 1 defines pisco, then explores its origins and historical connection to San Francisco, before covering its presence around the world. Part 2 takes a look at pisco’s grape varietals and producing regions, then describes the distillation process, all of which give pisco its unique taste and terroir. Part 3 provides guidelines for selecting the right pisco for your (home) bar, reviews four classic pisco cocktails, and gives recommendations for making your own pisco cocktails.
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Will the real Margarita please stand up?

Posted by Patrick Smith on

The Margarita is perhaps the most oft quaffed cocktail in America, where people who don’t even consider themselves cocktail drinkers will still regularly order one. It’s almost a category all it’s own, millions of them served daily by the veritable “Tex-Mex Industrial Complex”, that inescapable Americanized Mexican restaurant with the same 7 ingredients served in various guises along with any variety of fruit flavored ‘rita your little heart desires. But what is a Margarita, really?
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La Fortaleza Distillery Takes The Scenic Route To Create Perfect Tequila

Posted by Joe Barwin on

Have you ever had that moment, when you look back at your family’s history and think about how far we’ve gotten from their hands-on work, and how much of the knowledge held by our grandparents and great grandparents has been lost? Guillermo Sauza saw his great-great-grandfather Cenobio’s tequila empire whittled down to the family’s agave farm and the mothballed La Fortaleza distillery, turned into a literal tequila production museum. Meanwhile the Sauza brand and distillery continued to grow in the hands of an international conglomerate. So Guillermo decided to do something about it.
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Let My Cocktails Go: Freedom From Mixing By Batching And Bottling

Posted by Mish Sukharev on

Batching cocktails can be tedious - but, as I learned, with the right set of guidelines and a willingness to experiment and make mistakes (often delicious mistakes!) - you too can make cocktails for 100 people (or for 5, or just for you? This is a judgement-free zone).
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