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  • Lemorton Calvados and the Quest for an Honest Spirit
    September 17, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Lemorton Calvados and the Quest for an Honest Spirit

    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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  • 50-50 Cocktails For A 100% Good Time
    September 14, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    50-50 Cocktails For A 100% Good Time

    Recently we've been fans of simple cocktails - just look at Melissa's incredibly fun and practical post on "no math" cocktails. Complex and elaborate cocktails will always have a special place in our hearts, but sometimes something that's quick and easy is just the ticket. But that doesn't mean that we can't expect a lot out of our simple cocktails! Quite the opposite - simple but uncompromising cocktails is one of out favorite challenges. 
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  • Notes From The Pisco Trail: A Primer On The Oldest Grape Spirit Of The New World
    September 11, 2018 Addition Collaborator

    Notes From The Pisco Trail: A Primer On The Oldest Grape Spirit Of The New World

    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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  • The One Rum Our Buyer is Sipping Right now: Worthy Park
    September 8, 2018 Joe Barwin

    The One Rum Our Buyer is Sipping Right now: Worthy Park

    Getting back into rum production after a 45 year hiatus, the Worthy Park distillery first began releasing rum again under the Rum-Bar label in Jamaica in 2007. Although the US has gotten hints of what they've been up to through independent bottlers (if you've had Hamilton Jamaican, The Funk, or Doctor Bird, you've had Worthy Park), the company was waiting for their first premium bottling to mature before they made their official debut.
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  • Lowering The Bar: Uncorking The Facts About Brandy
    August 31, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Lowering The Bar: Uncorking The Facts About Brandy

    What the hell is brandy anyway?

    The most common kind of brandy, and what most people are talking about when they say brandy, is produced from grapes, and is often aged in barrels, though not always. The grapes are picked younger than is usual for table wine production, making a more acidic and less sugary white wine, which is then distilled into an eau de vie, or unaged brandy, before generally going into oak barrels.

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  • Easy As One, Two, Three: Your Guide to No Math Cocktails
    August 23, 2018 Melissa Watson

    Easy As One, Two, Three: Your Guide to No Math Cocktails

    I recently had an epiphany. A customer asked how he could easily increase the number of cocktails in his home bar repertoire but still genuinely wow his friends. I started to write out a list of my favorite recipes and quickly noticed a pattern emerging. It hit me: all the drinks I make on a regular basis, at least the way I make them, use absolutely no fractions. Not necessarily equal parts but whole parts. Keeping things simple allows me to whip up stylish drinks without a lot of fuss.
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  • Lowering The Bar: Your Pocket Agave Guide
    August 8, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Lowering The Bar: Your Pocket Agave Guide

    Welcome back to Lowering The Bar - our series on answering some of the most common questions we get from our curious visitors. Today we put together some Agave cliff notes to help you dive deeper into the wild, diverse world of tequilas, mezcals and all things agave!
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  • Lowering The Bar: The Sweet and Simple Truth About Syrup
    August 3, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Lowering The Bar: The Sweet and Simple Truth About Syrup

    Recently I was helping a friend come up with a cocktail of his wedding - he wanted something gin based, with lots of flavors of pine and other California rooted flavors.  I set off experimenting with different vermouths, teas, fresh infusion, etc. And while I was getting close to the flavors he wanted, the end result always tasted somehow not complete. Like something was too thin and hollow. Many of us who experiment with cocktail recipes know all too well the frustration of feeling like the cocktail is almost there - but somehow held back from being fully realized.
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  • Will the real Margarita please stand up?
    July 30, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Will the real Margarita please stand up?

    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
    July 24, 2018 Joe Barwin

    La Fortaleza Distillery Takes The Scenic Route To Create Perfect Tequila

    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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  • Crazy for Clairin, Haiti's Wild Ancestral Rum
    July 16, 2018 CJ Best

    Crazy for Clairin, Haiti's Wild Ancestral Rum

    Attention all amateur and professional rum fans! With the much anticipated launch of La Maison & Velier in the United States comes their coveted Clairin releases. For the uninitiated, Clairin (meaning “clear” in the native Haitian Creole) may seem like a standard unaged rum but is really much more. There is so much culture and terroir in this juice that it deserves recognition and understanding of what this spirit is and how it came to be.
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