Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Thanksgiving is upon us once more. Time to meet with family and friends and enjoy a magnificent feast with good company, as we take a moment to give thanks for the bounty this year has given us. Or it’s time to meet with family and friends out of a sense of obligation because if we skipped out we would be considered the a-hole, as we give thanks for every minute without any screaming or arguing – yea politics. No matter what the family situation is, having a few drinks is usually a good idea. Either it will make your time together more enjoyable, or tolerable enough until your Uber arrives to take you home. So, drink up and have a happy turkey day with these cocktails.

Why Thanksgiving and Booze Mix

Why Thanksgiving and Booze Mix

I remember my old high school football coach who always stocked up on whiskey before each year’s homecoming game. The joke was that he would need something to drink whatever the outcome was. Either he would be celebrating a victory or drowning the sorrows of a loss. We always won because the school stacked the football schedule so that every homecoming game was played against the worst team in our part of the state, but there was a ring of truth in what my coach said. People tend to drink for a reason, and those reasons tend to revolve around the way we feel-- good or bad.

Muddled Madness

Muddled Madness

There are a lot of intricacies in the craft beverage industry. They range from managing your distillery all the way through understanding how to serve your hooch. One awesome technique serving drinks is muddling. Knowing a bartender's muddling techniques and their view of how this crucial step is handled is an excellent window into knowing whether or not they genuinely get cocktails or they just see bartending as another job.

Best 4th of July Drinks

Best 4th of July Drinks

Part of the fun of the Fourth of July is to mix a little bit of alcohol in with the cookout and fireworks – with those dandy little explosives only being handled by those who aren't drinking. (Like that's going to happen.) Traditionally, people do the beer thing on this particular, and often hot, summer evening. There's nothing wrong with that, but that doesn't mean we can't mix things up a bit. Literally.

Quality Isn't Cheap--But it Can Be Affordable

Quality Isn't Cheap--But it Can Be Affordable

If there is one negative thing that can be said about craft spirits, it would be the price tag can be staggering sometimes. Not very many labels are friendly to the bank account. It’s understandable, once you consider why that is. Craft distillers are small operations. They don’t have acres and acres of vats and rackhouses that they can use to bring down costs on sheer scale alone. Most also don’t have the nation or worldwide distribution and marketing arms that the big companies do which can sell a bottle anywhere from Finland to Japan. The other significant cost factor is quality. Genuine quality isn't cheap, and it also isn't something that can be done on the same scale of the major brands.

Best Drinks to Have During the Preakness

Best Drinks to Have During the Preakness

Are we allowed to say “Get your Preak on!” for this? I’ll leave that to you and any friends who hate puns. Anyway, if horse racing is the sport of kings, then like royalty, enjoy your idle leisure with a good drink by your side.

Turkey Day Cocktails

Turkey Day Cocktails

What kind of Thanksgiving are you expecting to have? Do your plans involve great food, catching up and bonding with distant family members, all followed by a football game. Or are you anticipating a lot of arguments over politics, that "weird" boyfriend or girlfriend who was unexpectedly invited this year, or another debate on whether or not Star Wars is better than Star Trek?

4 Halloween Cocktails

4 Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is upon us once again, and soon so will all the parties that go with it. Once all the kids have crashed from their sugar high, the grownups can start the real party. Those of you without little ones can get the ball rolling a little earlier. You have the costume, the music, and all the awesome decorations to turn your home into a haunted mansion or asylum. Now all you need are the drinks to get the night going. Don't settle for a keg or regular shots. Take things up a notch with cocktails, and other Halloween themed spirits. Get it? Spirits. Never mind. Enjoy the alcohol.

The Awesomeness of Irish Coffee

The Awesomeness of Irish Coffee

Two of the biggest things that have literally been helping people make it through life for centuries is coffee and whiskey. So, it’s no wonder that at some point in history some brilliant individual decided to mix the two. One of the earliest known official coffee-whiskey mixes was done in the mid-1800s at coffee houses in Vienna. It wasn’t called Irish Coffee, but the concept was sound, and it hung around.

5 Whiskey Trends 2017

5 Whiskey Trends 2017

Whenever anything gains popularity with a new crowd or a new generation of consumers that comes along, some level of change always follows it. Music and fashion are the first things that come to mind since we can turn on the radio and see what people are wearing to the dying meccas of local retail. The liquor industry is no different. Millennials are a key element in this change, but not the only thing. Even longtime customers want a change of pace now and then.

Blended Whiskey

Blended Whiskey

Every product or industry has its basic products that can be described in one or two words, but go much deeper than most people realize. Take muscle cars, for example. They are more than just a sedan with a powerful engine. There are gear ratios in the transmission, the kind of tires, steering, and weight distribution that go into not only the design but the definition as well. The liquor industry has blended whiskey, which is just as complex.

So, You Want to be a Whiskey Collector

So, You Want to be a Whiskey Collector

Whiskey collection can become a profitable hobby if you learn the right way to buy, sell and trade. The trick to making it profitable is to learn what you are doing. A schooled collector knows which bottles have the potential to grow in value. He knows when to sell and when to wait.

4 Cocktails that are Perfect for Your Easter Meal

4 Cocktails that are Perfect for Your Easter Meal

There’s nothing like spending time with family. It’s great to feel loved and welcomed, and when you have a family to spend a holiday with, you are literally blessed. But the fact of the matter is when families get together; sometimes you need a little a little help counting those blessings.

Spring Drinks for Everyone

Spring Drinks for Everyone

Spring is such a weird time of the year. Sure, it's beautiful. We get the see the colorful blooms and the landscape go from winter gray to a living shade of green. That winter chill finally gets chased away too. What makes it weird is how it rolls through different parts of the country. For people in the Northeast, the first part of spring means there are only one or two snow storms left in the season. For southerners, it means warm, breezy days with light tornados later in the afternoon. For many, spring is a magical two days before summer roasts everyone, and at least one or two people is reading this are asking, "What's a season?".

Why Vodka Deserves Respect

Why Vodka Deserves Respect

Vodka hasn’t always gotten the respect it deserves, and some of that dismissiveness is understandable, if unwarranted. From a purely scientific standpoint, vodka is literally just water and ethanol. Even the official government definition says vodka is a flavorless alcohol. Translation – it isn’t all that complex or exciting. For distillers, vodka brings its own issues. The repeated distillations needed to make vodka makes it expensive to produce, which is ironic considering how simple and plain the end product is. This leads many of the craft distilleries to make flavored vodka and infusions or as a base for something like gin instead of straight up vodka.

St. Hair of the Dog’s Day

St. Hair of the Dog’s Day

Every holiday that has an alcohol inspired component to it also has the morning after coming right on its heels. Buying the whiskey or hooch is one thing, but the real price we pay is to the hair of the dog. Hangovers suck, even the mild ones. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hugging the porcelain throne or sitting in the way too bright morning light wishing your head would quit pounding. You just want it gone.

A Lesson in Whiskey

A Lesson in Whiskey

Whiskey is not some singular thing. It's about as generic of a term as car or soda. I'm sure that most everyone reading knows this, but let’s be realistic. Not everyone working in the distillery industry is a hard liquor scholar. There are more than a few partnerships where the one who knows the booze side of things handles making the hooch, and the one with the business sense makes sure it gets sold. There are also accountants, IT people, and office managers who help to make sure we can get our drink on who don't know all the technicalities of the various forms whiskey can take.

Farewell 2016

Farewell 2016

It’s a safe bet that 2016 will go down in history as one of those years everyone will say they want to forget as they talk non-stop about how bad it was to their friends. No doubt there will be endless toasts celebrating its demise this New Years. 2016 had its moments, that’s for sure, but why do we hate it so bad? There have been plenty of worse years, and I’m not talking that far back in history like 1916, 1929-1945, or 1968. 2001 and 2008, 09, and 10 were far more difficult years than 2016. So why the hate? Because we need the catharsis.

Out of This World, or the Next, Cocktails

Out of This World, or the Next, Cocktails

There’s something to be said for classic cocktails and mixers. When you can enjoy the same drink that people were sharing when sitting around the bar arguing whether or not Teddy Roosevelt was going for another term, it shows how durable good taste can be and it shows respect for the traditions behind the liquor.

The Best Craft Spirits for Holiday Gifts

The Best Craft Spirits for Holiday Gifts

With the demise of Turkey Day, the official start of the holiday season is upon us. It doesn't matter if you call it Christmas, Yule, Hanukah, Kwanza, Festivus, or just another Sunday. It's also time for a little shopping. Some of it will be easy. There are our casual acquaintances and coworkers who we will buy gift baskets full of meat and cheese or sweet soaps, and maybe the kids (our own or nieces and nephews) who will want toys, or gift cards if they're teens. What about your real friends and your closest grown up family members? For them, you should get something that they will enjoy and remember.

The Best Drinks for Thanksgiving

The Best Drinks for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner is less than a week away, and before we know it, we will be surrounded by our families enjoying a nice turkey dinner. All jokes about family drama and the real bits that actually happen aside, most of us look forward to this yearly tradition.

The Best Hot Drinks to Fight off the Chill

The Best Hot Drinks to Fight off the Chill

I might be channeling Yogi Berra a little bit here, but one of the best things about the weather turning cold is keeping warm. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve been running errands all weekend on a damp winter day, or if you’ve been out hunting since before sunup. That chill will seep into your bones, and getting back into a warm house where you can call it a day is one of the best feelings in the world. Why not make it better by topping it off with a hot drink? Here are a few drinks to give you the ideal pick me up.

The Best Hard Drinks for Fall

The Best Hard Drinks for Fall

As fun as summer is, there comes a point where the days sweating our butts off going to the grocery store outnumber the fun days on the lake or being out on vacation. Eventually we want the cooler days and crisp nights of autumn to come around and give us a break from the heat.