Handcrafted Spirits (and What That Actually Means)

Our Stories / March 2, 2015 / No Comments.

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In the past few months, big liquor brands such as Tito’s and Maker’s Mark (and most recently, Jim Beam) have been criticized for falsely advertising their products as “handmade.” Considering there is no regulatory body that governs this marketing method, essentially anyone can claim that their product is of the “craft” variety. Following the several lawsuits regarding these fabricated labeling tactics, one has to wonder what it really means for a spirit to be “handmade” or “handcrafted.” Let us fill you in:

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  • Cocktail Corner: the Paloma

    Cocktail Corner / March 2, 2015 / No Comments.

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    On March 2nd, 1836 the state now known for ten gallon hats, Friday night football, and perfecting Tex-Mex declared its independence. While Texas no longer flies the Mexican flag, there are many things the state adopted from its former governor. From Houston to Austin to El Paso, bartenders are taking advantage of locally grown ingredients and distilled spirits. The Paloma is the perfect example—combining grapefruit and tequila in a refreshing drink that might even convert you from the margarita. With a few simple ingredients, you can banish the winter blues with a drink that’s big and bold like the Lone Star State. Try this Paloma recipe from The Gage Hotel’s White Buffalo Bar in Marathon, Texas.

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    Peanut Butter & Jelly For Grown-Ups

    Beer / March 1, 2015 / No Comments.

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    The thought of peanut butter and jelly takes us back to simpler times—when someone else fixed our lunches and cut the crusts off our bread. There’s nothing quite like the magical combination of nutty peanuts and sweet jelly in the all-time classic PBJ sandwich. The folks at Catawba Brewing Co. had exactly the same thought when they came up with their Peanut Butter and Jelly Time. It’s a lightly hopped brown ale made from five different grains and “lovingly-aged on raspberries and roasted peanuts.”

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    UK’s Drinki App

    Cocktails / February 28, 2015 / No Comments.

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    Today we bring you an app that hands out free cocktails. Well… if you’re a female in the UK willing to share your location on Facebook it gives you a free cocktail. It’s called Drinki and was invented to attract more men to visit UK bars by guaranteeing that women will be there.

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    5 Reasons to Drink This Weekend

    5 Reasons To Drink This Weekend / February 27, 2015 / No Comments.

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    We’re not the type of people who need a reason to drink. If we’re breathing that’s reason enough. But for those who need more, here you go:

    1. #ParksFarewell: If you were one of over 10.5 million viewers last Tuesday, chances are good that you’re still using tears instead of syrup on your waffles. We’re right there with you. Pour some Lagavulin, Hell… make it Snake Juice, and let visions of Li’l Sebastian dance in your head.

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    Is This a Novel, Or the Wine List?

    Wine / February 26, 2015 / No Comments.

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    A first date or a dinner with some high profile clients is stressful enough to navigate without the dreaded selection of a bottle of wine from a list that’s bigger than your head! Even in the most laid back setting, a wine list intimidates the majority of us and might as well be written in Latin. However, we’ve decided it’s time to put this irrational fear aside and grab every wine list with confidence. After conducting a bit of research we found a handful of acclaimed publications have attempted to soothe their readers wine list anxiety, so we pulled together a list of our favorite tips and tricks recommended by the experts. After reading over these tidbits we’re sure you’ll be confident enough to order off of any wine list, whether it’s a few measly pages or thick as a bible.

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    Her Shot: Say Yes to the Dress

    Cocktails / February 26, 2015 / No Comments.

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    When you’re comfortable in your own skin, it shows. So work it from head to toe with this style guide of how to drink according to your dress. You would never dare wear socks with your peep toe pumps or accessorize your boyfriend’s band tee with your grandma’s pearls, so why not learn to tailor your cocktail to accent to your dress.

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    An All American Cocktail Road Trip

    Cocktails / February 25, 2015 / No Comments.

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    Driving across the country is probably one of the most time consuming ways to spend a vacation. That being said, if you have the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S., definitely take it; it’ll be an adventure you’ll never forget. Still, for those of you leading busy, hectic lives, there’s a simpler solution—just follow the road map to each of these American state-themed cocktails.

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    Man Cave: 3 Little Words, Beer. Candied. Bacon.

    Beer / February 25, 2015 / No Comments.

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    A bad day just simply isn’t possible in the presence of bacon. As our dear friend Jim Gaffigan says, “Bacon’s the best. Even the frying of bacon sounds like applause” and ain’t that the golden truth? That being said, it’s Wednesday, also known as Hump Day, which means we are just as close to the beginning of the work week as we are to the end. It is the purgatory of all days. So, just as bacon does for all the salads of the world, we will take these lemons and turn them into lemonade. “Bibbity-bobbity-BACON!”

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