2016 Gin Roundup

Gin is surely a polarizing spirit as longtime Gin drinkers are often dug-in for their preferred style while far to many cocktail drinkers are Ginphobic. In my years of writing Gin features for various publications in addition to BevX I have received the confession of many bartenders who admitted to sneaking Gin in the cocktails of patron who had indicated an aversion to the spirit....

The Declaration of Independence

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America In Congress, July 4, 1776 When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle...

Tequila Peach BBQ Sauce

One of the best things about summer is that it’s BBQ season. We love firing up the grill and eating outdoors. Of course there is no reason to have a limited menu just because you have abandoned the kitchen. One grilling staple that is inexplicably out-sourced in the BBQ sauce. Why buy the jarred sauces filled with names that no one can pronounce? Making...

Shaking Up the World of Rum at Don Q

Recently the beloved “Most Interesting Man in the World,” rocketed off on a one-way journey to Mars. Is this the end of era? Perhaps the real Most Interesting Man in the World was never a Dos Equis pitchman rather hiding in plain sight in Ponce, Puerto Rico? Roberto Serrallés grew up in a Rum producing family, Destilería Serrallés makers of the Don Q Rums,...

Raid the Cellar – Brunello di Montalcino

Occasionally I like to have a structured tasting with a purpose — of older vintage that have been slumbering in the cellar. I wanted to share this recent “raiding of the cellar” as an example of the joys that can come with the patient act of cellaring wine. True, most of the wine made around the globe is meant to be consumed within a couple...

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