If you're a cognac distiller, and you're putting out your first new product since 1961, how would you play it? If you're Hennessy, you would call the product "Black," probably to cash in on that Spinal Tap relevance.
It's like "how much more black could this cognac be?" and the answer is none. None more black.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you make money in the cognac business. Hey, it worked on us - we'd love to try Hennessy Black and then, as they say in the business, "smell the glove."
We got in a couple bottles of Hiram Walker Triple Sec this week, and one of the things that makes it stand out is what else was in the box. Not only did they send us two (count 'em, two) bottles for reviewing purposes, they also nestled a mini bottle of Cointreau in there. We like the cut of their jib - it takes balls to send out a product for review and not only suggest we compare it to the gold standard of orange liqueurs, but also send us a bottle of it to ensure we do. Sounds like it's time for a Pepsi Challenge, but with Margaritas!
Oh, and we are also fans of Hiram Walker (the man) after some quick Web research, due to his business sense and his role in the groundbreaking Pregnant-Cow Case.
Now that you know his interpretation of contract law, read up on his interpretation of Triple Sec at the Hiram Walker Website
We have three words for you - summer is coming. And due to those three words, we're giddy with excitement. We've found one of the best ways to enjoy a hot summer afternoon is to sit around, do nothing, and drink limoncello. Luckily, Limoncello Quest, as part of their never ending...umm...quest to create the perfect limoncello, have posted an excellent recipe for the stuff.
They also have reviews of commercially-available limoncellos (we're still waiting for the review of Danny DeVito's), but you don't want to drink those. What you want to do is get to practicing so you can make a phenomenal batch come summer, and we'll be waiting for our invitation to come drink it. Thanks in advance.
St. Patrick's Day is coming, and if you're in NYC it looks like it's going to be a looong three days. Anyone who goes to this, make sure you let us know how it was. We'll be huddled in our house nursing a bottle of Jameson's and trying to avoid crowds at all costs, but that's because we're curmudgeons like that.
We're not usually ones for waxing patriotic, but not too long ago, the 44th president of the US was sworn in to much pomp and circumstance. He made a great speech, and we can't think of any way to celebrate that moment better than acknowledging the men and women who spend their lives protecting the nation and its citizens. That's why we're telling you about Brave Spirits line of liquors, made up of Valor Vodka, First In Whiskey, Standing Guard Gin, and At Ease Rum.
Brave Spirits is for Soldiers. Marines. Sailors. Airmen. Police officers. Fire fighters. You come to the rescue. You protect. You defend American freedom. You are America's bravest.
We honor you by celebrating your bravery and dedication with something to truly call your own.
For every bottle sold, Brave Spirits donates $2 toward charities that support the men and women of America's military, fire departments and police departments.
So far, they've donated $19K, and here's to more.
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We've said before we think the Old Fashioned is our barometer drink to help us decide if we like a bar or its bartenders. If they can mix a good one, we'll take off our hat. If they look at is blankly, we find somewhere else to go. It's a classic. Maybe THE classic. It's even got a damned type of glass named after it.
The folks at AskMen have put together profiles and recipes for the Old Fashioned and other classic cocktails if you want to spend some time getting back to your roots. They've got Harvey Wallbangers (in the running for best cocktail name ever), Gin Marinis (no flirtinis here), and all sorts of great stuff. Plus, we're interested in their take on our Old Fashioned, because their recipe calls for brandy instead of the rye or bourbon we've always used. Color us intrigued.
Our friends over at The Snow Junkies just pointed us toward a movie that's sure to be right up our alley called "The Best Bar in America." We just watched the trailer, and while we thought it could have used more bars, or a cameo by yours truly, we put together a list of our five favorite moments, in no particular order:
The preponderance of bearded men (the main character has a gnarly one)
Some dude shooting traffic signs from the sidecar of a motorcycle
Some old dude sliding a beer bottle down a bar so it can be smashed over the head of someone who may or may not be dressed like a priest
The use of "California Stars" by Billy Bragg and Wilco in the soundtrack of a movie about Montana
As you're getting ready to decorate your house or tree, it might be a good time to think about cleaning up all those liquor and beer bottles you have lying around too. That's what fotofluke did, and he posted his results called Santa's Drunken Sleigh Ride, on Flickr. He also did a bunch of other similarly-themed ornaments; see them all over at LifeHacker.
With the holidays coming, we've been looking for interesting ways to spruce up our menus. We don't have to look any longer, because we found what looks to be the ultimate cookbook that's right up our alley - and it's called Cooking With Booze. We've had a copy of the out-of-print Cooking and Eating With Beer for a decade now, and we love how cooking with beer can add such subtle flavors to our meals. We can only imagine the new vistas we'll reach once we can fire up the grill or oven with hard liquor too.
Yes, we realize it's Monday. We know the last thing you want to think about this morning is a chilly shot of Jagermeister sliding down, especially after all the evil stuff you did to your body over the weekend. But think about it for a minute...if you buy it today, there's a fair to middling chance you'll have it by Friday, when it will be EXACTLY the thing you want to think about.