August 28, 2013
We've spent the last few weeks playing around with our Vodka Zinger liquor infusion system for the last few weeks off and on, and we've put together some thoughts on the system and how well it works. Liquor infusions are a quick and easy way to impart some new flavors into your booze, and it's a fun hobby for a lot of people who are looking into dipping a toe into the mixology pool. So - does the Vodka Zinger simplify the infusion of your booze enough to justify the price tag, or are you better off sticking to your mason jars and strainers? Continue reading: "Vodka Zinger Review"
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July 26, 2013
We helped organize and run a launch party at Three Penny Taproom for the new Straight Bourbon from Smuggler's Notch Distillery last night, and we have to say it was a blast. We were offering tastings, full pours, and we created a simple but delicious cocktail featuring the whiskey that was selling like bourbon-flavored hotcakes. Everybody had a great time, the bourbon was delicious, and we got great feedback all around - the cocktail recipe is below. Continue reading: "Smuggler's Notch Distillery Bourbon Launch Party at TPT"
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July 19, 2013
Flavored liquors have been the rage for quite a while now, and as more and more cocktail enthusiasts get bolder and bolder with their drinks, home-infusing spirits has become increasingly popular. Generally, you can get away with just dumping some fruit (or something) into a bottle of vodka (or something), let it sit for a while and come out with something relatively tasty on the other end, but there is usually some level of straining and filtering that needs to be done.
The folks at Zing Anything say they're making liquor infusions more convenient with their Vodkazinger, a 20 oz. canister made of double-walled food-safe stainless steel. It's got an "ingredient cup" you screw on the bottom to let your infusion flavors meld with your booze, but save you some cleanup time on the other end.
The stainless steel bottle has a bottom-mounted grinder that retains the ground pulp of your ingredients, but allows the pure extracted flavors to travel through a fine-combed mesh screen and infuse the water. All you need to do is add fresh ingredients, twist, and shake!
We haven't tried it yet, but it seems like a good way to quickly infuse your spirits - this thing will hold the lion's share of a bottle of booze (20 oz. is about 600 ML) which will leave you some to drink while you're infusing your strawberry rhubarb basil chili lemongrass citrus raspberry rosemary zingerita.
Vodkazinger is available for under thirty bucks including shipping at Zing Anything.
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July 12, 2013
The world is abuzz about Sharknado. That's a fact. We've been looking forward to it for months and it was every bit as teriffi-terrible as we could have possibly dreamed when we watched it last night. We've seen a couple Sharknado drinking games on the Web (TheBestWords, Wil Wheaton) , but we didn't check any of them out before we started watching. The game we played evolved organically, with our four players (mostly experienced Syfy movie afficionados) calling out the rules as they came to us.
Below are our favorites from what we came up with, though not even close to all our rules. If you haven't seen Sharknado and you want to catch a buzz, let this drinking game be your guide. If you have, you're obviously going to watch it again, so same rules apply. Continue reading: "Sharknado Drinking Game"
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July 2, 2013
Things have been pretty quiet around here, we admit. Part of that is because our fearless Editor In Chief decided he was going to try his hand at some actual bar tending rather than sitting around the Liquor Snob offices in a whiskey-stained kimono cracking the whip at the interns. Without his steady hand at the wheel, our work ethic got a bit lax, but we're sure you'll forgive us.
If you want to see the fruits of his labors, check out the cocktail list at Three Penny Taproom. He's also been cheating on his Liquor Snob, maintaining a blog with cocktail recipes for the bartenders & servers at Cocktail Chasers - he's particularly proud of the posts for Atholl Brose (which we'll admit is delicious with a chocolate brownie) and he's really excited about the customer response to Purple Drank and Spike Hyzer.
We still plan to hold up our end on news & reviews here at Liquor Snob if we can punch through the lethargy. Check out Cocktail Chasers for cocktail recipes and experimentating. Oh, and thanks for stopping by!
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March 8, 2013
(Image via World Red Eye)
As you may already know, a certain Mr. George Clooney recently added his considerable star power to a new brand of tequila called Casamigos. In doing so Clooney joined a considerable trend of celeb-backed spirits - a few of our favorites are Ludacris (cognac), Dan Aykroyd (vodka) and Marilyn Manson (absinthe). But is Casamigos tequila worth buying - especially at a relatively hefty mid-$40s price tag - or is it the tequila equivalent of a box office flop? Continue reading: "Casamigos Tequila Review (With Apologies to Mr. Clooney)"
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February 14, 2013
German brand G Spirits certainly seems to hope silicone makes their liquor delicious. These folks aren't adding silicone to their liquors - they're pouring the booze they make over the (we can only assume) enhanced mammaries of an "international Playboy model." No, we are not making this up.
According to The Daily Caller:
German liquor company G-Spirits has created limited-edition bottles of whiskey, vodka and rum that all go through one very special step before bottling: Each drop of liquor is poured down the bare breasts of a naked model before it's packaged for your imbibing pleasure.
Does it actually change anything about the character or taste? Depends what the model was up to before she came to the distillery we suppose, but if you're interested you can try it out for $150 to $180 per bottle. Is it weird that the only reason we want to get a bottle of this stuff is to put it in a room with a bottle of Ron de Jeremy
and film some footage?
More info at G Spirits (Most Definitely NSFW)
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January 23, 2013
We've been looking for a suitable way to end our Liquor Snob hiatus and thankfully we just found the perfect one - a combination of two of our favorite things: beer and heavy metal. Denver's TRVE Brewing Company just opened this past summer, and it sounds like they're doing a lot of things right. We'll list out some of our favorites:
- They make beer (and from what we've heard they make pretty damned good beer).
- Said brews are all named after metal songs - our bucket listers are Black Cascade (an American Black Ale named after a Wolves in the Throne Room tune) and Prehistoric Dog (a salted wheat beer named after our favorite song by Red Fang).
- Their t-shirt - 'nuff said because we already ordered one.
- Their system is small enough that they need to be able to manage the volume of growler fills, and they've come up with a pretty ingenious method by letting you join their CVLT - a membership program that lets you get hand-painted and signed growlers, some free growler refills, and some other cool swag.
We know we're going to check 'em out next time we're in Denver (or make them the reason to head there?) so if you're in the area and any of that sounds kickass to you, you can follow 'em on Tumblr
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December 5, 2012
Welcome to the fourth entry in a series of Liquor Snob posts in partnership with PAMA pomegranate liqueur. If you like this one, check out our first, second and third posts.
The holidays are approaching fast, and if you plan to entertain or attend some parties, it's crucial to have a few tricks up your sleeve for food and cocktails. PAMA, with its ruby red color and cocktail-modifying versatility, is a good tool to have in your kit for making holiday-themed drinks. One quick, easy and delicious option is the PAMA Poinsettia, pictured above:
PAMA Pomegranate Poinsettia (Recipe and Image via BarNoneDrinks)
1 oz. Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Orange Juice
3 oz. Champagne
Mix first three liquids in a tumbler with ice. Slowly add champagne stirring gently. Rim a flute glass with orange zest. Strain into the champagne flute.
To make your life even easier if you're planning to make more than a few, you can pre-mix the first three ingredients and store the mixture in the fridge or display it on ice for your party. Then it's just a quick three ounce pour topped with champagne when your guests start to clamor for more. The PAMA Poinsettia is a holiday classic with a new twist - so what other tricks does this versatile liqueur have up its sleeve for the holidays? Continue reading: "PAMA Poinsettias and Preparing for the Holidays"
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December 4, 2012
We've had the Canada-via-Vermont rye whiskey called Whistlepig on our to-do list for months, but this review from the guys over at Gear Patrol has definitely stepped up our interest a notch. The price tag - similar to a high-end bottle of scotch - was part of the reason for our dragging our feet, but it looks like we're going to have to get ourselves a bottle of it for Christmas. Thanks, us!
This 100-proof treat is meant to be savored. Aging for 10 years in oak mellows the rye's pepperiness and also imparts a healthy dose of vanilla reminiscent of bourbon; however, the noticeable absence of corn radically changes Whistlepig's tasting notes.
Read the full write up from Gear Patrol
, and if you're anything like us, find out where you can get it (apparently six states at the moment) on the Whistlepig website
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