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Boozing in SE Asia

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I’m back at it after a few weeks of eating and drinking my way across Southeast Asia.  I was hoping to sample many curious liquors, but as the temperatures and humidity were oppressive, and ice safety was questionable at best,…

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Wodka, the Appropriately Priced Vodka

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Vodka’s an interesting spirit. It’s consumed in higher quantities than any other liquor, yet it’s maligned by a large segment of the mixology community. There was even a panel at last month’s Tales of the Cocktail dedicated to the love/hate relationship between…

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Happy National Rum Day

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With your hangover from National Scotch Day finally winding down, this is no time to rest or recuperate.  It’s merely time to switch gears and break out that bottle of rum you’ve been saving for a special occasion, which has…

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Happy National Scotch Day

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Nearly all holidays call for a drink.  Take Christmas, July 4th and Arbor Day, for example.  But while these drinking occasions may hide behind Jesus, national independence and trees, respectively, one holiday in particular mans up and makes drinking the…

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Sipping Conjure Cognac with Ludacris

Sipping Conjure Cognac with Ludacris

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I recently sat down with Chris “Ludacris” Bridges in Dallas to discuss his cognac, Conjure.  As the majority owner of Conjure, Ludacris went to France in early 2009 to research his new cognac. He spent time with Birkedal Hartmann’s master…

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Introducing Salmon-Flavored Vodka

Introducing Salmon-Flavored Vodka

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If you’re bored with fruit-flavored vodkas, don’t despair. Now you’ve got options in the meat-flavored category.  First it was Bakon Vodka, which enjoyed a successful launch last year, and now an Alaska distiller has produced a smoked salmon vodka. I…

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