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Give the Gift of Sake

Think it’s hard to find a quality, original gift for under $20? Go all out without spending a fortune! This simple sake set paired with a bottle of Momokawa Ruby Tokubetsu Junmai sake is sure to please. And I can guarantee it won’t be a duplicate gift. While being highly rated and well-made, the medium-bodied and slightly sweet sake appeals to sake drinkers of all experience levels.

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A Gift for the Impatient Drinker

The Wine and Liquor Accelerator claims to age a drink three years in 10 seconds and 20 years in three minutes. So if you’re too impatient to let your wine or spirits breathe before drinking … maybe let it sit for one three seconds?

Could this be the cheapest way to enjoy perfectly aged booze during times of belt-tightening?

Wine and Liquor Accellerator @ SkyMall

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Holiday Cocktails from Skyy Infusions


Cherry, Raspberry and Mango, oh my! Infused Holiday Cocktails from Skyy recently arrived in our stocking. Enjoy the fruity, holiday goodness.


Berry Sparkle
Holly Day
Merry Cherry
Midnight Kiss
Winter Chill

more Holiday Cocktails & Punches
Recipes and Photo courtesy SKYY Vodka Infusions

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Gifts for the Martini Lover: Stirred, Not Shaken?

James Bond, the epitome of style and sophistication, always insists his martinis should be “shaken, not stirred.” However, that preference may well be a sign of his rebellious nature more than his command of the cocktail. Traditionally, martinis are stirred … and for good reason.

Many experts dismiss the idea that shaking “bruises the gin.” But they do note that while shaking makes for a colder martini, it also dilutes the martini and gives it … Read more

No Recession at Jack Daniel’s

Asylum reports that Brown-Forman, the makers of Jack Daniels and many other brands, posted a 13% increase in profits. I’m not surprised, people drink good times and even more in bad times. Brown-Forman’s CEO Paul Varga attributed the growth “the strength and resiliency of our brands and people.” I am leaning towards a combination of great brands and lots of newly-unemployed Americans.

To help get you through these trying times, Asylum put together their Top … Read more

Give the Gift of Tequila

Why give a boring bottle of wine this year, with so many great spirits out there go crazy. We’ve assembled a variety of fine Tequila for easy gift giving.

Perfect for sipping and savoring, Cabo Uno Tequila will last beyond the holiday party and throughout the holiday season, to be cherished and enjoyed for years to come. Acknowledged as one of the finest 100% blue agave tequilas in the world, Cabo Uno is aged in … Read more

Gin with the Scent of Christmas

The New York Times reports of a new gin from Oregon that tastes and smells like Christmas. Rouge Ales is now making artisinal spirits and they flavor their gin with essence of spruce trees. Writes the Times about Rogue Spruce Gin it, “evokes the wreaths and trees of the holiday season.”

Gin With the Scent of Christmas – NYTimes.com
Rouge Spruce Gin

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Budding Mixologist

Give the gift of great cocktails! Here are some bar necessities under $20 that make perfect gifts for the beginning bartenders in your life. (And I’m just getting started! Keep checking back for more gift ideas.)

For about $13, “The Mr. Boston” Platinum Edition is a great gift for budding mixologists and cocktail aficionados. Mr. Boston recipes have never steered me wrong, and the platinum edition has over 1,500 recipes as well as tips and … Read more

Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash Whiskey Review

Brown Forman released Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash Whiskey.

The significance of this is that the process used to make this new bourbon hasn’t been used commercially since before Prohibition. The bourbon we all know and love is “sour mash.”

In very basic terms, “mash” is the mixture of fermented grain and water used in making bourbon.

The sour-mash method involves holding back mash from one fermentation to use it in the next batch to … Read more