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Holiday Gift Pick: Kai Decanter

Decanters not only let your wine and booze open up, they also look great at your bar.

This Kai Decanter from Crate and Barrel is a simple yet elegant gift find. It’s handblown glass with clean, classic lines and, then, at the stopper there’s a little effervescence in the form of tiny bubbles!

Oh, and for about $40 it won’t make your wallet cry.

Kai Decanter @ Crate and Barrel

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The Kraken Rum Review

Booze that tastes good, looks good, and comes at a reasonable price? Now, there’s a holiday gift! The Kraken Rum is a black spice Caribbean rum with a solid kick and a strong molasses, cinnamon, and vanilla flavor. It’s 94 proof, so it packs quite a punch served straight.

A kraken is a giant squid, so the fun concept is that it’s a strong liquor as dark as squid ink. The packaging is beautiful, making … Read more

Three Olives Vodka – Bubble Gum Review

Somehow Three Olives has made a flavored vodka that tastes like bubblegum. This isn’t one of those flavored vodkas that sort of reminds you of the flavor in question or maybe smells a little like it. This vodka straight up tastes like gum.

It smells exactly like bubblegum — think Hubba Bubba or Bubblicious. It tastes like sugar-free bubblegum. Not until it gets to about the Adam’s Apple does the candy flavor stop and the … Read more

Cooking With Booze: Thanksgiving Edition

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Everything’s better with a little booze. So here are some Drink of the Week-approved ideas for Thanksgiving recipes that incorporate the bottle.

    Bourbon Turkey with herbs de provence
    Whiskey-Glazed Carrots
    Orange Liqueur Stuffing
    Drunken Cranberry Sauce
    Rum Raisin Sweet Potato Pie
    Frangelico Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Findlandia Vodka: Drink a bottle, plant a tree

Drink up, the earth needs you to! Now when you drink, you can say you’re doing it to help the environment.

Finlandia has some specially marked bottles that can be redeemed for a donation to plant one tree in your honor, through non-profit Trees for the Future. So drinking one bottle of vodka means adding one more tree to the planet.

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Genevieve Gin Review

Is it surprising to see a bottle of gin with a big warning tag telling you NOT to use it in martinis? Genevieve, the Genever-style gin by Anchor Distilling, does just that.

Anchor is known for using traditional distilling styles that differ from what’s in the mainstream now. In this case making a 17th-century-style of Dutch gin with a grain mash with juniper in a copper still rather than employing the now-popular 19th century redistilling … Read more

Stock Up: Angostura Bitters Shortage Coming

Check your bar and make sure you have some angostura bitters in stock! Your Manhattans are in danger!

There’s a shortage of angostura bitters.

Patrick Sepe, chief executive of the US distributor, Angostura USA, said the production line ran dry in June and was only just getting back on track. “There has been a shortage,” said Sepe. “You can’t just turn on and off supply of bitters. It’s not like producing bottled water – it’s

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‘Who’s Buying’ iPhone App Helps Settle the Tab

Jet Set Games wants to help you decide who’s picking up the bar tab. Its new app, “Who’s Buying,” is a multiplayer game that tests reflexes and sobriety to determine who will be paying for the night’s booze.

What challenges lie ahead?

The Wheel

Reflexes floundering after a few too many? Sit back and let The Wheel decide your fate. Place your marks and watch as the monkey and his martini shaker decide Who’s Buying…and

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Best of Whiskyfest

Whiskyfest San Francisco was Friday. There were a lot of men in kilts but they were outnumbered by bottles of whiskey. 200 different kinds available for tasting. We got a shot at tasting some that weren’t available to the general public. Throughout the next week, we’ll be sharing detailed reviews of our favorites. To whet your appetite, here are some of our picks from this year’s festivities:

Ardmore 30 — A truly layered and unique

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