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TnE Red Wine: Just Add Water

Are you going camping or hiking? Are you going to space?

If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” then Trek’n Eat has the product for you: powdered wine.

This red wine can be easily toted in its lightweight dry form. Add water and you have wine with 8.2% alcohol content.

You adventurous types out there will have to let me know how it is. I’m sticking with the non-dehydrated stuff.

Trek’nEat Red … Read more

Corzo Silver Tequila Review

The first thing that grabs your attention about Corzo tequila is the bottle: square, smooth, and modern—not unlike a really nice cologne bottle.

But when you get past the attractive packaging, there’s a friendly tequila inside waiting to play.

It has a thin mouthfeel and an approachable taste. Though it is 100% agave, it lacks the grassy flavor often found in such tequilas.

This is a clean-tasting tequila for sipping or mixing. I found that … Read more

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for a Father’s Day gift that is both thoughtful and quick?

These picks are unique liquors that stand out among other spirits of the same type. What better way to show Dad that you think he’s one of a kind.

I’ve included multiple price ranges, but these were chosen for their taste and not their price tag.

Here are a few liquor picks for the discerning Dad on your gift-shopping list:… Read more

Single-Malt Scotch:
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Jim Beam Red Stag Bourbon Review

Red Stag is a black cherry bourbon by Jim Beam that just hit the market this month.

I’ll admit that I was hesitant about the idea of a flavored bourbon, as I am quite protective of the spirit and didn’t want it to get the cough-syrup treatment.

However, this bourbon was a pleasant surprise.

It smells like real cherries with a backdrop of oak. It does have a sweet flavor, but that is balanced by … Read more

Yaegaki Nigori Sake Review

Sake is a light, refreshing, low-calorie drink that is good as more than just a chaser for your spicy tuna roll.

Yaegaki Nigori sake is affordable ($12 a bottle) and accessible (you don’t have to know a lot about sake to enjoy it).

It is a sweet sake, served cold. The sweet lychee fruit nose is appealing, as is the cloudy appearance and very light carbonation.

The flavor is not sticky sweet. It’s more like … Read more

The Difference Between Tonic Water and Club Soda

Oh, water with bubbles, you have so many names: club soda, tonic water, sparkling water, mineral water … and more.

The Kitchn blog details the differences between each, when it matters which you use and when it doesn’t.

A question that’s probably plagued many home bartenders:

…What’s the difference between tonic water, mineral water, seltzer, carbonated water, and club soda? They all seem like fizzy water alternatives, and they may

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Beefeater 24 Gin Review

Beefeater 24 is the London gin company’s fresh take on premium gin—and I like it.

It’s a smooth gin that is slightly sweeter and richer than its dry gin counterpart.

Beefeater 24 gets its name from the 24 hours it steeps in botanicals including Spanish grapefruit and Seville orange peel, bitter almond, orris root, green tea and Japanese Sencha tea.

The tea and citrus influence is very subtle but pleasing.

It’s not a flavored gin, … Read more

Ron del Barrilito Puerto Rican Rum Review

Some friends went to Puerto Rico and brought back some Ron del Barrilito rum.

I wouldn’t normally consider rum a sipping drink and instead normally use it in cocktails. However, this rum has a unique sweet flavor (from the molasses) and smooth taste that makes it a pleasure to drink on its own.

The brown sugar nose and layered taste mean that instead of a flat, sweet flavor you get a complex liquor that slowly … Read more

Slow Cooker Super Bowl Chili

Whether you’re a Steelers or Cards fan, chili is a tasty way to tame your hunger so you can focus on yelling at the screen and second guessing the coach.

Ingredients

    2 lbs ground beef
    2 16 oz cans kidney beans, drained
    2 14 oz cans tomatoes, chopped
    1 white onion
    1 red bell pepper
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 tbs chili powder
    1 tsp black pepper
    1 tsp coarse salt
    1 tsp parsley
    ½ … Read more
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