Rachel Halpren

Ice Cream Happy Hour Review – Literary Monday

post icon

If you love booze and you love to to make your own ice cream, sorbets and granitas, then this book is the one for you. Ice Cream Happy Hour is an innovative book that brings you “50 boozy treats you spike, freeze and serve”. The authors of Ice Cream Happy Hour have covered a number of old and new classics in their book and most of them seem down right yummy.

Flor de Cana Centenario Gold 18 Year Old Rum Review

post icon

It’s been awhile since we reviewed a Rum so we thought we would review one that we really enjoy – the Flor de Cana Centenario Gold 18 Year Old Rum. But, truly, what isn’t to like about a well made 18 year old rum? The Flor de Cana Centenario hails from Nicaragua (although from what I could find, they source the sugar cane for their Rum all over Central America) and is the star of Flor de Cana’s very impressive portfolio of Rums.

2010 Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherrero Review – Wine Wednesday

post icon

In addition to its great price, there are two other things going for it. A great label. I know that I have cautioned against buying wine based on how much you like the wine but sometimes I am a bit of a hypocrite. But, this time, I didn’t actually purchase the wine based on the label but on a recommendation. That didn’t mean that I wasn’t enjoying the label – I truly was (and when I found the model for the label – a women drinking a glass of wine abreast a bear, I liked it even more).

Creme Yvette Review

post icon

In honor of January 17, the day that Prohibition went into effect, we thought that we would review an old timey liqueur that was recently revived. Creme Yvette was originally conceived by the Sheffield Company of Connecticut in the 1800’s and purchased by Charles Jacquin et Cie in the 1930’s. I wish I could tell you more about the Sheffield Company but there wasn’t much out there and given the timing of the sale to Charles Jacquin et Cie, one of the oldest liqueur companies in the United States, I would guess that they didn’t fair well during Prohibition.

Last Call Review – Literary Monday

post icon

January 17th marks the infamous day that Prohibition went into effect. Depending on your politics, it was either a day of mourning or great joy. As the “Noble Experiment” went into effect, across the country

Pau Vodka Review

post icon

This Vodka hails from Hawaii! I have to admit the fact that Pau is made in Hawaii and has an awesome bottle (more on that later) made me want to like it even before I even tried it. But, the good news is that I liked it just as much after I tried it. Pau Vodka is made by Haliimaile Distilling Company in upcountry Maui and distilled from Maui pineapples.

2009 Green Truck Petit Sirah – Wine Wednesday

post icon

This bargain wine is made from certified organic grapes in Mendocino County. Mendocino County is a cool growing area just north of Sonoma and has long been a leader in the organic grape movement in the United States. What is great about this wine is that is is organic and can still be found for under $10. We paid $8.99 for it.

Johnnie Walker Black and Double Black Review

post icon

In reviewing the Black Label and Double Black Label, it was clear from the bottles that the Double Black was not your father’s Black Label. The Double Black Label comes in an uber masculine bottle that is not only black but noticeably bigger than the Black Label. The nose confirmed that these were two very different Scotches with the Double Black significantly smokier. The palate then confirmed both the bottle appearance and the nose – these were very different Scotches. The Double Black Label is the beefier, tougher older brother to the more nuanced, complex Black Label.

2010 Bibi Graetz Cassamatta Bianca Toscana – Wine Wednesday

post icon

I know that I have warned you against buying bottles based on how much you like the label, which was something that I did with alarming frequency as a newbie. But, sometimes when I am at a good wine shop where I know and trust the buyer, I will indulge my love of beautiful labels. This bottle falls squarely within that category with it’s abstract label that provided a lovely contrast to the wine bottle itself. Luckily, this time, I won and bought a bottle that was not only lovely on the outside, but lovely on the inside as well.