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Five Drinks That Will Sleigh Santa

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When Santa comes tonight, surprise him! Instead of putting out milk and cookies, leave out cocktails and candies. I am sure that Santa would appreciate a hot toddy to warm him up or a classic Martini to get his blood flowing.

Eight Crazy Hanukkah Cocktails

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Light up your Hanukkah with more than candles. We’ve put together eight crazy cocktails, one for each night.

Spiced Pear Toddy

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Warm up and toast the Holidays with this spin on the traditional Toddy recipe.  Created by H. Joesph Hermann proprietor of Elxir is San Francisco, his Spiced Pear Toddy is bursting with fall fruitiness and holiday spice.  Multiply this recipe and make it for group!… Read more

First World Trash Wine Satchel

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If you have a wine lover on your list, this wine satchel is a great way to get them to bring wine to your house.

Each one of a kind wine satchel is hand crafted from almost entirely recycled materials.  The body is made of recycled (and cleaned) billboard vinyl and the straps come from old seat belts.   The bottom is reinforced with recycled bicycle inner tubes, which is good because this bag hold six … Read more

Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – Wine Wednesday

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The Wine Wednesday column has been missing for awhile now! But, we are back and we will do our best to bring you a bargain wine selection each Wednesday. Our first return to Wine Wednesday selection is an exclusive at Trader Joe’s, one of our favorite places for bargain wines. The 2010 Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon is an easy drinking Cabernet with tamed tannins and displaying that the grapes hail from a warm growing region. This wine spent its time in stainless steel, which preserves the pure fruit notes and shows an absence of oak flavors, like vanilla, oak, cedar, cocoa and chocolate. Instead, the Dark Horse Cabernet is extremely fruit forward with an almost candied fruit notes of blackberry, black cherry and currants. This wine is great for newbies, cocktail parties and sangria.

End of the Summer of Riesling

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2012 marked the 4th year of the Summer of Riesling. Paul Grieco of Terroir Wine Bar in New York City (there are multiple locations) kicked off the annual celebration in 2009 by pouring only Riesling wine for its white wine by the glass selection. That’s totally balsy and Paul gets total respect for that move! Like most wine geeks, I am in love with Riesling, and when I serve it to peple and don’t tell them what it is, they love it too. When I tell them, they turn up their little noses. Seriously, folks of my generation and younger (and a little older), you are too young to remember the run on Blue Nun and other Liebfraumilch that heated up the international wine scene in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Give Riesling a try!

Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher

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We recently tried out the Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher for our water drinking needs. Living in San Francisco we have great water, which is some what negated by the pipes in our 1920s era building

Hair of the Dog PB & J Sandwich

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Created by PB J’s Food Truck, Portland this is sandwich is great for tailgating and even better for getting over tailgating.

Kinky Liqueur Review

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Kinky Liqueur has paired with Kinky Boots, a Broadway bound play involving Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein that debuted in Chicago. The play is based on the English movie Kinky Boots. It’s about a man who inherits a barely alfoat family shoe business. To keep the business alive, the man turns to making footwear that is a bit on the risky side or perhaps even kinky. If you are in Chicago or New York, take in the play. If you are nowhere close to those two cities or prefer cinema to theater, track down Kinky Boots!

Election Day Drinks – Vote for the Cocktail Party!

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What party does Drink of the Week support?
The Cocktail Party, of course!

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