Drinks Wire

Zombie – Don the Beachcomer 1934

If you love Tiki Drinks like we do, this is one of the grandaddies of the genre. Created by Don the Beachcomer in 1934, the recipe was top secret.  Don even instituted a two Zombie limit to keep the competition from figuring it out. Maybe it could have been that they were really strong as well!

The recipe we have here was adapted by Tiki Historian Jeff Barry for his book, Sippin’ Safari, a must … Read more

Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka Review

Fall has arrived! While I generally a bit depressed by the arrival of the cold weather and the end of summer, the one thing that I look forward to is pumpkin season. Like Richard Cristy of the Howard Stern Show, I love all things pumpkin. According to the New Yorker, "pumpkin is the new black". Needless to say, we were very excited when a bottle of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka arrived at our doorstep just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving. My only request is that they ratchet up its pumpkintude.

Pumpkin Cocktails for Halloween

Halloween is not only pumpkin-carving time; it's also pumpkin drinking time! (But please ... finish with that carving knife and put it away before you hit the sauce.)

Zombies Are Hot This Halloween

Thanks to the Walking Dead, zombies are this year's vampires.

21st Century “Soda” Jerk Off

The Tempest Bar in San Francisco was the site a Jerk Off competition, a Soda Jerk competition.  Given the sad decline of the soda fountain in the United States, we can only imagine that it was the first soda competition that has happened since the 1950’s when soda fountains were in there full glory.  We can only hope that the Jerk Off is a harbinger of things to come because the sodas at the Jerk … Read more

Five Blue Drinks for the Blue Angeles at SF Fleet Week

The weekend belongs to the Blue Angels, the Navy's crack pilot team that displays the death defying skills of the military's avionic heroes. And, wow are they impressive.

Farm to bottle with Grey Goose

I was recently immersed in the story and process of creating Grey Goose Vodka. I am sure you are thinking at home, "creating vodka is simple, why tell us about it?" Admittedly, that was kind of my initial reaction. What are they going to show me but a huge industrial distillery and some slick marketing.

2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Games

It's Presidential Debate season again, and that means some great drinking games! We scoured the internets and found a few you can play at home.

Knob Creek 9 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

Named after a little creek that ran by Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home, Knob Creek was created by Booker Noe, grandson of James Beam and sixth generation Master Distiller. Booker wanted to create a Super-Premium bourbon in the pre-prohibition style.

Knob Creek is a traditional bourbon with approx 70% corn and equal parts wheat and rye.  It is aged for 9 years in 4-charred oak barrels and made in small batches.  This process provides a sweet … Read more

Baker’s 7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged for seven years in new oak barrels. It is a small batch bourbon made from the favorite recipe of Baker Beam, Grandnephew of Jim Beam.

Appearance: clear, medium amber with bronze hues and viscous legs

Nose: clean, medium with mellow notes of corn, grain, butterscotch, vanilla, oak with a touch of cream

Palate:  Dry, well integrated alcohol with a slight drying quality, medium notes of corn, grain, cinnamon, … Read more

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