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Happy Cranberries

Your turkey and your guests will love you!

Ingredients

1 lb fresh cranberries
2 cup sugar
4 tbs Maker’s Mark
¼ cup sugar

Instructions

Place berries in a shallow pan. Sprinkle with 2 cups sugar. Bake covered at 350 degrees for one hour. Remove from oven and sprinkle with bourbon and remaining sugar. Refrigerate. Ready to serve anytime. Also makes a super gift; just fill a small jar for giving!

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India Overturns Law Banning Women Bartenders

After nearly 100 years, women can once again tend bar in New Delhi. This 1914 British law was overturned by the Indian Supreme Court last week giving women access to one of the more lucrative professions in India.

The cocktail craze has hit India, with trendy bars sprouting up all over the country. A bartender in New Delhi, Mumbai, or Hyderabad can earn $1000 (US) per month, nearly 4 times that of the average call … Read more

Spiced Spiked Cider

Reader Maderia (kinda like the wine) wanted to share this warm holiday treat with everyone. The combination of spiced rum and apple cider conspire to warm your insides on a cold winter day.

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FM Holiday Gadget Guide – Electric Martini Maker

Being a part of Federated Media puts us in good company and involved in some pretty cool stuff. One of these is the Holiday Gadget Guide, now in it’s second year and expanding beyond tech gadgets, adding toys, clothing, books and home gadgets. Just as last year, the editors of tops sites such as Boing Boing, Make, OhGizmo and CrunchGear have picked their favorite gadgets from the world of tech, design and plain old coolness.… Read more

More New Holday Cocktails

We’ve been busy adding in a bunch of new holiday cocktails and punches for you to enjoy. So with out further ado…

First, we have two festive cocktails from Absolut Vodka that feature the new Absolut 100:

Seasons Blingings
Winter Breeze

Next, from Maker’s Mark, their special Hot Toddy recipe.

And, finally, and warm punch from Jacob’s Creek “Shira-la-la-la-az” Winter Warmer, an Australian twist on the European Mulled Wine tradition.

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An Interview with the King of Cocktails

For those who don’t know the Dale DeGroff, the legendary bartender who grew to fame at New York’s Rainbow Room, this is a great introduction to the man and his no nonsense cocktail philosophy. He is not only responsible for the Cosmopolitan, but for helping to make bartending the creative, respectable profession it is today.

When asked, “Any tips for home mixologists on making drinks at home?”

Says the King of Cocktails, “If you have … Read more

Champagne Christmas Punch

We always say the holidays are made from punch. From the book Hot Toddies: Mulled Wine, Buttered Rum, Spiced Cider, and Other Soul-Warming Winter Drinks.

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Vodka Fan Would Rather Kill Himself Than Give It Up at the Airport

A 64 year-old German man nearly died recently while returning from vacation. With 2 pints (1 liter) of vodka in his carryon, he was informed by security that he would either need to check his bag or get rid of the vodka. He did just that—downing both bottles on the spot.

“The incident occurred at the Nuremberg airport on Tuesday, where the 64-year-old man was switching planes on his way home to Dresden from a

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Absolut 100 Review

Only one word can be used to describe Absolut new 100 proof Vodka—boozy. That’s what came to mind when we first cracked the bottle.

This entrant is the first Absolut product not packaged in a clear bottle. The makers wanted some mystery around the vodka, so they encased it in a impressive black bottle. With silver lettering, Absolut 100 is ready for a night on the town. Perfect for New Year’s Eve!

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Bacardi Rum & Nut Cake

Turning through the Sunday paper, I ran across this classic holiday recipe for rum cake. Light, moist and full of rum. Ooh, and a wonderful rum glaze! What did you expect from the House of Bacardi?

Here’s the recipe for the cake:

Ingredients

    ½ cup Bacardi Gold Rum
     1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
     1 – 18 ½ oz package yellow cake mix
     1 – 3 ½ oz package instant vanilla flavor pudding mix
     4 … Read more