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How to Use Booze in Thanksgiving Dinner

Let liquor add a little oomph to some classic Thanksgiving foods

Bourbon Gravy

Making gravy is surprisingly easy. If you’re already making a Thanksgiving turkey, with about 15 minutes extra work you can also have homemade gravy. And like most foods, gravy is even better when you add booze.

Ingredients
    4 cups turkey or chicken stock 3 tbs butter (unsalted) 1/3 cup flour Pan drippings from turkey (pour fat off first) ½ cup bourbon salt and pepper to taste
  Instructions

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Liquored-Up Alternatives To Pumpkin Pie

Make that plain old pumpkin dessert extra-boozy this Thanksgiving

Hendrick’s Quinetum Cordial

I was recently summoned to the historic Haas-Lilienthal House in San Francisco for US unveiling of Hendrick’s Quinetum Cordial.  Created over several years by Hendrick’s Gin Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, this quinine cordial was formulated to perfectly compliment Hendrick’s Gin. The recipe developed by Gracie was inspired by the work of 19th century chemist Thomas Whiffen. His pioneering work did much to develop the use of quinine in the 19th century.

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Sandeman Launches 2011 Vintage Port

n the Spring of 2013, Sandeman declared its 2011 Vintage Port. Recently, we were the lucky recipients of an invite to meet George Sandeman, a many times descendant of the founder of Sandeman's port house (founded in 1790), and sample multiple vintages of Sandeman's Vintage Port. We started with the 1955 Vintage Port, then moved on to the 1963, 1977, 1980, 1997, 2007 and 2011. It was quite the treat.

Celebrity Vineyards – Book Review

In his book Celebrity Vineyards, Nick Wise tours celebrity vineyards in California, Canada, Italy and Spain. These vineyards are owned by actors, race car drivers, people in the music family and even the family of Walt Disney. In each winery profile, the author provides an overview of the winery, the winery's history, the vintners connection to the winery or the desire to own a winery and tasting notes for the winery's signature wines. It's a fun way to look at wineries and makes me want to hit the road and try all of them.

Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey Review

Named after Jacob Beam, founder of Jim Beam, Jacob's Ghost is a direct descendent of the white whiskey he distilled way back in 1795. Unlike most white whiskeys, Jacobs Ghost is aged for 12 months in new white oak barrels.

Drink More Whiskey – Book Review

In Drink More Whiskey, Mr. Yaffee takes a new approach to examining the spirit that is fun, witty and bordering on irreverant. Mr. Yaffee doesn't write a dissertation on whiskey in his book. Instead, it's written as he speaks, as though Mr. Yaffee were discussing the topic with friends. Believe it or not, it's a somewhat novel approach in the drinks book category. You generally see technical dissertations or cocktail books.

Wine and Candy Pairings for Halloween

For all of those folks out there who love wine or don't want to spend their Halloween whipping up cocktails (or don't have time to batch them before the party), the wine-candy pairing party is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday!

Spookify Your Halloween Drinks

This year take your Halloween party to the next level by serving some spooky cocktails.
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