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Hiram Walker Watermelon Schnapps Review

When the flavored Martini craze hit in the late 1990's, early 2000s, I was pretty excited. I really love Jolly Ranchers and the flavored schnapps reminded me of Jolly Ranchers. In fact, I used to joke that a Watermelon or Apple Martini was a Jolly Rancher for adults. Even thought the flavored Martini craze is supposedly now passe, I still love a good Watermelon or Apple Martini. We recommend you make up a pitcher to help the adults celebrate Easter. Here is our tasting note for the Hiram Walker Watermelon Schnapps:

DOTW Talks to Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout

A few months back, DOTW was lucky enough to sit down with Jacques Bezuidenhout, the brand ambassador for Partida Tequila. Jacques is an interesting fellow who is a master mixologist and tequila junkie. Not something that I would expect from a guy hailing from South Africa. Also, Jacques won the 2011 Brand Ambassador of the Year Award at Tales of the Cocktail. I imagine it being a little like being the Miss America of the cocktail world but I have to admit that I forgot to ask Jacques about.

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones – Literary Monday

We recently received a copy of Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones by the folks behind Bi-Rite Creamy. OMG, I could barely contain my glee. Bi-Rite Creamery has the closest to perfect ice cream that I have ever tasted. And, take it from me, I am quite the connoisseur. I can't even think of one place that I have visited where I didn't sample the local wares. Seriously, if you get to San Francisco, make sure that the Bi-Rite Creamery is on your list of San Francisco landmarks. You will not be disappointed.

Game of Thrones – A Return to Battle

Game of Thrones returns. There are burning questions to be answered. Who will control the Seven Kingdoms? Will Daenerys and her dragons cross the sea and return to the Seven Kingdoms? Can anything top the Crown of Gold? Can the imp control Goeffrey?

Pliny the Elder

Sonoma County has stellar breweries that offer complex versions of the beer varietals we have all come to know and love. While so many think of wine when they head to this vineyard-clad area, I have come to think beer.

March Mix Madness: The Gin Sectional

Instead of us declaring the winner; you break the shaker out yourself and let us know who reigns supreme!

Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice is inspired by the struggle to defend the Iron Throne and the feuding families in Westeros.  Created by mixologist Joel Black, the cocktail combines spicy bourbon with the intense flavors lime juice, jalapeño and sweet pomegranate juice to create a dynamic fusion of fire and ice in every sip.  

Mix up some Fire and Ice while you enjoy the new season of Game of Thrones this Sunday night!!… Read more

Ketel One Citroen Vodka Review

Ketel One has a long and proud heritage.  It was started in 1691 in Schiedam, Hollland by Joannes Nolet and has been passed from father to son for over three hundred years.  We are looking forward to the day that it passes to a daughter as well given the increasing role of women in distilling and the industry.  Ketel One historically produced a dutch spirit genever, which reminds me of a cross between vodka and … Read more

Hiram Walker Creme de Menthe Review

In keeping with this week's Mad Men theme, we are reviewing the Hiram Walker Creme de Menthe. Creme de Menthe was incredibly popular in the 1960's and for good reason - it's delicious. It makes me sad that we miss out on so much that is yummy and good by wanting to do the opposite of what our parents and grandparents did. I really think that we lose out on some truly delicious food and drink that way. Sometimes, we are rescued from the error of our ways by a glimmer through the vastness of time. That glimmer for the 1960's is Mad Men. And, lucky for us, the fashion, the food and most importantly, the drink has come roaring back.

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook – Literary Monday

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook did not disappoint. It was the perfect blend of Mad Men recaps paired with the booze and food consumed on the show with a shot of historical context on the side. It was like the Boilermaker of books. Kudos to the authors who must of watched hundreds of hours of Mad Men to nail down such details and researching the recipes. Also, since Mad Men has been off the air for so long, it also helped me remember the details of the past seasons.