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Wine and Candy Pairings for Halloween

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Our friends at Hob Nob wine recently sent us a Halloween present of wine and candy. Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than that. If you added ice cream, you would be combining all of my vices. Plus the Hob Nob Halloween gift gave us an idea for an article on wine-candy pairings for adult trick or treating this Halloween.

We thought that the wine and candy pairing was a brilliant idea for Halloween. For … Read more

Spookify Your Halloween Drinks

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We love Halloween at DOTW but we know how much work it takes to throw a kick-ass Halloween party. This year takes your Halloween party to the next level by serving some spooky cocktails. Imagine the looks of horror and fright when serving a drink with an eyeball floater!

We have been working away in our lab coming up with ways to make your Halloween even more creepy and spooky this year. Check out these … Read more

12 Candy Themed Cocktails

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We know that our readers love Halloween and it’s hard to believe that Halloween is only a week away. This weekend, the adult Halloween celebrations will be in full swing. We have been scratching our heads, trying to come up with new and innovation ways to make Halloween fun.

In my attempt to be new and innovative, I ended up rehashing the old. Thinking about Halloween had me remembering what I loved about it as … Read more

Set Sail With Bowmore

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We recently partook in a scotch and sailing expedition.  Yes, you heard that correctly.  Scotch and sailing.  Bowmore scotch to be exact.  And, it was a blast!

The sail took place on a warm and balmy day in San Francisco.  You also heard that one correctly.  In San Francisco, our summer happens in September and October when the fog recedes.  The day happened to be one of those lovely days!  Clear blue skies, sun shining … Read more

Creating Interactions: An Interview with Bar Rescue’s John Taffer

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John Taffer is the President of Bar & Nightclub Media and the Host of Spike TVs Bar Rescue (new episodes start October 6th!). I sat down (ok, had a call) with Mr. Taffer recently to discuss the new season of Bar Rescue, his new book and his years in the bar business.  John has been creating and running bars for over 35 years. To say the least, he’s seen it all.

How did you get Read more

Hudson New York Corn Whiskey Review

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Hudson New York Corn Whiskey was one of the first whiskeys made in New York State following prohibition.

From the distiller, “We double distill the corn mash pure and simple. No other flavors or sugar added. It’s then bottled at 46% without charcoal or chill filtering, giving the crystal clear whiskey a silky smooth, creamy and clean drinking experience. It’s also distinctly corny – just like your wise-cracking uncle. Cut the wax and pour.” 

New … Read more

Liquid Vacation – Literary Monday

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I have long been a Tiki fan.  Way back in the day before the cocktail revolution, I dragged a bunch of friends to the original Trader Vic’s (well, it’s second incarnation since the original location burned down) in Emeryville, California.  We had a great time and I still have the coconut glass to prove it.  I have made a few returns but the coconut glass is not longer as easy to procure!

So, you can … Read more

Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Appearance: clear, medium minus tawny brown with thick legs

Nose: clean, medium minus notes of corn, kernel, black cherry, sourdough, cola, vanilla and oak

Palate: dry, smooth, integrated alcohol with medium notes of corn, kernel, sourdough, black cherry, maraschino cherry, vanilla and oak.  Medium minus finish of maraschino cherry.

Rating:  Average.  I like the smoothness of the texture of the alcohol.  But, the cherry extract isn’t integrated with the bourbon and you either get notes … Read more

10 Fun Facts for Bourbon Heritage Month [InfoGraphic]

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September is Bourbon Heritage Month!

Did you know? The U.S. Senate signed “Bourbon Heritage Month” into law in 2007, reinforcing the 1964 Act of Congress that declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit”.

Bourbon production has more than doubled since 1999 and the state of Kentucky currently has 4.9 million barrels gently aging, the highest inventory since 1978. That’s about 262 million gallons of Bourbon. There’s 2 more facts for you!

 

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Ameica’s Cup Final – Skyy Vodka vs Shellback Rum

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The Amercia’s Cup Final is taking place here in San Francisco and two local brands are racing for the trophy.  The challenger, Team New Zealand is sponsored by Skyy Vodka, which was born about a mile from the Bay. The defender, Team USA, is sponsored by Shellback Rum, made in the Caribbean by wine giant Gallo based in nearby Modesto.

Who will win? Rum or Vodka?… Read more

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