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Happy National Rum Day

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Today, August 16th, we celebrate rum, the wonderful spirit that is the base of many classic cocktails including the Daiquiri, Mai Tai and Piña Colada. Rum was instrumental in the growth of the American colonies, Australia and was a staple for British sailors until 1970.

So What is Rum?

It is a spirit distilled from molasses, which is a byproduct of the sugar manufacture. There are a few instances where Rum is made from straight … Read more

Guinness Black Lager Beer Review

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We recently attended the Guinness International Champions Cup Soccer (er Football) tournament at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Guinness wanted to show us some European Football and have us try their Black Lager. Black lager, you say? How is that possible, you say? We are talking about the folks at Guinness, so there. What makes it black is the dark roasted barley. This method also give Guinness Black Lager some very nice coffee notes.

Appearance: (hard … Read more

Happy National Tequila Day – Infographic

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It’s National Tequila Day and Tequila is hot, hot, hot! These days tequila is the new Vodka. 40 new brands were introduced in the last year. These days Tequila drinkers are looking for a better quality Tequila, gravitating towards 100% Agave brands.

Tequila volume grew 2.9% to 12.3M cases
Tequila revenue up 4.6% to $1.9B
Performance by price segments:
Value: volume up 1.8% to 2.9M, revenue up 1.8% to $221M
Premium: volume up 1.0% to

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Happy National Daiquiri Day!

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s yet another day of celebration for a classic cocktail. Last week was the Pina Colada, this week is the Daiquiri. At least someone is picking seasonally appropriate drinks to celebrate this summer. With record setting temperatures around the country, a refreshing beverage can help keep you cool.

The Daiquiri hails from Cuba where it was invented by an American businessman during the Spanish-American war. It has since acquired a … Read more

A World of Cider – Infographic

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Cider is becoming huge – again! There was a time in America when every farmer had a barrel of cider around. We don’t know why Cider fell out of favor? We’ve always marveled at the ciders in the UK and are excited to see it becoming popular on our shores again!

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81 Years Behind The Stick, Meet 98 Year Old Bartender Angie MacLean

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Angie MacLean first tended bar in 1932. After 81 years she is the oldest living bartender in the world, according to the World Record Academy.

The Spirit Business writes:

“Born in 1915, MacLean is still working full-time as a bartender at Panama Joe’s Café in Bridgeport, pouring drinks for eight hours a day, six days a week. The geriatric bartender claims she’ll continue bartending for “as long as (she) lives,” and still makes the effort

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Bulleit Bourbon Burger

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Meat and whiskey is awesome!

Ingredients
Burger Patties and Cheese:

30 ounces ground chuck (20 percent fat)
2 ½ TBS. Bulleit Bourbon
1 ½ TBS. Worcestershire sauce
1 ¼ tsp. dried oregano
1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
1 ¼ tsp. table salt
30 grinds fresh black pepper
6 ounces Dubliner cheese (we recommend Kerrygold brand), thinly sliced and divided into 6 (1 oz.) servings

Directions: Combine well-chilled ground chuck with Bulleit Bourbon and Worcestershire sauce … Read more

Cream Soda Braised Ribs with Chipotle Spiced Rum BBQ Sauce

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Ingredients for Chipotle Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum BBQ Sauce:

8 oz. can chipotle peppers
2 cups BBQ sauce
1 TBS. molasses
2 TBS. Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
1 tsp.n vanilla extract
½ cup orange juice

Directions:
Blend ingredients together until smooth

Ingredients for the rub for the ribs:

2 racks of St. Louis ribs (about 4 pounds)
2 TBS. of smoked paprika
2 cups of brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 TBS. of … Read more

Beef Brisket with Smoked Cheddar and Maker’s Mark BBQ sauce Mac and Cheese

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This is Mac and Cheese gone wild, or beef brisket gone cheesy. Either way Maker Mark makes it even better!

Ingredients for the Beef:
1.5 lb. beef brisket, trimmed of excess fat
1 quart chicken or beef broth
Salt and pepper

Ingredients for the BBQ Sauce:
2 cups bottled BBQ sauce, preferably Sweet Baby Ray’s Original
1/2 cup Coca-Cola
1/2 cup Maker’s Mark

Ingredients for the Mac and Cheese:
1 Tbsp. Butter
1 Tbsp. AP … Read more

Jeff Bell is the 2013 U.S. Bartender of the Year

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New York, NY – Thousands of applications were submitted. Hundreds of cocktail recipes were created. The nation’s top mixologists competed and five internationally recognized cocktail luminaries assembled to select one bartender worthy of the title of U.S. Bartender of the Year. After proving his skills during five challenges and two days of competition, the United States Bartender’s Guild (USBG) and Diageo World Class are proud to announce Jeff Bell as the 2013 U.S. Bartender of … Read more

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