Cocktail Hour

House of Marnier Lapostolle

House of Marnier Lapostolle

I recently had the pleasure of spending the morning with Patrick Raguenaud.  As Master Distiller for the prestigious house of Grand Marnier, he is responsible for the quality and consistent superiority of taste and style for all of the marquee spirits produced by this iconic French company. Founded in France in 1827 and owned and […]

| June 6, 2013
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Slim Foodies Love Skinnygirl™

Slim Foodies Love Skinnygirl™

With summer knocking at our door, it’s definitely time to watch our calorie intake more than ever. Portion control is key for foodies like us when dining and with the Skinnygirl™ line from Bethenny Frankel; our “live life to the fullest” motto remains intact, since we can also have our favorite drinks with fewer calories. […]

| June 4, 2013
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The Resurgence of Rye

The Resurgence of Rye

As the original American spirit, rye whiskey is the key ingredient in many classic American cocktails.  Be it the Manhattan, the Sazerac, or the Old Fashioned, rye whiskey is currently undergoing a significant resurgence and Templeton is leading the pack. The Templeton family history is rich with controversy, ambition and a steadfast commitment to quality. […]

| April 9, 2013
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NYC Craft Beer Festival

NYC Craft Beer Festival

On Saturday March 30th, the NYC Craft Beer Festival returns to the Lexington Avenue Armory (68 Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan. This awesome tasting event will showcase spring releases from 75 of America’s best Craft Breweries, featuring approximately 150 selections. Examples include Allagash Interlude, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Two Brothers Cain & Ebel, Goose Island Sofie […]

| March 22, 2013
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What are you so bitter about?

What are you so bitter about?

With more and more mixologists literally stirring the pot, there has been a proliferation of specialty concoctions and potions to assist them in their craft. Be it a vast selection of flavored simple syrups, unusual fruit, tinctures and a wide array of flavored rim salts and sugars, the options are many. I decided to dip […]

| March 19, 2013
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Gin Made from Wheat and Apples – Tuthilltown Scores Again!

Gin Made from Wheat and Apples – Tuthilltown Scores Again!

The innovation of Tuthilltown Spirits is once again shining with their Half Moon Orchard Gin. Named for the vessel in which Henry Hudson first explored the river bearing his namesake, this fine spirit is uniquely produced from New York wheat and apples. This unique and unusual approach creates a more fragrant base which requires a […]

| March 18, 2013
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The Roses Your Man Will Love on Valentine’s Day

The Roses Your Man Will Love on Valentine’s Day

It began when Paul Jones, Jr., the founder of Four Roses Bourbon, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes,” she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball. […]

| February 12, 2013
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The World’s Premier Luxury Whisky Show Returns To Vegas

The World’s Premier Luxury Whisky Show Returns To Vegas

  The 2013 Universal Whisky Experience is promising to be the best yet. Founded by real estate developer and whisky enthusiast Mahesh Patel, the Universal Whisky Experience is celebrating its third birthday by convening more than 200 of the world’s finest whiskies in Las Vegas for one unforgettable weekend, March 1-2, 2013. Read more and […]

| February 8, 2013
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Perrier—the Fashionable Choice

Perrier—the Fashionable Choice

Perrier is going after the club soda and seltzer market with a new found gusto and the same old commitment to superior quality. With a solid presence in 150 countries and almost one billion bottles sold annually, they are no newcomer—in fact the story of their product goes back 120 million years. On the Languedoc […]

| February 6, 2013
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Grog, Meet Mulled Wine

Grog, Meet Mulled Wine

This recipe is somewhat of a blend of grog and mulled wine. Mulled (or spiced) wine was popular in Victorian England at Christmas and grog originally referred to a drink made with water or “small beer” (a weak beer) and rum, which British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon introduced into the Royal Navy in 1740. Both […]

| January 15, 2013
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