Papa’s Pilar

I am always intrigued to find great new products.  New is always exciting and Papa’s Pilar rum hits that mark, being barely a year old. However, new is only the start of what’s interesting about this rum. The team that put it together really hit a home run.  From concept…

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The Maker’s Mark Shell Game

I have always had love for Maker’s Mark Bourbon; it is an American Classic, an institution. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, Maker’s Mark announced that they would be changing the bottled proof of their bourbon from 90 to 84.  Not changing the recipe, just…

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Electric What?

I love going into a craft cocktail bar and asking the bartender to make me something weird.  Brian at Noble Experiment in San Diego made me this drink by Sam Ross.  The problem with drinking is that sometimes my memory fails me.  This drink is called the Electric something Fizz……

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Coffee-Bourbon

  My friend asked me the other day about coffee-bourbon.  I didn’t really know what to tell him other than recommending some bourbons.  At the BDW Global laboratory (my kitchen) we typically use Rebel Yell Bourbon for glazes and for cooking.  Rebel Yell is a quality wheated bourbon that is…

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DRINK in Boston

So I had a chance to spend a night out in Boston with my uncle Billy after some tough family business.  My first inclination was to go to the Boston Shaker and go shopping for fun bar tools, alas I could not get there before they closed.  Not to be disheartened…

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Las Vegas Town Blues

I usually have  a blast in Vegas.  This town can be fun but it can also wear on you.  The gaming has been going down hill for years.  Games like 6 to 5 Blackjack are aberrations as minor rule revisions over the years have been squeezing players.  Prices are higher than ever and…

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So Vodka… Here’s The Thing…

The trend over the last few years in the cocktail elite is to abhor vodka and revile the artificially flavored kool-aid type vodkas.  I understand this position…mostly.  Unfortunately for the cocktail gods, people buy a lot of vodka, drink a lot of vodka, and support a huge vodka industry.   Look at…

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