Happy Fourth of July!

Everyone has their own favorite way of celebrating Independence Day: Fireworks, barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers and waving flags and drinking beer.  Many of us like to drink a toast to celebrate Independence Day and rightly so.  After all, winning our independence was a crazy booze-fueled ride and we should toast it with pride,  teetotalers be damned!  We…

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Big Apple

As an apple brandy addict I am always  looking for a way to use apple brandy or calvados.  I also like whiskey and just about anything you might set in front of me but I like to emphasize drinking well and few classic cocktails emphasize drinking well like a Manhattan.  A well made Manhattan…

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An American Trilogy

Christian at Craft and Commerce made me my first American Trilogy, and my second.  I love this drink.  Rye and apple brandy in an Old Fashioned-style drink?  Yes, I will have another. This is one of those simple drinks where technique and attention to detail are the key. A little…

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Where is the Calvados?

I am not sure what the calvados marketing strategy for the US is, but in southern California I am pretty sure that it does not exist. I am a babe in the woods when it comes to apple brandy and, more specifically, calvados.  As far as I know, calvados is brandy…

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