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21 November, 2017

Mixed Up: A Book Review and Holiday Gift Idea

Mixed Up: A Book Review and Holiday Gift Idea
Comments : 1 Posted in : Beverage, Cocktail Recipes, Liqueurs, Product Reviews, Spirits on by : The Gourmez

I just finished Mixed Up: Cocktail Recipes (and Flash Fiction) for the Discerning Drinker (and Reader), which is a little black book full of exactly what it says on the label. How often can us spirit lovers say that? This book would make a thoughtful gift for the cocktail lovers in your life, as it
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4 September, 2016

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2

Most Memorable Wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference: Part 2
Comments : 3 Posted in : Bread Wine, Liqueurs, Other Spirits, Petite Sirah, Red Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Vodka, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2016 on by : The Gourmez

Last week, I posted Part 1 of this two-part series on the most memorable wines from the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), based in Lodi. I also participated in the Livermore Valley pre-excursion, so those wines crop up here. And they crop up on Instagram, where I first posted this picture from our Concannon dinner:
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26 February, 2016

The Bessie Coleman Gin Cocktail

The Bessie Coleman Gin Cocktail
Comments : 6 Posted in : Cocktail Recipes, Gin, Liqueurs on by : The Gourmez

If you’re a longtime reader of the Gourmez, you’re familiar with my tenuous relationship with gin. The verdurous herbs, with that alcoholic kick, often prove too much for my palate. Last spring, on a visit to their Alameda distillery, I discovered St. George’s Terroir gin, only the second gin I’ve ever truly enjoyed (TOPO’s Piedmont
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24 September, 2015

Sampling Coastal Spirits and the Gin Farallon Kickstarter

Sampling Coastal Spirits and the Gin Farallon Kickstarter
Comments : 1 Posted in : Distillery, Events, Gin, Liqueurs, Spirits, Vodka on by : The Gourmez

  Recently, I was invited by Justin of the Grapevine Consulting to come and check out Coastal Spirits distillery and their new Gin Farallon.  Pretty much everything about Coastal Spirits is new; Brad Plummer launched his first spirit, Vodka Farallon, last September. It’s already picked up a medal from the American Distilling Institute and is
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5 August, 2015

St. George Spirits Tasting Room

St. George Spirits Tasting Room
Comments : 4 Posted in : Absinthe, Bars and Tasting Rooms, Brandy, Distillery, Gin, Liqueurs, Other Spirits, Spirits, Vodka on by : The Gourmez

Since I moved to the Bay Area two years ago, I’ve heard countless admonitions that I hadn’t been to St. George Spirits (2601 Monarch St., Alameda Point), one of the first craft distilleries in the US. Even more recently, that’s shifted to countless admonitions to check out Faction Brewing, housed next door, as beer appeals
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3 May, 2013

Kahlua Midnight

Posted in : Cocktail Recipes, Liqueurs on by : The Gourmez

Kahlua Midnight Mexico 35% ABV Kahlua Midnight strikes me as the serious older brother of the regular Kahlua we know and love. It’s a mix of rum and black coffee liqueur, and that appeals to me because I don’t take cream or sugar with my coffee, never mind that it still has sugar in there
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25 February, 2013

Luxardo Maraschino Original Liqueur

Posted in : Liqueurs on by : The Gourmez

Luxardo Maraschino Original Liqueur Veneto, Italy 32% ABV This is a spirit of legend for me, in that I’d seen it in a million cocktail recipes before I could ever track it down. Now that it’s finally appeared at my local ABC store, I can explore it. And it’s full of shockers. Per Luxardo’s website,
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14 November, 2012

RumChata

Comments : 8 Posted in : Cocktail Recipes, Liqueurs on by : The Gourmez

RumChata Wisconsin 13.5% ABV RumChata is a liqueur coming from the Agave Loco brand, and you can bet I squealed when I saw it on the shelf. Why? Because I love horchata, and an horchata made for imbibing sounded perfect to me. My expert background in foodie Spanish means I can translate their horchata con
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7 September, 2011

Pernod Anise

Posted in : Liqueurs on by : The Gourmez

Pernod Anise French anise-based liqueur Oh, licorice, how I love you in your many forms! Hang around me for long and you will learn a little secret: Sambuca is my undoing. Absinthe is a close second. However, my opinion of Galliano is much, much lower, so I was unsure whether or not Pernod would match
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11 March, 2011

Domaine de Canton Liqueur

Posted in : Liqueurs on by : The Gourmez

Domaine de Canton Liqueur What you need to know, first off, is that I’m prejudiced against yellow liqueurs (I’m looking at you, Galliano). Luckily for Domaine de Canton, it’s very light yellow, so I wasn’t grasping my pitchfork yet. What you also need to know is that my mouth was still very full of Catdaddy
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