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9 March, 2015

Best New Products at the 2015 Atlanta Coffee Fest

Best New Products at the 2015 Atlanta Coffee Fest
Posted in : Coffee Shops, Events on by : becca
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You can find fast-paced, ongoing barista competitions in any corner of a Coffee Fest show, but at their heart, these events are trade shows. And I had far more fun than expected discovering up-and-coming products among the many established brands. This isn’t a list featuring my favorite coffee beans from the weekend—that would be expected.
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17 December, 2014

Frosty’s Chocolate Orange Martini

Frosty’s Chocolate Orange Martini
Posted in : Cocktail Recipes on by : becca
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Last week, I stumbled across this old familiar Christmas friend at the Trader Joe’s checkout line. And it reminded me that I’d made a prize-winning cocktail inspired by the chocolate orange just two holiday seasons ago. That was me enjoying the spoils of my victory. Frankly, I’m sure anyone could have won with this as
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3 May, 2013

Kahlua Midnight

Comments : 2 Posted in : Cocktail Recipes, Liqueurs on by : becca
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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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14 November, 2012

RumChata

Comments : 8 Posted in : Cocktail Recipes, Liqueurs on by : becca
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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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16 May, 2012

Torrontes Dolce 1591

Posted in : Dessert Wine, Sparkling Wine, Torrontes on by : becca
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Torrontes Dolce 1591 La Rioja, Argentina Sparkling Torrontes! Hooray! Torrontes quickly fought its way to the top of my favorite white wine varietals, so trying a sparkling version is trés exciting. This bottle has a fun purple rubber cork that contrasts with the simple, elegant label design, but I think that just makes it all
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25 January, 2012

Southern Hot Toddy at Alivia’s Durham Bistro

Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC, Bourbon on by : becca
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Southern Hot Toddy Alivia’s Durham Bistro/My Review Brightleaf, Durham It’s been over a month since I tried the Southern Hot Toddy at Alivia’s Durham Bistro, so don’t be surprised if it was just a passing winter’s fancy on their drink list. It was made with Jim Beam Bourbon, orange wedges, sugar, and hot herbal tea.
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11 January, 2012

Bacardi Ron Solera 1873

Comments : 3 Posted in : Rum on by : becca
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Bacardi Ron Solera 1873 Mexico Lest the color of that bottle fool you like it fooled me, Bacardi’s 1873 Ron Solera is a golden rum, not a dark one. It’s aged up to three years in charred oak and was my choice of rum to try for sipping now that my bourbon addiction has waned.
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18 November, 2010

Revolution Red Cosmopolitan @ Revolution

Revolution Red Cosmopolitan @ Revolution
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Durham - NC on by : becca
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Revolution Red Cosmo Revolution, Durham Website $10 This drink is a pretty straight cosmopolitan except for a splash of pomegranate juice added to the vodka, Cointreau, and lime juice. It’s way stronger in flavor than a cosmo should be, meaning they probably added more than the advertised splash of everything but the vodka. I’m not
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31 August, 2010

Absente Minded @ Posta Tuscan Grille

Posted in : Absinthe, Bars and Tasting Rooms, Bars in Raleigh - NC on by : becca
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Absente Minded Posta Tuscan Grille, Raleigh Website $12 The Absente Minded cocktail, which I tried at the Triangle Foodie Tweetup held last week at Posta Tuscan Grille, was a delightful, satisfying, smooth cocktail. I enjoyed it so much that night that I came back the next one for another before heading to the Adam Lambert
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