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The name Champagne is so branded that it has become a catch-all for all sparkling wine, much to the great chagrin of France. They do have a point…Champagne is a place. If it’s not made in that place it’s not Champagne. Now there are a lot of “sparkling wines”, and some are very good, but the process of making real Champagne differs from them. Without going into the entire process, it involves a secondary fermentationRead More
Eggnog is a holiday classic that is enjoyed at parties and gatherings throughout the Holiday season. But, did you know that National Eggnog Day is December 23rd? To celebrate the occasion we’ve created our very own Eggnog recipe to share with you. What You’ll Need 8 eggs, separated 1 tsp freshly ground Nutmeg 1/2 tsp Salt 1/3 c Sugar 1 tsp Vanilla extract 4 cups whole milk 2 cups heavy whipping cream Your choice: bourbonRead More

Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

The exact origin of the sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I in either London or Paris. The drink was directly named for the motorcycle attachment. What You’ll Need 1.5 ounces Cognac 3/4 ounces Cointreau 3/4 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice Sugar (optional) Directions If you’d like a sugar rim on your glass, coat the rim with lemon juice, place a small amount of sugarRead More

Wine Gift Guide

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Wine makes the perfect gift for a number of reasons. You can buy a good bottle to fit any budget. It has a wide age-range appeal. It’s the perfect “emergency” gift to have on hand in case you forgot someone and yet enjoy yourself if you covered all your bases. And lastly, one size fits all and doubles are fine!  So whether you are invited to aRead More
The Bee’s Knees cocktail was created during Prohibition and was one of the first drinks recorded to use honey, which was used instead of plain sugar because it covered up the taste of bootleg, or “bathtub,” gin. What You’ll Need: 2 ounces gin 3/4 ounces lemon juice 3/4 ounces mixed honey Garnish: Lemon wedge Directions: Fill a shaker with the ingredients and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon wedge.   Shared from TheRead More
Perfect to drink on a chilly winter night, this cocktail was made popular back in the 1930s. What You’ll Need 2 ounces Irish Whiskey 1.5 ounces Dry Vermouth 3-5 dashes of Pernod 3-5 dashes of Angostura bitters Directions Fill a shaker with ice and add ingredients. Shake and strain over ice into a rocks glass.Read More

Mai Tai Cocktail Recipe

The trick to making a Mai Tai taste as refreshing as it looks? Fresh squeezed OJ! What You’ll Need: 1.5 ounces spiced rum 1/2 ounce coconut-flavored rum 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup 3 ounces pineapple juice 2 ounces fresh squeezed orange 1 cup ice cubes Directions: Fill a shaker with ice and pour in the ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass full of ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.Read More
Garnished with fresh cranberries, this refreshing 1950’s drink is incredibly easy to make using classic ingredients. What You’ll Need 1.5 ounces Gin 1 ounce orange juice 1/2 teaspoon grenadine syrup 1 ounce lemon juice Cranberries for garnish Directions Fill a shaker with ice and add ingredients. Shake and pour over ice. Garnish with a few cranberries.Read More
Love White Russians? Then give this a try – the Pumpkin Pie vodka puts a Fall spin on this classic drink . What You’ll Need 1.5 ounces Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka 1 ounce Kahlúa 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 3 ounces whole milk 1 cinnamon stick Directions Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour Pumpkin Pie Vodka, Kahlúa, and pumpkin pie spice into a shaker and shake vigorously to blend the spice. Pour whole milk into the shaker. ShakeRead More

Pumpkin Pie Shot

Just in time for Thanksgiving – these shots are quick and fun to make to accompany your Pumpkin Pie! What You’ll Need: 1/2 ounce Irish Cream, like Baileys 1/2 ounce Amaretto 1/4 ounce Cinnamon Schnapps Directions: Pour the ingredients into a shot glass and stir.   Recipe found on Mix That Drink.Read More

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