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Spicy Ancho Gimlet Recipe
Spicy Ancho Gimlet Recipe

Love the heat of a spicy margarita but prefer gin to tequila?  No problem!  The Spicy Ancho Gimlet is both spicy and refreshing on yet another hot summer day in New England.

To make, add the following ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice:

1 oz Ancho Reyes Verde Poblano Liqueur

1 oz Gin (we opted for Glenpharmer Brookdale Gin for its subtle juniper and citrus notes which complement the Poblano)

1 oz lime juice

1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake hard to chill and dilute, then strain into a coupe glass and gar...

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June 14th is Flag Day
June 14th is Flag Day

Flag Day commemorates the United States' adoption of the American Flag we know today back in 1777.  What better way to celebrate Flag Day than with a delicious, patriotic cocktail?  Keep in mind, this cocktail can also be made as part of your July 4th celebration or any time you are feeling particularly patriotic!

Let me preface this recipe by saying layered drinks can be tricky and you might have to make one or two practice glasses before you have it down but, in my experience, your guests won't m...

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The Camarena Family's Contribution to Tequila
The Camarena Family's Contribution to Tequila

Camarena is an important name in tequila. Although you may be familiar with Familia Camarena tequila because their name is featured prominently, the Camarena family’s influence extends much further.

Felipe Camarena (of G4 and ArteNOM notoriety) has created innovative processes at the El Pandillo distillery where both Volans Blanco and Extra Anejo are made with three sources of water – deep well, spring and rainwater. The Extra Anejo (limited quantity available at our North Attleboro location) is...

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May is Tequila Month!
May is Tequila Month!

If you follow us on Instagram you may already know that our featured spirit this month is tequila.  At both our North Attleboro and Seekonk locations, we are proud to offer a vast, thoughtfully curated selection of tequila.  We have a tequila option for every person and every occasion - from subtly flavored to spicy, from trendy to highly sought after by tequila connoisseurs, from good for mixing a delicious margarita to good for simply sipping.

In honor of today being Cinco de Mayo, allow me to tel...

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The APV Network reviews our Blanton's Barrel PIck
The APV Network reviews our Blanton's Barrel PIck

Store Picks: Blanton’s Single Barrel – Chris Gasbarro Pick

Pick Information - This offering was chosen by Chris Gasbarro and his famous palate. This pick is 93 proof and was aged in rick house H, rick number 5. This is barrel number 38. The whiskey is a little over 7 years old.

Color – Nice copper color to it

Nose – First nosing I get a lot of cinnamon and baking spice. When I go back for a second nosing I get some great toffee notes as well.

Palate – Caramel, baking spice on the front of the palate...

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All About Baijiu
All About Baijiu

The most popular liquor in China, baijiu is a clear, grain alcohol with a long history. While its colorless appearance can have it mistaken for other East Asian liquors (Korean soju, for example) baijiu usually has a significantly higher ABV ranging from 35%-60%. It is important to note, though, that ‘baijiu’ is a broad term, like rum or whisky. There are many varieties of baijiu, but they are categorized into four main “aromas.”

Rice aroma – a light, floral flavor

Light aroma – a sweet, floral ta...

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What is Pisco, anyway?
What is Pisco, anyway?

While there is some debate over where pisco originated, it is a usually clear spirit produced in winemaking regions of Peru and Chile. While both countries tout pisco as their national drink, there is an international trade agreement for protection of the beverage that prohibits branding including country names. Created through the ingenuity of Spanish settlers as an alternative to pomace brandy which needed to be imported and incurred high tax, pisco is made by distilling fermented grape juice...

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The French Blonde Recipe
The French Blonde Recipe

Ingredients:

½ oz Elderflower Liqueur

1 oz Dry Gin

2 oz Lillet Blanc

2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

Few dashes of citrus bitters

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker

filled with ice. Shake vigorously then

strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with

a lemon twist or grapefruit peel and a

sprig of rosemary or thyme, if desired.

The French Blonde is a favorite of Taylor Swift - Easy to make but complex in flavor, this drink is not overly sweet but packs a citrus punch!

*You can also make this a French...

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Bringing Gin month to a close
Bringing Gin month to a close

Even with an extra day this February, the month managed to slip away from me before I could make this final gin post.  

Today, though, we are talking about a couple of gin outliers.  To start, Genever.  What is Genever, you ask?  Genever is actually Dutch for "juniper" but don't let that fool you into thinking it is merely Dutch gin.  While Genever does use botanicals (including juniper) it is a malted grain-based spirit made in Holland or Belgium that is really closer to a cro...

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February's Spirit of the Month is... GIN!
February's Spirit of the Month is... GIN!

For a spirit with such a distinctive flavor profile, gin is surprisingly versatile.  The light-bodied spirit, which is the base of many classic cocktails, can only be classified as gin if it is predominantly flavored by juniper berries.  You might think this means all gin tastes the same, but because each gin maker uses a different mix of herbs, botanicals, and even citrus, they vary greatly from one to the next.  As we become better acquainted with gin in the weeks ahead, we'll a...

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Today's featured gin cocktail...
Today's featured gin cocktail...

Today’s featured gin cocktail is known as a cousin to the martini and the Manhattan (and perhaps borrows the best parts of each.) Before we get to the cocktail itself, I’d like to give a brief introduction to the necessary ingredients.

While I like to encourage BYOB – be your own bartender – I understand that when a recipe calls for ½ oz of something you’ve never used before, it might not seem worth it to buy an entire bottle. Thankfully, the ingredients in this cocktail have so many uses, they a...

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Entering the Cabinet of Curiosities
Entering the Cabinet of Curiosities

A great example of how flavors of gin can vary exists within Hendrick's and their Cabinet of Curiosities.  While all Hendrick's gins are infused with rose and cucumber, their Master Distiller has created a vast collection of gins using different herbs and botanicals.

Grand Cabaret is a limited release gin from Hendrick's and the newest offering from their Cabinet of Curiosities line.  Available for sampling by request at our North Attleboro tasting center, the aroma of stone fruits - possibly...

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