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whiskey_sourOne of the venerable cocktails from Jerry Thomas’ How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion (1862) that seems to have been largely ignored in the cocktail renaissance.  Here’s the original recipe.

Whiskey Sour
(Use small bar-glass.)
Take 1 large tea-spoonful of powdered white sugar,
dissolved in a little Seltzer or Apollinaris water.
The juice of half a small lemon.
1 wine-glass of Bourbon or rye whiskey.

Fill the glass full of shaved ice, shake up and strain into a claret glass. Ornament with berries.

It does seem a bit intimidating when written this way.  Instead try either of these versions.  The first more simple, yet authentic take courtesy of David Wondrich; and the second a 21st century creation via Jeffrey Morgenthaler.

Whiskey Sour
2 ounces bourbon
2/3 ounce lemon juice
1 teaspoon superfine sugar

Shake the bourbon, juice, and sugar well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass (unless you happen to have a Sour glass). Resist, if you can, the impulse to decorate lavishly with fruit, although a maraschino cherry will raise no eyebrows.

Whiskey Sour with Marmalade
2 oz. 100-proof bourbon
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1 tsp. orange marmalade
1 egg white
3 drops Angostura bitters

Combine bourbon, juice, syrup, marmalade, and egg white in a shaker filled with ice; shake. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Add bitters, and using a toothpick, swirl into whites.

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gotbeer1280jpg-6ab0d3_1280wCooperstown, New York’s Brewery Ommegang will launch a new beer in its Game of Thrones series on October 10. The new entry, Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale, is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts as well as oats and flaked barley and is at 9% abv. It will be offered in 750-ml. bottles retailing at around $10, and paired alongside sister brew Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale (8% abv) in a commemorative gift pack positioned at $23. Brewery Ommegang, which is part of Duvel USA, has a footprint of 46 states.

image_thumbEugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company is adding Hop Cooler IPA to its year-round Flagship Series. Hop Cooler (7.2% abv) is brewed with sweet orange and tangerine peel, as well as Equinox, Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra hops. It’s available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles and on draft across Ninkasi’s distribution network. Ninkasi’s other flagship beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA and Easy Way IPA, among others.

BellsOctoberfest12ozBottleComstock, Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery is bringing back its Octoberfest fall seasonal next month for the first time in five years. The session lager (5.5% abv) will be available in six- and 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft throughout Bell’s distribution footprint of 29 states and Washington D.C.

CoUOwHdXYAEzDqiWisconsin-based craft brewer Ale Asylum is gearing up to release its first packaged lager, Oktillian Oktoberfest. Oktillian is at 6% abv and will be rolling out on draft and in 12-ounce bottle six-packs. Ale Asylum is also re-releasing 8.8%-abv Double IPA Satisfaction Jackson on draft and in six-pack format. Both brews will launch in Wisconsin and Illinois on August 1 and are expected to be available through October.

Narragansett-Lovecraft-White-IPA-canProvidence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is releasing a new beer in its Lovecraft Series, White Ship White IPA. The 6.8%-abv, Belgian-style white IPA is brewed with four types of American and Belgian malts, along with El Dorado and Mandarina Bavaria hops. Narragansett’s White Ship White IPA is available in six-packs of 16-ounce cans retailing at about $12-$13. It’s launching throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina and Portland, Oregon and Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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20BURNER-GIN-WEB-master768Chester County, Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Branch Distillers is releasing The Revivalist, a collection of four small-batch gins—Equinox, Summertide, Harvest and Solstice. Each of the Revivalist gins is made from a base of selected barley and wheat grains, along with juniper, angelica and coriander. Each of the expressions also showcases other botanicals specific to the season for which it’s named. The Revivalist Gins retail at $40-$50 a bottle. Brandywine is also planning a future line of brandies and apple-based spirits.

imageLuxco is extending its Ezra Brooks brand with a seasonal Bourbon Cream offering this fall. Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream is at 25 proof and will retail at $13-$15 a 750-ml. bottle. Meanwhile, Luxco is introducing new packaging across the Ezra Brooks brand, which also includes a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Blended Whiskey and Seven-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

barr-an-uisce-wicklow-rare-blended-irish-whiskey-07lNew Jersey-based Niche Import Co. has added a pair of Irish whiskey labels from Redcross, County Wicklow-based distiller Barr an Uisce to its portfolio. Barr an Uisce’s signature blend, Wicklow Rare ($50), is aged in first-fill Bourbon barrels and finished in Oloroso casks for six months, while portfoliomate 1803 ($80) is a 10-year-old single malt Irish whiskey also matured in first-fill Bourbon casks. Barr an Uisce’s Wicklow Rare and 1803 join Niche Import’s existing whisk(e)y lineup, which includes the Old St. Andrews Scotch brand.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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756Scotch is a whisky that has a wide variety of styles and flavors, which I unfortunately don’t have the time to get into here.  But, this is what you need to know.  There are five regions in Scotland which produce whiskies: Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside; and there are five styles of Scotch: blended grain, blended malt, blended Scotch, single grain and single malt.

GSN has reviewed several Scotches over the years including: Aberlour, AuchentoshanBenRiach, BowmoreCutty SarkGlendronachGlenrothes, Glen Garioch, LaphroaigMonkey Shoulder, Pig’s Nose and Sheep Dip.

If you’re looking to try a Scotch cocktail, GSN recommends the classic, Blood and Sand.


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Avery-Brewing-El-Gose-6pkBoulder, Colorado-based Avery Brewing Company has added a new expression to its year-round lineup. A blend between a Mexican-style lager and German ale, Avery Brewing’s El Gose is billed as a sour beer, made with lime and sea salt. The 4.5%-abv entry is set to launch in canned six-packs later this month, available across Avery’s 35-state footprint. El Gose marks the eighth offering in the brewer’s year-round lineup, joining White Rascal, India Pale Ale, Joe’s Pils, Ellie’s Brown Ale, Out Of Bounds Stout, Liliko’i Kepolo and Raja Double IPA.

stingraycan2San Diego, California’s Coronado Brewing Company is introducing its Stingray IPA in canned format. The release marks the fourth Coronado year-round offering to launch in cans, following Islander IPA, Orange Avenue Wit and Easy Up Pale Ale. Stingray (7.9% abv) is an Imperial IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, Southern Cross and Simcoe hops. It’s hitting the market in six-packs of 12-ounce cans—as well as its previously launched 12-ounce bottles and draft—across Coronado’s 18-state distribution footprint.

Pale_joe_bottle-421x1000Michigan’s Founders Brewing Co. is set to launch Pale Joe, a new pale ale. Rolling out this September, Pale Joe is brewed with Ethiopian coffee roasted by Grand Rapids-based Ferris Coffee and Nut. The 5.4%-abv entry will be offered on draft and in six-pack bottles throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York City and Boston, with limited draft availability extended to additional markets. Pale Joe marks the fourth brew in Founders’ ArtPrize series, created to benefit the ArtPrize international art competition in Grand Rapids.

i-samuelsmith-stingoSpecialty beer importer Merchant du Vin is preparing to release Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo 2016, a barrel-aged, bottle-conditioned strong ale. Debuting in limited quantities on August 1, Yorkshire Stingo is at 8% abv and was aged in oak barrels that previously held cask-conditioned ale. Stingo is a traditional strong ale style that originated in the north of England.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily


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1242647xUntil recently, the only method of making aged spirits was to mature them in barrels for years, but new technology is dramatically shortening the process. Start-up player Lost Spirits Distillery has developed a reactor that can replicate up to 20 years of maturation in just six to eight days. This week, the company is unveiling four new spirits brands—two rums and two whiskies—that were made with this new technology. The 46-percent abv Santeria rum ($35 a 750-ml. bottle) is made with molasses-based distillate using classic Jamaican-style “dunder” techniques and virgin American oak in the reactor. The 70.5-percent abv Cuban Inspired rum ($42) is distilled from molasses and uses virgin American oak, aiming to emulate the heavy pot-still rums of pre-Revolution Cuba. The 61.2-percent abv Rattleback rye whiskey ($43) is distilled from rye and barley and uses Sherry-seasoned American oak. The 57-percent abv Abomination ($47) is a heavily peated malt whisky made in Scotland and aged in the reactor with new American oak that’s been seasoned with late-harvest Riesling.

craigellachie17yearoldlrgBacardi Ltd.’s John Dewar & Sons unit will release two new single malt expressions, Aberfeldy 16-year-old and Craigellachie 17-year-old, this fall. Retail pricing hasn’t been determined, the company said. Previous releases for those brands include Craigellachie 13-year-old ($55) and 23-year-old ($280), and Aberfeldy 12-year-old ($45) and 21-year-old ($195). According to Impact Databank, Aberfeldy sold about 7,000 cases in the U.S. last year, while Craigellachie was at 2,000 cases.

CHEERSvcsPRAsset_3116385_62791_2b333365-e458-4762-a888-e0a865579411_0-copyPrestige Beverage Group’s Kinky brand has extended its RTD cocktail range with the launch of Extra Kinky Red. The new 8%-abv addition features a blend of watermelon and strawberry flavors and is available in 16- and 23.5-ounce cans. Slated to roll out by Labor Day, Extra Kinky Red joins Kinky’s existing cocktail range, which includes the core Pink, Blue, Red and Gold expressions, as well as the higher-alcohol Extra Kinky Pink, Blue and Gold labels.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

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tequila-bottlesTequila has gotten itself a bad reputation over the years, being associated with hangovers, wild shot parties, and a myriad of fruity blenderized “margaritas”.  But, tequila is actually a fine spirit with a long heritage of high quality distillation.  Some might even say that it is the epitome of the craft as it takes 12 years for the Blue Weber agave plant to mature, and many small distilleries do much of the work by hand.  The best (and in my opinion) only tequilas worth drinking are made from 100% Blue Weber agave.  If you don’t see this on the bottle’s label, give it a pass.  Otherwise, you just may end up with a hangover.

Good Spirits News has reviewed many tequilas over the years.  Here are some for you to consider today, along with a few tequila related liqueurs.

1800 Milenio

1921 Tequila Cream

ArteNOM Seleccion


Casa Noble



Don Julio

Dulce Vida


Mariposa Agave Nectar

Milagro Unico

Olmeca Altos

Piedra Azul




Tequila Ocho

Tres Agaves

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