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Back in April I visited the Fernet-Branca distillery outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Some of you may remember me tweeting about it. Well, it's about time I gave it the formal write-up. Fernet-Branca owns two distilleries: the main one in Milan, Italy, and this one in Buenos Aires. In past years there used to be many Branca distilleries in different countries (including the US), but as global shipping has become easier this model makes the most sense. Production began in Argentina around 1905 or 1908 and has continued ever since. The current distillery was built in 2000 and it already... Read more →

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Here are some new booze launches of late: Peligroso Cinnamon The world’s first 84 proof cinnamon-flavored tequila is infused with 100% pure cinnamon and a blend of secret ingredients. Peligroso Cinnamon launches March 2013, to key markets across the country including California and Nevada. The suggested retail price will be $29.99. SakéMoto, imported by SakeOne SakéMoto is brewed with rice from the Yamaguchi prefecture in Japan and created with mountain-sourced water from the Nada region. It is the result of over two years in development working with a Japanese brew master to craft the perfect Japanese style saké for the... Read more →

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A bottled glog came out this winter and I wasn't too excited about that until I learned how it was made. Many European countries have traditions of hot wine drinks in the winter, often mulled with spices, and sometimes fortified with brandy or other distilled spirits. Geijer Glogg, though, is made in California at the St. George Spirits distillery, and it's not just wine + spirits + spices in a bottle. That would be the easy way. St. George Spirits was founded as a brandy distillery and they apply brandy-making techniques to many products. According to Martin Geijer, founder of... Read more →

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This post is sponsored by PAMA pomegranate liqueur and written by me. In a previous post I tried to come up with a definition of a modifier, finding that others didn't match my expectations. I proposed the following: A modifier is a cocktail ingredient, usually alcoholic and typically a fortified wine or a liqueur, that both softens the base spirit and adds flavor to the drink. In-demand modifiers change over time. After the original cocktail (spirit, sugar, water, bitters) was created, the modifiers orange curacao, absinthe, and maraschino liqueur created the new categories of "improved" and "fancy" cocktails. These three... Read more →

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Last year around this time, Tempus Fugit spirits released some of their Creme de Menthe Glaciale for the holidays. It was delicious; bold and minty and icy and you can drink it on its own as a digestif a la Fernet-Branca. After that first batch sold out, it dissappeared as they were preparing a larger batch of it, and then a change in distribution delayed it again. It finally arrived on store shelves only a couple of months ago. I waited until it was available to write it up for FineCooking.com, where I offer the recipe for a Stinger and... Read more →

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In 2011 I visited the Cointreau distillery in Angers, France. I wrote about that here. After I returned I realized I had a few more questions. Luckily, Cointreau's Master Distiller Bernadette Langlais was in San Francisco last night so I had a chance to clarify some questions about the centrifuge part of the process. To recap, Cointreau is made by steeping orange peels in high-proof neutral beet sugar alcohol and distilling it. This 'raw alcoholate' is reduced with water, centrifuged, then reduced with more water, more neutral alcohol, and sugar before filtration and bottling. The centrifuge step was curious to... Read more →

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In my latest story for Details.com I wrote about NUVO sparkling liqueur and a couple of its modern spin-offs, the Timbaland-fronted Le SUTRA and the organic Prevu. Is Carbonated Liqueur the New Cristal? By Camper English There was really no way to predict that NUVO and its imitators would be more than a passing fad in U.S. bars and clubs. Cristal, Hennessy, Dom: Those kind of made sense when they blew up in pop culture over the years. They're luxury brands with luxury prices. The whole aspirational thing. But pink bubbly liqueur with a $30 price tag? What's more, there... Read more →

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On ShakeStir.com, an online community for bartenders, I write the New Booze blog. It is a round-up of new spirits products being released and products that have reached distribution in new states. Products released in June 2012 were: Controy Orange Liqueur Appleton 50 Year Old Rum Tequila Tapatio Grand Marnier Cherry Read about them all over on ShakeStir.com. Read more →

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