Port of Barcelona Gin

August 27, 2009

I usually want a gin that plays well with others, one I can use in all sorts of different drinks. Some gins are more particular though, getting along famously with some and acting aloof and standoffish with others. Port of Barcelona gin is one of those gins. It is produced in the Kingdom of Spain […]

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Fernet Branca has Moxie

December 12, 2008

I had my first taste of Fernet Branca several months ago, when I noticed a bottle at the liquor store, and the name rang a bell. Only when I got home did I discover what I was remembering was the Hanky Panky, a drink that required a mere two dashes of the stuff. I opened […]

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Magellan Gin and the Aviation

September 4, 2008

I’ve had my eye on Magellan Gin for a while. Something about that ethereal blue tinge in the nicely decorated bottle. When I saw my local store had a gift pack with an attractive, hand-painted glass, I decided to finally give it a try. Magellan is made in France from wheat. It is triple distilled […]

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MxMo XXX: Local Flavor — Blackberry Gin Shrub

August 10, 2008

When Kevin Kelpe at Save the Drinkers announced that August’s Mixology Monday would be about local flavor, I knew I’d have to come to terms with the blackberry, my great summertime foe. In the Seattle area, we are overrun by the Himalayan wild blackberry, considered an invasive weed. When I ride in the summer, I […]

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MxMo: Bourbon — Purosangue Cocktail

June 16, 2008

It’s time for Bourbon this Mixology Monday, thanks to the fellers at Scofflaw’s Den. This was one MxMo that Bryan, my chief taste-tester, was very eagerly awaiting. As always, I used MxMo as a justification to buy a nice bottle. This time it was Ridgemont Reserve 1792. This is a very smooth bourbon, a definite […]

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