Liquor 101: Liquor Reviews


Where to Drink in Detroit: Detroit City Distillery We talk all the time about how much we love our neighborhood of Eastern Market. When we say that, we usually mean the broader neighborhood, with its quiet streets of row houses and bustling collections of restaurants along Barracks Row and Pennsylvania Avenue; but we also really love being so close to the market itself. Sure, the fruits and vegetables at the weekday stalls are pricey,...

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Drink Like the Greeks: Rakomelo Digestivo Traveling in Greece was a lot smoother and easier than we would have guessed. The transportation systems are for the most part efficient and easy to navigate. People were helpful, and for the most part honest in their advice. The Greeks were kind enough to translate most of their signs, menus, and the like into our alphabet–and often our language as well. Generally, our travels were...

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South Hollow Spirits Distillery When we were deliberating two years ago whether or not to move from Boston to DC, the job opportunities and the sense of adventure eventually swayed us in the direction of making the move. But it was no easy decision. To ease the pain of saying goodbye to our beloved city, we made ourselves a few deals; one of them was that despite the increased distance every other year we would still vacation on Cape...

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Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin We’re eternally grateful to Glendalough, the craft Irish whiskey maker, for giving us  a whole new appreciation for what an Irish whiskey could be. I think craft Irish whiskey, with it smooth and companionable style, has been our default whiskey for cocktail mixing ever since we ran into Glendalough. They’ve been expanding their repertoire, and were kind enough to send us a bottle of their...

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Liquor 101: Aquavit Given how much time we spend drinking, making, and writing about cocktails, it always surprises us and mostly delights us when we discover a new spirit. Aquavit has definitely been one of the most pleasant of those discoveries. Aquavit is the traditional spirit in the Scandinavian countries. We’ve known of aquavit’s existence, but it flew below the radar until we noticed that barmini devotes an entire...

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Tasting Mancino Chinato We’ve been on something of a (greater than usual) fortified wine kick for the last week or so, prompted by the arrival of several samples from fortified wine importer Fasel Shenstone. Beyond being simply delicious, they’ve taught us a lot about fortified wines, and prompted us to go back and revise some of our earliest conclusions about vermouths and their close cousins. As we finish our week on...

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