Ode to Whisky [Sour]

Burns Night celebrations aren't limited to the UK. Your guests will appreciate Scotch-based cocktails like this one no matter where in the world your bar is located.

Ode to Whisky [Sour]

Recipe by NYC mixologist Andrey Kalinin; Image: Laphroaig

Combine all ingredients into shaking tin and dry shake. Pour over ice in Collins glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge or orange half wheel

Tam O’Shanter

Burns Night, sometimes also referred to as Robert Burns Day, celebrates the life and works of Scottish poet Robert Burns. Traditionally, the January 25 celebration includes poetry, Scotch, and haggis. Of course, some people prefer to skip the haggis and just stick with Scotch. They'll appreciate the cocktail below.

Tam O'Shanter

Recipe by NYC mixologist Andrey Kalinin; Image: Laphroaig

Add all ingredients together in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a chilled coupe or Martini glass (served up). Garnish with a flamed orange twist.

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Mod Rosé Champagne
Mod Sélection $399.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

A superb expression of elegance and viticulture from the house of Mod Sélection. Mod Rosé Champagne, a rosé de saignée, undergoes a proprietary cold-soak maceration at harvest, maximizing freshness and vitality utilizing the rare saignée method (the bleeding off a portion of red wine juice after it has been in contact with the seeds and skins).

The pale salmon-hued nectar draws you near with its rich and seductive bouquet. On the palate, luscious fresh red fruit and extra-fine mousse harmonize to create a long, succulent finish.

Mod Réserve Champagne
Mod Sélection $299.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

The purest expression of the balanced Mod Sélection house style. Mod Réserve Champagne is layered with lively aromatics and vibrant white fruit. This distinguished cuvée offers unparalleled freshness and invigorating minerality in an utterly versatile and superior-drinking wine.

The elegance, balance and purity of this champagne is a remarkable achievement.

Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey
Rogue Ales & Spirits $74.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Rogue Spirits Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey is a first of its kind. It’s made with barley grown on Rogue Farms and distilled from a wash that began as Dead Guy Ale, brewed right next to the distillery in Newport, Ore. It was first aged one year in new Oregon Oak (Quercus garryana) barrels crafted at our Rolling Thunder Barrel Works before aging two more years in barrels that had previously aged Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout. Rogue grains, beer, whiskey, barrels and the magic of Newport’s marine climate make this American Single Malt as unique as the hands that crafted it.

Made using Rogue Dare and Risk proprietary malts, Crystal 15 malt, and free-range coastal water.

57.9% ABV (can vary between batches)


Pittsburgh Drinks
Cody McDevitt, Sean Enright $30.97 for hardcover at time of publication

Pittsburgh's drinking culture is a story of its people: vibrant, hardworking and innovative. During Prohibition, the Hill District became a center of jazz, speakeasies and creative cocktails. In the following decades, a group of Cuban bartenders brought the nightlife of Havana to a robust cafe culture along Diamond Street. Disco clubs gripped the city in the 1970s, and a music-centered nightlife began to grow in Oakland with such clubs as the Electric Banana.

Today, pioneering mixologists are forging a new and exciting bar revival in the South Side and throughout the city. Pull up a stool and join Cody McDevitt and Sean Enright as they trace the history of Steel City drinking, along with a host of delicious cocktail recipes.

Available for Kindle and in hardcover and paperback formats here.

The Cocktail Chronicles
Paul Clarke $21.20 for paperback at time of publication

From Paul Clarke, editor of Imbibe and the 2014 Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer comes The Cocktail Chronicles, an approachable guide to the cocktail renaissance thus far and―as the name implies―a chronicle of the cocktails that have come along the way.

Based on his informative and ground-breaking blog by the same name, The Cocktail Chronicles is not a lab manual for taking the cocktail experience to a molecular level; nor is it an historical monograph tracing the details of our forebears as they developed and mixed the drinks we enjoy today. Instead, The Cocktail Chronicles is a collection of approachable, and easily replicable, drinks that all share the same thing: a common deliciousness and a role―both big and small―in the ongoing and thriving cocktail renaissance.

With helpful insight into glasses,tools, and basic cocktail tips and techniques, The Cocktail Chronicles covers familiar classics, back-from-the-dead obscurities, enduring classics and the drinks they've inspired, and the contemporary cocktails the may well be built to last. This is the cocktail guide that distills all the noise of the current craze into one useful, accessible, and fun-to-read reference that makes cocktails easy to enjoy.

Available for Kindle and in paperback format here.

The Cocktail Companion
Cheryl Charming, Gary Regan $16.37 for paperback at time of publication

Drink your way through history: The Cocktail Companion spans the cocktail's curious history―from its roots in beer-swilling 18th-century England through the illicit speakeasy culture of United States Prohibition to the explosive, dynamic industry it is today. Learn about famous and classic cocktails from around the globe, how ice became one of the most important ingredients in mixed drink making, and how craft beers got so big, all with your own amazing drink―that you made yourself!―in hand.

Get advice from your favorite bartender: In The Cocktail Companion, well-known bartenders from around the country offer up advice on everything, including using fresh-squeezed juices, finding artisanal bitters, and creating perfect cubes of ice that will help create intriguing, balanced cocktails. You'll want to take your newfound knowledge from this cocktail book everywhere!

The Cocktail Companion is a compendium of all things cocktail. This bar book features:

  • 25 must-know recipes for iconic drinks such as the Manhattan and the Martini
  • Cultural anecdotes and often-told myths about drinks' origins
  • Bar etiquette, terms, and tools to make even the newest drinker an expert in no time!

Available for Kindle and in paperback format here.

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve
Coopers’ Craft $29.99 to $32.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve is born from our one-of-a-kind, chiseled and charred American White Oak barrel. This expression is a bold and complex Kentucky bourbon bottled at 100 proof.

Barrel Reserve 100 proof is aged in a unique chiseled and charred American White Oak barrel that deepens the whiskey’s wood exposure, creating a robust and complex taste profile.

Quick Notes

Nose: Fresh hewn oak with hints of smoke and char are spiced with hints of cinnamon and leather atop a layer of orchard and citrus fruit. Sweetened with a sprinkling of vanilla wafer crumbs.

Palate: Caramel and cotton candy coat fresh apple, pear and citrus fruit atop vanilla wafers dusted with sharp cinnamon.

Finish: Assertive cinnamon spice softens to a lingering apple and clean oak note.

50% ABV

Enter Night Pilsner
Stone Brewing $12.99/6-pack/16-oz. cans SRP at time of publication

Metallica and Arrogant Consortia (a Stone Brewing imprint) have announced Enter Night Pilsner. Launching in the US now, and internationally this spring, Enter Night Pilsner is a unique expression of the shared values that have helped define Metallica and Stone Brewing: fiercely independent, transcending genres, shattering preconceptions and challenging convention.

Enter Night Pilsner is the outcome of a genuine creative spark between two entities that grew to become international forces of nature in their respective worlds, yet came from the fringes. An intensity of vision combined with a shared middle finger to the status quo makes Enter Night Pilsner a chorus of collaboration worth celebrating. The members of Metallica and the leadership of Stone participated at every step alongside their talented brewing team. From Metallica's Bay Area HQ and the brewery HQ in San Diego, to many beers backstage at shows, the spirit of collaboration was powerful. Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Stone co-founder Greg Koch even enjoyed multiple occasions at Lars' home 'discussing' (industry-speak for 'drinking') beers. After all, there was only one chance to get this right, and anything less than an incredible result was not an option.

Aside from its intense drinkability, craft enthusiasts will note Enter Night's remarkable flavor and aroma which artfully combine the beauty of a traditional Northern German Pilsner with Arrogant Consortia's modern overtones of aggression. The resulting genre-defying pilsner is hop forward with sound bitterness on the finish. It first appeared for the most worthy few in exclusive releases at Metallica's shows this past fall. The beer will gain full US distribution in the first quarter 2019, and its global domination will roll out this spring covering Europe, Australia, China and beyond.

Arrogant Consortia is a wholly owned imprint of Stone Brewing. Its often aggressive and always self-righteous lineup of beers includes Arrogant Bastard Ale and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale, among others. The world-renowned brewery is well-known for waving the proud flag of independent craft brewing, while rallying against the bland, boring nature of industrialized, commoditized 'fizzy yellow beer.' Enter Night Pilsner is brewed to be enjoyed fresh and is best enjoyed with your friends… be it in bars, backyards, or tailgates… with your favorite music.

5.7% ABV

45 IBU

Old Forester Rye
Old Forester $22.99/750ml SRP at time of publication

In 1870, Old Forester founder George Garvin Brown revolutionized the industry by sealing Bourbon in a glass bottle for the first time. Five generations and nearly 150 years later, the brand is proud to introduce the first Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky from The First Bottled Bourbon™.

A historic recipe, acquired in 1940 by Owsley Brown I, Old Forester Rye features a mash bill of 65% Rye, 20% Malted Barley, and 15% Corn. Such a high proportion of barley allows for a fully natural fermentation process, forgoing the need for artificial enzymes commonly found in high rye mash bills. Additionally, a generous percentage of malt yields a unique floral character, balancing the sharp, brisk spice of the rye grain.

Continuing the Old Forester legacy of quality and consistency, Old Forester uses its own proprietary yeast strain, produces every barrel, and distills every drop. At 100 proof, Old Forester Rye plays beautifully in a cocktail but also stands up boldly on its own.

Master Taster Jackie Zykan Tasting Notes

Nose: Rich brown sugar and magnolia blossom, with hints of soft sassafras and candied lemon.

Palate: Spice awakens immediately leading with sharp black pepper and cinnamon stick, rounding out with notes of dried dill and baked apple.

Finish: Allspice and peppercorn introduce a loyal and dry finish which ignites with pine, anise, and bright lemon zest.

Bushmills Red Bush
Bushmills Blended Irish Whiskey $24/750ml SRP at time of publication

Any night out toasting with a dram of Bushmills Irish Whiskey is a great way to celebrate Irish heritage. As Ireland’s oldest working whiskey distillery, we should know a thing or two about Irish heritage. This year sip on Bushmills Red Bush–our newest whiskey–triple-distilled and matured to perfection in bourbon casks. Grab your mates, and cheers with a Red Bush.

For those looking for the smoothest of whiskeys, Bushmills Red Bush is a blend of malt and fine grain whiskeys that is as versatile as it is smooth. Triple-distilled and aged for a minimum of 3 years, this easy drinking whiskey is excellent straight up or in mixed serves. Bushmills Red Bush is an impeccably balanced Irish whiskey matured to perfection in American white oak bourbon casks.

40% ABV

Westland Distillery 5th Annual Peat Week
Westland Distillery $110/VIP ticket which offers first chance to buy this release

It can’t be! But it is! Now in its fifth year, Westland Distillery Peat Week continues to dazzle with feats of peat beyond imagination. Twirling, whirling, and curving through the air—The Greatest Smoke on Earth lands once again in January 2019. The 5th Annual Peat Week is limited to 1,083 bottles worldwide and is on limited allocation.

This highly allocated distillery exclusive release is the star of a Westland Distillery celebration that includes a symposium featuring Westland’s co-founder and Master Distiller Matt Hofmann, Balcones’ founder Jared Himstedt, and Hamilton Distilling’s founder Nathan Thompson. This annual event takes place from January 22 through January 26, 2019. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Tasting Notes: The festal bottling offers first subtle iodine on the nose then wafts of banana and peach rising beneath the caramel curves of clouds, full to the brim with ash and oak. On the palate, ash and oak rain down filling out the space between delicate milk chocolate, licorice, and the faint remains of what was savory now turned to smoke.

Cooperage:  Two first-fill ex-bourbon, one new American oak: Cooper’s Reserve, two refill new American oak

Malt: Baird's Heavily Peated Distiller's Malt

Cask Maturation: 36–63 months

Total Output: 1,083 bottles

50% ABV

Crown Royal Blenders' Mash
Crown Royal $32/750ml SRP at time of publication

Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash showcases the warm vanilla and subtle oaky notes of our beloved corn-heavy whiskies. Blender’s Mash showcases a classic whisk(e)y style but with the famous smooth finish, allowing the whisky to stand on its own.

Quick Notes

Nose: Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash begins with aromas of ripe apple and buttery toffee

Palate: Creamy vanilla flavor followed by hints of dried orchard fruit, allspice, toasted oak

Finish: A touch of sweet caramel and smoothness that is still unmistakably Crown Royal

40% ABV

Hell-Cat Maggie Irish Whiskey
Hell-Cat Maggie / Phillips Distilling Co. $15.99/750ml at time of publication

Hell-Cat Maggie was a member of the notorious Dead Rabbits gang that roamed the Five Points area of Manhattan in the 1840s. A feared streetfighter, Maggie wore razor sharp brass talons on her fingers and filed her teeth into points.

Hell-Cat Maggie is an exceptionally smooth whiskey that is distilled in Ireland using the traditional single copper pot still method.

40% ABV

La Hechicera Colombian Rum
La Hechicera / Phillips Distilling Co. $41.99/750ml at time of publication

At the heart of Barranquilla, nestled between the long-winding Magdalena River and the Caribbean Sea, is an unassuming little bodega that has been ageing and blending the best rum in Colombia for over twenty years. It is an oasis of silence in the midst of a bustling city where barrels rest under the watchful eye of the Maestro Ronero.

La Hechicera is a naturally ‘unpolished’ rum, which means it has not been rounded up with additives or sugar, its smoothness and flavor are the result of the noble wood it is aged in. This is the traditional way of making rum that does not require any polishing or ‘finishing’, any additive would only opaque its innate brilliance.

The flavor profile of La Hechicera is exactly what we expect rum to be: deep woodiness with characterful notes of things Colombian, a heady scent of toffee and orange peel on the nose, and a bold burst of flavor on the palate with distinctive notes of tobacco and roasted coffee. The finish is crisp and smooth.

Using the solera method of aging in American white oak barrels, La Hechicera is a masterly blend of rums between 12 and 21 years, gracefully matured in former bourbon barrels.

Particularly crisp and woody, this spirit holds true to a simple promise: from barrel to bottle and nothing in between.

40% ABV

Meteoro Mezcal
Meteoro Mezcal / Phillips Distilling Co. $44.99/750ml at time of publication

Meteoro is a high quality handmade mezcal, rigorously crafted according to ancient Oaxacan traditions.

Hand-picked agaves are cooked in earthen oven pits with red-hot river stones, previously heated with mesquite wood, hence the smoky flavor. After several days of cooking, the roasted pines are crushed with a huge, mule-drawn stone called “tahona”. Fermentation occurs naturally in wooden vats, by airborne bacteria. No yeasts or artificial methods are ever applied.

Meteoro is then twice distilled in copper pot stills and leveled down to 45% alcohol volume.

Douglas & Todd Small Batch Bourbon
Douglas & Todd / Phillips Distilling Co. $36.99/750ml at time of publication

Douglas & Todd is a small batch, handcrafted, straight bourbon born and raised on the unforgiving plains of Minnesota.

This bourbon is aged a minimum of four hard years in handmade oak barrels that provide D&T its distinctive character. Distilled and rested in two historic counties at the first craft distillery in Minnesota.

Douglas & Todd was built to be a bourbon drinker’s bourbon.

46.5% ABV

The 8th Day
Havana Club / BACARDÍ

Designed to be served hot or cold, The 8th Day combines the oaky hints of vanilla and almond in HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico, with the spices of chai tea and coconut milk to create a velvety libation to sip on during those frosty winter months.

The 8th Day

Recipe and image courtesy of Havana ClubBACARDÍ

Prepare chai Tea. While the tea steeps, warm coconut milk over medium heat. Do not boil. Combine ingredients in a high-temperature-resistant mixing glass, adding rum last, and stir. Serve in an Irish Coffee Cup or preferred glass coffee cup, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Rooibos Toddy

The Rooibos Toddy, made with FACUNDO EXIMO Rum, blends hot Rooibos tea with HUM liqueur and ginger syrup, emulating the warm and soothing aspects of a traditional toddy recipe. The sweet aroma of FACUNDO EXIMO complements the delicate flavor of the rooibos, making it the perfect companion to watch the snow fall.

Rooibos Toddy

Recipe and image courtesy of FACUNDO Rum / BACARDÍ

  • 1 part FACUNDO EXIMO
  • 1 ½ parts Hot rooibos tea
  • ¼ part Ginger syrup
  • ¼ part HUM Liqueur
  • Lemon wedge or wheel, for garnish

Combine ingredients in a Hot Toddy Glass. Stir gently until syrups are properly diluted. Garnish with a Lemon wedge or wheel.

Good Measure’s Hot Toddy
Good Measure, Chicago

For those interested in a twist on the winter warmer, consider stirring up a hot toddy featuring Craigellachie 13-year-old with Creme De Noyaux, Giffard Banana, demerara and orange bitters, courtesy of Good Measure in Chicago.

Good Measure's Hot Toddy

Recipe and image courtesy of Good Measure, Chicago

  • ¼ oz. Crème De Noyaux
  • ¼ oz. Giffard Banana
  • ¼ oz. Demerara
  • 3 dashes of Orange Bitters
  • Orange wheel to garnish

Fill mug with hot water to warm. While mug is warming up, fill large shaker tin roughly 1/3-1/2 with hot water and carefully place small shaker tin inside. Combine all ingredients in smaller tin and stir to warm. Pour water out of mug and carefully pour the hot cocktail into mug. Top with hot water and garnish with dehydrated orange wheel.

Golden Hot Toddy
Aberfeldy Distillery

Hot, spicy and zesty, the Golden Hot Toddy mixes Hot Toddy spice mix with Aberfeldy 12-Year-Old, local honey, lemon juice and hot water. A classic, fruity whisky with a honeyed richness and smooth taste, Aberfeldy will quickly become your secret weapon for hot toddy making.

Golden Hot Toddy

Recipe and image courtesy of Aberfeldy Distillery

Fill mug with hot water to warm. While mug is warming up, fill large shaker tin roughly 1/3-1/2 with hot water and carefully place small shaker tin inside. Combine all ingredients in smaller tin and stir to warm. Pour water out of mug and carefully pour the hot cocktail into mug. Top with hot water and garnish with dehydrated lemon or orange wheel.
For the local honey syrup:
Combine 100g of local honey with 64 grams of water. Stir and leave to chill. Bottle and use accordingly.
Coconut Cartel Special
Coconut Cartel $36.99/750ml at time of publication

Coconut Cartel Special was inspired by the brand's favorite cocktail: a fresh, cold coconut spiked with a shot of Central American aged rum. What you’ll find inside this bottle embodies just that, a unique blend of Central American dark rum infused with real coconut water to proof.

The natural minerality in the coconut water is what makes this blend uniquely smooth, with notes of vanilla at first and a touch of coconut at the end. Forget what you think you know about rum, Coconut Cartel Special is refreshing, delicious and naturally just a little sweet.

Coconut Cartel suggests enjoying this unique rum with a single large ice cube; for the less daring, maybe a splash of coconut water too.

Only 1g of sugar per serving!

Dogfish Head Raison D'Extra
Dogfish Head $10.99/6-pack of 12-oz. bottles at time of publication

Dogfish Head's Raison D'Etre, with a little extra. This immodest brew, made with an obscene amount of malt, brown sugar and raisins, takes Belgian-style browns to new heights.

Raison D'Extra's little brother Raison D'Etre was brewed to be the ultimate beer partner for steak. Plump raisins and beet sugars give the beer a similar DNA and color to red wine. 

D'Extra takes this concept to the next level. What 120 Minute IPA is to 60 Minute IPA, D'Extra is the D'Etre. Dogfish Head is pushing the limits of what a Belgian yeast can do (and they've discovered that's somewhere in the ballpark of 15% to 18% ABV).

D'Extra is extremely complex and a great candidate for aging. Sip on one with a loved one now, and stash a few in your beer cellar! As Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione says, "This puppy's only getting better with age."

Available now through April!

15-18% ABV

40 IBU

The Perfect Disguise
Dogfish Head

Is it an IPA disguised as a Kölsch or a Kölsch disguised as an IPA?

On the surface, The Perfect Disguise by Dogfish Head, available in February, looks like a straightforward Kölsch with a crisp Kölsch yeast and traditional German malts and hops…but things aren’t always what they seem. With a quick sniff and a slight sip, you’re greeted by a creamy mouthfeel and full body thanks to the addition of a unique German chit malt—the first hint that this beer may be somewhat different.

Hiding deeper behind that German disguise is the double dry-hopping of an American Double IPA, with nearly four pounds of German and American hops per barrel. It brings tropical flavors of citrus, tangerine, mango, gooseberries and peach.

The artwork for The Perfect Disguise was brought to life and designed by 2019 Off-Centered Art Series artist Michael Hacker. The name "The Perfect Disguise" was the inspiration for the illustration design as it’s a play on words with whether or not the beer is actually a Kölsch or an American IPA.

Quick Notes

Nose: Tropical citrus and berry

Palate: Hoppy tropical flavors of citrus, tangerine, mango, gooseberries and peach

8% ABV

70 IBU


Full Sail Malted Milkshake-Style IPA
Full Sail Brewing Company

Knowing it was time to shake things up on the IPA front, Full Sail Brewing Company has launched its brand-new, milkshake-style IPA brewed with lactose, malted barley and oats. A touch of natural vanilla is the proverbial cherry on top.

Malted Milkshake-Style IPA is a hazy and hoppy, smooth and creamy, milkshake-style IPA.

The popularity of milkshake-style IPAs has been growing exponentially and Full Sail was confident its master brewers could add to the category in an original way. Nonfermentable lactose (milk sugars) provide a full-bodied, smooth creaminess while the yeast strain creates a hazy, fruit-forward beer. Big juicy flavor and big juicy hops stand out in new Malted Milkshake-Style IPA brewed with Ekuanot, Denali, Comet, Citra, and Cascade hops, and 2-Row Pale, Wheat, and Oats.

6.8% ABV

40 IBU

Booker's 30th Anniversary Bourbon
Booker's Bourbon / Beam Suntory $199.99/750ml at time of publication

Released in extremely limited quantities, Booker's 30th Anniversary Bourbon features a mingling of uncut, unfiltered 9-year-old and 16-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskies, which together present robust flavor with the brand's signature notes of vanilla that Noe preferred in his namesake whiskey. Bottled at 125.8 proof, these barrels were aged specifically with Booker's legacy in mind under the watchful eye of 7th Generation Master Distiller and Booker's son, Fred Noe.

A robust and powerful bourbon, Booker's 30th Anniversary is itself a reflection of Booker, the man. His legacy is also honored in the details of the packaging. Each bottle of Booker's 30th Anniversary is topped with a special silver wax then packaged beautifully in a box made of reclaimed wood from the very rackhouses where Booker once walked as he selected his personal batches of Booker's Bourbon.

Like all Booker's releases, Fred Noe carefully watched over and selected the barrels for this release.

Quick Notes

Palate: Robust notes of vanilla and oak from the mingling of whiskies present in this release. Lighter than most batches of Booker's.

Finish: Quick and dry. Doesn't overpower the palate.

Age: 70% 9 year-old-whiskey, 30% 16-year-old whiskey

Proof: 125.8

Templeton Rye Barrel Strength Straight Rye Whiskey
Templeton Rye $59.99/750ml at time of publishing

Templeton Rye Whiskey has introduced a limited-edition expression, Barrel Strength Straight Rye Whiskey. This new expression celebrates the people and rich history of its hometown, Templeton, Iowa.

Natural, non-chill filtered and bottled at 57.2% ABV, this special addition to the Templeton Rye portfolio is a barrel strength edition matured and aged to perfection in flame charred American oak barrels bursting with rye spice and black pepper giving way to summer fruits, butterscotch and oak. Complex notes of orchard fruits deliver a delicate warmth with a lingering finish dovetailing beautifully with a velvety character that balances its considerable strength.

Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker
Fred Minnick $21.31 for hardcover at time of publishing

In Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker, award-winning whiskey writer and Wall Street Journal-best-selling author Fred Minnick debunks bourbon myths, provides distillery production methods (such as recipes and barrel-entry proofs!) and creates an easy-to-read interactive tasting journey that helps you select bourbons based on flavor preferences and bourbon styles. Using the same tasting principles he offers in his Kentucky Derby Museum classes and as a judge at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Minnick's Bourbon Curious cuts to the chase, dismissing brand marketing and judging what's inside the bottle.

  • Finalist, Spirited Awards
  • 2015, Men's Journal: Best New Book for Whiskey Lovers

Available for Kindle and in hardcover, audiobook and MP3 CD formats here.

Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage
Michael R. Veach $19.43 for hardcover at time of publishing

On May 4, 1964, Congress designated bourbon as a distinctive product of the United States, and it remains the only spirit produced in this country to enjoy such protection. Its history stretches back almost to the founding of the nation and includes many colorful characters, both well known and obscure, from the hatchet-wielding prohibitionist Carry Nation to George Garvin Brown, who in 1872 created Old Forester, the first bourbon to be sold only by the bottle. Although obscured by myth, the history of bourbon reflects the history of our nation.

Historian Michael R. Veach reveals the true story of bourbon in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Starting with the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, he traces the history of this unique beverage through the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War, Prohibition, the Great Depression, and up to the present. Veach explores aspects of bourbon that have been ignored by others, including the technology behind its production, the effects of the Pure Food and Drug Act, and how Prohibition contributed to the Great Depression. The myths surrounding bourbon are legion, but Veach separates fact from legend. While the true origin of the spirit may never be known for certain, he proposes a compelling new theory.

With the explosion of super-premium bourbons and craft distilleries and the establishment of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, interest in bourbon has never been higher. Veach shines a light on its pivotal place in our national heritage, presenting the most complete and wide-ranging history of bourbon available.

Available for Kindle and in hardcover and audio formats here.

Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit (3rd edition)
Bernie Lubbers $14.44 for paperback at time of publishing

Take a whirlwind trip down the Bourbon Trail with whiskey professor Bernie Lubbers and learn about America's native spirit. In the pages of this funny and easy-to-read book, you will learn how bourbon is made, the history of bourbon in Kentucky, America, and the world, the difference between whiskey and bourbon, and how to read labels of bourbon and whiskey bottles.

Included is an updated and expanded guide to where to go to visit the Kentucky distilleries as well as other bars, restaurants and hotels nearby to make the most of your visit. There is also a guide to Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail.

Readers will find an expanded section on drinks and recipes to make with bourbon at home, and how to host your own bourbon tasting. Also new is a who's who of the names on bourbon labels, a history of the evolution of the drink from corn whiskey to bourbon whiskey, hints on how to host a Kentucky Derby party in your home (with accompanying bourbon recipes), a list of approved bottled in bond restaurants in the United States, and lots of new facts and trivia about this uniquely American beverage.

Just like a fine dream, drinkers will savor Bernie Lubber's Bourbon Whiskey. It is a personal and very enjoyable guide to America's native spirit.

Available for Kindle and in paperback format here.

Crème de Vie a.k.a. Cuban Egg Nog
Havana Club Rum

This Cuban spin on traditional Egg Nog is meant to be served in a large format and consumed with family and friends. This spiced drink will perk up even the grayest of winter days and is the perfect companion to watch the snow fall or huddle around the Christmas tree.

Crème de Vie (Cuban Egg Nog)

Recipe and image courtesy of Havana Club Rum

  • 4 parts Havana Club Añejo Blanco rum
  • 8 parts Sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 parts Evaporated milk
  • 16 parts Sugar
  • 8 parts Water
  • 6 Egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

Mix the sugar and water together over very low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. The heat must be just low enough so that the sugar doesn’t caramelize, but yields a thick, sugary water. Place the egg yolks in a blender and mix with the condensed milk. Slowly add the evaporated milk and mix completely. Flavor with vanilla. Pour the egg yolk and milk mixture into the sugar-water, and mix together. Finally, stir in the rum.

Nordic Fire
Bluewater Organic Distilling

Impress your guests with this well-balanced but fiery cocktail made with American aquavit.

Nordic Fire

Recipe by Maggie Burton for Bluewater Organic Distilling; Image: Casey Sjogren

  • 1.5 oz. Wintersun Organic Aquavit
  • 1 oz. Pineapple juice
  • 0.75 oz. Sage-infused simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz. Lemon
  • 3 drops Hellfire (ghost pepper) tincture
  • Black lava salt to garnish

Shake and strain into tall Martini glass. Garnish with spicy black lava salt. 

Cranberry Spice, Hemp So Nice
Papa & Barkley Essentials

The lively botanicals in this drink will brighten any guest's evening. The fact that it's alcohol-free and contains CBD oil means it's very much on trend.

Cranberry Spice, Hemp So Nice

Recipe by Austin Smith; Image: Papa & Barkley Essentials

  • 1.5 oz. Sparkling water
  • 2 oz. Cranberry juice
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 2.5 oz. Apple cider
  • 10 Cranberries (plus additional for garnish)
  • Orange wedge
  • Essentials Hemp Drops

Muddle cranberries and orange wedge in cranberry juice. Add remaining ingredients and stir with a spoon. Add cranberries and orange peel, and serve on ice. Garnish with 0.25ml of Essentials Hemp Drops (7.5mg of CBD).

Espresso Martino

This simple yet elegant mocktail proves that alcohol-free cocktails can be every bit as on-trend and desirable as their spirited counterparts.

Espresso Martino

Recipe and image courtesy of Seedlip

  • 2 oz. Seedlip Spice 94
  • 2 oz. Sandows Cold Brew Concentrate (or an alternative brand's cold brew concentrate)
  • 0.5 oz. Sugar syrup
  • 3 Coffee beans to garnish

Shake and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with coffee beans.

Grove 42
Seedlip $36/23.7 oz. SRP at time of publishing

All evidence points to no-ABV a.k.a. zero-ABV a.k.a. mocktails rising in popularity and becoming more important than ever moving forward.

Seedlip is a nature company on a mission to change the way the world drinks with the highest quality non-alcohol options. Three unique and complex blends can be simply served with tonic or mixed to create sophisticated non-alcohol cocktails.

"What to drink when you're not drinking."®

Grove 42 is a zesty and complex, citrus-forward blend of three types of orange and uplifting spice distillates. Simply serve with tonic and a twist of orange peel.

Tasting Notes

Orange and mandarin peel and pith top notes, with juicy blood orange undertones open up to stalky, grassy character. Clean, fresh notes of ginger and lemongrass with a dry finish from a subtle peppercorn prickle.

Non-alcohol, zero calories, sugar and sweetener free with no artificial flavors. Water, natural botanical distillates and extracts (orange, blood orange, mandarin, lemon, ginger, lemongrass). Preservative: potassium sorbate. Acid: citric.

Garden 108
Seedlip $36/23.7 oz. SRP at time of publishing

All evidence points to no-ABV a.k.a. zero-ABV a.k.a. mocktails rising in popularity and becoming more important than ever moving forward.

Seedlip is a nature company on a mission to change the way the world drinks with the highest quality non-alcohol options. Three unique and complex blends can be simply served with tonic or mixed to create sophisticated non-alcohol cocktails.

"What to drink when you're not drinking."®

Garden 108 is a floral blend of handpicked peas and homegrown hay from Seedlip founder Ben Branson's farm, with traditional garden herb distillates in celebration of the English countryside. Simply serve with tonic and a sugar snap pea to garnish.

Tasting Notes

Fresh and floral, capturing the essence of the English countryside. Sophisticated top notes of handpicked peas and hay, and a complex herbal base character of spearmint, rosemary and time.

Non-alcohol, zero calories, sugar- and sweetener-free with no artificial flavous. Water, natural botanical distillates and extracts (peas, hay, spearmint, rosemary, thyme, lemon hops). Preservative: potassium sorbate. Acid: citric acid.

Spice 94
Seedlip $36/23.7 oz. SRP at time of publishing

All evidence points to no-ABV a.k.a. zero-ABV a.k.a. mocktails rising in popularity and becoming more important than ever moving forward.

Seedlip is a nature company on a mission to change the way the world drinks with the highest quality non-alcohol options. Three unique and complex blends can be simply served with tonic or mixed to create sophisticated non-alcohol cocktails.

"What to drink when you're not drinking."®

Spice 94 is a complex blend of aromatic Jamaican allspice berry and cardamom distillates with two barks and a bright, citrus finish. Simply serve with tonic and a red grapefruit peel garnish.

Tasting Notes

Aromatic with warmed spice notes, citrusy top notes from lemon and grapefruit peels, and a long, bitter finish from the highest quality oak and cascarilla barks.

Non-alcohol, zero calories, sugar- and sweetener-free with no artificial flavors. Water, natural botanical distillates and extracts (allspice berries, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, oak bark, cascarilla bark). Preservative: potassium sorbate. Acid: citric.

Essentials Hemp Drops
Papa & Barkley Essentials $45/15ml, $90/30ml SRP at time of publishing

Power through your day with our Essentials Hemp Drops. Papa & Barkley Essentials uses the best Colorado-grown hemp and makes their infused drops with a patented process that uses just heat, water and pressure. No chemicals or solvents here! Papa & Barkley Essentials infused oils are power-packed with phytocannabinoids to help stop pain and exercise-related inflammation reduction. This all-natural supplement is best when used daily.

  • Relax from everyday stresses
  • Recover from aches and pains
  • Rejuvenate the mind, body and soul
  • Available in 15ml and 30ml sizes.


  • MCT oil
  • Hemp extract
  • Phytocannabinoids (550mg, 15ml; 1,100mg, 30ml)

All products contain less than 0.3% THC. Manufactured in a facility that also processes nuts. This product is not for use by or sale to persons under the age of 18. This product should be used only as directed on the label. It should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult with a physician before use if you have serious medical condition or use prescription medications. A doctor's advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product. All trademarks and copyrights and property of their respective owners and are not affiliated with nor do they endorse this product. These stataements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Void where prohibited by law. Check local and state laws before using this product in any food or beverage items.

ONE ROQ Vodka $26.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

In the mid 2000s, award-winning product developer and American entrepreneur, Garrett Green, became inspired by the success of French–luxury vodka brand, Grey Goose Vodka after selling to Bacardi Ltd for $2 billion a few years earlier, and began pondering why the market didn’t have an iconic American–luxury vodka brand equivalent. Using his product development experience, and tenacious entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to pursue the rare opportunity of entering the 70+ billion a year distilled spirits market to create just that.

Garrett began with countless trips to US farmers and distillers in search for the perfect recipe, eventually discovering a distinguished blend made of artisanal mountain water from the Rockies, and hand-picked sweet corn from the American mid-west.  From there, he hand selected his vessel and began his meticulous process of design.

In 2016, ONE ROQ abandoned the traditional industry marketing mold, transformed its brand philosophy and redeveloped its business model with ONE ROQ Vodka Club—the world’s first  lifestyle platform offering the authentic luxury experience  of brand ownership, and the genuine lifestyle privileges that come with it.

ONE ROQ Standard is distilled 1X and bottled in small batches from pristine, artisanal Colorado mountain water and hand-picked, mid-western, American corn. A clean, flowing mouthfeel with a subtle hint of sweetness.

ONE ROQ is gluten-, sulfite- and sodium-free, the first of its kind.

80 proof

Ti' Punch
Trois Rivières

At first glance you could easily mistake this classic agricole drink for a Caipirinha. While the ratio of chopped lime, sugar and the rhum is the same as that of Brazil's iconic drink, the taste in the classic Ti' Punch is unmistakeably different.

Ti' Punch

Cocktail and image courtesy of Trois Rivières

Build in a high ball glass over cubed ice. Add the rum first, then the lime and sugar, muddle stirring as you go.

Trois Rivières Cuvee de L'Ocean
Trois Rivières $43.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Made using sugar cane grown in the south of Martinique next to the Atlantic Ocean. Trois Rivières Cuvee de L'Ocean is a maritime rum, with hints of sea spray added to the classic agricole notes of grass and sweet fruit. A complex and zesty agricole, with briny seashore notes, minerality, grassiness and classic fruity sweetness. This works especially well in a Daiquiri.

Nose: Coastal grass, sea spray and coal-like bitterness. Sweet notes of fruit develop, with a buttery backbone and liquorice hints. Soft spice and lemon zest provide support.

Palate: Light, sweet and very green—freshly chopped sugar cane, mowed grass and stacked straw. Earthy and woody notes appear, with seaside pebbles sat alongside freshly stripped twigs. Rich, warm and sweet notes of dark sugar slowly develop underneath.

Finish: A wave of sugar syrup is followed by phenolic notes, brine and hints of smoke. Green and grassy notes develop, with stony minerality and a touch of earthy spice. Spice lingers.

Proof: 80

Trois Rivières Cuvée du Moulin
Trois Rivières $64.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

A blend of rums carefully matured for over three years in ex-Cognac and ex-Bourbon casks. Trois Rivières Cuvée du Moulin is delightfully full flavored and spicy, but with a fruity core that keeps everything fresh. This is an excellent introduction to those who wish to discover the qualities of an excellent “rhum vieux agricole.” To be sipped neat or mixed in cocktails, this is a young rum with an impressively complex character for its age.

Nose: Spicy and woody initially, with aromas of black pepper and toasty oak as well as leather books and sweet spice.

Palate: Leather and fruit are the predominant notes on the palate, with spicy oak and stewed apples. Clean and refined.

Finish: Rich and spicy, with the perfumed oak taking hold.

Proof: 80

Trois Rivières VSOP Réserve Spéciale
Trois Rivières $50.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

Among the Trois Rivières rum collection, VSOP Réserve Spéciale is especially appealing. Though faithful to the Trois Rivières style, the perfect smoothness and delicate fullness of this rum make it outstanding. Trois Rivières VSOP is the result of a harmonious blend of rums aged for an average of 5 years. A sweet and fruity nose contrasts with an earthy and spicy palate: complex and worth careful consideration. This can be enjoyed neat or is delicious in an Old Fashioned.

Nose: Sweet and fruity, with a rustic agricole note hiding underneath. Apples, pears, sharp grapes, rhubarb and custard sweets, and Refresher chews sit with spiced sponge cake batter and toffee sauce.

Palate: Sweet fruit and spicy oak lead the palate, with spice developing further and the fruit becoming sour apple and sharp grape. Cinnamon sugar and chocolate notes grow, providing balance and extra earthy spice.

Finish: Woody spice fades to licorice, anise and soft orchard fruit.

Proof: 80

Trois Rivières Ambré
Trois Rivières $38.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

A smooth, vibrant and fruity golden rum aged for a short period (12-18 months) in American oak barrels. These few months maturing in oak confers this rum its superb bright golden colour and develops its particularly mellow flavours. The nose is more savoury than expected, with lots of weight, but the palate gives us exactly what we want: a rich and well-rounded rum, with spice, sweetness and fruit. Trois Rivières Ambré is an excellent sipping rum, but can equally be enjoyed on the rocks or mixed.

Quick Notes

Nose: Rich with weighty notes right from the start. Savoury dried fruit—shriveled raisins and dried prunes, warm leather and sharp woody spice, clove and mace—is complimented by sharp green apple and nectarine, with some sweeter fruity notes behind, like sultanas and figs.

Palate: Light at first, but with a thick mouthfeel and weighty body. The sharp apple from the nose is joined by sweet and sour apricot, and bitter stones. Waves of brown sugar then roll in to provide a balanced sweetness, with nutmeg spiced baked apple and green leaves following.

Finish: Sweet and sour fruit, fading to green leaves and soft spice.

Proof: 80

Trois Rivières Blanc
Trois Rivières $32.99/750ml SRP at time of publishing

A strong, white column still rum, perfect for the traditional Ti’ Punch (see end of post for recipe). Trois Rivières Blanc rhum agricole is surprisingly clean, well-balanced and incredibly aromatic. About as far removed from a dark, heavy rum as you could wish to find. Clean, elegant and fresh.

Quick Notes

Nose: Clean and elegant, with a lovely waft of citrus and stone fruit. Punchy but refreshing.

Palate: The zingy citrus notes continue on to the palate, joined by freshly cut grass, ginger and lemongrass. Very refreshing.

Finish: Long and clean.

Proof: 100

Preggatinis: Mixology For The Mom-To-Be
Natalie Bovis-Nelsen $16.16 for paperback at time of publishing

Things move quickly in the cocktail fast lane―but slow to a crawl when pregnancy kicks in. Right? Wrong! Even when sporting a “baby bump,” modern moms can stay in the social swing of things with Preggatinis, featuring lip-smacking, liquorless libations designed by master mixologist Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, aka “The Liquid Muse.”

Within these pages are 75 original Preggatini recipes highlighting fresh juices, herbs, and garnishes as well as ideas for Preggatini Parties―a modern spin on the humdrum baby shower. Organized by pregnancy stages and symptoms, this lavishly illustrated, pocket-sized, virtually intoxicating guide also offers quotes from famous moms and sidebars about pregnancy and health and such options as “De-virginize for Dad”―making these drinks applicable to all.

Includes a recipe exclusively provided by Celebrity Chef Michel Richard, recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Chef James Beard award, author of Happy in the Kitchen, and owner of the legendary Citronelle restaurant in Washington, DC.
Available for Kindle and in paperback format here.
Absolut Jingle Buck
Absolut Vodka

Put guests in the holiday mood and singing carols with this refreshing Absolut cocktail.

Absolut Jingle Buck

Recipe courtesy of Absolut Vodka; Image: Eric Medsker Photography

  • 1.5 oz. Absolut Vodka
  • 0.75 oz. Organic cranberry juice
  • 0.75 oz. Organic pomegranate juice
  • 0.75 oz. Lime juice
  • 2 oz. Ginger ale
  • 2 Fresh cranberries
  • 1 Rosemary sprig

Build in a Collins glass over crystal clear ice, topping with ginger ale. Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprig.

Winter Champagne Punch
Absolut Vodka

This sparkling punch can be prebatched and, for those operators who serve guests with dietary restrictions, can be made in a vegan version.

Winter Champagne Punch

Recipe by Sherrie Castellano of With Food and Love; Image: Absolut Vodka

  • 8 parts Absolut Vodka (1 cup)
  • 8 parts Orange juice (1 cup)
  • 8 parts Rosemary simple syrup (1 cup; see note)
  • 8 parts Sparkling water (1 cup)
  • 1 bottle Champagne (see note)
  • Orange slices to garnish
  • Rosemary sprigs to garnish

Mix all of the ingredients together in a punch bowl. Serve chilled. NOTE: Any Champagne or dry sparkling wine will work in this recipe. If you want to mix the punch beforehand, combine all of the ingredients except the sparkling water and Champagne. Refrigerate and add in the last two ingredients right before you're ready to serve.

For the rosemary simple syrup:

  • 1 cup Filtered water
  • 5 sprigs Rosemary
  • 1 cup Honey (or Cane sugar; see note)

In a small pot bring the water and rosemary sprigs to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Then turn the heat off and cool for 5 minutes more. Strain the rosemary out of the water, add in the honey and stir to dissolve. Makes 1 cup. NOTE: Use cane sugar in place of honey to make this vegan. Add the sugar in with the water during the boiling process. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week, until you're ready to use.