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Boozehound Reviews: Jose Cuervo Gold

Tequila isn’t what it used to be when I was in college. There was a time when it seemed that there was only Cuervo and if you wanted to get fancy, Patrón. Roll by the tequila section of your local liquor store today, however, and it’s a different story: There seems to be more choices […]

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Boozehound 101: The Fuzzy Navel

You can blame this Boozehound 101 on Netflix. I was binge-watching my way through Archer when I reached the episode where he binge-drank his way through a hefty load of first fuzzy, then hairy navels. And thus, inspiration struck — even though I’ve been faithfully working my way through David Embury’s six classic cocktails, sometimes, […]

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Boozehound Reviews: Bulleit Rye Whiskey

What’s 95 percent rye, 5 percent malted barley and 100 percent awesome? If you said Bulleit Rye whiskey, you’d be right (and probably bad at math). Yes, with spring’s arrival, warmer temperatures call for something with a touch of sweetness, but enough punch to keep you nice and warm on those cooler days nights. Bulleit […]

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Boozehound 101: The daiquiri

Daiquiri

Quick, raise your hand if you’ve ever had a real, genuine daiquiri? And I’m not talking about one made in a blender! The classic daiquiri is one of the simplest, most elegant cocktails. Supposedly hailing from Cuba, the drink was invented at the turn of the last century and eventually became the favorite drink of […]

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Boozehound reviews: Bulleit Bourbon

Bulleit Bourbon

What better way to start 2015 than with something sweet, slightly spicy and smooth? For January, I recommend one of Kentucky’s tastiest bourbons, Bulleit. The Bulleit Family began distilling in Kentucky way back in 1830 and managed a good 30 years in the business before production was discontinued. Happily, the great great grandson of the […]

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Boozehound 101: Jack Rose

Jack Rose

Of the essential cocktails listed in David Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, the Jack Rose is probably the one that people are least familiar with — yet it might be one of the most authentic American cocktails in the author’s six pack. The American roots of the Jack Rose stem from its base […]

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Boozehound 101: The Manhattan

In the classic modern mixology volume, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David A. Embury lists six classic cocktails that any bartender worth their salt should be able to make you and make you well. The way I see it, if we’re going to talk about the wide kaleidoscope of booze that’s out there, we […]

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Boozehound Reviews: Kringle Cream

Kringle Cream

It was by happenstance that I stumbled upon the subject of this edition of Boozehound; I was walking down the liquor aisle at my local Hy-Vee when a tan bottle of Kringle Cream caught my eye, and I had to see what it was. I thought, what the heck is Kringle Cream? But the bottle […]

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Boozehound 101: An introduction to port

Port Wine

“Have you saved any room for dessert tonight?” I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked the over the years, only to regretfully decline, having stuffed my face with delicious food. But in many restaurants, there’s a slightly less filling beverage option that is often overlooked post-dinner (and no, I’m not talking about […]

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Boozehound Reviews: Ardbeg Uigeadail

Boozehound!

This week we’re dipping into what for many is a difficult and challenging area in the world of whiskey: Islay single malt Scotch. This stuff is not for the faint of heart. But if we’re going to taste an Islay whisky, it should be the award-winning offering from perhaps the peat-iest distillery in the world: […]

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