by Steven Doyle
Popular in the citrus-growing regions along Italy’s Amalfi coast for more than a century, the digestif Limoncello makes for the perfect holiday gift. The liqueur is second in popularity only to Campari in Italy, and is a refined and genteel way to end a great meal.
Now is the time to make the elixir. It is so simple to make, pretty much anyone of drinking age can pull this off.
You will thank us for this. Best way to say thanks? A bottle of Limoncello. Continue reading
by Alex Gonzalez
Located clandestine on Clover Street, which is hidden between Commerce and Canton in Deep Ellum, is Deep Ellum Distillery, which officially opened its tasting room to the public this past weekend. In the tasting room, guests can try a selection of the distillery’s signature cocktails, including the Route 66 and the Strawberry Basil Mule. Guests can also try the distillery’s infused vodka drinks, with options ranging from pineapple to dill pickle.
Deep Ellum Distillery is the brainchild of John Rearden, who is also the founder of Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Rearden conceived the Deep Ellum Distillery about three years ago, and later recruited Reade Huddleston as the head distiller about a year and a half ago. Continue reading
Local wine, cheese, beer and now spirits are winning medals in tough national competitions. Duckworth Distillery of Dallas (right behind the Home Depot on Lemmon) just won Bronze with their Texas Vodka at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This is a doubly good achievement since this is Duckworth’s first product and this is their first competition. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
In the past we have extolled the virtues of a particular cake that should be served during this special time of year and is found at Village Baking Company, but we know the inner-partier in you wants something more colorful, more lurid, glittering and borderline bilious. We know the King Cake that you are seeking, and we found a few that you may not be totally aware existed. We have a list.
by Andrew Chalk
Kiepersol Estates, the remarkable winery that grows some 14 vinifera grapes in the east Texas region where it is axiomatic that vinifera grapes are killed in the crib by Pierce’s disease, has done it again. They have just released Dirk’s Vodka, sourced from grape juice from their own vines. Kiepersol founder, Pierre de Wet, named the vodka in honor of his his father who, he says, “lived life well”. Continue reading
by Kenny Kuczwaj
After all the great Vodka I sampled Saturday Night I was surprised I could write this article. A packed house in the ever spacious Cool River in Las Colinas sampled so many great vodka brands. Chef Rodman Sheilds provided passed appetizers to offset the onslaught of the free pouring vodka. Stuffed mushrooms, ahi bruschetta with pineapple, crab cakes and the best stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon I have had in a long time, complemented the interesting cocktails that were being served .
There were lots of familiar brands being poured like absolute, ultimate , Tito’s , Grey Goose , Svdeka ( being manned by my good buddy Todd from Constellation) and there were a few new brands to try as well. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Remember that time when I said jokingly “I do not want to live in a world with Pop Tart flavored vodka”. Time for me to make a deal with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for an exit strategy to Mars, because the geniuses who make Corn Flakes and Eggo Waffles released their own line of vodka.
I do not suspect we will be finding the brand of vodka competing for well space with the likes of our beloved Aylesbury Duck from Jason Kosmas in local bars such as Standard Pour or Smyth, but the spirit will definitely move some to offer a S’Mores martini using the Kellogg’s product. Continue reading