Celebrate American Whiskey with Basil Hayden Bourbon

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I did it!  Last month, after a year and a half, I passed my Certified Spirits Specialist exam.  PHEW!  A must do for anyone who is serious about spirits, this credential, administered by the Society of Wine Educators was more rigorous than I anticipated, but delves deep in to the history and production of spirits […]

Cocktail of the week: Gintonica

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Put on your yalmulka, here comes gin-tonica, Its so much fun-akkah to celebrate gin-tonica! With all due respect to Adam Sandler and his holiday chuckles, a well crafted Gin & Tonic is one of my favorite cocktails.  The wide variety of gins available these days is far reaching, and goes beyond hte bathtub varieties of […]

It’s a Carnival of taste! Craft Spirits Carnival

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It’s hard to believe that next weekend is Memorial Day.  Where did the spring go?  Summer is rapidly approaching, and with that, some great summer cocktails! Be sure to catch all the action at the Craft Spirits Carnival in San Francisco on June 15th & 16th.  This unique event combines the showcase of an old […]

Cocktail, laughter, and damn fine jam

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After we meandered through the Walk in the Park, the Blitz Carlton crew headed back in to town and met up at Republic of Jam for cocktails and catching up. The Republic of Jam is a unique shop that specializes in jams and culinary concoctions of distinction made from local farms and suppliers.  Each jar of jam […]

Carnival of Spirits

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Fall is here! Reluctantly crouched at the starting line. To borrow a line from CAKE, I am reluctantly embracing Fall.  Somehow summer passed us by and didn’t even wave hello. But here we are, at the end of September.  Luckily, I have a few events to keep me busy and distracted from the cold, foggy […]

Nectar of the Gods and other tales from the Navy

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A couple of Saturdays ago, I decided to head on over to St. George Spirits, home of Hangar 1 vodka and other delights, for their annual Holiday Open House.  For those of you who don’t know, St. George Spirits is housed in the old Alameda Naval Air Station, in, well, Hangar number 1.  The best […]