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Woodinville Whiskey Co. Bourbon and American Whiskey Release tomorrow

Posted on 19th November, by DrinkGal in Insider. 1 Comment

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The time has finally come. Tomorrow at the ridiculously early hour of 7am, Woodinville Whiskey Co. will be open for business. On sale will be the first issue of their Microbarrel-aged Harvest Release Bourbon and American Whiskey.

If you are thinking, “whoa, that was quick”, it was. Both the whiskey and the bourbon were laid down only a little over a year ago. Owners Brett and Orlin, with a little help from distilling guru Dave Pickerell have been experimenting with non-traditional aging techniques in smaller barrels to accelerate the aging process simply by changing the booze-to-wood surface area ratio. The whiskey spent time in 30 gallon barrels, the bourbon in just 5 gallon. While they have paid the bills with the success of their Peabody Jones Vodka and the White Dog Whiskey, their first love and main goal has always been …


Cocktail like an Italian

Posted on 16th November, by DrinkGal in General. No Comments

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Italy has many, many, many things to enjoy. If you aren’t taken up in the culture, the history, or the sheer beauty of the place, you will undoubtedly get lost in the amazing food and wine, which is cheap and delicious just about everywhere you go. Cocktails can be an overlooked part of the usual Italian experience unless one makes it a point to search them out.

A quick trip around Italy and you can find a plethora of cocktails dating back as far as the mid 1800′s; some that are as widely enjoyed today as they were 100 years ago, some new, and some that might be considered foundations for the modern cocktail revival. We give to you a few to ponder and enjoy the next time you are feeling continental. Toeing the usual tourist trail, we started north and …


Cocktail like an Italian

Posted on 16th November, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Italy has many, many, many things to enjoy. If you aren’t taken up in the culture, the history, or the sheer beauty of the place, you will undoubtedly get lost in the amazing food and wine, which is cheap and delicious just about everywhere you go. Cocktails can be an overlooked part of the usual Italian experience unless one makes it a point to search them out.

A quick trip around Italy and you can find a plethora of cocktails dating back as far as the mid 1800′s; some that are as widely enjoyed today as they were 100 years ago, some new, and some that might be considered foundations for the modern cocktail revival. We give to you a few to ponder and enjoy the next time you are feeling continental. Toeing the usual tourist trail, we started north and …


Wódka Vodka: “Escort Quality, Hooker Pricing.”

Posted on 14th November, by DrinkGal in Reviews. No Comments

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With a cheeky marketing campaign that features everything from sheep in a sombrero to a sumo wrestler, Wódka Vodka  is a far cry from, let’s say, the sleek, chivalry-inspiring ads from Ketel One. With taglines like “Movie Star Quality, Reality Star Pricing”, ”Escort Quality, Hooker Pricing.” and a chihuahua astride a bottle suggestively, labeled “Greyhound”, Wódka is clearly not trying to entice label snobs, nor are they interested in playing the established premium vodka game.

Wódka (literally, Polish for vodka) has a brilliantly self effacing tactic, poking fun at the industry and themselves for being a part of it. It IS just booze, after all. The drinks don’t have recipes with measurements. We all know the vodka stand-bys, right? Instead, each has picture and a description of why you may or may not drink it. For instance, one sports the name “Wódka …


Rum: Hot and Buttered

Posted on 7th November, by DrinkGal in Insider. No Comments

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Alas, the weather has turned cold again. The good news is that this can only mean one thing for us here at DrinkGal: hot, boozy drinks.

As luck may have it, today we stumbled across a delicious recipe for Hot Buttered Rum, courtesy of none other than Mount Gay Rum. Mount Gay’s delicious Eclipse rum goes perfectly in this cocktail (skip the white rum, it brings nothing to the table). So break out the butter (don’t you dare use margarine), find your spices and get crackin’!

This recipe should make enough to last you through a decent sized party, the holiday season, or a week if you drink like us.

1 lb light brown sugar
1/2 lb unsalted butter (softened)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
2 tsp vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl mix together butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and spices …


National Gin Day

Posted on 7th November, by DrinkGal in Events. No Comments

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November 7, 2011

National Gin Day, a day for reflecting on the attributes and troubled history of Gin. Celebrate with a trip to your local speakeasy, and order a martini the way they used to… vermouth and all.

Craving more knowledge about Gin? Visit our History section and find out what all the fuss is about.

Old Tom gin is making a bit of a comeback! It was popular back when gin was made in bathtubs and Old Tom was a sweeter than London Dry, mostly to temper the harness of the distillate. For a long time you just couldn’t find a bottle of Old Tom, but if you look you will find it starting to pop up again. It’s great for mixing cocktails, and will be completely different than cocktails with the the typical London Dry. Enjoy!

Old Tom Cocktail

2 oz Old Tom …