Liquor and Spirits

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    To Get The Most Out Of Your Vodka, Infuse Your Own

    If you're a human being who attended college then you have likely had a shot of vodka. If you were doing it right, you took several shots on several occasions and consistently wondered if the resulting hangover was worth whatever you couldn't remember. But while vodka shots have remained consistentl ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2013

    The Battle of Texas' Whiskey Makers and Fakers

    Texas' craft-booze industry is booming, but can it stave off the "Made in Texas" fakers?

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    With Herman Marhall Bourbon, Dallas Finally Has a Great Local Whiskey

    I read about the new whiskeys from Herman Marshall back in July, and I've been on the hunt ever since. Maybe I should have been more diligent -- it is whiskey after all -- but every bar I checked didn't have it. When I called bars that were listed in articles about the whiskey, they said they hadn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Stingray Spiced Rum out of Carrollton Is so Much Better than It's Supposed to Be

    JEM Beverage Co. is a little distillery that produces handcrafted spiced rum on a remote island in the Caribbean where lagoons of blue water give way in the flat dry landlocked city known as Carrollton. This small-batch craft distillery makes a few other spirits as well, including Southern Star Vodk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    TX Whiskey in Fort Worth Takes Best American Craft Whiskey at World Spirits Competition

    Fort Worth-based Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. won double gold medals and Best in Class in the category of American Craft Whiskey for their TX blended whiskey at the 13th Annual World Spirits Competition in San Francisco recently, where more than 1,407 spirits were poured from 63 countries ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Tasting Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey

    Yesterday we pointed out the mention of Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey in The New York Times as part of a larger discussion about malt whiskeys and their recent domestic rise. Today I got a bottle of the stuff. It tastes like this... When it comes to whiskey, I am a man seduced by dark and drea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Sixth-Generation Rum Maker Robert Serrallés on Trending, Aging and Sipping

    The Serrallés family has been producing rum in Puerto Rico since family patriarch Don Serrallés imported a copper still from France and made his first batch in 1865. Almost 150 years later, the Serrallés family continues to produce the Don Q line of rums at their family distillery, Destilería Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Firestone And Robertson on Distilling Bourbon and Whiskey in Fort Worth

    Surely it's difficult to convince your spouse that it's a good idea to quit your day job to distill whiskey. Considering that's exactly what Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson did, they must be really good talkers. In a salvaged Prohibition-era warehouse south of downtown Fort Worth, they're filli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Standard Pour, the Long-Awaited Cocktail Den, is Open and Pouring on McKinney

    Standard Pour, Uptown's newest cocktail den, brought to you by Brian McCullough of Smoke and pop-up bar fame and the team behind Sfuzzi, opened last week in the old Lotus space at 2900 Mckinney Avenue. The patio was packed on a breezy Wednesday night, and inside was at about three-quarters capacity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Dallas' Best Cocktail Wizards Threw Down at the Dram, and the Porch Won the Day

    The Dram, the local chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild and Campari recently teamed up for a cocktail competition showcasing many of Dallas' finest bartenders. The game: to create an aperitif -- that is, a drink meant to be enjoyed prior to a meal -- featuring Campari, an Italian liqueur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Sample Seven Different Irish Whiskeys (But Not All at Once) at The Idle Rich Pub's Tasting

    Well this should be sober. The Idle Rich Pub on McKinney is hosting its annual Irish Whiskey Tasting on Monday, January 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a casual, free-flowing event with no formal presentations or lectures. They'll provide an information packet and a tasting guide. Smell, swirl, sip, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    The State Of The Sazerac in Dallas

    Sorry it's so blurry. My camera drank a Sazerac.​ I was called out on Twitter after posting a rehash of Playboy's Never Sleep:Dallas -- a guide to drinking away a Saturday in the Big D. I picked on the magazine for ordering a Manhattan, and Twitter user philipberne scoffed: Also, @scottreitz, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    The Second Floor Gives Dads a Less Expensive Taste of the Good Stuff

    Barrels of Scotch at The Macallan distillery.​If you're at a loss for what to get Dad this Father's Day, The Second Floor Restaurant has a suggestion: scotch. But not just any scotch. The good stuff. And for dads on their big day, all of it's 50 percent off. That means a $140 Macallan 25 ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Scotch-Happy Sigel's Pours on the Hootch​Sigel's is giving customers 68 opportunities to challenge their assumptions that they don't like Scotch. There's almost always a tasting happening at Sigel's, but a release touting next Wednesday evening's event at the 5757 Greenville Ave. store caught my attention ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Oh My, A Picture Show! Prohibition Era Cocktails at Bolsa

    All photos by Kevin TodoraManhattan club cocktail = rye, bitters, orange curacao, sweet vermouth​ Rex Banner would have had his hands full at Bolsa last night, as they celebrated the repeal of dryness with a Prohibition Era-themed party. Bartenders Eddie "Lucky" Campbell and Jason Cosmas, former ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Liquered-up: Holiday Treats for the Non-Frat-House Set

    Grandma always said she bought Jagermeister during the holidays for cooking, not body shots. Yeah, right.​Sigel's in Addison is putting together a line-up of liqueurs for its upcoming Holiday LiqueurFest that's rarely seen outside frat houses. The store's serving Baileys, Kahlua, Jagermeister ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Maker's Mark 46: Line Up, Bourbon Fans

    ​Balcones Distilling's True Blue corn whiskey, which City of Ate told you about yesterday, is not bourbon. "I accept that criticism," says head distiller Chip Tate, who's proud that he uses copious amounts of blue corn in his mash bill and uncharred oak barrels for aging. Bourbon, of course, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Why Are Local Booze Slingers So Ignorant About America's Drink?

    ​I earned my culinary education south of the Mason-Dixon Line, so my insufferable food snobbery centers on slaw dogs and sorghum syrup. And bourbon. Especially bourbon. While I'm not a stickler for fancy, small-batch bourbon -- I think Evan Williams' Black Label is terrific -- I do care more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    A Natural Touch Boosts Deep Eddy Above the Wretched Flavored Vodka Market

    ​Sweet tea vodka has its detractors, but few can make a better case against the typically artificial-tasting drink than a tea manufacturer. "You look on the backs of the bottles; they use high-fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, red dye number five and rotgut vodka, pardon my French," says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Maker's Mark Rolls Out the Barrel for a New Whiskey. Will Texans Give Up on Canada?

    ​Maker's Mark master distiller Kevin Smith believes Maker's new bourbon might persuade some Texans to give up on Canadian whiskey. "Bourbon's very big in Texas, but one of the things that's always surprised me is the number of Canadian whiskey drinkers," says Smith, who was born at Fort Hood. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Getting Tanked Up On Caipirinas At Your Local Churrascaria

    From WikipediaBrazil's national cocktail.​Summer on Ipanema Beach in Brazil. The sand is densely packed with tall buildings and beautiful people. And the people are beautiful because they can afford to be. You see, Ipanema is one of the most expensive places to live in Rio. Ipanema means "bad w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Handle The Proof: Rye Whiskey

    ​Don McLean, you lied to us. Or, at the very least, you misled me. His "American Pie" hit the airwaves in 1971. How was a nine year-old listener supposed to know, first off, that good old boys really drink Bud--although maybe it was Schlitz back then--and, more importantly, that rye is a whiskey.B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Texas Whisky

    ​Chip Tate and Stephen Germer for some reason decided the time was right for a craft Texas whiskey to hit the market. So they formed Balcones Distillery and set up along I-35, just south of Waco, amongst fields of heather and weathered peat bogs soaked by clear mountain, that doesn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Blended Scotch Whisky

    ​Generally when people sit down to discuss whisky, the conversation settles around the single malts of Islay, Speyside or the rare and unique brands from Campbeltown. But the overwhelming majority of scotch whisky sold around the world consists of blends--up to 50 different malts making up a singl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Sidecar

    ​In my school of thought--and keep in mind, it's not a very well attended school--cocktails born in the heyday of gentlemanly drinking are to be revered. Drinks such as martinis, old fashioned and the great sazerac came from an era when even the prettiest glass carried a big, stiff belt of alcohol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Which Liquors Burn?​You still see a flaming shot every once in awhile. For the most part, however, bars wisely consider the close proximity of of fire and alcohol to be a generally bad idea.Why? An Australian bar owner related a story about the time some riotous types ordered a round of B-52s and excite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Handle The Proof: What To Drink On A Day Like Today

    ​Great. The full force of Texas winter is upon us...for a October.Another month and Europeans will start seeing mulled wine stands open. Decades ago these probably held a big, steaming pot of red wine spiced with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves and other seasonings. Nowadays, of course, you fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Girl Drink Drunk: Mad Men Edition

    ​What? You sick of all the Mad Men talk? About what a great show it is? Chances are that's only because you haven't watched it. Get on the scene, hoss, and catch the eff up! A few weeks ago (I took a week off; I know you've missed me), Jon Hamm and his cohorts premiered the long-awaited third seas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Handle The Proof: The Spirit Of '76

    Ben Franklin and John Adams, possibly discussing where to go for booze, in 1776.In the musical 1776, Stephen "Old Grape and Guts" Hopkins bursts into the Continental Congress' meeting room each morning demanding rum before getting down to the day's business. Of course, there may have been some licen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Handle The Proof: A Little Moonshine

    Brian StansberryMoonshine has a reputation not always deserved. Some people, after all, take pride in their craft, however illicit.Yeah, some of it reeks of burnt quinine and poisonous residue. The word brings to mind hardened heroes like Junior Johnson and others hauling jars of dubious spirit. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Maker's Mark Bourbon

    Handle The Proof is our weekly exploration of spirits, cocktails and the culture of fine drinking.Despite the inroads of craft and single barrel brands, bourbon still suffers from somewhat of an image problem. Once when I ordered a round of Booker's in some Uptown bar, for example, a woman snapped h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    10 Questions: Jay Liddell

    Patrick MichelsThe Dallas-based brand ambassador for Macallan's single malt Scotch line is charged with an important mission: introducing whisky to a younger generation...of drinking age, of course.Before moving to this city, he spent seven years in the Big Apple as an events manager (with a small b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Burning Question: Why Don't Women Drink Whiskey?

    A bartender told us years ago that the sexiest thing a woman can do in a bar is to order good scotch and sip it neat.Hmm...guess we're not the only ones a little past our prime.We seem to recall hearing this from a staff member at the old Whisky Bar--a rather appropriate setting, but also something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2008

    Just In Time For Boxing Day: Zakk United's Top Holiday Cocktails

    So good he also posted these on his 97.1 KEGL blog--actually he told us "blahg," but it pretty much means the same thing. Listed in no particular order. "The white dream is my fav," he says.     CHRISTMAS COSMOPOLITAN ½ oz. Cointreau ½ oz. Cranberry juice 1 tsp. Fresh lime juice 1 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 28, 2008

    Savor This!

    Victory Park hosts a culinary hoedown

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2007

    Why We Miss Sarah Hepola

    Hey, Grimes -- looks like another former Dallas Observer-er likes absinthe: Sarah Hepola. And not only does our ex-music editor write today about the Green Fairy for Salon, where she's now the deputy Life editor, she's also appears in a taste-testing video. Looks like Sarah's putting her Highland Pa ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 17, 2005

    Maltiple Choice

    What's wrong with blended Scotch?

  • Dining

    February 3, 2005

    Liquid Linguistics

    How much alcohol language do we need to know?

  • Dining

    March 25, 2004

    Taste Makes Waste

    Dave, is there an alcohol you won’t drink?

  • Dining

    March 11, 2004

    Biting the Appellation

    Is it right to produce alcohol in the wrong country?

  • Calendar

    January 8, 2004

    Whisked Away

    Trinity Hall offers drinks and a history lesson

  • Dining

    September 11, 2003

    Comparing Apples

    What are the trendiest drinks in Dallas?

  • Dining

    May 9, 2002

    That Frozen Concoction

    What's up with all the different margaritas?

  • Dining

    August 16, 2001

    Too Old-Fashioned

    Does anybody drink classic cocktails anymore?

  • Dining

    July 19, 2001

    The Not-So-Finer Things

    Can you find cheap versions of fine foods?

  • Dining

    May 31, 2001

    Tippling Tips

    Can you please solve all our alcohol-related mysteries?

  • Dining

    April 12, 2001

    Two Fingers Too Much?

    Agave shortage drives up tequila prices

  • Dining

    May 2, 1996
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