Liquor and Spirits

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    The Valentine's Day Cocktails of Dallas (Photos)

    Winter is on its way out (fingers crossed), but Dallas is still serving up plenty of delicious seasonal spirits. I spent the past few weeks exploring some of Dallas' winter cocktails (you can view the full slideshow here). And while all the drinks are a foolproof way to escape Dallas' bitter cold fr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Balcones Whisky Wins More Awards -- Probably Needs a New Shelf

    You all need to make haste to acquire a bottle of Balcones whisky out of Waco. Then, toast to founder Chip Tate for and making us all so proud with his exquisite whisky-making skills. See Also: -- Tasting Balcones Texas Single Malt Whiskey -- Texans Make Scotch Whiskey Better Than the Scots Do S ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 23, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Dallas Tequila Chronicles: Urban Taco's Markus Pineyro on the Pride and Passion for a Drink

    Recently we wanted to learn about the best places in Dallas to drink tequila. Not in the sense of slamming shots, but in terms of a robust or select collection. Honestly, at first the idea was to create a quick list of the best five or 10 spots. Then after some research, we realized that simply woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Pozo Mercado, a Tequila-Heavy Spot, Coming Soon to Uptown

    The same group that owns Sfuzzi and The Standard Pour, La Reve Consultants, is opening a new concept called Pozo Mercado at 2908 McKinney Ave. This new restaurant and bar, which is right next door to The Standard Pour, will have a tequila focus. For that, we applaud them. Brian McCullough, who run ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013
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    March 26, 2013

    Balcones Texas Single Malt Wins Another Award

    Balcones Distillery, the folks responsible for the Texas single malt whiskey we tasted back in January, just made news with the Ultimate Beverage Challenge. The Waco-based distillery's product just won the American whiskey category in a recent spirit evaluation held by the organization, which tastes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    R.I.P. Scotch Whisky: Dewar's Has Gone the Way of Flavored Vodka

    This isn't good. A post on the Whiskey Advocate Blog marks the release of Dewar's Highlander Honey, a Dewar's scotch whisky infused with honey and filtered through oak cask wood. See also: - What The Fuck Happened To Vodka? According to the blog, this is the first time scotch has been marketed in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    The Drinks Fail to Deliver at Snack

    Located in the seemingly doomed Henderson Avenue strip where Horne & Dekker, Fish City Grill and Urbino all met their maker, Snack seems to be the unfortunate red-headed stepchild of the otherwise successful ventures from dynamic duo Avner Samuel and Jon Stevens. It's been panned by critics and Yel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Where And How To Drink Like a Mad Man

    Everyone's favorite booze-soaked, chain-smoking, adultery-laden television series is about to disappear until 2013; yes, Mad Men's season five finale airs this Sunday on AMC. (If you need to catch up, the first few seasons are on Netflix. You're welcome.) But there's no reason that your thirst for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Let's Get Together and Fix the Mimosa

    What the hell happened to the mimosa? What could actually be a light, delicate and refreshing morning drink has become the booze of choice for those so hungover they can't choke down anything else without booting. And with very few exceptions, they're consistently terrible. (Maybe it's because they' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Five Nights of Drinking at Home: It's Not Alcoholism If There's Christmas Music On

    Flickr​Don't ask me out for a drink because, 1.) I'm cheap and 2.) at the height of holiday shopping insanity, I like to leave my house less than Sigorney Weaver in Copycat. So I stay home, watch TV, read and drink. My drink of choice is usually peppermint Schnapps in hot chocolate. Yes, I kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Peanut Butter in a Cocktail, and Other Worthy Discoveries from the Bar at Mesa

    It's a Tuesday night in the O.C., and Mesa is abuzz with a low murmur of conversation. Three couples and a group of four populate the soft brown velour banquettes and chairs; with only 40 seats, four tables is enough for the place to feel alive. We take a seat at the gray concrete bar and rest our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Booze Guru Sly Cosmopoulos' Top Five Summer Cocktails

    Sly has some summer drinks for you. Not trying them would be rude. ​In this week's three-course meal, we're liquefying your reading diet with an interview with Sly Cosmopoulos, a cocktail consultant for a large liquor distributor. Read part one, read part two, then go through her trash and ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    NASCAR Legend Brings Moonshine to Modern Drinkers

    If only grandma's apple preserves came bathed in moonshine​Unless your grandpa is fermenting batches of white lightning in his backyard, you're going to be hard pressed to find authentic moonshine in this neck of the woods. The moonshining, bootlegging culture of Appalachia and the South has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Texas Distillers Look to Make Their Mark in Whiskey World

    Until the whiskey's ready, Ranger Creek says try a beer.​While a vast majority of Texans still haven't sampled whiskey legally distilled in-state, an owner of Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling in San Antonio believes Texas bourbon could become a nationally recognized category. "We really beli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Taking It Nice and (Big) Easy at Whiskey Cake

    ​New Orleans is a food-lovers paradise, and such an all-around cool town that it has its own official cocktail---Sazerac, a power-packed concoction of rye whiskey (or cognac), absinthe, and Peychaud's bitters. At Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, the trendy new Tollway tavern in Plano, your waitress ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Tequila Familia Camarena Will Have You Doing the Macarena, Even Without its Taco Truck

    ​Tequila is more than the Mexican Jägermeister, and Monday night's media tasting event of Tequila Familia Camarena proved that. Six writers and/or bloggers from various local media outlets were invited to partake of the mixing and tasting of four tequila-based cocktails at Hotel ZaZa. The ebullie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Garrison Bros. Set to Get Texas-Made Bourbon Flowing

    ​Garrison Brothers is advising drinkers to saddle up their horses, but -- in the spirit of small batch whiskey -- folks might want to fire up their engines to get first crack at the Hye (that's west of Austin) distillery's flagship bourbon. Owner Dan Garrison yesterday announced 1,800 bottles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Balcones Distilling Unleashes
    Uncut Blue Corn Whiskey Under the Radar

    Chip Tate, Balcones Distilling founder and head distiller​Balcones Distilling has released the blue corn whiskey it's always intended to make, but head distiller Chip Tate's been too busy fixing broken equipment to tell too many folks about it. Asked whether the cask strength spirit has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Handle The Proof: Booker's Bourbon

    ​I must confess that Booker's is one of my favorite bourbons, so buying a bottle for this piece was hardly a chore.Part of the Knob Creek line, it is aged up to 8 years and bottled uncut at its natural proof, generally around the 125 mark. This makes Booker's an acquired taste, really, as it becom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Eggnog

    Why would you do this?​Although we can't pinpoint the exact moment--or fathom the circumstances why--someone first mixed cream, eggs and alcohol together in one bowl, there's surprising agreement on the likely origins of eggnog. Cocktail scholars...sorry, daydreaming for a moment...believe it sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Hot Toddies

    Recipe Demonstrated by Nicole Gragg ​Most of the people around me are coughing, everything I touch is freezing, animal lovers are dressing their dogs in holiday sweaters....this is when I knew that winter had finally arrived. There are only two things that can make arctic temperatures bearable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Kirschwasser

    ​For some reason I love old-school spirits like grappa and kirsch.Probably has something to do with alcohol content. But I also find the origins and longevity of these things fascinating. Kirsch is a cherry brandy, traditionally distilled from fruit found in the woods of France and southern German ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Hophead: Samuel Adams Utopias Stretches The Definition of Beer

    Jesse Hughey​It's not carbonated. It is aged for years in a variety of barrels, served in 2-ounce pours at room temperature, contains 27 percent alcohol by volume (54 proof, in other words) and carries suggested retail price tag of $150 for a 24-ounce bottle. And it's beer. The 2009 version of Sam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Drink By Numbers

    ​A reader using the name Foodbevlaw posted an interesting comment to Friday's Question of the Week: "Doucheries can almost always be identified by, and the numberb of Douchers are almost always proportional to, the number of premium tequilas in the back bar."Keep in mind the question at hand dealt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Dalmore Scotch

    ​One of the bigger disappointments, when I returned from Europe, was the noticeably absence of Dalmore on liquor store shelves. Their 12 year Highland single malt had always ranked as one of the best value brands out there.Of course, the distillery's "nose" (or master blender), Richard Paterson, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Ultimat Vodka

    There was a time when basic vodkas roamed the barroom earth. They came in normal bottles--real glass when you stepped up to the Smirnoff or Stoli level. Clean, but with a warming, alcohol burn, they mixed readily into orange juice or ginger beer or whatever.But along came Bond (James Bond) and his " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Made Plans Yet For National Tartan Day?

    National Tartan Day, which has yet to show up on most of our day planner calendars, is fast approaching. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 6, Trinity Hall and The Macallan Scotch offer a whisky tasting with appetizers. The Macallan "brand ambassador" Jay Lidell (who revealed that he used to be on On ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Burning Question: What Is Burns Night?

    The people from Glenliv...Glenlivesh came thish morning wit' foor bottles of Scotsh--foor bottle!!!! An it wash at work, sho our editor jus hadto shut his fat mouf and watch us drink Scotsh. Foor bottle... four. An tol' him to fugg off...Wilonsky too.[Editor's note: What they are trying to say is th ... More >>

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    October 9, 2008
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    December 6, 2007

    The Bird

    Get a visual shot at the Magnolia

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    September 20, 2007

    Whiskey River

    Drown your sorrows with laughter at the Improv

  • Dining

    March 30, 2006

    Give 'Em the Boot

    Why don't more people like Italian liqueurs?

  • Dining

    June 23, 2005

    Sweltering Belts

    What are the best summertime drinks?

  • Calendar

    May 12, 2005

    Kowtow to Cacao

    Chocoholics unite at Gourmet Showcase 2005

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Way to Prove You're Secure With Your Masculinity

    Prickly pear margarita (Fireside Pies)

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Liqueur You've Never Heard Of

    Mirto at Arcodoro & Pomodoro

  • Music

    September 23, 2004

    Feels Like Old Times

    With Sammy Hagar back onstage, Van Halen trudges on

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003
  • Dining

    December 26, 2002

    Knocking Noggin

    What is eggnog?

  • Dining

    October 24, 2002

    Gender Specifics

    Why do women and men drink different things?

  • Dining

    May 2, 2002

    Monk Spunk

    The Old Monk is mostly about beer, but its mussels aren't bad either

  • Dining

    April 18, 2002

    Foreign Substances

    What's the difference among vodka brands?

  • Dining

    November 26, 1998
  • Dining

    April 3, 1997

    Gogh on home

    Marty's superb takeout food is lost in the confusion of its new eat-in concept

  • Music

    May 9, 1996

    Fire and fury

    Blues hero Sam Myers is the Rocket in the pocket

  • Dining

    October 19, 1995
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