Fall / Winter

Wine Spotlight - 8 Best Buys And Ratings For The Holiday Season

As I pursue my Level 2 WSET Advanced Certification in Wine, I decided to share with you my "8 Best Buys" for wine this season along with tasting notes and rating. I will also list my favorite wines right now regardless of expert ratings, cost, and availability (PA has limited distribution for some of these wines).

Cocktail Spotlight - Thanksgiving Cranberry Cocktail

Enjoy this great seasonal Thanksgiving cocktail you can sip before, during, or after Thanksgiving dinner. You can even enjoy this elixir on Black Friday or this weekend paired with that left-over turkey sandwich and cranberry sauce.

 

Cocktail Spotlight - "Harvey Wallbanger"

No matter how many you consume, you'll never forget your first Harvey Wallbanger. November 8th is "National Harvey Wallbanger Day" and I am here to illustrate it's strange and intriguing history. This classic drink has made a splash in the annals of cocktail history thanks to it's unique and memorable name. According to drink mythology, it was named after a surfer in the 1950's. After losing in a surfing competition in Cali, the downtrodden surfer dude, Tom Harvey, went to his regular bar and ordered his favorite concoction - orange juice and vodka with a float of Galliano.

Purely Spectacular November Cocktails To Warm The Soul

Well, November is here. Halloween has past and winter hibernation is starting to look more and more appealing so it’s time to stay at home and keep warm. The upside - it is time to start planning those holiday parties and preparing cocktails that will warm your heart and soul.

National Bourbon Heritage Month - Classic Bourbon & Modern Cocktails

In August of 2007 the United States Senate declared that September be recognized as National Bourbon Heritage Month. While this may not have much impact with the average consumer, it is an honor for the craftsmen in the bourbon industry. The designation is designed to celebrate "America's Native Spirit" and the significant historical, economical and industrial role the bourbon industry has played in the country's history.

National Absinthe Day - The Highly Mysterious "Spirit"

#NationalAbsintheDay falls every year on March 5th. The term “absinthe” comes from “Artemisia absinthium”, the scientific name for its key ingredient, wormwood. Long before distillers discovered it, the herb was used for medicinal purposes.

Blog Special - "Bartender Wisdom For Valentine's Day"

I meant to put this post together later in the week, but due to coordinating and doing three events this week, this V-day post comes early in the week. Giving you plenty of time to get the ingredients and perfect these cocktails before your date arrives.

"Cocktail of the Month" - Classic Sidecar & Twists

For this post, you will find various offerings of the classic Sidecar for the "Cocktail of the Month" Program (COM). Choose from one of these versions of the Sidecar for the month of January.

Would you like the ingredients for one of these cocktails delivered to your doorstep? At this time, this program is only available to Central PA. Let Raise Your Spirits do the shopping, make recipe cards, and box up ingredients with step-by-step instructions or have them batch the cocktail and deliver MTO. Either way, you get to keep the products. 

Whisky Spotlight - Armorik Breton Classic Single Malt Whisky

It's that time of year when I like to sit down and enjoy a smooth and warming whisk(e)y in front of the fireplace. I found the perfect whisky to sip this winter and it hails from France. I received this rare bottle, as a token of gratitude, from Danl Cooney of Heavenly Spirits, importer of fine French Spirits, in Massachusetts for my written coverage and promotion of them during "National Cognac Day". I waited for the right time and a special occasion to taste it and it was well worth the wait.

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