Bartender, There’s Cheese In My Drink: The how and why of fat-washing spirits

Fat-washing spirits.” It sounds disgusting, right? But, when a bacon bourbon old fashioned is on the menu, it sells like hotcakes. Fat-washing is the revolting terminology for a delicious and popular technique in the cocktail world, and, despite my many emails advocating for a name change, the global bartending community has yet to change the … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Strawberries & Rum Cream Recipe

Yes, the strawberries are in! Shout it from the mountains: alpine strawberries, those tiny local berries bursting with tangy-sweet taste, have arrived at the farmers’ markets! Run, don’t walk, lest they get snatched up before you get some. Because these first-of-the-year berries are especially intense and delicious, you don’t want to do anything that will … [ Read more]

Spirits Close-Up: Holiday Rum

A season of gingerbread, Swiss rolls, and sugar plums demands a good rum. There’s just something about the molasses-tinged sweetness of a complex rum on a snowy night that feels so right this time of year. And when it comes party time, rum is the most fun to drink with a crowd—a spirit predestined for … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Rum and Julmust at Spoon and Stable

Nathaniel Smith has been in Europe lately, researching spirits and mixing in bartending competitions. We meet one afternoon at Spoon and Stable, where he and Robb Jones, and the rest of the talented stable hands are working on a winter cocktail menu. With the wind blustering and the snowflakes gathering, we chat about a more … [ Read more]

Bent Brewstillery debuts Stormbringer Spiced Rum

Bent Brewstillery released their newest spirit, Stormbringer, on Halloween. It’s filtering out to retail locations this week. “I wanted something drinkable by itself,” says Bartley Blume of the spiced rum, “something with the right amount of sweetness to balance the burn.” Stormbringer relies a simple spice blend—orange, ginger, cinnamon, and honey. The aroma features a ton of warm citrus notes, … [ Read more]

Tattersall Distilling to release blackstrap rum

Northeast Minneapolis will get a taste of the Caribbean on September 26 when Tattersall Distilling launches its new Blackstrap Rum. The 90-proof spirit is made from 100% molasses. The public can head to the distillery and cocktail room from 5–10pm on Monday, September 26, to try the smoky-flavored rum, as well as jive to reggae, dancehall, and … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Fall of Temperance

Rum and lime juice doesn’t seem like a winter drink. But these two dark rums have an earthy, spicy way about them that’s perfect for the season. This drink is a wake-up call—a blast of booze and bitter for braving the Santa line at Macy’s. Fall of Temperance By Keith Werner, Eat Street Social (below) … [ Read more]

Want Scottish Rum? It’ll Cost You.

Scotland’s first and only rum distillery, Dark Matter Distillers, is offering rum lovers the opportunity to own one of its first 10 casks. The asking price? £10,000 ($15,419.40). Available on a first come first serve basis, the rum is aged in 66-gallon Oloroso Sherry casks. A small sample will be drawn from each cask and sent to … [ Read more]

11 Wells Debuts Maelstrom Rum, Cocktail Room To Open This Spring

Since the debut of their Minnesota 13 un-aged whiskey, Bob McManus and Lee Egbert have been hard at work. They’ve built a new still, ordered a few truck loads of barrels, and cleared out space to serve some cocktails. Here’s what to expect from 11 Wells Spirits for the rest of the year and in … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktails: How to Make a Mean Hot Toddy

Turning an old wintertime standby into a modern craft cocktail. By Erik Eastman, Easy & Oskey Photos by James Eastman We all remember Bob Ross, right? The host of the legendary PBS series The Joy of Painting was likely the most positive fella you’d ever want to watch paint happy little footy hills with happy … [ Read more]

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