Flavoured spirits more than sweet

Bartenders love them and consumers embrace them. They make for interesting drink concoctions that are yummy. Behold flavoured spirits. Producers in the last number of years have blown this category of alcoholic beverages wide open and the trend continues to grow. So what exactly is a flavoured spirit? Simply put, it’s a hard spirit that, […]

You are what you drink

Does what drink you order in a bar or club say much about who you are? According to research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh a number of years ago, it does. Although the study focused on men, from my experience and observation over the last three decades in the alcohol industry, I think the […]

Stir up a couple cocktails of love

February is the month of “amour”, culminating on the 14th with Valentine’s Day. There are endless ways to show that special someone you care, from romantic dinners and getaways to heartfelt gifts of jewelry and flowers. Smaller demonstrations of affection, in addition to the above, are mixed drinks that tweak romance and help stir the […]

Get the gang together for a dram

Scotch lovers enjoy getting together for a dram or two to compare notes. In fact, lots of folks actually focus an evening around it. You don’t need to be an expert to throw a good Scotch tasting party. Here’s how. First and foremost, know your audience and cater to their level of knowledge. Generally speaking, […]

Wine blends continue to trend

I have no crystal ball, but here’s what I see trending in wine down the road as we enter 2017. Look for more joint ventures between “Old World” and “New World” producers. The aggressive use of oak will subside, but there’s a tendency for producers to look at different formats of oak for aging wine, […]

Mapping out the world of red wine

When it comes to red wine there are certain grape varieties that are synonymous with particular countries. I’m talking about a variety that a country excels in and is known for. Sure, there are many other varieties that a country produces, but this variety is what puts them on the wine map of the world. […]

A flagon of mead for the master?

While reading or studying ancient history of Asia or Europe, one would most likely come across the beverage “mead”. It also appears in lots of folk literature as the tipple of choice for many cultures. This famous drink has been around a long time. In fact, evidence of its existence has been traced back to […]