Canned Cocktails Can Have Quality Ingredients

I like payoff with as little work as possible. That’s why I don’t roll my own cigars, roast my own coffee, and limit my writing to other people’s products instead of my own (because I don’t have any). Imagine my delight when I discovered a delicious cocktail I can enjoy without having to drive to…

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Putting Steeped Coffee in an Espresso Machine

Look, I may not be able to tell if a coffee blend is mostly Peruvian or Columbian beans, but knowing “good” coffee is sort of like being the ONE in the Matrix. No one can tell you it’s good coffee, you just know it when you have it (have I lost the post-millennials already?). So…

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The Perfect Gentleman

We thought we knew Jack. We were wrong. Gentleman Jack, the rare Tennessee whiskey, changes the way we feel about the venerable Jack Daniel’s brand. Gentleman Jack easily holds its own against the best bourbons that we’ve tested – single barrel or small-batch – and is certainly among the finest domestic whiskeys we’ve evaluated this…

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Keke’s Kickin’ Cocktails

Maybe it’s a winter thing. Maybe it’s a lime thing. We don’t know. But Keke Beach, a creamy liqueur from the Netherlands, has created quite a buzz – no pun intended – here at Cocktail.com. Put simply, Keke has managed to bottle the essence of a summer day at the beach – the smell of…

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Smooth Cava Antigua Sails to High Score

It’s not the handmade bottle that impressed us about Cava Antigua. Nor the rave reviews that this tequila has gotten – or even the fact that this impressive spirit is coming soon to the United States. No, what compelled us to award Cava Antigua a score of 98.5 – one of the highest rated by…

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Van Winkle Dominates Small-Batch Bourbons

eauty before age. That’s the consensus of Cocktail.com’s panel of small-batch bourbon tasters. Our experts put a highly-decorated 15-year-old blend ahead other older (and more expensive) bourbons. Old Rip Van Winkle’s got high marks for its complex nose, mellow palate and smooth finish. Second-placed Knob Creek wasn’t far behind, winning accolades for its sweet, full…

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Elijah Craig Captures Single-Barrel Top Honors

How good are Master Distiller Parker Beam’s bourbons? The man behind the winner of Cocktail.com’s single-barrel competition, Elijah Craig, and third-placed Henry McKenna bested one of his other creations in our taste-off: the Spirit Journal’s 1999 Whiskey of the Year, fourth-placed Evan Williams. Although Evan ranked fourth, the editors at Cocktail.com also rated it the Best Bourbon…

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