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Ginger Syrup Recipe - Imbibe Magazine

January 15, 2010

Ginger Syrup Recipe - Imbibe Magazine

 

Ginger Syrup
"This syrup from Betty Fraser and Denise DeCarlo, owners of Grub in Hollywood, Calif., is fantastic in cocktails, such as the Sleepyhead, but it also makes an out-of-this-world ginger ale. To make ginger ale, simply fill an ice-filled glass a third of the way with the syrup, top with soda water and a squeeze of lime, stir and enjoy.
2 cups unpeeled, washed, fresh ginger, roughly chopped
2 cups sugar
6 cups water
Process ginger chunks in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Place in a large stock pot. Add sugar and water to the pot and stir. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for one hour until a rich syrup is created. Strain the syrup twice through cheese cloth or a sieve into a large jar or bottle. Refrigerate.
Betty Fraser and Denise DeCarlo, Grub, Hollywood, Calif."

Homemade Pickling Spice - Imbibe Magazine

January 15, 2010
Homemade Pickling Spice - Imbibe Magazine




"Homemade Pickling Spice
Pickled onions and green beans made from scratch taste worlds better than they’re store-bought counterparts, but the key is to use the perfect combo of pickling spices for your favorite veggie garnishes. Fortunately, crafting your own pucker-y spice blend is simple—especially with this recipe from Linda Ziedrich’s revised edition of The Joy of Pickling (Harvard Common Press 2009). Turning things up a notch with a little kick of cinnamon and dried hot peppers, this mix is a great match for "In a Pickle," our easy instructions on making cocktail onions at home, in the January/February 2010 issue of the magazine.

One 4-inch cinnamon stick, broken into small pieces
6 Mediterranean bay leaves, torn into small pieces
6 small dried hot peppers, such as japonés or de árbol, cut into small pieces
1 Tbsp. whole black peppercorns
1 Tbsp. whole yellow mustard seeds
1 tsp. whole fennel seeds
2 tsp. whole allspice berries
1 tsp. whole cloves
2 tsp. whole coriander seeds
1/2 tsp. blade (unground) mace
1 Tbsp. dill seeds

Combine all of the ingredients in a small jar. Mix thoroughly before measuring. If the spices are fresh to start and you keep the jar tightly capped in a cool, dark place, the mixture should keep well for at least one year."

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January 13, 2010

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January 13, 2010

Booker's

January 13, 2010

TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content125.6 Proof 

Availability US: Available Japan: Available Duty Free: Unknown Europe: Available

History
In 1988, Booker Noe introduced his own signature bourbon, Booker's True Barrel Bourbon. Inspired by a 200-year-old tradition, Booker's is the only bourbon bottled straight-from-the-barrel, uncut and unfiltered. First created as a holiday gift for his special friends, Booker's whiskey was so well-received that he decided to make it available to bourbon lovers worldwide; much to the joy of spirit connoisseurs everywhere. Booker's is the rarest, absolute best bourbon available.


Distinctions
Booker's Bourbon is the only uncut, unfiltered, straight-from-the-barrel, connoisseur's sipping bourbon available today. It's bottled at its natural proof of between 121 and 127, and aged between six and eight years. Booker Noe, Jim Beam's grandson and master distiller emeritus, hand selects each barrel that will become Booker's Bourbon. Each barrel that will become Booker's bourbon is aged in the very center of the rackhouse where the temperature and humidity combines in the perfect proportion for the finest bourbon. This is truly the absolute best bourbon available.

Tasting Notes

Age: 6 to 8 years
Proof: 121 to 127
Color: Deep, rich, smoky amber
Aroma: Big oak, vanilla, smoky charcoal
Taste: Intense, fruit, tannin, tobacco
Finish: Clean, long, intense
Award: Gold Medal Bourbon
- Wine Enthusiast
Comments: "A tasting of Small Batch Bourbons left me in awe of Booker's." - The Chicago Tribune"






Booker's

January 13, 2010

  

 

TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content125.6 Proof 
Availability US: Available Japan: Available Duty Free: Unknown Europe: Available

History
In 1988, Booker Noe introduced his own signature bourbon, Booker's True Barrel Bourbon. Inspired by a 200-year-old tradition, Booker's is the only bourbon bottled straight-from-the-barrel, uncut and unfiltered. First created as a holiday gift for his special friends, Booker's whiskey was so well-received that he decided to make it available to bourbon lovers worldwide; much to the joy of spirit connoisseurs everywhere. Booker's is the rarest, absolute best bourbon available.

Distinctions
Booker's Bourbon is the only uncut, unfiltered, straight-from-the-barrel, connoisseur's sipping bourbon available today. It's bottled at its natural proof of between 121 and 127, and aged between six and eight years. Booker Noe, Jim Beam's grandson and master distiller emeritus, hand selects each barrel that will become Booker's Bourbon. Each barrel that will become Booker's bourbon is aged in the very center of the rackhouse where the temperature and humidity combines in the perfect proportion for the finest bourbon. This is truly the absolute best bourbon available.

Tasting Notes

Age: 6 to 8 years
Proof: 121 to 127
Color: Deep, rich, smoky amber
Aroma: Big oak, vanilla, smoky charcoal
Taste: Intense, fruit, tannin, tobacco
Finish: Clean, long, intense
Award: Gold Medal Bourbon
- Wine Enthusiast
Comments: "A tasting of Small Batch Bourbons left me in awe of Booker's." - The Chicago Tribune"

 

Sazarac Thomas Handy

January 13, 2010
"Any crispier and the glass would shatter: hard as a diamond rye, but oh! So much more of a rare and valuable gem!

Rating 94.5"
        Jim Murray's 2009 Whiskey Bible

Bandit Review:
For the price, this is all sorts of Spice and nice!  Incredibley complex and yet affordable.  This bottle packs a punch, but for a beginner it is more approachable then lets say, George T Stagg.  The Stagg is incredible at 141.4 proof, however this is little lighter on the proof and has a smooth finish easy on the burn.  This Rye Whiskey is a must taste and loved by all the Bar Bandits!

Spiritsreview.com Review:
      "Notes: This is the first release of the Thomas Handy Sazerac and a new addition to the Antique Collection. If you can find any I suggest you grab it now it will probably be a collectors item. Production was very limited - less than 1/3 the number of barrels than the George T.Stagg.

It is the only barrel-proof rye on the market today.

      First Impression: Rye, allspice, fuity spiciness, saddle leather notes. Damn solid- most whiskey this high a proof would start to burn the nose, this one teases it.
      Taste: Nice medium/heavy body and mouth feel generating warmth wherever it touches with a spicy sourness underlying. Like a very intense almost essence of rye bread. Lingering spicy oak dryness. Remarkably smooth fpr a overproof whiskey - possibly dangerously so."

Sazarac Thomas Handy

January 13, 2010
"Any crispier and the glass would shatter: hard as a diamond rye, but oh! So much more of a rare and valuable gem!

Rating 94.5"
        Jim Murray's 2009 Whiskey Bible

Bandit Review:
For the price, this is all sorts of Spice and nice!  Incredibley complex and yet affordable.  This bottle packs a punch, but for a beginner it is more approachable then lets say, George T Stagg.  The Stagg is incredible at 141.4 proof, however this is little lighter on the proof and has a smooth finish easy on the burn.  This Rye Whiskey is a must taste and loved by all the Bar Bandits!

Spiritsreview.com Review:
      "Notes: This is the first release of the Thomas Handy Sazerac and a new addition to the Antique Collection. If you can find any I suggest you grab it now it will probably be a collectors item. Production was very limited - less than 1/3 the number of barrels than the George T.Stagg.

It is the only barrel-proof rye on the market today.

      First Impression: Rye, allspice, fuity spiciness, saddle leather notes. Damn solid- most whiskey this high a proof would start to burn the nose, this one teases it.
      Taste: Nice medium/heavy body and mouth feel generating warmth wherever it touches with a spicy sourness underlying. Like a very intense almost essence of rye bread. Lingering spicy oak dryness. Remarkably smooth fpr a overproof whiskey - possibly dangerously so."

Leopold's Peach

December 30, 2009




Bandit Review:
I am not one to usually associate fruit with my whiskey; however, I can be wrongOne might stop and ask, "How do they cram so much peach flavor into this bottle and still have room for whiskey" after drinking from this bottle.  This is a great whiskey for after dinner, to pour over Ice cream, to glaze a peach cobbler, or just to sip and enjoy.  You will still taste whiskey while you also enjoy ripe round fruit flavors of peach, apricot, a slight hint of fig, finished with a whisper of spice brought over the top from the whiskey it's self.  I have tasted the Leopold's products and I have been impressed every time. 


Tastings.com Review:

"Deep burnished copper color. Mashed baked peach, custard cream, and talc aromas. A thick syrupy entry leads to a tangy, viscous medium-full body of baked peach puree, prunes, and light peppery spice. Finishes with a tangy peach and apricot tart flavors with lime and mineral accents. Great pure, natural flavor-try with Asti Spumanti or prosecco for a killer Bellini cocktail."


"International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
RATING: 92 points (Exceptional)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 20.0%
CATEGORY: Liqueur Fruit, Liqueur
TASTING LOCATION: In Our Chicago Tasting Room
TASTING DATE: Dec-14-2006
SPIRITS ID: 180319"
Leopold bros

Leopold's Peach

December 30, 2009




Bandit Review:
I am not one to usually associate fruit with my whiskey; however, I can be wrongOne might stop and ask, "How do they cram so much peach flavor into this bottle and still have room for whiskey" after drinking from this bottle.  This is a great whiskey for after dinner, to pour over Ice cream, to glaze a peach cobbler, or just to sip and enjoy.  You will still taste whiskey while you also enjoy ripe round fruit flavors of peach, apricot, a slight hint of fig, finished with a whisper of spice brought over the top from the whiskey it's self.  I have tasted the Leopold's products and I have been impressed every time. 


Tastings.com Review:

"Deep burnished copper color. Mashed baked peach, custard cream, and talc aromas. A thick syrupy entry leads to a tangy, viscous medium-full body of baked peach puree, prunes, and light peppery spice. Finishes with a tangy peach and apricot tart flavors with lime and mineral accents. Great pure, natural flavor-try with Asti Spumanti or prosecco for a killer Bellini cocktail."


"International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
RATING: 92 points (Exceptional)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 20.0%
CATEGORY: Liqueur Fruit, Liqueur
TASTING LOCATION: In Our Chicago Tasting Room
TASTING DATE: Dec-14-2006
SPIRITS ID: 180319"
Leopold bros

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