Ganbei! Interview with Derek Sandhaus

by Raul Faria During Tales of the Cocktail last year one seminar sold out fast, really fast. It was the first seminar to sell out and it wasn’t gin, bourbon, Japanese whiskey, it was all about baijiu. Thankfully we got the chance to speak with Derek Sandhaus of the blog 300 Shots at Greatness and […]

Carter Raff of Bummer & Lazarus GIn

By Adam Rains Carter Raff is living the American Dream. As master distiller and founder of Raff Distillerie, Carter is doing what he loves in the city that he loves, San Francisco. He’s riding a wave of a craft fervor and making a difference. Not only enticing and delighting the palates of Californians, he’s bringing the […]

Don Q Gran Anejo

by Raul Faria While Don Q may not be the first name that jumps to mind when people hear “Puerto Rican rum” the company points out that it actually outsells any other brand of rum on the Island and is actually headquartered in Peurto Rico for almost 150 years. Destilaria Serrallés that produces Don Q is a family run company going back six […]

Little Water and the Modern Mixologist

by Raul Faria Vodka, once the darling of the American bartending world from the late 70’s to the early 2000’s due to its versatility is now mostly relegated to $500 bottle service or an afterthought to be mixed with red bull by those not familiar with the spirit’s subtle flavors. Still immensely popular by the […]

Live Love Leblon

by Raul Faria I received the opportunity to visit the Leblon Cachaça distillery in beautiful Patos de Minas, Brazil. Leblon Cachaça has been a favorite spirit of mine for a long time and we’ve used it in many of our most popular recipes like the Garden Smash and Suika Caipirinha. It has a big fresh flavor with […]

What is Baijiu?

by Raul Faria Baijiu, meaning white liquor and pronounced “bye-joe” is coincidently the name of a Houston based company that is working hard to introduce the number 1 selling spirit in the world to the US. You read that right. Number 1. Outselling every spirit category on the planet. Vodka? Nope. Rum? Pfft, not even […]

Jack Daniel’s Unaged Tennessee Rye Whiskey

by Raul Faria Jack Daniel’s Unaged Tennessee Rye Whiskey is a limited release due to the exciting prospect of the forthcoming Jack Daniel’s Rye Whiskey. While the new product is aging in barrel, the folks at Jack Daniels, including Master Distiller Jeff Arnett, decided to release a small amount of the unaged rye for us […]

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