Taster’s Tips

Cocktail recipes, tips, and stories from craft distillers for spirits aficionados.

Pumpkin Pie and Spiced Rum Pairing for Fall

Pumpkin Pie and Spiced Rum Pairing for Fall

We started our Fall Food and Spirits Pairing series with an appetizer (Autumn blinis + vodka) and main course (cider pork chops with rich autumn vegetables + gin) so it's time for our next course - dessert! What is more autumnal than pumpkin? Spice it up with some...

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Surprise Your Guests with this Fall Dinner and Gin Pairing

Surprise Your Guests with this Fall Dinner and Gin Pairing

We continue our Fall Food and Spirits Pairing series with the main course - Cider Pork Chops and Gin The autumn harvest is rich and filling, so complement your dish with a light, bubbly and refreshing G&T. Main Course: Cider pork chops with Gin (and tonic) Cider...

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A Delightful Autumn Appetizer and Vodka Pairing

A Delightful Autumn Appetizer and Vodka Pairing

Fall is here – and there are so many flavors unique to this season, we couldn’t resist exploring how best to integrate them with a full alcoholic exploration. Pumpkin, apple, sweet potato and squash are all featured in our inspiring autumn menu – which can be...

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Painted Stave Distilling Makes Spirits with a Purpose

Painted Stave Distilling Makes Spirits with a Purpose

You can’t catch a flick anymore at the theater in downtown Smyrna, Delaware, but that’s OK—you can catch up over a cocktail, instead. Smyrna’s Painted Stave Distilling has got to have one of the nation’s most unique tasting rooms: an old theater brought back to life...

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Ascendant Spirits is On the Way Up

Ascendant Spirits is On the Way Up

For most people, Santa Barbara is synonymous with wine. Those people must not know about Ascendant Spirits, Santa Barbara County’s very first distillery since Prohibition and one of the most exciting producers working in craft spirits today. Founded in 2013, Ascendant...

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Go for the Goza: Tequila for Everyone

Go for the Goza: Tequila for Everyone

We’ve all dreamed of quitting our jobs to do our own thing, but few of us actually take the plunge. But Jacob Gluck, founder of Goza Tequila, managed to pull it off, creating an award-winning tequila brand without a shred of pretension. We love sharing Goza’s friendly...

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Tasting Bourbon, America’s Native Spirit

Tasting Bourbon, America’s Native Spirit

Feel that? It’s your heart, swelling with national pride every time a bottle of bourbon is cracked for the first time. Bourbon is the only spirit category that must be produced in the United States, our national equivalent of Tequila or Cognac. It’s also going through...

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Corbin Cash Distillery Reinvents the Family Farm

Corbin Cash Distillery Reinvents the Family Farm

Some look at sweet potatoes and see pie, fries, or Thanksgiving side dishes. In the late 2000s, David Souza gazed out at his family’s 2,000-acre sweet potato farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley and saw vodka. David is a fourth generation sweet potato farmer and...

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Taconic Distillery: A True New York Spirit

Taconic Distillery: A True New York Spirit

New York’s Hudson Valley isn’t terribly far from New York City as the crow flies, but oh, what a difference those few dozen miles make. This fertile region is famous for its bucolic scenery, quaint villages, and, more recently, an incredible farm-to-table food culture...

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Getting to Know Scotch Whisky

Getting to Know Scotch Whisky

For whisky lovers, Scotland is something of a spiritual homeland—pun intended. This rugged, windswept region of the United Kingdom has been the source of some of the finest and most distinctive whiskies in the world for centuries. Yet for new fans, it can feel a...

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