Making Your Own Flavored Vodka

When I was visiting my boyfriend’s family in Poland, one of the things that struck me was the prevalence of home-flavored liquors. Some were made with herbs, some with fruits, some with a mysterious mix of the two. But, something all these flavored liquors had in common was that they were much more interesting than chemically flavored vodkas that are so popular in the U.S.

Don’t get me wrong, regular flavored vodka has its uses. But think of it this way, if you want to drink a juice that tastes of grapes, do you pour yourself some Welches Grape Juice or Kool-Aid? Exactly.

So here’s how you make your own flavored vodka.

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Bee Happy: Catskill Provisions New York Honey Whiskey Review

“Happy Bees Make Better Honey!”

This slogan appears on the jar of raw wildflower honey I received from Catskill Provisions, and I couldn’t agree more! Their honey is also infused into their New York Honey infused Rye whiskey.

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Cacao Prieto Chocolate Factory and Widow Jane Distillery Tour

This weekend I took a tour of the Widow Jane Distillery and the Cacao Prieto Chocolate factory in Brooklyn. People kept falling into chocolate rivers and turning into blueberries.

Nah, this isn’t Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. It’s 1000x more magical because a) there’s amazing handmade chocolate and b) there’s also booze!

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Jersey City Project: EATS Review

Jersey City’s Project: EATS is back this weekend for it’s fourth year! This is my first time attending, but I’m already hoping that it comes back again for a fifth round.

First up was a taste test of Slow & Low Rock and Rye. There will be a separate post about this liquor at a later date, but I will tell you that it is delicious— no need for mixers or additions. Something you can truly drink straight or neat.

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Next, we made the rounds of the vendors deciding which we wanted to eat at, and which we would have to skip. There were plenty of really interesting booths, but there’s only so much food I can eat … or make Alex eat so I can have a taste and write about it.

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A Night Out in Jersey City

A friend had a guest visiting from London, so of course we had to show the guy the staples of Jersey City. We crammed 3 different locations into one night: Taphaus, Archer and Golden Cicada. Each one represents a different kind of scene or crowds in Jersey City.

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Top Ten Liquors from NYC Indie Spirits Expo 2017

This past Wednesday was the Indie Spirits Expo. No, it is not some hipster ghost-worshipping party, as my mom was worried about. It was an opportunity to taste some of the best craft hard liquors in the world. There were some that haven’t even been released for sale in U.S. stores, so this is a pretty big deal. Not to mention we got half-priced tickets through pulsd.

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Here’s the sitch though –does anybody still say that? I must be stuck in the 2000’s– there was too much liquor for me to try without getting wasted, and if I tried to write about it all, you all would be reading an incoherent novel right now. So, after much deliberation, here is my top ten types of booze that I tried at the Indie Spirits Fest. In reverse order, for suspense, ya know.

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Liquor Tasting: Barrel Aged Gin

When I say the word “gin,” what comes to your mind?

Colorless? Dry? Refreshing? Tastes like juniper? Or maybe grass, depending who you ask…

Forget all of that for now.  Barrel aged gin is a whole new, well… barrel of monkeys.

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