Whiskey Review: Kooper Sweetheart of the Rodeo Straight Bourbon

One of the best things about my local spirits shop is that some of the smaller whiskey producers show up every so often. In this case, I was walking through one evening after work and ran into Michelle Kooper herself offering free samples of her Sweetheart of the Rodeo whiskey, and I was immediately interested. I bought a bottle and took it home for further study.

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Cocktail Recipe: Apple Cider Manhattan

With fall in full swing and the holiday season fast approaching, its time to start thinking festive cocktails. Since my holidays are spent in New York, I decided that this drink should pay homage to their crazy delicious apples, so naturally that meant using apple cider. I also decided to use Tuthilltown’s delicious Manhattan Rye to use a local spirit, as well. After a solid afternoon of tinkering, a perfect fall cocktail took shape: the Apple Cider Manhattan.

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Review: Zippo Butane Lighter Insert

Zippo lighters are damn near ubiquitous, and the attractive design can be customized to meet any style. All of which makes them popular among smokers, but because the lighter fluid used in their standard mechanism can easily taint the flavor of a cigar, they have remained basically unusable for us cigar smokers. There are aftermarket inserts available to convert Zippo lighters to use clean and tasteless butane, but Zippo itself has never offered them as an option. Until now.

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Review: Twenty Boat Spiced Rum

Now that my parents are nearing retirement, they’re getting ready to move to their house in Cape Cod full time. On the one hand, that makes it significantly more difficult to get home and see them, what with the hour long drive from Boston or the expensive hop to Provincetown… but it does have one silver lining: it means I get more opportunities to head to Truro Vineyards and stock up on their delicious spiced rum.

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