Make the Intense Ginger Noggin, the Fan Favorite at Our Holiday Spirits Event

Categories: Holiday Spirits

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Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur
Dozens of spirits makers descended on Long Island City's Studio Square for our inaugural Holiday Spirits event, pouring sips of their tipples alongside wintery cocktails that showcased the flavor profiles of their wares. We were floored by the sheer diversity in New York's burgeoning distilling scene -- these craftsmen and women make everything from maple rye to sorel to beach plum gin to fig liqueur. We'd like each of the stellar pours to find a place in our home liquor cabinet, but from your votes, we anointed a fan favorite: Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur, which mixed a spiked eggnog ideal for the season.

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Cooperstown Distillery Plays Ball

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Cooperstown depicted on an 1890 panoramic map
Gene Marra is the distiller, founder and self-proclaimed "chief bottle washer" of Cooperstown Distillery, which just opened up shop in October of this year. A seasoned wine maker and restauranteur, Marra decided to try his hand at distilling in the mid-2000s. After a few classes and lots of research, he felt he was ready to jump in full throttle in 2010. The result is a roundup of spirits that are not only unique in flavor but also in bottling.


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Brooklyn Gin: Former Bacardi Employees Crafting Artisan Gin

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Brooklyn Gin
Brooklyn Gin bottle
Several years ago, Joe Santos and Emil Jattne decided to leave their corporate careers behind to open up their own craft distillery. Formerly brand directors for Bacardi, both men had extensive experience in the industrial booze world. But when it came to crafting the libations by hand, they started from the ground up like anyone else. The duo sold their first batch of Brooklyn Gin just over three years ago. In anticipation of tonight's Holiday Spirits tasting event, we chatted with Jattne about what makes Brooklyn Gin special and why he and Santos chose to turn to craft distilling.

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Come Party With Us at Holiday Spirits Tonight

Categories: Holiday Spirits

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Laura June Kirsch
What are you doing tonight? Because we still have a few tickets left for Holiday Spirits, our inaugural tasting event showcasing dozens of New York's finest distilleries, and we think you should join us. This is Repeal Day, after all, and no better way to celebrate the end of Prohibition than by exercising your right to imbibe many different kinds of alcohol.

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Five Spots to Celebrate Repeal Day and Repeal Day Eve

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Celebrate the fact that alcohol dumping like this no longer happens.
The time has come again to celebrate your imbibing ancestors who fought for your right to party. We're talking about Repeal Day, of course, which is tomorrow, December 5 -- and this year is extra special, because it's the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Here are five spots where you can raise a glass to the rectifying of that great mistake.

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From Whole Grains to Bottle at Breuckelen Distilling

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Brueckelen Distilling
Brad Estabrooke opened Breuckelen Distilling in June 2009 after giving up a career as a bond trader. Several years later, his gin and whiskeys are known as some of the best in Brooklyn -- and they're sold around the country as well as internationally. We caught up with Estabrooke to learn more about the start of Breuckelen and what makes the products of his small-batch Sunset Park company special. We also wanted to know where the entrepreneur goes in the city to get a drink.

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Nahmias et Fils's Traditional Moroccan Brandy: A Taste of an Old Jewish Tradition

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Bottles of mahia
Not many people are familiar with mahia, but those who are rave of its flavor and medicinal qualities. Mahia literally means "water of life," a direct translation of "eau de vie" -- the French term for colorless fruit brandies, of which mahia is one. Mahia is a traditional Moroccan Jewish spirit that is distilled with figs or dates and herbs. Up in Yonkers, Dorit and David Nahmias distill their mahia with fresh California figs and anise.

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Atsby Vermouth: Way More Than Just Martini Filler

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Atsby Vermouth via Facebook
As a middle child, I tend to be particularly sensitive to the overlooked, the ignored, and the forgotten. With this in mind, I will cook with fennel when I'd prefer zucchini, shop at Marshall's when T.J. Maxx is around the corner, and most recently, jump at the opportunity to try out a new vermouth. Vermouth is often thought of as just an ingredient in a martini or Manhattan -- but Adam Ford Atsby Vermouth has set out to show that vermouth is, like us middle children, so much more interesting when considered alone.

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Celebrating Barrels, Mash, and "God's Stuff" with Van Brunt Stillhouse (VIDEO)

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Van Brunt Stillhouse
Copper stills of Van Brunt Stillhouse
"While I love the creativity of telling stories on television," Van Brunt Stillhouse proprietor Daric Schlesselman told us, "one of the things I find frustrating about television is it's so ephemeral. Once you tell a story, it's sort of gone. My hobbies have always been cooking, brewing beer, and growing things in the garden, and I always got great satisfaction from that tangible, touchable thing. So I decided a number of years ago that I wanted to take a leap and start being a distiller."

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Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur Spices Up the Glass

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Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur
Ginger liqueur adds elegance and versatility to a bar, and for years, that meant a bottle of Domaine de Canton. But thanks to Josh Morton, Brooklyn now has its very own all-natural variety of the spirit: Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur. Barrow's is a clean, bright, and spicy liqueur that encapsulates the flavors of fresh ginger root. We talked with Josh about why and how he started a ginger liqueur company, and we gathered a few cocktail recipes to stir up at home.

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