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Aquavit: Why Does My Gin Taste Like Rye Bread

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On June 19, 2018
Aquavit is a traditional spirit from the Scandinavian peninsula. If gin is vodka flavored with juniper berries, aquavit is vodka flavored with either dill or caraway.  Like gin, other ingredients can be used to flavor the spirit, typically cardamom, cumin, anise, fennel, grains of paradise, and citrus peels. Caraway fruit, wrongly considered a seed, lends […]
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Our Favorite Things: Gustave Lorentz Cremant D’Alsace

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On June 17, 2018
What is Crémant?  Crémant sounds like it could be a signature iced blended drink from your local barista or perhaps some type of sash worn by a dog, but (while it may be those things, too) it’s actually a sparkling wine.  Crémant wines are from France but not from Champagne, and are made in the […]
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Our Favorite Things: Los Bermejos Rosado

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On June 17, 2018
One of our favorite roses so far this year is the Los Bermejos Rosado from the Canary Islands. First “officially” recorded by Pliny the Elder in what would become his editorial guide for future encyclopedias, “Naturalis Historia,” (77-79 AD) the Canary Islands, an autonomous community of Spain, consists of 7 main islands, the northern-most and […]
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Our Favorite Things: Evolucio Furmint

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On June 11, 2018
Closer to Ukraine than any city an American might recognize the name of, Tokaj is nestled deep within Northeastern Hungary. Hundreds of miles from the sunny mediterranean, it is farther North than most of Minnesota. In a novel in my childhood, the wine was known as Tokay. It was heady and opulent, drunk by lords […]
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Cider: Wine of the North?

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On May 30, 2018
Walk in to a grocery store; there is one fruit that you will always find more than one variety of, whatever the season. Ask a stranger what their favorite type of orange, or banana is, and they will give you a blank stare. But ask them to name a type of apple that they like, […]
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Bottled in Bond Act of 1897

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On May 22, 2018
American whiskey can be very difficult to understand.  Bourbon specifications, mash bill grain selection, sourcing liquid from other states and countries, and blending all create confusion when trying to find that next great bottle.  Never fear! There is one whiskey category you can count on for consistency: Bonded! Bonded whiskey emerged in 1897 from the […]
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Orange Wine

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On May 14, 2018
  Have you been keeping up with wine trends as of late?  You might have noticed ‘Orange’ wines popping up more and more at your favorite restaurants and on our shelves. What gives?  While orange wines may seem to be currently trending they’ve actually had quite a long history dating back thousands of years to […]
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Mezcal Vs Agave

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On May 1, 2018
When I recommend tequila as an option, I usually hear a few common answers: “I had one too many shots one time and I had the worst hangover, “ or “I’m too old to fool around with that.”  I usually hear the same with mezcal, usually something about drinking down to the worm and a […]
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Sour Beer!

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On April 24, 2018
Sours are the world’s first type of beer dating back to the mid-19th century. Why are they called sour? They have a tart, sour flavor that was first thought to be an infection in the beer. This was because of pre-modern sanitation and a lack of understanding of bacteria and wild yeast’s, specifically those called […]
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Cynar Grapefruit Spritz

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On April 3, 2018
Looking for your next ‘spirit-ed’ adventure?  Look no further than Amaro!  Amaro, the Italian word for bitter, defies strict categorization yet is steeped in rich history and traditions.  While Amaro can be traced back a millennia to the aromatic root and herbal medicines of Ancient Greece and Rome, it is the friars of Italian abbeys […]
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