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Midnight Tuesday Stormy

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On September 18, 2018
1.5 oz Far North White Rum .5 oz Fresh Lime Juice 4 oz Top Note Ginger Beer .5 oz Far North Dark Rum In a collins glass, filled with ice, mix: white rum, lime juice, and ginger beer.  Top with dark rum.  Drink enough to sleep through the midnight storm.
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Alpine Wines

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On August 21, 2018
The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system in Europe and cross eight Alpine countries: France, Monaco, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia. The altitude and climate vary drastically across the Alps creating a diverse landscape for the varied plants, animals, and grape varietals. Farming, forestry, and tourism are the main […]
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Why Climate Matters: What it takes to be cool these days

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On August 8, 2018
Climate is defined as the “long term weather pattern of an area,” and climate is critical to the wine industry. Pick up a book about grapes or vineyards, and soon you’ll be swimming in different terms with the word climate in them.  Macroclimate refers to an entire area, such as Chianti or Sonoma, while Mesoclimate […]
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How To Build LaCroix Cocktails

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On July 24, 2018
LaCroix sparkling started in 1981 as an “anti-Perrier” brand, marketed to the masses counter to Perrier’s snobbiness.  It has been a staple in the Midwest, but its popularity has recently boomed to the coasts, especially as sugary soda sales hit new lows.  LoCroix boasts its no calorie, no sweetener, and salt free qualities on its […]
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Our Favorite Things: Kanbara Bride of the Fox

  • Posted by Zipps Liquor
  • On June 26, 2018
Sake is often called “rice wine”, but in truth has much more in common with beer than any other drink. Like beer, sake is made by fermenting a mixture of grain and water. Barley for beer brewing is malted, which helps convert the natural starches into more fermentable sugars.  In an analogous process, a special […]
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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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