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Booze News: February 15, 2012

By February 15, 2012

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Arizona Cocktail Week - Another exciting week of fine drinks is coming up. This one is centered in Scottsdale and starts this coming Sunday (17th), running through Saturday the 25th. Check out their website for all of the details.

New Spirits:

  • Gin Trifecta - St. George Spirits is in the process of releasing three gins. I had the pleasure of checking these out while at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference and highly recommend them to all gin lovers. Each has its own character and all are impressive.
  • Kremlin Creates Own Vodka - I would have thought the Russian government would have already had an official vodka.
  • Mastermind Vodka - Produced in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, this is another small-batch vodka that is said to be quite a gem.
  • Dirty Harry Gin - The West Winds Gin is experimenting with 99 bottles of a new gin. It is similar to The Sabre, only 44% alc/volume to match the .44 Magnum of, you guessed it, Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry character.

Bartenders Give Classic Cocktails New Twists - The Boston Globe published a story this week about some of the great cocktail lounges in Boston.

Vodka Delivers Shot of Creativity - Of all the crazy studies in the world,this one takes the cake. "Sault's team has also reported that intoxicated individuals become less afraid to make mistakes, another possible creativity booster." It's called liquid courage, which I'm sure many of us have experienced.

Hood Rivers Sued Over Whiskey Label - Oh, how fast trouble brews and how blurry the trademark and patent lines are. Here is the story of another court battle over the marketing of whiskey. In this case it is Sazerac vs. Hood Rivers and it centers around the latter's new cinnamon whiskey.

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