That’s “Amari:” Bittersweet Endings To Any Meal

That’s “Amari:” Bittersweet Endings To Any Meal By Bob Lipinski Amari (plural of amaro), the Italian term for “bitters,” refers to distilled spirits containing an infusion of bittering “botanicals” such as herbs, roots, or barks. Some of the many botanicals … Continue reading

Recent Discoveries- Wines & Spirits

Recent Discoveries- Wines & Spirits By Bob Lipinski As an author and professional taster, I generally taste and evaluate more than 100 alcoholic beverages (wine, spirits, beer, and saké) per week. Some are good, some are very good to excellent, … Continue reading

Grana Cheese For Grating

Grana Cheese For Grating By Bob Lipinski Adding grated cheese to a dish of pasta is something we do automatically, sometimes without regard to the type of cheese we’re using, or which is suggested in the recipe. Not all grated … Continue reading

Rum- Not Just For Cocktails

Rum- Not Just For Cocktails By: Bob Lipinski Rum is an alcoholic beverage distilled from the fermented juice of sugarcane, sugarcane syrup, sugarcane molasses, or other sugarcane by-products. It is bottled at not less than 80-proof (except for flavored rum). … Continue reading

Booze and Books for the Holidays

Booze and Books for the Holidays By Bob Lipinski My annual list of books (and video) to purchase for the upcoming holidays covers a multitude of topics, genres and authors. Some are current, “just-released” publications and other are “golden oldies” … Continue reading

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack By Bob Lipinski And you thought apples were only for eating… Laird’s is America’s first and oldest commercial distillery. Records indicate that William Laird, a County Fyfe Scotsman, settled in Monmouth County, New Jersey and … Continue reading

A Vodka Primer

A Vodka Primer By Bob Lipinski “I never have more than one drink before dinner,” said Bond. “But I do like that one to be very large and very strong and very cold and very well-made.” — James Bond, “Casino Royale” … Continue reading