Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack

By Bob Lipinski Laird’s is America’s first and oldest commercial distillery. Records indicate that William Laird, a County Fyfe Scotsman, settled in Monmouth County, N.J., and produced applejack as early as 1698. In 1780, Robert Laird, a Revolutionary War soldier who...
Cognac — The King of Brandies

Cognac — The King of Brandies

By Bob Lipinski Cognac is a brandy distilled from the fermented juice of grapes in the province of Charente and is also the name of a region in the southwest of France, north of Bordeaux and southwest of Paris. The re­gion’s stony, chalk-rich soil (because of ancient...
The Margarita — A Classic Cocktail With Many Stories

The Margarita — A Classic Cocktail With Many Stories

By Bob Lipinski “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.”  — George Carlin There are many stories as to the origin of the Margarita cocktail. One story states that Danny Negrete, the manager at the Garci Crespo Hotel in Puebla, Mexico, created it for his...
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 “When referring to a martini”) Vodka is an alcoholic distillate from a...
Interesting Facts About Scotch Whisky

Interesting Facts About Scotch Whisky

By Bob Lipinski Scotch whisky is a distinctive product of Scotland, made in compliance with the 1909 laws of Great Britain and the Scotch Whisky Act of 2009. The whisky can legally be called Scotch if it is distilled and matured in Scotland and made from water and...
A Spirited Holiday Season

A Spirited Holiday Season

By Bob Lipinski What could be more alluring than a glass of whiskey on-the-rocks or an arctic cold martini in a Y-shaped glass adorned with several pimento-filled green olives? Although I love an ice-cold martini and certainly a glass of whiskey with ice; a glass of...