Alcoholic Beverages: Myths & Misconceptions

Alcoholic Beverages: Myths & Misconceptions

By Bob Lipinski Over the years there have been many myths and misconceptions about alcoholic beverages that have been carried from one generation to the next. Some are based on fiction, or false or mistaken beliefs that have never been debunked. Some popular myths...
Liqueurs and Cordials: What’s the Difference?

Liqueurs and Cordials: What’s the Difference?

By Bob Lipinski Historically liqueur is derived from the Latin word liquefacere and means to dissolve or melt, a fitting term since the process of making liqueurs in­volves dissolving selected ingredients in a distilled spirit. The term cordial is derived from the...
Armagnac: France’s Other Great Brandy

Armagnac: France’s Other Great Brandy

By Bob Lipinski Armagnac is a brandy distilled from wine and is often confused with its close cousin, Cognac. However, Armagnac’s taste is fuller and richer and is described as less “burning” and more mellow. Armagnac comes from the Gascony region in southwest France,...
15 Whiskey-Infused Quotes

15 Whiskey-Infused Quotes

By Bob Lipinski I love reading quotes, especially historical, and inspirational from well-known individuals, or just plain funny ones. Here are 15 of my favorite whiskey quotes that may stimulate you to reach for a bottle of your favorite brand. “Happiness is having a...
Is Gin Just Flavored Vodka?

Is Gin Just Flavored Vodka?

By Bob Lipinski Gin is a neutral spirit like vodka, which has been flavored with a range of botanicals, then redistilled. Botanicals are parts of plants and include roots, stems, barks, leaves, flowers, berries, fruit, beans, seeds, pits, stems, skins, and so on....
Eight Fun Facts About Bourbon Whiskey

Eight Fun Facts About Bourbon Whiskey

By Bob Lipinski What is Bourbon Whiskey? A distinctive whiskey of Kentucky made from a grain mixture of a minimum 51 percent corn and aged in new, charred oak barrels. Where is it Made? Technically, bourbon whiskey can be produced anywhere in the United States...