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Trendy Virgin America Brings Craft Cocktails to Their Entire Fleet

Nov 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

While wine and liquor have been in the air for a while now, craft cocktails haven't really broken their way into the mainstream airlines yet. That is, until now. Austin Cocktails, a line of craft cocktails that come pre-bottled, are now available fleet-wide on Virgin America flights.

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It's Time You Scored a Bottle of Rémy Martin's Louis XIII Le Jeroboam Cognac

Nov 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The only thing better than a bottle of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin is a bottle of Louis XIII Le Jeroboam that comes in a locked gift box. Four times the capacity of the regular old Louis XIII, Louis XIII Le Jeroboam comes in an 11-pound blown crystal decanter that has been numbered and comes in limited quantities each year. 

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Meet Caskers, the Online Spirits Concierge Don Draper Would Drool Over

Nov 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Let's raise a toast to Caskers, a new online service that wants to change the way people drink by giving customers access to the finest craft spirits with its Concierge Service, Private Cask Program, and delivery clubs. Caskers founders Steven Abt and Moiz Ali introduced the first online High End Concierge Service to track down and deliver the (nearly) impossible-to-source bottles, and to match customer tastes with rare spirits and new discoveries. Now that’s our kind of personal shopper.

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$5,000 FACUNDO Elevated Holiday Gift Set Brings On the Rum

Nov 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The FACUNDO Rum Collection recently unveiled their new $5,000 Elevated Holiday Gift Set, which is only available in certain high-end liquor stores. Whether you're buying it for yourself or for a loved one, the set is arranged within an Italian leather travel bag (which will be embossed with your monogrammed initials). Included are two handmade BACCARAT "Harmonie" Tumblers, two Bittermens Bitters, a handmade Brizard & Co. Cigar Humidor, a Colibri Cigar Cutter, and a member card that gives you access to exclusive FACUNDO events in major cities (including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco).

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Eva Green Recreates Historical Beginnings of Favorite Campari Cocktails in Exclusive 2015 Calendar

Nov 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The imagery for Campari's 2015 exclusive calendar is officially out for the world to see and as usual, we love it and can't wait to get our hands on one. Starring the gorgeous 34-year-old French actress Eva Green (last year's cover lady was Uma Thurman), the coveted calendar is called Mythology Mixology and tells the story behind 12 of Campari's most iconic cocktails that have stood the test of time—like the Negroni. 

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Newly Renovated Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill Looks Like a Distillery From the Future

Oct 27, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Have you seen the newly renovated Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill gin distillery in Hampshire? It's pretty dang cool. The site opened to the public early in the month, showing off the unique glasshouses in which the 10 botanicals (juniper, lemon peel, grains of paradise, coriander, cubeb berries, orris root, almonds, cassia bark, liquorice, and angelica) that make up the Bombay Sapphire taste are grown.

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Sip on Some Halloween Spirit With These 21 Cocktails

Oct 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We've been putting together a Halloween-inspired cocktail roundup for years now, but the previous features may as well cease to exist, because this one is where it's at. We've collected recipes from some of the world's best bars, mixologists, and spirit brands to give you some amazingly spooky options. Make sure not to skimp on the barware though, because trust us, dressing one of these up in the right glass is sometimes all you need to set the right mood. With some great for the night of and others perfect for the morning after (i.e. hangover), we have so many chocies that you may just have to throw more than one party. 

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Drink Some Ultra-Premium Vodka, Save Some White Tigers

Oct 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We love ultra-premium vodka and we love cats, but we don't often see the two cross paths. Until we heard of Tigre Blanc, that is. Founder Henri Belleville set out to create a cognac-style vodka that could stand for power and unite his French heritage with his East Asian travels. 

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World's 50 Best Bars 2014 Announced: See Which Bars Cracked the Top 10

Oct 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

In case you missed it, The World's 50 Best Bars announced their picks Thursday for 2014, giving you the pub crawl to end all pub crawls. Put on by Drinks International, the winners were chosen by over 330 industry professionals and includes bars from 14 different counties, with the top 10 dominated by London and New York. In fact, North America made up for 16 of the overall 50, with four landing at the top of the list. Check out the top 10 below and see if your favorite made the cut!

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3 of LA's Best Markets for Authentic Gourmet Italian Ingredients

Oct 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

If you’re planning a night in with some homemade Italian food, you’re going to want to visit an Italian market for the most authentic gourmet ingredients and sides. And although Los Angeles isn’t known for having a large Italian population like those found in New York or New Jersey, the City of Angels has some great purveyors of Italian flavors. 

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The $300 Macallan Rare Cask Whisky Is Calling Out to You

Oct 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

The Macallan, known for their luxury range of single malt Scotch whisky, has just announced the addition of the new Rare Cask to their core range of expressions. Offering a "splendidly rich and resonant ruby hue," the whisky sits in handpicked, Spanish oak sherry seasoned casks until it is ready to be bottled in a sturdy glass decanter.

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Bypass the Complexities of Brewing Beer & Let the Brewbot Do It For You

Sep 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

With craft beer booming, everyone wants to be a home brewer nowadays, but actually doing it can be more of a commitment than you're prepared for—it's scientific, complicated, and requires a lot of patience and training to do right. If you would prefer just skipping all of the training and spending your time coming up with funny brew names based on your favorite yoga pose or Beyoncé song instead, the Brewbot is where you need to turn. 

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Popular Spirits in 12 Different Countries That You Have Probably Never Heard Of

Sep 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Every country has a drink they're known for, especially when it's something that has become synonymous with the country's name (like Guinness and Ireland, or sake and Japan). But there are some drinks out there that you may not be as aware of, like slivovitz or țuică (as well as a non-alcoholic communal beverage of Fiji). Some locals drink and some are more tourist-run, but they're all popular staples of the following 12 countries.

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Jude Law Wants to Dance His Way to Winning a Luxury Boat in Johnnie Walker Blue Label's New Film

Jul 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Johnnie Walker Blue Label announced their upcoming short film starring Jude Law, The Gentleman's Wager, by releasing a teaser clip. Directed by Jake Scott and also starring Giancarlo Giannini (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace), the film follows a wager between "two men striving for personal progress through the quest for a truly rare experience." 

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Can You Guess Which Oscar Winner Co-Created a New Multinational Spirit?

Jun 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

For anyone who loves experimenting with new recipes, either on the plate or in the glass, there are fewer things more fun than discovering a slew of new cocktails to try out — even better if actor Robert De Niro is attached to them. As a way to celebrate the United States launch of VDKA 6100 (that's read as "vodka," in case you were wondering), which premiered in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey earlier in the month, the brand shared eight recipes that promise a "twist of tomorrow."

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