Odd Spirits: Cynar

Cynar is the type of spirit that you’ve probably seen at your local liquor store but have no idea what it is or how to use it, let alone even how to pronounce it! Let’s start with the easiest. Cynar is pronounced (chee-Nar) not sea-nar or CY-nar and is a classic Italian amaro. That means […]

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Odd Spirits: Pechuga Mezcal

You may be thinking “I know about Mezcal, there’s nothing weird there,” and normally we’d agree with you, but Del Maguey Pechuga Mezcal is a whole other story. The origin of Pechuga is fairly benign.  It begins with a standard Minero mezcal that has already been double distilled. Normal so far yes? Well here’s where […]

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Odd Spirits: Chicha

Ever had a beverage brewed using human spit? If you’ve been to Peru, then chances are you’ve run across Chicha in your travels. Chicha has vast cultural significance in the country, and yes it is truly made with human saliva. Let’s back up and talk about the history of chicha. Chicha doesn’t necessarily refer to […]

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Odd Spirits: Pálinka

If you know what Pálinka is, chances are you’re probably Hungarian. Pálinka in it’s most general terms is a type of fruit brandy, distilled from a variety of fruits grown mainly on the Great Hungarian Plains. It’s not for the faint of heart, as it has often been described as Hungarian moonshine thanks to it […]

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Odd Spirits: Chareau

When it comes to odd spirits, generally speaking they tend to exist in a foreign country, with some historical context and a rarity that make them hard to find outside their country of origin. But Chareau is different, starting with the fact that it’s California made. Founded by Kurt Charron, Chareau pulls off the remarkable […]

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Odd Spirits: Pulque

The ancient ancestor of mezcal and tequila, pulque works in mysterious ways and is starting to regain some of its popularity. Pulque is a milky, slightly foamy and somewhat viscous beverage made by fermenting (not distilling) the fresh sap of certain types of agave, and pre-dates the arrival of the Spanish by something like 1,500 […]

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