Odd Spirits: Baijiu

While you personally may not have heard or know what Baijiu is, it’s one of the world’s most popular spirits. Originating in China and literally meaning “white (clear) alcohol” or liquor, Baijiu sells more than 5 billion litres a year, more than any other spirit in the world. Even with that type of volume, Baijiu hasn’t […]

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Odd Spirits: Sotol

You may not have heard of it, but this cousin to Tequila is about to start popping up everywhere. Sotol is a spirit that traditionally can be found in regions of northern Mexico, as the plant itself, commonly known as Desert Spoon only grows in the north, New Mexico, west Texas and areas of the […]

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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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