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A Wet Drunk Midwestern Summer (a tale of Tiki Cocktails)

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Note: Thanks to the fine folks at The Countryman Press for providing us with a copy of Tiki Drinks for review and giveaway with no strings attached. We might be at the un-official end-of-summer, but we’re still in the thick of it. The wet, hot, hair-glued-to-your-forehead, soggy crotch thick of it. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s a classic Midwestern Summer. The only way to survive a Midwestern Summer? Inebriation. Constant inebriation, from June all the way through August. (September if you want to play it safe). Which brings me to why we are here: you …

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Zircle Ice Ball Mold Review

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Disclaimer: A sample pack of Zircle ice ball molds were provided to us by the Xena Group for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review their with no strings attached. Thank you. Our house took a hit this holiday weekend with our AC going on the fritz. To help stay cool I switched over to bourbon on ice and found these Zircle ice ball molds more useful than ever. Today we take a closer look at how they compare to other ice ball molds on the market and whether or not you should consider ordering a …

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Think Jerky Review

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Disclaimer: A sample of Think Jerky was provided to me for this review. I appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review the product with no strings attached. Thank you. Some things just go together like peanut butter and jelly, beer with brats and bourbon and beef jerky. The latter of these amazing pairings that were on my mind when the folks at Think Jerky contacted me about their new Kickstarter campaign. I’ve consumed a lot of beef jerky over the years–some good with the majority of it being pretty tasteless and dry. Think Jerky promised me that their product was going …

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Is Shaker 33 the Best Cocktail Shaker Since Prohibition?

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Disclaimer: A prototype of the Shaker 33 and a bottle of bourbon  was provided to us by the creator’s for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review their product in advance of their KickStarter campaign launching with no strings attached. Thank you. “The Best Cocktail Shaker Since Prohibition” That’s the bold statement Shaker 33 uses on Kickstarter.com to catch your attention and draw you in to learn more about their product and campaign. It’s a highly effective tagline and one that I’m sure will spark much debate as people learn more about Shaker 33 over the next 31 …

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The Craft Cocktail Party: A Review & Giveaway

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Let me preface this review by saying that I am not much of a cocktail drinker: A glass of wine, sure, bourbon on the rocks, great, an occasional manhattan or a hot toddy on a cold winters night (made by my lovely husband), excellent. So when he asked me to review, The Craft Cocktail Party: Delicious Drinks for Every Occasion, I thought, well never mind what I thought. I agreed, mostly out of wifely duty, and well, I am really glad I did.

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Joe’s Half & Half Juice Review and Whiskey Cocktail

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Disclaimer: Samples of Joe’s Half & Half were provided to us by Red Jacket Orchards for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review their product with no strings attached. Thank you. We often get pitched by companies wanting us to review their bourbon or bourbon related products. It’s the type of requests that we expect to get as a bourbon blog. When we received a pitch from Red Jacket Orchards several weeks ago for a new juice product we found ourselves reading their email multiple times to make sure they hadn’t contacted us by mistake, not realizing …

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Cooper’s Cask Whiskey Barrel Coffee Review

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Disclaimer: A sample of Cooper’s Cask Whiskey Barrel aged coffee was provided to us by Cooper’s Cask for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review their product with no strings attached. Thank you. When the opportunity came up to review Cooper’s Cask Coffee, I couldn’t resist. My love of coffee outshines my love of bourbon (and that’s saying something). I do occasionally mix my two loves in the same cup so I thought this coffee might be perfect for those times when a whisky-laced cup of coffee just isn’t going to fly. Now, I’m not a fan …

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Dashfire Bitters Review & the Paper Lantern

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Disclaimer: A sample of the Dashfire’s Bitters were provided to us by the company for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow Bourbon & Banter to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you. Bitters are essential for many cocktails. They are the seasoning. A Manhattan without bitters is like soup without salt: bland, insipid and lacking. An anecdotal history: In the pre-Prohibition era there were many varieties. Then darkness. For years afterward, all one could find was Angostura. In recent years leading up to the current cocktail renaissance Peychaud’s and Regan’s Orange No. 6 (both distributed by Sazerac) …