Finding the Green Fairy at La Fee Verte, Paris (Absinthe)

absinthe with water added

My first exposure to absinthe was watching it being prepared in a scene from the 1992 version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I don’t even recall whether they referred to the liqueur by name. But I do remember being fascinated by the almost-ceremonial process of preparing the drink prior to consumption. It was many years before I actually … Read more Finding the Green Fairy at La Fee Verte, Paris (Absinthe)

An Afternoon at the Black Duck Brewery in Port Macquarie, Australia

Black Duck beer paddle

Port Macquarie is a small-ish town about 4 hours’ drive north of Sydney, Australia. The population is roughly 46,000, so you wouldn’t think there’s much going on here. Yet, for such a small population, they have not one, not two, but three breweries! Mark and I only had time to visit one, though. The one … Read more An Afternoon at the Black Duck Brewery in Port Macquarie, Australia

An Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of De Kuyper Royal Distillers – Part 2

de kuyper copper still

This is Part 2 of our Behind the Scenes tour of De Kuyper Royal Distillers. If you missed it, check out Part 1 here! After Mark and I finished our Peachtree and 7 Up drinks, we left the De Kuyper Works! workshop behind to see the rest of the facility. Marja, our guide, walked us … Read more An Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of De Kuyper Royal Distillers – Part 2

A Tour and Tasting at Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal

wynand fockink tasting glasswynand fockink tasting glass

Our most recent visit to Amsterdam was a little different from all of our previous trips there. It was our first time travelling with friends. Oh, sure, we’ve made friends on group trips before. But this was the first time we were consciously travelling with people we already knew. Mark and I had a mental … Read more A Tour and Tasting at Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal

A Tour and Whiskey Tasting at the Jameson Distillery, Midleton

jameson whiskey distillery

Did you know that Ireland’s most famous alcoholic drink (ok, second most famous, after Guinness) was created by a Scotsman? I’m talking about Jameson Whiskey, of course! Mark and I took a tour of the Jameson Distillery, located in Midleton, Ireland, to learn more about the whiskey distilling process. Although Irish whiskey isn’t one of … Read more A Tour and Whiskey Tasting at the Jameson Distillery, Midleton

An Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of De Kuyper Royal Distillers – Part 1

de kuyper royal distillers

Have you ever fallen in love with a liqueur or spirit and wished you could tour the distillery that made it? Well, in April 2017, my husband and I had this very opportunity! It all started while we were planning our most recent vacation to the Netherlands. Mark mentioned that we were low on Dropshot liqueur, and … Read more An Exclusive, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of De Kuyper Royal Distillers – Part 1

A Visit to the House of Bols – Now With More Flair!

house of bols cocktails

If you’re a fan of gin, a visit to the House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience in Amsterdam should be on your must-see list. And even if you’re one of those folks who thinks gin tastes like tree sap, the Bols company probably still makes a liqueur or two that you’ll find appealing. Gin … Read more A Visit to the House of Bols – Now With More Flair!

A Visit to the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen

Carlsberg Pilsner truck

I’ll be honest right up front – Carlsberg wasn’t a beer brand I ever gave much thought to. If you’d asked me to name five big beer companies, Carlsberg wouldn’t have even been a consideration. But that all changed after my husband and I toured the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen, Denmark. Just the entrance alone … Read more A Visit to the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen

Liqueur Tasting at Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Tamborine Mountain Distillery liqueur tasting

Australia is, of course world-famous for its amazing wines. But did you know they also have some wonderful distilleries? My husband and I got the opportunity to visit one of them in November – the Tamborine Mountain Distillery. Tamborine Mountain is located in South East Queensland in the Gold Coast Hinterland region. It’s about a … Read more Liqueur Tasting at Tamborine Mountain Distillery