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    Hangar One Vodka

    By Xania V. Woodman

    I recently put in some serious tasting time at the St. George distillery, home to Hangar One vodka, which is housed in a decommissioned naval air station hangar, and this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. Founded by a former judge obsessed with alchemically capturing the essence of California in a bottle, Hangar One infuses its vodka (most of which is made from single-distilled viognier grapes and wheat) not with the pedestrian orange, lemon or lime flavorings, but with all-natural mandarin blossom, Buddha’s hand citron and kaffir lime from trusted growers.

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    Bluecoat American Dry Gin

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Perhaps the best thing to come out of Philadelphia since the Declaration of Independence, Bluecoat Gin was launched in 2006 by Philadelphia Distilling’s Andrew Auwerda and partners, including his nephew, Robert Cassell, a master distiller and brewer. Philadelphia Distilling is the first craft distillery in the state of Pennsylvania since Prohibition, and it also makes Penn 1681 vodka, Vieux Carré absinthe and XXX Shine white whiskey.

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    Veev la difference!

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Know what you’re pouring—in this case, a bottleful of awesome firsts: Veev is the world’s first açaí spirit, is the industry’s first certified carbon-neutral spirits company, and is produced in the only renewable wind-powered distillery in the United States (Ribgy, Idaho). Since it was founded, Veev has donated $1 for every bottle sold to rainforest preservation and replenishment. The Brazilian Açaí berry is a “super-fruit,” packed with antioxidants and vitamins C and E.

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    W.H. Harrison Bourbon

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Toast to the Chief this Presidents Day weekend—or just get chiefly toasted—with America’s native spirit: bourbon. But did you know that bourbon needn’t necessary be made in Kentucky to be rightfully called bourbon?

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    Sence Rare European Rose Nectar

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Sweets for your sweet! Sence Rose Nectar adds a romantic complexity to cocktails. To create the vitamin C-rich juice alternative, Bulgarian Kazanlak roses are picked between 2 and 10 a.m. during the one three-week period between late May and mid-June in which the roses blossom. Sence is available in original formula as well as with one third less sugar. Recipes by Vegas mixologists available at SenceNectar.com

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