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Phil 2011/7/22

We have had our share of costly fumbles over the years but this one had to hurt...

Phil 2011/3/4

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Phil 2011/2/16

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Phil 2011/2/14

Sorry this took so long to post, I was having technical difficulties..  -Phil

A Very Merry Rum Chata Christmas:

A Rum Chata Critique with the Thuenings

By Jennifer Thuening



          This holiday season I brought Rum Chata to share and sample after Christmas dinner.  It was a solid crowd pleaser.  Aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, parents, and grandparents alike enjoyed this horchata and rum liqueur. 

The coffee, Rum Chata, Kahlua mixed drink with whipped cream on top was the most popular.  What better way to enjoy your after holiday dinner coffee?  It was hot, rich, strong cinnamon, and the unmistakable flavor of horchata.  Probably the best wintery drink I’ve ever had!  And it’s never bad to get a little reminder of the Mexican sunshine in the dead of Minnesota winter! My aunt Judy and her mother-in-law were very impressed by this drink as they didn’t much care for the Rum Chata by itself. 

Rum Chata mudslide was my dad’s favorite and it’s very easy to make: equal parts Rum Chata and Kahlua on the rocks.  I liked it (very chocolaty, surprisingly) but I think I’d garnish it with a couple of hazelnuts next time.  Or, maybe just add a dash of Frangelico!

If you love, love, LOVE horchata like I do (and actually know what it is already) you will really enjoy this liqueur. I liked it best just straight on the rocks.  It reminded me of the horchata I used to get from my friend Jose’s (who would never tell me the recipe!) family’s restaurant except with an alcohol bite.  I can’t say I could tell it was rum that was added, but Rum Chata is not the weakest liqueur in the world which, I think, is a sign of quality in any alcoholic beverage of this kind. The flavor of warm, cinnamony “rice water” really shone through.

            I will buy Rum Chata again…definitely.  This liqueur needs to make an appearance at the next girl’s night cocktail party and maybe the next big family gathering.  My relatives and I enjoyed trying something new this holiday season as we relaxed and conversed after a big dinner.  It’s the perfect drink to share with friends and family.

Phil 2010/12/2

Berentzen Pear Schnapps Review

Jennifer T.(Chanhassen Store)


            I wanted to bring something new to Thanksgiving this year.  I was looking for a light, sweet after-dinner drink and got what I was hoping for with the Berentzen Pear schnapps. 

          Berentzen Pear was a hit with everyone who tried it.  It was a nice addition to the meal, fitting in nicely between the main course and dessert.  Some of my family drank it cold on the rocks while others cut it with a little club soda.  Feedback included comments like: “I don’t usually go for sweet stuff, but this isn’t bad!” and “Actually tastes like real pears.” and “This would be great in a martini!”

I was pleased with this schnapps and would buy it again.  I think it would make a wonderful addition to almost any clear rum or vodka based drink.  It is light, but rich in that it packs a huge taste without being heavy.  The pear flavors are tinged with honey and the overall impression is very sunny.  Another way I’d like to try it is in a mimosa or a belini.  Maybe a pear belini with Berentzen, brut champagne, and a little pear puree or a slice of pear on the rim…Mmmmmmm! I’m thinking about bringing it to a friend’s martini party this weekend!

Phil 2010/12/1

Every year Cheers gets at least three calls from folks wondering if an old bottle of champagne they have is still “good”. This is always a difficult call to make as there is no way for us to know the exact conditions that the bottle in question has been stored. Our recommendation is if you have an old bottle and you are considering opening it, GO FOR IT! However it’s a good idea to have a back up bottle on hand in the event your bottle of bubbly has lost its fizz, or has succumb to age. With that being said check out this story I found about some very old champagne discovered in the briny deep …

Phil 2010/10/29

Here's the vintage beer commercial of the week!