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Dreams Come True in Blue Agave

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to Tastings.com

 “If Elvis had developed a taste for añejo Tequila instead of fried peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches, he’d be on tour today. “ - José Cuervo IV

At least he said his name was José Cuervo IV. Ran into him in a joint in Memphis a few years back, which is how we got on the subject.   more >>

Rum by Gum

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to BTI

Rumbullion. Sounds like soup, put it’s the most likely source for the name of a lovely spirit which has been unfairly tied to pirates. Rumbullion, sometimes rumbustion, was the behavior associated with folks who’d had a few jars of rum when it was the new kid on the bar, and it was shortened to become the name of the tipple itself.   more >>

Want to Craft a Cocktail for a Wedding Party?
Mr. Sullivan Suggests You Examine the Bride’s Knees

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to BTI

The bride’s knees were a hit. You never see the bride’s knees, of course, and this bride was no exception, but the bride’s knees in question here was a bespoke cocktail.

The bride herself was my new daughter-in-law Kate.   more >>