Harriet's Spirits Articles



Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

By Harriet Lembeck


Absinthe, the opalescent green, anise-flavored,high-proof spirit, banned worldwide for almost 100 years, is back. What happened with this Van Gogh-turned Rip Van Winkle spirit? Clearly, lots. Why was it banned? How did it get un-banned?



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American Micro-Distillers

By Harriet Lembeck


Following in the footsteps of pioneer distillers Ansley Coale and Hubert Germain-Robin (Germain- Robin), Jorg Rupf, (St. George Spirits), Fritz Maytag (Anchor Distillers) and Steve McCarthy (Clear Creek Distillery), a new wave of distillers from all over the U.S. are responding to the thrill of the still.



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In The Holiday Spirit

By Harriet Lembeck


It is the ho-ho-ho holiday time again - a time of hard work, but also the important time to round out sales and profits for the year. It is a crunch for the retailer, but worth the effort.





Organic Spirits

By Harriet Lembeck


After a wave of organic foods and wines, the Jolly Green Giant is stepping up to the bar. But if "organic" is to be taken seriously, the product must be certified organic.



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Tequila Primer

By Harriet Lembeck


Sales of tequila have steadily risen from the hundreds of thousand cases to millions of cases a year. As retailers, you are at the fore-front of this rising popularity - particularly with the newer premium bottles on the market.



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