Nick Lappen

Nick Lappen is a bartender, writer, and occasionally a teacher from Watertown, Massachusetts. Nick has worked in the restaurant industry since age 13. Beginning as a busser, runner, and crab steamer at Cantlers in Annapolis, Maryland he has gone on to work at bars and restaurants across the United States and abroad. At one time or another Nick has held almost every position in a restaurant, from dishwasher to cook, food runner to bar manager. He has traveled to over 50 nations and brought with him a passion for discovering local food, beer, wine, and spirits which has inspired his bartending. Most recently Nick has worked as a cocktail bartender and bar consultant in the United States and China. When not caught in a global pandemic he lives in Shanghai and runs the cocktail instagram page @thenickromancer.

1800 Tequila Prices & Buyers’ Guide

1800 Tequila is owned by the Beckman family, the same family that owns the Jose Cuervo brand. The 1800 brand was launched in 1975 but named after the year 1800, which, according to legend, was the first year in which Tequila was successfully aged in wood. 1800 comes in distinctive trapezoidal bottles intended to resemble…

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The Glenlivet products

Glenlivet Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Glenlivet is a popular single malt Scotch whisky produced in Moray, Scotland. It is currently the best-selling single malt whisky in the United States and the second-biggest in the entire world. The Glenlivet distillery is one of the largest single malt whisky distilleries in the world and produces 6 million bottles of whisky annually. Today,…

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Remy Martin Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Rémy Martin is one of the biggest names in Cognac and produces the world’s top-selling VSOP Cognac. Their products are known for their almost perfume-like aroma, their exceptional quality, and the elegant way they age. While not as ubiquitous as Hennessy in western pop culture, Rémy Martin has sponsorship deals with JeRémy Renner and Robin…

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Kahlua Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Kahlua is a coffee-flavored, sugar-based liqueur produced in Mexico. The liqueur is produced using several ingredients, such as rum, vanilla bean, and corn syrup. It’s mainly used as a cocktail mixer and an ingredient in desserts, like ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes. Before 2004, the alcoholic content of Kahlua was 26.5%. After 2004, it was…

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Angry Orchard Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Angry Orchard is a bottled hard cider originally made in New York State from cider apples. Angry Orchard is currently owned by Boston Beer Company, who also own Sam Adams Beer, Truly Hard Seltzer, and Dogfishhead Beer. At its peak, Angry Orchard represented 50% of the sales in the American hard cider market.  Angry Orchard…

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Disaronno Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Thanks to a successful marketing campaign, Disaronno is likely the amaretto most widely known by American drinkers. Amaretto is traditionally an Italian almond liqueur. However, many modern brands use peach or apricot pits in their production. It can be enjoyed on the rocks or as an ingredient in many classic cocktails. Amaretto is also called…

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Tanqueray London, Ten and Rangpur gins

Tanqueray Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Tanqueray is the highest-selling imported gin in the USA and one of the most popular gins worldwide. It was founded in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray in the Bloomsbury district of London, but is currently manufactured at Cameron Bridge distillery in Scotland by Diageo. It was primarily sold in the retail outlet of Edward & Charles…

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Malibu Rum Price Guide

Malibu is the most widely known coconut “rum” on the market and can be found behind most bars in the country. While technically it is a rum-based coconut liqueur, Pernod Ricard, the parent company, refers to it as “coconut rum” in any location where the legal threshold for defining rum is not strict. Easily identified…

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New Amsterdam Vodka Prices & Buyers’ Guide

New Amsterdam Vodka is part of the E&J Gallo portfolio of wines and spirits, along with New Amsterdam Gin, Carlo Rossi, Barefoot Wines, E&J Brandy, Boone’s Farm, André, Diplomatico Rum, and many other brands. New Amsterdam has a square, smooth bottle that evokes urban architecture, feeling like a skyscraper or office high rise. New Amsterdam…

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