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.

Jameson Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Most people’s first experience with Irish whiskey is with Jameson Irish Whiskey, and for good reason. Once the world’s number one whiskey, Jameson is today the world’s third-largest single-distillery whiskey and the most widely sold Irish whiskey. A smooth blend of pot-still malted whiskey and grain whiskey, Jameson has been produced in Ireland since 1780…

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Southern Comfort Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Southern Comfort, also known as SoCo, is a fruit-flavored liqueur originally created in New Orleans in the late 1800s. Southern Comfort originally used whiskey as a base spirit but has used grain alcohol for decades, only switching back to whiskey in 2016 when the brand was purchased by Sazerac. The original recipe called for vanilla bean,…

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Understanding Agave Plants and Tequila Production

Agave plants, specifically the blue agave, form the heart and soul of tequila – a popular alcoholic beverage that originates from Mexico. This insightful delve into the world of agave biology, cultivation and the intricate process of tequila production unpicks the stages involved in creating this beloved spirit. Beginning with an examination of the agave…

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The Rise of Celebrity Tequila Brands: A Breakdown

In recent years, a new trend has emerged within the liquor industry—celebrity-owned tequila brands. This phenomenon, fueled by a revived global interest in tequila, has led to a plethora of stars swapping their script books, microphones, and sports gear for agave fields and distilleries. From actors, musicians, to athletes, a growing number of celebrities are…

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Tequila Time: Exploring its Rich History

The spirited history of tequila is an intoxicating blend of indigenous tradition, Colonial influence, and modern innovation. Offering much more than the characteristic burn on the way down, this Mexican spirit traces its roots back to the indigenous peoples of Mexico who utilized the native agave plant in crafting the precursor for this iconic beverage….

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An Essential Guide to Jalisco Tequila Tour

Imagine embarking on an adventure that not only satisfies your thirst for exploration but also enhances your knowledge of one of Mexico’s most iconic beverages: Tequila. This journey begins in the heart of Jalisco, a region renowned for its ideal climatic conditions for the production of the world’s finest Tequila. As you dive deeper into…

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