Post the Publican (December 24, 2013)

Every Friday whenever we feel like it, Cocktails, 365 offers up a summary of questions we’ve received (and answered) in the spirit and cocktail realm from people around the country!

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Welcome to the Holiday-themed Post the Publican, where we answer all of your Holiday-themed, booze-related questions. (With some other answers thrown in for shits and giggles).

Cocktails, 365 founder Mark Vierthaler.

Cocktails, 365 founder Mark Vierthaler.

Anthony D. – What are the best holiday drinks with bourbon?

M. Vierthaler – You could always go with that super classic – egg nog. Although it traditionally is made with brandy, a sweeter bourbon is damn fine. Maple bourbon smash is good:

  • .5 oz maple syrup
  • .5 oz oj
  • .25 oz lemon juice
  • 4 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 oz bourbon

Or, just make a Boilermaker – 2 oz bourbon, stout beer to top, poured in a pint glass.

Patrick M. – There is a Romanian style alcohol called ‘Tuica.’ Where can I find this in the US?

M. Vierthaler – Unfortunately honest-to-god tuica is nearly impossible to track down in the US (unless you want to distill it yourself, of course). Similar (but not quite the same) is slivovitz, which is a Slavic plumb “brandy” and you can find that at places like or on I’ve also heard tuica is occasionally available at various World Market locations. Conversely, there’s I don’t know if they ship internationally, however.


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