January 10th, 2012 by Jim

No Reservations About Dr. McGuillicuddy


I like to watch the show “No Reservations” with Anthony Bourdain. If you’re not familiar with it, the show follows Tony, a chef turned writer turned TV personality, as he travels to exotic locals and waxes poetic about the food and culture. Whether he’s discovering foods deep in the Amazon basin or having an exotic sushi experience in Tokyo, his commentary is always entertaining.

So it was on the other day that my 10-year-old said, “Where is he this time.” “Boston,” I responded. “That’s not very exotic,” she replied, rightfully so. It must have been an episode early in the series, when the travel budget wasn’t as large. Anyway, he does a lot of drinking on the show, and in this particular Irish bar in Boston (go figure), he talked of doing shots with the locals of something evil called Dr. McGuillicuddy’s.

So I looked into it. Turns out, Dr. McGuillicuddy’s is a line of flavored schnapps and liqueurs. I don’t know what flavors they were shooting in Boston, but there are lots of them, like Vanilla, Cherry, Lemon, Peach and Mentholmint. And, they’re coming out with new ones all the time. In fact, I got my hands on some of the new flavors, and I’m here to give you a little review of each.

Root Beer: Oh my God, it tastes JUST LIKE Rootbeer, only with alcohol in it. Seriously.

Apple Pie: Oh my God, it tastes JUST LIKE Apple Pie, only with alcohol in it. Seriously.

Grape: Oh my God, it tastes JUST LIKE Grape Candy, only with alcohol in it. Seriously.

So if you’re having a party and you want some festive flavored drinks, give the good doctor a try. Use it to make punch. Or just hand out shots, like they do in Boston on TV.


Jim R.


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