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Smooth Kiss, a Valentine’s Day Cocktail

Smooth Kiss, a Valentine’s Day Cocktail

This Valentine’s Day cocktail comes from bartender John Lermayer. It begins with the 100% rye Sobieski Vodka, and from there it adds raspberry liqueur and a topping of shaved chocolate. So it certainly looks the part. And it’s got a whole egg, so there’s your protein. Mix one up at…read more →

Tres Papalote Mezcal Review

Tres Papalote Mezcal Review

Tres Papalote Mezcal is a new entrant to the category, and one that’s sporting a famous face behind the label: Cheech Marin. The actor and comedian best known as one half of the Cheech and Chong duo serves as brand ambassador for the new mezcal. The spirit itself is distilled…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Launches Single Barrel Rye

Jack Daniel’s Launches Single Barrel Rye

Back in 2012, Jack Daniel’s released a limited edition Unaged Rye Whiskey, their first new grain recipe since before Prohibition. Then in 2014, they released that same whiskey, except this time it had been aged in oak barrels for two years. That was the one-off, work-in-progress Rested Tennessee Rye. Now, we…read more →

Valentine’s Day Cocktails That Don’t Suck

Valentine’s Day Cocktails That Don’t Suck

Valentine’s Day, perhaps more than any other holiday, is the time when inboxes and monitors are flooded with cocktails that are often questionable at best and gag-inducing at worst. But if you sift through the clutter you can find Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes you’ll actually want to drink. Like this…read more →

The Essential Bar Tools for Your Home Bar

The Essential Bar Tools for Your Home Bar

Putting together a home bar can be a daunting proposition. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of different gadgets out there, and (sadly) it’s often enough to discourage beginners before they can even make their first drink. Luckily, once you dive into it, the process of putting…read more →

Drinking in Some History (and Whiskey) in Downtown Nashville

Drinking in Some History (and Whiskey) in Downtown Nashville

We’ve seen all kinds of fanciful claims when it comes to whiskey brands and history. This one says it’s distilled in the dungeon of a 13th century castle. That one comes from Davy Crockett’s brother’s recipe. Too many of these backstories can charitably be called “improbable.” Uncharitably, they can be…read more →

Never Love a Wild Thing

Never Love a Wild Thing

This cousin to the Boulevardier comes from Steva Casey, bartender at Saturn in Birmingham, AL. We recreated it at home and can confirm that it is, in fact, quite tasty. The Clyde May’s Whiskey is a solid backbone here and provides a nice foil to the equal measures of bittersweet…read more →

Yellow Rose Rye Whiskey Review

Yellow Rose Rye Whiskey Review

Yellow Rose Distilling hails from Houston, where they’ve been making whiskey since 2010. The company is currently putting out three spirits–Outlaw Bourbon, a Blended Whiskey and this, the Yellow Rose Straight Rye Whiskey. The juice itself is sourced from a handful of undisclosed distilleries around the country. Then once procured, it’s…read more →

Irish Coffee Recipe

Irish Coffee Recipe

Turns out, January 25th is Irish Coffee Day. Now, you can hardly get through the week without stumbling across a similarly-contrived holiday, but here’s one that we can fully endorse. Because it’s cold, and Irish Coffees are hot. And, you know, contain whiskey. The below version comes from Joaquín Simó,…read more →

Scenes from the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Scenes from the 2016 San Antonio Cocktail Conference

Another San Antonio Cocktail Conference is in the books, and with it, another fine event filled with educational seminars, tastings, spirited dinners and parties. Lots of parties. This year’s conference featured a rigorous educational track, with three days of classes covering everything from running a bar and whiskey blending to…read more →