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Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey Review

Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey Review

Last month we heralded the arrival of Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey, the first such offering from the popular bourbon maker. Now, we’ve got a bottle in hand and are taking it for a spin. Basil Hayden’s Rye is actually a blend of two whiskeys. The first is a four-year-old traditional…read more →

Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

Kentucky Derby Cocktail Recipes

The Kentucky Derby is known for two things: mint juleps and big hats. There’s also a horse race, but that’s secondary to the cocktails and hats. Regardless, millions of people will be watching, so that’s cause for some celebratory drinks. The race itself only lasts two minutes, so like most…read more →

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with These Tequila Cocktails

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with These Tequila Cocktails

May 5. Cinco de Mayo. The time when we all come together to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla… by drinking tequila, eating guacamole and wearing large hats. So to that end–or the tequila part, at least–here are a handful of Cinco de…read more →

Ancho Reyes Verde Review

Ancho Reyes Verde Review

You might know Ancho Reyes. It’s the sweet and spicy poblano chile liqueur that’s a natural companion to agave spirits. Ancho Reyes Verde is similar, in that it’s made from those same poblano chiles. But where the former uses sun-dried peppers (known as ancho chiles), the verde version uses early-harvest…read more →

WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Whiskey Review

WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Whiskey Review

A few weeks back, we wrote about WhistlePig FarmStock Rye, the brand’s first release to include whiskey distilled, aged and bottled on its Vermont farm. Now, we’ve got a bottle in hand… WhistlePig FarmStock is composed of three whiskeys, and together, they make for a tasty trio. The mashbill goes…read more →

Glenfiddich Project XX Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Project XX Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Project XX is part of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, which inspires unusual and unexpected whiskies. Newly launched in the U.S., Project XX (pronounced “twenty”) is the result of a collaboration between Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, and 20 whisky experts from 16 countries around the world. Each selected a…read more →

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and soon the streets will run green with beer and the hordes of people drinking it. But there is a better way. Namely, to drink better drinks, like these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails sporting Irish whiskeys, Irish creams, Guinness and absolutely zero green beer.…read more →

Chicago Cocktail Bar, the Aviary, Is Heading to NYC

Chicago Cocktail Bar, the Aviary, Is Heading to NYC

When I visited the Aviary in Chicago in the summer of 2015, I drank a rum Manhattan that was smoked inside a made-to-order plastic bag. I was served a drink inside a treasure chest. I used a slingshot to break open an ice sphere, which contained an Old Fashioned. It…read more →

Zephyr Gin Review

Zephyr Gin Review

“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.” You can attribute that to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and chalk it up as one of the stranger insults we’ve heard. But apparently, some people find the smell of elderberries offensive–though to be fair, in this case,…read more →

The Macallan Releases 1991 Fine & Rare Vintage

The Macallan Releases 1991 Fine & Rare Vintage

The Macallan’s got something new up its sleeve. It’s a limited-release, vintage-dated single malt whisky expression called The Macallan 1991 Fine & Rare–a good name for such a spirit. Back on the fateful day of March 28, 1991, a cask was filled. Fast forward two and a half decades, and…read more →

Quick Burning Cigarette

Quick Burning Cigarette

Cocktail Enthusiast has teamed up with the fine people at Cocktails & Classics, the LOGO TV show that combines good drinks with classic films. Each week, Michael Urie and friends will take a close look at campy, quotable movies like Clue, Showgirls and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion while…read more →

Flor de Caña Centanario 25 Rum Review

Flor de Caña Centanario 25 Rum Review

Flor de Caña Centanario 25 is the top of the line rum from the Nicaragua-based distillery. They’ve been in the game for more than 125 years, and have learned a thing or two about making rum during that time. Centenario 25 is the culmination of that experience. Like all Flor…read more →

3 Fresh Juice Cocktails for Healthier Drinking

3 Fresh Juice Cocktails for Healthier Drinking

Three weeks into the new year, and we’re still in detox mode. But, you know, a reasonable detox that involves plenty of good drinks–just smarter ones. We’re talking healthy cocktails that utilize fresh, vitamin-packed fruits, vegetables and roots like carrots, beets and turmeric. That way we can start our morning…read more →

Absolut Releases New Flavored Vodka, Absolut Lime

Absolut Releases New Flavored Vodka, Absolut Lime

Today Absolut added a new flavor to its portfolio: Absolut Lime. The Pernod Ricard-owned company already sports the number one selling lemon- and orange-flavored vodkas in the U.S., so Absolut Lime feels like a natural extension. Nearly 30 years ago, Absolut introduced Absolut Citron, a key component to the Cosmopolitan…read more →

Hot Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter

Hot Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter

In much of the country, temperatures hover around freezing and the ground is blanketed in snow. Elsewhere, it’s T-shirt weather. But regardless of your current location, this is winter dammit, and people need hot cocktails to help them persevere until spring. Classics like the hot toddy and mulled cocktails are…read more →

Limeburners Single Malt Port Cask Whisky Review

Limeburners Single Malt Port Cask Whisky Review

Having a friend in Western Australia has its perks. Because even though it’s on the opposite side of the world (from Cocktail Enthusiast HQ), such a locale can bring access to spirits that would otherwise stay off our radar. Spirits like those made by the Great Southern Distillery Co. In…read more →

Coffee Cocktails to Kick-Start 2017

Coffee Cocktails to Kick-Start 2017

If your year’s gotten off to a sluggish start, you might need a pick-me-up in the form of a coffee cocktail. Such drinks combine the best of both worlds, provided you appreciate the worlds of caffeine and liquor. And we’re confident you do. So below, we’ve got three coffee cocktail…read more →

9 Tips to Building Better Cocktail Menus at Home

9 Tips to Building Better Cocktail Menus at Home

Here we are, in the throes of holiday party season, and it’s your turn to host. Obviously, you’ll stock the bar because that’s what goodhearted people do in such scenarios. You’ll provide some food, a thoughtful playlist. It’ll be great. But what about a cocktail menu? Simply putting some consideration…read more →