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The Best Beers for Cocktail Drinkers

The Best Beers for Cocktail Drinkers

This post was produced by our friends at Hop Culture, the independent voice for craft beer. In my years as a bartender, I’ve seen plenty of regulars fall into a bar rut. There’s a certain comfort to ordering the same thing you always get, in knowing that your gin and…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 →

C Carrot Spirit Review

C Carrot Spirit Review

Easter may have passed, but that doesn’t negate the need for a liquor made from 100% carrots. C Carrot Spirit comes from Boardroom Spirits, a Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based distiller making unique spirits based on Hungarian-style fruit brandies. We’ve previously reviewed their B Beet Spirit. C pours clear in the glass, and…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 →

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 →

Whisky Japan: The Essential Guide to the World’s Most Exotic Whisky

Whisky Japan: The Essential Guide to the World’s Most Exotic Whisky

When it comes to American whiskey, Irish whiskey, or Scotch, scribes have had centuries to tell their tales. But Japanese whisky, which was all but unknown to Western drinkers before the 21st century, presents a yawning information gap in desperate need of demystification. Fortunately, English writer Dominic Roskrow has stepped…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 →

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 →

Healthy Cocktails to Start the New Year

Healthy Cocktails to Start the New Year

New Year, new opportunity to do a few things differently this time around. That’s assuming you want to, of course. If you really nailed 2016 or otherwise have things figured out, by all means, keep doing what you’re doing. But if you’d like to make a few positive changes in…read more →

New Year’s Eve Cocktails to Ring in 2017

New Year’s Eve Cocktails to Ring in 2017

Another year has come and gone, and that’s a fine reason to hoist a glass and toast to a happy and prosperous 2017. Conversely, you may just want to hole up underground and drink away your sorrows. Either way, a good cocktail seems in order. So here are two of…read more →

5 Christmas Cocktails for Your Festive Drinking Needs

5 Christmas Cocktails for Your Festive Drinking Needs

You look like you could use a drink. Maybe it’s the last-minute shopping for gifts, or the influx of relatives who’ve just turned your house into a crowded hotel. Or maybe you just want to hoist something merry beside a roaring fire while toasting to your loved ones. Either way,…read more →

Land of the Rising Suntory

Land of the Rising Suntory

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Japan with my two brothers. We stuck to a fairly conventional route during our two week sojourn: Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka. But there was one detour we couldn’t miss: the Yamazaki Distillery. It was just a 20 minute train ride from Kyoto station, conveniently en…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 →

The Bitter Truth Pink Gin Review

The Bitter Truth Pink Gin Review

It’s said that sailors first began the practice of mixing bitters with gin to cure seasickness (or, more likely, to get toasted on the job). In today’s world, we have The Bitter Truth. The decade-old German company, known primarily for its bitters, also produces a gin blended with aromatic bitters…read more →

Mulled Cocktails to Drink During the Holidays

Mulled Cocktails to Drink During the Holidays

With the weather cooling down, the holidays approaching and our reasons for needing a good drink continuing to increase, it’s time to consider something hot and mulled. Making your own mulled cider or wine is an easy and festive thing to do, so by all means, give that a whirl.…read more →

The Post-Election Cocktail We All Deserve

The Post-Election Cocktail We All Deserve

You look like you could use a drink. Because that’s the best thing to wash you clean of election season and to start moving in a new direction–one where rum is involved. So here’s the very autumnal Star of Autumn, a rich and delicious combination of rum, applejack, maple and…read more →