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Scene Report: Austin Bartender Justin Lavenue

Scene Report: Austin Bartender Justin Lavenue

Justin Lavenue is having a good year. The talented barkeep was just named Eater Austin’s 2015 Bartender of the Year, and prior to that he was named Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Mixologist and Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender. So he seemed like the kind of guy we might…read more →

Ragtime Rye Whiskey Review

Ragtime Rye Whiskey Review

Ragtime Rye is the latest release from the New York Distilling Company, and it’s their fifth total release following three gins and a rock & rye. Recently we spoke with Allen Katz, co-founder of the NYDC and developer of Ragtime Rye. He gave us some insights into the new rye,…read more →

The 2015 Cocktail Enthusiast Holiday Gift Guide

The 2015 Cocktail Enthusiast Holiday Gift Guide

Another holiday season is upon us, which means another reason to procure some nice gifts for your loved ones. Or your boss. Or your secret Santa. Either way, everyone loves booze and booze-related paraphernalia. So herewith: the 2015 Cocktail Enthusiast Holiday Gift Guide. Peruse below to find something for the…read more →

The Adonis Cocktail Recipe

The Adonis Cocktail Recipe

The Adonis dates back to the 1880s. This aperitif is easy to make, generally delicious and it’s low in alcohol, so you can have a few without missing dinner. The equal parts of sherry and vermouth make for a nutty and bittersweet base that’s packed with flavor and a great…read more →

Lepanto Gran Reserva Brandy Review

Lepanto Gran Reserva Brandy Review

Lepanto Gran Reserva Brandy hails from Jerez, the Spanish city that’s known for producing notable wines and sherries. And it comes from Gonzalez Byass, the brand best known for its sherries. But in this case, we’ve got a brandy made from 100% Palomino grapes and aged for 12 years using…read more →

Mojito Recipe

Mojito Recipe

The Mojito is a classic rum drink that still holds up today. A refreshing mixture of rum, lime, mint and soda, the Mojito traces its roots back to Cuba. And while it occasionally gets some flack (poor iterations from disinterested bartenders don’t help), let’s not forget that Ernest Hemingway himself–a…read more →

Woody Creek Colorado Gin Review

Woody Creek Colorado Gin Review

Woody Creek Distillers caught our eye a couple years ago when we first sampled their once-distilled 100% potato vodka. We appreciated that it tasted like a once-distilled 100% potato vodka. Fast forward to now, and we got our hands on a couple new bottles, including the Woody Creek Colorado Gin.…read more →

Four Scotch Cocktails for Drinking this Winter

Four Scotch Cocktails for Drinking this Winter

There’s never a wrong time to drink scotch. But when the weather turns cold, that’s most certainly the right time because there’s just something about those rich, smoky drams that are extra appealing during winter. It’s like the boozy equivalent of a cozy blanket and a warm fire. Except better,…read more →

Clyde May’s Special Reserve Whiskey Review

Clyde May’s Special Reserve Whiskey Review

Clyde May’s Special Reserve Whiskey just debuted this fall as the first line extension from the Alabama whiskey brand. This high rye bourbon mash is a blend of three whiskeys that have been mellowed together in a non-cold filtered process and aged between five and six years in heavily charred…read more →