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Making Mezcal Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving

Making Mezcal Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving

This week, your pumpkin pie consumption is likely to increase about 600%. And that’s just counting the traditional variety of actual, edible pies. But let’s not discount the liquid kind. Because that, plus your proclivities for spiking everything in sight, can really come in handy this time of year. But…read more →

An Evening With Hennessy Paradis Impérial

An Evening With Hennessy Paradis Impérial

Hennessy Paradis Impérial was created by Hennessy Master Blender Yann Fillioux in 2011. The brandies that make it into the final blend are sourced from one of the oldest libraries of eaux de vie in the world. And only 10 out of 10,000 eaux de vie of any given vintage…read more →

Reservas de la Biosfera Mezcal Review

Reservas de la Biosfera Mezcal Review

It’s for the environment. That’s what you can tell yourself when pour an extra glass of Reservas de la Biosfera, a new limited-release mezcal from Mezcales de Leyenda. Reserves de la Biosfera is one of four new releases, each of which benefit a specific environmental or social cause. In this…read more →

Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey Review

Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey Review

Ireland’s Kilbeggan Distillery has no shortage of history. Founded in 1757, it’s recognized as the Emerald Island’s oldest licensed distillery. Its recent history, however, is filled with stops and starts. American prohibition and general economic depression led to its closure, and then, after a series of sales, the brand was…read more →

Nikka Coffey Gin Review

Nikka Coffey Gin Review

We’re a few years removed from the days of “Do you know Japan makes whisky?” But the days of “Do you know Japan makes gin?” are just beginning. This September, Nikka, one of the two Japanese whisky greats, debuted its gin and vodka in select markets stateside. These spirits, respectively…read more →

A Tequila-Spiked Cocktail for Day of the Dead

A Tequila-Spiked Cocktail for Day of the Dead

If you’re nursing a Halloween hangover, there’s no better way to get moving than with a cocktail. And since today happens to be Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, you’ve got a built-in excuse for doing just that. We’re naturally going with tequila to observe this Mexican…read more →

White Walker Cocktail Recipe

White Walker Cocktail Recipe

The latest season of Game of Thrones may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break out this White Walker cocktail inspired by the show. Because White Walkers are scary, and it’s Halloween time. This drink comes from Hemant Pathak at Junoon restaurant in NYC. Starting with a base of…read more →

A Cider-Spiked Cocktail for Halloween

A Cider-Spiked Cocktail for Halloween

Combine cider and something scary, and you’ve got a damn seasonal cocktail that’s perfect for fall and Halloween. That’s exactly what’s happening here with the Angry Spell, a cider-spiked drink courtesy of Angry Orchard and mixologist Jeremy Oertel. It follows the classic El Diablo template (tequila, lime, ginger, creme de…read more →

Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey Review

Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey Review

“Uncle Nearest” may sound like a moniker produced by a whiskey name generator, but it’s actually tied to a real, woefully under-looked figure in whiskey history. Nathan “Nearest” Green was an African-American distiller who helped develop the famed Lincoln County Process of charcoal filtering in post-Civil War Lynchburg, Tennessee. He…read more →

Don Papa Rum Revisited

Don Papa Rum Revisited

I recently reviewed Don Papa Rum, and the response from some in the rum community was quite passionate. I’d unintentionally waded into an ongoing controversy on what is and what isn’t rum, an energetic debate in which Don Papa has become a flashpoint. To explore the issue, I reached out…read more →

Tequila Ciudad Blanco Review

Tequila Ciudad Blanco Review

Hey, I’ve got nothing against leering luchadores and dancing skeletons. But it’s refreshing to see the modern approach that Tequila Ciudad has taken in its presentation. The brand, which currently sells its Blanco, Reposado and Anejo varieties in more than 27 U.S. states, comes in a decanter-esque bottle that deserves…read more →

The World’s 50 Best Bars, 2017 Edition

The World’s 50 Best Bars, 2017 Edition

The World’s Best Bars, that annual ranking of… the world’s best bars, is out with its picks for 2017. As usual, London and New York dominated the list, with eight and seven bars, respectively. But this year saw an especially strong showing from Singapore, with six bars making the cut.…read more →

Hornitos Launches Cristalino Tequila

Hornitos Launches Cristalino Tequila

The fastest growing segment in the tequila category isn’t blanco, reposado, añejo or even extra-anejo. It’s cristalino. This relatively new product is essentially añejo tequila—aged at least one year in oak barrels—that is filtered through charcoal to remove the color and otherwise alter the final product. The newest cristalino tequila…read more →

The Balvenie Peat Week Scotch Whisky Review

The Balvenie Peat Week Scotch Whisky Review

The Balvenie recently unveiled a new expression. Dubbed “Peat Week,” this 14-year-old scotch whisky carries a 2002 vintage date, and is made from 100% peated barley. Back in 2002, very few Speyside distilleries were using peat in their production. But that’s when The Balvenie decided to distill a batch of…read more →

Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur Review

Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur Review

Campari, You know that I love you. But I feel that we should see other people. No, it’s nothing you did. It’s just that Martini & Rossi is releasing their new Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur in October. And—I just don’t know how else to say this—it reminds me of the…read more →

Don Papa Rum Review

Don Papa Rum Review

When it comes to rum, you can’t let the Western Hemisphere have all the fun. Shoring up that gap is Don Papa, a dark rum from the Philippines that is just making landfall in the United States. We shouldn’t be surprised that the Pacific island nation is making rum: turns…read more →

Purus Vodka Review

Purus Vodka Review

As a general rule, most everything the Italians make is pretty. This maxim also applies to vodka. Purus Vodka, which hails from the peninsula’s Piedmont region, comes in a bottle with a long, sinuous, asymmetrical neck. It looks like something your investment banker friend would use to store olive oil.…read more →

Drinking in Tokyo’s Bar High Five

Drinking in Tokyo’s Bar High Five

To say that Bar High Five comes highly recommended is a whopper of an understatement. The Tokyo cocktail den has become a permanent fixture on international best-of lists, and achieved household name-status among bartenders the world over. So on a recent trip to Japan, my two brothers and I decided…read more →

L’Essence de Courvoisier Cognac Review

L’Essence de Courvoisier Cognac Review

When discussing a bottle of booze like Courvoisier’s L’Essence, one must, almost out of necessity, begin with matters like its scarcity and its cost. So let’s just get that out of the way: the legendary cognac house releases only about 3,000 bottles of it per year, and a 750ml bottle…read more →