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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask Bourbon Review

Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask Bourbon Review

When it comes to whiskey, America’s least inhabited state punches far above its population density. The latest evidence of this is Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask, a limited edition bourbon that launched earlier this year. To create the release, Wyoming Whiskey finished their five-year-old bourbon in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The…read more →

Whirlpool: a Scotch Cocktail from the Dead Rabbit

Whirlpool: a Scotch Cocktail from the Dead Rabbit

This scotch cocktail comes from the mind of Greg Buda, Director of Education at the Dead Rabbit, one of the world’s best watering holes. Beginning with a base of Jura 10, which is soft and full of fruit, the Whirlpool gets a healthy dose of herbal and floral notes via…read more →

Discovering Tokyo’s Bar Cocktail Book

Discovering Tokyo’s Bar Cocktail Book

When I set out for Tokyo, I had my bars picked out. No matter that it was the largest city in the world: I’d made up my mind to spend my nights at must-visit spots like Bar High Five and Zoetrope. But as my two brothers and I walked back…read more →

Louis XIII Cognac Review

Louis XIII Cognac Review

Louis XIII Cognac is the flagship product from the House of Rémy Martin. It is an ultra-premium cognac, and has been a symbol of wealth and luxury for many generations. The cognac comes housed in unique, handmade crystal decanters—individually numbered, so no two are exactly identical. Louis XIII is made…read more →

Long Road Distillers Gin Review

Long Road Distillers Gin Review

Long Road Distillers hails from Michigan, and they want you to know it. Their wide assortment of spirits—which includes gins, vodkas, aquavits and more—is made using locally sourced ingredients from West Michigan. West Michigan must be a great place to produce gin, as the brand currently offers three varieties: Dry Gin,…read more →

Tennessee Whiskey Trail Features 25 Distilleries Across the State

Tennessee Whiskey Trail Features 25 Distilleries Across the State

Tennessee whiskey fans, rejoice: the Tennessee Distillers Guild has just announced the official launch of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, a 25-stop distillery tour across the state. There’s been nothing keeping an enterprising drinker from visiting these distilleries, but now, the whiskey makers are banding together in a joint effort to…read more →

Highland Park Valkyrie Scotch Whisky Review

Highland Park Valkyrie Scotch Whisky Review

“Severed heads.” “Servants of Odin.” “Ghostly Armies.” Did these phrases come from the liner notes of a Viking metal album? No, they actually appear on the box holding Highland Park’s Valkyrie Single Malt Scotch, the first of three new Viking Legend releases from the Scottish distiller. Highland Park is located…read more →

Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila Review

Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila Review

Tres Agaves Tequila Blanco comes from Mexico’s Tequila Valley which, unsurprisingly, has a rich tradition of making good tequila. This specific spirit pours clear in the glass, with agave and lime peel on the nose. It begins soft, light and cool on the palate, with notes of charcoal followed by…read more →

Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha… In a Can

Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha… In a Can

Brazil’s most popular cocktail is the Caipirinha, a delightful combination of cachaça, sugar and muddled lime. It’s easy enough to make, provided you’re at home or behind a bar. But when you’re heading to the beach, a picnic or attending some other socially-acceptable occasion for drinking (Little League game?), it’s not…read more →

Roaming Man Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

Roaming Man Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

Sugarlands Distilling Co, located in the mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is primarily known for its colorful range of flavored and unflavored moonshines. But Sugarlands has stealthily been at work producing a rye whiskey that is distilled, aged, and barreled on the property. That rye whiskey is Roaming Man, and…read more →

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 →