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  1. Depending on when and why you show up, the tiny space on Manhattan’s East 6th St. that houses Amor y Amargo (Spanish for “Love and Bitters”) can be a bar, a classroom, a general store, or a kitchen...
  2. We owe monks a great deal of thanks for our choices behind the bar, not to mention our distillation and brewing knowledge. Chartreuse was devised by Carthusian monks in the 1700s; Bénédictine also...
  3. In the wide world of sports, there is one game that requires athletic prowess, a steady hand, a calculating mind, and deft hand-eye coordination. Better yet, this game is best enjoyed with a beverage...
  4. The collins is a classic cocktail with a confusing past. The original was named for its creator, John Collins, who worked as a bartender in a London hotel during the early 19th century. His recipe,...
  5. Up until the mid-18th century, European brewers aged their beers in oak barrels, but they abandoned the technique during the Industrial Revolution when metal vats became the new standard vessel for...
  6. I was invited to judge Iron Chef America once. The battle was Bobby Flay versus chef Hong Thaimee, chef and owner of the New York Thai restaurant Ngam . The Chairman did his dramatic thing to unveil...
  7. Chicken soup is the tonic that soothes all wounds, from a light sniffle to an emaciated IPO. And yet ordering chicken soup at a great restaurant seems a bit like going to a cocktail haven and...
  8. Mauricio Cordoba fidgets in his seat at a corner table of his cigar club. Scanning the room, Club Macanudo ’s general manager takes note of patrons reclining on various leather couches or seated at...
  9. 2 oz. Highland Park 12 Year Old 1 oz. fresh lemon juice ¾ oz. simple syrup ½ oz. ginger juice Small dash cayenne pepper Club Soda Lemon twist Ice Shake all ingredients together and strain over ice in...
  10. There was once a time when salt was a precious commodity, but today most people take it for granted. Some people do take pride in the salt that they add to their food, however, and choose to bring...

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