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  1. On August 1, 1963, Jim McEwan served his first day as an apprentice cooper at Bowmore. At the time, a 15-year-old’s first day of work hardly seemed like a big deal, but time proved otherwise. Today,...
  2. Single-malt whisky aficionado, are you? Think you know what a peaty Islay tastes like? Well we hate to burst your bubble, but you don’t. Sure, you’ve likely sipped your way through the whisky lineups...
  3. Walk into the Flatiron Room on East 26th Street on any night of the week and you’ll be serenaded by jazz musicians. It’s not the typical scene for a whisky bar, but a typical whisky bar was never the...
  4. We hate to break it to you, but those single-grain whiskies that are all the rage right now . . . they’re not exactly new. You’ve been enjoying them for years—since you sipped your first Dewar’s on...
  5. Some things never change, like the desire to have something that no one else does. As kids, we always wanted to be the first to own that cool new pair of sneakers, and it always felt as though the...
  6. If you haven’t thanked Canada in a while, it’s time that you do. Make sure you thank it for ice hockey, poutine, and its citizens’ generally amicable dispositions. But make sure you also thank our...
  7. If you should be lucky enough to grab one of the eight seats at the Lower East Side’s Copper and Oak (scroll halfway down the website for info) on Allen Street, don’t expect to be handed a cocktail...
  8. The craft of aging spirits in oak casks is nothing if not romantic; after all, the technique goes back hundreds of years and has remained mostly unchanged over time. It’s a practice that requires...
  9. Simply put, bacon makes everything better; and when it comes to the guilty-pleasure comfort food, the pig is king. But if salting, sugaring, and curing pork belly makes it so delicious, shouldn’t we...
  10. Ready to delve into vermouth-based cocktails? Here are four standouts, lifted from my recently published book Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit That Created America’s Cocktail Culture . All are...

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