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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...
The small-batch vermouths that have come to market in the past few years have breathed new life into a dying spirits segment, and in so doing they have generated plenty of excitement. The following...
Vermouth is the cool kid again, and we’re not talking about just the red and white, but also the amber, rosé, and bourbon-hued. It’s now more than just Italian and French, it’s U.S. American, Spanish...
Any worthy bartender or passionate imbiber knows that not all tonics are created equal. That’s where Fever-Tree comes in. The international gold standard for tonic water, Fever-Tree—created by...
You mix; you muddle; you feel the warming sensation of a proper old-fashioned; and, as the cacophony of screaming babies, snoring neighbors, and too-loud headphones around you fades away, you thank...
Before you declare Woodford Reserve unfashionably late to the rye-whiskey party, consider this: The distillery’s bourbon master, Chris Morris, has experimented with rye for more than a decade. “It...
There are two main reasons that the best cocktails are shaken, stirred, and sipped in chic bars rather than at home. One, a drink always tastes better when it’s made for you. And two, professional...
If you’re a fan of the HBO series Entourage , you no doubt remember Avión tequila. The spirit brand was an integral part of the seventh season and created a story arc that started with an enigmatic...
There’s always an energy buzzing about the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip, but this weekend—when Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally fight to unify their respective welterweight...
Tuscany. It’s the promised land for Italian romance, food, and—of course—wine. On that last topic, the region is home to one category that sparks great debate among sommeliers. The Super Tuscan was...
The famous Italian writer and film director Mario Soldati once proclaimed: “If wine is the poetry of the earth, grappa is its soul.” If that doesn’t pique your interest in Italy’s signature spirit,...
Remember when there was nothing cooler than food that turned your lips and tongue blue? Granted, those indulgences were nothing more than artificially flavored, artificially colored globs of sugar—...
Peanut butter and jelly is more than just comfort food; it’s edible nostalgia. You’re never too old for a taste of your childhood, which is why many chefs are finding ways to elevate this classic...
Twenty years ago, getting a beer at the ballpark was a much different experience. The U.S. craft-beer revival was just underway, and demand for those microbrews hadn’t reached ballpark concessions...
The NFL and the NBA have Gatorade baths, but Major League Baseball is all about the Champagne shower. It’s true—a World Series championship goes hand-in-hand with the inevitable sight of a locker...
There’s a reason the classic cocktails have withstood the test of time; they’re balanced, uncomplicated, and just damn good. But that doesn’t make them sacred. In fact, twists on the classics, both...
Want to buy newly released bottles of the finest single malts from distilleries that no longer exist? Short of owning a DeLorean DMC-12, a flux capacitor, and significant amounts of plutonium, you...
There’s an epidemic sweeping through a vast array of bars and restaurants in the United States—watered-down booze. We get it, drinkers here in the States like their drinks cold; and there’s nothing...
During each distillation of Firelit Coffee Liqueur , there comes a point in the intermediate stage when the brand’s founder and distiller, Jeff Kessinger, is likely tempted to bottle the spirit as,...
One look at the gleaming copper pot stills inside Bangkok’s A. R. Sutton & Co. Engineers Siam bar and distillery and it’s clear that Ashley Sutton, owner and founder, isn’t messing around. Those...
Want to impress your spirit-loving friends? You could break out a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle or that Lalique decanter of 60-year-old Macallan that you’ve been hiding in the safe cleverly concealed...
Offering pastoral scenes in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and luxurious accommodations in cottages, cottage suites, and estate rooms, Blackberry Farm in eastern Tennessee has served as a...
With an ever-growing interest in international cuisines, the U.S. palate has evolved far beyond safe, mild sauces. Sriracha—a Thai hot sauce made from peppers, garlic, vinegar, salt, and brown sugar—...
As those living in the path of recent winter storms were reminded, the winter in the Northeastern United States is far from over. When the weather turns frigid and Mother Nature chooses to dump as...
Since it began producing wine in Sonoma, Calif., in 2006, the Hamel family has, in a few key ways, operated in stark contrast to expectations. As many oenophiles are aware, Sonoma is revered for its...
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s safe to say that love is in the air. And for Islay whisky lovers, that air is scented with the aromas of smoked peat. While there are six dozen Speyside...
Park City, Utah, may be famous for its ski trails, but it’s also home of one of the most creative minds in U.S. whiskey. Back in 2007, David Perkins leveraged his biochemistry background along with...
Not too long ago, the only thing most people knew about aging beer was that if you waited too long to drink it, you’d end up with a skunky brew. In reality, fine beers can age in the bottle the same...
Port may well be one of the most celebrated after-dinner drinks, especially when accompanied by a fine cigar. Despite such attributes, this digestif is far more popular in Europe than in the United...
When the weather gets frightful—as it typically does in most parts of the country around this time of the year—there is no better antidote than a classic hot toddy. Perfect for warding off the winter...

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