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New Year’s resolutions may come and go—gyms will be overly crowed on January 2 and empty by March 1—but when it comes to resolutions, there are a few that are easy to keep. Drinking better is one of...
For many, the 25th of December represents the final gasp of a monthlong marathon of holiday parties—many of which are marked by festive, overindulgent meals. Christmas dinner is, for all intents and...
Back in the spring of 2013, Lesley Gracie and David Piper (master distiller and global ambassador, respectively, for Hendrick’s Gin) ventured deep into the Venezuelan rain forest in search of unusual...
Sipping on a vintage port is akin to opening a time capsule and reading messages from the people who so many years ago picked the grapes and laid down the barrels for aging. There may be no greater...
When we were sugar-powered kids, those mass-produced, grocery-store eggnogs were great; but these days they can sometimes be tough to swallow. With all that heavy dairy—not to mention sugar content...
With temperatures dropping rapidly and the winter solstice fast approaching, unctuous fare and hearty drink are on the rise. In truth, there’s never a bad time for big and bold Cabernets, but they’re...
As any whiskey enthusiast will tell you, duty-free shops are a fantastic place to kill time during a long layover, and their appeal has nothing to do with cost savings. Yes, most duty-free shops sell...
The Judgment of Paris in 1976 may be infamous for awarding Chateau Montelena and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars with international victories, but the competition of France versus the United States was far...
As the holidays approach, the need for fine wines and premium spirits increases dramatically. But those who have gone the route of purchasing or giving them from online retailers in the past have...
When outfitting a home bar, there are plenty of spirits to consider. The home bartender will want a wide selection of whiskey, bourbon, rum, vodka, gin, and tequila, of course; but there are many...
You’ve crafted the perfect martini and poured it into your favorite chilled glass. All that’s missing is a garnish. But don’t reach for that plain old olive; submerging it in your expertly crafted...
When we think of cocktails, we typically think of lightly sweet concoctions that function as adults-only desserts. Rich curries and roasted mushrooms are not what come to mind. That being said,...
Sure, you can drink a dry martini in a retro-styled glass and pretend that you’re Don Draper, but wouldn’t you rather mix a martini that’s made with vintage gin and vermouth from the 1960s? If you...
As the craft-cocktail craze continues to sweep across the United States, the edgiest cocktail menus are highlighting amari , a group of Italian spirits that have been around for hundreds of years and...
In the kitchen, a chef has spices; behind the bar, the tender has bitters. Bitters are what make old-fashioneds taste as they do. The Sazerac’s unmistakable flavor profile? You can thank bitters for...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
About a year ago, a Grey Goose TV commercial debuted that recounted the vodka brand’s early beginnings. It depicted various ways in which the French pushed back against François Thibault, the brand’s...
At this time of the year, many of us begrudgingly acknowledge that the days are growing shorter and colder. But there’s reason to celebrate the arrival of crisp autumn breezes and cool fall days—this...
If your love of whiskey is strong—strong enough to merit a trip to Las Vegas for the annual Universal Whisky Experience —there’s a good chance you know of Mahesh Patel. Patel founded the four-day...
Augie Kersting, the sommelier at Meadowood in St. Helena, Calif., is quite fond of a joke that’s popular among wine professionals. “How do you spell sommelier ?” he asks. “R-I-E-S-L-I-N-G.” The joke...
We’re just going to shoot from the hip on this one: We don’t want to see Halloween displays in stores until the first day of October. But we’re not opposed to seeing jack-o’-lanterns on our beer...
It used to be that barrel-aged gin wasn’t a novelty or a niche segment of the market; instead, it was the norm. During the first half of the 19th century, all gins were aged out of necessity—wooden...
Spirits and coffee have long enjoyed a collaborative relationship—for as long as liquor has existed, coffee has been there to revive the body after late nights and overindulgences. The creator of the...
When it comes to sweat-inducing spirits, tequila may very well be king. Sure, there are chili-infused liqueurs and countless flavored vodkas and white rums (some of which attempt to bring the heat),...
Back in the day, it was known as hooch or corn squeezin’s or mountain dew. Regardless of what it was called, moonshine—as most people know it—has come a long way. Today, thanks to a loosening of...
By the time Frank Sinatra cooed his rendition of “My Way,” the three-martini power lunch had taken hold in many of the country’s top cities. The all-liquid lunch lost some of its luster in the...

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