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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...
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...

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