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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...
You need only tune in for a few minutes of the Tour de France to understand that the event is all about speed. As you watch the world’s best cyclists powering up the French Alps and tearing through...
Ah, to savor the fruits of the best French vintners. To revel in the perfection poured from a bottle of Château Latour 1961, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tache 1978, or Château Lafite 1959. If you...
Meet Cognac, the often-misunderstood monarch of after-dinner libations. At its core, Cognac is a region-specific brandy—a spirit made from the distillation of wine, which is then aged in oak barrels...
When Nikka Whisky debuted in the United States in 2012, the brand was largely unknown outside of Japan, but it was hardly new. For eight decades, Nikka has crafted distinctive whiskeys that stand...
Ian Fleming died 50 years ago next month, but in 1953 he penned a novel that not only created a world-famous fictional character—a character that millions of men have since aspired to be—but also a...
If you’re familiar with Ian Fleming’s introductory James Bond novel, Casino Royale , and the 2006 film with the same name, you already know that the director Martin Campbell took a few creative...
There’s a good chance that at some point this Fourth of July, you’ll be reminded of our colonial forebears and the challenges that they faced while fighting for our independence. If your thoughts...
Upon entering the Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland, Ore., and settling into one of the many leather-upholstered armchairs, a guest will be introduced to a highly knowledgeable server who will...
A little more than half a year ago, we unveiled Robb Vices and promised you a steady stream of exciting content. We described this new digital publication as a guide to all things exceptional in the...

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