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At fine establishments like Milk and Honey in London and New York, or Rickhouse in San Francisco, cocktail culture is serious business.
By definition, an ice cube is just a unit of frozen water; but to a bartender, a distiller, or a spirits aficionado it can be a sacrilege—the enemy of all that is good and sacred about liquor.
On July 10, 1969, at a Scottish distillery in Speyside, a cask of single-malt whisky—No. 11485—was laid down.
Treeless and surrounded by icy cold rivers and glacial lakes dotted with massive icebergs and ice floes, the Ungava Peninsula on the northern tip of Quebec is just as it sounds—frozen tundra.
If you’re at all familiar with cachaça, it’s likely because of the caipirinha, cachaça’s signature cocktail, which is as much about lime juice and sugar as it is about the spirit.
In November 1986, Alex Ferguson was appointed the manager of Manchester United—one of England’s Premier League professional soccer teams— position that he held for the next 25 years.
Ahh, beach season, the perfect time of year for a festive tiki glass filled with crushed ice, fruit juices, and scotch. Wait, what? We know what you’re thinking: The Robb Vices team has finally done...
We’ve never much enjoyed traditional tasting notes. Sure, they have their place, and when done right, they can be helpful. Too often, however, they feel as if the writer is simply showing off, using...
With June just around the corner, there’s no denying that a season of languid, sun-filled, and social weekend afternoons is upon us. Furthermore, the summer travel season has official begun, which...
Absinthe was never the most popular spirit on the bar; the high-proof alchemy of macerated or distilled herbs has always been an acquired taste. Unlike many finely crafted spirits, absinthe is not...
T. A. “Ted” Breaux almost single-handedly brought absinthe back from the dead. Through his analysis of vintage examples, Breaux disproved the myths that the spirit was harmful, and he was...
Some spirits are best consumed neat. Others are better appreciated when chilled or served on the rocks. Some benefit from a splash of soda or shine when integrated into a classic cocktail. And then...
While the most popular—and the most finessed—method of enjoying absinthe requires a slotted silver spoon, a sugar cube, and a slow drip of distilled water, the once-controversial spirit can be...
Karie Hall knows her regulars. As the vice president and general manager of Las Vegas’s new Cromwell boutique hotel , she does more than anticipate a regular client’s expectations—she exceeds them. “...
Sure, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offer unique bourbon experiences, and for good reason—the two cities serve as endpoints of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail . And while you can likely see and...
The folks over at Casamigos Tequila —and by “folks,” we really mean the spirits’ founders, George Clooney and Rande Gerber—created a short promotional video (which you can see here ) that introduces...
As someone who works in the spirits industry, I regularly hear the same statement from numerous aficionados and experts: Tequila simply cannot age; putting it in wood casks is blasphemy. There’s...
Over the last few years, premium mezcals have found their way into a bevy of craft cocktails as well as home bars. To some, this cousin to tequila offers a stronger presence and a more playful spirit...
If the prospect of packing up an entire wine cellar, bringing it aboard an all-suite luxury cruise ship, and setting sail for some far-flung, sun-soaked destination tickles your fancy, we recommend...
Having fun with cocktails is all in the experimentation. There are only a small number of classic cocktail categories, from which thousands of variations are born—fixes, sours, highballs, juleps, and...
Ahh, Cinco de Mayo. It’s this country’s favorite time to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage, and it provides a great opportunity to discover amazing crafts courtesy of the passionate artisans...
The City That Never Sleeps keeps plenty of secrets up its sleeve. Japanese drinking culture, for example, is woven into almost every neighborhood; you just have to know where to look. And if you’re...
If baseball is the great American pastime, making exceptional red wine may well be the national pastime of France. With such a storied history, French winemaking doesn’t often make headlines—unless,...
I’m a passionate hophead—I’ll never turn down a strong IPA—and even though I have my go-to beers, I’m always on the lookout for something new. A growing trend within the craft-beer industry these...
If you’re searching for a bit of heat in New York, you’ll want to check out the recently renovated King Cole Bar at the St. Regis. The new restaurant and bar menus come courtesy of John DeLucie, a...
En fuego. It means “on fire,” and it conveys passion or spice. Thanks to ever-evolving slang dictionaries, however, the phrase en fuego now also equates to “awesome” or “hot.” While some may choose...
Cocktails and fire: Put the two together and an enjoyable time is almost guaranteed. Then again, if you’re not careful, an emergency visit to a nearby burn unit is also almost guaranteed...
It’s been said of Irish coffee that the concoction is a good way to ruin three otherwise fine ingredients: coffee, cream, and whiskey. We wholeheartedly disagree. When properly made, an Irish coffee...
In college, you no doubt saw St. Patrick’s Day as a festive occasion to barhop and drink from the crack of dawn to the wee hours of the next morning. How much that weekend differed from any other on...
It takes only a few minutes tallying the number of Irish-themed public houses and pubs in New York City to understand how much the city embraces its Irish-American culture. Though Irish immigrants...

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