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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...
Like the Irish champion boxer Jimmy “Baby Face” McLarnin, Irish whiskey knows how to take a punch. The spirit was once the tipple of choice from saloons to salons during the mid to late 1800s, but...
On June 23, 2008, the Louisiana House of Representatives appointed the Sazerac the official cocktail for the city of New Orleans. According to Russ Bergeron, beverage manager at the Roosevelt Hotel...
You will likely find a bottle of green Chartreuse in any establishment dedicated to cocktails; this much we know to be true. With a high proof, a strong licorice taste, and a brilliant green hue, the...
Happy Valentine’s Day, New York. Today is about love, lust, and outrageously high expectations. Some will fall short, but some—a savvy few who know to take their dates down Doyers Street—will likely...
Russia’s connection with vodka goes back a long way, possibly as far as the 12th century. Vodka is one vice that was common among royalty and peasantry alike; and while various czars over the...
We would like to tell you that the Russian imperial stout was born in Russia, brewed as a robust and hearty ale that could stave off the country’s harsh, cold winters. No doubt such a fact would...
It’s easy to appreciate vodka on its own merits. Drinking it straight up, either chilled or on the rocks, you can easily discern and appreciate each brand’s subtle but distinctive flavor profile...
For us to consider pouring a beer at breakfast, it takes either a hangover of epic proportions or a longing to relive the college days. The one exception is if the beer in question is a bottle of...
Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of fantastic American double IPAs out there; but if we had our way, we’d always have a bottle of Pliny the Elder and a can of Heady Topper at the ready. We’ll...

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