Spirits

Grab some chips and prepare your taste buds for authentic flavors from south of the border. Every evening at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, a specially trained chef-guacamologist prepares guacamole for...
Prohibition ended in 1933 with the repeal of the Volstead Act, and drinking in the United States—which had, of course, never entirely ended—returned with fervor. By the following year, The Old...
If a drinker’s only experience with the sour or its close cousin, the fix, were a cocktail made with sweet-and-sour mix instead of the traditional lemon and sugar, it would be easy to understand why...
The latest offering from Glenmorangie is truly special: five excellent bottles from the 1970s—some the very last of their kind—recently rebottled and being sold as a set, appropriately called the...
One of the most captivating and instantly recognizable decanters on any home wet bar or cocktail lounge back bar is the elegant handblown Baccarat crystal decanter that contains Louis XIII Cognac , a...
With its meticulously selected whiskies—some as young as 15 years, some as old as 60 years, and some from distilleries no longer in existence—Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the ultimate expression of...
Alex Guarnaschelli, the executive chef of the Midtown NYC restaurant Butter , is no stranger to festive atmospheres—the last incarnation of her restaurant was known as the place to get your party on...
It’s summer, and that means, inevitably, that it’s time to drink tequila . Sure, it’s fun to think iconoclastically and declare that the calendar cannot dictate what one wants to drink. But the lure...
WhistlePig exploded onto the American whiskey scene in 2010. Having all but disappeared by the end of the 20th century, rye was then making a slow, steady comeback among bartenders and whiskey buffs...
The margarita is one of the world’s most famous cocktails, and it lends itself to experimentation like no other. Whether you’re throwing an epic cookout or just chilling around your pool, spice...
WhistlePig takes a page from the single-malt playbook with its latest release. When WhistlePig unveiled its 10-year-old, 100-proof rye whiskey in 2010, the distillery and its team—which includes...
The rumors are true: There is a bourbon shortage in America , which explains the lack of certain in-demand bottles—think Pappy Van Winkle , Four Roses Limited Edition Single Barrel , and W.L. Weller...
Cocktail enthusiasts—with their devotion to authenticity—have brought innumerable lost spirits back to the bar shelf, from crème de violette to Velvet Falernum. The latest taste of the past is Zucca...
The most immediately obvious thing about Canada’s favorite cocktail is that it bears a strong resemblance to one of America’s favorite cocktails: It’s like the Bloody Mary met its over-the-border...
In this day and age, when most of the civilized world has gone bonkers over American whiskey, it is important to remember a time not too long ago: a time when bourbon was considered bottom-shelf...
Michter’s has an odd and checkered history. The brand claims a heritage going back to 1753, but Michter’s as we know it today only dates back to the mid-1990s, when the dormant trademark was revived...
The Old Fashioned cocktail sports its name for a reason: It’s old. The name caught on as early as the 1880s, by which time the drink itself had already been around for at least several decades. In...
Dewar’s, an award-winning blended Scotch whisky, has never disclosed which specific single malts go into its 12-, 15-, and 18-year-old whiskies, its top-of-the-line Signature whisky, and others. But...
We’ve been noticing something lately: Along with the upswing in upscale Mexican food and drink in town, many south-of-the-border-focused spots are taking their drinking underground. Literally. In the...
Think of Islay whiskies and most likely the first words that come to mind are peat and smoke. Islay is known, after all, for its peated malts—which means the barley used in distillation has been...
Just inside the door of The Balvenie’s Warehouse 24, which was once the basement of the house that distillery founder William Grant built in 1892, sits Tun 1509, a huge wooden holding tank where...
In a typical company, the passing of the reins from one generation to the next is cause for a retirement party, a gold watch, a few pithy speeches. But Hennessy isn’t just any company, and Master...
The New York City cocktail bar Pouring Ribbons , renowned for its creative cocktails and gracious hospitality, decided last autumn to entirely do away with the typical seasonal drinks menu in favor...
There are not many distillers that have existed long enough to celebrate their 325th anniversary, but the Nolet family of Schiedam, Holland—whose distillery produces Ketel One vodka—falls into that...
Islay’s Ardbeg distillery has a checkered past. Established in 1815, and the most productive distillery on Islay by 1887, production was halted at the distillery as recently as the 1980s, when the...
Christie's Announces April Wine Sale and Old Liquors American Presidents Collection...
Bowmore’s latest limited release infuses the briny scotch with the spice of Japanese oak. Iain McCallum vividly remembers the day when a shipment of rare mizunara oak casks arrived at the Bowmore...
In the late 1700s, Thomas Barton, an Irish soldier who was one of the Emerald Isle’s “Wild Geese”—mercenaries who left Ireland to fight in the armies of continental Europe—established Château...
Walk into any decent cocktail bar these days and it’s virtually guaranteed there’ll be a bottle of Luxardo displayed prominently. The premium Italian maraschino liqueur, which has won over bartenders...
Many top-tier vodka labels boast about the smoothness of their spirit—going so far as to triple- and even quadruple-distill the liquor to minimize the bite characteristic of lower-end products. But...

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