Spirits

A tale of long-forgotten barrels discovered in the shadowy corners of an old brick warehouse adds a note of intrigue to any spirit, including this 21-year-old Kentucky bourbon. It was distilled in...
After a big first year, Mayakoba Masters of Food, Wine & Golf will return to Riviera Maya in 2017...
To us, the Negroni is the perfect cocktail. It’s easy to make, with just three ingredients (gin, Campari, vermouth) in equal parts in its classic form, and lending itself to near-infinite variations...
This list of 10 top lesser-known spirits isn’t about comfort zones. It’s about spirits that you probably haven't heard of, all of which have been released in the past year, and which have some...
It’s good to be king. Especially if what you’re reigning over is the world of cocktails. Dale DeGroff, who bears the nickname "King Cocktail," is best known for essentially fathering the modern craft...
While we were chatting with Pepe Raventós of Raventós i Blanc to get his Thoughts on Taste, we took the opportunity to ask for his culinary recommendations in and around Barcelona, in his native...
Driven to distraction by wanderlust? The Four Seasons private jet experiences for 2017 give flight to fantasies of well-heeled world travel with three new, exclusive itineraries. Your airborne...
It’s hard to imagine in this single-malt-obsessed age, but until the early 1960s, single malts —meaning whiskies using only barley, distilled entirely at a single distillery—literally did not exist...
At the Tasting Kitchen in Los Angeles, the most enduringly popular cocktail, first served seven years ago during the Italian restaurant’s debut, is one its head bartender, Justin Pike, can’t shake—...
The father of tiki culture is indisputable: Don the Beachcomber, who served as a bootlegger during Prohibition and opened his famed Polynesian-themed restaurant off Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles...
Named for the sugar that rims the glass, the crusta was invented by bartender Joseph Santini, who worked at the New Orleans City Exchange bar around 1850. His brandy crusta takes the classic cocktail...
During one fleeting scene in the 2004 movie Van Helsing , the flames of a burning structure are reflected in a bottle of absinthe . It was a fitting symbol of the alleged hallucinogenic properties of...
In addition to making generous use of the newly invented drinking straw, the 19th-century cobbler is credited with introducing the modern-day cocktail shaker. Previously, most bartenders used the...
A millennia ago, Vikings roamed the Orkney Islands, one of the more remote parts of Scotland, where Highland Park’s whisky distillery is based today. The Vikings of the Orkneys likely drank mead, not...
No topic of conversation can turn the mood in a Southern cocktail lounge more quickly than how to make a proper julep, which combines fresh mint, bourbon, and sugar. This staple of the Kentucky Derby...
Among serious whisky drinkers and collectors, blended whiskies generally take a backseat to single malts. The reasons are many, from matters of taste (blends usually employ a good deal of grain...
Although punch generally conjures up thoughts of 1950s-style bowls of sherbet and soda, traditional punches are appearing with regularity on hip Brooklyn cocktail lists as well as at new restaurants...
The Collins is another classic with a somewhat confusing past. The original cocktail was named for its creator, John Collins, who was a bartender in a London hotel in the early 1800s. His recipe,...
Among the classics, the highball and the cooler are the least complicated beverages to make and master. A highball is defined as a base spirit with a mixer, usually carbonated, whose invention is...
When it comes to traditional recipes—those drinks that have been in cocktail books since bartender Jerry Thomas published his Bar-Tender’s Guide in 1862—mixologists have been loath to tamper too much...
Louisville, Kentucky born-and-raised Trey Zoeller co-founded Jefferson’s Bourbon in 1997 along with his father, Chet, a bourbon historian. As if that heritage weren’t enough to anoint him official...
Although the daiquiri and the margarita share lime as a main ingredient, their histories are extremely different. The daiquiri originated around 1898 in Cuba, taking its name from a city in the...
With the warm summer months here, many people are entertaining outside or visiting friends, and Eric Goldstein, co-proprietor and marketing president at Park Avenue Liquor Shop in New York, offers...
Louis XIII Cognac has partnered with a triad of prolific brands to create L’Odyssée d’un Roi , an experiential exhibition that will be on display this month in New York City. The limited-edition set...
Jeff Arnett is the master distiller of Jack Daniel’s, overseeing all whiskey production. He’s only the seventh master distiller in the brand’s 140-year history… and he’s also a genuinely nice guy. We...
Yuzu , for those who have not been introduced, is a citrus fruit of East Asian origin; it is milder in flavor than lemon, with floral notes, slight sweetness, and the texture of an orange or...
Rob Cooper, who died last month at the age of 39, is one of the handful of people about whom it can be said that he singlehandedly changed the world of spirits and cocktails. It was Cooper, as head...
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...

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