Spirits

A festive summer soiree could do worse than to evoke the carefree years of the Prohibition Era. These brown spirits , made in the style of the Jazz age, should provide a good starting point.
Robb Report ’s June “Best of the Best” issue is on newsstands now! Here are the best international red wines for 2016 . Selection Guidelines: Only wines released or made available for prerelease...
Every proper party deserves to end with a delicious nightcap. These Jazz Age-style sips—from absinthe to violet liqueur—add a festive finish to the most glamorous of evenings.
Never have Americans been more glamorous than during the years between 1919 and 1933, when their sobriety was ordered by the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Edwardian...
Robb Report ’s June “Best of the Best” issue is on newsstands now! Here are the best new spirits for 2016 . Selection Guidelines: Only spirits released or made available for prerelease tasting from...
As we head into summer, the season’s coolest ingredient is shaping up to be the formerly humble cucumber , now making an appearance in a number of forms—and even states of matter—in some delicious...
In the heady post–Memorial Day weeks—when seersucker, linen, and white shoes make their annual reappearance—our thoughts may turn to frothy, fruity drinks. But let’s get real—there’s never a bad time...
To make this limited-edition Dominican rum, the Brugal family’s maestros roneros —masters of rum—each year select rums from 36 of the rarest casks among the 250,000 aging in Brugal’s Puerto Plata...
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...
If ever there was a gin to inspire conversation, this is it: a superbly crafted spirit by Crispin Cain, a Mendocino, Calif., distiller who ages his wheat-based London dry gin for one year in ex-...
The rye revival is transforming what had become a rough-edged swig back into the complex whiskey it once was. And this past year, WhistlePig produced a bottle that soared past the world’s greatest...
Visitors to Bowmore’s No. 1 Vaults on the blustery Islay shores of Loch Indaal can feel the caress of the gentle saltwater spray that helps give this single malt its character. A precious few of...
There is a certain poignancy in sipping a great whisky that can never be created again. This 26-year-old is from distiller William Grant’s Ghosted series, sourced from distilleries that no longer...
In Las Vegas earlier this year, at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in Caesars Palace, I committed a sin. Knowing the restaurant stocked fine tequilas, I ordered a Premium Margarita made with Partida Elegante...
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...
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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...

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