Robb Vices

The Bloody Mary is the only universally accepted vehicle for drinking hard alcohol in the morning. As such, we hold it dear to our hearts. But it’s too often turned into a mockery of a cocktail,...
What’s more American than apple pie? Scratch that. Let’s start over. What’s more American than booze? For that matter, what’s better than combining the two? Or combining Negronis and pie? Or ice-...
Playing catch with Dad in the backyard. That post-barbecue pick-up game of touch football. These are the moments that the very best memories are made of. Moments like these deserve a ball from...
She’s a grande dame, that Rainbow Room, NYC’s art deco landmark near the top of 30 Rock. Resurrected and given a massive face-lift last year, the famed room with a view is…honestly, still a bit fusty...
When El Bulli in Spain closed in 2012, many saw it as a death knell for modernist cuisine (FKA molecular gastronomy). The restaurant’s chef, Ferran Adrià, had become world-famous for pushing food to...
Admit it: At some point you’ve sat at a bar and thought, “The only thing that could make this cocktail even better is if it magically changed colors while I drink it.” Yeah, we have too. Generally...
In this age of artisanal everything , it’s no longer enough to make your own mixologist-quality cocktails. Now you have to make your own gin. You could go the Roaring Twenties route…but if you’d...
Hedonism Quindecimus. Say it with us—those eight syllables roll off the tongue like a magic spell. They may even have the effect of one if you whisper them into the ear of an avid scotch drinker—...
So yeah, the name of the joint is a big clue. After all, if you’re drinking at a place called the Experimental Cocktail Club , it’s fair to expect the drinks to get a little weird. But we’ve learned...
Friday afternoon. You’re on your way to the Hamptons. And you want your weekend to begin now . Not three hours from now, after being jam-packed into steerage-class transportation with shrieking 22-...
There’s nothing quite like the flavor of roasted agave. If you consider yourself a sipping-tequila enthusiast, you’re likely familiar with Casa Dragones , the independent, small-batch tequila...
Once upon a time, computers were heavy, bulky items permanently rooted to our desks…but today, smartphones essentially act as personal computers and are barely bigger than a cassette tape (those were...
The point of escaping to the Hamptons is to leave NYC behind—the crowds, the noise—everything except the world-class food and drink; we definitely can’t leave that behind. Thankfully, you don’t have...
Pop quiz: What do a Major League baseball game, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather , and a debate with your radical-minded uncle have in common? For starters, they’ll each consume about three hours...
On August 1, 1963, Jim McEwan served his first day as an apprentice cooper at Bowmore. At the time, a 15-year-old’s first day of work hardly seemed like a big deal, but time proved otherwise. Today,...
Single-malt whisky aficionado, are you? Think you know what a peaty Islay tastes like? Well we hate to burst your bubble, but you don’t. Sure, you’ve likely sipped your way through the whisky lineups...
Walk into the Flatiron Room on East 26th Street on any night of the week and you’ll be serenaded by jazz musicians. It’s not the typical scene for a whisky bar, but a typical whisky bar was never the...
We hate to break it to you, but those single-grain whiskies that are all the rage right now . . . they’re not exactly new. You’ve been enjoying them for years—since you sipped your first Dewar’s on...
Some things never change, like the desire to have something that no one else does. As kids, we always wanted to be the first to own that cool new pair of sneakers, and it always felt as though the...
If you haven’t thanked Canada in a while, it’s time that you do. Make sure you thank it for ice hockey, poutine, and its citizens’ generally amicable dispositions. But make sure you also thank our...
If you should be lucky enough to grab one of the eight seats at the Lower East Side’s Copper and Oak (scroll halfway down the website for info) on Allen Street, don’t expect to be handed a cocktail...
The craft of aging spirits in oak casks is nothing if not romantic; after all, the technique goes back hundreds of years and has remained mostly unchanged over time. It’s a practice that requires...
Simply put, bacon makes everything better; and when it comes to the guilty-pleasure comfort food, the pig is king. But if salting, sugaring, and curing pork belly makes it so delicious, shouldn’t we...
Ready to delve into vermouth-based cocktails? Here are four standouts, lifted from my recently published book Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit That Created America’s Cocktail Culture . All are...
The small-batch vermouths that have come to market in the past few years have breathed new life into a dying spirits segment, and in so doing they have generated plenty of excitement. The following...
Vermouth is the cool kid again, and we’re not talking about just the red and white, but also the amber, rosé, and bourbon-hued. It’s now more than just Italian and French, it’s U.S. American, Spanish...
A gin and tonic is mostly tonic water, so it stands to reason that a lousy tonic will tank the drink no matter how exceptional the gin. That’s why earlier this year, Nick Kosevich sauntered into the...
Earlier this year, the Balvenie partnered with Anthony Bourdain to celebrate artisanal craft. Through that partnership, the outspoken chef-turned-author-turned-television-host will curate the...
Any worthy bartender or passionate imbiber knows that not all tonics are created equal. That’s where Fever-Tree comes in. The international gold standard for tonic water, Fever-Tree—created by...
You mix; you muddle; you feel the warming sensation of a proper old-fashioned; and, as the cacophony of screaming babies, snoring neighbors, and too-loud headphones around you fades away, you thank...

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