Robb Vices

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...
Before you declare Woodford Reserve unfashionably late to the rye-whiskey party, consider this: The distillery’s bourbon master, Chris Morris, has experimented with rye for more than a decade. “It...
With the exception of a few establishments, the Upper East Side of Manhattan has long been deemed a cocktail wasteland, a soulless strip of frat-boy havens, sports bars, and beer-and-a-shot Irish...
There are two main reasons that the best cocktails are shaken, stirred, and sipped in chic bars rather than at home. One, a drink always tastes better when it’s made for you. And two, professional...
If you’re a fan of the HBO series Entourage , you no doubt remember Avión tequila. The spirit brand was an integral part of the seventh season and created a story arc that started with an enigmatic...
There’s always an energy buzzing about the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip, but this weekend—when Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally fight to unify their respective welterweight...
It would be hard to dispute the fact that Italian beverages are at the forefront of popular culture. Espresso has hit a third wave of obsessive innovation with pour-overs and cold brews; the Negroni...
Tuscany. It’s the promised land for Italian romance, food, and—of course—wine. On that last topic, the region is home to one category that sparks great debate among sommeliers. The Super Tuscan was...
The famous Italian writer and film director Mario Soldati once proclaimed: “If wine is the poetry of the earth, grappa is its soul.” If that doesn’t pique your interest in Italy’s signature spirit,...
Pizza is, quite simply, one of the most ubiquitous foods on the planet, and it can be found just about everywhere—its popularity is even surging in China. The largest chains are constantly attempting...
Remember how, when you were a kid, you couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel? Go-karts and dune buggies were the closest things you had to replicate the sensation of driving a car. If you’re like me...
Dessert is a reversion, a time machine back to the nutrition-free decision making of childhood, when sugar and joy were vitamins enough. Sure, cleaning your plate isn’t as much of a chore as it used...
Remember when there was nothing cooler than food that turned your lips and tongue blue? Granted, those indulgences were nothing more than artificially flavored, artificially colored globs of sugar—...
Peanut butter and jelly is more than just comfort food; it’s edible nostalgia. You’re never too old for a taste of your childhood, which is why many chefs are finding ways to elevate this classic...
If you were a child of the ʼ80s and early ʼ90s, you likely have a weakness for at least one arcade game—and we’re guessing probably several. Sure, their graphics, sound effects, and game play can’t...
No U.S. sport embraces tradition as much as baseball. Don’t believe us? Go to a ballpark anywhere in the country, make sure you’re in your seat (not up getting a beer) when the third out is recorded...
Twenty years ago, getting a beer at the ballpark was a much different experience. The U.S. craft-beer revival was just underway, and demand for those microbrews hadn’t reached ballpark concessions...
A dive of a sports bar that relies on frozen wings may have been acceptable during college, but you’ve since matured. Presumably, so have your taste buds, which is why the best place to catch a game...
The NFL and the NBA have Gatorade baths, but Major League Baseball is all about the Champagne shower. It’s true—a World Series championship goes hand-in-hand with the inevitable sight of a locker...
Just as every Major League Baseball lineup needs a power hitter batting cleanup, every successful executive and entrepreneur needs a power seat for dinners on the town. Fortunately for you, one of...
There’s a reason the classic cocktails have withstood the test of time; they’re balanced, uncomplicated, and just damn good. But that doesn’t make them sacred. In fact, twists on the classics, both...
Teeing it up with a stogie is like spreading peanut butter with jelly. They just seem to go together. Doing it right, however, requires a solid game plan. We talked cigars and golf with Michael...
Want to buy newly released bottles of the finest single malts from distilleries that no longer exist? Short of owning a DeLorean DMC-12, a flux capacitor, and significant amounts of plutonium, you...
We know you’ve suffered through months of social-media posts from your friends living in warmer climates—friends who no doubt have routinely reminded you that there are parts of the country where the...

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