Watch Your Vermouth

Over the years, vermouth has gotten pretty good at modestly hiding in plain sight. It quietly increases the complexity and well-rounded flavor of many enduringly popular cocktails (such as the martini, Manhattan, Bamboo, and Negroni) by adding that certain something, but rarely gets any of the credit. And there are far too many bottles collecting…

Vermouth: Never Uncouth

Dependable, unassuming, and often overlooked, vermouth has a voice that produces breathtaking harmonies within a group but rarely if ever gets a solo. That’s just the way it’s been since the fortified and aromatized wine was first featured as a cocktail ingredient by Harry “The Dean” Johnson in his 1880 Bartenders’ Manual. But a funny…

Behind the Refresco en Vinagre

We sat down with Chris Simpson of Austin’s Academia to chat about his work, bartending in Japan, unique ingredients, and his drink for March’s Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition Box, the Refresco en Vinagre. S&S: You’ve run the gamut of bartending in different countries and styles of establishments. What would you say is the personal Chris…

Mortar & Pestle Food Pairing

Milo Salehi and Chef Arnold Eric Wong of The Beehive suggest pairing their Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition cocktail with the chef’s Duck Taco recipe. Their marinade has nutty and earthy background flavors that pair nicely with tequila, and the Asian ingredients go well with the Mortar & Pestle’s coconut agave. The addition of dark cocoa, coffee, and…

Last Night I Dreamed Food Pairing

Patrick Natola and Chef Justin Rucobo of Town Tavern suggest pairing their Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition cocktail with the chef’s Classic Cheeseburger recipe. The Last Night I Dreamed is similar to a margarita, so they drew inspiration from Jimmy Buffet songs! Classic Cheeseburger yield: 4 burgers Ingredients Thousand Island Dressing 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup…

Refresco en Vinagre Food Pairing

Chris Simpson and Chef Manny Rocha of Academia suggest pairing their Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition cocktail with the chef’s Bánh Mì Fish Taco recipe. The Refresco en Vinagre cocktail’s hints of dill, coriander, and vinegar wonderfully lighten the taco’s fried fish, and the pickled sweet carrot and jalapeño in the taco also enhance the flavors…

Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition

At the end of each year, amidst a sea of annual recap editorials, restaurant industry insiders and members of the media come together to forecast the trends they envision taking hold in the year ahead. The continued expansion of food courts, fast-casual spots, oat milk, plant-based proteins, and phone-free dining were just some of their…

Behind the Let It Snow!

We sat down with Joel Carleton of Bee’s Knees Bar Services to chat about his work, Canadian rye whisky, running a bar services company, and his drink for February’s Rye Not Canada? Box, the Let It Snow! S&S: You’ve traveled and worked all over North America—what’s been your favorite scene so far? JC: I really enjoyed…

Behind the Home Is Canada

We sat down with Evelyn Chick of Prettyugly Bar in Toronto to chat about her work, Canadian rye whisky, Canadian drinking culture, and her drink for February’s Rye Not Canada? Box, the Home Is Canada! S&S: How would you characterize Canadian rye whisky relative to the many other types of whiskey out there? EC: Canadian whisky, I…

Behind the Leather & Lace

We sat down with Christopher Sinclair of the Kasbah Lounge in Sacramento to chat about his work, Canadian rye whisky, Sacramento, and his drink for February’s Rye Not Canada? Box, the Leather & Lace! S&S: How would you characterize Canadian rye whisky relative to the many other types of whiskey out there? CS: Canadian rye…

Rye Not Canada?

All signs are pointing north this February, and our expedition into Canadian territory requires just two things: a bottle of the country’s rye whisky, and a thirst for creative, inspired cocktails. Oh, and don’t forget your heaviest coat and scarf, too! Rye has been an essential component of Canada’s whisky-making tradition since the mid-1800s, when…

Put a Spin on Those Bottles

Okay, so you’ve made all twelve of your cocktails, impressed your friends/roommate/self with your newfound mixology skills, and now you have . . . a bunch of empty glass bottles. We’re all for recycling, but we often consider that a last resort if we can’t reuse the items in question first. Feel the same way,…