Tequilin’ It

Who’s ready to dive right into an all-out August fiesta? It’ll be one to remember, featuring the summer sun and intriguing ingredients that combine for a tequila blanco cocktail experience with an emphasis on refreshing!  Over time, the wide-ranging flavor profile of tequila has gained much recognition as a dream canvas on which bartenders can…

Behind the Darkened Summer Moon

We sat down with Christian “Suzu” Suzuki-Orellana to chat about his work, the matsuri, and his cocktail for Puttin’ on the Spritz, the Darkened Summer Moon! S&S: What is your creative process typically like during recipe formulation? SUZU: I try to re-create memories or flavors that I remember from past experiences. I have a journal…

Puttin’ on the Spritz

There’s never a dull, or flat, moment with a glistening spritz by your side. Fix up a combination of liqueur or apéritif and a squeeze of citrus, bubble it up with sparkling wine or soda, and voilà—a bright, handsome beverage that gracefully suits any sunny afternoon or swanky evening affair. Europeans have enjoyed this versatile,…

Behind the Matriarch Martini

We sat down with Haley Traub of NYC’s Attaboy to chat about her work, Speed Rack, and her cocktail for May’s Girls Just Wanna Have Bourbon Box, the Matriarch Martini! S&S: How does one train or prepare for Speed Rack? HT: While everyone’s process is different, it ultimately comes down to practice, practice, practice. The…

Girls Just Wanna Have Bourbon

It’s a bird, it’s a plane . . . it’s Speed Rack! A timed-skills competition like no other, Speed Rack began almost a decade ago when Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix devised a multi-round, traveling tournament that was part performance by the world’s leading female bartenders, part pep rally aimed at shaking up what was…

Steeped in Vodka

As we step out of winter and look up to see the trees begin to fill in, we can’t help having another style of leaves flutter through our imaginations—tea! Whether the blend is earthy, herbal, or floral, there’s nothing quite like a steamy mug of it on a crisp morning or an icy glass in…

New Frontiers

Amid his work as an innovator in the fields of art and science, Leonardo da Vinci, the quintessential Renaissance man, once famously observed, “In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes.” Although da Vinci spoke these words more than 500 years ago,…

Behind the Seoulful Sour

We sat down with Parker Luthman of Providence’s the Eddy and the Dean Bar to chat about his work, cocktail competitions, and his cocktail for February’s Daijoubu Box, the Seoulful Sour! S&S: How did your journey lead to the Dean Bar? PL: So, I first started bartending at the Eddy in 2016, right after I graduated…

Behind the Sili-con Valley

We sat down with Mary Palac of San Jose’s Paper Plane to chat about her work, San Jose’s cocktail scene, shochu, the Philippines, and her cocktail for February’s Daijoubu Box, the Sili-con Valley! S&S: How did your journey lead to Paper Plane? MP: George Lahlouh, the managing operator, was one of my first bar managers…

Why Choose Shochu?

Packed with exciting ingredients that fall all across the spectrum of familiarity, our Daijoubu Box is ready to hit the road. The bold and full-flavored cocktails within feature tons of fun touches and represent the personal journeys of their Asian American creators, with each cocktail sharing one common element in a central role: wonderful and…

Daijoubu

When Caer Maiko and Sharon Yeung entered Austin’s bartending scene and began to develop their styles, they noticed more and more that, representationally, the state of things was . . . just fine. The roles carved out for Asian immigrants and their fellow Asian Americans behind and in front of the bar were okay, and…

Winter Rum: Spice is Nice

We all love the fantastic feats that rum pulls off in the summertime—what with the limes, lounge chairs, and little umbrella garnishes. But there’s another side to the spirit that sparkles outside the sunshine, when the playas make way for parkas. It’s complex, inviting, toasty . . . and that’s even without the added infusion…