Behind the Tidy Martini

We sat down with Stacey Swenson of NYC’s Dante to chat about her work, vermouth, and her cocktail for April’s Vermouth: Never Uncouth Box, the Tidy Martini! S&S: Have you noticed a change in awareness or appreciation for vermouth over the last few years? Have your own views of it changed in that time? SS:…

Behind the Runaway Princess

We sat down with Adam Robinson of Portland’s Deadshot to chat about his work, vermouth, Portland’s drinking culture, and his drink for April’s Vermouth: Never Uncouth Box, the Runaway Princess! S&S: Have you spent time at the Oregon vineyards of Willamette Valley? AR: Yes, I have—over the last decade of living in Oregon, I have…

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…

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…

Behind the Cherchez La Femme

We sat down with Kellie Thorn of Empire State South in Atlanta to chat about her work, brandy, and her drink for January’s Brandy, She’s So Fine Box, the Cherchez La Femme! S&S: How did your journey lead to Empire State South? KT: I was the lead bartender at TAP, a beer-focused bar, in 2010….

Behind the Distilling of Hangar 1 Vodka

We sat down with Caley Shoemaker, head distiller at Hangar 1 Vodka (one of the recommended pairings for our Pleased as Punch Box), to chat about her journey, flavored vodka’s reputation vs. reality, and Hangar 1’s distillation process. S&S: How did your journey lead to becoming head distiller at Hangar 1? CS: I got my…

Behind the Mediterranean Sunset

We sat down with Robert Sickler to chat about his work, his travels, some very unique cocktail recipes, and his drink for December’s Pleased as Punch Box, the Mediterranean Sunset! S&S: Your Mediterranean Sunset punch draws from geography and a sense of environment for inspiration. Is that a common way for you to conceive of…