Fruits of Fall

When it came time for America to stake a claim on a spirit of its own—coincidentally during the decades surrounding its own founding—Northeastern pioneers and even presidents needed only to look up at the trees. An abundance of apples combined with a revolutionary thirst led to the first applejack, named for its process of “jacking,”…

Mezcalloween

Something’s out there. Lurking around the shadow-laden Oaxacan fields is a sensational spirit that showcases the earthy taste of agave with a devilishly roasted, smoky edge, and it’s ready to pounce during your upcoming month of thrilling, chilling cocktail glass–filling. Mezcal’s greatest asset, besides its irresistible flavor, is how seamlessly it’s woven into the cultural…

Summer Scotch 2

When it comes to norms in the barroom, we like the one who sat like a sardonic sphinx over his beer with the gang on Cheers. What’s less amusing, though, are those passed-down, informal ones that dictate who should drink what, where, and when. Want to watch a snowstorm with a tiny-umbrellaed tropical drink? Go…

Catching Up with Cachaça

At the Copa, Copacabana, it’s said that music and passion are always the fashion, but did you know that the drinks are top-notch, too? Inside the Lenox Hill NYC nightclub Barry Manilow so splashily sang about, yes—but even more so directly from the source: the coastal neighborhood within Rio de Janeiro, a land of samba,…

Out to Tennessee

With Beale Street, Music City, and the Great Smoky Mountains on our minds this June, we’re waltzing into summer with a storied spirit, the humble beginnings of which went on to take the world by storm. And we promise, wherever the season finds you, with Tennessee whiskey in your glass, you’ll be feelin’ finer than…

Rum’s the Word

Separating rum into rigid categories is a Sisyphean struggle within the spirits world. Climate, fermentation, age, raw materials, filtration, cask type, pot or column stills, blending, island/nation of origin—these are all factors that lead to incredible diversity, and just when you think you have a handle on a certain style, Lucy van Pelt goes and…

Steeped in Vodka 2

Longingly watching for budding flowers and robin redbreasts, dusting off one’s galoshes, savoring an extra minute or two of sunlight as the days lengthen—these are all things we find ourselves doing in the anticipation-filled days leading up to spring. As these and other preparations for better days ahead kick off in earnest, one bottle that…

All Eyes on Rye

The story of rye, both as a crop and style of whiskey, is one of resilience and heritage. As the long winter’s approaching and a farmer needs something to last the season and protect and enrich their soil through lingering low temperatures, rye’s a mighty fine go-to. When Prohibition knocked rye whiskey off the top…

Ginuary

As purveyors of the season’s much-anticipated winter-wonderland-inspired cocktails, we know there are many bottles that’ll keep spirits high when temperatures dip so cruelly low. For these months, the richer, brown spirits tend to corner the market on comfort (a standard that proved true when we dabbled in spice and sipped our way through Canada). But…

Rums of Origin 3

A beloved season is upon us, and with it, a trend of threes arrives: wise men, French hens, ghosts sent by Jacob Marley. And now, to add to this time of trifectas, we introduce our third joy-bringing, globe-trotting installment of our exploratory rum series. In the past we’ve jammed in Jamaica, careened elsewhere through the…

Fall for Mezcal

It’s a lively time of year in Mexico, a period when the last cheerful shouts and mariachi chords of Independence Day parties fade out and attention turns to preparing for the more spiritual but equally as energetic and colorful Día de los Muertos. In these months they honor their country and its people, past and…

Kanpai!

Scotland’s is stunning and Tennessee’s is a ten, you see, but there’s another, relatively newer whisky on the scene—and it’s ready for a spot as a regular on your shelf.  Whisky had been kicking around Japan in an unofficial capacity for decades before Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru linked up in the early 1920s to…