Born to Rum: Jamaica

Follow the sounds of the crashing waves and steel drums, and your nose to the fantastic aromas that come from this colossal of the Caribbean. Devoted rum lovers know this part of the world well. And dotted all across Jamaica are many long-standing hallowed houses that have kept the funky gold stuff flowing for centuries….

New Frontiers 2: American Single Malt

The ground will shift throughout the wide world of whiskey as the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is about to bestow its official stamp of recognition onto a new category of domestic whiskey: American single malt. This decision will establish a set of parameters for what makes this category distinct—100% malted barley…

One Singular Sensation

American Single Malt Whiskey Forges a Path Forward Quietly over the past few decades, a brand-new domestic spirits category has slowly come into its own. While rye was rolling through a great resurgence and bourbon was maintaining its status as a behemoth, American single malt whiskey (ASMW) officially stepped onto the podium; what began in…

Shift Drinks: Reposado Remix

At the end of each year, amid a sea of annual recap editorials and ins-and-outs predictions, bar/restaurant industry insiders and members of the media come together to forecast the trends they envision taking hold in the year ahead. According to those lists, briny, sea-centric elements in cocktails (think clam juice, preserved fish, and kelp) are…

Daijoubu 2

Where will Daijoubu’s Caer Maiko and Sharon Yeung, the traveling superstars of “super Asian cocktails,” bring their funky style of festivities next? Hmmm, we may have an idea . . . and it will be just the combination to spirit you away from the everyday ho-hum: Japanese whisky and Daijoubu Pop Up at home will…

Ginspirations

New Year, new you, new . . . gin? It very well could be, considering the explosion of new and local options available to fans of the spirit.  This wasn’t always the case. For seemingly forever, those seeking diversity in the category would’ve had to choose between the London dry, slightly sweeter Plymouth, and even…

Spiced Rum Celebration

The holiday season has a way of sneaking up, doesn’t it? One minute we’re dusting off the grill and asking Is It Summer Yet? and the next—wham!—the jubilant jingling of the bells enters the chat to signal the start of something special . . . and hectic. It could be shopping marathons that leave your…

Ryes and Fall

Lovers of our last rye box might’ve picked up a tidbit or two about the spirit’s mid-Atlantic Appalachian origins in states like Pennsylvania and Maryland. Inch up a little farther on the map into Canada, though, and you’ll land in a place where rye whisky is just as cherished and rich in tradition. Canada arrived…

Mezcalloween II: Agave’s Revenge

For those brave enough to have peeked through their fingers, there’ve been some helpful pointers offered throughout the many decades of horror films and their sequels: Cover your mirrors, don’t read the ancient scroll, and if furniture is moving on its own, then it’s time to pack up and go!  Technically, returning to the scene…

Puttin’ on the Spritz 2: Italian Affair

A day in Italy can be easily filled with a range of activities to suit any mood: a trek on two wheels through the labyrinthian streets of Rome, a scenic ride along the rural landscapes of Tuscany, or a sun-soaked laze out on the coast. Factor in the endless museums, fresh markets, and fashion boutiques,…

Begin Again

Once upon a time, there was a spirit so popular that it captured the city of London in a craze. Flash forward to the Prohibition-era US, nearly two centuries later, and a decade’s worth of bathtubs were overflowing with the stuff to satiate revelers roaring for a sip. A pair of big moments in history…

Sun’s Out, Rums Out

Many a conversation has kicked off with this clichéd but effective icebreaker: What would you bring with you to a deserted island? A hammock, boogie board, or good book would certainly fit the bill—but if the category is island drinks, then there’s a slam-dunk case to be made for perhaps the truest spirit of the…