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…

Party Punch: Bourbon & Bubbles

The tablescape is set in festive fashion, the lighting and music are at perfect mood-warming levels, and the serving vessel and accessories are ready for a batch of crowd-pleasing drinks that pack a certain . . . what’s the word? Punch goes all the way back to the seventeenth century, when during an expedition in…

Keep Gin Wild

Though you won’t find it in any guidebook, here lies a route that skirts jagged coastlines, descends into canyons, and spans wide-open, forageable fields to showcase the wild environs where diverse New American (or Western) gins find their flavors. Along the way, out there amid the untamed, natural beauty of the US, there’s a growing…

Mezcal Moods

As we look ahead to a month of thrills, chills, and tasty autumnal treats, we can’t help but think of the old proverb: “Tequila is to wake the living. Mezcal is to wake the dead.” But there’s no reason to worry—cracking open a bottle of October’s featured spirit will not result in a series of…

Scotchtember

A revered blend of history, tradition, and malted barley, Scotch most definitely has a distinct presence on the tartan-patterned timeline of its Scotland home. And as the local saying goes, “today’s rain is tomorrow’s whisky,” so it’s also hard to overstate just how crucial the water is and always has been to the production process….

Pisco Fever

The western coast of South America, a large share of which belongs to Peru, is one of the most eco- and biodiverse regions on the planet. A trek through this stunning country would cover a bunch of beaches, a sizable chunk of the Amazon basin, and the arid Sechura desert, which sprawls right up to…

Rums of Origin 2: Jamaica

From its beginnings as daily rationed fuel for the plundering pursuits of the British Navy and wayward pirates in the 1600s, to the inception of Appleton Estate in 1749 (the second commercial rum distillery in history, behind Mount Gay in Barbados), and all the way to modern times, rum has been inextricably linked to Jamaican…

Negroni

The Negroni is an exquisitely simple drink to make—traditionally with three ingredients in equal measure, a stir, and a twist. But as with most top-tier cocktails that have a century of history behind them, the boundaries of its potential have expanded over time as adventurous bartenders pushed the formula to its utmost limits with substitutions,…

Broken Bourbon

With a decidedly less spicy profile than rye or other cereal grain–based whiskeys, bourbon is punchy enough to stand on its own yet blends harmoniously into lighter drinks like sours or juleps. The spirit’s corn content (mandated to be at least 51%, but could be as high as 100%) produces a level of easily-detectable sweetness….

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…

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…

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…