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…

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…

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…

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…

Put a Spin on Those Bottles

Okay, so you’ve made all twelve of your cocktails, impressed your friends/roommate/self with your newfound mixology skills, and now you have . . . a bunch of empty glass bottles. We’re all for recycling, but we often consider that a last resort if we can’t reuse the items in question first. Feel the same way,…

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….

Brandy, She’s So Fine

What do renowned French writer Victor Hugo and New York hip-hop luminary Nas have in common? A way with words, for sure—but this unlikely pair is also united by their outspoken admiration for this month’s highlighted spirit. There has been a spot reserved in the public imagination for what the Dutch called brandewijn, or “burnt…

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…