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 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…

Behind the Tipo Chichero

We sat down with Andres Chopite-Parra to chat about his work, Venezuela, rum, and his drink for November’s Rums of Origin Box, the Tipo Chichero! S&S: How important is rum to Venezuelan history and culture? ACP: It’s imbedded in our culture. It’s part of who we are. I’ve always said there are three things that Venezuela didn’t…

Book Box: The First Gineration

The sun has set on summer and we’ve immediately hit the books—the cocktail books, that is. Over the years there have been many great published works that combine enlightening facts and histories with brilliant photos and recipes. The earliest known compendium of techniques and drinks was mixology founding father Jerry Thomas’s Bartender’s Guide in the…

Behind the Señor Rojo

We sat down with Sam Jimenez to chat about his work, Mexico, mezcal, and his drink for September’s Celebrate Mezcal Box, the Señor Rojo! S&S: In what ways does the Señor Rojo represent the flavors of Oaxaca? SJ: Señor Rojo is a cocktail that assimilates boldness, spices, citrus, smokiness, and flavor. To me that’s part of…

Celebrate Mezcal

There’s not a celebration in the world that has the look, feel, and flavors of Mexican Independence Day—a loud and proud party full of colorful decor, irresistible food, romantic mariachi music, and delicious drinks. Since its day of triumph on September 16, 1810, Mexico has adapted international influences from its past while developing a rich…

Behind the Banana Banjo

We sat down with Jen Akin of Rumba in Seattle to chat about her work, Seattle’s cocktail scene, cachaça, and her drink for August’s Eu Amo Cachaça Box, the Banana Banjo! S&S: What’s it like to work at Rumba? How did your journey lead there? JA: Rumba is the best bar to work at. I’ve been drawn to…

Eu Amo Cachaça

From beachside mountain ranges to bustling cityscapes and all the way to the north into the Amazon basin, Brazil contains incredible environmental diversity. But wherever you decide to roam, one factor will remain constant: your close proximity to a sip of refreshing and complex cachaça! Nearly all awareness of the spirit, until recently, came from…

Behind A Worn Path

We sat down with Steva Casey of The Atomic Lounge in Birmingham to chat about her work, Birmingham’s cocktail scene, traveling, and her drink for July’s Summer Scotch Box, A Worn Path! S&S: What’s it like to work at The Atomic Lounge? How did your journey lead there? SC: I’ve worked there now for over a year….