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….

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…

Pleased as Punch

The holiday season is fast approaching, and we’re so brimming with excitement that we’ve concocted a trio of tasty delights that cannot be contained within a single shaker or serving. Get your ice molds in order and dig out that ornate bowl and ladle for your next party, because there’s a VIP guest that should…

Strawberry Napa Fizz

Here’s another cocktail recipe from Vivian making use of her leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups. You can also find more drinks photography from Vivian on Instagram at @thetipsymuse. Strawberry Napa Fizz Loch & Union Distilling is unusual because it is from Napa, California, hardly THE place famous for gin. I was recently invited to their gin tasting,…

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…