Steeped in Vodka

As we step out of winter and look up to see the trees begin to fill in, we can’t help having another style of leaves flutter through our imaginations—tea! Whether the blend is earthy, herbal, or floral, there’s nothing quite like a steamy mug of it on a crisp morning or an icy glass in…

New Frontiers

Amid his work as an innovator in the fields of art and science, Leonardo da Vinci, the quintessential Renaissance man, once famously observed, “In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes.” Although da Vinci spoke these words more than 500 years ago,…

Daijoubu

When Caer Maiko and Sharon Yeung entered Austin’s bartending scene and began to develop their styles, they noticed more and more that, representationally, the state of things was . . . just fine. The roles carved out for Asian immigrants and their fellow Asian Americans behind and in front of the bar were okay, and…

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….

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….

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…

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,…