Behind the Tidy Martini

We sat down with Stacey Swenson of NYC’s Dante to chat about her work, vermouth, and her cocktail for April’s Vermouth: Never Uncouth Box, the Tidy Martini! S&S: Have you noticed a change in awareness or appreciation for vermouth over the last few years? Have your own views of it changed in that time? SS:…

Behind the Runaway Princess

We sat down with Adam Robinson of Portland’s Deadshot to chat about his work, vermouth, Portland’s drinking culture, and his drink for April’s Vermouth: Never Uncouth Box, the Runaway Princess! S&S: Have you spent time at the Oregon vineyards of Willamette Valley? AR: Yes, I have—over the last decade of living in Oregon, I have…

Behind the Refresco en Vinagre

We sat down with Chris Simpson of Austin’s Academia to chat about his work, bartending in Japan, unique ingredients, and his drink for March’s Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition Box, the Refresco en Vinagre. S&S: You’ve run the gamut of bartending in different countries and styles of establishments. What would you say is the personal Chris…

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 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…