Kanpai!

Scotland’s is stunning and Tennessee’s is a ten, you see, but there’s another, relatively newer whisky on the scene—and it’s ready for a spot as a regular on your shelf.  Whisky had been kicking around Japan in an unofficial capacity for decades before Shinjiro Torii and Masataka Taketsuru linked up in the early 1920s to…

Puttin’ on the Spritz

There’s never a dull, or flat, moment with a glistening spritz by your side. Fix up a combination of liqueur or apéritif and a squeeze of citrus, bubble it up with sparkling wine or soda, and voilà—a bright, handsome beverage that gracefully suits any sunny afternoon or swanky evening affair. Europeans have enjoyed this versatile,…

Behind the Matriarch Martini

We sat down with Haley Traub of NYC’s Attaboy to chat about her work, Speed Rack, and her cocktail for May’s Girls Just Wanna Have Bourbon Box, the Matriarch Martini! S&S: How does one train or prepare for Speed Rack? HT: While everyone’s process is different, it ultimately comes down to practice, practice, practice. The…

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,…

Behind the Seoulful Sour

We sat down with Parker Luthman of Providence’s the Eddy and the Dean Bar to chat about his work, cocktail competitions, and his cocktail for February’s Daijoubu Box, the Seoulful Sour! S&S: How did your journey lead to the Dean Bar? PL: So, I first started bartending at the Eddy in 2016, right after I graduated…

Behind the Sili-con Valley

We sat down with Mary Palac of San Jose’s Paper Plane to chat about her work, San Jose’s cocktail scene, shochu, the Philippines, and her cocktail for February’s Daijoubu Box, the Sili-con Valley! S&S: How did your journey lead to Paper Plane? MP: George Lahlouh, the managing operator, was one of my first bar managers…

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…