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….

Behind the Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow

We sat down with Dan Watson of Cleveland’s Porco Lounge and Tiki Room to chat about his work, his inspirations, the wide world of rum, and his drink for April’s Rum Wild Box, the Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow! S&S: What’s it like to work at Porco Lounge? DW: I get to spend my days alongside my dysfunctional Porco family in the…

Rum Wild

Rum—and its relatives of yore distilled from byproducts of the sugar cane plant—had a centuries-long history on the open seas aboard Navy vessels and pirate ships before striking land in the Caribbean for mass-production in the 1600s. There have been changes and a lot of geographic expansion along the way, but the adventurous, sea-centric soul…

Kiss Me, I’m Whiskey

This month, by popular demand, we’re re-releasing one of our past boxes—so that those who missed it the first time can give it a try, and those who loved it last year can come back for seconds! So we hope you’re excited to experience March’s Kiss Me, I’m Whiskey Box and learn to enjoy Irish…

Rye Oh My!

Like many American spirits, rye whiskey almost disappeared after Prohibition and has only recently begun to be resurrected. As bartenders turn their attention to classic cocktails, they’re returning to rye for their old fashioneds, Manhattans, and whiskey sours—drinks all originally created with rye in mind. And in January’s Rye Oh My! Box, we’re featuring some…

Behind the Black Gold

We sat down with Watson Barry of Oakland’s Le Cheval to chat about his work, his inspirations, and his drink for December’s Applejack of My Eye Box, the Black Gold! S&S: What’s it like to work at Le Cheval? WB: Oakland is really tight-knit, and Le Cheval has been a member of that community for over thirty…

Applejack of My Eye

Applejack was originally created in colonial times by leaving fermenting apple cider outside in the wintertime to be freeze-distilled (“jacked”) into a higher-proof spirit. Since alcohol freezes at a lower temperature than water, producers were able to remove water content (and thus concentrate the alcohol content) by going out and discarding the ice as it…

Oleo Saccharum: Lemme Tell You Oil About It

Want to instantly up your cocktail game without too much effort? Look no further than oleo saccharum. This old-school ingredient, literally translating to “oily sugar”—or “sugared oil”—was used as far back as the seventeenth century. It’s believed that British sailors made punch with the ingredients largely available to them while traveling—rum, citrus, and tropical spices—then…

Behind the Vino Labbra

We sat down with Carla Rivera to chat about her work, low-ABV cocktails, and her drink for November’s That’s Amaro! Box, the Vino Labbra! S&S: Is there an ingredient or technique you’re currently fascinated with? CR: I like to cook, so I spend any spare time making syrups, shrubs, reductions, jams, and more. I like the idea…

Behind the Slippery Slopes

We sat down with Sother Teague of NYC’s Amor y Amargo and Coup to chat about his work and his drink for November’s That’s Amaro! Box, the Slippery Slopes! S&S: You’re most well known, at least to us, as an expert on all things amaro, but you’ve worked at bars ranging from tiki to molecular. Is…

That’s Amaro!

Oh, amaro, that dark, often bitter beloved of bartenders the world over. Why such strong feelings? Perhaps because it’s complex, mysterious, and misunderstood . . . like an irresistible bad boy (though luckily this one can be tamed). What is amaro, anyway? It runs the gamut from intensely bitter and medicinal all the way to…

Wash You Talkin’ About?

Several years ago, when I was first developing my appreciation for swanky bars masquerading as modern-day speakeasies, I went to one in Manhattan’s East Village. I wanted to order something for myself that I hadn’t had before, and that I thought would be difficult to acquire or otherwise make on my own. I didn’t know…