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Alternative woods: casks go wild

<i>Sherry or port-soaked woods are no longer new in whisky making, as creative distillers hunt down new, unusual wood. By Ruisun Qian.</i><p>“Scotch is …

Whiskey

Where Hong Kong got its hangovers at the handover: 12 favourite bars of the mid-1990s remembered

Foundations are being pounded into the ground on Tun Wo Lane, in Hong Kong’s SoHo nightlife area, on the site where, in the 1990s, stood what was …

Hong Kong

Why Everything is Closing Early and Bangkok Nightlife May Never Be the Same

<b>BANGKOK</b> — If finding a late-night roost in the capital’s usual haunts has become more difficult, that’s because most clubs and bars in the Khaosan …

Here, Try Some Mezcal. But Not Too Much.

Espita Mezcaleria, a new bar in Washington, stocks more than 130 kinds of mezcal. But Megan Barnes, the beverage director, has a surprising sales technique when customers ask for certain brands.<p>“A lot of people come in and say, ‘I only want something that’s grown in the wild,’” she said. “We try to …

artisanal

This Candy-Inspired Margarita Will Make You Rethink “Sweet”

You would think that being raised by a Mexican immigrant dad and a second-generation Mexican and Puerto Rican mom would translate into a broad palate. But when it comes to candy, I was as narrow as any other kid growing up in Denver, Colorado. I stuck with the Snickers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, …

Flavors

Move Over, Simple Syrup: This Cocktail Sweetener Is Way Tastier (And Just as Simple)

Every few months, there's some new concoction that the mixology world trots out, hailing it as the "next big trend." Trend or not, familiarize yourself with oxymel—it's wonderful, and it's coming to a cocktail menu near you.<p>"What the hell is oxymel?" You might be thinking, and you wouldn't be the …

Flavors

Want a Better Cocktail? Find a Botanist

Shoots and Roots bitters taste like an airline ticket around the world—and back in time.<p>A bad margarita tastes like two things: tequila and sugar. It also tastes like the peeling vinyl on a chain restaurant booth, the era of regret known as spring break, and New Year’s Eve 2001, when you chased the …

Bitters

These are your must-try American whiskeys

<i>Four Singapore-based bartenders pour us their favourites – psst, they’re all available to taste at Whiskey Weekend 2017!</i><p>This story is produced in …

For alternatives to big Burgundy, look to these villages

<i>Burgundy may be ruled by the big names, but there’s plenty of fun and value to be had from their neighbours, says Tristan Pommier of L’Atelier de</i> …

Ten new drink books to soak up knowledge from

<i>New tomes on the Bloody Mary, rosé, cider, three-ingredient drinks, and more. By Jethro Kang.</i><p>We’ve all seen your copies of <i>The PDT Book</i> and <i>The Flavour</i> …

These “Trash Cocktails” Are Made With Actual Garbage—And Are Delicious

Lime peels aren’t typically the stuff of epiphanies, but they sparked a big idea for Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage. The London-based bartenders met while working at Dandelyan, the cocktail bar at the Mondrian London at Sea Containers. “After juicing citrus for just one evening, we turned around …

Everyone’s a bookworm at Stockton

<i>The HK bar mines literature for libations in its new menu. By Jethro Kang.</i><p>Writing is an easy cover for drinking. Hemingway had his mojito, Oscar …

Literature

Thailand’s First Hops Farmers Are About to Give the Local Craft Brewing Scene a Major Boost

It takes extraordinary measures to keep hops alive in Thailand’s hostile climate, but beer-loving brothers Teerapat and Nattachai Ungsriwong have managed to do just that.<p>Mud squelches under my feet as I balance precariously on slippery, slime-encrusted bricks that serve as makeshift stepping …

It’s Friday. And this is the best thing I’ve drunk all week.

<i>Stone Hill’s Cocoa Cider. By Natasha Hong.</i><p><b>What is it?</b> Nope, it’s not balsamic vinegar, though it’s packaged like it. Stone Hill is obscure to the …

Ho Chi Minh City

P(our)

P(our) Symposium 2017 | Gender<p>For the second P(our) Symposium, we turn our attention to Gender. Does our industry promote equality, and if not, what …

Equality

P(our)

P(OUR) is devoted to exploring new ideas, sharing information, and exchanging inspiration. In doing so, we help address our shared responsibilities …

Inspiration

Here’s how to nail making cocktails for vegans, says Paul Mathew

<i>Making cocktails for your vegan customers isn’t just about skipping the egg whites in a sour, or milk in your White Russians, discovers the DRiNK</i> …

Plant-Based Diet

The Aviary Cocktail Book

We're going to change the way cookbooks are published.<p><b>Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, the creators and owners of Alinea in Chicago, have teamed up</b> …

Pawn shop bars and poverty chic: how working-class life was colonised

“Why’s there a telly in the window?”<p>It’s an odd question to be asking on a Saturday night in Stevenson Square, the booming heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The questioner – a raven-haired clubber in her early 20s – looks puzzled. After all, we’re not standing outside an electronics shop, but …

Track Down

London's best booze trolleys

Sure, it’s fun to sit up at the bar. But what about having the bar come to you? Some of London’s sharpest bars are doing the legwork by rolling …

England

Cocktail Bars Are Layering Spirits to Create Ultra-Complex New Drinks

Why use one rum when you could use three? Cocktail bars are blending multiple varieties of the same spirit in their signature drinks to achieve more …

Dangerous Drinks and How To Spot Them

People sometimes overdo it at cocktail festivals. So when Avery Glasser and his wife, Janet, started feeling under the weather during an event a few …

E.coli

Is the Cosmopolitan Making a Comeback?

Carrie Bradshaw made the Cosmopolitan look good episode after episode on <i>Sex and the City</i>, unintentionally inspiring a league of women across America to order up the pink drink in hopes of feeling like a part of the glamorous Big Apple life. During the late ’90s, when elevated cocktail culture was …

You’ve made a good drink. It deserves the perfect ice.

Those rectangular cubes coated in frost, smelling faintly of the frozen fish they’ve been hanging out with? The cloudy, oblong lumps that your refrigerator’s machine belches into a bin, terrifyingly, in the middle of the night?<p>Honey, those are so 1992.<p>If you’ve spent any time at all in good bars …

Ice Age

Drinking beer is more effective at pain relief than painkillers, say scientists

Scientists have revealed the news we all wanted to hear.<p>Drinking two pints of beer is better at relieving pain than painkillers, according to new …

Meet the ‘Wine Whisperers,’ Fancy Grape Fixers for Billionaires

Last year, one of Matt Wilson’s wine clients asked him to orchestrate a dinner in Las Vegas, with a $100,000 wine budget. Easy for Wilson; he rounded …

Banana Alexander by Yao Lu

An Alexander is the granddad to all your modern-day chocolate martinis. Hugo Ensslin’s version is the type I like to use – it appears in his book …

Grandparents

In this Sydney basement, these bartenders distill flavours of Australia into the glass

<i>Charlie Parker’s is dedicated to Australian produce and a culinary approach to flavour. By Tron Young.</i><p>With the (not so) new “lock-in” laws in Sydney …

Australia