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From Medicine To Modern Revival: A History Of American Whiskey, In Labels

Many a book, blog and news article has been devoted to the topic of whiskey: the way it's aged, where to drink it, how to store it and serve it or pair it with food. But comparatively little attention has been paid to how whiskey is packaged.<p>Which is a shame, really, when you think about how a …

Sourcing, Labeling & Lawsuits: Why American Whiskey Should Improve Its Labels

The more the average American spirits drinker dives into whiskey, the more he or she learns remains unknown. Confusion currently reigns across much of the landscape, with some of the largest issues at hand surrounding who is actually distilling the whiskey being sold by a particular brand, and what …

5 Excellent Bar Crawls To Conquer in 2015

Allow us to introduce you to the concept of a "Barmuda Triangle." It's three (or so) bars that are roughly (okay, sometimes very roughly) equidistant, close enough to one another for their mutual gravitational pull to exert itself, and yet distinct enough in style, clientele, and offerings that …

Whisky Ice Ball Carving by Takayuki Suzuki - Hawaii Cocktail Week

7 Whiskey Drinks That Could Help Cure Your Cold

Here, seven whiskey cocktails to help dilate your blood vessels and put you on the path to recovery.<p>When you’re stuffed up and sick, there’s nothing …

Charbay Hop Flavored Whiskey Release III

Whiskey, to put it simply, is nothing more than distilled beer. The beer used is typically hop free, but the folks at Charbay Distillery have …

Bars Hidden Behind Secret Entrances

<i>The "loo" entrance (above) to PortSide Parlour (photos below)</i><p>Descending the right staircase leading to a certain unisex bathroom in Bethnal Green, …

Whiskey Bullets

Settle down and chill your bullets* with some Bulleit, and settle down and chill your Bulleit with some bullets. Sip Dark, purveyor of fine beverage …

Five Absinthe Myths Debunked

Scared to meet the Green Fairy after a pour of absinthe? Don’t be. Though absinthe is the subject of many nicknames and stories, it’s essentially …

A Guide to the World’s Whisk(e)y Making Traditions

Know What You're Drinking<p>Whisk(e)y at the most basic level is distilled alcohol produced from fermenting a mash of grain — or corn in some cases. …

5 Super Useful Bottles of Bitters You Should Absolutely Own

In the 1800s, bitters were synonymous with a most unlikely industry: medicine.<p>Used to cure ailments like coughs, stomach aches and kidney disease, people started realizing that bitters were much better in drinks. (Still, it's hard not to wonder at their restorative qualities after a few sips of an …

There's a 'blue book' that tells whiskey enthusiasts how much they should be paying for rare bottles

One of the first things I do every morning is check the markets. E.H. Taylor "Tornado" is up 23% since October. Michter's 25 now goes for a cool $1,000. Four Roses Mariage is being moved for some seven times retail cost.<p>If those don't sound like stocks, it's because they're not. And though these …

Whiskey

'Palcohol,' the Powdered Alcohol, Was Just Approved for Sale in the US

But a bunch of states have already banned it.<p>​America's first powdered alcohol has been approved. Again.<p>The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has given the greenlight to Palcohol, a powdered alcohol that you mix with water to make, well, liquid alcohol. The TTB had already approved the …

Everything you've ever wanted to know about Pappy Van Winkle — America's favorite bourbon

Pappy Van Winkle is an excellent bourbon that is hard to find to low production volume. If you see this "white whale," buy it, Tommy Tardie of the whiskey bar Flatiron Room tells Business Insider Video. He also shared what makes this bourbon so good and what other brands are worth trying.<p><i>Produced</i> …

Alcohol

5 Ways to Make a Manhattan

In which we acknowledge the recent surge in popularity of the 130-year-old drink, establish guidelines for making it, and offer a few ways to mess with the formula.<p><i>Published in the February 2013 issue</i><p><b>We don't have any hard numbers</b> for you, but countless hours of observation lead us to believe that …

The Whiskey Sour

<i>When he's not busy running the cocktail program at New York City's Maialino, Erik Lombardo is giving us the rundown on all things spirits -- and showing us the best ways to drink them.</i><p><i>Today: A classic whiskey sour to set all other whiskey sours straight.</i><p>Before the revolution (that’s what I’m …

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Cocktail Legalese: 5 Liquor Law Terms You Should Know

I've been thinking quite a bit these days about stupid, antiquated liquor laws, particularly in places like Chicago, where it's illegal to lower the price of alcohol during happy hour. I'll have more on that in the weeks to come, but it turns out that the world of booze laws, both outdated and …

Lillet Taste Test: A Guide To All Four Varieties (PHOTOS)

"Today we're tasting all the flavors of Lillet. Who wants some?" [Silence] "It's an aperitif, can I pour you a glass?" [Silence] "It's French fortified wine." [Silence] "IT'S FREE WINE!" [Stampede]<p>That's basically what happened at our office when we tried to share the leftovers from our recent …

Martini Taste Test: Does Expensive Gin & Vermouth Make A Difference?

I'm not a big fan of martinis. They often strike me as too astringent and bracing, with too much bitterness and too little acidity. And I suspect that I'm not alone. Despite their central place in the cocktail pantheon (and the burst of popularity the first season of "Mad Men" brought them), I …

6 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Gin

<b>1) It Has A Fuzzy Definition</b> <br>When you’re dealing with most types of spirits, the definition doesn’t leave much much wiggle room in. That’s because most of the requisites for calling a product bourbon or Scotch or tequila—ingredients, process, location of origin—are fairly cut and dry.<p>Not so with …

5 Essential Campari Cocktails

More Essentials<p>Essential High-Proof Drinks »<br>Essential Low-Proof Drinks »<br>Essential Bourbon Cocktails »<br>Essential Tequila Cocktails »<br>Essential Gin Cocktails »<br>Essential Rye Cocktails »<p>Campari. Bright red and packed into a shiny bottle. You may have seen in it in your liquor store or on the back bar at …

Ask a Bartender: What's Your Favorite Modern Cocktail Book?

We recently surveyed bartenders about their favorite classic cocktail books; today, we're asking about the more recent ones. What are the best books on drinking published in recent decades? Which cocktail recipe books inspire today's bartenders?<p>We asked our crew of bartenders around the country for …

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails

The Best Spirits and Liqueurs of 2014

2014 was such an exciting year for spirits that narrowing down my list of favorites was a truly difficult task. This year's bottlings have raised the bar for future distillers in many ways. The level of quality is so high that these spirits and liqueurs finally being seen for what they are—not just …

Scotch Glossary: 10 Terms You Should Know

It's time for another entry in our cocktail-glossary series. Today, I'll be clearing up some terms related to Scotch whisky production. Having trouble remembering the difference between single-malts and blended Scotches? Not sure what so singular about single malts in the first place? Today's your …

7 Things You Should Know About Bourbon

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, a celebration of America’s “native spirit.” I celebrate bourbon pretty much year-round, but it’s nice …

Whisky 101

Want to know everything about whisky? Start here.<p>This tool will help you figure out the ideal whisky proof for you—and exactly how much water to add …

How to Make 6 Manhattans in 60 Seconds

14 Scotch Cocktail Recipes Perfect for Both Beginners and Obsessives

Scotch isn't the most common spirit for cocktails—with a mix of peaty, smoky, and malty flavors it can be tricky to pair with other ingredients. Add to that the high price tag of a good single malt and it's no wonder that most people choose to drink their Scotch with nothing more than a little …