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The Best Cocktail Books: Bartenders Pick Their Favorites

Welcome to the <b>Eater Library</b>, a new column in which Eater gets experts in their field to recommend the best guides to their craft. First up, in honor of <b>Cocktail Week</b>, bartenders discuss their favorite cocktail references. Some are traditional cocktail books — Gary Regan's <b>Joy of Mixology</b>, for example …

The 10 Best Budget Bourbons

With the holidays behind us, it's time to scale back, tighten the belt, buckle down, and engage in other cliches that mean spending less money on booze. This week, we'll start considering the best ways to save a little cash and still drink well, one spirit at a time.<p>Today, I'm covering bourbon. …

7 Flavored Whiskeys

Inspired by the strong success of flavored vodkas, the flavored whiskey category has roared to life.<p>Think back just a couple of years: flavored …

Ask a Bartender: Are There Any Flavored Spirits You Use?

At Serious Drinks, we see more flavored spirits than you could possibly imagine. Green tea vodka. Cinnamon-roll vodka. We'd just about always prefer a fresh infusion to a bottled concoction, but we're always looking for a diamond in the rough. So we asked a number of bartenders: Are there any …

Ten best bourbons: Top bottles of the all-American whiskey

Photograph: Noffar GatThe honky-tonk harmony of BBQ and bourbon is as classic as Wranglers with cowboy boots. Brown-spirits buff Keith …

What's New in Irish Whiskey

Are you drinking more Irish whiskey these days? Someone definitely is: the category had an astounding 18% increase in sales last year—it's up nearly 400% since 2002. While much of this growth has come from well-established brands, we're eagerly awaiting whiskeys from a new wave of craft Irish …

Pantry Essentials: All About Ssämjang

Among the sauces and condiments I've written about in this column, the Korean soy paste <i>ssämjang</i> would probably be considered a rising star rather than a faithful standby— unless, of course, you've ever lived in a Korean household.<p>Just as many of us can't face a sandwich without mayo, or can't …