Krystal Irizarry

105 Flips | 3 Magazines | 74 Likes | 4 Following | 20 Followers | @drunketeer | Tech nerd, formerly a House Music and Indie dance DJ worldwide. Now she has taken stake in Chicago, IL as a Head Bartender at a music venue.

A Guide To Tasting Beer Like A Pro

At its best, tasting beer can be as deep and rewarding as tasting wine, whiskey, or port. Of course, developing a tasting acumen requires time and effort. Building your palate is a journey of a thousand sips, but what are we looking for when we taste a beer?<p>To answer that, we’ve compiled a …

Flavors

Start the Weekend With a Brilliant Scotch-and-Sherry Drink

It's a genius way to use a dram of single malt.<p>In the world of whiskeys, you’ll see bartenders stirring up bourbon or rye cocktails far more often …

Whiskey Cocktails for Purists

The Unnecessary Noise<p>“This is a great twist on a classic Sazerac, with the same flavor component as the classic, but in a softer, easier-to-drink …

25 most important American craft beers ever

Food & Wine had a great idea. I'm borrowing it.<p>Last month, the magazine asked 21 beer industry luminaries to rank the most important craft beers of all time. Not the best, which would have been a ridiculous and impossible undertaking. The most important.<p>As you might expect from a pack of …

10 Essential Bottles of Bourbon

Rare and delicious bourbons you should try<p>We’re not the only ones who appreciate a fine glass of bourbon. In 2007, <b>Congress officially declared</b> September <b>National Bourbon Heritage Month</b>; eight years later, the allure of the South’s historic spirit is stronger than ever. As a last call for this …

5 Whiskey Cocktails That Will Never Let You Down

Much like with fashion, or tech, trends in cocktail culture come and go. But some drinks never change. From the Old Fashioned to the mint julep, here …

Bottle Your Own Cocktails, and Drink Better Wherever You Go

Going the extra mile at your Super Bowl party. Impressing someone on Valentine’s Day. Enjoying yourself on a ski lift.<p>Those are but three reasons …

Christmas Cookie Cocktails: Nice, Naughty Drinks For (21+) Boys And Girls

Even in a season spiked with boozy specialties such as eggnog, <i>glögg</i> and hot buttered rum, a cookie dough cocktail might strike the casual drinker as ... well ... slightly gross.<p>"Well, it's delicious," says Paul Taylor stoutly.<p>Taylor is a mixologist who works for three restaurants in Washington, …

10 Creative Whiskey Cocktails That'll Impress | Best Life

Dry Mahoney<p>When your particular Sophie’s choice is whether to crack open the single-malt or to produce the satisfying rattle of a cocktail shaker, …

Literary Brew: 6 Best Books About Beer

It’s a fine time to be a beer drinker in the United States. The options are plentiful and run across a broad spectrum from various Belgian styles to Stouts of all varieties, as well as the beloved IPA (India Pale Ale for the uninitiated). Not to mention the sours, black lagers, Scotch ales (my …

7 Ways to Use Avocados That Go Beyond Guacamole

In the throes of lust for avocados, we have seriously considered sourcing an avocado tree for the living room (that plan was nixed because apparently …

Bartender in a Bottle: How to Make Cocktails to Go

My grandfather was a deliberate man who liked to be prepared for emergencies. To him that meant a drawerful of batteries, an up-to-date AAA …

Vermouth

Cocktails for Athletes: 5 Drinks That Can Speed Recovery

Alcohol is no nutritionist’s ideal post-workout drink. But let’s be honest — if you’ve just battled through an after-work run or basketball game, …

The #1 Secret to the Perfect Bloody Mary

Intel every woman should have.<p>When it comes to a great Bloody Mary, some things are subjective: what you should add to it (an entire buffet vs. the minimalist approach of one celery stalk), the type and level of spice, a peppery rim—they're all reasons many restaurants sport a Make Your Own Bloody …

Recipes

27 Fall Cocktails to Make When It Starts Cooling Down

Yep, never leaving the house.<p>Since cooler temps mean more time spent indoors, it's almost that time of year to invite a few friends over and cozy up with a delicious cocktail. Sip on one of these fall drink recipes, below, infused with the best of autumn ingredients from orchard apples to figs and …

Recipes

Spring Sips: Lavender Honey Cream

The Employees Only Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

How to mix drinks like an ace bartender

If you’ve ever dreamed about being a bartender—experience the thrill of being responsible for getting someone intoxicated and of course, dispensing …

Bartending

3 More Ways to Enjoy a Dark & Stormy

Blended with warm dark rum, spicy ginger beer, and a tangy twist of fresh lime juice, the Dark & Stormy is our summertime cocktail of choice. We're …

The Best Gimlet Ever

Summer Cocktail Recipes

Sangria, lemonade, and cocktail recipes for your summer parties, Memorial Day to Labor Day and every sunny day in between.<p>Mezcal and Tequila Cocktails<p>Mexican Domo Arigato (Mezcal and Ginger Cocktail)A slightly savory mezcal drink made with a few drops of sesame oil.<p>Mezcal Sassy Flower …

Infuse your own spirits in just a few hours using the sous vide method

In some circles, gin and tonics are the official drink of summer. Show up with a white wine spritzer, and you’ll be shunned. But what if the …

Toast Dad With These Epic Father's Day Cocktails

Raise a glass to celebrate Dad with these excellent Father's Day drinks.<p>1 of 7<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 7<p>3 of 7<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 7<p>Advertisement<p>5 of …

Cocktail of the week: Talli Joe’s holy basil

A tea- and whisky-based signature drink from a new Indian bar and restaurant<p>This effervescent south Indian sundowner uses masala chai, a spice-flavoured tea you can buy in most supermarkets. Serves one.<p><b>4 fresh basil leaves</b><b><br>60ml whisky (we use</b> <b>Chivas Regal</b><b>)</b><b><br>50ml masala tea, chilled</b><b><br>50ml grapefruit syrup</b> …

The best whisky cocktail recipes

When one thinks of a whisky cocktail, odds are one thinks of a drink made with rye or bourbon. But the whiskies of the British Isles work just as brilliantly.<p>While I’d usually use a blended spirit, many barsmiths will mix with single malts, and they are very specific about their choices. Most of …

How to Flame Citrus Like a Cocktail Pro

As many bartenders know, one of the secrets to a tastier drink is playing with fire.<p>Flaming an orange (or any citrus, really) is an old trick that …

Everything You Need to Know About Upping Your Ice Game

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is an non-profit organization that educates, advances and supports the global hospitality industry and creates …

Nonprofits

Why Cocktails Are Served In Different Sizes and Shapes of Glasses

There’s no reason for you to have a dozen different types of glasses on your home bar, so why do bartenders serve cocktails in so many different …

The Surprising Secret Ingredient That Makes Chocolate Cakes Irresistible

This oil substitute is your shortcut to one decadent dessert.<p>A Kansas City chef believes he's found the key to what he calls "chocolate nirvana." Hint: It involves a condiment usually reserved for sandwiches.<p>In a recent column for the <i>Kansas City Star</i>, Jasper J. Mirabile, Jr., the second-generation …

How Legendary French Chef Jacques Pépin Makes A Perfect Omelette

The secret ingredients are butter and charm.<p>For the full recipe, jump to the bottom of this post.<p>Unlike a "Western-style" omelette, this one will NOT be stuffed with cheese and ham, sorry.<p>You want the eggs to stay creamy and you don't want them to brown on the bottom.<p>Recipe by Jacques Pépin<p>Makes 1<p>2 …