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The Two-One-Two Recipe

As I mentioned last week, the tequila category is evolving in ways that aren't always pleasant, with a few major brands changing in character (not for the better) and some new arrivals on the tequila scene lacking much substance at all.<p>That's not to say all's lost—far from it. The growing demand …

Gin Revival: The Return of Tanqueray Malacca

London dry gin is an iconic spirits category. To many imbibers, London dry <i>is</i> gin, full stop. However, recent years have seen a flood of new gins branching off into novel territory. Some of these experiments in distinct and innovative flavor profiles have been a return to tradition—the revival of …

Ask a Bartender: Which Are Your Favorite Cocktail Books, and Why?

GalleryAsk a Bartender: Which Are Your Favorite Cocktail Books, and Why?<p>Making cocktails is one part creativity, one part knowledge of the classics. And there are a lot of fine tomes out there that detail the cocktail tradition. What books can teach us the most about drinks? We asked 16 bartenders …

Ask A Sommelier: Which Wines Go Best With Sushi?

GalleryAsk A Sommelier: Which Wines Go Best With Sushi?<p>Sushi and beer are an awesome combination, and many folks like to order sake with sushi (even if it might not be strictly traditional), but you might be surprised how delicious wine and sushi can be together. Whether it's a salty-seeming …

San Francisco: 5 Great Cocktails Featuring Local Spirits

GallerySan Francisco: 5 Great Cocktails Featuring Local Spirits<p>From rooftop herb gardens to backyard beehives, San Francisco food culture is all about keeping things local. And why not? Our unparalleled produce, incredible beer scene, and proximity to wine country provide plenty reasons to make …

New Mystery Whiskey: Michter's Original Sour Mash Whiskey

As a spirits reviewer, I'm constantly inundated by creation myths, marketing smoke-and-mirrors that make a bottle sound extra-enticing. (Nothing is more in vogue these days than Antarctic Scotch, right?) The recently released <b>Michter's Original Sour Mash Whiskey</b> is supposedly the resurrection of a …

NYC: 10 Scotch Cocktails We Love Right Now

GalleryNYC: 10 Scotch Cocktails We Love Right Now<p>Scotch might not seem like the most likely base for a cocktail. Plenty will still argue that Scotch is for sipping—not polluting with anything other than an ice cube, or maybe a few drops of water if you're feeling frisky.<p>But properly deployed in …

Cocktail 101: A Guide to Garnishes

Usually a bright piece of fruit, or a briny olive, or a festive umbrella, but sometimes something much more fancy, the cocktail garnish has a solid place in the history of cocktails. Today, we'll look at what garnishes are and how to get started using them to good effect.<p>A cocktail garnish is an …

Cocktail 101: How to Cut Citrus Wedges

Back to basics this week. While writing last week's giant guide to garnishes, I realized I've never touched on the simple task of cutting citrus wedges for garnishing cocktails. There really isn't much to it, but as in many things, the method has certain grace notes that can help you stand apart as …

Ask a Bartender: What 3 Bottles Can't You Part With?

GalleryAsk a Bartender: What 3 Bottles Can't You Part With?<p>Imagine this: You're on a desert island, with unlimited sugar, ice, and citrus. But you can only choose three bottles of booze to bring with you. What would those be? We asked 25 bartenders what bottles they just can't part with. Here's …

DIY vs. Buy: How to Make Your Own Mole Bitters

Not that long ago, mole bitters seemed like an exotic and strange ingredient. But now they're all over cocktail menus and I have come to consider them a drink-mixing necessity. I've always liked the combination of chocolate and spice, but being able to use these flavors to liven up my cocktails has …