Fred Groth

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15 Thanksgiving Cocktails Because 1 Is Never Enough

Thanksgiving isn't just a marathon day of eating at my house—it's also a marathon day of drinking. My family always celebrates the holiday with plenty of beer, wine, and especially cocktails. We're always mixing up what we drink—one year someone is really excited about individually mixed drinks, …

Tips for Thanksgiving Cocktail Planning

When I was a child, my favorite holiday was always Christmas. I think it was the gifts, the family gathering, the gifts, the food, the gifts, the songs, the gifts, the laughter, and the gifts. But now that I'm older and somewhat less greedy, I've changed affiliations. Sorry, Santa, I've thrown you …

Cognac's On the Rise in the Cocktail World

We all know that cognac is something "fancy," something high rollers sip after dinner, perhaps from a snifter (whether or not we know what a "snifter" is). Odds are, most folks know that it's French. But what kind of spirit it actually is? (Brandy.) What distinguishes it from relatives like …

Spirits: Cognac Old Fashion

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Spirits: Sleepyhead

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Party Drinks: Easy and Elegant Smoky Sage Punch

I think the reason that punch is served at so few parties is that people have such low expectations for it. I blame the countless movies and television shows that portray punch as nothing but liters of booze and fruit juice poured into a giant bowl (or, heaven help us, a frat house trashcan). Gross.<p>…

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 …

2014 - Worth Celebrating

Some years are unarguably more momentous than others. The question is whether we can really recognise them without the benefit of hindsight. History …