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5 Super-Refreshing Sangrias You Should Make Right Now

Here, five fantastic sangrias to make before the end of summer.<p>Here, five fantastic sangrias to make before the end of summer.<p>1. Watermelon …

25 Cocktails Everyone Should Know

We who like to mix drinks at home do it for many reasons: First, it's cheaper than drinking out. Second, it's fun to mix your own drinks at home. Third, it's even more fun to mix drinks for other people at home. Any self-respecting home bartender should have a mental<p>RolodexExcel spreadsheet of …

The Pisco Sour and Beyond

The historic grape-based white spirit, Pisco, is the basis for the national drink of both Peru and Chile. With production commencing at the turn of the 17th century, the tipple is as historic as it is representative of the cocktail cultures within its origin nations. Pisco is a descendant of …

Mark Twain

9 Easily Confused Cocktail Terms You Should Know

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a spirit and a liqueur? What on earth is a cordial? And why is that bartender over there so precious that he has to call his Manhattan perfect, anyway?<p>The world of cocktails and spirits has many terms that are so common, people often use them …

5 Cocktails to Make This Weekend

It's just about time to call it weekend and fix up an August-appropriate cocktail. Here are 5 drink recipes that'll help you take a break in style.<p>Peach Caipirinha<p>If there are eat-over-the-sink juicy peaches at your local farmers' market, grab a bunch and use some for these easy cachaça cocktails, …

Cocktail Science: Does Your Cocktail Need Salt?

Salt—it's not just for margaritas any more. Bartenders have long understood that a few drops of bitters go a long way toward 'rounding out' the rough edges of a drink, and now they've figured out that a tiny amount of salt can create the same magic. Today, we look at some of the hows and whys as we …

Up in Arms Cocktail: A 3-ingredient Taste of Paris

In this age of fancy cocktails, where every bar worth its Himalayan sea salt churns out libations made with tinctures, infusions, as many types of bitters as herbs in your grandmother's garden and foam with the blood of innocents, sometimes you just want a simple cocktail that you can whip up at …

What to Drink This Weekend: Lime-Free Tequila Cocktails

As you may have heard, there's a lime shortage going on. The spike in wholesale prices—some report a standard 40-pound wholesale carton costing $25 in early February and $100 last week—is really hurting bars that specialize in margaritas. But you needn't give up tequila for the weekend just because …

Why Do We Drink Rum With Coke Instead of Pepsi?

Oh, man, I’m in a jam here. Gotta stay up late to finish an article—an article about a Caribbean-American highball known most correctly as the Cuba …

Andy Warhol

A history of rum

An Uncommon Pairing<p>Like rum, chocolate is a product of the Caribbean, and, like sugarcane, cocoa plants are highly affected by the specific terroir …

Whiskey

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 …

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 …

Beyond Green Beer: 5 Great Chartreuse Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day

Some people like to imbibe artifically colored brewskis on St. Patrick's Day, but I'll be honest with you: that's never been my style. If I'm out drinking on St. Pat's at all, which is quite rare these days, I'll be the guy arriving at 11 am, enjoying two pints of stout and a shot of Irish whiskey …

5 Vodka Cocktails to Make This Fall

Perhaps bartenders were still wincing from the days of poorly made Cosmos and calling-everything-a-martini, perhaps there was an urge to show folks that there are more interesting things to drink than a vodka-soda, but the past decade has seen vodka pulled off craft cocktail bar shelves and wiped …

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Sawyer

The Sawyer. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman<p>Casting about for a cocktail high in bitters to make use of some of my own personal blend, and one with gin, …

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Atty Cocktail Recipe

The Atty cocktail, which as far as anyone seems to know first appeared in Harry Craddock's <i>Savoy Cocktail Book</i>, appears to be a direct descendent of an earlier cocktail, the Attention. Craddock's book is famous, of course, and not just for its playful design, its impressive length and depth, and its …

5 Essential Scotch 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 »<br>Essential Vodka Cocktails »<br>Essential Brandy Cocktails »<br>25 Cocktails Everyone Should Know »<p>Next time you're at the gym …

Whiskey and Women—Bourbon, Happiness, and You

Whiskey and Women—Bourbon, Happiness, and You<p>https://www.birchbox.com/magazine/article/whiskey-and-women-bourbon-happiness-and-you<p>Birchbox United …

Bourbons of the Fall - The Bourbon Review

<b>Part One of our Two Part Series | By Justin Thompson</b><p>Fall has always been a special season in Bourbon Country. Farming families have been celebrating …

Kentucky Corpse Reviver Recipe

Perhaps you've had a Corpse Reviver #2, which brings together gin and curaçao, Lillet blanc, and lemon, with a dash of absinthe. Here's a variation from Peels restaurant in NYC that uses bourbon instead of gin, and it's delicious. Pierre Ferrand's dry curaçao is great here, but you could substitute …

Sweet Whiskey Lemonade

<i>Shake up your cocktail game with this easy, refreshing whiskey lemonade cocktail!</i><p>Let’s have a drink!<p>This drink. It’s got whiskey in it. And is …

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The Tallulah: Coke, Peanuts, and Whiskey

One gastropub in Birmingham, Alabama is reinventing a childhood treat<p>Ever drop a handful of roasted peanuts into an ice-cold Coca-Cola? The sweet and salty pairing, rare above the Mason-Dixon line and vanishing below, conjures vivid memories from Southerners of a certain age.<p>Now, the folks at …

Tart Cherry Cocktail Recipe

This simple tart cherry cocktail is the perfect antidote to mid-winter gloom.<p><b>Note:</b> Use unsweetened 100% tart cherry juice concentrate, which often comes in a 16 ounce bottle at natural foods stores. I used this one from Dynamic Health Labs.<p>Every recipe we publish is tested, tasted, and Serious …

Classic Drinks: Andrew Jackson and The Old Hickory Cocktail

<b>Editor's Note:</b> Please welcome Nick Caruana, who'll be sharing the stories of classic cocktails (and ideas for variations) in the coming weeks.<p>If you like making cocktails, I bet you probably have some vermouth lying around for that frequent occasional Manhattan or Martini. Sadly, outside of those …

How Booze is Made: The Basics of Column Distillation

Last week, I gave you a list of ten great bargain bourbons, and although I won't quiz you on this material, I certainly hope you're doing your homework.<p>As you might remember, I said last week that "the bourbon industry has the resources and capacity to make massive quantities of corn juice, and the …

10 Lesser-Known Cocktails You Should Be Drinking

So you've been doing the cocktails-at-home thing for a while, and now it's time to stretch your legs a bit and try some new drinks. This week, I've gotcha covered with a collection of ten delicious historical cocktails that go beyond the basics—the Martinis, Daiquiris, Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, …

Sweet Vermouth

Sweet vermouth is a staple in the Booze Nerds cabinet, as it is used in a wide variety of drinks. As a result, we have quite a few different brands. …

Fanciulli Cocktail Recipe

The origins of the Fanciulli cocktail are somewhat dim, but the flavor certainly isn't. It's a Manhattan with a bitter menthol backbone. The drink first appears in the 1931 book, <i>Old Waldorf Bar Days</i>, by Albert Stevens Crockett, and Mr. Crockett states that the name is Italian slang for "the boys." …

A Serious Chocolate Cocktail: The Chocolate Rye

No one wants a cocktail that tastes like unset pudding, but, especially at this time of year, marketers insist on pushing their chocolate drinks anyway. Chocolate wine! The Chocotini! I shudder. Perhaps it's that old notion that people—women, in particular—want a sweet drink that doesn't 'taste of …