The Northern Hemisphere is well into winter, and some of the coldest days are yet to come. In much of the U.S., however, spring-like temperatures are already upon us. Maybe it has to do with the fact that global temperatures have risen for a third straight year and winter just isn’t what it used to […]
It’s my fourth day at the New York Bartending School and I’m sitting next to one of my classmates who I’ll call Malissa. Malissa is a short woman in her 20s with long dark hair. She works as a receptionist at a gentleman’s club, but she wants to be a bartender. If she can just […]
It’s cold and the snow is falling. You don’t have a fireplace to warm you, but you do have whiskey, tea, honey, and lemon. So you turn to the hot toddy, your old winter warmer friend. You drink with an appreciation that only viral praises and infinite lists of hot toddy variations married together on the internet […]
When the cold weather comes, so do the hot toddies. Few other drinks match the warming and cold-curing qualities like the combination of whiskey, tea, lemon, and honey. Drinking one is a given; the only question is, how are you going to make it? Whiskey is the strongest flavor in a hot toddy if you make […]
The martini is the most American of American cocktails. It’s gained recognition worldwide as a symbol of class, power lunches, and secret service agents. Yet the true martini has been bastardized by Appletinis, espresso martinis, and all kinds of drinks that get designated a “martini” just because they are served in a martini glass. Ours is […]
Ah, winter. This magical time of year is virtually synonymous with flakes, frost, and the flu. As much as we love watching fresh snowflakes falling from our window, sipping hot chocolate by the fire, and cozying up under a blanket with a good novel, having a cold can really put a damper on our winter […]
Come January and we’re all in the same boat. Most resolution makers begin to take up some form of workout routine. Whether you’re an avid gym-goer all year long or simply a person succumbing to the peer pressure of friends, new goals tend to be set in some way, shape, or form.
“Not too sweet.” For many bartenders, these three words are like daggers to their hearts, or a way to instantly get put on their “jackass” lists. “I would say it is the most common guest instruction or request,” says Allen Lancaster, master cocktail craftsman at The Bar at The Spectator Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.
It took Prohibition, a New York bar in Paris, the Russian Revolution, and canned tomatoes for America’s most famous brunch hangover cure, the Bloody Mary, to come into existence. Or so the story goes, anyway. Almost a century later, the veritable mix of tomato juice, vodka, and spices still holds a cherished spot on the brunch […]