If you went to a bar anywhere in America prior to the year 2000, chances are your bartender had a bottle of sour mix in their well. Sour mix was a very sweet, commercially packaged fruit juice the color of lemon-lime Gatorade. It was a pre-millennium mainstay in Whiskey Sours, Tom Collinses, and truly awful Margaritas.
Thanks to strategic corporate marketing, and the general irresistibility of Italian-style dolce vita, the Negroni is undergoing a renaissance. According to legend, a count named Camillo Negroni invented the aperitif in Florence in 1919, combining gin, sweet vermouth, and a branded amaro, Campari. When the 21st-century craft cocktail movement arrived, parent company Gruppo Campari sensed […]
Manhattans pack a lot of punch into three ingredients. Sweet vermouth, rye, and Angostura bitters play off one another’s sweet, spicy, and bitter flavors. When made correctly, Manhattans are smooth and velvety. Of course, we’ve all had our fair share of middling or messy Manhattans, too. The wrong whiskey or sweet vermouth can quickly turn […]
There is a time and place for every drink, be it a complex creation featuring a laundry list of rare ingredients, or simple, two-bottle affair. For moments when only the latter will do, we’ve got you covered. We compiled 20 of the best two-ingredient cocktails. Gin, tequila, vodka, whiskey, bourbon, Scotch, and rum are all […]
“Good Lambruscos are almost always going to be in the $20 to $30 range,” Keith Beavers, wine professional and VinePair columnist, says as I set up a Lambrusco blind tasting. He’s right. Our panel immediately pans three cloying, $11-ish bottles in rapid succession. Beavers’ wisdom goes against persistent misconceptions about Lambrusco, the sparkling red wine […]
America loves Hennessy — we imported 6.4 million cases of it in 2017 — but we tend to have trouble understanding Cognac as a category. Should we pair Cognac with meals, like wine? Is it a dessert drink? A cocktail ingredient? Do we need fancy glassware to properly enjoy Cognac? And a smoking jacket? “Cognac […]