Let’s say you’ve got yourself a nice little whiskey collection. You have your bourbon, rye, Scotch, and a bottle of Japanese whisky someone gifted you for your birthday. It might not be the sort of assortment that merits an insurance policy. (Or maybe it is! La di da!) Regardless, you want to keep it in […]
Few white-tablecloth restaurants double as cocktail destinations — or local hangouts. Vie, a Michelin-starred institution in Western Springs, Ill., does both. Just ask Julius White, Vie’s bar manager and assistant general manager. He has worked alongside Paul Virant, the James Beard Award-nominated chef at Vie, for nearly three years. The restaurant regularly appears on best […]
At first glance, your average White Russian cocktail might seem unapologetically rich. In the hands of a skilled bartender, however, it’s surprisingly balanced. Indulgence is an art, after all. The standard White Russian recipe features equal parts vodka, coffee liqueur, and either half and half or heavy cream. When you’re mixing up this drink, you […]
In craft distilling circles, brandy is a dark horse with major momentum. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, Americans bought 13.7 million 9-liter cases of brandy in 2017, to the tune of $2.3 billion. We bought less than 10 million cases of gin, and 9.3 million of Scotch. “Brandy has become a quiet giant of […]
Last year, demand for Oatly, a Swedish oat milk popular at third-wave American coffee shops, outpaced supply. National shortages ensued. Oatly superfans were devastated, and apparently willing to spend $25 per 32-ounce carton on Amazon. It’s tempting to write this off as a fluke or embarrassing display of disposable income. But the alternative milk industry […]
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.