Barrel-Aged Gins Are Incredible Once You Figure Out the Right Ways to Use Them

Barrel-Aged Gins Are Incredible Once You Figure Out the Right Ways to Use Them

If you find the concept of barrel-aged gin a little perplexing, you’re not alone. Just what is one supposed to do with this amber-colored spirit that has all the botanical flavors of gin, plus whiskey-like notes of wood and vanilla? Treat it like bourbon? Use it in place of traditional gin? Sip it neat? For one, […]

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Aged Canadian Whisky Is the Best Brown Spirit You’re Not Drinking

Aged Canadian Whisky Is the Best Brown Spirit You’re Not Drinking

Canadian whisky is the Rodney Dangerfield of brown spirits — it just doesn’t get the same respect as bourbon and single malts do in America. Here, the category is dominated by brands like Crown Royal and Canadian Club. (Canada omits the “e” like the Scots do.) These labels are perennially popular in the U.S.; according […]

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The Global Gin Boom Washes Ashore in Ireland

The Global Gin Boom Washes Ashore in Ireland

Irish whiskey has been on a tear over the past few years, with sales value increasing by 22 percent in the U.S. and 18.5 percent in all markets over the first half of 2017. But gin is the fastest-growing spirits category in Ireland. There are now 30 Irish brands available, and global exports tripled in […]

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The 10 Best Espressos From Chain Coffee Shops, Ranked

The 10 Best Espressos From Chain Coffee Shops, Ranked

Studies on the health benefits and hazards of caffeine seem to veer from miracle wonder drug to possible silent killer every year or two. No matter what the latest finding is, though, we Americans love our coffee — and drink massive amounts of it. Nearly half the coffee Americans consumed in 2017 was purchased outside the […]

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Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a steakhouse cocktail? Probably the classics – Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan – being drunk by a group of dudes, probably all wearing Brooks Brothers suits, probably all putting the tab on their expense accounts. It’s predictable, yes. But steakhouse drinks are classics for […]

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The Making of a Legend: NYC’s Best Dressed Somm Is Sick Of Museum Wine Lists

The Making of a Legend: NYC’s Best Dressed Somm Is Sick Of Museum Wine Lists

This article and the Making of a Legend series is brought to you by Légende, the taste of elegance. On a recent December afternoon, the dapperly dressed AJ Ojeda-Pons is thoughtfully nosing a glass of wine. He’s currently battling a touch of the flu, but you’d never know it. His sartorial swagger is no surprise; […]

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Why Top Bartenders Are Reclaiming a 350-Year-Old American Spirit

Why Top Bartenders Are Reclaiming a 350-Year-Old American Spirit

Bourbon is often called “America’s native spirit,” and for good reason. But there’s another type of liquor that can claim the title of being America’s oldest native spirit. It’s one that many drinkers aren’t familiar with, even though it’s been bottled in New Jersey by descendants of a Revolutionary War fighter since the 18th century. […]

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The 6 Best Bourbons Under $30 for Cocktails or Straight Sipping

The 6 Best Bourbons Under $30 for Cocktails or Straight Sipping

September claims the title Bourbon Heritage Month, but there’s no bad time to think long and hard about America’s native spirit. Categorically, whiskey is more popular than ever. Consumption of bourbon, rye, and Tennessee whiskey was up 7.7 percent last year, outpacing all other spirits. Brown spirits connoisseurs are constantly seeking out unicorn bottles of […]

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