The Seven Best Gins Under $30

The Seven Best Gins Under $30

Few things satisfy like a good gin cocktail. The only problem is that all gins are so different from one another it’s hard to know what to get. It’s almost too easy to fall into the thought trap that more expensive is inherently better. Not so fast. You don’t need to spend more than $30 […]

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Alcohol and Umami: Why Craft Brewers Are Falling In Love With Champagne Yeast

Alcohol and Umami: Why Craft Brewers Are Falling In Love With Champagne Yeast

Few beverages mark a momentous occasion quite like the pop of Champagne. Beers fermented with Champagne yeast, though, come pretty close. Although there are more than 5,000 breweries in the country, beers brewed with Champagne yeast are relatively rare. Rate Beer, the crowdsourced beer-ranking website, lists only 180 beers made with Champagne yeast. Some are no […]

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Dear Irving’s Thomas Spaeth Loves Champagne, Thinks Cheap Tequila Is Shady

Dear Irving’s Thomas Spaeth Loves Champagne, Thinks Cheap Tequila Is Shady

A good bartender has had enough human interactions and seen enough of the world that he or she can hold a conversation with just about anyone. Thomas Spaeth, a bartender who has worked at Manhattan hotspots like Dear Irving and Bar Uni, is the perfect example. From living in Madrid and backpacking through Spain, to navigating high […]

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We Asked 6 Bartenders: What’s the Best Champagne Cocktail?

We Asked 6 Bartenders: What’s the Best Champagne Cocktail?

A bubbling glass of Champagne is timeless. And while delicious on its own, it’s a transformative ingredient in cocktails. We caught up with six top bartenders to learn which Champagne cocktails they like best. From riffs on the French 75 to custom creations, these are bartenders’ effervescent favorites. Best of all? They shared their recipes […]

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These Are the Chemical Compounds That Make Beer Taste So Good

These Are the Chemical Compounds That Make Beer Taste So Good

Terms like ”fruited” and ”flavor-forward” may evoke wine tastings but, when it comes to complex beverages with nuanced flavors, don’t count beer out. As the craft beer industry continues to grow and diversify, more beers are hitting the market with layered flavors and aromas. Sometimes those nuances come from added ingredients, but often they result […]

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Eight Ways to Embrace Scotch Cocktails This Winter

Eight Ways to Embrace Scotch Cocktails This Winter

Colder weather calls for Scotch whisky. While we love Scotch in all its forms, this winter we invite you to rid yourself of the misleading notion that Scotch must be consumed solo, in a leather armchair, by a fireplace. It’s an underrated cocktail ingredient that shines in classics, and can take your average whiskey drink […]

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I Homebrewed Strawberry Four Loko and Lived to Tell the Tale

I Homebrewed Strawberry Four Loko and Lived to Tell the Tale

Among the annals of bad decision enablers, like reality TV and front-facing cameras, Four Loko is the stuff of millennial legend. Since its 2005 inception, caffeine- and energy-laced Four Loko ruined countless people’s nights. Then, shortly before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned caffeine in alcoholic beverages in 2010, OG Four Loko disappeared. Gone […]

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