Bartenders: The Impact of Plastic Straws Isn’t Really the Point

Bartenders: The Impact of Plastic Straws Isn’t Really the Point

Like time, consumer outrage flies on the internet. Earlier this month a line of incredibly ill-conceived novelty wines tied to ”The Handmaid’s Tale” inspired such immediate digital fury that the distributor, Lot18, canceled the wines one day after they were announced. Now we’ve turned our collective grimace toward plastic straws.

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We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s the Best Rum Cocktail?

We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s the Best Rum Cocktail?

There is never a bad time to drink rum, but the quintessential Caribbean spirit (or is it Indian?) seems especially appropriate for summer months. Bartenders agree. That’s why we asked 10 drinks professionals to tell us their favorite rum cocktails. From classic Daiquiris to a creation described as “Mojito’s bolder sister,” here are their picks. […]

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Malort, Chicago’s Proudly Unpalatable Spirit, Is Masochism at Its Most Midwestern

Malort, Chicago’s Proudly Unpalatable Spirit, Is Masochism at Its Most Midwestern

“Rotten grapefruit, sugar, and regret.” “Oh, this isn’t too bad, it’s kind of floral and light tasting! Oh, wait, it’s legitimately furniture varnish.” “The ghost of a grapefruit that died under suspicious circumstances.” Those are some of the gentler responses you’ll get if you ask people about Jeppsen’s Malort, the Chicago spirit that has become […]

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From the Angel’s Share to Act of God: Why Collectors Are Now Insuring Whiskey

From the Angel’s Share to Act of God: Why Collectors Are Now Insuring Whiskey

“I was scared to death,” Derek Wallace tells me. The New Hampshire man had a major, if enviable problem. He had way too much whiskey. “I was constantly worried that something bad was going to happen to it,” he says. There are bottles of booze spread all throughout Wallace’s home. Many of his top-shelf offerings […]

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9 Things You Should Know About Ron Zacapa

9 Things You Should Know About Ron Zacapa

Arguably the most important thing to know about rum this time of year is that it’s in your glass. And while we too plan on pursuing carefree rum consumption this season, while also quietly praying that “moisture wicking technology” is actually a thing, we like getting a bit better acquainted with our favorite spirits: tequila, […]

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