Cocktail Trends Come and Go. Long Island Iced Teas Are Timeless.

Cocktail Trends Come and Go. Long Island Iced Teas Are Timeless.

Long Island Iced Teas are spirited enablers. Boozy, sticky-sweet, and often served in a vessel one can only describe as Big Gulp-esque, it’s one iconic cocktail most adults would just as soon forget. And yet the stalwart mix of vodka, gin, tequila, rum, triple sec, and cola persists. It is an integral facet of American […]

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Best Practices: Bloody Marys Require Restraint

Best Practices: Bloody Marys Require Restraint

”The Bloody Mary is the most inconsistently made cocktail,” Alejandro Javier Lopez, founder and president of Toma Craft Cocktail Mixers, says. While classics like the Old Fashioned have prescribed processes, Bloody Marys are a moving target. Order one at a bar or restaurant, and it might be served with a celery stick, pickled shrimp, or skewered […]

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The Florida Marketing Stunt That Gave the World the Sex on the Beach

The Florida Marketing Stunt That Gave the World the Sex on the Beach

A sweetly simple mix of vodka, schnapps, cranberry juice, and O.J., the Sex on the Beach is an easy-drinking party starter. Yet behind its tropical facade lies uncertain origins. According to one version of the cocktail’s history, in 1987, an ominously named spirits company called National Distribution wanted to boost sales of its new product, […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona, Spain, and Catalonia Wine Country

The Ultimate Guide to Barcelona, Spain, and Catalonia Wine Country

Barcelona seems familiar, even to those of us who’ve never been. Everyone has a friend — some of us are that friend — who visited once, as a Eurail Pass-toting undergrad, and still raves about it. They slur the “c” in the city’s name whenever possible, trilling Bahthhhelona with gusto. But Barcelona is much more […]

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