Underbelly, a globe-trotting Houston restaurant that earned chef Chris Shepherd two James Beard Awards, is in the midst of major changes. Last fall, it introduced its first-ever cocktail program. Spirits director Westin Galleymore began creating ambitious menus that change frequently, riff on classics, and feature seasonal produce like winter satsumas. ”People want to drink darker, […]
If you take a look behind any bar in America, you’re bound to find a variety of liquors both familiar (hello, whiskey) and unusual. But what about the workhorse bottles that bartenders reach for again and again? We asked nine bartenders from West Hollywood to Nashville to tell us about their ”Swiss Army knife” bottles, […]
In the hospitality industry, amaro is cool. It’s the shot that a friend insists on sending to the chef after a particularly special birthday meal. When an industry person comes in to dine at a restaurant, what does the team send them as a parting gift? Mini bottles of Fernet Branca, of course. And at […]
We’ve all seen it before, scattered throughout cocktail menus and hanging out in the after-dinner drink section on wine lists, yet many of us are still wondering: What the hell is amaro? Meaning “bitter” in Italian, amari are herbal liqueurs from Italy that have a sweetly bitter flavor and sometimes syrup-like texture. With ABVs anywhere from […]
Amaro means bitter in Italian. So yeah, that’s not a great starting point if we’re trying to sell a spirits category to you. But just bear with us a) because it’s cool and Italian and b) because amari are delicious, multi-functional, and, did we mention they’re cool and Italian?
Perhaps you’ve been brave and sipped a sample from the eagle-clad bottle. Or you’ve watched others shoot it straight down and grimace in surprise. Or you’ve smelled it, handed it back and decided to go with something less … distinct. In any case, chances are good that you’ve come across Fernet Branca. Ten years ago, […]
In college, taking shots was a method of consuming alcohol cheaply and efficiently. But taking a shot can actually be an endeavor that’s both tasty and tasteful. Instead of downing shots of cheap vodka blindly, take a minute, choose correctly, sniff, and savor. Here are four after dinner shots you should try. After a dinner […]
Bitters: A Brief History From classics like The Manhattan to inventive, elaborate concoctions, plenty of cocktails call for bitters. But what exactly are bitters, and why would you want them in your drink? In short, bitters consist of liquor that’s sharply flavored with herbs and plant elements. As is the case with plenty of vices, […]