Ask for a Hot Toddy today, and you’re likely to get a warm drink with whiskey, lemon, and spices. But if you ordered one in the earliest days of American history, that drink would have likely come with rum. The Hot Toddy originated in British-controlled India.
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. […]
Pilsners are clean-slate beers. Best known for versatile drinkability, these are refreshing, palate-rinsing, and thirst-quenching brews. The style started with the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic in 1842, and has since been adapted around the world. Today the most prominent pilsner-style beers come from the Czech Republic, Germany, and America. Pilsners from these three […]
I’ve recently been re-watching ”The Cornetto Trilogy.” It’s a terrific series of farcical British genre spoofs from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. One thing I love about the series is the feeling that I’m getting a small taste of authentic British culture, a great deal of which comes from ubiquitous scenes set pieces anchored to a corner pub.
Excess and America have always played in the same sandbox. From our portion sizes to our wines to our politics, we Americans like things big. There’s no better example of our love of excess than the buffet, that cultural touchstone of culinary decadence that is so archetypally American. When all is said and done, what […]
We Americans love our beer. Also, our spirits. But our consumption of wine might surprise you. These are just a few of the things you’ll notice on our infographic laying out what and how much Americans drank over the past 150 years. You’ll also notice a few other things, like what a hit we took during […]
Looking for a weekend adventure during your holiday travel? Well, we’ve got the perfect pittstop for you — that’s right, we’re talking about the City of Bridges, the Steel City herself, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With contemporary museums, a booming food and cocktail scene, and a sports culture like no other, a weekend in Pittsburgh has something […]
There’s a large swath of America that doesn’t make it onto travel guides or “10 best” lists. I mean, not every city can be San Diego and simultaneously dominate the worlds of burritos, craft beer, and beaches. But if you’re more into seasons (and less into watching stacks of money quickly disappear), then you should […]
Election Day on Tuesday, Veteran’s Day on Friday — if there were one week every four years that screamed America, this would definitely be the one. In honor of this patriotic week, regardless of who you chose on Tuesday, we’re voting to honor our vets and support our country by drinking the most American beverage of […]