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, […]
Periodically touted as the next big thing by bartenders and the people who date them, vermouth remains something of a fringe element to American drinkers. Treated more like a spirit than the fortified wine it is, dusty bottles often find little use outside of Martinis in home bars. These days, however, independent and craft labels […]
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — fall, that is. The air remains warm, the breeze is barely chilled, and the sun seems to be shining every day of the week. We love weeks like the one upon us, with those unseasonably summer-like temps smack in the middle of autumn. So what do […]
No matter where you were born, what nationality you are, or where you currently live, we all share one thing in common — at the end of the work day we all need a drink. There’s nothing quite as blissful as that first sip of end-of-the-day alcohol, whatever your poison may be. Where Americans have […]
Ah, yes, another look into one of the terrifying yet enticing Italian bottles on the back bar. In this case, Punt e Mes, self-described as “L’Originale Alternativa.” It’s not all that obscure a drink and is worth learning about since it has year-round applicability—and yes, said applicability involves intoxication.
So: vermouth. Maybe you’ve heard of this stuff in passing, as part of a laundry list of ingredients for some old-timey cocktail. Maybe you have a bottle at home…somewhere…behind the crème de menthe, next to the Chambord? How long has it been there? No one remembers. Since we all come to vermouth with different experiences, […]
Known for its world-class Malbec, Argentina is slowly warming up to another liquor: Cinzano. Developed in faraway Turin in the eighteenth century, Cinzano is an Italian vermouth characterized by its sweet yet full-bodied texture. Being a country of immigrants, Cinzano made the transatlantic journey to Argentina along with the large Italian population that migrated to the […]
In the 2001 mob movie Made, written and directed by John Favreau, the character played by Vince Vaughn gets into a disagreement in the back room of an old school Italian joint with the character played by Sean “Diddy” Combs regarding what exactly is and what isn’t a digestif. Combs’s character orders four Fernets for […]