All drinking culture is rich with tradition. Unspoken codes and customs find us clinking glasses, buying rounds, and tapping the bar before taking a shot, regardless of our surroundings. The primary ritual to keep in mind when drinking sake, the Japanese beverage in the midst of an American renaissance, is to never pour your own […]
Got a question? Email us at: email@example.com A friend recently told me he came up with an ingenious hack to ensure his drink is strong. He asks for it without ice and swears the bartender gives him more liquor to compensate. Is he right? Nope. This is an old ”trick” most bartenders are all too […]
Got a question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org What’s the difference between cheap beer and malt liquor? In reality, not much. Both are made the same way: You create a mash, let it ferment, bottle it, let it carbonate, and then you have your product. The real difference lies in what’s used to create each, and the amount […]
Are there any easy substitutions for vermouth if I don’t have it at home? I wanted to make a Martini the other night and realized I was out. Unfortunately, there are not really any “easy” substitutions for sweet or dry vermouth, as the other spirits that will work are less common in home bars.
Send all questions to: email@example.com What should I do to store my wine in the summer months if I don’t have a wine fridge? Summer can be an awful time for wine. With temperatures rising at a dramatic rate, the delicate liquid inside your bottle can cook and turn very easily, which is why understanding […]
Send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org What is eau de vie and when should I drink it? Eau de vie is a fruit brandy that is distilled clear, with a slight flavor of the fruit it was distilled from. In English-speaking countries, it is used to refer to a fruit brandy made from any fruit other […]
Send all questions to email@example.com Do bartenders hate it when we make the check signal instead of asking for it? Yes, they hate it. No one likes to be summoned like they are your servant, and by making that signal, you’re basically doing just that.
Send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Do I need to keep my sparkling wine corked while it’s open? How fast will it go flat? If you’re planning to drink the entire bottle, then continuing to recork the bottle after pouring each glass is a bit of overkill. The bottle will not go flat in one sitting.
The bar is, generally, a happy place. Whether you are there to pass a quiet hour with a friend or to go on an insta-rampage, most people associate positive things with the place where alcohol is served. Nothing can ruin an excellent time, however, like a display of bad manners, or a breach of unspoken […]