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We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s the Best Tiki Cocktail?

We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s the Best Tiki Cocktail?

As temperatures heat up, the time is right for lighter, fruitier cocktails. And if you really want to do it right, you’ll go all in with tiki drinks. These tropical cocktails reappeared in the 1990s and are still going strong today, with bartenders from Seattle to St. Augustine embracing this style. We asked 10 of […]

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The Legend, Myth, and Majesty of the Pickleback

The Legend, Myth, and Majesty of the Pickleback

Let’s talk about hangovers. Hangovers are like 10th grade math. They get more difficult, and then nearly impossible to deal with as we get older. Hangovers in your 30s are no longer a badge of honor from last night’s exploits; they’re a scarlet letter, a not-so-friendly reminder from the universe that you aren’t that young […]

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From Drunk Monks to Boozy Brunch: A Brief History of Drinking in the Morning

From Drunk Monks to Boozy Brunch: A Brief History of Drinking in the Morning

“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” lamely jokes the guy in your office who thinks he’s being naughty for having a light beer at a 3:30 p.m. offsite meeting. Today his coworkers might snicker at his so-called transgressiveness. Yet for most of history, drinking before 5:00 p.m. was perfectly acceptable, if not necessary. Many people drank in […]

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The Roosevelt Room’s Justin Lavenue Will Drink ‘Anything and Everything’

The Roosevelt Room’s Justin Lavenue Will Drink ‘Anything and Everything’

The drinks list is organized by decade at The Roosevelt Room, a soaring cocktail destination in Austin’s Warehouse District. Equal parts neighborhood spot and “mixology mecca,” the bar is currently revamping its 50-drink menu for the first time since opening in 2015. We caught up with co-owner Justin Lavenue, a Daiquiri devotee who was voted […]

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We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s Your Favorite Bargain Bottle?

We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s Your Favorite Bargain Bottle?

For bartenders, choosing a favorite bottle of booze is like picking a favorite child: It’s not easy and someone is going to get their feelings hurt. We asked 10 drinks professionals to tell us the one bottle they always have around. Then, to make things even more challenging, we requested they keep prices down and […]

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Barrel-Aged Gins Are Incredible Once You Figure Out the Right Ways to Use Them

Barrel-Aged Gins Are Incredible Once You Figure Out the Right Ways to Use Them

If you find the concept of barrel-aged gin a little perplexing, you’re not alone. Just what is one supposed to do with this amber-colored spirit that has all the botanical flavors of gin, plus whiskey-like notes of wood and vanilla? Treat it like bourbon? Use it in place of traditional gin? Sip it neat? For one, […]

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The Head Bartender at NYC’s New Rooftop Just Needs a Margarita Sometimes

The Head Bartender at NYC’s New Rooftop Just Needs a Margarita Sometimes

Amir Babayoff, the cocktail innovator last seen at NYC’s Barley & Grain whiskey bar, was recently tasked with creating the drinks menu for Ophelia, a swish new Manhattan rooftop lounge atop the Beekman Tower. This wouldn’t be just any menu. It had to complement its location in the Beekman Tower, an Art Deco landmark with […]

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