There is no bad time to drink whiskey. Statistically, however, we tend to consume cocktails made with brown spirits more as temperatures cool. According to Google Trends, searches for “Old Fashioned cocktail” and “Manhattan cocktail” soar from November to February annually. In advance of this year’s Old Fashioned and Manhattan season, we tasted an array of […]
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For many of us, autumn means getting equal parts excited and infuriated by pumpkin spice lattes and back-to-school specials. For beer lovers, it means Oktoberfests. Oktoberfestbier, or festbier, is another term for Märzen lager, a German style that was historically brewed in March, to be enjoyed during the fall harvest. The beer style is characteristically […]
With an array of custom mixers available for home and professional bars, even the simplest cocktails entail choices. The Moscow Mule, created by Smirnoff in 1941, has just three ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice. Although vodka is generally perceived as tasteless, we discovered months back that different spirits brands absolutely affect the taste […]
The Gin & Tonic is a global success story. Old-school but fashionable and infinitely customizable, the cocktail’s popularity continues to soar worldwide, aided by a growing number of artisanal gins and craft tonics. After compiling an extensive list of craft and mass-market tonic waters — seriously, if money can buy it, we tasted it — we set […]
The idea of drinking red wine when it’s hot outside can seem counterintuitive. Who on earth would want to pop open a red when the grill is going? A glass of white or rosé seems so much more refreshing. The problem is, red wines go so much better with what’s on your grill than the […]
Cocktail revolution, meet can revolution. As mixologists come up with myriad ways to please our palates, and canned beverages go from last resort to first choice, canned cocktails are booming. Historically, many canned cocktails had muted flavors and lower ABVs than their freshly made equivalents. Now, thankfully, creative companies are perfecting the RTD format. Some […]
Ketel One Vodka launched a new line, Botanical, in May. Made with non-GMO grains and no sugar or artificial sweeteners, the series features varieties like Cucumber & Mint, Peach & Orange Blossom, and Grapefruit & Rose. The line is not technically classified as a ”flavored vodka” by the TTB, due to its slightly lower ABV, […]
An Aperol Spritz tastes like summer, whether you’re currently yachting in the Adriatic, or would very much like to be. The Austro-Italian cocktail features a simple, 3-2-1, Prosecco-Aperol-soda water rubric, making it easy-drinking and customizable. It’s popular, too. GQ, Vogue, and this publication have devoted ample word count to the simple pleasures of the spritz.
There are beers, there are cocktails, and there are beer cocktails. Then, there are also beers that taste like cocktails. Cocktail-inspired beers are a new style of beverage that inventive brewers have brought to our attention in recent years.