classic cocktails

Best Practices: The Key to Mastering Martinis Is Finding Your Balance

Best Practices: The Key to Mastering Martinis Is Finding Your Balance

Served in fancy glassware prone to sloshing, Martinis can intimidate otherwise confident home bartenders. After all, drinks without a lot of ingredients hide even fewer flaws. Fortunately, mastering Martinis is easier than you think. Like life itself, Martinis are all about balance. A traditional Martini recipe has exactly two ingredients: gin and dry vermouth. The […]

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Thirst Impressions: What Your Favorite Cocktail Secretly Says About You

Thirst Impressions: What Your Favorite Cocktail Secretly Says About You

We humans are a judgmental bunch. According to a study by the Association for Psychological Science, most of us form lasting impressions in less than a second of meeting someone new. What, then, do friends, strangers, and bartenders think when we sidle up to the bar? Are our favorite drinks windows into our very souls? […]

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The Daiquiri Is Poised to Become the Next Negroni

The Daiquiri Is Poised to Become the Next Negroni

The Negroni was a fairly obscure cocktail as little as 10 years ago, familiar only to bartenders and dedicated Italophiles. Then more and more industry folks started falling for it, citing its versatility and relatively foolproof rubric. By 2013, Negronis were a national obsession. Their mainstream popularity launched an annual Negroni Week and countless culinary […]

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We Asked 9 Bartenders: What’s Your Guilty-Pleasure Cocktail?

We Asked 9 Bartenders: What’s Your Guilty-Pleasure Cocktail?

Bartenders — they’re just like us! Whether it’s The Dude’s fave White Russian, a frozen Daiquiri covered in whipped cream from a can, or a certain vodka-cranberry cocktail associated with early aughts NYC, bartenders have been known to make some embarrassing beverage choices. Then again, haven’t we all? We asked some of our favorite bartenders […]

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Eight Bartenders Reveal How to Make Killer ‘Signature’ Wedding Cocktails

Eight Bartenders Reveal How to Make Killer ‘Signature’ Wedding Cocktails

Thanks to the craft cocktail revolution, happy couples tie one on in style when they tie the knot. “Signature” wedding cocktails are a mainstay of modern nuptials, meant to perfectly encapsulate their personalities, courtship, spirit preferences, and budget. It’s a tall order. As Brides reported last June, Americans are getting married later in life, meaning […]

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Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a steakhouse cocktail? Probably the classics – Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan – being drunk by a group of dudes, probably all wearing Brooks Brothers suits, probably all putting the tab on their expense accounts. It’s predictable, yes. But steakhouse drinks are classics for […]

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The Seven Best Ryes for Sazeracs, Ranked

The Seven Best Ryes for Sazeracs, Ranked

One of the earliest cocktails on record, the Sazerac hails from 19th century New Orleans. Its creator was reportedly Antoine Peychaud, a Creole pharmacist born in Haiti, whose eponymous bitters punctuate the drink. Originally a Cognac vehicle, today’s Sazeracs are often made with rye, riffing on the Old Fashioned’s whiskey-sugar-bitters rubric. To determine the best […]

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Rum & Pepsi? How Coca-Cola Won the Cocktail Wars

Rum & Pepsi? How Coca-Cola Won the Cocktail Wars

Among the modern world’s bitterest rivalries (Red Sox versus Yankees, CrossFit versus joy) lies Coca-Cola and Pepsi. The battle spans generations of pop drinkers. Multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns have engendered lifelong Coke loyalists, those who swear by Pepsi, hipster antagonists who insist their brand is RC Cola, and a growing phalanx of the health-conscious who’d just […]

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