The Negroni, that boozy red icon, has an entire week and scores of consumer products devoted to it. The Old Fashioned’s association with ”Mad Men” reportedly generated a 500 percent increase in American rye sales. However one Scotch-based drink, the Blood and Sand, remains an outlier to the classic cocktail revival. Its history, like all cocktail histories, is muddled and […]
Send all questions to: email@example.com Is it weird that I hate pumpkin beers? And is there any way to escape them this time of year? Not weird at all, kind sir. I hate them as well. Never been my thing. This year I’ve had a few good ones that have me rethinking my stance, but I want […]
There are plenty of resources out there for cocktail enthusiasts from novice to pro, but with tons of information to sift through, what are the essential texts for the lover of all things spirited? From mastering basic techniques and understanding the classics to getting experimental and nerding out, here are the eight essential cocktail books […]
When it comes to summer drinking, the Mojito is a staple. Its citrusy, minty effervescence is the perfect thirst-quencher on those sweltering hot days beneath the sun. Whether you find yourself lounging poolside, party hopping, or simply sipping on a porch, the mojito is sure to deliver. Making Mojitos at home doesn’t have to be as […]
When it comes to sipping spirits, vodka might not be your first choice. But when it comes to creating cocktails, vodka is actually a bartender’s dream. Quality vodka should be colorless, odorless, and essentially tasteless, making it a perfect boozy addition to a number of different mixers. Everyone should know how to make a good vodka cocktail or […]
Despite the recent surge in the popularity of cocktails, our favorite boozy concoctions have actually been around for quite a while. Many of these classic drinks have a deep-rooted history in where they were created, or have revolutionized the industry behind the bar in some way. In the second segment of our Ask a Bartender […]
One fateful night in San Francisco, I stepped up to the bar and ordered a gin gimlet. My bartender nodded, shook up the cocktail, poured it into a chilled glass… and then topped it off with a float of Jack Daniel’s. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me — that is, until my […]
What in the world is cochineal? If you answered: “a natural red dye,” you would be correct. If you answered: “the original red coloring in Campari,” you would be correct. If you answered: “a tiny bug that all of us have been eating and drinking without realizing it,” you would also, in fact, be correct.
In the world of craft cocktails, there was before Sasha Petraske and after Sasha Petraske. When the famed bartender died at the tender age of 42 last year, he left the world altered for his impact upon it.