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Hotel Bars Are Outshining the Tiny Cocktail Lounges They Helped Create

Hotel Bars Are Outshining the Tiny Cocktail Lounges They Helped Create

Your great-grandmother was probably a pretty cool lady. If she lived in New York, she may have sipped an exciting new cocktail called a Bloody Mary, which, as the story goes, was invented in the 1930s at the St. Regis hotel’s famed King Cole Bar (named for the iconic 1908 mural on one of its […]

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Get Lit With Seven Sunny Turmeric Cocktails

Get Lit With Seven Sunny Turmeric Cocktails

Turmeric cocktails are the latest in a series of healthy-ish drink crazes capturing the attention of drinkers and bartenders alike. The chrysanthemum-hued spice is famous for its detoxifying and immunity boosting abilities, but turmeric’s curative powers aren’t the only reason for its newfound popularity. The spice’s herbal qualities can add unique depth and exotic flavor […]

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You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

Modern mixology is bananas. It’s now easier to get a fantastic cocktail in any corner of the country, a win for those of us who consider drinking a four-season, off-court sport. On the flip side, the movement elevates prices and the sort of panoramic pretension in which your Uncle Jimmy describes his Applebee’s Margarita as […]

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Bartenders Are Using Technology and Michelin-Starred Technique to Blow Your Mind

Bartenders Are Using Technology and Michelin-Starred Technique to Blow Your Mind

Remember when foam was a thing? In the early aughts, molecular gastronomy catapulted fine dining into the 21st century. Launching from Ferran Adria’s groundbreaking elBulli, the movement brought liquid nitrogen, hydrocolloids, and sous-vide everything into innovative kitchens around the world. Now, progressive bars are utilizing innovative gadgets and scientific technique to produce show-stopping, category-redefining drinks. […]

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Underbelly’s Westin Galleymore Would Kill Negronis ‘Mercifully’

Underbelly’s Westin Galleymore Would Kill Negronis ‘Mercifully’

Underbelly, a globe-trotting Houston restaurant that earned chef Chris Shepherd two James Beard Awards, is in the midst of major changes. Last fall, it introduced its first-ever cocktail program. Spirits director Westin Galleymore began creating ambitious menus that change frequently, riff on classics, and feature seasonal produce like winter satsumas. ”People want to drink darker, […]

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We Asked 8 Bartenders: What’s the Best Tequila Cocktail?

We Asked 8 Bartenders: What’s the Best Tequila Cocktail?

The wild popularity of Magaritas notwithstanding, tequila does not figure as prominently into the global cocktail canon as, say gin. Yet agave spirits are arguably the most exciting category in the United States right now. As imports improve, and bars like Clavel in Baltimore and Houston’s Pastry War showcase agave spirits’ diversity, bartenders celebrate the […]

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Ever Bar’s Dan Rook Loves Guinness, Will Make You Rethink Cosmopolitans

Ever Bar’s Dan Rook Loves Guinness, Will Make You Rethink Cosmopolitans

Dan Rook wants Hollywood to drink better. A Chicago transplant who cut his teeth at Irish pubs, Rook opened Ever Bar near the Capitol Records building in summer 2017. What differentiates Ever Bar from a crowded market of hushed, hidden, and precious cocktail lounges is accessibility. The list is simultaneously cerebral and approachable, spanning classics […]

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The 10 Best New Cocktail Bars of 2017

The 10 Best New Cocktail Bars of 2017

It’s a good time to be a drinker. This is true for myriad reasons, not least of all the incredible, ongoing evolution of American cocktail culture. The country’s best bars revitalize their categories, and get us excited about tiki, Negronis, and even speakeasies all over again.

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Clyde Common’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler Doesn’t Have Room for Garbage Bottles

Clyde Common’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler Doesn’t Have Room for Garbage Bottles

There are some bartenders who keep their secrets close to the vest, revealing very little about their recipes or techniques. Jeffrey Morgenthaler is not one of those bartenders. Named American Bartender of the Year, and Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer at the 2016 Spirited Awards, Morgenthaler demystifies craft cocktail techniques and ingredients on his eponymous blog. He has […]

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