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What Is Sour Mix, Exactly?

What Is Sour Mix, Exactly?

If you went to a bar anywhere in America prior to the year 2000, chances are your bartender had a bottle of sour mix in their well. Sour mix was a very sweet, commercially packaged fruit juice the color of lemon-lime Gatorade. It was a pre-millennium mainstay in Whiskey Sours, Tom Collinses, and truly awful Margaritas.

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Best Practices: Don’t Rush Your Negroni

Best Practices: Don’t Rush Your Negroni

Thanks to strategic corporate marketing, and the general irresistibility of Italian-style dolce vita, the Negroni is undergoing a renaissance. According to legend, a count named Camillo Negroni invented the aperitif in Florence in 1919, combining gin, sweet vermouth, and a branded amaro, Campari. When the 21st-century craft cocktail movement arrived, parent company Gruppo Campari sensed […]

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Best Practices: Make Great Manhattans by Minding the Details

Best Practices: Make Great Manhattans by Minding the Details

Manhattans pack a lot of punch into three ingredients. Sweet vermouth, rye, and Angostura bitters play off one another’s sweet, spicy, and bitter flavors. When made correctly, Manhattans are smooth and velvety. Of course, we’ve all had our fair share of middling or messy Manhattans, too. The wrong whiskey or sweet vermouth can quickly turn […]

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Let’s Duet: 20 of the Best Two-Ingredient Cocktails

Let’s Duet: 20 of the Best Two-Ingredient Cocktails

There is a time and place for every drink, be it a complex creation featuring a laundry list of rare ingredients, or simple, two-bottle affair. For moments when only the latter will do, we’ve got you covered. We compiled 20 of the best two-ingredient cocktails. Gin, tequila, vodka, whiskey, bourbon, Scotch, and rum are all […]

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Ask Adam: Is It Bad Manners to Bring Another Brewery’s Growler to a Taproom?

Ask Adam: Is It Bad Manners to Bring Another Brewery’s Growler to a Taproom?

Send all questions to advice@vinepair.com. Is it bad manners to bring another brewery’s growler to a taproom? Absolutely not. I realize some breweries have a policy that they will only refill their own growlers. I find that policy not only ridiculous, but also completely hypercritical — if you self-identify as “craft” you should also care […]

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The Statler’s Kyle Hilla Hates Cinnamon, but Keeps a Bottle of Fireball on His Shelf

The Statler’s Kyle Hilla Hates Cinnamon, but Keeps a Bottle of Fireball on His Shelf

Kyle Hilla has a special touch. At the Statler, a recently restored hotel in downtown Dallas, Hilla’s interactive cocktails span the Fine China’s Sino-French Connection, which requires a French press, and Bourbon and Banter’s “most Instagrammable cocktail,” which necessitates the use of a tiny hammer. While his creations may sound playful, Hilla’s attention to detail […]

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Best Practices: Mimosas Deserve to Be Better Than ‘Bottomless’

Best Practices: Mimosas Deserve to Be Better Than ‘Bottomless’

When made properly, Mimosas are a low-proof crowd-pleaser. Orange juice and sparkling wine come together in a seemingly foolproof formula that transforms eggs and toast into something celebratory. Unfortunately, like brunch, the meal they typically accompany, Mimosas can fall victim to their own popularity. They are too frequently made sloppily in massive quantities, overpowered by […]

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Cocktail Trends Come and Go. Long Island Iced Teas Are Timeless.

Cocktail Trends Come and Go. Long Island Iced Teas Are Timeless.

Long Island Iced Teas are spirited enablers. Boozy, sticky-sweet, and often served in a vessel one can only describe as Big Gulp-esque, it’s one iconic cocktail most adults would just as soon forget. And yet the stalwart mix of vodka, gin, tequila, rum, triple sec, and cola persists. It is an integral facet of American […]

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