Bitters are the salt and pepper of cocktails. They can emphasize certain flavor profiles, and take a drink from humdrum to complex. While there is a long and growing list of commercial options out there, one of the best ways to get to know bitters is by making your own. Bitters, at their most basic, […]
We are approaching peak pineapple. For the past several years, the classic symbol of hospitality has popped up on clothing, golden cocktail shakers, wallpaper, houses under the sea… The general rule seems to be that if you wear it or decorate with it, there’s probably a pineapple version of it. Design trends come and go, but […]
Up your Margarita game with this Azul Margarita. Made with the dried peels of the ”Laraha,” a sweet Valencia orange with roots on the island of Curaçao, BOLS Blue Curaçao is the perfect way to add natural citrus flavor to your Margarita, plus you’ll give your drink a beautiful blue hue. Learn how to make […]
If you want to drink like a bartender, you have to taste things. Taste new things, taste things you haven’t tasted in awhile, and taste things you’re very familiar with. Above all, you simply need to taste everything you can, all the time.
Freedom fries notwithstanding, Americans love to imitate the French. From drinking coffee, to enjoying wine midday, to using the word ”summer” as a verb, our countrymen persistently embrace and emulate the Gallic lifestyle. Now, globally minded drinkers are applying this impulse to the most American pastime possible: downing cheap beer. At pizza and natural wine bar Ops […]
A choreographed symphony of wrist flicks and swirls, Japanese bartending is an art form. Ingredients are meticulously sourced, drinks are stirred just so, and ice cubes are perfectly square-cut (and, as testament to a national pursuit of perfection, are also sold by the bag at 7-Elevens across the country). Fittingly, the Japanese highball is an […]
It’s easy to find a good bar in New York, but it’s hard to find a great bar. The best bars in the city — and the world, for that matter — have a balance of mouthwatering drinks, personable and endlessly knowledgable bartenders, and a comfortable atmosphere.
There’s something about being in a pool with a cold drink in hand that makes everything feel right with the world. There’s simply no better way to refresh both your body and soul than sipping on a cocktail, beer, or some rosé in the shallows of the cool water while sunshine beams down on you. […]
It’s a weekday at 11:30 a.m. at the Blue Hill restaurant in Manhattan, and a group of alcohol writers are milling around with cocktails in their hands. The drinks are an off-yellow mix of Meyer lemon, honey, and a base product called Seedlip, and they’re all mixed and shaken by a bartender. Cocktails at 11:30 a.m. […]