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Why Are Craft Cocktails So Expensive?!

Why Are Craft Cocktails So Expensive?!

It’s a question that has vexed the great thinkers of human history for years: Why is my drink so damn expensive? In this era of $20+ craft cocktails, it seems all the more important to investigate whether said drinks can ever be anything other than a complete ripoff, which is exactly what Adam and Zach […]

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We Asked 10 Bartenders: How Can You Tell If Your Bartender Is a Pro?

We Asked 10 Bartenders: How Can You Tell If Your Bartender Is a Pro?

A good bartender can fix you a proper cocktail, of course, but there’s more to the job than making drinks. Bar professionals are also champion multitaskers, managing personalities, operations, and more while being hospitable to everyone at the bar. We asked 10 bartenders across the country how they tell if the person making their drink […]

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Best Practices: Don’t Skimp When You’re Making White Russians

Best Practices: Don’t Skimp When You’re Making White Russians

At first glance, your average White Russian cocktail might seem unapologetically rich. In the hands of a skilled bartender, however, it’s surprisingly balanced. Indulgence is an art, after all. The standard White Russian recipe features equal parts vodka, coffee liqueur, and either half and half or heavy cream. When you’re mixing up this drink, you […]

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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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