Micah Anderson has mastered high-low balance. At Ponyboy, the neighborhood cocktail bar he manages in Oklahoma City, Anderson creates memorable drinks inspired by Dairy Queen banana splits and Sonic Cherry Limeade. Keys to the Lake House, a drink on his summer list, features sherry, bonded bourbon, blackberry, mint, and bitters.
Cocktail-friendly Ketel One Vodka is a proudly Dutch operation. Made in the Netherlands for 11 generations, the distillery even has its own windmill! It’s a cocktail-friendly spirit, and placed in the the top three when VinePair blind-tasted the best vodkas for Moscow Mules. Curious to learn more? Here are 10 more facts you should know […]
The pastel grip of LaCroix is inescapable. The sparkling water brand inspires endless memes, roasts, and pronunciation debates. It even made a cameo on HBO’s ”Girls,” which means LaCroix has either hit peak cultural relevance or is officially uncool. It’s one of several bubbly beverages making waves. Americans spent $2.2 billion on carbonated waters from […]
We humans are a judgmental bunch. According to a study by the Association for Psychological Science, most of us form lasting impressions in less than a second of meeting someone new. What, then, do friends, strangers, and bartenders think when we sidle up to the bar? Are our favorite drinks windows into our very souls? […]
You’ve purchased your favorite spirits and squeezed fresh juices. You’ve got your shakers and mixing glasses, and your glassware shined up nice. If you’re planning to swing by the gas station for a bag of ice before your cocktail party, think again. There’s so much more to ice than filling a few trays and calling […]
With an array of custom mixers available for home and professional bars, even the simplest cocktails entail choices. The Moscow Mule, created by Smirnoff in 1941, has just three ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, and fresh lime juice. Although vodka is generally perceived as tasteless, we discovered months back that different spirits brands absolutely affect the taste […]
Porto tonico, a breezy combination of dry fortified wine and tonic water, is one of the world’s great aperitifs. It’s easy to make, fruity without being sweet, and gently refreshing. In Portugal, the early-evening cocktail is so widespread it almost seems compulsory. After work, you relax with a porto tonico. Going to the beach? Have […]
What’s bright and bitter and loved all over? It’s the Aperol Spritz, the super Instagrammable, fizzy aperitif that’s popped up everywhere from music festivals to happy hours nationwide. Everyone’s new favorite drink isn’t exactly new, and its exploding popularity isn’t exactly an accident. Aperol was created by the Barbieri brothers in Padua, Italy in 1919.
St. Louis’s Taste Bar is the rare high-end cocktail den with a killer happy hour. Gerard Craft, the city’s first James Beard Award-winning Best Chef, created the food menu (local charcuterie, tempura bananas, and manchego biscuits), and STL restaurant veteran Drew Lucido helms the bar. A self-proclaimed “nerd” who worked his way from busser to […]