It’s easy to botch Mojitos. Despite having four ingredients and breezy, tropical-island vibes, Mojitos require precision. In a drink with so few components, you’ll taste every off flavor, from subpar spirits to from-concentrate citrus. Like their cousins, the Daiquiris, Mojitos are a combination of rum, lime juice, and a sweetener. Mojitos also involve fresh mint, […]
Marmite is not for everyone. The dark, viscous sandwich spread made from excess brewers’ yeast has a cult following in its native Great Britain, but is often deemed too salty, pungent, or sour by those of us who didn’t grow up spreading it on toast each morning. Erich Hehn, the 36-year-old bartender at District Saigon […]
There is no bad time to drink whiskey. Statistically, however, we tend to consume cocktails made with brown spirits more as temperatures cool. According to Google Trends, searches for “Old Fashioned cocktail” and “Manhattan cocktail” soar from November to February annually. In advance of this year’s Old Fashioned and Manhattan season, we tasted an array of […]
Served in fancy glassware prone to sloshing, Martinis can intimidate otherwise confident home bartenders. After all, drinks without a lot of ingredients hide even fewer flaws. Fortunately, mastering Martinis is easier than you think. Like life itself, Martinis are all about balance. A traditional Martini recipe has exactly two ingredients: gin and dry vermouth. The […]
Presentation is important, but thoughtfully rimming your cocktail is about more than good looks. That ring provides texture, color, and contrasting flavors to canonical drinks like Margaritas, where a dose of salt on your glass offsets the sweet-and-sour concoction within. “This is something that, when done without thought, is often done poorly,” cocktail legend Dale […]
Ask 10 people of legal drinking age if they like Margaritas, and expect to get a shiny dime in return. Margaritas have been the most popular cocktail in the U.S. for two consecutive years, according to Nielsen data. Tequila sales across the United States are up 9.9 percent.
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 […]