Whether your drink of choice is vodka, Pinot Noir, or cider, you’ve probably noticed a change at bars and retailers lately: The selection is exploding. From craft beers to artisanal scotches and wines of every imaginable provenance, the American alcohol market is just plain booming, and it’s not slowing down. Political divides aside, drinkers and […]
Two years ago, partners Greg Boehm and Zachary Sharaga were getting ready to open their celebrated cocktail bar Mace in Manhattan, along with one of the five most legendary bartenders in New York, their head bartender, Nico de Soto. But Greg’s mom had an idea: Instead of rushing to get the bar open in December, why not open […]
In the world of craft cocktails, there was before Sasha Petraske and after Sasha Petraske. When the famed bartender died at the tender age of 42 last year, he left the world altered for his impact upon it.
Just what makes craft alcohol so damn special? Why should I pay $80 for a bottle of vodka? Isn’t it just grains and water? These questions sound like church bells – carrying tidings of joy or judgment depending on who’s doing the asking and answering – up and down the aisles of liquor stores and at […]
New York is the best state for Bourbon in America right now – yes, you read that correctly. You might be wondering, ”Isn’t bourbon only made in Kentucky?” The answer, as we’ve written before, is no. While bourbon has to be made in America, the production is certainly not limited to the one state of […]
Bryan Davis is the owner of Lost Spirits Distillery, where he’s created a chemical reactor that supposedly ages spirits rapidly. Sort of. He makes young spirits taste more mature. The science behind it? Unaged spirits have short-chain molecules called carboxylic esters and short-chain fatty acids. When these chemicals interact with oak, extraction and esterification occur. […]