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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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At a Coquito Competition in the Bronx, NYC’s Best Bartenders Come to Win

At a Coquito Competition in the Bronx, NYC’s Best Bartenders Come to Win

Darnell Holguin has competed in cocktail competitions on a global scale, but, at a Coquito challenge in the Bronx last Monday, he wanted his mother with him in the kitchen. Holguin was participating in the first annual Uptown Coquito Showdown at Salsa Con Fuego, a massive Puerto Rican restaurant in NYC.

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Baseball’s Beer and Champagne Shower Celebrations Face an Uncertain Future

Baseball’s Beer and Champagne Shower Celebrations Face an Uncertain Future

When cult Danish brewer Mikkeller opened its first NYC brewery in March 2018, the city’s craft beer community fired up Untappd and hopped on the subway. The site of Mikkeller’s first East Coast operation? Citi Field, the Queens stadium of the New York Mets. (Mikkeller’s wasn’t the first craft stadium brewery in baseball, either.

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Meet the Visionaries Who Claim to Be Unlocking Coffee’s Fourth Wave

Meet the Visionaries Who Claim to Be Unlocking Coffee’s Fourth Wave

How many painfully hip coffee shops playing Sufjan Stevens and pouring $5 cold brew have you been to this year? One? Three? Too many to count? Fortunately, for those tired of predictable cafes serving interchangeable brews, the next wave of American coffee is on the horizon. It’s called fourth-dimension coffee, and its point of origin […]

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Malort, Chicago’s Proudly Unpalatable Spirit, Is Masochism at Its Most Midwestern

Malort, Chicago’s Proudly Unpalatable Spirit, Is Masochism at Its Most Midwestern

“Rotten grapefruit, sugar, and regret.” “Oh, this isn’t too bad, it’s kind of floral and light tasting! Oh, wait, it’s legitimately furniture varnish.” “The ghost of a grapefruit that died under suspicious circumstances.” Those are some of the gentler responses you’ll get if you ask people about Jeppsen’s Malort, the Chicago spirit that has become […]

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From Drunk Monks to Boozy Brunch: A Brief History of Drinking in the Morning

From Drunk Monks to Boozy Brunch: A Brief History of Drinking in the Morning

“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” lamely jokes the guy in your office who thinks he’s being naughty for having a light beer at a 3:30 p.m. offsite meeting. Today his coworkers might snicker at his so-called transgressiveness. Yet for most of history, drinking before 5:00 p.m. was perfectly acceptable, if not necessary. Many people drank in […]

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Latte Liberals, Average Joes, And How Your Morning Cup Became a Political Act

Latte Liberals, Average Joes, And How Your Morning Cup Became a Political Act

You probably don’t think about erstwhile presidential hopeful Howard Dean while brewing your morning pick-me-up, but some analysts think coffee cost him the nomination. In January 2004, just prior to the critical Iowa caucuses, a right-wing organization funded a PAC-TV advertisement that famously derided the Vermont governor as a “tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving” dolt. […]

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A Sommelier Can’t Change the World. But One Did Change Pittsburgh.

A Sommelier Can’t Change the World. But One Did Change Pittsburgh.

It’s sloppy at some places,” Pittsburgh sommelier John Wabeck says of the wine scene in his adopted hometown. “In the summer, you can still get warm red wine. I’d love to stamp that out.” Known as the Steel City, Pittsburgh is more often associated with Boilermakers — a shot of whiskey and a pint of beer […]

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