Anyone who’s worked in a fast-food restaurant or movie theater knows the fountain soda myth: Colas pumped fresh on site taste better than ones from the bottle or can. A similar belief exists in beer. Ask any beer lover, and they’ll tell you there’s something special about a beer poured fresh from the tap. In […]
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 […]
In January 2015, Jason Alström, co-founder of BeerAdvocate, famously reviewed Tired Hands Brewing’s HopHands, one of the cult brewer’s most coveted pale ales. He gave it a devastating 2.74 out of 5. “Milkshake beers are not a trend or acceptable with traditional or even modern styles,” Alström wrote. Boy, was he wrong.
Orange liqueurs are vital to any well-stocked bar. They appear in classic cocktails like the Margarita and Sidecar, not to mention Long Island Iced Teas and Cosmopolitans. They are understated workhorses, providing fruit flavors, complexity, and occasionally sweetness. The category is confusing, though. Certain brand names are synonymous with different styles, and origin stories are […]
Saying “cheese” around adults is kind of like saying “Santa Claus” around children — both represent a wonderful world of surprise and possibility. But, much like childhood devotion to Old Saint Nick, some of the things many of us believe about cheese just aren’t true. Read on for the most common mistakes most people make […]
Oak is winemakers’ salt. Used correctly, it can increase the intensity and complexity of wine, add attractive flavors, and elongate the finish. When it comes to “seasoning” wine with oak, winemakers have several options — and very different intentions. In white wines, oak can impart notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel; in reds, oak adds […]
It’s no secret that Asian spirits are on the rise. Soju is the world’s top-selling liquor by volume. Shochu is the most popular spirit in its homeland of Japan, and it’s reportedly making a splash stateside in Highball variations and posh umami cocktails. Meanwhile, sake continues to gain popularity, with U.S. sales increasing annually since the […]
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 […]
Cream ales are one of beer’s biggest misnomers. The name confuses consumers, frustrates bartenders, and occasionally leads to mansplaining. One challenge in defining this style is that different brewers set different rules for cream ales. Historical accounts and modern interpretations vary wildly. Compared to macro lagers, cream ales tend to be a little more bitter.