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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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Eager to Ditch Its Bulk-Wine Past, Puglia Embraces Native Grapes and Hip Hop

Eager to Ditch Its Bulk-Wine Past, Puglia Embraces Native Grapes and Hip Hop

The jazzy hip-hop stylings of R+R=NOW, a group somewhat similar to the Roots, fill the air above the hills of Locorotondo, Italy during its annual Locus Festival. About an hour south of Bari, in southeastern Italy, Locorotondo has hosted this summertime celebration to all things Puglia for 14 years. The crowd is happily nodding and […]

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Best Practices: Don’t Rush Your Negroni

Best Practices: Don’t Rush Your Negroni

Thanks to strategic corporate marketing, and the general irresistibility of Italian-style dolce vita, the Negroni is undergoing a renaissance. According to legend, a count named Camillo Negroni invented the aperitif in Florence in 1919, combining gin, sweet vermouth, and a branded amaro, Campari. When the 21st-century craft cocktail movement arrived, parent company Gruppo Campari sensed […]

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What Are Bottled-in-Bond Spirits, and Why Are They Suddenly Everywhere?

What Are Bottled-in-Bond Spirits, and Why Are They Suddenly Everywhere?

As American whiskey sales continue to grow year-over-year, due in part to what industry analysts call the “craft movement,” bottled-in-bond spirits have come back in a big way. Jack Daniel’s released a 100-proof bottled-in-bond expression in August 2018. Heaven Hill Brands, the sixth-largest distilled spirits company in the U.S., has made bonded iterations of Old […]

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Best Practices: Make Great Manhattans by Minding the Details

Best Practices: Make Great Manhattans by Minding the Details

Manhattans pack a lot of punch into three ingredients. Sweet vermouth, rye, and Angostura bitters play off one another’s sweet, spicy, and bitter flavors. When made correctly, Manhattans are smooth and velvety. Of course, we’ve all had our fair share of middling or messy Manhattans, too. The wrong whiskey or sweet vermouth can quickly turn […]

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Turf Wars and Top Wines: Your Guide to To-Kalon, Napa’s Most Iconic Vineyard

Turf Wars and Top Wines: Your Guide to To-Kalon, Napa’s Most Iconic Vineyard

Often referred to as Napa’s “first growth” vineyard, To-Kalon is the region’s — and arguably California’s — most important grape-growing real estate. Planted on well-draining, gravelly soils in the Oakville AVA, vines must search deep underground for water, creating stress ideal for grapes to ripen. To-Kalon provides optimal growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon, which is […]

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The Differences Between Prosecco, Franciacorta, And Other Italian Bubbles, Explained

The Differences Between Prosecco, Franciacorta, And Other Italian Bubbles, Explained

Prosecco is a global superpower. Nearly 20 percent of all sparkling wine sold in 2017 was Prosecco, according to Nielsen data, and sales were up 21 percent over the previous year. And that’s not the half of it. Industry experts like Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise predict that Prosecco sales will continue to soar, increasing by […]

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