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This Artisanal Cocktail Apothecary Is Foraging Your Bitters (and Living Your Buzzwords)

This Artisanal Cocktail Apothecary Is Foraging Your Bitters (and Living Your Buzzwords)

Anyone who’s been to a bar in the last 10 years knows that the craft cocktail movement has bequeathed an obsession with all things artisanal. Bitters, shrubs, and infused syrups have gone from unusual additions to must-have ingredients with cult followings. At the forefront is Dram Apothecary, a Colorado company that produces craft bitters, syrups, […]

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Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

Does Anyone Really Want Craft Cocktails at a Steakhouse?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a steakhouse cocktail? Probably the classics – Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan – being drunk by a group of dudes, probably all wearing Brooks Brothers suits, probably all putting the tab on their expense accounts. It’s predictable, yes. But steakhouse drinks are classics for […]

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Reconsidering the Cocktail’s Seat at the Table

Reconsidering the Cocktail’s Seat at the Table

Generally speaking, Jeffrey Morgenthaler is not a fan of cocktail pairings. “I only provide them when requested,” he says. Morgenthaler is bar manager of Clyde Common, a lauded restaurant and bar in Portland, Oregon.“And when I do, the most important consideration is balancing strengths, not flavors.” Morgenthaler is not alone. Many sommeliers and chefs contend […]

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Wine Is a Terrible Investment Because It’s Never Really Liquid

Wine Is a Terrible Investment Because It’s Never Really Liquid

There’s nothing quite as bittersweet as drinking a wine, loving it, and then, over the subsequent years, seeing that wine get more and more expensive, to the point at which you simply can’t afford it anymore. On the one hand, you’re happy to have had the opportunity to drink the wine when it was still […]

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If Instagram Existed in the 1980s Flair Bartenders Would Be Influencers

If Instagram Existed in the 1980s Flair Bartenders Would Be Influencers

Like most of the strange yet amusing things on planet Earth, flair bartending is probably best explored via YouTube rabbit hole. Almost immediately, you’ll encounter the self-proclaimed “Bruce Lee of bartending,” a man who wears the kung fu icon’s famous yellow jumpsuit while juggling four bottles in slow motion at a Taipei cocktail bar. A […]

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‘Autentisté!’ The Wine Revolution Brewing in Europe’s Beer Capital

‘Autentisté!’ The Wine Revolution Brewing in Europe’s Beer Capital

The Czech Republic is recognized around the world as a beer-producing powerhouse, home to the original pilsner, and at least two candidates for the contested title of the original Budweiser. (Both are located in the Czech town of Budweis, known as České Budějovice in Czech.) Czechs also claim the world’s largest per-capita beer consumption, a […]

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You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

Modern mixology is bananas. It’s now easier to get a fantastic cocktail in any corner of the country, a win for those of us who consider drinking a four-season, off-court sport. On the flip side, the movement elevates prices and the sort of panoramic pretension in which your Uncle Jimmy describes his Applebee’s Margarita as […]

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Rum & Pepsi? How Coca-Cola Won the Cocktail Wars

Rum & Pepsi? How Coca-Cola Won the Cocktail Wars

Among the modern world’s bitterest rivalries (Red Sox versus Yankees, CrossFit versus joy) lies Coca-Cola and Pepsi. The battle spans generations of pop drinkers. Multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns have engendered lifelong Coke loyalists, those who swear by Pepsi, hipster antagonists who insist their brand is RC Cola, and a growing phalanx of the health-conscious who’d just […]

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Bartenders Are Using Technology and Michelin-Starred Technique to Blow Your Mind

Bartenders Are Using Technology and Michelin-Starred Technique to Blow Your Mind

Remember when foam was a thing? In the early aughts, molecular gastronomy catapulted fine dining into the 21st century. Launching from Ferran Adria’s groundbreaking elBulli, the movement brought liquid nitrogen, hydrocolloids, and sous-vide everything into innovative kitchens around the world. Now, progressive bars are utilizing innovative gadgets and scientific technique to produce show-stopping, category-redefining drinks. […]

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