mixology

The Elk Room’s Andrew Nichols Despises Bloody Marys ‘With a Passion’

The Elk Room’s Andrew Nichols Despises Bloody Marys ‘With a Passion’

In May 2018, The Elk Room in Baltimore was named one of the best bars in the country. The accolade is in no small part thanks to Andrew Nichols, who can concoct “inspired drinks of and with nearly anything.” As the Elk Room’s bar manager, Nichols whips up historically themed, wildly creative cocktails like the […]

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The Statler’s Kyle Hilla Hates Cinnamon, but Keeps a Bottle of Fireball on His Shelf

The Statler’s Kyle Hilla Hates Cinnamon, but Keeps a Bottle of Fireball on His Shelf

Kyle Hilla has a special touch. At the Statler, a recently restored hotel in downtown Dallas, Hilla’s interactive cocktails span the Fine China’s Sino-French Connection, which requires a French press, and Bourbon and Banter’s “most Instagrammable cocktail,” which necessitates the use of a tiny hammer. While his creations may sound playful, Hilla’s attention to detail […]

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We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s the Difference Between a Bartender and a Mixologist?

We Asked 10 Bartenders: What’s the Difference Between a Bartender and a Mixologist?

It’s a question that’s been asked for more than a decade. With America’s 21st-century cocktail renaissance has come the rise of mixology. The term itself dates back to the 1800s but, in modern usage, it tends to signify the art and theater of expertly prepared cocktails. A bartender, on the other hand, is a bar […]

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Bartenders Are Obsessed With Milk Punch Because It’s Delicious and a Little Bit Dangerous

Bartenders Are Obsessed With Milk Punch Because It’s Delicious and a Little Bit Dangerous

Cameron Bogue is the most skilled bartender you’ve probably never heard of. A Canadian wunderkind, for many years he helmed Bar Pleiades, a mainstay on NYC’s buttoned-up Upper East Side and an unlikely showcase for some of the city’s most inspiring cocktails. One night, about 10 years ago, Cameron Bogue changed my life. At the […]

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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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Mixologists Have Uncovered The Secret Ingredient For Creating Healthy Cocktails – Matcha

Mixologists Have Uncovered The Secret Ingredient For Creating Healthy Cocktails – Matcha

In the most basic terms, matcha is a special kind of green tea. It’s also quickly becoming a popular cocktail ingredient at bars across the country. “Unlike most teas in which the leaves are steeped in hot water and then strained out, with matcha you are actually drinking the leaves,” says Mike Lu of Estrellon […]

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