One of the earliest cocktails on record, the Sazerac hails from 19th century New Orleans. Its creator was reportedly Antoine Peychaud, a Creole pharmacist born in Haiti, whose eponymous bitters punctuate the drink. Originally a Cognac vehicle, today’s Sazeracs are often made with rye, riffing on the Old Fashioned’s whiskey-sugar-bitters rubric. To determine the best […]
It’s not enough to simply ask for a shot of whiskey anymore. As of this month, back bar standbys like bourbon, Scotch, and Tennessee and Irish whiskey will be joined by Empire Rye, a new designation launched by New York distillers in October.
If you take a look behind any bar in America, you’re bound to find a variety of liquors both familiar (hello, whiskey) and unusual. But what about the workhorse bottles that bartenders reach for again and again? We asked nine bartenders from West Hollywood to Nashville to tell us about their ”Swiss Army knife” bottles, […]
While bourbon may reign supreme among American whiskeys, it’s not the only whiskey made here. In fact, Jack Daniel’s, the most popular whiskey brand in America, is not a bourbon but a Tennessee whiskey, and most of the classic American whiskey-based cocktails call for rye, not its sweeter cousin bourbon. So what’s the difference between […]
If you’re into using inventive cocktail ingredients, then it’s time you get to know horchata. It’s milky, sweet, refreshing, and has the potential to make dangerously delicious drinks. Seriously. If the world is fine with milk vodka (which it is), then everyone needs to be head over heels about horchata. Horchata is a beverage by […]
Over the last decade, bourbon’s popularity has skyrocketed, and there’s no wondering why. Its sweet, warming flavor profile is like a corn-based hug for your insides, on top of the fact that it goes down incredibly smooth. The strong aromatics and bold palate make it an ideal cocktail ingredient, yet its soft sweetness also makes […]
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Whiskey can be pretty confusing. There are all those terms: bourbon, rye, Scotch, single-malt, blended — it seems to go on and on.
Move over, Scotch. We’re zoning in on American distilled spirits, breaking down the two biggest and baddest of them all — bourbon and rye. Aside from knowing that we love them both, there are many similarities between these two whiskeys, as well as some solid differences that set them apart. So what’s the difference? Let […]