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A Czech Distiller Is Resurrecting Pre-Ban Absinthe, Returning the Green Fairy to Rightful Glory

A Czech Distiller Is Resurrecting Pre-Ban Absinthe, Returning the Green Fairy to Rightful Glory

Pre-ban absinthe — made before the spirit was outlawed in the U.S. and most of Europe around 1914 — is one of the rarest drinks on earth. Although the last bottles of it were produced just before World War I, it’s not completely uncommon to hear about serious collectors owning rare absinthe bottles dating back […]

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The States That Drink the Most Alcohol in America, Mapped and Ranked

The States That Drink the Most Alcohol in America, Mapped and Ranked

How do your drinking habits stack up against your neighbors’? And how about versus those on the opposite side of the country? We analyzed data from annual alcohol surveys and reports to see who is drinking the most, and where. The East Coast is home to three of the top five hardest-drinking states, although no […]

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Go Inside the Mexican Distillery Producing Mezcal With Pre-Hispanic Techniques

Go Inside the Mexican Distillery Producing Mezcal With Pre-Hispanic Techniques

The small town of Santa Catarina Minas, about an hour south of Mexico’s Oaxaca City, has mezcal roots that predate the Hispanic period. Fourth-generation master mezcalero, Eduardo (Lalo) Ángeles (pictured, above), left his family’s Real Minero mezcal operation in 2014 to form his own, Mezcal Lalocura. At Lalocura, Ángeles produces over 20 expressions of the […]

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‘Not the Worst Place to Own a Distillery’: The Couple Reviving Craft Spirits in Salt Lake City, Utah

‘Not the Worst Place to Own a Distillery’: The Couple Reviving Craft Spirits in Salt Lake City, Utah

“I don’t want another drink.” That’s not a normal thought for me. I’ve written about beer for years. Even weirder, I was thinking that in Salt Lake City, Utah. Known for its religious population and gorgeous scenery, Utah also has the strictest alcohol laws in the United States. Part of me believed the entire state […]

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Malort, Chicago’s Proudly Unpalatable Spirit, Is Masochism at Its Most Midwestern

Malort, Chicago’s Proudly Unpalatable Spirit, Is Masochism at Its Most Midwestern

“Rotten grapefruit, sugar, and regret.” “Oh, this isn’t too bad, it’s kind of floral and light tasting! Oh, wait, it’s legitimately furniture varnish.” “The ghost of a grapefruit that died under suspicious circumstances.” Those are some of the gentler responses you’ll get if you ask people about Jeppsen’s Malort, the Chicago spirit that has become […]

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The Difference Between Campari and Aperol, Explained

The Difference Between Campari and Aperol, Explained

Double IPAs. Black coffee. Kale salad. Our taste in food and drink seems to be getting rather, well, bitter these days. But that’s a good thing, especially when it comes to appreciating the delights of acerbic apéritifs like Aperol and Campari. Traditionally consumed to stimulate the palate before eating, apéritifs — or aperitivos in local […]

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