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The Differences Between Rum, Rhum Agricole, and Cachaça

The Differences Between Rum, Rhum Agricole, and Cachaça

With the resurgence of tiki culture, punches, and high-end sipping spirits, expect to notice more space behind the bar dedicated to cane-sugar-based spirits. These bottles span a number of styles and origins and are used to create drinks that may or may not come garnished with an umbrella. What are we talking about? The trio includes […]

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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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Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

Eight Trends to Watch in 2018

With 2017 tilting toward our collective rearview mirror, we’re reflecting on the previous year. It’s been an extremely exciting time for the beer, wine, and spirits world, from a seemingly endless stream of craft beer acquisitions to the meteoric climbs of natural wine and amaro. We can’t wait to see what keeps glasses filled and […]

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We Asked 9 Bartenders: What’s the Most Versatile Bottle in Your Arsenal?

We Asked 9 Bartenders: What’s the Most Versatile Bottle in Your Arsenal?

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, […]

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We Blind-Tasted Pricey Kentucky Water by Selflessly Drinking Four Bourbons

We Blind-Tasted Pricey Kentucky Water by Selflessly Drinking Four Bourbons

In lyrics, as in life, Toby Keith gets it wrong. The man who crooned about needing whiskey for his men and beer for horses omitted one crucial addition: water. (Mr. Keith also apparently has no women friends, but this is perhaps not a revelation.) Last month, Scientific Reports published a study on the chemical benefits […]

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A 6-Bottle Introduction to Cachaça

A 6-Bottle Introduction to Cachaça

If you’ve had any experience with cachaça, it’s likely been in Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha. But there’s so much more to the spirit. Cachaça is a sweet, vegetal, and usually clear liquid made from fresh sugarcane juice. It’s most similar in taste and style to rum, which is primarily made from molasses, and rhum […]

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