Spirits

For Rocky Yeh, Tales of the Cocktail Is More Than Just a Party

For Rocky Yeh, Tales of the Cocktail Is More Than Just a Party

Pure sensory overload. These are the words that Rocky Yeh, brand ambassador for Cognac house Maison Ferrand, uses to describe the first time he set foot inside the New Orleans festival that is Tales of the Cocktail more than 12 years ago. Everywhere he looked, there were drinks: drinks at the conference’s many informal networking […]

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The Springs’ Sarah Boisjoli Says Life Is Too Short for Bad Booze

The Springs’ Sarah Boisjoli Says Life Is Too Short for Bad Booze

Sarah Boisjoli isn’t your average bartender. She’s the co-owner and beverage director of The Springs, a brand-new Brooklyn destination with Palm Springs decor, a lavish backyard, and color-popping cocktail list (the craft beer selection is great, too). She’s also the founder of a new dining pop-up brand, Counter Service, and a photographer. And she hates […]

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Can You Buy Alcohol on Memorial Day?

Can You Buy Alcohol on Memorial Day?

In New York, where VinePair HQ is located, we’re privileged to live with relatively lax liquor, wine, and beer laws. Alcohol laws vary aggressively by state, though. Every state has its own set of allowances and restrictions,  some of which are really weird. (In Oklahoma, shop owners cannot sell ”low-point beer” — beer 3.2 percent […]

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There Has Never Been a Better Time to Drink Your Way Through Dublin, Ireland

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Drink Your Way Through Dublin, Ireland

If you’re a drinker of Guinness — and let’s be honest, who isn’t? — it’s likely you’ve already considered a trip to Dublin. You’re in luck, because Dublin is cooler than ever. The Irish capital has grown from a small city into a bustling metropolis filled with great bars, hotels, and restaurants. And it’s only […]

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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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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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The Differences Between Vodka and Gin, Explained

The Differences Between Vodka and Gin, Explained

Gin and vodka are two very distinct spirits. Most obviously, one is associated with pine and herbal flavors, while the other is often positioned as an odorless, tasteless entity. Yet the two are frequent substitutes for each other in cocktails such as the Martini or Vodka/Gin and Tonic. It’s easy to think of gin as essentially a flavored vodka, but […]

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