The wild popularity of Magaritas notwithstanding, tequila does not figure as prominently into the global cocktail canon as, say gin. Yet agave spirits are arguably the most exciting category in the United States right now. As imports improve, and bars like Clavel in Baltimore and Houston’s Pastry War showcase agave spirits’ diversity, bartenders celebrate the […]
Send all questions to: email@example.com Why does tequila sometimes have a worm? Contrary to popular myth, there is no historical precedent for finding a worm in the bottom of a tequila bottle. Chalk it up to an old wives’ tale that spun out of control — and then got a serious marketing push. To this day, some […]
I love Chili’s Margaritas. As a drinks writer, I spend a lot of time on the road, traveling to far-flung locales in search of the world’s most exciting beers, whiskeys, and cocktails. Usually I have to fly to get there. When I’m at an airport waiting to go to, say, Islay, Scotland, or returning from […]
A trip to an American grocery store is rife with existential struggle for conscientious consumers. Do we want conventional, pesticide-spritzed tomatoes grown somewhere far away but temptingly priced $1.99 per pound? Or are we going to shell out $5 for the organic ones from a farm down the road? Drinkers are facing a similar conundrum […]
Agave is a magical plant. With over 200 known species, many of which can be made into myriad byproducts, it is a diverse, multifaceted entity. Perhaps the best-known (and most loved) uses for agave are tequila and mezcal. Whether sipped neat or served in a Margarita, tequila is one of America’s favorite spirits — and […]
It was another sleepy Friday night in Edmonton in the middle-class suburb of Dovercourt, Canada. During a routine traffic stop, police noticed a 24-year-old man behaving erratically, waving around — my goodness — a submachine gun. Eventually, he started pointing it at the EPS officers on the scene. Fearing for their lives and the safety of others, the […]
Just a short while ago, Tuesdays were nothing more than mundane Monday follow-ups. They did little but remind us that the work week is nowhere near over. That is, until Taco Tuesday came along and shook up the game. We don’t like to exclude, but if you don’t like tacos, you definitely can’t sit with us.
New York City’s best bartenders don’t have a lot of time off. But when they do get a chance to go out, they know the best bars, the best places to eat, and all the late night spots. In VinePair’s new Night Out series, we’ll be speaking with some of the top bartenders in the […]
Danny Mena was at a mezcal conference in 2008 the first time he heard murmurings that the United States was in a mezcal boom.