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An Unlikely Candidate for a Farm-to-Table Makeover? Flavored Vodka

An Unlikely Candidate for a Farm-to-Table Makeover? Flavored Vodka

Vodka has a split personality. It alienates many self-proclaimed cocktail aficionados, who regard it and its fans as “either boring or troublesome,” according to one industry poll. The worst offenders are, of course, flavored vodkas that have been artificially altered to taste like whipped cream or bananas. Consumers, on the other hand, like vodka. A […]

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The Roosevelt Room’s Justin Lavenue Will Drink ‘Anything and Everything’

The Roosevelt Room’s Justin Lavenue Will Drink ‘Anything and Everything’

The drinks list is organized by decade at The Roosevelt Room, a soaring cocktail destination in Austin’s Warehouse District. Equal parts neighborhood spot and “mixology mecca,” the bar is currently revamping its 50-drink menu for the first time since opening in 2015. We caught up with co-owner Justin Lavenue, a Daiquiri devotee who was voted […]

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Rooftop Cocktails and Punk-Rock Karaoke at the World’s 10 Coolest Hostel Bars

Rooftop Cocktails and Punk-Rock Karaoke at the World’s 10 Coolest Hostel Bars

While hostels have historically had a reputation as dirty, undesirable places for broke backpackers, that’s not always the case. Hostels have always served as bustling social hubs. The best ones in cities like Berlin, Paris, Miami, and beyond have killer nightclubs, pool bars, historic watering holes, and even breweries on site.

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Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

Getting to Know Raicilla, Tequila and Mezcal’s Rebellious Cousin

With skyrocketing sales and famous friends (¡hola, George Clooney!), agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are having a banner year in the United States. Now, savvy bartenders and industry folks are embracing raicilla, a distilled Mexican agave spirit with nuanced, vegetal flavors. Despite its centuries-old history, for many, raicilla remains shrouded in mystery. In part […]

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America’s 10 Most Anticipated Bars for Spring 2018

America’s 10 Most Anticipated Bars for Spring 2018

Spring has officially sprung, even if temperatures across much of the country remain stubbornly wintry. On the bright side, the new season brings several hotly anticipated bars, perfect for late-night revelry, patio sipping, and so on. From an experimental cocktail laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, to a chic Midwestern hotel bar, to an izakaya next […]

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America’s Next Big Whiskey Scene Is Big, Bold, and Deep in the Heart of Texas

America’s Next Big Whiskey Scene Is Big, Bold, and Deep in the Heart of Texas

When it comes to whiskey, the first place that comes to mind is Kentucky. The Bluegrass State has been producing some of the tastiest whiskeys for centuries — in addition to other American whiskey powerhouses like Tennessee, and even Virginia. Now there’s a new breed of distillers emerging in an unexpected place. Garrison Brothers. Whitmeyer’s. […]

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Superfood Cocktails Is the Healthyish Drink Trend We Need

Superfood Cocktails Is the Healthyish Drink Trend We Need

Looking for a healthier happy hour? Cue superfoods. Turmeric, matcha, and the like are popping up in everything these days — including your cocktail. “People are generally more health-conscious these days,” Jason J. Mendenhall, owner and operator of such NYC bars as The Wild Son, The Lost Lady, and The Wayland, says. “Being able to […]

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Bed, Brew & Beyond: Five Hotels for Beer Lovers

Bed, Brew & Beyond: Five Hotels for Beer Lovers

Anyone can sneak a few brown-bagged bottles into her luggage and transform even the dodgiest motel room into a private pub. (Other people do this, right?) But for those seeking slightly more elevated experiences, several American breweries offer overnight accommodations, either at or adjacent to production facilities. Boutique hotels are also getting in on the […]

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Underbelly’s Westin Galleymore Would Kill Negronis ‘Mercifully’

Underbelly’s Westin Galleymore Would Kill Negronis ‘Mercifully’

Underbelly, a globe-trotting Houston restaurant that earned chef Chris Shepherd two James Beard Awards, is in the midst of major changes. Last fall, it introduced its first-ever cocktail program. Spirits director Westin Galleymore began creating ambitious menus that change frequently, riff on classics, and feature seasonal produce like winter satsumas. ”People want to drink darker, […]

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