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With Rising Popularity Comes Endless Iterations of the Classic Aperol Spritz

With Rising Popularity Comes Endless Iterations of the Classic Aperol Spritz

What’s bright and bitter and loved all over? It’s the Aperol Spritz, the super Instagrammable, fizzy aperitif that’s popped up everywhere from music festivals to happy hours nationwide. Everyone’s new favorite drink isn’t exactly new, and its exploding popularity isn’t exactly an accident. Aperol was created by the Barbieri brothers in Padua, Italy in 1919.

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Sour Beer-Infused Soft Serve Is All About Pushing Boundaries and Having Fun

Sour Beer-Infused Soft Serve Is All About Pushing Boundaries and Having Fun

“I grew up on Mister Softee, and have fond memories of chasing down the truck come summer,” Bryan Brushmiller, the brewmaster and owner of Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, Md., says. Many of us have similar childhood memories, but only Brushmiller was inspired to make sour beer-infused soft-serve ice cream. J.R.E.A.M., Burley Oak’s line of […]

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Rosé Beer and Cider Were Inevitable, but Are They Any Good?

Rosé Beer and Cider Were Inevitable, but Are They Any Good?

Brewery Ommegang, an esteemed, Belgian-influenced operation in upstate New York, recently released Saison Rosé, a 7.7 percent ABV farmhouse ale. “The beer was partly born out of recent popularity of rosé,” brewmaster Phil Leinhart says. “But we’ve been thinking about doing a beer with hibiscus for a while.” Ommegang is not alone. Some of the […]

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The 20 Most Important Cocktail Bars in New York City Right Now

The 20 Most Important Cocktail Bars in New York City Right Now

New York City nightlife spans everything from lovably grimy dives to historic hotel bars to thumping dance clubs on the shores of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Its cutting-edge cocktail culture, however, is rightfully world famous. For more than 20 years, the city has been pursuing creative and at times cerebral mixology. It birthed the global speakeasy movement, […]

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Why Every Cocktail Is Suddenly, Magically Turning Purple

Why Every Cocktail Is Suddenly, Magically Turning Purple

In an era rife with rainbow bagels and unicorn foods, “butterfly pea flower” sounds like a made-up ingredient. It is, however, a very real plant that hails from equatorial Thailand and Malaysia. In nature butterfly pea flowers are royal blue, like a Mets cap or the opening credits to ”The Simpsons.” They’re used in teas […]

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Italy’s Rosé Revolutionaries Are Reclaiming Local Grapes With (Gasp!) French Techniques

Italy’s Rosé Revolutionaries Are Reclaiming Local Grapes With (Gasp!) French Techniques

Rosé is arguably the wine industry’s biggest success story of the 21st century. Winemakers worldwide are producing more pink juice than ever before, and those of us in the U.S. have more to choose from than any other time in our history. As with any other product category, from brick oven pizza to alternative rock, […]

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Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

Bubbly, Bone-Dry Brut IPAs Are Suddenly All Anyone Can Talk About

“There’s no mistaking that we are living in the heyday of IPA,” Dick Cantwell, brewer and author of ”Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale,” says. He’s absolutely correct. The Brewers Association ranks IPAs just behind American lagers and light lagers in nationwide popularity. Beer styles within the category span all-out hop […]

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No Way! It’s Time to Rethink Rosé

No Way! It’s Time to Rethink Rosé

It’s probably not a provocation to say that you like rosé. Who doesn’t! Valued at $207 million, the pink wine category is popular and ubiquitous, the Gigi Hadid of beverages. The centuries-old style began its crossover to the American mainstream four to eight years ago, depending on your geographic region and propensity for early adoption. […]

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Coravin Is the Tinder of Wine, and I’m Not Interested

Coravin Is the Tinder of Wine, and I’m Not Interested

Choice is brilliant until it’s a burden. Most of us crave variety, yet we fear change. These dichotomies make the business of being a human rather tricky. They also make life interesting, of course. And they are at the heart of two seemingly disparate modern phenomena: Tinder, the popular dating app; and Coravin, the wine […]

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