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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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The Espresso Martini Was Coffee Cocktails’ First Act. The Second Is Finally Here.

The Espresso Martini Was Coffee Cocktails’ First Act. The Second Is Finally Here.

In the 1980s London-based bartender Dick Bradsell invented what has since become one of of the world’s most popular cocktails: the Vodka Espresso. A rich, creamy combination of vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur, this jolting concoction was the drink of choice of exhausted party animals well before Red Bull landed on every bar shelf across […]

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6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

6 Questions About Rosé You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

Rosé is in full bloom. The category grew 53 percent by volume in 2017 and, given a recent flush of sales and product launches, 2018 is set to be another banner year. If you have some lingering questions about rosé — where it comes from, how it’s made, and what makes it so popular — rest assured […]

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For Rosé Drinkers, Is It Pale Pink or Nothing?

For Rosé Drinkers, Is It Pale Pink or Nothing?

America’s well-documented thirst for rosé is expanding, but our sight lines seem to be tapering off. Sales are robust, particularly for rosés from Provençe. In the decade between 2008 and 2017, the value of rosé exports from Provence to the United States increased by nearly 4,000 percent. It’s an astonishing success story for a category […]

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