• Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

    Americans have embraced this date as an excuse to celebrate all things Mexican and gorge on its cuisine and drinks, but the true significance is often...


  • Cocktail Apps

    Have you ever forgotten the measurements or ingredients for a cocktail you want to drink and wish you had something handy as a reference? Perhaps you’re at...


  • The Dutch Quarter

    The weather often dictates what people choose to drink. In warmer temperatures, some gravitate toward lighter spirits like vodka or gin. When it’s cooler,...


  • Lillet Rosé

    Imagine yourself sitting in the sunshine at a sidewalk café on a warm day. You crave refreshment, but want something that’s not too light and crisp, not...


  • How to Use Flowers for Cocktail Ingredients

    Ah, spring’s blooming flowers. With their bright colors, delicate petals and sweet fragrances, you just want to drink them in, don’t you? Well, you...


  • The Daisy Cocktail

    The Daisy cocktail is old school. It’s been documented in recipe books as early as the last quarter of the 19th century, and likely consumed way before...


  • New Whiskies for Spring and Summer

    On April 11, Whisky Live tookplace at Pier 60 of Chelsea Piers. Among the tartans, the bagpipes and the craft cocktail slingers, an impressive gathering of...


  • One, Singular Spirits Sensation

    The beginning of this century has seen a dramatic shift in bar trends. First there was the flair bartender, using pre-fab mixers to flip and toss sweet...


  • Make Mine A Negroni

    One night a couple of years ago, a few friends and I were seated along the bar in a West Village restaurant drinking Negronis. Another friend arrived late,...


  • Rum For All

    Tuesday, March 27, I had the pleasure of attending Rum For All, a lecture and tasting led by spirits authorities F. Paul Pacult and Sean Ludford at Keen’s...


  • Sorel Liqueur

    The hibiscus flower - fetching to look at, but good enough to drink? There are certain parts of the world where hibiscus has long been revered for its...


  • Passover Cocktails and Spirits

    For many, Passover is the ultimate exercise in patience. Not only are observant Jews required to give up anything with flour, most grains and leavening for...


  • The Corpse Reviver

    Easter has become one of my favorite drinking holidays over the past few years. It might sound a little sacrilegious to some, but I think celebrating the...


  • The Shanty Bar

    If I were to rate The Shanty Bar in Williamsburg on decor alone, I’d give it top points. Anyone can build attractive modern woodworking, provide spacious...


  • Mad Men Cocktails

    After a long hiatus, the much-anticipated fifth season of AMC’s TV series Mad Men is finally here this Sunday, March 25! This retro chic drama is well...


  • Dry Curaçao

    Some say that orange liqueur is a bartender’s ketchup, used to add a tangy accent to many cocktails. But just as ketchup can be a little too sweet, so are...


  • 8 Irish Whiskies for St. Patrick's Day

    Though St. Patrick’s Day is officially March 17, revelers are starting earlier each year. Whether you’re a bawdy pub crawler or more tranquil celebrant...


  • The Original Daiquiri

    Imagine yourself in 1950s Havana, Cuba. The floor-to-ceiling palm trees in the bar are gently swaying in the ceiling fan breeze. The place is packed with men...


  • Shamrock Shakeup

    Recently, our friends over at What’s Cookin’ conducted a minty shake taste test with the Shake Shack Jeremy Lin-Mint and more traditional McDonald’s...


  • NOM-186 and the Continued Fight Over Agave

    Last month we reported on NOM-186, an initiative which was proposed by the Ministry of Economy in Mexico with the intent on branding agave products. In late...


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