• Do It Yourself

    Everybody's growing their own. There are beehives on Brooklyn rooftops and micro-green gardens in Portland windowsills. Everywhere you turn, things are house...


  • Juiced Up

    The Bellini began in Italy, at Harry's Bar, that venerable Venetian icon that played host to Hemingway and Welles. Since its invention in the 1930s, the...


  • The Shakedown

    You denied yourself ice cream all summer long. There were burgers, sure, and certainly booze, but you staved off the milkshake craving all the way to August,...


  • Cherry Bomb

    It's a bit of a time machine. Adding a bottle of maraschino liqueur to your home bar opens the door to long-forgotten cocktails, the ones served before...


  • Blending In

    The blender gets a bad rap. Many a mixologist won't allow the appliance behind their bar, thanks to its association with neon-colored slushes, dispensed en...


  • The Real Dirt

    There's a version of Scott Elder and Stephanie LaMonica's story that goes like this: A young, restless couple falls in love with wine, and sets out for the...


  • Hair of the Dog

    It's the great equalizer, really. The morning hours don't care whether you started last night with a Manhattan or a martini, a tequila shot or a g&t. They're...


  • National Tequila Day

    Raise your glass, let's make a toast. Here's to the margarita, frozen or on the rocks, the savior of happy hours and hot days from coast to coast. Here's to...


  • Raise the Kamikaze

    There's something about the Kamikaze that just screams amateur hour. 2 for 1 special. Bowling alley bar. It's one of those cocktails that shows up in lists...


  • Lime Light

    If you want people in period dress at your Mad Men premiere party, you'd best meet them halfway with some era-appropriate drinks. Martinis will work, and...


  • Enter The Zombie

    More hardcore than the Mai Tai, The Zombie's legend begins in the 1930s, when Don the Beachcomber first mixed the brutal concoction at his restaurant in...


  • Bitter Truth

    It's 1820. A German doctor lights out for Venezuela, to join Simon Bolivar's fight against Spain. It's not long before he's Surgeon General, manning a...


  • Stirring Sake

    The sake cocktail could be seen as the sad stepchild of the real thing, a stand-in served only while a restaurant awaits a hard-liquor license. Purists will...


  • Mastering the Martini

    You're asking for a fight. The second you throw down one notion of the ideal martini, you will be rebutted. Martini drinkers aren't shy -- especially while,...


  • White Out

    No, it's not actually Russian, that's just the vodka talking. Where this cream-based cocktail -- also known as the Caucasian -- was first mixed is up for...


  • Earn Your Stripes

    Maybe it's a bit of a gimmick. Who cares? There's something undeniably appealing about spirits served in a neat stack, and something even better about being...


  • Pitcher Perfect

    Ah, the beauty of batch mixing. Whether you're having friends over for the World Cup, or you're planning to spend Sunday camped out on a patio, having a...


  • American Spirit

    Sure. You could celebrate the 4th of July with domestic beer, or mixed drinks that layer in the colors of the flag (it's a fine excuse to use the remainder...


  • Thinking Outside the Shot

    There's no knocking the power and beauty of the tequila shot. With so many smooth, small-batch sippers on the market, you could spend a lifetime taking your...


  • 6 Things You Should Know About Malbec

    The Malbec you love is most likely from Argentina, from the wide stretch of desert at the base of the Andes. It's richly-fruited and gregarious and...


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