Cocktails

Gold Bar Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Gold Bar Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Gold Bar Whiskey is one spirit that won’t be mistaken—or missed on the shelf. Its bottle resembles a gold bar and includes a removable “Lady of Fortune” brass coin made by a private mint. The actual juice is a blend of rye, barley, and corn that is finished in French oak wine casks sourced from a Napa Valley winery.

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Drinking in Rome: the Jerry Thomas Project and Beyond - Bevvy

Drinking in Rome: the Jerry Thomas Project and Beyond - Bevvy

It feels safe to say that Rome isn’t thought of as a cocktail city. And that’s fine—leave that distinction to the likes of New York and London and enjoy the millennia-old ruins, masterpieces of Western art, and extra-hearty pasta the Eternal City has to offer.

But, naturally, all those activities are best followed up with a drink. So, when I planned a trip to Rome this past December, I knew I’d want to venture beyond its excellent wine bars and see what the local cocktail scene had to offer.

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Wyoming Whiskey Steamboat Bourbon Review - Bevvy

Wyoming Whiskey Steamboat Bourbon Review - Bevvy

Steamboat Bourbon, a special Wyoming Whiskey expression limited to one thousand cases, was released in the summer of 2018 exclusively in the Equality State. Its name doesn’t reference a steamboat in the steamboat sense, but rather Steamboat the Horse, a turn-of-the-century steed that was said to be “unrideable” and went on to inspire the Bucking Horse and Rider motif that graces Wyoming license plates.

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Cheat Sheet: Old Tom Gin - Bevvy

Cheat Sheet: Old Tom Gin - Bevvy

Old Tom is something like the Jurassic Park of gins: it was once a dominant category, then suffered extinction, and eventually was resurrected in modern times. Impossible to find until about a decade ago, Old Tom gin now pops up on cocktail menus from coast-to-coast. But, unlike the more common and self-explanatory London Dry style, Old Tom’s name reveals precious little about its content and production.

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Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky No. 2 Review - Bevvy

Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky No. 2 Review - Bevvy

A name like “Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky No. 2” requires some explaining. First, it’s a limited, five-casks-only release from Virginia Distillery Company. Second, the spirit is a blend of scotch with 100 percent malted barley whiskey made by Virginia Distillery Company. Third, it’s been finished for 12 months in whiskey barrels that D.C.-based Three Stars Brewing used to age their Whisker Assassin’s Barrel Aged Strong Ale.

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Tiki Drinks - The Food Lens

Tiki Drinks - The Food Lens

In a city where the term nor’easter carries weight, bars that sell a mid-century vision of island paradise can be a great relief. From full-on tiki joints to the tiki-inspired, these spots are worth pulling out a Hawaiian shirt for no matter the season.

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Sippin’ on Gin and Juice - The Food Lens

Sippin’ on Gin and Juice - The Food Lens

The obvious inspiration for this colorful cocktail served at Committee may be a 1994 Snoop Dog single—but one sip reveals its debt to the Singapore Sling. A combination of Cherry Heering, orange liqueur, and pineapple juice, the original was first served some 80 years before Snoop had his mind on his money and his money on his mind.

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