In both its wine and spirit-making industries, the soil of France plays a starring role. When that soil became occupied territory during WWII, some of the people who worked it did whatever they could to aid its liberation, even using their pre-war trade as a weapon of resistance.Read More
Heritage is frequently touted for marketing purposes, but Ireland’s Kilbeggan Distilling Company (which now operates under the Beam Suntory umbrella) claims a few enviable superlatives. Founded in 1757, it’s the oldest continually licensed distillery in Ireland, and it operates the oldest working whiskey pot still in the world.Read More
During allergy season, some swear by bee pollen as a natural cure. While we’re not qualified to weigh in on its medicinal benefits, we can say with confidence that it makes an excellent cocktail garnish.
Wander into your local scotch aisle, and you’ll see the phrase “single malt” dozens of times over. Look a little closer, and you might see “single grain,” too. The former term will sound recognizable to even the most casual of drinkers, while the latter is more obscure. Yet both are commonly misunderstood and even confused for each other. So, let’s break down the difference between single malt and single grain whisky.Read More
Today marks the release of Son of a Peat Batch 02, the second installment in Flaviar’s mission to make a peated, blended malt scotch whisky based on the feedback of its members. According to the membership-based site, Batch 02 differs from its predecessor in that it is more mature and has a greater sherry emphasis.Read More
Rob Ficks, head bartender at The Hawthorne, vividly recalls one of his favorite pairings: freshly melted hot chocolate with Green Chartreuse. This cocktail is meant to capture that delicious moment.Read More
There’s a good chance you’ve heard the word “hogo.” The term, derived from the French words “haut gout” or “high taste,” refers to the famous funk traditionally associated with pot-stilled Jamaican rum.Read More
Hear the word “tiki,” and you’re more likely to imagine Bali than Boylston Street. But the tiki genre is weird: It’s never been about a real place, but rather the idea of somewhere that’s never quite existed.
We had the chance to speak with Dante Creative Director Naren Young on the eve of the New York City bar’s new Martini Hour menu launch. The Martini Hour is the latest initiative from the historic bar, which currently occupies the #9 position on the World’s 50 Best Bars List and has earned wide-ranging acclaim for its Negroni Sessions menu. We picked Young’s brain on “owning” the Negroni, the state of the Martini, and how he makes his at home.Read More
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.Read More
When asked about the motivation behind the smoky, chocolaty Aztec Thrush, Chickadee bartender Kate Belanger has a simple answer: “What I do is I take all my favorite things that taste good, and put them together,” she says.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Believe it or not, “New York Streets” is a local reference. It’s the name of a long-vanished South End neighborhood whose streets were named after communities in upstate New York. Razed in 1956, it’s been largely forgotten—but not by Lion’s Tail, the cocktail bar that sits at its former center and pays homage with this swizzle.Read More
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.Read More
Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey is a bit hard to place. It’s distilled in Indiana, named for a legendary Alabama moonshiner, and owned by the NY-based Conecuh brands (which is itself named after Alabama’s Conecuh county).Read More