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Spiced Banshee Cocktail Recipe

Spiced Banshee Cocktail Recipe

The Painkiller is a fine, fine cocktail. Itself a riff on the Piña Colada, the Painkiller is composed of rum, pineapple, orange juice and cream of coconut and gets a dusting of nutmeg on top. Well, here comes a riff on the Painkiller. From Charleston’s Poogan’s Smokehouse and Beverage Director…read more →

William Wolf Coffee Whiskey Review

William Wolf Coffee Whiskey Review

Coffee and whiskey are both liquids with a knack for making life a little more tolerable. So it seems only natural that they’d join forces at one point. Whether in your glass as separate entities, or as a bottled alliance. In this case, as William Wolf Coffee Whisky. William Wolf…read more →

The Golden Medal Cocktail

The Golden Medal Cocktail

One week in, and the world’s best athletes are putting on a fine show at the Olympics, with swimmers, gymnasts and beach volleyball players reminding us why we’re here on the couch. Watching, cheering, drinking… And while much of our Olympic cocktailing has included caipirinhas and cachaça drinks, here’s the…read more →

Blue Lake Vodka Review

Blue Lake Vodka Review

Blue Lake Vodka comes from Humboldt Craft Spirits in California. The independently-owned craft distillery produces and bottles everything on site. In this case, everything consists of that vodka, plus a rye whiskey that’s currently resting in barrels and a gin that’s in development. So they’re not just a one trick…read more →

Three Caipirinhas to Drink During the Olympics

Three Caipirinhas to Drink During the Olympics

The whole world will diving into the 2016 Summer Olympics tonight as the games kick off with the Opening Ceremony. For better or worse, the next few weeks in Rio will be interesting to watch. We’re hoping for the best, but to hedge our bets, we’ll be drinking copious amounts…read more →

Making Bitters with Auchentoshan

Making Bitters with Auchentoshan

As the rain poured down on an otherwise lovely afternoon in the Big Easy, a small group of us dipped into the fascinating New Orleans Pharmacy Museum to learn more about bitters and single malt scotch. It was a fitting locale, what with the medicinal history of bitters and all.…read more →

Lagavulin 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Lagavulin 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Lagavulin turns 200 this year—but it’s never been younger, thanks to the release of Lagavulin 8 Year Old. This whisky stands out from its elder brothers not just in age statement, but also in price and color. Lagavulin 8 is a delicate light gold that almost appears clear from certain…read more →

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail 2016

Highlights from Tales of the Cocktail 2016

Another Tales of the Cocktail is in the books, and with it, another productive week spent in New Orleans attending seminars, tasting spirits, meeting distillers and enjoying enough revelry to make us feel fortunate this only happens once per year. It was a good run, and now that our collective…read more →

All the Winners at the 2016 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

All the Winners at the 2016 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

The 10th Annual Spirited Awards capped off another great Tales of the Cocktail, as an impressive panel of industry experts crowned winners in categories spanning bars, bartenders, new products and cocktail writing. London and San Francisco put up particularly strong showings, taking the awards for World’s Best Cocktail Bar and…read more →

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Daiquiris

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Daiquiris

The daiquiri is a simple, three-part classic cocktail that’s one of our favorites. A simple mix of rum, lime and sugar, the daiquiri is an achievement in balance and refreshment that keeps us coming back for more. So if we’re going to celebrate a pseudo-holiday, it’s going to be National…read more →

Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky Review

Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky Review

Canadian whisky is often colloquially referred to as “rye.” And though historically the grain makeups included rye and flavors included some corresponding spice, those rye percentages were never very high. In fact, they were typically much lower than their American counterparts. And these days, with plenty of American bottles sporting…read more →