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10 Flavored Vodkas You Should Really Try

Andrew Strenio 11 comments

Here are 10 flavored vodkas that have won over even the biggest flavored vodka cynic—yours truly. More

The Bloody Mary: The History and Science of an Oddball Classic

Kevin Liu 23 comments

The Bloody Mary isn't much like most classic cocktails. Today, we delve into this classic brunch drink's history and figure out whether you should really use it as a vehicle for cheap vodka. Got a hangover to cure? Read on... More

Ao Vodka Could Change Your Mind About Vodka

Drinks Andrew Strenio 12 comments

This vodka from Suntory is made from 100% Japanese rice and water sourced from the island of Kyushu. The rice mash is distilled in small pot stills and clarified through a bamboo filtration process. More

Quick Drinks: Tart Cherry Cocktail

Drinks Julianne Puckett 7 comments

Two confessions. One: I love cocktails. Two: I am lazy. Well, lazy when it comes to making cocktails. I refuse to consider making a drink with an ingredient list that requires six new hard-to-find bottles or a consultation with a dictionary. This laziness has caused "cocktail hour" at my house to become essentially "glass-of-wine hour", which is frankly getting pretty boring. Here's a simple drink to switch things up. More

Tart Cherry Cocktail

Serious Eats Julianne Puckett 3 comments

This simple tart cherry cocktail is the perfect antidote to mid-winter gloom. More

We Try UV Sriracha Vodka

Drinks Nick Guy 6 comments

Now, you can add Sriracha flavored booze into your favorite cocktail. You may begin rejoicing. More

I Brought Cinnabon Vodka Home for Thanksgiving

Drinks Jamie Feldmar 16 comments

The first thing you should know about this review is that I volunteered to do it. I'm not typically a vodka drinker, let alone a flavored vodka drinker, but when the bottle of Cinnabon vodka showed up at our office, I figured what the hell, and brought it home for Thanksgiving. More

5 Vodka Cocktails to Make This Fall

Drinks Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

Vodka drinks are creeping back into the cocktail scene—especially those featuring vodkas from small-batch distillers. Here are five great cocktail recipes to help you get reacquainted with vodka at home. More

Fresh Tomato Martini

Serious Eats Autumn Giles 2 comments

Not unlike a ripe, in-season tomato, the tomato vodka in this drink doesn't need a lot to dress it up. This is the cocktail equivalent of slicing up a beefsteak and showering it with crunchy salt. More

Should You Boycott Russian Vodka Over Russian Gay Rights?

Drinks Michael Dietsch 40 comments

It's rare for a booze brand to become the center of a socio-political controversy, but that's just what happened at the end of July, when a prominent supporter of gay rights called for a boycott of Stolichnaya vodka. I'm going to try to recount the reasons for the boycott, Stoli's reaction, and some of the back-and-forth the boycott has sparked. More

Behind the Scenes at 2Bar Spirits, a Small Batch Distillery in Seattle

Drinks Naomi Bishop Post a comment

2Bar Spirits is one of the few grain-to-bottle operations that have opened in the three years since the easing of laws gave birth to Washington State's fledgling craft distilling industry. More

Cocktail Overhaul: Lemon Drop

Drinks Jeff Lucas Post a comment

The Lemon Drop was one of the most popular cocktails in the US in the later part of the 20th century. It should follow a simple formula of spirit, lemon, and sweetener, but sadly, in many bars the drink disintegrated into a candied mess. It's time to give the Lemon Drop the glory it deserves. More

Upgraded Lemon Drop

Serious Eats Jeff Lucas 2 comments

The Lemon Drop was one of the most popular cocktails in the US in the later part of the 20th century. It should follow a simple formula of spirit, lemon, and sweetener, but sadly, in many bars the drink disintegrated into a candied mess. It's time to give the Lemon Drop the glory it deserves. More

Cocktail 101: How to Make a Martini

Drinks Michael Dietsch 22 comments

How many ways are there to enjoy a martini? Over at Slate, Troy Patterson has given a lot of thought to this question. He staged a Tournament of Martinis, in the pattern of the NCAA basketball tourney. Starting with 80 recipes (yes, 80), he paired drinks up and let them battle for supremacy. He includes martini variations that I don't think of as such: for example, martinis with Chartreuse, Scotch, elderflower liqueur, or lime juice. Patterson's path is fun to read, but I have no intention of duplicating his work. Instead I want to focus on just a few elements of the martini: the ingredients, the ratio, the preparation, and the presentation, along with a little history. More

Behind The Scenes at the Absolut Vodka Distillery in Sweden

Drinks Jessica Leibowitz 10 comments

Rather than purchase raw neutral spirits, which is common practice for many manufacturers, Absolut takes control of the process from beginning to end—from seed to glass—and it's all done locally in Sweden. I traveled there to tour the distillery and learn about how vodka is made—I also got a sneak peek at some new Absolut products that are coming down the pipeline. More

Cocktail Overhaul: Cosmopolitan

Drinks Jeff Lucas 3 comments

The Cosmo is arguably one of the most influential cocktails of the past twenty-five years. Its popularity skyrocketed in the 90's and was on the menu off every bar from NY to Timbuktu. It already saw one upgrade later in its life and now its time for a new one. More

Upgraded Cosmopolitan

Serious Eats Jeff Lucas Post a comment

Whatever your feelings are regarding the Cosmopolitan, it is arguably one of the most influential cocktails to come along in the past 25 years. Now, it's time for an upgrade, a re-imagined Cosmo for today's tastes. More

Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Is $10 Exclusiv Vodka As Good as Grey Goose?

Drinks Will Gordon 26 comments

I got a flu shot the other day, even though I am a paragon of health and I have very little contact with the short and sneezy subset of humanity that spreads disease via finger paint snot art and sociopathic disregard for personal space. I got flu-proofed the other day because Bottom Shelf research director Emily told me to, and I do what I'm told when all it requires is a 5-minute pit stop on the way to the ham store. More

The Honey Ryder (Upgraded Appletini)

Serious Eats Jeff Lucas 4 comments

If any drink was in desperate need of redemption, it's the Appletini. Taking inspiration from James Bond and his Vesper Martini I reached for a unique Polish spirit in order to create this tasty libation. More

Upgraded Harvey Wallbanger

Serious Eats Jeff Lucas Post a comment

I upgraded the old-school Harvey Wallbanger by swapping out the orange juice with orange tea. More

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