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The Best Gin to Buy on a Budget

While we can happily find a good bottle of bourbon for twelve bucks or ten or even eight on sale, it's startlingly difficult to find good gin for less than $20. I know—this month, I scoured and I searched and I hunted, and I tried 15 of 'em. Here are the best gins that'll run you less than an Andrew Jackson. More

6 Great Syrups to Buy For Cocktail-Making

There have always been grenadines and margarita mixes for sale at the grocery store, but this new school of syrup makers are creating products that are so high-quality, that now, it's possible to easily make drinks at home that taste on par with what you will find in fancy cocktail bars. More

Party Drinks: Easy and Elegant Smoky Sage Punch

Punches tend to bring together an element of sour, a bit of sweetness, something boozy, and something weaker to carry the flavors through (and make sure people can drink cup after cup). That stretching element here is earthy, smoky Lapsang Souchong tea, which provides unusual depth without stealing the spotlight. The fact that you can (and should) do the majority of the work ahead of time is another holiday hosting bonus. More

Cognac's On the Rise in the Cocktail World

Only a short time ago, the notion of Scotch cocktails seemed a bit absurd to many drinkers—isn't Scotch supposed to be served neat? But as bartenders became acquainted with more affordable blended Scotches marketed for mixing, Scotch cocktails started popping up at bars across the country. Cognac is, in many ways, a similar case: a generally pricey spirit whose higher-end bottles are indeed best enjoyed straight, but whose more affordable brethren can shine when mixed. As we're seeing mixology-focused cognacs hit the market, perhaps the cognac cocktail is on the verge of a comeback. More

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