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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 10 Best Budget Rums

Michael Dietsch 23 comments

Rum is a category of spirits that offers many wonderful values—bottles that taste like they should cost way more than they actually do. You can very easily find great rums, both white and dark, under $20, and today, I'll introduce you to a few of my favorites. More

10 Absinthes You Should Be Drinking

Emma Janzen 16 comments

Some of the best absinthes out on the market today, from traditional-style bottlings from France to boundary-pushing expressions made in the States. More

Why You Should Buy Tanqueray's New Old Tom Gin

Andrew Strenio 16 comments

This week, Tanqueray drinkers will find a new bottling on the shelf next to the familiar green bottle of London Dry: the distillery's spin on an Old Tom Gin, a once-extinct liquor that's poised to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight again. It's delicious stuff. Here's a bit more on Old Tom (and how to use it in cocktails.) More

5 Rye Whiskeys You Should Be Drinking

Robert Moss 13 comments

Whiskey lovers have discovered that rye can be every bit as smooth a sipping spirit as bourbon, and America's distillers have responded, bringing out entire new lines of rye whiskeys. Here are five of the best we've found. More

The Best Rum for a Daiquiri

Michael Dietsch 6 comments

Does the rum you use in a daiquiri change the drink's flavor? You bet. More

Bartender Picks: The Best Craft Distillers

Carey Jones 28 comments

We're seeing more and more small-scale distillers popping up around the country (and the world!)—but of course, not every newbie with a pot still is making delicious booze quite yet. Bartenders get a chance to taste all sorts of spirits, so we asked for their tips on the craft distillers that are really making great stuff. More

The Best American Vermouths

Emma Janzen 20 comments

A new set of American producers have turned their attention to vermouth, and very few of these bottlings resemble their European counterparts. We tasted our way through 20 examples to find our favorites: 12 delicious new-school American vermouths. More

Ask A Bartender: Good Substitutes for Expensive Spirits

Carey Jones 37 comments

Are more expensive spirits usually better than the bottom-shelf stuff? Sure. But price doesn't always indicate true quality, and sometimes, we just don't have the budget for lots of fancy spirits. We asked bartenders around the country: Which bottles do you find great substitutes for more expensive ingredients? More

Ask a Bartender: What's One Bottle That Will Up Your Cocktail Game?

Drinks Carey Jones Post a comment

No home bar will ever be as well-stocked as a professional one. But there are some bottles that can let you make dozens of drinks, instantly upping your cocktail game. More

How to Pair Spirits and Charcuterie: Tips From Jeff Faile of DC's The Partisan

Drinks Brian Oh 1 comment

Sure, you've paired wine and prosciutto or salami. But how about matching charcuterie with cocktails or spirits? More

The 7 Best Budget Tequilas

Drinks Michael Dietsch 18 comments

Our top recommendations for 100%-agave tequila that you can buy for $25 and under. More

5 Cocktail Recipes That Will Help You Love Mezcal

Drinks Nick Caruana Post a comment

Often overshadowed by its more popular brother, tequila, mezcal doesn't usually get a fair shot. Maybe it's the smokey flavor that polarizes people, or the association with worms, but this often misunderstood spirit really makes for some great cocktails. More

5 Lesser-Known Bourbons You Should Be Drinking

Drinks Robert Moss 19 comments

These 5 bourbons may not be quite as well known as Pappy Van Winkle, but they very much deserve a spot in your liquor cabinet. More

Ask a Bartender: What's in Your Well?

Drinks Carey Jones 6 comments

Well spirits are, in a way, the bar's default: when you ask for a vodka-soda or rum and Coke, it's the well vodka or well rum that usually ends up in your drink. More

The Science of Fat-Washing Cocktails

Drinks Kevin Liu 20 comments

Fat-washing: it might sound like a process for getting rid of bacon grease on your shirt, but it's actually a clever cocktail technique that adds savory flavor to spirits. We take a look at the science of what's actually going on with this tasty trick. More

Chicago's Best Bars for Whiskey, Gin, Tequila, and Other Spirits

Drinks Emma Janzen 3 comments

Chicago might be a whiskey city, but there's a new crop of great bars celebrating the virtues of other spirits. Here are some of the best spots for whiskey, gin, tequila, rum, vodka, and more. More

Behind the Scenes: Making Angostura Bitters in Trinidad

Drinks Andrew Strenio 2 comments

If you walk into any bar, anywhere in the world, odds are high that you'll be able to count on one thing—a bottle of Angostura Aromatic Bitters ready to season your cocktail. I went to Trinidad and Tobago to see how these bitters (and the House of Angostura's rums) are made. More

Great New Affordable High-Rye Bourbon: Tincup American Whiskey

Drinks Andrew Strenio 16 comments

Bourbon has long been our go-to for reasonably priced whiskey, but as demand continues to grow, more and more producers are jacking up prices to cash in on the trend. That's part of what makes Tincup American whiskey such a refreshing change of pace: it's a delicious whiskey at a reasonable price. More

The Best Budget Irish Whiskeys

Drinks Michael Dietsch 18 comments

A few good value brands of Irish whiskey: these bottles have character but won't set you back more than $25. More

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