If you're only familiar with cheap rums sold by the handle, you might think the category is pretty one-dimensional, best consumed with Coca-Cola, shot by shot or hidden under layers of fruit juice. But the truth is, rum is one of the most complex and interesting spirits, worthy of far more attention than simply mixing. Here are nine outstanding options to get you started on your sipping journey.
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We'd bet that you're familiar with tequila, and probably pisco and cachaça, too. But there's a whole labyrinth of interesting spirits from around the world that should be on your radar.
The best gin I've had in years isn't made by an American or British distillery. It's Spanish, an ultra-premium gin flavored with basil, thyme, rosemary, and, for a killer dose of savory, oily richness, arbequina olives. It's a gin that makes the case for sipping yours neat.
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.
We asked bartenders from around the country about the best bottles, books, and gadgets to give whiskey lovers, gin fanatics, tequila fans, and other lovers of cocktails and spirits.
These spirits and liqueurs take a bold flavor stance with inspiring results. If you're looking for a boozy gift this holiday season, these are the best new bottles you can buy.
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.
Here's a guide to some of the fun and curious spirits I'll be bringing to Thanksgiving dinner this year. Some of these make stellar partners for your beautifully roasted bird, while others work to ease the digestive system after the annual
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Scotch really is one of the most expensive drinks out there. But even if you're watching your wallet, there are some great bottles to try.
When we think of American whiskey, we usually think of rich, sweet corn-based bourbon, or perhaps spicy and grassy rye. But the category of American single malt whiskey is on the rise. Here are some delicious bottles to try.
Thanks to a crop of small distillers, the U.S. is now one of the most exciting producers of apple brandy. We tasted our way through an orchard of bottles to find a few of the best.
Moonshine's been called some pretty nasty names: Rotgut. Skullpop. Firewater. Panther Piss. But what is the story behind moonshine? Perhaps you've wondered: where did moonshine get its start? Is that stuff you've heard about moonshine's connection to NASCAR really true?
Chocolate is made from tiny beans nestled inside cacao pods, whereas Solbeso is distilled from the juicy, pulpy fruit surrounding said beans. When this fruit is transformed into liquor, it yields a citrusy-tasting clear spirit—a bit like tequila, a bit like pisco, a bit like rum—with thick floral flavors laced with nutty undertones. A totally new category of liquor that actually adds something interesting to the conversation instead of re-hashing tired concepts? Consider us on board.
Add a little water to absinthe or pastis and the spirit suddenly goes milky. Why? We dig into the mystery and science.
Some compare the South American spirit to grappa, because both are distilled from grapes. Others relate it to tequila, as it often has similar herbal, earthy flavors. The truth is, comparisons to other liquors often fall flat because pisco has its own unique personality. We tasted through 25 different piscos, exploring what makes the category so wild and wonderful. Here are our 10 favorites.
I'm on a quest to find the best tequila for a margarita. Do you need to spend big bucks to make a great version of the drink? Are there affordable brands that make good margs? I convened a blind tasting of margaritas made from ten different tequilas to find out.
Here are 10 flavored vodkas that have won over even the biggest flavored vodka cynic—yours truly.
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.
Some of the best absinthes out on the market today, from traditional-style bottlings from France to boundary-pushing expressions made in the States.
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.)