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Too Good To Mix: 9 Rums Perfect For Sipping

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. 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

The Best Booze to Bring Your Thanksgiving Host

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 stuffing eating contest feast. More

Solbeso: Chocolate's Boozy Cousin From South America

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. More

10 Must-Try Piscos

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. More

The Best American Vermouths

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

10 Essential Books For Cocktail Lovers: Vintage and Modern Classics

@edipisreks, this is only for books published before 2014. Stay tuned for part two.

10 Essential Books For Cocktail Lovers: Vintage and Modern Classics

@franko, I love the Drunken Botanist! There were so many excellent books that didn't make the final list just by virtue of keeping things concise. I wanted to really drill down the dozens that are out there to a digestible list, you know?

The Best Spirits and Liqueurs of 2014

@el_duderino: Great question. It's actually a mix of all three. Since this was the best things I've tried all year, some of them were discovered in bars and industry tastings, others were sent to me by companies for consideration (although I never promise placements up front--the product has to be really delicious to make the final cut), and others I requested specifically based on thorough research and recommendations from trusted bartenders and industry folk. So in this case, I stand behind the claim that these are the best spirits overall that I consumed this year, and not just the best of samples that I have been sent. There were MANY bottles that didn't make the final cut for one reason or another. Does that help?

6 Great Syrups to Buy For Cocktail-Making

@BostonAdam: I used to do that very thing! I have to say though, I really do prefer the Liber grenadine because of its thick consistency. The added gum syrup instead of just sugar really enhances the texture in cocktails. I feel like POM can be a bit watery body-wise, and without the same highly concentrated flavor. I also prefer it to house made because they also use just the slightest amount of orange blossom, which gives the whole flavor a lot more complexity than just pomegranate. So it really depends on what you're looking for in your drink.

The Best Spirits and Liqueurs of 2014

@BostonAdam: the PR folks said the first national release will come out this Spring. Definitely worth trying. :)

The Best Spirits and Liqueurs of 2014

@RYNJMSRGSDL, I haven't tried either of those gins, but they sound great. I'll mark them down on my "to check out" list. And the design work is lovely! Well done. ;)

Solbeso: Chocolate's Boozy Cousin From South America

@illone, the Solbeso folks say the average retail price is $40, FYI.

The Best American Vermouths

I know DrinkUpNY.com sells at least the Petal & Thorn online, but I don't see the Bittersweet there. They also sell the Vya and Matthiason.

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