Tuesday night was the Chivas Regal Masters Grand Final at Manhattan's NoMad Hotel, where 13 of the world's best bartenders competed against each other in the battle of Chivas Regal whisky. Beyond being wowed by some of the unlikely flavor combinations, I received a thorough education on mixology. These professionals might make it look easy, but I can only dream of pouring out those drinks. Who won? Everybody. But Chivas now has an official Master.
A bowlful of American heritage to liven up a party
Jul 17, 2014 4:00 pm
Punches, which could be credited as being the Founding Fathers to the cocktails we know today, were an American fixture that kept us cool through warmer months some 200 years ago. When it comes to serving large groups, nothing compares to the ease of whipping up a boozy punch; it’s just a matter of knowing the right technique. An original crowd-pleasing recipe from Brooklyn's The Drink, after the jump.
It’s been a rainy, humid summer so far on the East Coast, so I'm wishing for several weeks of the 90-degree weather which causes me to crave one drink in particular: the shandy. It's a beer cocktail made by mixing lemonade or soda with beer. While many traditional German and English brands export their own, there are plenty of great American craft examples to explore. Here are five of the most refreshing shandies out there for when that summer heatwave finally hits.
The 12th annual Tales of the Cocktail begins today, Wednesday, July 16, and runs through Sunday, July 20 in New Orleans. Known as the world’s premier global education event for the bartender community, Tales features seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. We’ve embedded a live video feed from the day’s first seminar: “Hurricanes, Hand Grenades and Shark Attacks”.
The Portuguese wine pairs nicely with summery foods
Jul 15, 2014 2:30 pm
If you haven’t tried Portuguese wines yet, I’m almost jealous. You still have a very pleasant surprise in front of you. A perfect place to start this summer is with the wines of Vinho Verde. Read why this is the perfect summer wine, after the jump.
Over the past couple of months we’ve taken a look at the California lifestyle with the help of our sponsor Hangar 1 Vodka. We’ve now reached our final series: Farm Fresh. In honor of Hangar 1’s fine fruit-infused flavors, this series dives into the sources and products of the delicious fruit grown in California. And Farmer’s markets are an ideal place to buy the freshest seasonal produce while supporting local economies. Not to mention, fresh fruits and herbs are ideal additions to Hangar 1 Vodka cocktails—so it’s a win/win situation. If you’re lucky enough to live in California, you’re spoiled by easy access to fresh produce all year long at the following farmers’ markets. We threw in some information about food foraging in California, because hey – gourmet eating doesn’t always come cheap – but in California, sometimes it’s free. Read on.
Cerveza with lime meets hot sauce and tomato juice
Jul 11, 2014 3:30 pm
Have you ever had a Corona with lime and thought, “All this beer needs is some hot sauce?” If you’re hot sauced–crazed like I am, you probably have, but for anyone else, this might sound like more of a practical joke than a drink. And yet I'd argue that you should shove aside that gin and tonic or fruity concoction and give this a try as your new summer go-to.
Four summer cocktail recipes, plus a boozy popsicle
Jul 11, 2014 2:15 pm
Over the past couple of months we’ve taken a look at the California lifestyle with the help of our sponsor Hangar 1 Vodka. We’ve now reached our final series: Farm Fresh. In honor of Hangar 1’s fine fruit-infused flavors, this series dives into the sources and products of the delicious fruit grown in California.
Summer time and the living is easy—if it’s not, you probably need a cocktail. We rounded up six ingredients grown in California (get them at your local farmer’s market!), then paired those ingredients with Hangar 1 Vodka to create five sip-able libations. Okay, four cocktails and one alcohol-infused Popsicle—all best enjoyed with a little sunshine. Read on.