Some Call It Apéritif, Others Aperitivo. But What The Hell Does It All Mean?

There's a reason you should drink before dinner
Sep 6, 2012 3:01 pm

The French call it apéritif and the Italians, aperitivo. Roughly translated, the term means "to open" or "opener" and refers to an alcoholic beverage that is meant as an appetizer. This tradition is one that I am particularly fond of, as it sets the scene perfectly for dinner.

Vieux Carré Cocktail Recipe

A drink from New Orleans that's built for sipping
Jun 7, 2012 4:01 pm
Vieux Carre

Ever try to drink a cocktail slowly? The ice melts, the drink gets diluted and it's a bummer. Ready for a drink that's built to last? Here you go: try this Vieux Carré cocktail recipe and drink slow, homie.

The Tuxedo (No. 2) Cocktail

Finding delicious alternatives to the martini
Mar 22, 2012 2:01 pm
The Tuexdo

Personally, I've never been a big martini drinker. Not that there is anything wrong with this classic, but it just doesn't offer the complexity and pique my curiosity the way other cocktails do. For many, however, this cocktail is a regular go-to, often an easy answer when a bar's cocktail menu seems too foreign or daunting, or perhaps when a certain 1960's era TV show calls for throwback viewing parties.

Gift Guide: Amaro, Liqueur And Beyond

Your favorite mixologist or Italian will thank you
Dec 6, 2011 4:01 pm

Anyone who has ever participated in a Secret Santa exchange or attended a holiday party knows one simple truth about gift giving—you cannot go wrong with a well-chosen bottle of booze. And Jack Daniel’s does not cut it. To ensure that you’re everyone’s favorite person this year, it's best to stock up on a few choice bottles. And if you’re lucky, you might even get a sip as a thank you. Here’s our guide to all things amaro and beyond.

We're Dedicating A Week To The Negroni

You'll love Italy's mysterious cocktail. Or not.
Oct 17, 2011 11:31 am

Let’s be straight from the top. There is a good chance that the Negroni is not the drink for you. Having mixed the 90-year-old classic for many house callers over the years, on top of batching pitchers for summer barbecues and Super Bowl hoedowns, I’ve uttered the same two words over and over and over again: acquired taste. It was around...

Classic Dry Gin Martini Recipe

The only martini you'll ever need to master
Oct 5, 2011 5:31 pm
dry martini
Photo: Employees Only

The King of Cocktails, the martini is the most iconic mixed drink in the world. The name itself conjures up an image of the V-shaped cocktail glass with one olive resting in its depths. Many theories debate the origin of this drink. What is not in question is that this cocktail has evolved over time.

While having the illusion of simplicity, the dry martini takes years...

Softer Drinks: Cocktails Get A Make-Under

No hard liquor, no problem with new mixology tricks
Jul 1, 2011 9:31 am
photo: essgee 51 on Flickr

In this era of high-proof spirits making a well-deserved comeback, not everyone is looking for maximum alcohol by volume. A number of bartenders are offering great low-alcohol cocktails that make use of wine and beer, but no hard liquor. It’s a way to offer something fun and festive in a...

The Mata Hari Cocktail Recipe

An exotic cocktail tribute to a mystery woman
May 16, 2011 4:29 pm
the mata hari

Yes, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic continues, and with it our coverage of some of the best cocktails being served this week. Dev Johnson of NYC drinks den Employees Only offered up this mysterious concoction with an appropriate name. 

Mata Hari was the...


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