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This Mezcal Made With Jamón Ibérico Could Make You Squeal

Jose Andres is behind this inventive new liquor
Jan 28, 2014 4:00 pm

Are you ready for “Iberico,” the newest label from Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal? The potent 98-proof varietal gets its name and distinctive flavor, of course, from the highly prized black-hooved hogs of the Iberian Peninsula whose meat is among the world’s priciest. 

Burns Night, And 10 Other Reasons To Pick Up A Bottle Of Scotch

Saturday's Burns Night celebration calls for a dram
Jan 24, 2014 4:00 pm


You definitely don't need to give a Scotsman an excuse to drink, but every January 25, there's an especially good one: Burns Night. Yes, Burns as in Robert Burns, the legendary Scottish poet, born 1/25/59 — as in, 1759 — and perhaps the most romantic man to ever hail from the land of haggis. 


Jen Queen Is The World's Newest Mezcalier

The who? She's certified to serve mezcal of course.
Jan 23, 2014 5:30 pm

Wine has its sommeliers. So, naturally, mezcal has its mezcaliers. As more and more people discover tequila’s older, smokier cousin, they’ll need someone to help them navigate the growing body of mezcals available on this side of the border. Jen Queen is the latest person certified to do just that. Read our interview, plus get her recipe for a mezcal julep.  

Exploring Craft Root Beer, A Beer Actually Made Of Roots

Plus 5 sweet and unique craft brews to savor slowly
Jan 23, 2014 3:00 pm

Root beer is made using sugar, yeast, water and spices, so it’s not that different than beer after all. The big kicker is that root beer typically isn’t allowed to ferment, so this beer is kid-friendly (well, most of them). There are a couple of excellent “hard” versions, too. Here are five of the best root beers made by breweries, as they should be.

Indie Rock Band Mogwai Releases Album, Single Cask Whisky

In a first, Scottish band combines music, Scotch
Jan 23, 2014 1:30 pm

Scottish indie rock band Mogwai has been cranking out albums on either side of the 21st century mark. For the uninitiated, their music can be described as alternately brooding and beatific, complex and haunting simple. So, not unlike a fine Scotch whisky, in a way.

Hand-Craft Your Cocktail Hour: Apple-Ginger Whiskey Sour Recipe

Fresh apple and ginger juice pays major rewards
Jan 21, 2014 4:00 pm

A bourbon, served neat or on the rocks, is sometimes just the ticket on a chilly night. But when we feel like shaking up a cocktail, we like to stick with ingredients that complement whiskey’s caramel-laced intensity. Here's a recipe that is just the trick. The secret? Ginger juice.

Which Countries Drink The Most Scotch Per Capita? The Answer Will Surprise You.

The U.S. doesn't even place in the top 10
Jan 15, 2014 3:00 pm

Quartz just released its list of the world's largest Scotch whisky importers, and there are few surprises at the top. The United States easily claims the number one spot, shipping in over $1 billion of the spirit annually. On the other hand, the per capita consumption of Scotch whisky is drastically different. Read on.

Gin Punch Makes Parties Better. Here’s A Recipe For Success (Warm Feeling Inside).

A fun punch starring gin, lemon and Earl Grey
Dec 20, 2013 3:00 pm

Here’s a winning gin punch recipe with Earl Grey adding a nice kick. It’s simple enough, with an added dimension from the Earl Grey tea. The best way to chill this festive holiday punch is with a large cube or cylinder of ice


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