Mixology Madness

Why Is Everybody Suddenly Drinking Gin And Tonics All The Time?

From Barcelona to Brooklyn, it's taking over
Aug 19, 2014 2:00 pm

On paper, the gin and tonic seems like a simple drink. And in theory, it should be. People order it with complete nonchalance. Maybe they prefer a lime wedge over a lemon (that’s an American thing). Almost no one has an opinion on tonic water. But as world-traveling bartender Naren Young writes, it's all starting to change.

Here Are Your 2014 Tales Of The Cocktail Spirited Awards Finalists

Honoring the world's best bars and bartenders
May 27, 2014 1:00 pm

July can be a difficult time for big city bars, but it’s also the month to crown the world’s best. The 12th annual Tales of the Cocktail celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 16 – Sunday, July 20 in New Orleans this year. One of the big events at Tales of the Cocktail is The Spirited Awards, the bartender equivalent of The James Beard Foundation Awards. This year's award finalists, after the jump.

Here Are Your 2013 Tales Of The Cocktail Spirited Awards Finalists

NYC and London represent very well
Jun 3, 2013 4:31 pm

Here is a complete list of the nominees for the annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, which takes place in New Orleans July 17-21. It's sort of like the James Beard Awards of the cocktail world and recognizes the top bars, bartenders, media and the brands that makes everything go ‘round. More info, this way...

Attention Mixologists! Here Are 13 Ways To Upgrade Your Mustache.

OK, this joke was too easy
Nov 26, 2012 3:31 pm

Sorry mixologists, we had to poke a little fun, even though we realize that mixology in late 2012 has less to do with grooming and suspenders, a more do with what is actually in the glass. (Though, we did just meet a London mixologist who designs his own suspenders.) Anyways, the knowledge junkies over at Mental Floss have a roundup of 13 Patents Designed to Build a Better Mustache, which ranges from practical to the Medieval torture. Here are three of our favorites.

In San Francisco, Jeff Hollinger Is The Guy To Know About Cocktails

Comstock Saloon co-owner talks trends, Fernet
Aug 15, 2012 3:01 pm

Jeff Hollinger plops down next to me at one of the tight booth at legendary East Village cocktail bar Death + Company where he is about work a guest shift. It’s not an invitation anybody takes likely and Hollinger, a well-regarded bartender himself, has flown all the way from San Francisco to shake some drinks. And talk to us about the SF scene.

Fernet Branca: A Real San Francisco Treat

A legendary drink for Bay Area devotees
Jun 1, 2011 5:01 pm

The bodega stocks it on the bottom shelf. It doesn't sell much. Ask for a bottle and the owner will reply, "You actually drink that stuff?" If you order a shot, the bartender will ask, "Where do you work?" Only bartenders drink it, the thinking goes, because no one else will notice if the bottles get empty.

"That stuff" is Fernet Branca—ubiquitous,...

Achatz Turns to Cocktails

A revolutionary drinks den from the scientific chef
Mar 25, 2011 3:36 pm
Mad Scientist of Mixology
Illustration: Drew Lerman

Chef Grant Achatz is opening Next restaurant in March but he is not stopping there. At the same time he plans to open a cocktail lounge, called Aviary, alongside the restaurant.

While the two businesses are connected by an open doorway and owned by Achatz they are not meant to be thematically joined.

“They’re...

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