Slideshow: Top 15 Cocktail and Spirits Posts of 2011

15. Stocking Your Home Bar: Rye Whiskey Advice From the Experts
15. Stocking Your Home Bar: Rye Whiskey Advice From the Experts
Which bottle of rye should you buy for drinking and mixing cocktails at home? Here are some top picks from a few great bartenders and whiskey experts. Read the full post »
14. Cocktail 101: How to Make Shrub Syrups
14. Cocktail 101: How to Make Shrub Syrups
Shrubs are a great way to preserve fresh fruit and add delicious tartness and depth to a cocktail. Here are Michael Dietsch's tips for making especially flavorful shrub syrups at home. Read the full post »
13. Nine Gin Cocktails For Royals and Muggles Alike
13. Nine Gin Cocktails For Royals and Muggles Alike
Move beyond gin and tonic with these 9 unusual gin cocktail recipes—including Will and Kate's royal punch! Read the full post »
11. Five Essential Bourbon Cocktails
11. Five Essential Bourbon Cocktails
Got a bottle of bourbon? Then you should be making these 5 classic drinks. In this edition of Cocktail 101, we start with tips for making a proper Old Fashioned. Read the full post »
10. Our Search for the Best Bloody Mary Mix
10. Our Search for the Best Bloody Mary Mix
Which is the best premade Bloody Mary mix? The answer depends on what you're looking for. Here are our top picks for mild and spicy versions, plus mixes for horseradish lovers or those just looking for a base to doctor up. Read the full post »

It's much better, though, to make your own from scratch—and it's easy! Here's our Ultimate Fully Loaded Bloody Mary Recipe.

9. How to Stock a Home Bar
9. How to Stock a Home Bar
In this edition of Cocktail 101, Michael Dietsch suggests a smart shopping method for home bartenders. Instead of buying a bottle of every spirit (and spending a ton of money off the bat), try to focus. Pick a cocktail, and then assemble everything you need to make it. Read the full post »
7. Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Evan Williams Bourbon vs. Jack Daniel's
7. Drinking the Bottom Shelf: Evan Williams Bourbon vs. Jack Daniel's
How does Evan Williams stack up to Jack Daniel's? Well, our resident Bottom Shelfer set up a little taste test to find out (and drank a bottle of Old Crow Reserve along the way.) Read the full post »
6. So You Want to Be a Bartender
6. So You Want to Be a Bartender
Yes, there are downsides to being a bartender. How do you like unclogging sinks? But plenty of arguments in favor, too. Michael Neff lays it all out in this edition of From Behind The Bar. Read the full post »
5. Eight Summer Cocktails from The Spotted Pig in NYC
5. Eight Summer Cocktails from The Spotted Pig in NYC
These summer cocktail recipes will appeal any time of year—they're refreshing and complex in flavor, but still easy to make at home. Try the apricot rhyme (made with thyme and rye infused with dried apricots) or the PG Tipple (made with bourbon, tea, and orange marmalade). Read the full post »
3. My Cocktail Costs How Much?
3. My Cocktail Costs How Much?
In this edition of From Behind the Bar, Michael Neff of Ward III and The Rum House discusses what goes into the price of a cocktail, and why your bill comes out so high. Read the full post »
2. Nine Classic New Orleans Cocktails
2. Nine Classic New Orleans Cocktails
Get ready for Mardi Gras with these 9 classic cocktail recipes, including the Ramos Fizz, Hurricane, Milk Punch, Vieux CarrĂ©, French 75, Sazerac, classic Daiquiri, and more. Read more and get the recipes »
1. On Vodka Sodas and First Dates
1. On Vodka Sodas and First Dates
She orders a bourbon. He orders a vodka soda. How do you think this date is going to go? In this controversial edition of From Behind The Bar, Michael Neff chats a bit about what our drink orders say about us. Read the full post »