We recently shared a list of 8 cocktail blogs you should be reading, but of course the world of cocktails online is not just limited to individual blogs. Here are a few more great sources for cocktail chat, recipes, and advice on the web.
eGullet Spirits & Cocktails Forum
The eGullet discussion boards cover restaurants in lots of regions, plus kitchenware, recipes, and more, but I find the cocktail section to be one of the most engaging. The group (which includes quite a few bar professionals) chats about topics ranging from what makes a good cocktail-focused liquor store to which recipes they like in various cocktail books, what to make with lesser-known liqueurs, and how to tweak old classics. There's an interesting thread nominating the best cocktails of the decade and another recommending good affordable bourbons for mixing. If you have some time on your hands (and you've already exhausted the SE: Drinks archives, of course), this is a worthwhile way to spend it.
Since 2006, cocktail bloggers have participated in a monthly cocktail challenge, contributing a drink recipe related to a given theme. Then the posts are all rounded up on a rotating host's blog. The topics can be anything from fire to vegetables to equal-parts drinks, and reading along can introduce you to new cocktail bloggers as well as new cocktails. Want to participate in this cocktail community event? Here's how.
The design's not super-slick, but if you're wondering what drinks you can make with, say, gin and sparkling wine or bourbon and lemon, you can throw those ingredients into the handy search tool at Kindred Cocktails and get craft cocktail recipes from enthusiasts and bartenders around the world.
Free online education from the likes of Dale DeGroff and David Wondrich? That's a pretty good deal. These lessons start pretty simple (what's a shaker?) and include videos to help you get the hang of skills like muddling, shaking, and straining. There are recipes and advice about which drink goes in which glass, too.
Coming Soon: PUNCH
Launching in October, Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau's PUNCH will explore cocktail culture, wine, and spirits in a narrative format with writing from talented folks including Jordan Mackay and Brad Thomas Parsons. The online magazine will be made in collaboration with Ten Speed Press. Stay tuned for their first issue!
Any more favorite sources for cocktail content online? Let us know in the comments below!