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Batch up This Savory Summer Party Punch

When I start to think about making a punch, I get really excited. I'm not talking garbage-pail college drinks, but the real thing, historically made with an oleo-saccharum, which is just a fancy phrase for a mix of sugar and citrus peels that's packed with concentrated and complex flavor. This refreshing version calls in earthy gunpowder tea, gin, and both lemons and limes. More

13 Spirited Father's Day Gifts for Dads Who Drink

If you think Pop appreciated the paperweight you got him for Father's Day last year, just wait till his eyes light up when you set a bottle of primo hooch and a chunky pair of tumblers on the table and wordlessly pour out two fingers. Nearly every dad who drinks would prefer a tasty dram to a new necktie on the third Sunday of June. More

More Than Just Peat and Smoke: The Best Islay Single Malts

Islay whiskies are, almost without exception, big on flavor; if you're looking for a light and delicate dram, you've come to the wrong place. But Islay whiskies aren't just about the peat and smoke. They're a thrillingly varied lot, with distinctions both subtle and not-so-subtle between them. If you want to explore Islay's most delicious whiskies, consider this your guide. More

American Booze Hall Of Fame: The Best Spirits of the Northeast

If you're looking for a cool new gin or whiskey to try, you've come to the right place. To get a sense of the best spirits coming out of the Northeast today, I tasted my way through over 40 thoroughly unique bottlings, not a single one like another and each with its own story to tell. These spirits are the cream of the crop: well worth your attention and hard-earned do-re-mi. More

Cook Down Your Rhubarb for This Better-Than-Cream-Soda Spring Cocktail

Right now rhubarb is all over the farmers market, most of it destined for pies. And I'll be frank: this sweet and tangy base of this cocktail, made with rhubarb and some woodsy, spicy vanilla, does taste like a pie in delicious liquid form. That familiar pie flavor plays really well against two unexpected cocktail ingredients: Scottish ale and Peruvian pisco. More

20 Drinks for Your Mother's Day Brunch

What better way is there to tell your mom you love her than a homemade brunch on Mother's Day? And while you're at it, what better way is there to say, "Thank you for putting up with me" than a well-mixed brunch drink? Consider this your recipe guide to delicious brunch cocktails (plus nonalcoholic options!) that are a little more unusual than your standard mimosa. More

A Beginner's Guide to South African Wine

For many wine drinkers, South Africa is a bit of a mystery. A lot of stores have shelves of cheap bottles with various animals on the label, but while people all over the world assumed there wasn't much out there beyond 'Goats do Roam,' South Africa got busy making really great wine. Let's get caught up, shall we? More

9 Mezcal Cocktails for Cinco de Mayo

If you've spent any time at a cocktail bar lately, it's likely you've seen jiggers of mezcal going into the drinks. Long past are the days when the US only had access to cheap, rough versions of this agave spirit. What you can find now is fascinating stuff: herbal and savory, sometimes smoky, and definitely worthy of tasting straight up. We love it in cocktails too, and recommend grabbing a bottle for this year's Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Here are nine recipes to get you started. More

17 Tasty Tequila Drinks for Cinco de Mayo

Tequila is much more than just the stuff you throw back in a shot or whiz up with ice and fluorescent green margarita mix. (And if you've only gulped it those two ways, let us tell you: you're missing out.) This Cinco de Mayo, why not try a new tequila drink? Here are 17 cocktail recipes that bring together the bright, herbal spirit with fresh fruit, amaro, and more. More

The Pineapple Hop: A Delicious Reason to Pour Beer in Your Cocktail

This easily batched pitcher drink will be my barbecue go-to from here on out. It pairs fresh, vibrant IPA with a tangy pineapple shrub, sweetened with a little orgeat, an almond-tinged syrup that often appears in tiki drinks. The beer brings in a savory side—piney and herbal and bitter—that cuts through the cocktail and balances the richer elements. More

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