For most folks, the word 'lager' brings to mind pale, crushable beers, perfect for hot and humid days. But lager is more than that. And while craft beer's current identity in the US was formed around amber ales, pale ales, and IPAs, lagers will play an important part in its future.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
If you live in New York, you've probably visited Brooklyn Brewery. But the outer boroughs have lots of fantastic new and lesser-known breweries, too—spots that'll get you excited about today's beer scene. Here are seven impressive breweries to add to your next beer crawl, plus tips on what to drink when you arrive.
Mezcal will play nice as long as you have some strong players to mix it with, like bittersweet Aperol, the herbal orangey liqueur that some call Campari's little sister.
When it comes to the American distilling industry, most people probably think about the abundance of whiskey flowing out of Kentucky, but these days, it's the American West that's making some of the most exciting spirits on the American market.
Just because your "home bar" is actually just one lone bottle of vodka doesn't mean you can't enjoy some standout cocktails. We've got nine great drink recipes that require nothing more than vodka and a quick trip to the grocery store.
The weather's warming up and you need rosé. But not all pink wines are created equal: some are dark and juicy, others are pale, fresh, and lean. Some go with salads, others suggest you throw some burgers on the grill. Here are our current favorite bottles.
Here's your guide to the best new cocktail books to check out, plus a few that should be on your radar for the next year or two to come.
If you think of fruit beers as wimpy, you've probably only tasted the brands that use syrups and extra sweeteners instead of just real whole fruit. And these days, fruit beer lovers needn't be limited to Belgium—American craft brewers are busy experimenting with new and creative methods for getting fruit in the mix. The results are delicious.
Wondering which books you need in your cocktail library? Here are ten essentials—all historic and modern classics.
Do you need to spend big bucks to make a great martini? Does one style of gin work better than another in this cocktail? I convened a tasting of martinis made with ten different gins to test out a variety of gin styles and price points.
This cocktail pays homage to both the egg and the colorful arrival of spring. It begins with lemongrass, which offers a more subdued grassy and just-bloomed floral flavor than the punchy citrus we've been eating all winter. Vodka provides a neutral backdrop so the lemongrass can shine.
When you're craving a cocktail, plain old juice or soda just doesn't cut it. Luckily we've got an archive full of really good options; alcohol-free recipes that really make good cocktail substitutes. These eight drinks are remarkably complex, thanks to the thoughtful use of spices, tart vinegar, fruit, and nuts.
As you start planning spring's first picnic, these are the wines you want.
Tiki culture as we know it was invented in Hollywood—it couldn't have happened anywhere else.
When you picture Italy, it's likely you're envisioning tender strands of pasta and intensely-flavored vegetables, plates of luscious cured meat, and glasses full of wine: all products of the country's unique soil, climate, and culture. But these days, you'd be missing an element that's recently been electrifying Italy's food scene: craft beer.
If you're looking for a cocktail sweetener, it's time to look beyond sugar. Here's how to choose the best honey for your drink and how to incorporate it into a balanced cocktail recipe.