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What to Drink for Cinco de Mayo

Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

Margaritas, pitcher drinks, and more for your Cinco de Mayo party. More

The Best Drinks We Drank in April

Best of Drinks The Serious Eats Team 3 comments

Every month the Serious Eats crew scouts out the best stuff to drink: newly released beers, cool new cocktails, spirits you should know about, and favorite recipes for refreshing non-alcoholic drinks. Here are the sips we're most excited to share. More

Ask a Bartender: What's One Bottle That Will Up Your Cocktail Game?

Ask a Bartender Carey Jones Post a comment

No home bar will ever be as well-stocked as a professional one. But there are some bottles that can let you make dozens of drinks, instantly upping your cocktail game. More

Where to Go for Happy Hour in Washington, DC

Where to Drink: Washington DC Brian Oh 4 comments

Sure, there are bars with dollar PBRs or cheap, passable wings; those are a dime a dozen. But these Washington, DC happy hours are excellent on their own merits. Looking for a discounted impeccably curated beer list? Cheap well-made cocktails? There's a happy hour for you somewhere in town. Here's our guide to the best options. More

If You Like Savory Cocktails, Try These Celery Bitters

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio Post a comment

Celery bitters lend an enticingly vegetal and citrusy edge that plays well with traditional savory drinks (Bloody Mary, anyone?) but is also lovely with the floral notes of gin (just one dash in a martini is a revelation, and 2 to 3 dashes takes the sweet edge off a G&T), as well as the grassy, herbal undertone of tequila. Which bottles should you try? Here are my favorite brands of celery bitters. More

How to Pair Spirits and Charcuterie: Tips From Jeff Faile of DC's The Partisan

Brian Oh 1 comment

Sure, you've paired wine and prosciutto or salami. But how about matching charcuterie with cocktails or spirits? More

The 7 Best Budget Tequilas

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 18 comments

Our top recommendations for 100%-agave tequila that you can buy for $25 and under. More

Ask a Bartender: What Do At-Home Bartenders Do Wrong?

Ask a Bartender Carey Jones 7 comments

A lot of us cocktail enthusiasts are occasional at-home bartenders, trying our own hands at mixing up drinks. But we could all do with a few tips from the pros. We asked bartenders across the country: What do most amateur bartenders get wrong? More

5 Cocktail Recipes That Will Help You Love Mezcal

Recipe Roundups Nick Caruana Post a comment

Often overshadowed by its more popular brother, tequila, mezcal doesn't usually get a fair shot. Maybe it's the smokey flavor that polarizes people, or the association with worms, but this often misunderstood spirit really makes for some great cocktails. More

5 Lesser-Known Bourbons You Should Be Drinking

Spirit Reviews Robert Moss 19 comments

These 5 bourbons may not be quite as well known as Pappy Van Winkle, but they very much deserve a spot in your liquor cabinet. More

Ask a Bartender: What's in Your Well?

Ask a Bartender Carey Jones 6 comments

Well spirits are, in a way, the bar's default: when you ask for a vodka-soda or rum and Coke, it's the well vodka or well rum that usually ends up in your drink. More

Pitcher Drinks: Hibiscus-Tequila Cooler

Elana Lepkowski 3 comments

A cocktail in a pitcher means more time outside relaxing and less time inside making drinks. Hibiscus gives this drink a tart and floral flavor and a gorgeous color. More

The Science of Fat-Washing Cocktails

Cocktail Science Kevin Liu 20 comments

Fat-washing: it might sound like a process for getting rid of bacon grease on your shirt, but it's actually a clever cocktail technique that adds savory flavor to spirits. We take a look at the science of what's actually going on with this tasty trick. More

Cocktail Tools: What to Buy After You Have the Basics

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 4 comments

These tools make life a little simpler and cocktail-making a little more fun. More

Cool New Bitters Showcase Salty, Sweet, Savory, and Sour

Kevin Liu 3 comments

Add a little salt, sweet, sour, and even umami to your cocktails with the tasty new bitters from Bar40. More

Celebrate Spring With an Egg in Your Cocktail

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 1 comment

In spring, we celebrate rebirth, rejuvenation, and fertility, and for many centuries the egg has symbolized those concepts. Here are a few tips on using eggs in cocktails, and a few recipes you should try. More

Ask a Bartender: How Do You Prevent a Hangover?

Ask a Bartender Carey Jones 30 comments

We asked bartenders across the country: How do you prevent (or, barring that, cure) a hangover? More

5 Colonial-Era Drinks You Should Know

Corin Hirsch 3 comments

Traditional histories don't usually mention that our colonial forefathers (and mothers) swam in a sea of booze from breakfast till bedtime. More

Make This Mezcal Drink Now: The Jewel of Oaxaca

Elana Lepkowski Post a comment

If you haven't experimented much with mezcal, this cocktail, made with grilled mango and ancho chili peppers, is a great place to start. More

The Fastest Way to Chill a Cocktail Glass

Cocktail Science Kevin Liu 14 comments

If you want your cocktail to stay icy-cold, a chilled glass can help. But what's the fastest way to get those glasses down to temp? More

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