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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

Chicago's Best Bars for Whiskey, Gin, Tequila, and Other Spirits

Where to Drink: Chicago Emma Janzen 3 comments

Chicago might be a whiskey city, but there's a new crop of great bars celebrating the virtues of other spirits. Here are some of the best spots for whiskey, gin, tequila, rum, vodka, and more. More

6 Irish Whiskey Cocktail Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Recipe Roundups Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

We're guessing your St. Patrick's Day memories are like ours...a little hazy. There was that time we tried to visit every single Irish bar in NYC for a pint of Guinness (some of us might have skipped work the next day), and that year when many, many shots of Jameson before dinner seemed like a good idea. (Protip: not really a good idea.) This year, we're thinking of celebrating a little differently—by mixing up some of our favorite Irish whiskey cocktails. More

Great New Affordable High-Rye Bourbon: Tincup American Whiskey

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio 16 comments

Bourbon has long been our go-to for reasonably priced whiskey, but as demand continues to grow, more and more producers are jacking up prices to cash in on the trend. That's part of what makes Tincup American whiskey such a refreshing change of pace: it's a delicious whiskey at a reasonable price. More

Irish Cocktail: A Classic Drink for St. Patrick's Day

Nick Caruana 2 comments

I first stumbled across this classic drink in Patrick Gavin Duffy's Official Mixer's Manual. Perfect, I thought, not only is it an Irish whiskey cocktail, but it also comes from an Irishman. But it turns out that the drink was around long before Duffy's famous book. More

Drink the Irish Derby This St. Patrick's Day

Elana Lepkowski Post a comment

There seem to be two camps when it comes to Irish whiskey: those who absolutely love it, and those who don't. But this drink might just please everyone, and it's a great way to bring some Emerald Isle authenticity to your St. Patrick's Day party. More

Simple Drinks: Blushing Betty Cocktail

Mira Evnine & Liz Clayman Post a comment

Bourbon adds a subtle toasty-sweet note to this easy cocktail, balancing out fresh grapefruit's tartness. More

What's New in Irish Whiskey

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio 1 comment

Some seriously good Irish whiskey is now available in the U.S. More

Classic Drinks: The Old Pal and a New Friend

Nick Caruana 6 comments

Often overshadowed by its more popular brother, the Boulevardier, this simple cocktail featuring whiskey, Campari, and dry vermouth is worth getting to know a little better. More

Classic Drinks: The King Cole Cocktail Will Make You a Merry Old Soul

Nick Caruana Post a comment

An Old Fashioned with Fernet Branca and pineapple? Yeah, I thought that might get your attention. More

Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Texas Style

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio Post a comment

Situated in the small hill country town of Hye, Garrison Brothers Distillery is leading the craft whiskey charge in Texas. More

A Serious Chocolate Cocktail: The Chocolate Rye

Elana Lepkowski Post a comment

No one wants a cocktail that tastes like unset pudding, but this chocolate drink is actually sophisticated and delicious. It's made with spicy rye whiskey infused with cacao nibs, toasted almonds, and cinnamon. More

What's New in Japanese Whisky

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio 3 comments

Suntory and Nikka remain the sole Japanese distillers exporting their whisky for American consumption, but there are a number of new bottlings on the market in the US. More

The 6 Best Budget Ryes

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 33 comments

Good rye should be spicy, somewhat fruity, and a little more rugged than bourbon. Here are my 6 top picks around $25 or less. More

Classic Drinks: Up to Date Cocktail

Nick Caruana Post a comment

While it may sound a bit funny that a cocktail from the early 1900s is called the Up to Date, this Manhattan-esque classic, made with rye whiskey, Grand Marnier, and sherry, is no laughing matter. More

Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock and Rye: A Vintage Cocktail Party in a Bottle

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio 7 comments

Produced by Cooper Spirits (of St Germain and Lock, Stock, and Barrel Rye), this new cocktail-in-a-bottle is a revival of one of the first American cocktails touted for its medicinal properties. It makes for a darn-easy cocktail party: the only other thing you need is ice. More

New Cutty Sark Prohibition: High Class Blended Scotch at a Bargain Price

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio Post a comment

This new whisky from Cutty Sark ups the ante on proof and flavor without breaking the bank. More

How Booze is Made: The Basics of Column Distillation

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 2 comments

Bourbon benefits from being produced primarily in column stills, which allow distillers to continuously produce spirits, without having to stop after each batch to clean the still. In theory, anyway, this means round-the-clock production of your favorite booze. What's the story with column stills? Read on... More

The 10 Best Budget Bourbons

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 74 comments

We're lucky, as bourbon drinkers. The bourbon industry has the resources and capacity to make massive quantities of corn juice, and the expertise to do it well. This means that you can find plenty of good bourbon on a budget. Now, that's not to say every budget bourbon is good, heck no. Some of it is dreck. But look around, and you'll find the good stuff easily enough. More

Drink This Now: The Fine Feller Cocktail

Nick Guy Post a comment

This recipe from Daniel Hyatt finally gives you a way to work pine needles into your cocktail routine. This iced tea with a kick has a subtle evergreen flavor. Christmas trees, beware! More

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