'Serious Cocktails' on Serious Eats

Bachelor's Jam: Preserving Fresh Summer Fruits with Booze

You can always preserve summer's flavors with mixtures of sugar, salt or vinegar, but for another way to enjoy the season's strawberries, cherries, and peaches during the colder months of the year, try that other venerable food preservative and flavor enhancer: liquor. Bachelor's Jam, which involves the use of that powerful preservative and flavor enhancer, liquor. Bachelor's jam is basically a boozy form of preserves, also called "officer's jam," that combines fresh fruit, sugar, and ample measure of strong spirits. More

Does the New Bourbon from Maker's Mark Live Up to All the Hype?

After months of preparation, Maker's Mark introduced its new bourbon, Maker's '46', starting last week. Innovation is hard to come by in the bourbon world, and it often comes at a steep price. With its emphasis on wide distribution and a wallet-friendly price, Maker's '46' aims to change that situation—but is the whiskey worth seeking out? We tried it. More

Craft-Distilled Whiskies Start to Catch On

Until recently, the only choices for an American-whiskey drinker were bourbon, rye or Tennessee whiskey. With the growth of a craft-distilling movement, new styles of whiskey are beginning to emerge, and the profile of American whiskey is starting to look somewhat different from before. More

Bold Flavors Having a Big Moment in Cocktail World

Big, bold flavors are becoming popular throughout the food world. This move away from the blandness that has defined the American palate for decades is similarly true in the world of drinks, where bartenders are using the robust flavors of spirits such as whiskey, mescal and Italian amari to a remarkable degree. More

How to Make Pitcher Drinks Tastier, Less Diluted

Pitcher drinks have a lot of appeal during the warmer months, but many recipes suffer from an excess of ingredients, or grow watery and insipid quickly. In today's Washington Post, Jason Wilson touches on a couple of points that can ensure pitcher-drink success. For example, the smaller the ice pieces, the more rapidly they'll dilute the drink generally speaking. Some dilution is desired, of course, but it's a fine line between "just right" and "too much." More

Maker's Mark Announces a New Bourbon

"If the new Maker's Mark bourbon is a success, it may prompt other American distillers to release more 'what-if' experiments." [Flickr: drp] Dedicated fans of American whiskey received some interesting news last week. As reported on What Does John Know?... More

More Posts