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.
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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?
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.
We asked bartenders across the country: How do you prevent (or, barring that, cure) a hangover?
Fernet and Cynar, Negronis and Boulevardiers—bitter amari, and the cocktails that showcase them, are all the rage these days. But to drinkers unaccustomed to those powerfully bitter flavors, a first sip can be off-putting.
There are obvious perks to being a bartender—but, just as with any job, there are definitely downsides.
As with all professions, bartenders have insight into their workplaces that the rest of us can't match. But given that the rest of us hang out at their workplace, we might benefit from learning a tip or two. We asked bartenders across the country: What's one bartender secret that customers don't know?
For every intricate cocktail that ends up on a menu at your favorite bar, odds are there were a dozen more drinks that didn't make the cut—some outright failures.
Many of the best bartenders are constantly designing new drinks, revisiting old ones, and revamping the bar's menu. But every once in a while, there's a concoction that feels truly exciting.
Would you date a bartender? For some, it comes down to one big risk. If you get together with the bartender at your favorite neighborhood joint, and then things don't work out, you may have to break up with the bar. And there are only so many great bars out there.
Ever had a terrible Valentine's Day date? We bet that these bartenders have witnessed worse from behind the bar.
At Serious Drinks, we see more flavored spirits than you could possibly imagine. Green tea vodka. Cinnamon-roll vodka. Cherry-flavored SoCo. We'd just about always prefer a fresh infusion to a bottled concoction, but we're always looking for a diamond in the rough. So we asked a number of bartenders: Are there any flavored spirits that you actually use?
Some bartenders fuel their shifts with espresso —others, with beer and shots of Fernet. What is your bartender drinking behind the bar? We asked, they answered.
We asked professionals across the country about the most essential tools for a home bar. Here's what they recommended.
While winter might not have fresh peaches or strawberries, and might not be the best time for your most refreshing cocktails, there's plenty to love about the season.
This time of year, nothing tastes better than a hot toddy—or spiked cider, or mulled wine, or anything else that properly warms your insides. We asked bartenders across the country about their favorite hot cocktails.
While plenty of holidays bring out lively crowds, nothing tops New Year's Eve for alcohol-fueled shenanigans. And the bartenders on-duty that night see it all. We asked bartenders around the country for their favorite New Year's Eve stories; here's what they had to say.
Hang out in bars long enough, and you'll start to hear the bartender throwing around all sorts of interesting words and phrases. And I'm not talking about the Tagalog profanity she picked up while backpacking through the Philippines; I mean the lexicon of bartending. Today, a glossary of the secret language of bartenders.
While many of our favorite bartenders have long and storied careers, they all got their start somewhere—and most entry-level gigs weren't too glamorous.
When you put hours and hours of effort into a fabulous Thanksgiving meal, you deserve the perfect drink before digging in to turkey and stuffing. What's the best drink to sip before Thanksgiving dinner? We asked bartenders across the country.