Liquor and Spirits

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    This Week's Five Best Food Events

    Whether you like to cook, dine out, or just watch food on the big screen, here are five events to consider this week.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2014

    Recipe: Joe Campanale's Sparkling Negroni Sbagliato

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of Joe Campanale, beverage director and co-owner of Dell'anima (38 Eighth Avenue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    In Queens, a Homegrown Spirit

    Chris Murillo, founder of the Astoria Distilling Company, experienced a rather dramatic transition when he opted to go full-time with his creation, an Old Tom gin dubbed Queens Courage. A former lawyer, Murillo went from hustling through Midtown in a suit one day to wearing jeans and a t-shirt and h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Here's a Recipe for an Excellent Vieux Carré From Ward III's Kenneth McCoy

    Sick of your usual call drink? Try something new. In this series, we're asking the city's bartenders to name their current drinks of choice. Check out our Good Call archives for another round. Today's call comes by way of Kenneth McCoy of Ward III (111 Reade St.; 212-240-9194) and The Rum House (2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Here Are the Five Best Food Events in NYC This Weekend

    You shouldn't be spending even one more second than necessary in your house or office this summer -- here are five great excuses to get out.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Make These Hall and Oates Inspired Cocktails

    On Tuesday night a couple hundred beautiful people/industry types gathered on the rooftop penthouse of The Kimberly Hotel and were plied with free Woody Creek vodka. There was free food too, and the types of wild, clear nighttime views of the Chrysler building and Manhattan that immediately make you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Hack the Bar: What to Order When the Boozy Pickings Are Slim

    If you're not already hunkered down in your hometown for a lot of festive family time, you're likely steeling yourself for the massive transit clusterfuck that awaits. Our advice if you're in the latter boat: Drink, but no so much that you can't navigate the eighth circle of hell that is Penn Statio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Roni-Sue's Chocolates Opens up a Bigger Shop (Q & A)

    Just a few weeks ago, beloved Lower East Side chocolatier Roni-Sue's (148 Forsyth Street, 212-677-1216) ventured beyond its Essex Street Market stomping grounds and into a stand-alone retail location on Forsyth Street. In addition to soon-to-launch classes, the sibling space is offering coffee, hot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Halloween Special: 10 Frighteningly Named Cocktails Around NYC

    Corpse Reviver, Death in the Afternoon, Deadly Sin--these eerily-dubbed cocktails sound like they were made for Halloween, even if they carry tame origins (take, for example, the inspiration of Rudolph Valentino's 1922 bullfighter movie Blood and Sand for the name of the classic Scotch and orange ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Amor y Amargo's Sother Teague Explains Bitters and Divulges a Recipe

    There is no out-talking, outsmarting, or out-mixologizing Sother Teague. Ask a question about bitters, and Teague has not just an answer but a tome, an in-depth dialogue of distillation, history, and flavor. That he's writing a book is a confusing notion; this man should be on TV with a captivated a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Maison Premiere's Pontarlier Julep

    The drink: Pontarlier Julep The bar: Maison Premiere The price: $13 The ingredients: La Clandestine absinthe, Plymouth gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth, orange flower water

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Hella Bitter's Benjamin Ahr Harrison on Artisanal Bitters

    Hella Bitter, a Brooklyn-based startup, sells artisanal bitters that are quickly becoming the product of choice at some of our favorite bars and restaurants like Noorman's Kil, the Spotted Pig, and the Mermaid Inn. So we decided to ask one of the company's owners, Benjamin Ahr Harrison to explain ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Maharlika's Pacquiao's Punch

    The drink: Pacquiao's Punch The bar: Maharlika (111 1st Ave., 646-392-7880) The price: $10 The ingredients: Santa Teresa Gran Reserva rum, homemade ginger syrup, lemon, pineapple, absinthe

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Billy Deal on Noorman's Kil's Collection of 326 Types of Whiskey

    Noorman's Kil, a Williamsburg grilled cheese joint and bar, prides itself on its massive collection of whiskey--the bottle count is currently at 326. The bartenders there help customers navigate this intimidating selection by holding free whiskey tastings every Wednesday and being ready to share eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Happy Absinthe Day!

    Today is National Absinthe Day, another booze holiday that kicks off a month known for combining drinking with the color green.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Matt Piacentini on The Beagle's "Academic" Cocktails

    Matt Piacentini helped develop The Beagle's old-school cocktail menu, which we love here at Fork in the Road. He's a little bit of a cocktail history nerd so we asked him to explain how he researched the drinks on the menu and the story behind the restaurant's unusual pairing boards.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Aquavit: Let's Cocktail Like the Scandinavians

    Flickr/KimtaroLemon aquavit in the making​ The Danish food trend has been brewing for some time (see: Pellegrino's Best Restaurant Noma, the forthcoming Tribeca sandwich shop Aaman's), so it's only natural that aquavit is popping up on cocktail menus around the city, and on a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Our 10 Best Cocktails to Drink Now

    Keith WagstaffNice shot​ For the past couple of years, The Daily Shot, FitR's inappropriately named weekly cocktail feature, has scoured the city for the tastiest cocktails it could find. Straight up, on the rocks, with a twist, rimmed, and even on fire. You name it: We've knocked it back. Now ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2011

    Tracking Down The City's Moonshiners

    Not to bust them, but to drink with them

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Maison Premiere's Maxwell Britten Likes His Absinthe Strong and His New York Brooklyn

    Photo by Michael McCarthyMaxwell Britten, keeper of the Green Fairy​There are few bars more enchanting than Maison Premiere, which opened on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg earlier this year. It's not just the lush, romantic garden, or antique-looking absinthe drip, or bustling oyster-shucking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    What to Drink at Maison Premiere: The Absinthe Frappe

    Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. Chantal MartineauGet happy.​​The drink: Absinthe Frappe The bar: Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, 347-335-0446) The price: $12 Ingredients: Pernod 68, sugar, crushed ice, and water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Scotch Lesson, Beer Tasting

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Scotch Whisky: A Regional Tasting Tour Astor Center Friday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. Join booze expert Karl duHoffmann for this primer on single malt scotch. You'll get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Make A Razor, A Shiny Knife's Pernod Absinthe Roasted Duck by Daniel Castaño

    Pernod Absinthe Roasted Duck​Ever since the Green Fairy was re-legalized in 2007, absinthe cocktails have started cropping up everywhere. But the spirit is not just for imbibing. Cooking with absinthe can add kick to your food and is sure to drive your tastebuds absolutely mad (with delight). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Bittermens Has Decamped to Red Hook and Is Now Making Burlesque Bitters

    BittermensBurlesque Bitters Will Tease Cocktails​Good news for bitters lovers: Bittermens, a small-batch bitters company based out of Boston has just moved to New York, opening a production facility in Red Hook. "We'd gotten to a point where we were exceeding the space we had. We got our sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    What to Drink at Veritas: The Americano Spritzer

    Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. Americano Spritzer​​​​The drink: Americano Spritzer The bar: Veritas, 43 East 20th Street, 212-353-3700 The price: $13 The ingredients: Aperol, Punt e Mes, orange bitters, and prosecco, served i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    There's Some Really Old Whiskey Being Served at The Rose Club

    barockschloss/flickrWhiskeys of yore.​It isn't everyday that you get to taste a bourbon as old as your grandfather, but you can do so at The Rose Club at The Plaza throughout February while supplies last. A flight of nine American whiskeys, including several discontinued bottles, such as a Kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Top Shots: Our 10 Best Cocktails of 2010

    One cocktail says to another: "You're going down!"​ Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. Some of these bibulous creations leave our head swimming with delight, while others lead to little more than imbiber's remorse. We've sampled the best t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Kahlúa Goes After Fancy Coffee Market, Turns Baristas into Mixologists

    Kicking up your coffee, one shot of Kahlúa at a time.​Coffee liqueurs are getting upgraded, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, with such new and forthcoming releases as Firelit Spirits Coffee Liqueur, made with coveted Blue Bottle coffee, and Heering Coffee Liqueur from the maker of Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    What to Drink at SHO Shaun Hergatt's Pearl Bar: The White Dog Smash

    Chantal MartineauChase this White Dog.​The drink: White Dog Smash The bar: Pearl Bar at SHO Shaun Hergatt, 40 Broad Street The price: $15 The ingredients: Death's Door White Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, fresh mint, muddled with sugar, and strained over ice in a rocks glass. The buzz: If a W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Drink a Sergio Leone at Savoy

    Giddy up.​The drink: Sergio Leone The bar: Savoy, 70 Prince Street The price: $12 The ingredients: Bergamot-infused gin, reposado tequila, Cynar, and sweet vermouth, shaken and served in a cocktail glass with a thinly sliced lime wheel to garnish. The buzz: Yes, that's right. Cynar. It's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Chasing the White Dog Author Max Watman Talks Hooch, Cocktologists & the Metaphysical Hangover

    Dream (and moonshine) chaser Max Watman​In his book, Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine, Max Watman traces the history of distillation in America, from the Whiskey Rebellion to today's rogue bootleggers and artisanal moonshiners. Along the way, he learns how to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Rum's the Word at Williamsburg's Roneria Caracas

    Selena Ricks​ Just in time to warm bar-goers during the winter chill, Williamsburg's Caracas Arepa Bar has stocked its shelves with the latest brown spirit to win over mixologists--aged rum. After securing its liquor license this fall, the Brooklyn outpost of the popular East Village Venezuel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Last Night, the Chant Was 'Legalize Cachaca!'​Leblon Cachaca hosted a "friendly" protest last night against the U.S.'s refusal to recognize the Brazilian sugar cane spirit cachaca as its own designation. The U.S. is the only country that forces cachaca makers to label their product "Brazilian Rum," which the distillers say i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Booze News: Rum Gets Classy; Caffeinated Booze Bad for the Body?

    ​Jimmy Bedford, the former master distiller of Jack Daniel's whiskey, died Friday at age 69. Bedford retired in March 2008 after 20 years at his post in what is the oldest registered distillery in the country. [MSNBC] Rum is becoming more of a sipping spirit, like single malt scotch or cognac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    The Early Word--Mayahuel

    Outside Mayahuel--named for the Aztec goddess of agave--on a Friday night We stopped by Mayahuel, Phil Ward's new tequila-and-mezcal-focused cocktail bar on Friday night. It was only about 8pm, and not too busy, so we were able to snag a table upstairs. Downstairs, the low-ceilinged space is very ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Balvenie Encourages You to Make Your Scotch

    A group of 40 adults has paid $95 each to deconstruct and reconstruct The Balvenie Signature Batch this evening at Astor Center. As luck would have it, we had the chance to participate in a little preview of the event with drinks makers Shingo Gokan of Angel's Share, Albert Trummer of Apotheke and J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    New Spring Cocktails at Angel's Share

    I don't know what this says about me, but this weekend I knew it was really, truly spring not so much because the weather was warmer (although that certainly helped) but because I found myself at my favorite bar and they had new spring cocktails.The weekend before last, Angel's Share (8 Stuyvesant S ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    March 14, 2006

    Bourbon 101

    Local expert weighs in: top picks for cheap, underrated bourbons

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    August 9, 2005
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    June 7, 2005

    Getting Plowed on Pound Cake

    Commodore Grill's new 80 proof dessert

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    May 24, 2005
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    March 29, 2005
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    March 8, 2005

    Spell It With an 'E,' Please

    Distilling the truth about Irish whiskey

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    March 16, 2004
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    November 25, 2003
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    August 12, 2003
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    July 8, 2003
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    May 13, 2003

    Drinker's Paradise

    Chill Out With Frozen Daiquiris, Cool Coladas, Iced Vodkas, and Much, Much More

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    December 24, 2002
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    April 16, 2002
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