Scotland is synonymous with Single Malt, a drink made with fermented barley from a single distillery. But this particular style of whisky, highly revered throughout the world, is hardly the be-all/end-all of Scotch. In fact, many folks regard Johnnie Walker Blue Label -- a blend -- as the most elega ... More >>
In this interview, Raines Law Room (48 West 17th Street) head bartender Meaghan Dorman chats about her fondness for rich flavor profiles, Champagne cocktails, and Campari.
My brother-in-law, although from Ohio -- a place with very few fine wine traditions (I'm from there and can confirm it) -- loves port. But he hasn't come to adore it living in the States. Years ago, he moved to the quaint little town of Broadway in England, thereby adopting the estimable British cus ... More >>
Super Bowl Sunday is nearly upon us. This is the day football fans eagerly await all season long, and the day the rest of us look forward to for the wings, Pepsi commercials, and men in tight pants running around a field (ok, some of us). You likely have strong feelings about one team in this race, ... More >>
While the holiday season has come and gone, the bitter cold, it seems, is here to stay. To stave off the chilly nights and the inevitable sniffles that will accompany this wacky weather, there's nothing better than a boozy tea-like dram to sooth your throat and mind.
In celebration of the New Year, Eve Turow examines the traditions of celebratory drinking with a handful of this city's top bartenders. While Champagne hogs the spotlight come midnight on January 1, there are many other drinks suitable for the festivities. Here, she shares two cocktail recipes that ... More >>
Ginger liqueur adds elegance and versatility to a bar, and for years, that meant a bottle of Domaine de Canton. But thanks to Josh Morton, Brooklyn now has its very own all-natural variety of the spirit: Barrow's Intense Ginger Liqueur. Barrow's is a clean, bright, and spicy liqueur that encapsulate ... More >>
"Anyone can homebrew in any size apartment with a stockpot, a bucket and a jug. I promise you it's true," writes Emma Christensen, author of True Brews. "Sugary liquid yeast (and the occasional friendly bacteria) time = delicious fermented beverage." Take the process one (considerably more techn ... More >>
You've almost made it to Hump Day happy hour, New York City. Take a look at three spots we like for a cheap midweek drink.
This month, lovers of beer and irony everywhere have been thoroughly enjoying the fact that everyone's weirdest kid band, Hanson, have not only grown up, come of age and started playing music again, but they've also launched their own beer--and it's called Mmmhops (see what they did there?). In lig ... More >>
Bitter pink Campari with soda water is one of my favorite retro aperitifs, but no one seems to get the proportions right. I find it's always diluted with too much soda, like a watery dive-bar highball.
This glass of aquavit, from Danish restaurant Aamanns-Copenhagen, is flavored with toasted rye bread. Aquavit (or akvavit) is a flavored liquor beloved of Scandinavians, and served in funny little glasses. Derived from the Latin aqua vitae, it means "water of life."
There's no way around it: It's just. Too. Damn. Cold. Sure, you could slurp down soup with the masses, but we'd rather take a trip someone warm, even if it's only in our minds. This week, we're drinking the super rum punch at Havana Central, an energetically kitschy homage that's more reminiscent ... More >>
To create the sophisticated drink menu at the new Bourgeois Pig in Carroll Gardens, Frank Cisneros has been delving into the often mysterious world of European liquor. He told us about his adventures tracking down some of the forgotten spirits and liqueurs from the Continent and mixing them back int ... More >>
The drink: No. 4The bar: Whitehall (19 Greenwich Avenue, 212-675-7261) The price: $13The ingredients: Greenall's London Dry Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, lemon, fresh muddled ginger, house-made orange bitters
For this week's review, I headed down to Chinatown -- Doyers Street, specifically -- to check out Pulqueria, Christopher and Heather Tierney's new Mexican cocktail lounge and restaurant. The food pleasantly surprised me; standouts included the hibiscus flower enchiladas, a great mushroom quesadilla, ... More >>
Kings County DistillerySome of the fine moonshine available for purchase in liquor stores New York City's underground moonshiners might be making jugs of hooch on the down-low, but if you don't have a bootlegger supplying you on the sly, fear not. Liquor store shelves are beginning to be sto ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyA homemade still, for some homegrown moonshineIn this week's Voice, I wrote about the underground moonshine scene that's quietly been emerging in New York City over the past several months. During that time, I met with professional moonshiners (like those at Kings County Distil ... More >>
kingscountydistillery.comWhiskey grows in Brooklyn.Brooklyn's first whiskey distillery since Prohibition, Kings County, released its bourbon earlier this month after just about a year of peddling nothing but an un-aged white whiskey. It looks like business is good, because the distillery is a ... More >>
Kentucky bourbon distilleries have spent at least $150 million expanding their facilities as demand for bourbon explodes in the United States and across the globe. [Daily Mail] Ten of the city's best beer shops suggest 10 of their favorite brews. [Grub Street] The S.E.C. stops two ad execs ... More >>
neil conway/flickrBlue Bottle coffee, pastry-less no more.Last month, we dropped by The Great Coffee Debate at the International Culinary Center, where we learned from Blue Bottle founder James Freeman that the Williamsburg coffee house was in the process of building a pastry kitchen in order ... More >>
MmmmmmIt's like your mother always said: you don't know if you like it until you try it. Think about how much you enjoy brussels sprouts now. And they sort of smell like pee, too! BoingBoing was kind enough to point us in the direction of the special Gilpin Family single malt blend, which is ... More >>
Gilpin Family WhiskySort of like turning water into wine, but not really.Today in news guaranteed to to promote regurgitation, an industrious entrepreneur has started making whisky from the urine of elderly diabetics.
sjon/flickrTrue blue.The island of Curaçao is about to become its own country as the Dutch Antilles prepare to be dissolved this October. It's the biggest island among the Dutch Caribbean colonies, although most Americans are more familiar with more touristy Aruba. In fact, most of us don't ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Bent Spoon and Beer Table Ice Cream Social Beer Table Monday, August 16 at 7 p.m. Beer and ice cream, together at last. Gabrielle Carbone from Bent Spoon ice cream ... More >>
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Eben Klemm, the head mixologist for B.R. Guest Restaurants, which owns Dos Caminos and Blue Water Grill, is trying out "tiki-inspired" tropical drinks for the summer, as well as cocktails made with Riesling. [Washington Post] Several new coffee liqueurs are making a splash, including Firelit ... More >>
Go West of East India, young cocktail drinker.The drink: West of East India Cocktail The bar: Mayahuel, 304 East 6th Street The price: $13 The ingredients: Reposado tequila, Demerara rum, East India Sherry, Falernum, Amaro Nonino, and Xocolatl mole bitters. The buzz: Mayahuel is known for ... More >>
Several states with tight control on liquor sales, such as Virginia, Vermont, and Mississippi, are considering a change in legislation that would privatize the distribution of alcohol, either by auctioning licenses to private companies or selling distribution centers. [Wall Street Journal] ... More >>
Punch may have been the summer's darling, but the holiday season is the perfect time of year to whip up a Tom and Jerry cocktail. This labor-intensive eggnog-style drink probably dates the early to mid-19th century, writes spirits historian and author David Wondrich in the current issue of Sa ... More >>
It's ok, you can admit it: Scotch can be scary. Luckily, Brian McGrory of the recently opened Highlands in the West Village has some practical tips for easing you into the malted spirit. And, if you haven't met the charming Scotsman or been to his cozy establishment, be assured that there are ... More >>
Awatere Valley, N.Z. winemaker Peter Yealands bottles his wine in plastic bottles, which he's sure will become the convention, just as Coca-Cola went from glass to plastic. He's not the first to sell wine in plastic -- Wolf Blass in Australia does it, as do British supermarket chains Tesco an ... More >>
Brooklynites are lucky to have their own bourbon bar. Now, American whiskey buffs will be able get their fix near Union Square, where a new rye-centric bar is opening. With Raines Law Room just down the street, West 17th Street could have the makings of a mini cocktail crawl.
When news broke that Knob Creek would likely run out of bourbon before the new batch is ready in November, the brand used the news to its advantage. It launched an ad campaign tagged "Thanks for Nothing" that featured empty bottles to signify that the company would rather run out than sacrifi ... More >>
Weather Up, the cocktail bar in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, serves a house Weather Up cocktail that is so simple and delicious that it's one of our favorites drinks in the city. It's just a mix of cognac, amaretto and lemon juice, plus a long strip of orange zest that the bartender uses to rub down ... More >>
We finally got a chance to try the recently launched Tanteo brand of infused tequilas. Now, I know what you're thinking: flavored tequila? Isn't that just a sneeze away from Bacardi Limon? And the answer is: not at all. Or at least not in this case. Tanteo, which is made of 100% Weber blue agave a ... More >>
The expo on the second floor of the Astor Center seems to shimmer in the cold night air (click to enlarge). Online it was a billed almost like a class, but it felt more like a trade show once I'd arrived at the Bacon and Bourbon Expo early Thursday evening. On the main floor, whiskey exhibitors of ... More >>
Happy Friday--time for a drink. Usually, I hate flavored vodka with a passion. But this Honey Pepper vodka from the Ukraine is actually delicious, and very warming. I first had it at Smolen Bar and Grill (708 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn), a fantastically old-school Polish bar. You can serve this room tem ... More >>
For this week's dining newsletter, writer Hailey Eber talked to chef Pierre Landet from Cercle Rouge. He shared the recipe for this soup, which is full of good things that are in season at the Greenmarket right now. And for once, this is a chef recipe that's dead simple. You could serve it with the ... More >>
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