'Tis the season for overdoing it, which means it's helpful to have a trusty digestif in your back pocket. These soothing herbal liqueurs help settle the stomach after a big dinner (the bookend to a meal started with an aperitif, which is meant to awaken the palate). We asked this city's bartenders t ... 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 >>
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Tomorrow is National Rum Day, a holiday at least as important as Arbor Day, and we are here to help you celebrate. But first, a quick history lesson.
A few weeks ago, we put up a list of the top 10 breweries in NYC(-ish). But beers are not the only alcohol brewing in New York. The distilling world is also on the rise after a shift in New York distilling laws in 2002 when the passage of a law allowing farm distillery licenses helped begin to resto ... 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.
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 >>
NYC Food Film Festival Heats Up
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 >>
Keri Levens has worked as Aquavit's wine director since May. Though she studied art history and art at Rutgers University, she ultimately decided to pursue a culinary career. She chatted with Fork in the Road this week about her work at the restaurant (65 East 55th Street) and how she plays with dri ... 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 >>
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 >>
Breuckelen Distilling Co. and the Brooklyn Distilling Co. have settled their trademark-infringement lawsuit out of court, although the terms were not revealed. [NY Post] A bottle of Rémy Martin cognac called the Louis XIII Grande Champagne Très Vieille Age Inconnu sold for 50,000 euros ($7 ... 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 >>
flickr/_Fidello_So many ways to drink badly As a cocktail waitress at an infamous Village dive, I get asked a lot of off-putting things: "Did you go to college?" "Do you do yoga?" "What do your tattoos mean?" "Will you belly dance?" "Are you down for a hotel party in Atlantic City? We'll tak ... 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 >>
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 >>
Is it bad etiquette to get drunk at a store?
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 >>
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.
Jonathan Pogash, making a 'Bee Sting'Barenjager, the German honey liqueur imported by the same company responsible for the success of Jagermeister and Grey Goose, hosted a bartending competition last night in a bona fide speakeasy located in a basement in NOHO. The password to get in was "Bea ... More >>
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 >>
bludgeoner86/flickr This Friday marks National Tequila Day, which was probably dreamed up by booze company executives to sell more of the agave spirit to frat boys and bachelorettes. But celebrating tequila is something many of us can get on board with. After all, it's the spirit of the moment, hav ... 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 >>
Drinks historian David Wondrich dreams of his last meal
Bars to hibernate in when the weather dips
Preferred drink of the cheap, lazy, and incredibly sophisticated
Scouting out the best sangria in the city
Homemade infusions rescue flavored vodkas from cough-syrup catastrophe
Sud-slinging santas toast the season
Modern Lovers Troll Columbias Bars for Fun and Profit