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Mediterranean Spirits (News & Features)

{image_1} Grace Gin The Katsou sisters make this gin at their family’s distillery on the island of Evia in the Aegean Sea. Working with local botanicals such as myrtle, skinos and critamos, they’ve created a spirit that evokes the Greek isles in its fruity, herbal notes and...Read Full Story

A Different Glass of Mexican Wine (News & Features)

{image_1} While Bichi has generated the most interest in the US, they’re just one part of a growing community of enólogos defining the terroir of the desert southwest in Baja California. Drive from the border town of Tecate to Ensenada on the Pacific Ocean and...Read Full Story

Best Somm at TexSom (News & Features)

{image_1}Walther and her colleagues at Jeffrey’s swept the top three spots with the runner-ups including Skyler Ring and Austin Farina, also employees of the restaurant. All received scholarships from SOMMFoundation to be used toward a Court of Master Sommeliers certification exam. Co-founded by Master Sommeliers...Read Full Story

Global Distillery Tour (Book Review)

For the avid traveler with an affinity for spirits, Lonely Planet offers a guide to distilleries in more than 33 countries. The Global Distillery Tour (Lonely Planet Guides, $20) highlights the best stops for whisky in...Read Full Story

Jamaican Rum (News & Features)

{image_1}Getting up from his seat—a refurbished rum barrel—he heads to the window counter lit up by Christmas lights, then returns a few minutes later with a flask, soda bottle and a bucket of ice. “Wray and Ting by the Q,” he says, referring to the flask...Read Full Story

Tiki Handbook (Book Review)

Few people know rum as well as Shannon Mustipher, head bartender at Glady’s, a Caribbean restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. In Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails (Rizzoli, 2019; $30), she highlights that spirit and others in Polynesian-inspired style, through classics like the Caipirinha, as well as her...Read Full Story

Hunky Dory (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Claire Sprouse runs this gathering spot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a sunshine-filled hangout during the day that morphs into a cocktail bar at night. Sprouse consults for others, too, focusing on sustainable practices and environmentally conscious bartending; at her own place, she creates drinks with eco-friendly spirits and local...Read Full Story

Nordic Spirit (News & Features)

Denmark {image_1}One of the first companies to export aquavit to the US, Aalborg has been distilling the spirit since 1846. It produces a range of variations, two of which make it to the US. The red-labeled Taffel is traditional, with a wheat base, flavored with only caraway. Its peppery...Read Full Story

Gascon Vignettes (News & Features)

I’d never really considered Armagnac as a mixer before; back when I was tending bar in Texas, we’d thought of it as an after-dinner drink for older guests. Sensing my intrigue, the bartender starts mixing more cocktails for me to taste, pulling bottles from the diverse selection...Read Full Story

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