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The Best Entry-Level Whiskey Cocktails

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We can associate a lot of things with whiskey – cowboys, prohibition-era speakeasies, and its strong flavor that can burn your throat on the way down. People either love whiskey or hate it, there’s not a lot of in between. Like anything, the more you try it, the more you’ll like it. But, for the beginners, here are five whiskey cocktails that will make the transition a little easier. For the existing whiskey fans, these […]

When to Shake and When to Stir

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James Bond was so wrong when he asked for his martini “shaken, not stirred.” Deciding when to shake and when to stir a cocktail is an important part of mixology, and has a huge impact on a drink’s texture and appearance. Here are the ground rules for shaking or stirring, so you won’t make Bond’s same mistake again. Shaking When: Shake cocktails when they include fruit juices, cream liqueurs, simple syrup, sour mix, egg, dairy […]

The Insider’s Guide to Triple Sec

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Everyone has that ingredient in their kitchen that they only know how to use in one recipe or one drink. In the cocktail world, many us of have triple sec or know it’s an important, versatile liqueur to own, but how many of us can articulate what it actually is? We’ve outlined everything you need to know about triple sec, from its flavor profile to its birthplace: What it is: Triple sec, meaning triple distilled, […]

Three-Ingredient Gin Cocktails You Must Know

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You can drink a shot of tequila or mix whiskey with a bit of water, but gin is destined to be mixed in a cocktail. In fact, there are more classic cocktails made with gin than any other spirit. Whether you are just beginning to explore gin drinks or you’re a die-hard fan, you’ll love these three simple cocktails that shine the spotlight on gin: Negroni: Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth make this Italian drink […]

Everything You Need to Know About Bar Glasses

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Taking the time to make a well-balanced drink deserves the right presentation. Your bar glasses are more important than you may think – the wrong one can throw your whole drink out of balance. Take a look at our picks for the home bar essentials, and once you’ve mastered those, graduate to some fancy glasses. Basics  Stem glass: Every home bar needs a glass designed for a cocktail. The stem allows the drink to stay […]

4 Best Vodka Cocktails to Celebrate Halloween

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We may have outgrown the door-to-door thrill of Halloween, but there’s no reason we can’t enjoy some spine-chilling fun ourselves in the form of a delicious vodka cocktail. These four easy drinks are guaranteed to impress your guests and quench your thirst. Pick your poison: Black Widow: Vodka has never looked so sinister. Channel your dark side with black vodka, like Blavod, mixed with cranberry juice and lemonade, for a simple, fruity cocktail. See recipe here. […]

How 3 Popular Cocktails Got Their Names

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There’s always a story behind a name, but cocktails don’t have it so easy. The exact origins of our favorite cocktails can get a bit muddled, but one thing is for sure: there were many people scrambling to take credit for these deliciously classic cocktails. Here are three fun facts about today’s most popular cocktails: Screwdriver: The name for this classic drink derived from need. In the 1950s, workers on oil rigs in the Persian […]

Three Bitters You Need to Own and Why

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Bitters pack a punch. One drop can transform a drink — highlighting warm, spicy, rich, or acidic notes. These botanically infused alcoholic mixtures were once marketed as medicine, when pharmacist Antoine Peychaud would add them to alcoholic beverages sold at his 19th century apothecary shop in New Orleans. Today, however, bitters are a must-have for everyone from the casual sippers to the cocktail connoisseurs. If you’re new to the world of bitters, here are the […]