There are many ways to keep your friends busy, start a conversation, and provide a sense of your individualism and style when they drop in for a visit to your pad, but the best (and easiest) way is by encouraging them to have a browse through your selection of coffee table books. Whether you’re a […]

10 gin cocktails you can make in minutes Shake up your drinks repertoire by giving gin the star treatment. Our quick and easy cocktail recipes can be created in moments, giving you more time to party. Gin is more popular than ever, so it’s a good time to learn some simple serving options to take […]

Via saveur.com –  Siegal, who had chipped in a large portion of his life savings to help Petraske open the bar. As bartender Richard Boccato explains in Regarding Cocktails, the drink’s simplicity, perfect balance, and no-fuss nature made it a “standard in bars the world over.” This modern classic was invented at Sasha Petraske’s now-shuttered […]

Via imbibemagazine.com –  With roots that trace back to the mid-1800s in India, chai tea has long been a favorite in tea rooms and cafés, but these days bartenders are also tinkering with the spiced tea as a way to lend more depth to cocktails. Rum and whiskey are popular flavor pairings, thanks to their complementary oak and vanilla […]

If you walk into a liquor store and feel overwhelmed by the variety of bourbons on the shelf, it's no surprise. Equally dizzying are the terms on the label. (Image credit: Tara Donne) First: What is bourbon?

With hundreds of new, unfamiliar craft beers on shelves these days, a lot of people tend to assume they've chosen the wrong brand when they get a taste of something they don't like. Their spirit of adventure will break, and they'll stop trying new beers altogether. The sheer number of beer styles out there can be intimidating, but they're also useful designations.

Rum has always been the star of the tiki mug, but unbeknownst to many, gin has long had a supporting role in tropical drinks as well. The Saturn cocktail is one of the most famous gin-based recipes—a fruity combo of gin, passion fruit, orgeat, falernum and lemon juice. 1½ oz. gin ½ oz. fresh lemon juice ¼ oz. passion fruit purée ½ oz. orgeat ¼ oz. velvet falernum Tools: blender Glass: rocks Garnish: lime twist wrapped around a cherry Blend all the ingredients together with 1 cup of crushed ice until smooth.

Portland-based winemaker Ryan Sharp created his first batch of Portland Sangria by accident in 2011 when an excess of rosé at bottling forced him to get creative on the fly. Like the original Sangria, the new spritzes start with a dry wine base and get gussied up with fruit juice, herbs and spices, organic cane sugar and a little carbonated water. The result is not too sweet, lightly fizzy and supremely drinkable.

During its foundational era, Real Ale Brewing released beers at a pace a snail could appreciate. The Blanco, Texas, brewery then cranked its tempo, adding a fourth year-round beer and a single annual release in 2002. They’d ride bikes and drink beer, a synergy the small businesses decided to embrace.