Best of CH 2016: Cocktails
Every year the cocktail scene gets better and better. New venues serving out-of-the-ordinary mixed drinks continue to pop up in cities all around the globe. Over the last year, we've hit up just about every major spot in NYC for tastings. It would...
The Best Whiskeys for Winter Holiday Gifting
The word whiskey (or whisky, depending on region of production) means innumerable things to a great many people. This brown spirit category plays catch-all for everything from the smokiest scotches to the oakiest bourbons. There are single malts and...
Six Next-Level Hot Toddy Recipes
While we can't (scientifically) attest to the famed Hot Toddy being a cold remedy, we can stand behind its warm deliciousness. Traditionally composed of whisky, hot water, honey and lemon (or spices), this simple hot cocktail has been around for a...
Bourbon "Drinking Shoe" Set
With their limited edition, handmade gift set, historic bourbon brand Basil Hayden's hopes to answer the question: what makes a good drinking shoe? In seeking an answer for this, they've partnered with family-owned shoe brand Quoddy, from Maine, whose...
Etched Globe Spirits Decanter
Nothing showcases the hue of an aged spirit quite like a decanter. Whether one wants to show off cognac, scotch or rum, the etched globe decanter from Bourbon & Boots delivers a worldly, refined aesthetic. It's composed of lead-free, heat-resistant...
The Art of American Whiskey
There's no spirit more storied than whiskey in the United States. From bootleggers to booms, and even its temporary (and tragic) decline, the history is rich. Author Noah Rothbaum has tapped into this with his latest book "The Art of American Whiskey...
Behind the Barrel of Wild Turkey Bourbon
Situated on a vast, rolling landscape in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky—amidst the vibrant and ever-growing bourbon trail—Wild Turkey's distillery plays host to deep history and thoughtful modernity. This hub of bourbon and rye production, founded back in...
Six Cocktails for Great Whiskey
The extensive, alluring worlds of whiskey, Scotch and bourbon can feel daunting to novice drinkers—especially when there's an expectation to drink it neat or with a bit of water. For an easier entry point into one of the most nuanced areas of the spirits...
Cocktail Courier Hits Chicago
When you're looking to order beer, wine and spirits directly to your home, both Drizly and Minibar Delivery App can get alcohol to you rather quickly. But if you're planning on making a mixed drink, Cocktail Courier comes complete with a recipe and...
Far from what's considered the land of bourbon in the American south, just east of Yellowstone National Park in the expansive state of Wyoming, a new tradition in distilling is underway. Based in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming Whiskey counts the 100...
Used in the olden days to calm teething babies, whiskey-soaked toothpicks are making a comeback. While we may have made up the historical anecdote, these three varieties of sophisticated picks are certainly great for anxious adults. The trio is made...
Caskers' Exclusive Whiskeys for Summer
Since its 2012 launch, Caskers has established itself as one of the premiere online destinations for rare spirits. The team behind the site applies their keen palates to exploration, tastings and selection—and the result is a marketplace of top quality...
Eight New Whisk(e)y Expressions
We're well into fall and no drink fits the season with as much comfortable class as whiskey. Whether neat or on the rocks, the thoughtful, warming power of this dark spirit continues to deliver upon its historic identity. It just so happens that many...
The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining
In 2010, a former Kentucky rooftop moonshiner joined forces with the great-grandson of a Prohibition-era bootlegger. Kings County Distillery was born; the first of its kind in New York City since the national alcohol ban of the 1920s. Kings County...
Bourbon Barrel Grill Wood
One of our favorite Fancy Food Show finds, Bourbon Barrel Foods harnesses the flavors in bourbon barrels to infuse salts, sugar and spices as well as their barrel-aged soy sauce, sorghum, Worcestershire and Kentuckyaki. Now Bourbon Barrel Foods...
Widow Jane Whiskey
In addressing the challenge of producing a Kentucky bourbon whiskey in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood, Cacao Prieto distillery looked to the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, NY. Heavy in minerals and naturally filtered through limestone, the water...
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Bourbon Barrel Foods
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the city known as the gateway to bourbon country, Matt Jamie has found a new way to repurpose barrels that have been used to age the region's signature spirit. Bourbon Barrel Foods makes micro-brewed and barrel-aged...