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Six Expectation-Defying Summer Cocktails
Cocktails, much like characters, extend from archetypes. It's variations on the tried and true (and familiar) that primarily populate even the most innovative mixed drinks menus. Only once in a blue moon does a cocktail defy this logic and extend from...
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Hawaii's Kō Hana Agricole Rum
In the middle of an aquaponics farm on Hawaii's island of Oahu, Manuele Distillers produce a very unique spirit: Kō Hana Agricole Rum. Here, farmers grow 34 different types of heirloom sugarcane plants that were meticulously collected over a three...
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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...
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Holiday Gift Guides 2016: Wine and Booze
It's been a good year for wine and spirits. A slew of new or limited edition releases demonstrated the sheer amount of creativity and craftsmanship infusing the industry. It was almost impossible to narrow down a selection of our favorites, but some...
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Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum
In the year since its release, Plantation Rum's Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum has become a bartending staple for those whipping up clever mixed drinks. Queen Victoria pineapples are hand-peeled and infused into a dark rum from Trinidad. Those rinds...
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Centenario 25
There's a reason why aged rum comes at such a cost. In the climates where rum is aged, like Nicaragua for Flor de Caña, much of the spirit evaporates each year leaving very minimal stock. At 25 years old, Flor de Caña's Centenario is a true rarity...
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Favorite Cocktails for Summer Sipping
Summer is the season of day drinking, whether you're stuck in a hot city in the northern hemisphere, taking a weekend at the beach, or escaping the cold in the south and heading to a tropical oasis. On a hot day (or night) there's nothing quite as...
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Old Meets New: Celebrating Original Craft
Taste Talks—in partnership with Mount Gay—are featuring creative makers and craftspeople who are forging a new path in the spirit of the old ways, and celebrating their #originalcraft. From coffee experts Intelligentsia to Brooklyn's own (and CH favorite...
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Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum
Once a highly favorable sipping spirit in Dickensian England, pineapple rum faded from fashion and was all but lost until Maison Ferrand proprietor and rum master blender Alexandre Gabriel partnered with spirits historian David Wondrich. In 2014...
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Six Bright Red Fourth of July Cocktails
With the spirit of celebration—and a long weekend—upon us, there's never been a better time to explore a color's impact on a cocktail. From ruby red to rust or carmine, there's really nothing that unites the following six selections other than the...
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Six Variations on a Negroni
Perhaps not since its 1919 debut in Florence, Italy (though a few hotels in Lake Como also stake claim to its origin) has the Negroni been so popular. It's progressed beyond classic cocktail bars and is now on menus around the world. There's nothing...
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Four Simple Cocktails for Spring
As bartenders continue to further the nuances of cocktail-making, it's important to remember that sometimes simple does the trick. And while we recently tried an otherworldly Woodford Reserve Double Oaked $1,000 mint julep in anticipation of the Kentucky...
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EXIMO Sipping Rum
The world is in no short supply of superb rums from many locations. And yet, Facundo EXIMO imparts a very distinct experience. Both medium and full-bodied rums, more than 10 years back, were united and then aged together in oak. This allows for a...
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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...
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Eight Sexy Valentine's Day Cocktails
While making no promises about love potions or secret tonics, what we can guarantee is the quality of taste in the following eight drinks. Made with care and concern, they exemplify many ideals surrounding the holiday of love: spice, smoke and flavor...
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History in a Bottle: The Hub Punch
When it comes to seeking novel libations, sometimes the best place to look is the past. Those who came before us truly knew how to party, and what they lacked in (current day) hygiene standards, they more than made up for with inventive—and piquant...
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Penny Blue XO Mauritian Rum
Nearly 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Madagascar lies the island nation of Mauritius. Known mostly for its beaches and lush mountains, Mauritius is also home to a long tradition of rum-making, utilizing the island's rich sugarcane crops. The Medine...
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Four Navy Strength Rums
Back in 1655, British Naval liquor rationing made the switch from French brandy to Caribbean rum. By the 1740s, Admiral Edward Vernon of the British Navy put into practice diluting this rum acquired from Jamaica and Barbados to the proportion of half...
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Massachusetts-Made Privateer Rum
The Caribbean is undoubtedly best known for rum-making, but the spirit has long-standing roots in New England as well. In fact, the founder of Privateer Rum, which produces smooth, small-batch rum in two equally impressive versions, is an ancestor...
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New Orleans' Rum-Centric Bar, Cane & Table
by Kate Beard Since opening last July, Cane & Table in New Orleans' French Quarter has garnered a lot of attention, cementing its place on the list of the city's best bars. And with its pedigree, it's no wonder. The brainchild of Nick Detrich...
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The Lucy June Cocktail
Rum doesn't tend to be first on most people's lists when approaching the cocktail scene. Its history lends itself to associations with summer parties and wild nights. In fact, high-end rum has only found a home behind bars over the past few years...
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Family Reserve Old Rum
While Gosling's Old Rum will make a perfect Dark 'n' Stormy, this outstanding Bermudan rum—aged in once-used, bourbon oak barrels—is also just as delicious to sip neat. Gosling's gives a nod to its superlative taste by housing the rum in a champagne...
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The Salty Bird Cocktail
We recently joined Theo Lieberman of NYC's Milk & Honey to try out his latest creation; a fruity and bitter cocktail ideal for tropical living. Crafted in tandem with Lauren Schell of Little Branch, the drink is a variation of the Jungle Bird—specifically...
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Angel's Envy Rye Whiskey
When it comes to whiskey, experimentation should be done with caution. There's a reason the rules are in place, but great things can come from coloring outside the lines. Distiller Lincoln Henderson of Louisville Distilling Company has a masterful...
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