CityDrinks: Spring clean your wine list with new varietals, emerging regions

If you’re bored of the same old Chardonnay and Merlot, spring clean your wine list buy adding varietals from some of the world’s hottest wine regions, including southern Italy and France’s Loire Valley. “Ten years ago, it was hard to … Keep reading

CityDrinks: Cachaça on the Rise

Brazil is so hot right now. World Cup. Olympics 2016 build-up. And cachaça. If you’ve ever ordered a Caipirinha —  the country’s national cocktail, know for its fresh sweetness — you’ve enjoyed the liquor, which is distilled from sugar cane. … Keep reading

CityDrinks: It’s Not Just About the (Martini) Glass

There are many questions when it comes to ordering today’s martinis: Gin or vodka? Dry, extra dry, wet or sweet?  Shaken or stirred? Up or rocks? Oh, and the additions: olives (stuffed with everything imaginable), onions (making it a Gibson), … Keep reading

CityDrinks: On the Port Side

Port is the latest drink to migrate from after-dinner to highball glasses. The fortified wine from Portugal is produced in several different styles with varying strengths, including white (very popular in cocktails) entry-level ruby, bolder tawny, late bottled vintage (often … Keep reading

CityDrinks: The New Old Fashioneds

An Old Fashioned is just that – a big boy brown drink of whiskey, sugar and bitters, served muddled or stirred. It has its own glass and a cameo in every movie set in the 50s and 60s. Modern mixologists … Keep reading

CityDrinks: Curate Your Collection of Caffeine Cocktails

If you love a winter warm-up, or are already looking forward to your favorite caffeine on ice, tea and coffee make great bases for a variety of libations. Mixologists are reveling in the explosion of new specialty tea and coffee … Keep reading

CityDrinks: Hazelnut Bourbon and Cranberries In a Pear Tree

On the first day of Christmas, your true love – or a friendly bar professional – can serve you one of these holiday-themed cocktails. And on the second day. And the third. Michael King, beverage director at Bibiana in Washington, … Keep reading

Classic Cocktails with a Twist: Dark ‘n’ Stormy

The tropical rum-and-ginger highball Dark ‘n’ Stormy is actually trademarked by Gosling’s rum, and the beverage firm markets its own ginger beer to mix with its rum — lime optional. But this tender piece of legalese thankfully doesn’t deter creative mixologists … Keep reading

Have Mason Jar, Will Infuse

It’s rare that you’ll see house-infused liquor share a shelf with cake- or creamsicle-flavored vodka. Why? “It’s simply never as good as fresh,” said Scott Galbiati, co-owner of Northern Maine Distilling Company in Brewer, ME. So bartenders who infuse their … Keep reading