Prepackaged Sangria Is Having a Moment This Summer

Capriccio is a wine brand that became cool only when it turned into sangria. It had been a dusty brand that was sold in Puerto Rico, not registering much in the way of buzz or sales. But Capriccio’s owner, Florida Caribbean Distillers, took a look at the wine category to see which trends were taking […]

Major League Soccer Will Allow Gambling, Liquor Sponsors for Jerseys and Stadium Rights

Major League Soccer unveiled sweeping changes to its commercial sponsorship guidelines Wednesday that allow its 24 clubs to secure jersey and stadium naming rights sponsorships with sports betting and liquor companies. The changes, which take effect immediately, put North America’s top professional soccer league far afield of its larger counterparts at the National Football League, […]

Gin Sales Are Booming and It Could Be Thanks to the Growing Plant Craze

In 2018, global consumption of gin grew faster than any other beverage alcohol category. Brandy Rand thinks she knows why, and she calls it her “plant theory.” “If you look at consumption trends over the past few years, there is a high growth rate in people eating more plants. We have been told it is […]

Alcohol-Free Bars Caught on in the U.S. and U.K. But Can They Go Global?

In the United States, there’s the salad bar. In Italy, you take your espresso at the bar. In Japan, standing sushi bars are popular destinations. Caf?s and restaurants–institutions at the core of human interaction–take divergent shapes within different cultures. A bar provides patrons with a universally accepted environment: Walk in, sit down, and order an […]

The 6 Most Interesting New Whiskies You Should Be Drinking Right Now

Every whisky drinker–whether connoisseur or casual–needs a go-to bottle, a standby that will reliably reside behind every airport bar, in every hotel lobby, at every highbrow restaurant and lowbrow dive bar alike. Go-to bottles are good to know, and even better to own–it’s the whisky you can pour when friends come over or when you […]

This Trailblazer Wants to Bring a Sake Trail to Arkansas

While Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail and Napa Wine Country are two regions beloved by travelers in search of America’s tastiest drinks, driving through Arkansas in search of sake hasn’t caught on quite yet. However, Ben Bell is hoping America’s growing interest in craft sake will eventually lead to an official trail in his home state. “For […]

Japan’s Sake Makers Look to Wine to Define Craft Brews by Region

Few alcoholic beverages are as intimately associated with one country as sake is with Japan. Nihonshu, or “Japanese sake,” became a protected term internationally only in 2015; before that, it hardly seemed necessary. Hard on its heels, the prefecture of Yamagata became recognized as a “geographical indication” on labels for particular sakes the following year. […]

Is Molecular Whiskey the Futuristic Booze We’ve Been Waiting For?

Tasting whiskey usually means enjoying flavors created from the interaction between spirit and barrel over an extended period of time. However, some companies are rethinking this traditional narrative. Endless West, a San Francisco-based startup, recently launched a spirit made without the use of tried and true techniques, like barrel aging, in a process the company […]

Move Over Bourbon: Premium Rum Wants Its Time in the Spotlight

Before bartender Brian Miller met and fell in love with rum, he favored whiskey. Lately, he’s been busy encouraging others to take the same leap of faith he took and give rum a try. As Americans have helped liquor makers reach historic high sales, rum remains a laggard. In 2018, rum’s volumes dipped 3.1% from […]