Patagonian Spirit Träkál Wants to Become America’s Next Bartender Favorite

Naturally-distilled spirits are often the results of uniting together ingredients of a particular region. In many places, there’s a tradition of creating an identity through the delicious act of drink making. That’s why Sebastian Gomez found it so confusing Chilean Patagonia, an area renowned for its natural landscape, was lacking a liquid identity the bar […]

Why Liquor Makers Are Promoting Cocktails Over Shots

When Italian liquor giant Campari Group bought Grand Marnier in 2016, it had a problem and her name was “GrandMa.” “They were called GrandMa shots,” said Ugo Fiorenzo, managing director of Campari America, explaining how consumers would often order Grand Marnier at the bar. “Shots. A lot of shots–it is not so premium.” The new […]

A Tequila Sommelier on How to Drink Mexico’s Favorite Spirit

Put the salt and lime away–there’s no room for them at Audrey Formisano’s tasting table. The tequilera, or tequila sommelier, wants everyone who visits her for a tequila tasting at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa to forget that the spirit may have been an accomplice to soul-crushing hangovers during their college years. Tequila, she […]

Meet the Data-Obsessed Collector Tracking Whiskies Going for Millions on the Auction Block

There are three types of buyers for the world’s rarest Scotch whiskies: drinkers, collectors, and investors. Andy Simpson is all three. “Today’s collectors provide liquid for tomorrow’s drinkers,” says Simpson. What he means by that is there’s a symbiotic relationship between the three: if people drank all the Scotch made in the past, there would […]

How to Get the $1,000 Mint Julep Being Served at This Year’s Kentucky Derby

The Mint Julep has been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby since 1939, shortly after the end of Prohibition. While thousands of the cocktails will be sold at this year’s race on May 4, Woodford Reserve is already selling an exclusive $1,000 version of the cocktail. The limited-edition drink will be served in an […]

Low ABV, Fruit-Flavored Beers Are Having a Moment

If drinking a beer outdoors this spring reminds you of wandering through the fruit aisle at your favorite grocery store, you probably aren’t alone. Fruit-flavored beer with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of less than 4.2%–compared to the average 5% ABV –has emerged as a serious contender among newer craft beers. But what actually makes […]

German Whiskey Distillers Are Starting to Hit Their Stride

Whiskey has become big business–now even with its own investment fund. One of the places the fund may be looking at is up-and-comer Germany. The German brewing industry’s spirits are up, according to the Associated Press. Whiskeys from the region aren’t well known in other countries–production was worth $13.1 million in 2017, compared to Scotland, […]