In our constant search for what’s next in culture, we’ve often wondered what will become of the movement for well-made craft cocktails. It’s certainly been a trend to celebrate – bringing back classic recipes and methods, taking time to build and enjoy a drink constructed with premium ingredients.
Shrubs first popped up in cocktail culture in the late 1800s and early 1900s when some would preserve the liquid in the bottom of a fruit barrel and use it as mixers. They lost popularity during Prohibition but are making a comeback as bartenders are increasingly using the blend of berries or aromatics, sugar and vinegar to enhance the flavor of spirits.
In less than 20 years, historic, scenic, artsy, outdoorsy Asheville, North Carolina, has added another adjective to its tagline: sudsy. This town of fewer than 85,000 boasts an impressive 11 breweries, or one brewery for every 7,700 citizens.
Five years ago, Brooks Reitz was a gin man living in the heart of bourbon country. Managing a restaurant in Kentucky with an impressive bar, cocktail culture began to percolate right under his nose.
That new bourbon rapidly earning a spot on the shelf at your favorite Nashville bars and restaurants doesn’t just have a colorful, local name. Belle Meade Bourbon also has a rich heritage and an exquisite taste.
Without a little initiative, holiday parties have a tendency to blend together. If you hope to set your own Christmas bash apart this year, offering a distinct, homemade cocktail is one way to do it.
Moving away from downtown Austin while driving east on Cesar Chavez Boulevard, you pass piñata shop after piñata shop. Just before pulling up to Chicon Street, you are met with an old two-story home surrounded by a black wrought iron fence.
As a Founding Father and one of the nation’s greatest leaders, our first president left behind a rich legacy. Yet there’s an accolade on George Washington’s list of accomplishments that is often overlooked: successful whiskey distiller.
Earlier this year we went on a hunt to discover all the elements involved in a truly great cup of coffee.