What Should a Sidecar Really Taste Like?

A bona fide Prohibition-era classic, the Sidecar has struggled to successfully re-emerge in an era bent on retooling old recipes. Robert Simonson on why a good version of the drink is so elusive, and whether there’s a modern archetype to be found.

An Unexpected Twist in CA’s Wine Culture Wars

Since 2011, In Pursuit of Balance (IPOB) represented one side of a philosophical debate over what California wine should, and could, be. Now, with the sudden announcement that the group will dissolve later this year, Jon Bonné reflects on its brief history and asks: Did IPOB achieve its goals?

Bartender’s Choice: “Fruity, But Not Too Sweet”

In “Bartender’s Choice,” we challenge some of our favorite bartenders with a drink order, and see what they come up with. This round, they take on something “fruity, but not too sweet.”

Sh*t We Found on eBay: 500 Misprinted Koozies

Welcome to “Shit We Found on eBay,” wherein we plumb the depths of the consumer-to-consumer marketplace to find the weirdest collectibles related to drinking—and then give them away. This round: a mixed set of 500 beer koozies with spelling errors.

The Bar Where Nobody Knows Your Name

What does the bar by which we judge all other bars look like today? In “Deep Dive,” we send writers back to their college haunts to find out what treasures they still hold. Up now: Courtney Balestier hits McClafferty’s in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Inside the Madcap World of Bartending Competitions

Bartending competitions have become entrenched in the cocktail industry, with hundreds of them held each year across the world. But why? Christopher Ross delves into the spectacle of these showdowns and the psychological appeal they bear.
Best Martini Recipe

Our Favorite Martini Recipes by Style

The most iconic of contemporary cocktails, the Martini has spawned countless variations, from classic dry to the Vesper and the Cosmo. Here, a collection of recipes that call on gin, vodka, sake and more, from strong and austere to subtly sweet.

Wheat Beers

Why Don’t Beer Geeks Like Wheat Beers?

Welcome to “I’d Tap That,” in which Aaron Goldfarb and a panel of tasters pit “whales” against “shelf turds” in an effort to understand everything from Imperial IPA to gose. This round, iconic German wheat beers vs. their new-age American peers.

Why the Canary Islands Remain the Perfect Storm of Wine Cool

Welcome to "Crib Sheet," your monthly shortcut to what's hot in wine right now, in four bottles, courtesy of Jon Bonné. This month: the Canary Islands, the Spanish archipelago off Africa that is home to a grab bag of volcanic wines.

The Second Coming of the Jungle Bird

Once a bitter outlier in the tiki canon, the Jungle Bird's growing popularity has given rise to a whole new catalogue of riffs on the original. Kara Newman on the appeal of the drink among bartenders and what Jungle Bird 2.0 looks like.
Slap the Bag

The Misguided Pleasures of “Slap the Bag”

For ages the drinking game has united humans in riotous consumption. In our column “House Rules,” Drew Lazor explores drinking games throughout time and around the world. Up now: “Slap the Bag,” America’s finest boxed wine-based drinking game.

Little Red Door Paris Cocktail Menu

Can a Menu Map the Experience of a Cocktail?

A handful of bars are turning the concept of the written menu on its head, relying instead on illustrations to narrative prose to explain the experience of a cocktail. Tyler Wetherall on the new wave of alternative menus.

The Punch A-Z


(n.) This measurement of liquid is determined by finger width against a glass. (e.g. “I’d like two fingers of whiskey.”) The usage is growing increasingly infrequent, as finger width is not a reliable standard unit of measure.

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