What Would You Pay for a True Taste of Cocktail History?

Bartenders are using vintage spirits to recreate classic drinks as they would have tasted in decades past. Christopher Ross on the new boom of vintage cocktails, from Mai Tais made with 1960s Trader Vic’s rum to an FDR-era Champs-Élysées to a $3,000 Sidecar.

Meet Our Newest Carry-On Cocktail Kit

Introducing the latest addition to our Carry-On Cocktail Kit collaboration with W&P Design: A pocket-sized party containing everything you need to make two fancy Hot Toddies.

Behind the Backbar at Brooklyn’s Sauvage

In “Anatomy of a Backbar” we get to know the world’s most notable spirits programs in five bottles. Up first: Sauvage, where bar director Will Elliott has curated a producer-driven collection of spirits and alpine liqueurs.

In Search of the Ultimate Manhattan

We asked 17 of America’s best bartenders to submit their finest recipe for the Manhattan—then blind-tasted them all to find the best of the best. Robert Simonson on the search for the ideal Manhattan, and what we learned about the drink along the way.

The Pink-Hued Appeal of Hibiscus Beer

Tart, floral and bright pink, hibiscus has become a new darling among craft brewers. Justin Kennedy on the mini boom of hibiscus beers, plus five to try.

When Is a Negroni No Longer a Negroni?

Cocktail menus have moved far beyond the classics, but nearly every modern drink traces its roots back to one. Drew Lazor on the bars charting the genealogies of the classic canon from obscure beginnings to modern day deviations.
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November’s Best Reads on Drinks and Drinking

Welcome to The PUNCHbowl, a monthly installment where we share our favorite long reads on all things drinks and nightlife. This month: the godfather of absinthe, beer halls in North Korea, Havana’s new wave of bars and more.

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Five Long Drinks Built for Winter

Long drinks aren’t just for summer: When mixed with the likes of amari, herbal liqueurs and seasonal fruit, the category transitions seamlessly. Here, five made for winter drinking.

A Night at Tokyo’s Surreal "Little Texas" Honky-Tonk

In Japan, a small smattering of honky-tonks serve as the antithesis of traditionally quiet Japanese culture. This is what a night at Tokyo's beloved Little Texas looks like.

Why It’s Time to Reconsider the Pilsner

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 Saison. This round: the pilsner, old and new.
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How the Leave-a-Drink Tradition Came to Be

The leave-a-drink tradition is spreading to bars across the country. Here, Megan Krigbaum tracks the evolution of the practice, from scrawled notes to bar blackboards to a host of new apps all meant to pay it forward.

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Where Did the “Snaquiri” Come From?

The “Snaquiri”—or a tiny Daiquiri meant to be taken as a shot—has become a nationwide bartender handshake. Kara Newman on where the Snaquiri originated, and how it’s evolved.

The Punch A-Z

Agave Nectar

(n.) A sweetener made from the agave plant. To make agave nectar, juice is extracted from the ripe heart of the plant (the piña), which is then filtered and heated to make a syrup. The level of heating determines the color and flavor of the product: light agave nectar has little flavor, while dark or […]

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