Kara Newman

Kara Newman reviews spirits for Wine Enthusiast magazine and is the author of Cocktails for a Crowd (Chronicle Books) and the forthcoming Shake.Stir.Sip. (Chronicle Books).

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Inside Bushwick’s Invite-Only Covert Cocktail Club

Ever dreamed of running a secret bar out of your home? This guy does—and his isn’t the only one around, either. Kara Newman spends a night at a real-life Brooklyn speakeasy.

One More Round for Rocky at the Palais Royale

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: Kara Newman on Albany’s Palais Royale.

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.

How Pittsburgh Became an Eccentric Tiki Mecca

The ocean is nowhere in sight, but that hasn’t stopped Pittsburgh from developing one of the deepest—and quirkiest—tiki cultures in the country. Kara Newman takes a look inside Steel City’s unexpected tiki scene.

How the Last Word Became a Cult Classic

What is it about the Last Word—that equal-parts cocktail driven by gin and green Chartreuse—that has spawned such adoration from bartenders? Kara Newman on the pre-Prohibition-era drink’s revival, and the countless riffs it’s inspired.

WTF Is Wrong with the Blood and Sand Cocktail?

A time-honored Scotch-based classic, the Blood and Sand has been around since the 1920s. But by modern standards, it’s a mess. Kara Newman on how today’s bartenders are finding ways to fix it.

Meet the New Martini

Subtle upgrades are making the world’s most nuanced drink worth seeking out all over again. Kara Newman unravels the postmodern Martini.

Building a Better Ramos Gin Fizz

From blenders to bubble tea makers to a piston-propelled shaker, Kara Newman on the how bartenders are hacking their way to the perfect Ramos Gin Fizz.

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.

Pour Some Manischewitz on It

The infamous Seder sidekick, Manischewitz—aka “Mani”—is finding a new audience amongst bartenders for its surprising versatility in drinks. Kara Newman on how the wine everyone loves to hate is finding a new lease on life and the cocktails that prove it.