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How Well Do You Actually Know the Smash?

Also known as the layman’s julep, the smash is among the oldest categories of drink—and its still evolving. Here, get to know the smash in two classic recipes and their modern interpretations.

Bartender’s Choice: “Something with Mint”

In “Bartender’s Choice,” we challenge some of our favorite bartenders with a drink order and see what they come up with. This round: Tom Macy, Gillian White and Kevin King take on “something with mint.”

August’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: Korea’s soju-soaked corporate culture, Wrigley Field’s veteran beer slingers, the battle over Tennessee whiskey and more.

Five Super Easy Cocktails for Labor Day

The ideal Labor Day cocktail should be not only seasonal and refreshing, but easy, too. These dead-simple recipes ringing in at five ingredients or fewer fit that bill.

Five Cocktails Made for Daytime Drinking

The art of daytime drinking, long a cultural mainstay in Europe, has become more prevalent stateside in recent years. Here, five cocktails made for midday, from a sherry-strawberry highball to a swizzle straight out of New Orleans.

Bringing it Back Bar: What to Do with Punt e Mes

In “Bringing It Back Bar,” we shine a light on overlooked bottles and devise recipes to take them from back bar to front shelf. Up now: the bittersweet Italian vermouth, Punt e Mes.

Our Best Recipes for Day Drinking

Refreshing and sessionable, here are our favorite cocktails for day drinking.

How Well Do You Actually Know the Buck?

A versatile blend of spirit, ginger beer and citrus, the buck is among the simplest and most famous of drink categories. Here, get to know the buck in three classic recipes—the Dark ‘n’ Stormy and Moscow Mule among them—and their modern interpretations.

Five Riffs on Classic Summer Cocktails

Five bartenders play with five go-to summer drinks—from the Paloma to the G&T—for unorthodox but welcome variations that may just become new classics.

Welcome to “Possibly Useful Wine Questions”

Welcome to “Possibly Useful Wine Questions” (PUWQ), in which we ask sommeliers to pick wines for some unconventional situations. This round, East Coast vs. West Coast: Amanda Smeltz and Eric Railsback share their favorite wines to serve over ice, the best bargain non-Champagne and the two bottles they’d drink forever and ever.