Welcome to The PUNCHbowl, a monthly installment where we share our favorite long reads on all things drinks and nightlife. This month: Debunking the trope of the wine-drinking woman, diving deeper into Pappygate, remembering Merle Haggard and more.
The radler’s beer-and-citrus template is ripe for riffing. Here, six bartenders recalibrate the classic summer drink, from a bitter Campari-laced iteration to one dosed with cucumber and strawberry shrub.
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.
Every bar sports marginal bottles that elude even the most seasoned drink-makers. 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 French quinquina wine, Byrrh.
The first true American drink, the julep has endured centuries as a symbol of everything from morning fortitude to Southern summers to, of course, the Kentucky Derby. Here, get to know the julep in three classic recipes—and their modern interpretations.
The classic salted rim can almost always benefit from some extra attention. Here, chef Kathryn Peetz calls on highbrow and lowbrow ingredients—freeze-dried fruits, fennel fronds, taco seasoning—for five distinct salts that can elevate a wide variety of drinks.
In “Bartender’s Choice,” we challenge some of our favorite bartenders with a drink order and see what they come up with. In a tribute to Cinco de Mayo, Dan Greenbaum, Jane Danger and Matthew Belanger each combine the Margarita, Michelada and Paloma into one drink.