We asked 27 of today’s top bartenders to submit their finest recipe for the Martini—then blind-tasted them all to find the best of the best. Robert Simonson on the search for the perfect take on the classic, and what we learned about the drink along the way.
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.
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.
As the preferred spirit of the masses, vodka has become the victim of mixology dogma—with some bartenders going so far as to blacklist it from their menus. But the spirit has played a significant, albeit overlooked, role in the cocktail revolution.
In early January, a collection of bartenders who all worked with the late Sasha Petraske gathered to remember this man of outsized influence on the craft cocktail movement. Below is an edited transcript of that conversation, moderated by Robert Simonson.