Sarah Baird

Sarah Baird is a writer and culinary anthropologist whose food and drink writing has appeared in Southern Living, Serious Eats, CNN’s Eatocracy and beyond. Her first book, Kentucky Sweets: Bourbon Balls, Spoonbread, and Mile High Pie was recently published.

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Hair of the Dog: Ivy Mix’s Hangover Remedies

Every person has their go-to remedies for lessening the after-effects of a wild night out. In “Hair of the Dog,” Sarah Baird talks to enthusiastic drinkers about their secrets for curing a hangover. This round: Ivy Mix, 2015 Tales of the Cocktail Bartender of the Year, co-owner of Brooklyn’s Leyenda and globe-trotting partier.

A New Wave of Ironic Cocktails

From slushies to test-tube shooters to once-banished ’70s drinks, a number of craft bars are creating a whole new canon of ironic cocktails, many of which recall a simpler time in our boozing lives. Sarah Baird on how low-brow is the new high-brow and why bartenders are so keen to let their hair down.

See Ya, Zima: A New Wave of Bottled Cocktails Is Born

A new wave of bottled cocktails inspired by the craft cocktail movement are starting to make their mark on the industry. Sarah Baird meets the players trying to make you forget the wine coolers and canned cocktails of yore.

Inside NOLA’s Secret Garden of Wine

In his “Bar Tripping” column, photographer Daniel Krieger travels the world to capture its most photogenic bars. This week he hits Bacchanal, the magical backyard party of a wine bar that’s become a New Orleans institution.

The Ritual of the Shift Drink: NOLA’s Cure

The hallowed ritual of the shift drink may take a different form at every bar, but it inevitably serves the same purpose: letting the staff exhale at the end of service. At Cure in NOLA, that ritual often means street football and, well, getting punched in the face.

Blues, Booze and Red Beans: Monday Night in New Orleans

Bowls of red beans and rice are a Monday night staple at bars around NOLA—but they’re so much more than just a free meal. Sarah Baird on how this centuries-old tradition in an often-unpredictable city turns strangers into family.

Louisiana’s Most Polarizing Bar Snack

Not for the faint of heart, pickled pig lips are a South Louisiana dive bar delicacy with a generations-old ritual. Sarah Baird dishes on loving the gruesome snack and learning how to eat it right.

Drunk Heroes: Baseball’s Love Affair with Booze

From steroids to chewing tobacco to some of the most notorious drinkers in the history of sports, baseball has a special bond with substance abuse. Sarah Baird on the intersection of booze and baseball, and all of the punch-drunk demigods it’s produced.

Hong Kong’s Hottest New Nightclub: 7-Eleven

Largely a product of lax liquor laws and exorbitant drink prices, 7-Eleven convenience stores have become the hottest new hangouts in Hong Kong’s nightlife epicenter. Sarah Baird on the strange phenomenon that is “Club 7-Eleven.”

Drinking and Dancing at the South’s Last True Juke Joint

Over the last half-century, juke joints—rural Southern bars for dancing and music—have become an endangered breed. Sarah Baird travels up the Mississippi Delta to drink and dance at one of the South’s last true juke joints: Po’Monkey’s.