Wayne Curtis

Wayne Curtis is the author of And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails, a chronicle of America’s most ignoble spirit. He’s also a contributing editor at The Atlantic magazine, where he launched and wrote the “Drinks” column from 2008 to 2014, and he writes regularly for Imbibe and The Daily Beast. He’s also written about spirits for The New York Times, Sunset, Yankee, enRoute, American Scholar, American Archeology and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in New Orleans and Grand Lake Stream, Maine.

Articles by Wayne

Spirit Guide: Meet the New Canadian Whisky

When, in 2014, the makers of the popular WhistlePig Rye disclosed that their product was, in fact, Canadian, it inspired new interest in the whisky industry north of the border. Wayne Curtis on the new styles of Canadian whisky, and why it’s quickly becoming an industry favorite.

The Return of America’s Most Patriotic Spirit

Welcome to “Spirit Guide,” in which Wayne Curtis demystifies the ever-shifting spirits landscape one bottle at a time. Up now: a guide to the reemergence of American apple brandy, in four bottles.

Spirit Guide: Getting to Know West Coast Gin

Welcome to “Spirit Guide,” in which Wayne Curtis demystifies the ever-shifting spirits landscape one bottle at a time. This round: terroir-driven West Coast gins.

Spirit Guide: What to Know About Rhum Agricole

Welcome to “Spirit Guide,” in which Wayne Curtis demystifies the ever-shifting spirits landscape one bottle at a time. Up first: funky, terroir-driven rhum agricole.

Reconsidering Armagnac, the Rebel of Brandy

Though it’s been a part of Gascogne’s culture for over seven centuries, Armagnac has barely aged a day. Wayne Curtis on why this dark horse brandy is poised to be the spirit of the next 200 years.

Mr. Boston Must Not Die

Once ubiquitous on every bar shelf, the Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide has gone through a dark age and a partial renaissance. But with sleek, new cocktail book competitors published every year, will it live to see its 100th birthday?

The Best Bars That Never Existed

If “third places” are our social venues outside of home and work like bars and cafés, then “fourth places” are, arguably, those third places fictionalized in novels, movies and on TV. Wayne Curtis explores the some of the best bars that never existed.

The Martini Is Dead, Long Live the Martini

Once upon a time, the Martini was an indicator of sophistication. But with the late ’90s and early aughts’ appropriation of all things “‘tini,” its fate became uncertain. Has it finally been replaced, or is it entering a second golden age?

What Walking Can Teach Us About Drinking

While researching his book The Last Great Walk, Wayne Curtis did a lot of walking—and drinking. A nature boy at heart, Curtis explores the connections between hiking through nature and trekking through cities with bars as his trail markers to explain how drinking and walking are two perfectly matched pursuits.

How Zappos and Fernet Saved Downtown Vegas

Zappos founder and CEO Tony Hsieh built his company into the faded landscape of Downtown Vegas, revitalizing its streets, restaurants and bars. Wayne Curtis on how Hsieh saved downtown Vegas with Fernet Branca and his dream of elevator bars.