Meet the Winners of the 2021 Cognac Connection Cocktail Challenge, and Recipes to Recreate Their Winning Cocktails at Home

The Cognac Connection Cocktail Challenge is a virtual cocktail competition initiative put on by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC), VinePair, and Speed Rack co-founders Lynette Marrero and Ivy Mix that searches for the 10 best signature Cognac cocktail recipes created by bartenders across the United States. Through a series of IG Lives with past winners, virtual tastings, educational webinars, and tips from Cognac educators, the Cognac Connection Challenge kept the bartende

Copalli Rum Gives a Whole New Meaning to Drinking Responsibly

Copalli Rum understands that good things come in threes: Copalli White Rum, Copalli Barrel Rested Rum, and Copalli Cacao. All three rums are distilled using only fresh-pressed organic sugar cane, captured rainwater from the surrounding Belizean rainforest canopy, and yeast, while containing no added colorings or flavorings. The result is a standout trifecta of diverse rums that reflect the beauty and spirit of southern Belize, that can be enjoyed on the rocks, sipped neat, or mixed into cocktail

Añejo vs. Extra Añejo Tequila Explained — and Why These Bottles Deserve a Place in Your Collection

Most American tequila drinkers are acquainted with the agave spirit’s silver and gold expressions, but to stop your exploration of tequila here is a disservice. When it comes to tequila, these styles are just the beginning. True appreciators of the spirit know that there are five distinct expressions of tequila — silver, gold, reposado, añejo, and extra añejo — each showcasing different characteristics of the agave plant, complexities, flavor profiles, and unique production processes. Whether

The Perfect Cocktail and Food Pairing Guide for Espanita Tequila

Crafting Espanita’s premium tequila starts in the Highlands of Jalisco where Blue Agave plants are hand-harvested once they’ve reached their highest sugar content. Many other producers harvest from plants that have only ripened for five to seven years, but Espanita knows truly premium tequila is only made from agave harvested at its peak ripeness. That’s why Espanita allows its Blue Agave to mature over nine to 12 years before harvesting. In turn, Espanita tequila imbibers are rewarded with a sp

6 Homemade Lemonade Cocktails to Make

Bright, sweet, refreshing, and fun; nothing tastes like sunny summer like an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Ever wonder what makes us start reaching for this easy, breezy summertime drink as temps start rising? Turns out, it’s not just the trademark delicious sweet and sour taste of lemonade that gets our mouths watering — the citric acid literally makes our mouths water, helping to keep us cool and feeling light. So, how do you improve on this perfect summer drink? By adding in a little “oomph” f

7 Delicious DIY Ketel One Vodka Tonic Cocktails to Make This Summer

Summertime is synonymous with sun, seasonal, and fresh. Last summer may have been a bust as most of us were stuck indoors, but there were some highlights, like picking up cool DIY hobbies in the kitchen. That said, there’s no reason we can’t take our newfound homebrew skills earned last year and turn them into bright, bubbly, and refreshingly tasty summertime cocktails. Next time you’re whipping up a homemade summer tonic, give it a boost by adding premium Ketel One Vodka. Made from fine Europe

9 Cocktail Styles That Scotch Improves

Still convinced that a good Scotch can’t, or shouldn’t, be mixed into cocktails? It’s time to rethink your boundaries. Live a little — grab a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label and start experimenting. Blended from single-malt Scotch whiskys sourced from the four corners of Scotland, Johnnie Walker Black Label is crafted to be as diverse as the people who drink it. This dynamic Scotch can wield a variety of different flavors and flux from sweet to spicy to smoky depending on the ingredients y

Flor de Caña Introduces Zero Waste Month, a Sustainable Cocktail Initiative to Help Reduce Food Waste

What if helping the planet was as easy as shaking up a delicious zero-waste cocktail? Would you toast your way to a more sustainable world? Premium rum producer Flor de Caña is putting these questions into action in the hopes of turning people into agents of change, starting from right behind the bar. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), reducing food waste –– which accounts for nearly one-third or 1.6 billion tons of all food produced each year –– is
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