Martini Magic: How This Classic Cocktail Can Help Your Community

With a history that spans centuries, it’s no surprise that gin has found itself at the receiving end of all sorts of tweaks and adjustments. People are curious by nature (spirit distillers, especially), and that often results in out-of-the-bottle ingredients and an emphasis on components other than gin’s mainstay flavor: juniper berries. “It doesn’t serve anyone to dismiss experimentation or innovation,” says VinePair managing editor Tim McKirdy, “but within gin, the biggest trend in recent yea

Give the Gift of Unconventionality With The Prisoner Wine Company

There’s no better way to honor the season than by curating a collection of holiday magic — and by magic, we mean excellent wine. Whether you’re hosting far-flung loved ones or reveling at festive get-togethers, the sound of a cork popping is sure to start any celebration off right. With The Prisoner Wine Company, opening a bottle of wine becomes more than just the signifier that the party has begun — it’s an invitation to explore rare and genre-bending wines from some of the finest growers in C

A Shared Love of Our Planet: Comté and Côtes du Rhône’s Commitment to Sustainability

Few pairings go together as well as French wine and cheese. Nothing says France quite like a well-balanced wedge of Comté — fruity, savory, salty, and sweet — alongside a bold, full-bodied, and spicy Côtes du Rhône. However, few know the complementary nature of Comté and Côtes du Rhône stretches far beyond the table. Connected by the renowned Rhône River, these two regions are known for their expressive terroirs and exquisite eponymous wine and cheese products. To top it off, each bears Europe’s

An Essential Glassware Guide for Serving Drinks Like a Pro [Infographic]

When it comes to your drink-in-hand, not all glassware is created equal. Sipping your favorite cocktail out of its proper glass only serves to enhance your imbibing experience. The shape, size, and functionality of your glass all ultimately affect how your drink feels, tastes, and smells — the correct glassware can even extend the life of bubbles or help keep flavors balanced as ice melts. Some cocktails are inextricably tied to the glass they are served in, while others work well in several sty

All the Cocktail Lingo You Need to Know [Infographic]

Cocktail language can seem intimidating for those new to the bar scene, but there’s no need to be nervous. We’ve decoded common bar buzzwords so you can feel confident ordering or mixing up your favorite cocktails. Use this cocktail lingo primer to impress your friends or to let your bartender know exactly how you like your drink. A drink served “neat” is a simple pour of the spirit straight. This preparation (or lack thereof) is the purest way to experience a spirit since it’s sipped with zero

How to Create an Impressive Home Bar in 4 Easy Steps

The only thing better than a well-stocked bar with an incredible ambiance is one that operates from the comfort of your own home. This easy hosting guide will walk you through creating an impressive home bar that can whip up cocktails that look as good as they taste. With our recommendations for staple spirits, as well as barware, glassware, and all the extras, you’ll be set for any hosting needs, whether you’re pouring drinks for a party or enjoying one yourself after a long day. To cover all

PATRÓN® Tequila Unveils a Brand New Tequila, Takes First Step Into the Prestige Category With PATRÓN® EL ALTO

This article is part of a series highlighting the importance of authentic tequila, partnered by PATRÓN. Discover more at The World of PATRÓN. PATRÓN® Tequila, the world’s No. 1 super-premium tequila*, is taking its first step into the prestige category with the release of its latest expression, PATRÓN EL ALTO. Passionately handcrafted from the finest 100 percent Weber Blue Agave grown in the highest parts of Jalisco, Mexico, yielding the sweetest agaves for an incredibly smooth taste, PATRÓN EL

How Marqués de Cáceres Captures Spain’s Vibrant Culture in Each Bottle

Marqués de Cáceres, a five-generation, family-owned winery with deep roots in the Spanish wine world, does more than craft delicious fine wines: It helps transport you there, sip by sip. From the sun-drenched cobblestone streets and colorful clothing to plates of tapas and lively late nights with friends and family to the sounds of flamenco guitar and the aromas of jamón. Behind this successful winery is a strong leader. Cristina Forner, the fifth generation in her family to carry on in the win

Here Are the Winning Cocktails From the 2022 Cognac Connection Challenge — and the Bartenders Who Brought Them to Life

The results are in! The 2022 Cognac Connection Challenge saw over 170 entries, which have been judged and narrowed down to 10 finalists, including three grand prize winners. All 10 finalists will receive $1,000 and have their winning cocktail recipes featured in this year’s digital recipe booklet. The three lucky grand prize winners will also receive a trip to Cognac, France, where they can immerse themselves in the spirit at its source. New to the challenge? The Cognac Connection Challenge is

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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