Places

Whether you’re traveling the world or staying home, here are some ideas to get you going.

City Guides

If you’re looking for some of the best places to grab a cocktail, these guides are for you.

Ingredient Travel

Learn about where the ingredients in your favorite cocktails come from.

A Visit to Vikre Distillery on the Shores of Lake Superior

Over the past six months, I have greatly improved my home bartending skills. While this is due mostly to the fact that I've been home to practice, I have also done a good deal of reading. My cocktail book collection has quadrupled with newly released books including...

A Tour of the 8 Chicago Distilleries

If you visit cocktail bars in the United States, you have likely had a spirit from Chicago. However, because Chicago is known as the food and drink capital of the world, the spirits produced there may be less top of mind. People know about deep dish pizza and...

How to do a Whiskey Tasting at Home

The base of any good cocktail is a quality spirit. Many classic whiskey cocktails rely primarily on the flavor of the spirit, so it's important to find one you like. Tasting whiskeys at a distillery or in a barrel room gives you a chance to try before buying a bottle....

The Best Kansas City Distilleries

Although I've lived in Kansas City for nearly 18 years, I don't know that much about its history. While Kansas has always had stricter liquor laws than Missouri, I didn't know what it was like during prohibition. Kansas enacted prohibition voluntarily in 1881, nearly...

Bitters and Bars in Raleigh

I’ve been making craft cocktails at home for a while. Over the past few years, I have acquired all the tools and ingredients needed to create a variety of libations. However, I've been stumped about how to properly use cocktail bitters. I figured it was a good excuse...

Fall in the UK with Scotch in Edinburgh

After enjoying a train ride up from London in October 2018, and settling into our garden cottage, we headed out to enjoy a day of Fall in the UK with scotch in Edinburgh. From the crisp air, to the regal castles, it was a beauty, highlighted with a Scotch whisky...

Making Gin in the World’s Oldest Gin Distillery

Arriving in Plymouth, England I woke up early to catch a train from London down to Plymouth, England where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World from in 1620. I walked to this lighthouse from the train station. As you can see, it was foggy and drizzly. I...

Cocktails at Home

If you want to make yourself or your guests a drink at home, this is a great set of resources for you. More here.

How to Make Cedar Gin and a Cardamom Cocktail

How to Make Cedar Gin and a Cardamom Cocktail

It's that time of year when the world furiously searches for holiday drinks online. Of course, that's only if you don't already have a tradition of making eggnog or yule punch. Regardless of your holiday traditions, as the year draws to a close (especially 2020), we...

Ten of the Best Cocktail Shops in the United States

Ten of the Best Cocktail Shops in the United States

I've always loved shopping local stores, full of treasures you never knew existed. When I started getting really into home bartending about five years ago, there was so much I needed. Cocktail shops quickly became something I looked for when traveling, second only to...

The Best 3 Bourbon Drinks for a Winter’s Night

The Best 3 Bourbon Drinks for a Winter’s Night

When you think of Winter drinks, a hot toddy or a hot buttered rum might come to mind. While these are certainly sure to warm you, and maybe even cure your sniffles, I've never been one for hot alcohol. I prefer rich, bold flavors served chilled. Some of my favorite...

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