During Prohibition in Washington, D.C., a well-known bootlegger named George Cassiday supplied Capitol Hill's lawmakers while wearing a green felt hat. Last year, when New Columbia Distillers became the District's first legal distillery in more than a century, it paid homage with Green Hat Gin ($36).
I am a punch-loyalist. Growing up, I knew that whenever my mother took out her giant glass punch bowl, the house would soon be filled with laughter and familiar faces. I would watch, fascinated, as she filled the bowl right to the brim with an appealing mix of fruit juices, sodas, and floating garnishes: scoops of creamy, slowly-melting ice cream or slices of fruit, bobbing and swirling in the brightly-colored mix. Keep reading »
I've come to a decision: I’m done with this whole cocktail renaissance thing. The trivial tipples it’s given birth to disappoint me like wayward children of a superior generation. I’m tired of ordering a $15 hodgepodge of housemade mole bitters, bacon-infused bourbon, blueberry jam—heck, even shiso—only to have it taste like, well, nothing much at all. I can’t count how many times I’ve ordered one of these mixology-fueled fantasies, turned to my drinking companion and said: “I should have just ordered a Manhattan.” Keep reading »
Bourbon isn't the only one that can play the julep game: the julep is part of the family of cocktails known as smashes, where mint, and crushed ice combine with any number of sweetening agents and spirits. Here are nine of our favorites—all perfect for Derby Day.
We love stirring or shaking fruit preserves into our cocktails during the winter months as a lovely reminder of summer's bounty—try combining tequila with black currant jam, rum with fig jelly, or orange marmalade with whiskey.