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No. 37: May/June 2012


The 50 Most Notable Drinks of the Moment

From canned beer to coffee liqueurs, we’re celebrating our favorite flavors of the season.
BONUS: Read about the origins of the Gin Rickey.

BONUS: How to make your own drinking vinegars at home.
BONUS: Q&A with brewer turned cidermaker, Greg Hall.
RECIPE: Gin Rickey

RECIPE: Thin Mint and Bailey’s Chocolate Float
RECIPE: Vanilla Bourbon Milkshake
RECIPE: Philly Smash
RECIPE: WC and Soda
RECIPE: Crema di Amaretto

RECIPE: Sudachi Sour

RECIPE: Moroccan Night


City on the Edge READ »

A new breed of Hong Kong teahouses, cocktail bars and pubs is ushering in the beginning of a vibrant drinking scene.


Old World

From ancient roots, Greece is producing the next big tastes in wine.
BONUS: 10 of our favorite Greek wines.


Where There’s Beer, There’s a Whey READ »
Moving beyond basic beer and cheese pairings, dairies and breweries are collaborating to create delicious mash-ups.

BONUS: 7 beer-washed cheeses worth trying.


Do Try This at Home

10 simple ways to make a better cup of coffee.
BONUS: Tips on essential but budget-friendly coffee tools.



Uncorked An anniversary drink for Tales of the Cocktail, America’s buzz-worthy coffee carts, and count Niccolò Branca on his family's famed elixir, Fernet-Branca.
BONUS: The potent allure of Fernet Branca in cocktails.


Old Fashioned David Wondrich on a New Orleans classic, the Brandy Crusta.


Taste-Test Kick off your spring with refreshing pilsners.

BONUS: More pilsners we’ll be enjoying this spring.


Gear Insulated beverage totes keep bottles and cans cool on the go.


Elements Once a fixture in classic cocktails, Cognac is inspiring bartenders yet again.
RECIPE: The Olympic Cocktail
RECIPE: Spiced Pear Punch
RECIPE: East Indian Swizzle


Characters Harold McGee puts coffee and cocktails under a microscope and explores a world of flavor. READ »


Mix It Up Homemade strawberry wine delivers a fruity splash of the season.

RECIPE: Strawberry Wine Sorbet


Cravings Bourbon lends a kick to Ted Allen’s bacon and chipotle BBQ sauce.


Quench A once-lost New Orleans syrup flows again in the Big Easy.



Cocktails A Telling Tale, Don’t Mind if I Do Julep, Genever Julep, Brandy Crusta,  Hung Jury, Coffee Cocktail, Parisian Negroni, Ce Soir, Brandy Cobbler, French Open, Amaretto Sour, Bitter Orange Cream, Beer Jam Manhattan, Market Summer Bowl, Peasant’s Margarita, Ginger Lily, Oolong Tea Collins, Strawberry Wine

Cravings Ted Allen’s Bourbon-Bacon Barbecue Sauce With Chipotle

How-to Strawberry Wine