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The Good Life : Drinks

In Defense of Eggnog

The holidays call for rich, satisfying eggnog, and our spirits guru tells you how to make the best version imaginable....more

Posted: December 25, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

Rye Gets a Vermouth Finish

One of the great moments in cocktail history came sometime in the 1870s when some unknown alchemist poured vermouth into a shaker with rye whiskey to...more

Posted: October 4, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

Whiskey Cocktails: The Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, Sazerac and Mint Julep

When it's mixing time, American is the natural choice in whiskey. Not only does the notion get history's endorsement-the cocktail was born in the...more

Posted: August 9, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

Quench Your Summer Thirst with a Gin Fizz

With August upon us, it's time to think longer drinks., both in the sense of the height of the glass and the time a cocktail takes to make. Perfect...more

Posted: August 2, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

Dueling Vermouth Anniversary Releases

One hundred and fifty years or two hundred years, either is a monumental anniversary for any company. When these anniversaries occur at the same...more

Posted: July 26, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

It's Summertime and the Shrubbing is Easy

When the weather gets hot and the fruit is ripe, it's hard for some of us to see nature's sweet bounty and not think: How can I get this into a glass...more

Posted: July 19, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

Gin & Tonic Exploration

It may sound like a simple drink, but summertime's signature cocktail refresher—the self-named Gin & Tonic—offers a season's worth of variation...more

Posted: May 31, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

A Trio of Vermouths for Your Next Manhattan

For Americans enthusiastic about such classic cocktails as the Manhattan and Martini—or even those who prefer to take their aperitifs alone—the...more

Posted: February 22, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

Molecular Mixology at Home

Dedicated watchers of “Parks and Recreation” know from having watched the episode in which the boys do a bachelor party at a hipster bar and are...more

Posted: February 1, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

Ale To The Chief

As election season begins in earnest, booze expert Jack Bettridge casts a sober glance on the drinking habits of our U.S....more

Posted: September 7, 2012    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

Gentlemen, Start Your Gimlets!

Summer solstice may be weeks away, but for most of us in the United States the season’s unofficial start is Memorial Day. And with it comes...more

Posted: May 25, 2012    By Jack Bettridge


The Good Life : Drinks

Speedy Smokes for Derby Day

Billed as the fastest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby doesn’t allow much time for a drink and a smoke. Happily, the race’s signature...more

Posted: May 4, 2012    By Jack Bettridge


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