Drinkhacker reviews Xellent Vodka, a Swiss product distilled from rye. Unlike the usual flavorless vodkas, this has a strong lemon scent and flavor.
Cocktail Culture spotlights a new site called The Purveyor, highlighting the recipe database with gems like this One-Minute Mai Tai.
A Mountain of Crushed Ice makes homemade hibiscus grenadine for her Amore cocktail.
Interesting drink from the Philippines, circa 1899, with a touch of tiki.
Slashfood rounds up their favorite beer blogs, from chummy Brewvana to the geeky Zythophile and all points in between.
Light on the sugar and infused with distinctive flavors, dry sodas can the place of wine and other classic aperitifs.
Yes, they really are selling New York City tap water. For $1.50 a bottle. (And no, it's not a joke.)
Ron Zacapa, a rich tipple hailing from Guatemala's mountainous region that's aged at 8,000 feet above sea level.
Everyone's favorite illustrator/drink-blogger, Dr. Bamboo whips up a refreshing Mississippi Punch for Mixology Monday.
David Gadd shares his six favorite Belgian (and Belgian-inspired American) beers.
Design*Sponge profiles Fresher than Fresh, a gourmet snow-cone stand housed in an adorably retro Shasta trailer.
Don Lee -- of New York City's underground bar PDT -- takes home the gold at the Averna Cocktail Competition... despite fracturing his wrist a day before flying to Italy to compete!
The Chronicle wanders over to the Westin St. Francis's new Clock Bar, home of drinks -- like this Sidecar -- from bar-star Marco Dionysos.
Bon Appetit rounds up the country's 10 best wine bars, where first-rate food and a welcome vibe make tasting more fun.
Style.com offers a quirky list of the World's Best Beers, with categories like "Best Beer Country" and "Best Beer in a Can".
7x7's Jordan Mackay notices a San Francisco trend: "Every decent bar in town features at least one ginger cocktail".
Ocho vintage tequila uses agave plants sourced from single estates. (via Luxist)
Cocktail bloggers, readers, and authors visit the Mixoloseum Chat Room to mix new drinks, discuss crazy concoctions, and stay up way too late.
The Mary Pickford, an early example of the power of celebrity in the spirits industry. Jason Wilson explores how we got from here to Mansinthe, Trump Vodka, and Crunk Juice.
Camper English ponders the bottle-height race and its impact on home bar storage.
ABnormal vodka features a unique neckless bottle, an innovation that earned the grand prize for packaging at Cannes Lions Design.
The Kitchn's go-to recipe for spiced cider, a sure sign of autumn. Cinnamon, anise, cloves, and a glug of dark rum sound divine.
The Liquid Muse pays a visit to Chicago's oh-so-swanky Violet Hour.
Homemade sloe vodka
Distillers recently released 151 bottles from a rare single 1964 cask of The Balvenie scotch. Priced at $14,200 a bottle, they'll be sold exclusively at Hong Kong International Airport.
Two new candidates for your consideration from Zodiac Vodka: The McCain Martini and the Obamatini.
Simple Kitchen makes sodas with sparkling water, a splash of organic juices, and a touch of organic honey. Flavors include Lemon + Mint, Pink Grapefruit, and White Grape.
Hobson's Choice sips a vibrant pink Cactus Pear Margarita, one of the best sellers at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill.
Jacob Grier realizes he's been making the venerable Martinez the wrong way, just in time for Mixology Monday to set him straight.
Tipsy Texan offers the East India Cocktail as his 19th century MxMo entry: Brandy blends with a riot of fruit flavors.
The Kitchn names the the 2006 Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon as a 'best cheap wine'. How cheap? Under $10.
Krista at londondelicious wonders if you can guess what this traditional Scottish beverage called Blaand is fermented from. Got clues?
The NY Times laments that Aglianico wines seem to pass unnoticed, a shame because they have so much pleasure to offer.
The Hendrick Cocktail makes an appearance for MxMo XXXI -- a suitable foil for the subtler anise flavors of Mata Hari absinthe.
Beautiful bottle design by BVD for Blossa. A new, limited edition bottle of glögg is released every year.
Paul Clarke of Cocktail Chronicles describes the Frappé à la Guillaume: "deeply elegant, floral and ... baroque, with the crisp edge of anise brushed into a rich lushness from the vermouth".
The Horse's Neck makes a refreshing cooler. It's simply ginger ale with a long lemon twist... and perhaps a shot of your favorite liquid courage.
The Cognac-based Alabazam uses an entire teaspoon of Angostura bitters. But cocktail guru Jamie Boudreau testifies that "tempered with the sugar and Cointreau, it really works."
You can finally get a fancy cocktail in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood thanks to Botanica, a swank new bar with a Gatsby-esque vibe.
Lyke to Drink samples a half-dozen pumpkin ales.
A close relative of the hot toddy, the Irish Whiskey Skin adds a long twist of lemon. It's also Rookie Libations' MxMo entry this month.
Charmian's not a beer fan, but names like Über Goober, S'mores, and Cup A Joe convinced her to belly up to the bar and give hops another try.
Pisco Punch, a 19th century cocktail made with Peruvian grape brandy, pineapple and lime juices.
Sage, Elderflower and Cucumber White Sangria from Cocktail Times.
The USA Central team placed second at the Cocktail World Cup with a drink called "Wisdom of the Ages": vodka, white wine, white grapefruit juice, sage, and chamomile.
Yet another Mixology Monday entry, the Stone Fence -- a simple but tasty combo of rum, hard cider, and bitters -- from My Life on the Rocks.