Making Šljivovica, a fiery plum eau de vie from Serbia. No saint's feast, wedding or funeral is ever without this traditional homemade brew.
Great wine deserves a costume, too. Here are a few of my picks for Halloween
USA Today spots the trend of naming beers after religious icons, with mentions of Lost Abbey, He'Brew, and St. Arnold Brewing Co.
Take a shot at fun this Halloween with the "Pick Your Poison" drinking game. Press the spider to start the lights flashing. When the lights stop, one glass will remain lit.
After spending the day snapping up bargains, David Lebovitz takes Romain to NYC's Joe The Art of Coffee. The coffee-starved Parisian experiences "Le meilleur café de ma vie".
Imbibe Unfiltered asked readers to vote for their favorite Martin Miller's Gin cocktail, and received nearly 500 responses. Most entrants chose the French 75, followed closely by the Aviation.
Reserve Brands Group is looking for the Best Bartender in the World. Judges include celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and cocktail expert Dale DeGroff. Grand prize: A book deal.
Kick off the weekend with a Moscow Mule.
Esquire proposes a list of 20 perfect gifts for the mixologically obsessed, including Karlsson's Gold Vodka.
The Kitchn goes in search of cider-based drinks and finds the Northern Spy and the Stone Fence.
Is it bad that it's 10am, and I'm looking at Jager-ators? The tap machines are only about 300$!
Sonja talked her way into private weekly bartending lessons with Eben Freeman. On the first Tuesday, she learns the secret of an ergonomic jiggering method.
Almost indescribably fantastic, this mad little video for Elemental's "Cup of Brown Joy" -- praising the excesses of tea -- is sure to make oolong-sippers squeal with delight.
Seamus from Bunnyhugs travels to Haiti, where he samples Rhum Barbancourt in a picture-perfect setting.
Want to drink like the good people at Mad Men's Sterling Cooper? Then check out Esquire's Handbook for Hosts, circa 1949.
This Blackberry Martini starts with a homemade fruit syrup; the leftovers are equally delicious in smoothies.
W Hotels sponsors a "Declare Yourself" cocktail hour that includes the voter's choice of either an “Obama Pama” or a“10 Cane McCain”. You can even register to vote with the concierge.
The Apple Harvest Collins from Suba, one of five fall cocktails features in the NY Daily News.
Take a coffin break and try a set of spooktacular Halloween cocktails from New Jersey Online, including the Dra-kahlua and the Cryptini.
If you like pumpkin pie as much as Mark Sexauer does, you'll Flip for his newest cocktail creation.
The Smart Set reports on judging bottled water from exotic locales at the Berkeley Springs (WV) international water tasting competition.
The Ladies of LUPEC propose six recipes to open your palate to the complex and rewarding world of Fernet Branca, an Italian digestive liqueur.
Great Match Wine and Tapas Tastings are held annually across the United States. Learn more about Spanish wine styles, regions, and bargains.
Take Wine Spectator scores and notes wherever you go with a subscription to the newly released Wine Spectator Mobile edition.
Lyke to Drink features Fuller's Brewer’s Reserve, a 7.7% ABV beer that spent more than 500 days in barrels that previous had been used to age an undisclosed 30-year-old Scotch.
Drinkhacker tips us to "a new kid on the block from the good whiskey folks at Buffalo Trace: Charter (aka Old Charter) Bourbon"
Trader Tiki files another report from Tiki Crawl 2008. This stop: The Conga Lounge, "a real urban paradise".
The Dabbled blog collects links to a bunch of Halloween-themed cocktails and ways to make your cocktail parties worthy of the holiday.
The Playboy Wine Collection, a series of high-end, limited-edition wines, each adorned with a different vintage Playboy cover.
Enter a world of fascinating aromas with Le Nez de Courvoisier, a sensory-perception kit designed to demystify the complex world of Cognac.
JAQK Cellars features playful bottle imagery on their collection of eight California varietal wines.
A sneak-peek at London's legendary Savoy hotel restoration, and its new Art Deco-inspired Beaufort Bar. [Click "Our Future" to enter the slideshow.]
Tipsy Texan wins the Flor de Caña rum cocktail contest with the Matagalpa Cocktail, a crowd-pleasing twist on the Margarita.
After sipping aplenty at San Francisco Whiskyfest, Serious Eats' Paul Clarke points out five American whiskeys to watch, including Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.
A pair of Brooklyn cocktail enthusiasts won a very cool prize: Their own signature cocktail created by the Cocktail Buzz guys. A love of whiskey and spice lead them to the Pushkar Sunset.
A delicious frozen treat made with fresh strawberries, watermelon and Cuca Fresca Premium Cachaca, an award-winning organic spirit from Brazil.
If you've got $7,000 to spare, Slashfood suggests a private wine class -- including a bottle of 1986 Chateau Petrus -- at the Royal Hideaway Playacar resort on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula
Is bottled water safer? New tests show Sam's Choice drinking water (a WalMart brand) contains illegal concentrations of cancer-causing chemicals. 10 other brands showed lesser contamination.
NY Times tours Paso Robles, a "California region that has not gotten as much attention as a source of fine Zinfandel, but maybe it should."
Willamette Week's Best Happy Hour 2008, Carafe "serves cheap, generous and good food and drinks". The Portland alternative paper's runners-up include Ten 01, 50 Plates, and Victory.
We can't describe it better than AdFreak: "Refrigerators come unglued, flying violently out of their homes, compelled by obsessive magnetic forces to stick to the outsides of a Guinness truck."
Inside Bay Area discusses 'misunderstood' Merlot. Despite the bad press, it's still the second-most popular red varietal in the United States.
So you wanna be a bartender? Raising the Bar's Keith Waldbauer says ditch the bartending schools and follow his year-long apprentice guidelines, complete with reading list.
Slashfood's verdict: "Bailey's with a Hint of Coffee" is inoffensive, but unnecessary.
The Fluffy Ruffles, a pleasant, lime-tinged, rum Manhattan. Underhill Lounge dares you to order it out at a bar!
The producer claims each pour of Fragoli releases an equivalent amount of berries, according to Luxist.