Is there such thing as a perfect vodka martini? Intoxicologist samples Jean-Marc XO -- vodka made in copper Alambic stills in the Cognac region of France -- to find out.

Is there such thing as a perfect vodka martini? Intoxicologist samples Jean-Marc XO -- vodka made in copper Alambic stills in the Cognac region of France -- to find out.

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Slashfood ponders The Can Grip, a plastic base and handle that snaps onto any standard beer can for "a stein-like quality that will surely make you the envy of all your friends."

Slashfood ponders The Can Grip, a plastic base and handle that snaps onto any standard beer can for "a stein-like quality that will surely make you the envy of all your friends."

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Alabama bartender Lizzy Keister pours her “Slice of the Pie” cocktail, the winning drink in a recent Canadian Mist whiskey competition.

Alabama bartender Lizzy Keister pours her “Slice of the Pie” cocktail, the winning drink in a recent Canadian Mist whiskey competition.

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Drinkhacker reviews the core range of whiskys from The Glenlivet: the standard 12 year, the 15 Year French Oak Reserve, Nàdurra 16 Year, and Glenlivet 18 Year.

Drinkhacker reviews the core range of whiskys from The Glenlivet: the standard 12 year, the 15 Year French Oak Reserve, Nàdurra 16 Year, and Glenlivet 18 Year.

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The Pink Lady is one of those sweet creamy drinks that the Tipsy Texan is shamefully fond of.

The Pink Lady is one of those sweet creamy drinks that the Tipsy Texan is shamefully fond of.

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Just Drinks tells us that The Dalmore's 50-year-old limited edition launch will be available only in Portuguese crystal decanters. The whisky retails for £700 for a special, smaller-than-usual bottle.

Just Drinks tells us that The Dalmore's 50-year-old limited edition launch will be available only in Portuguese crystal decanters. The whisky retails for £700 for a special, smaller-than-usual bottle.

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Grub Street talks with bartender Jeff Galli at Char No. 4, a Carrol Gardens (NYC) whiskey bar from former Chanterelle sommelier Sean Josephs.

Grub Street talks with bartender Jeff Galli at Char No. 4, a Carrol Gardens (NYC) whiskey bar from former Chanterelle sommelier Sean Josephs.

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Pour yourself a cigarette: The UK's Daily Mail reports on a new fruit-flavored herbal drink called Liquid Smoking, which claims to deliver the same fix as cigarettes.

Pour yourself a cigarette: The UK's Daily Mail reports on a new fruit-flavored herbal drink called Liquid Smoking, which claims to deliver the same fix as cigarettes.

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Beautifully boxed for gift giving, Williams-Sonoma's Vineyard glasses and decanter are screen printed with a design reminiscent of wine-barrel labels.

Beautifully boxed for gift giving, Williams-Sonoma's Vineyard glasses and decanter are screen printed with a design reminiscent of wine-barrel labels.

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Le Mixeur shares a drink using Gingerbread Liqueur, memories of grandfather, and reveals the sordid origins of the Munat family name!

Le Mixeur shares a drink using Gingerbread Liqueur, memories of grandfather, and reveals the sordid origins of the Munat family name!

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Where to get great deals on drinks after voting today in Washington, DC

Where to get great deals on drinks after voting today in Washington, DC

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San Francisco's Jackie Patterson wins the US national title in the Marie Brizard Cocktail Challenge with three new drinks: the Baby Doll, the Violet Hour, and the Silver Quinella.

San Francisco's Jackie Patterson wins the US national title in the Marie Brizard Cocktail Challenge with three new drinks: the Baby Doll, the Violet Hour, and the Silver Quinella.

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Kashmiri Chai with pistachios and saffron

Kashmiri Chai with pistachios and saffron

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Parts 2 and 3 of the NOTCOT / Rachel’s cocktail collaboration: the White Flower Bramble, and the Sweet Revival.

FEATUREDParts 2 and 3 of the NOTCOT / Rachel’s cocktail collaboration: the White Flower Bramble, and the Sweet Revival.

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The Kitchn offers their favorite recipes for homemade hot chocolate, including picks for best cocoa brands.

The Kitchn offers their favorite recipes for homemade hot chocolate, including picks for best cocoa brands.

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Celebrate election day with the honorable Ward Eight!

Celebrate election day with the honorable Ward Eight!

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Beautiful concept design for Mockingbird Lager by Samantha Wiley. The bottle is opaque, except for the figure of the woman. Inside the caps, you'll find fortune cookie-esque messages.

Beautiful concept design for Mockingbird Lager by Samantha Wiley. The bottle is opaque, except for the figure of the woman. Inside the caps, you'll find fortune cookie-esque messages.

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Brazil's government has published legal guidelines insisting that a caipirinha must be made with cachaça, 1 percent crushed lime, and real sugar.

Brazil's government has published legal guidelines insisting that a caipirinha must be made with cachaça, 1 percent crushed lime, and real sugar.

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The Intoxicologist samples the new 2008 collection of ten Special Release bottlings from Diageo’s single malt Scotch and whisky collection.

The Intoxicologist samples the new 2008 collection of ten Special Release bottlings from Diageo’s single malt Scotch and whisky collection.

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Off the Presses makes an unsavory discovery in the food halls of London's Fortnum & Mason: Scorpion-infused vodka.

Off the Presses makes an unsavory discovery in the food halls of London's Fortnum & Mason: Scorpion-infused vodka.

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Drinkhacker reviews Jett vodka, infused with energy-drink staples like caffeine, guarana, and ginseng.

Drinkhacker reviews Jett vodka, infused with energy-drink staples like caffeine, guarana, and ginseng.

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Kaiser Penguin experiments with the new (ri)1 whiskey and comes up with the Rhubarb & Rye.

Kaiser Penguin experiments with the new (ri)1 whiskey and comes up with the Rhubarb & Rye.

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Luxist gets the word on the third whiskey in Woodford's Master's Collection series. The 1838 Sweet Mash uses fresh yeast and water in place of the traditional sour mash.

Luxist gets the word on the third whiskey in Woodford's Master's Collection series. The 1838 Sweet Mash uses fresh yeast and water in place of the traditional sour mash.

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Trader Tiki features an interview with Duke Carter, author of Tiki Quest, showing off his rather stupendous collection of collectible mugs.

Trader Tiki features an interview with Duke Carter, author of Tiki Quest, showing off his rather stupendous collection of collectible mugs.

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Stench -- an Australian sparkling wine -- abandons all branding pretensions (and then some). Bevlog reports the line also includes Filth, Cheated, Vacant, and No Future.

Stench -- an Australian sparkling wine -- abandons all branding pretensions (and then some). Bevlog reports the line also includes Filth, Cheated, Vacant, and No Future.

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Trader Tiki's Yellow Carvel, a tropical-style refresher featuring Drambuie.

Trader Tiki's Yellow Carvel, a tropical-style refresher featuring Drambuie.

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Beefeater 24 -- the brand's new ultra-premium offering -- created by distiller Desmond Payne using a unique blend of rare teas and botanicals.

Beefeater 24 -- the brand's new ultra-premium offering -- created by distiller Desmond Payne using a unique blend of rare teas and botanicals.

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Foodist features an amazing account of Johnny Iuzzini and Dave Arnold demoing their two-man version of the Blue Blazer during Slow Drink Week (And, yes, his arm is on fire.)

Foodist features an amazing account of Johnny Iuzzini and Dave Arnold demoing their two-man version of the Blue Blazer during Slow Drink Week (And, yes, his arm is on fire.)

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Camper English reports on three older styles of gins recently made available for vintage cocktail aficionados: genever, aged gin, and Old Tom.

Camper English reports on three older styles of gins recently made available for vintage cocktail aficionados: genever, aged gin, and Old Tom.

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SpiritMeAway's creates the Autumn Gingerbread Flip for the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur blogger contest

SpiritMeAway's creates the Autumn Gingerbread Flip for the Hiram Walker Gingerbread Liqueur blogger contest

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Indulge in the smooth, sweet heat of a chili martini.

Indulge in the smooth, sweet heat of a chili martini.

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Drink Dogma reviews the new Jim Beam (ri)1 rye and where it stands in the world of liquor personalities.

Drink Dogma reviews the new Jim Beam (ri)1 rye and where it stands in the world of liquor personalities.

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Tired of artificially colored campaign cocktails? The Kitchn suggests the patriotically named Americano -- which happens to be red -- and the Blue Moon as part of an election-night menu.

Tired of artificially colored campaign cocktails? The Kitchn suggests the patriotically named Americano -- which happens to be red -- and the Blue Moon as part of an election-night menu.

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The Kitchn takes a field trip to C. Donatiello Winery in Sonoma's Russian River Valley, sipping Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in an idyllic setting.

The Kitchn takes a field trip to C. Donatiello Winery in Sonoma's Russian River Valley, sipping Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in an idyllic setting.

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Don't be scared by this Hallowtini made with pumpkin liqueur, pumpkin-pie filling, vanilla syrup, and vodka.

Don't be scared by this Hallowtini made with pumpkin liqueur, pumpkin-pie filling, vanilla syrup, and vodka.

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The Spirit World samples Camitz sparkling vodka, a gently bubbling spirit made from Swedish wheat.

The Spirit World samples Camitz sparkling vodka, a gently bubbling spirit made from Swedish wheat.

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TalkDrinks whips up a pumpkin margarita with Partida Reposado tequila, fresh citrus juice, pumpkin puree, and a sesame-seed garnish.

TalkDrinks whips up a pumpkin margarita with Partida Reposado tequila, fresh citrus juice, pumpkin puree, and a sesame-seed garnish.

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Asking "When does a recipe become a science project?", the NY Times samples LED-encrusted cakes, electrocuted hot dogs, and a bubbling dry-ice martini.

Asking "When does a recipe become a science project?", the NY Times samples LED-encrusted cakes, electrocuted hot dogs, and a bubbling dry-ice martini.

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The Intoxicologist experiences sake2me, a new sparkling fruit-infused junmai sake blend.

The Intoxicologist experiences sake2me, a new sparkling fruit-infused junmai sake blend.

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Grand Marnier has brought in international pastry guru Francois Payard to create edible cocktails in the form of French macarons.

Grand Marnier has brought in international pastry guru Francois Payard to create edible cocktails in the form of French macarons.

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Paul Clarke is "ordinarily pretty skeptical about cocktails that have more than three or four ingredients." But he finds an exception to the rule in Phil Ward's new creation, the Airbag.

Paul Clarke is "ordinarily pretty skeptical about cocktails that have more than three or four ingredients." But he finds an exception to the rule in Phil Ward's new creation, the Airbag.

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Spirits & Cocktails peeks at Dale DeGroff's new book, "The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks."

Spirits & Cocktails peeks at Dale DeGroff's new book, "The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks."

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Dallas Morning News blind-tastes WalMart's $3 Oak Leaf wines. All the tasters -- from snooty pros to frugal amateurs -- agreed the wines would be a bargain at three times the price.

Dallas Morning News blind-tastes WalMart's $3 Oak Leaf wines. All the tasters -- from snooty pros to frugal amateurs -- agreed the wines would be a bargain at three times the price.

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The Kitchn takes a whirlwind tour of borough named cocktails to celebrate the NYC Marathon: The Manhattan, the Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Cheers!

The Kitchn takes a whirlwind tour of borough named cocktails to celebrate the NYC Marathon: The Manhattan, the Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Cheers!

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Stevi Deter's Dark Ginger Daiquiri -- runner-up in the Mixoloseum's garnish competition. (The winner was the Sudanese Rose, featured in #1709)

Stevi Deter's Dark Ginger Daiquiri -- runner-up in the Mixoloseum's garnish competition. (The winner was the Sudanese Rose, featured in #1709)

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