"HAVE WE SEEN THE END OF THE 9-INGREDIENT DRINK?"

illustration: Laura Sant

illustration: Laura Sant

“One thing I do know is that we don’t always have the luxury of concision when pursuing our passions. The journey can be sprawling and messy, the results imperfect. And just because something is simple doesn’t mean it can’t possess layers of complexity, each subject to its own interpretation. Simplicity for simplicity’s sake is dogma. But simplicity in the pursuit of something elegant, something clean—now that I can sip on.”

Five ‘Star Trek’ Cocktails to Try at Home

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Now that “Star Trek” is finally back on TV after an agonizing 12-year hiatus, let’s celebrate. The sci-fi franchise spans half a century, has a rich beverage culture and is packed full of memorable bartenders. Surprisingly, however, it’s light on actual cocktails. To remedy that, these are five original creations for those of us that live happily in the Venn diagram of Trekkie and cocktail nerd. Drink long and prosper!

"Upgrade Your Home Bar With an American-Made Amaro" Bloomberg Pursuits, March 21, 2018

Photo: Janelle Jones

Photo: Janelle Jones

"Italy doesn’t have a monopoly on bitter liqueurs, though it often seems that way. Campari, Cynar, Aperol, and their ilk are commonly called by their Italian name, amaro, and have been widely enjoyed in European spritzes for generations.

And while Negronis and other classic cocktails that require these herbal digestivos have become popular in the U.S., the ingredients aren’t traditionally made stateside. That’s about to change, though, as a handful of producers boldly endeavor to awaken the land of Bud to the beauty of bitterness."

 

"Sober Bartenders Say They Feel Great. But Does Not Drinking Hurt Their Business?" - Liquor.com, Jan. 4, 2018

https://www.liquor.com/articles/sober-bartending

'For bar workers looking to thrive in an industry that promotes the consumption of alcohol, the challenges to achieving a sober life are many. Setting aside structural impediments like lack of access to affordable health insurance, job insecurity and low pay, bar workers can also face resistance from within the industry—from the very colleagues who claim to care about them.'

"These Are Some of Our Favorite Spirits From 2017" - Bloomberg, Dec. 22, 2017

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-12-22/best-spirits-of-2017-whiskey-tequila-mezcal-liqueurs

'No matter how you choose to remember the year 2017, it’s been a banner 12-month run for drinking connoisseurs. Here, we’ve collected a sampling of liquors that came into the world this year—spirits that are either delightfully delicious, distractingly daring, or both. 

If you’re looking for some fresh ideas to start off 2018, each bottle on this list is worthy of an unforgettable investigation.'

"Here's the Only Way You Should be Drinking LaCroix Seltzer" - Bloomberg, July 18, 2017

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-18/lacroix-is-a-better-mixer-than-drink-four-cocktail-recipes

"There’s no in-between with LaCroix: You either love it or hate it. The no-sugar, no-calorie, carbonated sparkling water drink has exploded in popularity the past few years, and every day, it seems, someone posts their love for the drink on social media. You can’t walk into a Whole Foods without seeing a massive shrine to the stuff. Me? I average at least 8 cans per day.'

"Forget Pappy, These Five Whiskeys Deserve Their Own Cult Status" - Bloomberg, June 22, 2017

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-22/forget-pappy-these-five-whiskeys-deserve-their-own-cult-status

'In the past seven years, however, the craft distilling boom has skyrocketed the number of U.S. distilleries, from 560 to more than 1,800. Which affords plenty of options for whiskey drinkers looking for their own cult favorites. Here are five to help soften the sting of missing out on that coveted bottle of Pappy.'

"Three Cocktails You Can Make at Home, Then Take to the Beach" - Bloomberg, May 26, 2017

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-26/three-cocktail-recipes-perfect-for-taking-to-the-beach

'Drinking on the beach is one of life’s many joys, but it’s not always easy to pull off. In most cases, you’re far from the conveniences of civilization, such as running water and refrigeration. Plus, it’s easy to make mistakes—have you ever tried to bring bubbly and ended up with lukewarm fizz?'