Food + Drinks

How the Whiskey Sour Got Its Groove Back

The whiskey sour—you know, that drink you ordered when you very much wanted to pass for 21—is no longer considered a rookie mistake, thanks to whiskey's newfound cachet and the craft-cocktail movement's use of fresh ingredients. During the sour's post–World War II heyday—it dates to at least the 1860s, possibly earlier, and had more than a half-century run before Prohibition nearly killed it—"people were into packaged everything," says Jamie Boudreau, bartender-owner of Seattle's Canon, and those mouth-puckering bottled sour mixes tainted the drink's once-good name. Here, the sweetest places to get the newest sours. see more
Food + Drinks

The Most Anticipated Bar Openings of 2015

Pictured: Brick & Mortar, opening February 2015 in Philadelphia Bars continue to get more niche. You like farm-to-glass locavorism? There's a joint just for you in Reno, of all places. Prefer low-alcohol cocktails? Several new spots are making sure you don't get too drunk too soon. Drink only gin? San Francisco will soon have a bar with the world's largest selection. And on and on. Read below to find out where you'll be taking your boozer friends later this year. see more
Celebrity

Tom Colicchio on Bad Service, the Best Food Cities, and Collaborating in the Kitchen

Chef. Restaurateur. TV personality. Philanthropist. Husband. Father. Reluctant sex symbol. Tom Colicchio is many things to many people. But to the proprietors of 16 of the country's hottest new eateries, he's the culinary expert who stands between them and the title of Best New Restaurant. In his new Bravo series of the same name, the Top Chef judge looks beyond the kitchen and into the dining rooms (and probably under the tables, too) of the featured restaurants and the personalities that inhabit them. In each episode, two restaurants serving up like-minded cuisine are pitted against each other to see which see more
Food + Drinks

When Sweet Doesn't Necessarily Mean Something's Bad For You

Coconut water has a nutty taste that not all the editors here can get behind (despite my preaching about its plethora of electrolytes and nutrients, including potassium and magnesium). Enter: Harmless Harvest's newest formulas, Dark Cacao and Cinnamon & Clove. Many brands boast versions that are chocolate- or vanilla- or, heck, pña colada-flavored, and they tend to be treacly or underwhelming. But that's the thing about Harmless Harvest—they're not flavored coconut waters; pulverized cacao from the Caribbean or powdered cinnamon and clove from Indonesia are actually added to the beverage (pro tip: shake before sipping). Not only do they provide see more
Food + Drinks

Why Do Wine Bottles Come in Different Shapes?

Yes, you can judge a wine by its bottle. Sort of. see more
Food + Drinks

Why Bartenders Are Going Tropical This Winter

Tired of cold-weather ingredients? Have a banana cocktail instead. You read that right: It seems like a slew of America's top bartenders have decided that banana is the hot flavor this winter. see more
Food + Drinks

Why It's Okay to Already Cheat On Your New Year's Diet

Calling all chocolate lovers too devoted to the good, dark stuff to give it up as a New Year's resolution: barkTHINS—makers of delectable one-to-two-bite squares of chocolate-and-nut brittle—might be a good way to manage your addiction to more, ahem, damaging forms of chocolate consumption. Details staffers blew through our office supply in one afternoon (though, if you're worried about gaining weight this season, you can rest assured that the satisfyingly strong flavors make it tough to overindulge). Plus, everything in the $5 bags of goodness is made from non-GMO and fair-trade ingredients, so no guilt necessary. Empty a bag into see more
Design

22 Things That Will Elevate Your Daily Cup of Coffee or Tea

1. Ratio automatic pour-over coffeemaker, $480; ratiocoffee.com 2. Quick Mill Andreja Premium Espresso Machine from Clive Coffee, $1,895; clivecoffee.com 3. Grady's Cold Brew, $12; gradyscoldbrew.com 4. Sonoma Syrup Co. Vanilla Bean Infused Simple Syrup, $18; sonomasyrup.com 5. BonJour mini pencil frother, $10; bonjourproducts.com 6. Stanley classic vacuum bottle, $38; stanley-pmi.com 7. MoMA Store half-pint creamer, $15; momastore.org 8. La Colombe Corsica whole-bean coffee, $12; lacolombe.com 9. Le Creuset demitasse spoons, $6 each; lecreuset.com 10. Bodum Bistro electric coffee grinder, $43; bodum.bodum.com 11. Sur La Table stainless-steel tea infuser, $10; surlatable.com 12. Staub tea kettle, $229; staubusa.com 13. Spices and Tease see more
Food + Drinks

Chefs Predict the Biggest Food Trends of 2015

As the year of whole roasted cauliflower, avocado toast, and spatchcocking comes to a close, we're looking forward to the next big new thing. Will 2015 be the year of the rabbit? Will abalone be the new uni? Will ramen really go mainstream? We tapped some of the country's top culinary talents to see what they predict for the year ahead in food. Here's what they had to say. see more
Food + Drinks

6 Champagne Alternatives (That Aren't Prosecco or Cava)

Remember a dozen years ago when would-be patriots got pissed off at the French (for daring to oppose the idea of an Iraq invasion) and poured perfectly good Dom Perignon down the drain? That's about the time when some bubbly alternatives to champagne started to pop up more and more on menus and in wine shops. But all too often, wine critics pointed to affordable options like prosecco from northeast Italy and cava from Spain. Well, here's a newsflash: There are plenty of excellent sparkling wines from other regions, too—although you may need to search a bit for them at see more
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