Life without margaritas would be a dismal one. As everyone's favorite tequila drink, it's a mainstay at parties, bars and on beaches. But just a few years ago, they were far from popular.
We have celebrity chef and recent Top Chef Masters contestant Rick Bayless to thank for changing that. He's has been championing Mexican food and its perfect companion the Margarita for decades.
What do you think of when you think of a Mai Tai? Sandy beaches? Palm trees? You'd probably never think of Oakland, which is where the Mai Tai was born in 1944 at venerable cocktail man Victor Bergeron's original Trader Vic's restaurant. The quintessential tropical drink went on to be a staple in both exotic locales and tiki bars, far from its origins in not-so-exotic Oakland, CA.
The Big Easy is prime cocktail territory - they even have a museum dedicated to them. Drinks are rightfully consumed there morning, noon and night, including classics like the Sazerac (pictured here) and the Ramos Gin Fizz, and up-and-comers like the Hand Grenade and the Hurricane. If you can't make it to NOLA anytime soon, you can still enjoy their drinks. Our comrades at Liquor.com have an ever-handy recipe guide to the best Big Easy drinks, delicious especially when it's extra hot outside.
Maker's Mark, the iconic bourbon maker that has been bottling up its classic recipe since 1953, has added a new recipe to its repertoire: Maker's Mark 46, which debuts at the beginning of next month. Bill Samuels Jr., whose parents dreamed up the original recipe and bottle design complete with dripping wax for Maker's Mark, talks to Liquor.com about this shocking new move and why the new 46 blend will be perfect for the Maker's Mark whiskey pantheon.
If you step into any liquor store worth its salt looking for a good bourbon, you'll likely be confronted by more choices than you'll know what to do with. To help you narrow it down to the good stuff, Liquor.com enlisted Knob Creek's whiskey professor Bernie Lubbers to create a bourbon cheat sheet. It's a run down of different bourbon styles like traditional bourbon recipes, high-rye recipes, and traditional wheat recipes. Conquer bourbon once and for all.