Farm-To-Bottle: The Importance of Going Organic With Your Spirits

Aug 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Iván Saldana

In the last 100 years, the food and drink industries have experienced an immense transformation. As companies begin to take over and mass produce, naturally the demand for raw materials increases drastically, and the emphasis on quantity over quality tends wins out to meet demand. From bread to beer, we have found ways to make more, faster. 

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Louis XIII Teams Up With Hermès for One-of-a-Kind Collaboration

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Louis XIII has teamed up with three quintessential French luxury houses for a truly unique collaboration. Luxury goods maker Hermès, silversmith Puiforcat and crystal-ware purveyor Saint-Louis have joined forces with the famed cognac maker to create what the brand says is, “a bespoke tribute to the Louis XIII mythical journeys through the ages.”

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The Uprising of Craft Vodka

Apr 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

From beer to whiskey, craft distilleries have been seriously capitalizing on millennial consumers and their desire for unique spirits that boast that cool hipster DIY feel. According to a recent release from the Aristocrat Group Corp. (ASCC), millennials represent the largest growing segment of the spirits market, which means big brands are now competing for their attention. 

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Gin Holds Its Lead at SF Spirits Competition

Mar 30, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Though the full list of winners won’t be released until April 4, the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition has unveiled the recipients of the Double Gold medal. The 16th annual competition was held March 17-20 at Hotel Nikko in SF and yet again, saw an increase in entries over the previous year. 

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Demystifying Mezcal

Mar 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Iván Saldana

Mezcal is one of the most misunderstood spirits available, with many confusing it for being interchangeable with tequila. Although they both use plants from the genus agave as raw material, tequila is arbitrarily restricted to one particular variety: the blue agave (also known as agave tequilana). Mezcal, on the other hand, benefits from a greater diversity with over 30 different species available for producing this unique spirit.

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A New World Whisky of the Year?

Mar 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Emily Arden Wells

Ever since Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 was named the “World Whisky of the Year” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015, it has become one of the most highly covetable whiskies on the planet. In the wake of the award, sales of Japanese whiskey exploded and new, non-age statement releases (such as Hibiki Harmony) were brought to market to help relieve some of the demand. 

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A Really, Really Ridiculously Good-Looking Cocktail

Feb 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Zoolander 2 has finally arrived and it’s really funny. With plenty of new jokes that don’t simply rely on the first film, there are a lot of surprises and tons of celebrity appearances (including some of fashion’s biggest names) that makes the sequel worthwhile. In order to properly celebrate Derek’s return to the big screen, Cîroc and photographer Mario Testino got together to design a limited edition Derek Zoolander Blue Steel bottle of vodka and a special cocktail to go along with it.

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Chef Ari Taymor on the LA Food Scene’s Newfound Sense of Self

Feb 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Chef Ari Taymor may be young, but he’s already made a huge impact on the Los Angeles culinary scene. Before turning 30, his critically-acclaimed Alma was named the best new restaurant in 2013 by Bon Appetite, he won Best New Chef by Food & Wine and was nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Award in 2015.

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NYC's The Rickey Makes New Year's Resolutions Easy With These 3 Healthy Craft Cocktails

Jan 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We have all heard the phrase “new year, new you,” and as much as it drives some of us crazy, a new year is the perfect excuse to make a change. Sure, there’s never anything stopping you from doing that on a random Wednesday in June, but catchy slogans are fun. Most New Year’s resolutions revolve around adopting healthier habits and more often than not, alcohol is usually involved. Which is why The Rickey in Midtown Manhattan has created some special craft cocktails you don’t have to feel too guilty over.

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New Ultra-Premium Maurice Vendôme Champagne Makes Its American Debut

Jan 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Tastemakers behind the world’s most expensive Champagne continue to break boundaries, introducing bottle after bottle of supremely luxe bubbly. Prodiguer Brands (which privately develops and markets many of the world’s finest, award-winning wines and spirits) has just introduced its newest offering, Champagne Maurice Vendôme, which is now exclusively available in the United States marketplace.

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Toast Bloody Mary Day With These 3 Unique Vodka Recipes

Jan 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

America’s favorite way to nurse a hangover is with a Bloody Mary, so it should be no surprise that New Year’s Day also happens to be National Bloody Mary Day.“Bloody Marys are one of the best hangover drinks because there is so much substance to [them],” says award-winning mixologist Ryan Wainwright of Terrine RestaurantRead More

'Tis the Season for Fresh Cranberry Cocktails: Enjoy the New Year With These 6 Tasty Concoctions

Dec 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Ruby-red cranberries have a way of livening up the holidays, especially in that sweet spot between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Luckily, they are plentiful all season, which means that clever mixologists have time to discover new ways to harness their amazing color and tart flavor. It’s easy to overlook just how delicious fresh pressed and unsweetened cranberry juice can taste in a cocktail (especially those that utilize gin, vodka, tequila and rye), but you should really try it when mixing these recipes instead of turning to bottled versions. 

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Never Heard of Sensploration? Time to Study Up On Epicure's Biggest Luxury Trend

Dec 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Daniela Aroche

To say that the definition of luxury has morphed repeatedly in recent times would be an understatement. From packaging to branded experiences, buying methods and marketing channels, luxury is a sector under constant evolution. This growth is being driven, not by the brands who supply products, services and experiences, but by the wealthy masses which gobble up luxury with gusto and determine the pace and direction of how the definition of luxury will transform next.

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Traveling in Cognac Country: Touring the Fine French Spirit's Top 5 Houses

Dec 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Exclusive, exquisite, occasionally expensive and always worth it—it’s no wonder Americans can’t get enough of Cognac. The double-digit growth of sales of the spirit in the U.S., already the world’s largest importer of Cognac, is one of the resounding success stories in the industry.

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5 Delicious Ways to Drink Pumpkin Pie for the Holidays

Dec 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

It’s the delicious time of year when the irresistible scent of allspice fills the air and pumpkin spice lattes fill Instagram. But you don’t have to stalk your local coffee shop to get your seasonally-themed caffeine fix. It’s easy to stock your kitchen and bar with pumpkin spice coffees, syrups and sauces—even including Starbucks’ secret ingredient, Fontana’s pumpkin spice sauce, and Torani’s pumpkin spice and pie syrups. 

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