Author: Jager Weatherby

5 Big-Batch Cocktails for Your Memorial Day Party (Or All Summer Long)

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Though the first day of summer doesn’t officially hit until June 20, Memorial Day Weekend is widely considered to be the beginning of the lazy, hazy, crazy season. The weather’s heating up, coats are coming off, and people all across the country are planning their first outdoor barbecue of the year. Of course, no cookout would be complete without some booze, and that’s where we come in. When throwing a summer party, we can’t recommend […]

Tiki Cocktails 101: How to Master the Mai Tai

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Of all the styles of cocktails — sours and Champagnes, fizzes and flips — perhaps no other has received a worse reputation than the tiki drink. First popularized in Hollywood in the mid-1930s, tropical-inspired sips were all the rage among sweltering LA locals for several decades. Come the ‘60s and ‘70s, however, bartenders who didn’t specialize in tiki recipes cheapened the drinks with processed juices and overly sugary syrups, making them more synonymous with tacky […]

World Cocktail Day 2017: 7 Recipes From Across the Globe

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May 13th is an important day for cocktail lovers — or at least it should be. Why? Because the date marks the publication of the very first definition of a cocktail all the way back in 1806. According to the New York tabloid The Balance and Columbian Repository, the libation was defined as “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” Since the 200th anniversary in 2006, the day has […]

May Cocktail of the Month: The Barbacoa

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Thanks to the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, it’s no surprise that the sale of tequila begins to rise at the beginning of May. As tequila has become the national liquor of Mexico and the foundation of the holiday’s signature cocktail, the spirit has become synonymous with May itself. But we think there’s another Mexican spirit that, while recently gaining popularly, has yet to achieve the same kind of acclaim that it deserves, and that’s […]

5 Essential Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

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When we think of reasons to drink during May, Cinco de Mayo is unsurprisingly the thing that comes to mind. Though the holiday originally began as an observance of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, it’s taken on a significance beyond that — at least in the United States. Today, Cinco de Mayo is all about celebrating the Mexican-American community — which makes up roughly 11% […]

Zima Is Making a Comeback! 9 Cocktails to Make with the ‘90s Classic

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We’re not entirely sure when it first happened, but the 1990s have become the quintessential decade for nostalgia. As we live in an age overrun by internet trolls, exploding technology, and horrifying news events around every turn, many argue this nostalgia is due to millennials longing for their childhood memories — a simpler, more innocent time filled with unironic AIM screen names, Nintendo 64, and Saved by the Bell. Well, rejoice, ‘90s kids, because another […]

5 Bottles of Booze to Splurge on With Your Tax Refund

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Now that your taxes have (hopefully) been taken care of, were you lucky enough to get a refund? If you just so happen to have a few hundred or maybe even thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket, might we make an obvious suggestion? Booze. We don’t know about you, but it’s not often we’re able to treat ourselves to lavishly expensive bottles of liquor. So when that moment does arrive, we make sure […]

National Beer Day Is April 7th! 5 Beer Cocktails Every Imbiber Needs

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As if we needed an excuse to drink beer (we don’t), April 7th marks National Beer Day in the United States. Unlike a lot of other booze-related holidays — International Gin & Tonic Day, National Cosmopolitan Day, and World Whisky Day, just to name a few — National Beer Day wasn’t invented just for any old reason to drink. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) We’ve actually got history to thank. Let us explain.

8 Classic Cocktails Reinvented

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Every seasoned drinker has a favorite classic cocktail — a go-to that every bartender, from the swanky craft cocktail lounges to the seedy dives, should know how to make. The even better bartenders, be they professionals or at-home amateurs, know how to transform these classics in a way that still celebrates the original recipes while giving them a modern twist. We turned to bartenders, food bloggers, and home experimenters to round up our favorite reinventions […]

7 Washington Wines You Need to Try Now… At Every Price Point

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Every year, the state of Washington celebrates its award-winning wine industry — widely considered to be one of the best in the country — with the annual Taste of Washington Wine Month. March is filled with events every day across the state from Woodinville to Walla Walla, including wine tastings, dinners, and winemaker retreats. The month culminates with the massive Taste of Washington festival, a can’t-miss weekend for anyone interested in food and wine. (And […]