October is upon us and you know what that means: Everyone is going crazy about pumpkins. From carved pumpkins to pumpkin pie to pumpkin spice lattes, the squash is everywhere this season — even in our beer. Early October also marks the conclusion of Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest, a multi-week event in which locals and visitors alike consume millions of liters of beer. Even if you weren’t able to attend this year’s festivities, you can still […]
Since 2012, New York City has been celebrating sherry — one of the world’s most historically important wines and one that’s been having a major renaissance in recent years. For three sherry-filled days, the annual Sherry Fest brings the world of sherry to a broader audience, highlighting the intricately complex and multifaceted fortified wine through dinners, classes, and tastings designed for both sherry aficionados and those just beginning to discover the age-old tradition. Held during […]
Who doesn’t love orange juice? It’s perfect paired with breakfast or lunch (or even better, brunch), and goes spectacularly well with almost any liquor, liqueur, or bubbly. But you know what’s even better than the standard round or navel orange? The delectably sweet, tangy, gorgeously colored variety known as blood orange. Hailing from Mediterranean climates, the blood orange gets its ruby-red hue thanks to pigments called anthocyanins that develop during hot days and cool nights. […]
It’s no secret that here at Cocktail Builder we love our tequila. And it’s certainly no secret that tequila’s popularity skyrockets during the summer. In these warm weather months, we’re constantly in search of a new recipe or even a new brand to keep our love affair fresh — and well, friends, we’ve found both. Enter Código 1530 Rosa, a striking pink tequila that we guarantee will take over (if you haven’t already seen it […]
When it comes to drinking cocktails in the summer, there are many spirits that come up again and again. Tequila? Absolutely, pass us a margarita. Rum? Of course — who doesn’t love a good mojito on a hot summer day? But bourbon? That’s often left to the wayside until the leaves start to change in the fall.
Is there anything more perfect than a cold Moscow Mule on a sweltering summer day? That ideal combination of smooth vodka, tangy lime juice, and spicy ginger beer makes for a cooling and refreshing sip that has drinkers coming back again and again.
For booze lovers living today, Prohibition may sound like one of the most terrible times in American history. But as Matthew Rowley explains in his new book Lost Recipes of Prohibition, the law — which went into effect in 1920 and lasted nearly 14 years — was anything but watertight. If you knew the right people, or the right place to be, you could certainly get a drink.
For years, the wellness world (not us, obviously) has been going crazy about matcha. This finely milled green tea powder — the ingredient upon which traditional Japanese tea ceremonies were built in the 12th century — has been hailed for its health benefits, with claims ranging from improved mood to increased metabolism to prevention of disease. Now if you know anything about us, you know we’re not exactly the first ones to run out and […]
Independence Day, National Hot Dog Day, National Ice Cream Day — there’s a lot to celebrate in the month of July. But if you know anything about us, you know that our favorite holiday is all about the booze. That’s right, come July 24th we’ll be celebrating one of summer’s most popular spirits with National Tequila Day.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pull up a barstool next to Ernest Hemingway, or down gin with the likes of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald? Well, that’s exactly what author Delia Cabe explores in her new book, Storied Bars of New York: Where Literary Luminaries Go to Drink. Traveling around New York City to the spots that played host to the some most renowned writers of 20th century, Cabe […]