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Ultimate Holiday Guide

Where to Find Festive Holiday Cocktails

The Violet Hour

America's best bartenders are mixing up impressive drinks for the holidays. Here, four bars with wonderful, wintery cocktail programs.

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F&W Gift Guide

Best New Cocktail Mixers and Bitters of 2013

Hibiscus Syrup

From hibiscus syrup to a wormwood-infused botanical blend, here are 10 cool and unusual cocktail ingredients.

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F&W Book Club

Nutella Hot Chocolate and Candied Bacon

Winter Cocktails book by Maria del Mar Sacasa

In this series, the food writer, wine lover and cookbook obsessive Kristin Donnelly test-drives the most fun and inspiring new books that come across her desk. This week, Winter Cocktails, by Maria del Mar Sacasa.

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New Slideshow

The Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Bars

Smuggler's Cove; San Francisco

Love to drink out of a ceramic skull? These top tiki bars are right up your tropical alley.

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New Slideshow

Where to Drink the Best Cocktails Right Now

Pouring Ribbons, New York City

From speakeasies like New York's PDT to Sasha Petraske's The Varnish in L.A., here are the best bars for obsession-worthy cocktails.

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The Usual

Megan Garrelts Mulls Over Hot Cider

Hot Mulled Cider

For Bluestem's Megan Garrelts, there's no better winter cocktail than a hot mug of mulled cider.

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F&W Gift Guide

The Best Empty Bottle: Jim Beam’s Vintage Decanters

Vintage Jim Beam Decanters

While any drinker would love a full bottle of whiskey for Christmas, true cocktail enthusiasts will be much more impressed by an empty one—as long as its one of Jim Beam’s vintage decanters. I confess, I didn’t know about these incredible bottles before I stumbled upon an incredible jackelope decanter after falling into an eBay black hole. But now that I know of them, I’m obsessed. Introduced in 1955, these collectibles come in a wild range of shapes like Volkswagen Beetles, antique phones—there’s even a train set decanter. Obviously, I am not the first to be enthralled by these ceramic wonders. There are lots of decanters up for auction on eBay (some sell for under $20 while others start at $500) and there’s even a club for the decanter-obsessed called the International Jim Beam Bottle & Specialty Club. They’re the greatest gift I know for the whiskey lover who doesn’t need any more whiskey, but could do with a really cool bottle.

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Travel Tips

Bars That Put More than Drinks on Ice

Sweden's Icehotel

Like Arsenio Hall, ice bars are another '90s phenomenon making a comeback. Read more >

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Dispatch

Bar Crush: London’s Duck & Waffle

A few months ago when I was in London, I fell in love with a bar. Duck & Waffle is set on the 40th floor of an office building; the city views are astonishing. Even better from my point of view: The place is open 24/7. I wasn’t the only one to appreciate this opportunity to eat and drink at all hours of the day and night—star chefs Danny Bowien and Heston Blumenthal have logged time there too. Read more >

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Thirsty Crowd

Punch Editor Talia Baiocchi on Cocktail Lit and Her At-Home Test Bar

Punch's editor in chief, Talia Baiocchi (right) and deputy editor Leslie Pariseau.

For a woman whose apartment has essentially been transformed into the best bar in Brooklyn, it’s a true miracle that Talia Baiocchi is able to get anything done at all. But the fact is, she’s found a way to be super-productive despite all the bottles of sherry that surround her and the daily 3 o’clock beer she has while writing. Baiocchi, the former wine editor for Eater and a writer for numerous publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, is in the midst of writing a book all about sherry (called Sherry, in fact, and scheduled to be published next fall by Ten Speed Press). And today she launched Punch, a website devoted to exploring the world of cocktails, spirits and wine, through the eyes of talented writers, photographers, videographers and bartenders. Here, the plan for Punch. Read more >

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Congratulations to Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef: New Orleans, the 11th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

Run with chefs and wine experts in the Celebrity Chef 5K and dance all night at Gail Simmons’ Last Bite Dessert Party during the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 20-22.