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One-Stop Shopping for Organic Wines and Cool Houseplants

One-Stop Shopping for Organic Wines and Cool Houseplants

At Bar & Garden in Los Angeles, you can shop for organic wines and take classes on how to mix fantastic cocktails with small-batch spirits.

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Best Spirits You've Never Heard Of

Ski into a Pine Tree with Zirbenz

Drinking this pine-flavored liqueur is like skiing down the French Alps and smacking into a pine tree. 

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Best Spirits You've Never Heard Of

Gentiane Can Give Your Negroni a Makeover

Saler's Gentiane is your new bittersweet best friend when it comes to Negronis. 

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Best Spirits You've Never Heard Of

Start Your V-Day by Getting Whacked in the Face With a Dozen Roses

Cocchi Rosa Americano

Cocchi Rosa Americano is a pleasantly bitter concoction of wine infused with rose petals and other aromatics.

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Drink This Now

Get Some Holiday Spirit(s)

Suntory Yamazaki

Talented mixologist and co-owner of Pint & Jigger in Hawaii, Dave Newman shares excellent tips for buying spirits.

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Apple Absinthe and More Complex Pours for Fall

Uncouth Vermouth Dry-Hopped Vermouth

The blushing skin and crisp, sweet aroma of a fresh apple is as much a symbol of autumn as a knitted scarf. Apples get a lot of play when the weather cools, baked into buttery pies or juiced and mulled with cinnamon sticks for warm cider. But the fruit also has a long history in distillation. And for those of us who prefer to drink our apple-a-day, fall is a great time to explore these complex pours. Read more >

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Detroit's Spirit Revival

Detroit's Spirit Revival

Less than a mile across in some places, the Detroit River was a haven for bootleggers during Prohibition, as boats would ferry liquid cargo from "wet" Canada to "dry" America. Today, the shipments could be heading in the other direction, thanks to David Landrum and Peter Bailey, the entrepreneurs behind Two James, the first distillery in Detroit since the 1920s.

The longtime friends, who named their company after their dads (both called James), are making small-batch spirits in a former doughnut factory and taxi-repair shop in the Corktown neighborhood. (A tasting room, located in the distillery, serves cocktails and sells bottles.) Distilled with lots of juniper and other botanicals, the duo's London dry gin is inspired by Bailey's father, who grew up above a pub in England. "Wild juniper grows like crazy here, but no one cultivates it. Now we've found some people who are willing to plant it for us," says Landrum. Their rye whiskey, currently in barrels, is made with 100 percent Michigan-grown rye and was inspired by Landrum's dad, who was born in Kentucky.

Despite Detroit's recent bankruptcy, the young distillers are optimistic about the city's future. "I've watched Detroit go through horrible times, but the bankruptcy might actually be a good thing—it's trimming the fat," says Landrum. "And there's a resurgence of people moving back to the city. It's exciting." twojames.com

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5 Things You Need to Know About Bourbon

I drink a lot of bourbon. I don’t say it as a boast. Every dirtbag with $25 to his name can do the same, and many do. But over the years, I’ve gained brainpower corresponding to my liver damage, and become something of a bourbon geek. Or at least I’ve communed with enough bourbon geeks to pick up a few facts about the greatest of all American spirits. Some are random, some are esoteric, but some you just can’t be without. Here, five things you need to know.

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How to Taste 50 Gins

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American Gin

© Antonis Achilleos

Tasting 30 or 40 wines in the course of an afternoon is no big deal for me anymore, but when faced with tasting 50 gins (for “An American Gin Renaissance” in the November issue), I had to take my time. I found that at most, I could taste about six different gins in one sitting—the alcohol was too strong, the juniper too palate-walloping. Read more >

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The Best-Ever Gin and Tonic

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Prime Meats

Prime Meats © Simon Watson

Like many people, I used to think that a gin and tonic was one of the world’s most simple and refreshing drinks, consisting of two ingredients: gin…and tonic. OK, maybe a third ingredient, too: a lime wedge. Although there’s certainly a beauty in such simplicity, I have recently learned that I was being way too closed-minded about one of my favorite drinks. In fact, by making this beverage infinitely more complicated, it can attain supreme excellence. Read more >

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