Cocktails & Spirits

It’s no surprise that the origin of the cocktail is muddled. Some say the first was a medicinal rum drink made by British explorer Francis Drake in the 1500s while others point to the Sazerac, which was created by a New Orleans merchant in 1850. Regardless of which was the official first, cocktails have evolved to include a menu of spirited drinks ranging from boozy Manhattans to fruity daiquiris. Cocktail culture has expanded, too: these days bartenders are as creative as chefs, showing the same dedication to using quality ingredients and pushing flavor boundaries. Spirits are the base of cocktails though many, like small-batch bourbons or bitter Italian amaros, are just as delicious when sipped on their own. Gin, tequila, Scotch whiskey—pick your poison: our F&W guide to cocktails and spirits has you covered with recipes for cocktails listed by spirit, season and ingredient, plus how-to tips for mixing the best drinks and editor’s picks for where to drink next.

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Food & Wine: Essential Irish Whiskeys For Your Liquor Cabinet
Essential Irish Whiskeys For Your Liquor Cabinet
Gone are the days when Irish whiskey was considered the less-respected cousin of Scotch, or a cheap alternative to classier brown spirits. Over the last few years, Irish whiskey has taken off, sales skyrocketing as the fastest growing spirit category in the world. Not only are new distilleries opening their doors, but established brands are releasing new and unusual bottles—with more stylistic variation than ever before. Here are eleven bottles to know.  —Carey Jones

Cocktails, Mixed Drinks and Spirits

Classic Cocktail Recipes


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