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What's not to love about the quintessential American whiskey? Bourbon is an enduring favorite, a spirit that survived the years of Prohibition; survived the decades when most drinkers opted for Cosmos and Cuervo over classic whiskey; and has recently exploded in popularity, to such an extent that many distillers can't keep up with the demand. We all associate bourbon with Kentucky, but it's a common misconception that all bourbon is from Kentucky. Not so. While there are many requirements for true bourbon—like that it must be made from at least 50 percent corn, and aged in charred new American oak barrels—it can be made anywhere in America. All bourbons share a certain character, the comforting scent of vanilla and caramel and wood, the pleasant heft of an aged spirit. But moving beyond that, they're all over the map: some are distinctly sweet, others have a bit of spice; some are so smooth they drink like a cocktail, others so powerful they'll send a shiver down your spine. While there are dozens of bourbons we could recommend, here are 10 to know and to drink—from low-end to high, well-known to a little less so.
Most mixology buffs will agree that gin is one of the most versatile cocktail spirits—whether you're just pouring in tonic, stirring it into a martini, or shaking it into a much more complex drink. For centuries, it's been a bar staple, and indeed, many of today's predominant brands have a century (or more) of history behind them. But recently, a dizzying number of smaller brands, from America and abroad, have entered the market. So which bottles are worth your time? What's the best gin for a gin and tonic? Here's a quick primer—whether you're into the London Dry classics, newer upstart American brands, or unusual bottles that really expand the definition of the spirit.
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For mixing into dirty martinis, splashing with soda, or spiking up any drink you can think of, vodka is a necessary bottle. And it’s key for entertaining; while some drinkers aren’t partial to gin, say, or tequila, virtually no one has a vodka aversion. But which should you get? Here are eleven bottles to know and try.