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11 Essential Rye Whiskeys For Your Liquor Cabinet

If you’re a fan of sweet, oaky whiskies, odds are you’re a bourbon fan. Fancy a dram of something smoky and peaty? You’re going for Scotch. But for those who love complicated, dry, spicy whiskey, rye is where it’s at. One of America’s original spirits, rye was widely consumed in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic as far back as the eighteenth century. The industry took a major hit during Prohibition and didn’t recover for decades, as vodka and other clear spirits dominated the late 20th-century drinking landscape. But as American demand for craft spirits has taken off, rye has grown like never before. Today, many historical ryes (Rittenhouse, Old Overholt) are more popular than they’ve ever been, even if they’ve evolved over the decades; and many newer distilleries are trying their hand at the original American whiskey. Here are eleven brands you should know. - Carey Jones

12 Essential Gins Everyone Should Have in the Liquor Cabinet

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? 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. —Carey Jones

19 Party Punch Recipes for All Kinds of Celebrations

When you’re entertaining, punch is a no-brainer. It allows you to have drinks batched and ready to go, so guests can serve themselves as they please throughout the party. (Plus, it saves you from having to whip up individual cocktails, too.) Spicy margarita punch for hot summer days; citrus-Champagne punch for the holidays; a play on a Dark and Stormy for Halloween. We have party punch recipes for all kinds of occasions, whether you want festive drinks for Christmas or New Year’s Eve, or something low-fuss for a casual dinner. Read on for plenty of options so you can start planning your menu.

Sparkling Cranberry-Ginger Punch with Toasted Spices

This low-alcohol punch leans on tart cranberry juice and spicy ginger ale for a big punch of flavor, allowing the booze to take a back seat. Frozen cranberries stand in for a traditional punch ring, keeping this fizzy drink nice and cold. Have an extra bottle of cold sparkling wine on hand for guests to top off their cups.

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Our 22 Best Halloween Cocktail Recipes

Tricks and treats aside, a delicious signature cocktail is an absolute must for any spook-tacular Halloween event. Even a bare-bones (get it?) celebration needs a special refreshment to get the party started. We mean it—every great party serves an incredible drink (or two). But there’s no need to worry. Just for you, we’ve gathered a complete list of the darkest and scariest Halloween mixed drink recipes to mix for your next Halloween party. From scary-good sangria to oozy, boozy punches, these Halloween-inspired cocktails will delight your costume-clad party guests and keep the party flowing all night long. We promise the witches, ghosts and ghouls will not able to stay away. There’s even a drink called In Cold Blood—and there’s nothing more frightening than that. Whether you need a bewitching brew for a crowd or spooky cocktails for two, these easy mixed drink recipes are perfect for a spectacular Halloween fête.

11 Essential White Rums For Your Liquor Cabinet

In the world of important spirits for your liquor cabinet, white rum might not strike you as the highest priority—not when there’s gin and bourbon out there. But rum is key for so many classic drinks, from the daiquiri to the summer-friendly mojito to the simple Cuba Libre. Here are eleven bottles you need to know. —Carey Jones

21 Tasty Wine Cocktails

Wine cocktails are having a moment once again, and for good reason. As pretty as they are light and refreshing, they make for a smart drink whether you’re serving for two or 22. Spritzes and sangrias are perfect to make in batches and are both festive and low-lift for entertaining. There are wine cocktail recipes for every season, every holiday, and every occasion you can imagine. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes for wine cocktails and spritzes you’ll want to use again and again. Grab a bottle or two of your wine of choice and get mixing. Related: More Cocktail Recipes