Liquor Cabinet Roulette

Mandarine Napoléon Should Be the Next Orange Liqueur You Treat Yourself To

Orange liqueurs are a staple of cocktails everywhere, from a brandy Sidecar to a classic Margarita. And there’s a place on our liquor shelf for all of them. But the Belgian-made, Cognac-based Mandarine Napoléon is its own creature.

Tonic Syrup Goes Way Beyond the Gin & Tonic

If you’ve only had tonic poured over gin, with a lime squeezed in there, you might not be familiar with the flavor of tonic on its own. Good tonic water has a sharp bitterness—thanks to quinine, from the bark of the cinchona tree, the ingredient that was found to combat malaria—but that bitterness is well-balanced with sugar, often citrus, and an array of other botanicals.

Cherry Season Is Over But Cherry Gin Season Is Just Getting Started

It’s fair to say that no player in the cocktail world knows cherries better than Luxardo. The family-owned Italian company created Luxardo Maraschino liqueur—an essential ingredient in a number of classic cocktails, including the Aviation and the Martinez.

3 Good Reasons Why Cocchi Rosa Should Always Be in Your Fridge 

Bright, lively, and gently bittersweet, the Italian-made Cocchi Rosa is an ideal bottle for Aperol fans who are looking to branch out.

Sweet Vermouth Shouldn’t Just Be a Supporting Player

If you’ve only used sweet vermouth paired with whiskey for a Manhattan or with gin and Campari for a Negroni, it’s time to give the bottle a second look. We’ve said before that sweet vermouth is a lot more delicious than drinkers often think.

Why We’re Loving Sweet Limes In Cocktails

Margaritas, whiskey sours, French 75s, Sidecars—any number of classic cocktails feature citrus in a starring role. Lemon and lime are cocktail staples, while you’ll often see orange and grapefruit juice called for, too.

Grab a Bottle of Dimmi and Use It in Cocktails Like These

In the wide world of Italian liqueurs, Dimmi is a bit of an outlier. On one hand, it has an underlying bitterness and the botanical complexity of an amaro, with hints of licorice and ginseng; on the other hand, it’s quite sweet, with a huge burst of citrus and vanilla on the palate. And at 35 percent ABV, it’s almost as boozy as a spirit. All its multifaceted flavors are fun to play around with in cocktails.

This Toasty Liqueur Is the Ticket You Need for Warming Fall Cocktails

Meet Bruto Americano: The American Aperitivo

Campari, Aperol, Cynar—we’re fans of any Italian bitter liqueur. Only more recently are American distillers starting to get into the game.

5 Low-Labor Cocktails to Make for Labor Day

Whatever else you have planned for Labor Day—whether it’s barbecuing or backyard-lounging or just savoring the three-day weekend—here’s what you don’t want to spend time doing: Making elaborate cocktails. There’s a time and a place for mixology-caliber drinks; this is not one of them.