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Friday, May 30, 2014

Drink of the Week: Suja Fiji

With Negroni Week just a few days away, we’ll soon be raising cocktail glasses to bars and charities across the globe that will be participating in the festivities. Which is why we’re taking it easy with today’s Drink of the Week. Made from an organic, cold-pressed mix of tart apples, refreshing cucumber, celery, kale, ginger and lemon, it’s a cooling tonic that helps hit the restart button (or in our case, the pre-start button). Green has never tasted so good. Sujajuice.com

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

The coffee community mourns the loss of an industry great. DNA Info

Will one conservative state shut down its Oktoberfest? Fox

Looks like things could get nasty between a California vintner and his hired consultant. Napa Valley Register

Can music really affect our tastes? Policy Mic

One beer-fueled activity gets its first official world championship. Wall Street Journal

Friday, May 23, 2014

Drink of the Week: La Vida Buena

Photo: Sal Agnello
The timing for our Drink of the Week couldn’t be better—just in time for the long weekend. The La Vida Buena cocktail from New Orleans’ Bellocq bar combines a berry-infused rum with fresh citrus and a sultry black tea syrup, and it’s easy enough to batch out ahead of time, making it perfect for holiday barbecues—simply pour into a glass filled with crushed ice and swizzle until frosty. A perfect reminder of la vida buena. Click here for the recipe.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

What happens when a brewer and a winemaker ferment from the same fruit? Wine Searcher

Has the lime bubble finally burst? NPR

Keep on top of your cocktail game with this recipe drill from our 2014 Imbibe 75 Cocktail Bar of the Year. Possessed by Spirits

What the devastating coffee fungus means for the average cup of joe. Time

A proposed tax increase means trouble for one South American nation’s wine crop. Bloomberg

Friday, May 16, 2014

Drink of the Week: Birichino Vin Gris Rosé

It took a while, but warm weather has officially arrived! And to celebrate? A glass of today’s Drink of the Week, please. Birichino’s Vin Gris is as lovely a summer sipper as they come. Made from a mix of Grenache (grown high in the Sierra Nevadas), old-vine Cinsault, limestone-rich Mourvedre and just a touch of Rolle, these grapes co-ferment with their own native yeasts for delicate, yet nuanced notes of dried, crushed herbs, citrus zest and wild strawberries. Best of all? A bottle will set you back less than $20—spend the change on a crusty baguette and a wedge of creamy Florette and get ready for an afternoon in the sun. $16, birichino.com

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Quick Sips: Tasty Bits from Around the Web

Are these the world’s most expensive cocktails? Huffington Post

One popular beer style is sending hops prices through the roof. Bloomberg

Can you guess which countries drink the most? Slate

New research suggests wine may not be as good for you as you think. Time

Friday, May 09, 2014

Drink of the Week: Dogfish Head Kvasir

No matter the fad, the pendulum of popularity can only swing so far in one direction before it has to swing back to where it began. The beer world has been in a hops frenzy for the past decade, with bigger and bolder brews boasting through-the-roof IBUs. But recently, some brewers have been looking back to beer styles made with little or no hops. Known as gruits, this class of beer dates back centuries and is flavored with a host of ancient ingredients (anything from bog myrtle to heather to fresh berries). Today’s Drink of the Week—Dogfish Head’s Kvasir (pronounced “vaseer”)—is a current favorite. Devising the recipe based on chemical compounds found in a 3,500-year-old Danish drink jug, this brew combines winter wheat with cranberries, lingonberries, yarrow, honey and birch syrup. It’s an old-school brew with modern sensibilities—expect a sweet-tart balance of tangy fruits met by subtle spiciness and a honey-kissed finish. And for more gruits we love, check out “The Spice is Right” in our current issue.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Quick Sips: tasty Bits from Around the Web

Lessons in coffee from an industry pro. Village Voice

A new wine test looks to fix the funk of brettanomyces. Biz Journals

Is your a.m. cup of coffee destroying the planet? Weather Channel

One beer geek looks to launch Jordan’s first craft brewery. LA Times

Could coffee boost moral behavior? Huffington Post

Mother's Day 2014 Gift Guide

Photo courtesy of Alma Chocolates
Haven’t found the perfect Mother’s Day gift yet? No sweat—we’ve got you covered. Shower mom with one (or more!) of these seven Imbibe-approved gifts and we promise she’ll be pleased as punch.

Alma “Mom” Heart-Shaped Chocolate (pictured)
Show your adoration with this delicious piece of edible art.

Fat Cork “Me Time”
Three half-bottles, just for mom. Perfect for sipping at the end of a long day, or as an accompaniment to breakfast in bed.

Photo: Mark Weinberg for Food52 
Food52 Provisions Floral Letterpress Coasters (pictured at right)
Give your mom a bouquet that lasts this year—and that doubles as a place to set her (well-deserved) cocktail!

Bellocq “No. 12, Le Hammeau” 
Organic lemongrass and verbena mingle with lavender and rose petals as well as soothing mint and sage in this herbal tea blend that’s perfect for Sunday sipping.

Bang Candy Syrup in Lavender-Mint
Make mom a simple, summery sipper by adding an ounce of this floral syrup to a glass of sparkling water, or give her favorite cocktail a boost by working it into the mix.

Mouth.com “Coffeelicious Taster”
Meet the “Coffeelicious Taster,” a collection of all things coffee-spiked, from small batch granola to shortbread cookies to luscious, goats-milk caramel sauce.

Kate Spade “Eat Cake for Breakfast” mug
Everyday feels like Mother’s Day with this sweet, whimsical mug from Kate Spade.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Drink of the Week: Kentucky Buck

Photo: Lara Ferroni
Trust us—you’re going to want to try today’s Drink of the Week. A riff on a classic Whiskey Buck cocktail, the Kentucky Buck (the creation of bartender Erick Castro) combines muddled strawberries with bourbon, citrus, bitters and ginger beer for a cocktail that’s simple to make, but even easier to drink. It’s also a cocktail we think has true staying power, so much so, that we’ve named it one of 10 modern classics in our new May/June issue. Mix one up and find out for yourself why it made the cut.

Kentucky Buck
2 oz. bourbon
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
1 medium strawberry
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Chilled ginger beer
Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lemon wheel

Place the strawberry in a shaker and muddle. Add remaining ingredients (except ginger beer) and shake with ice. Fine-strain into an ice-filled glass, top with ginger beer and garnish.

Erick Castro