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  • Liquor Myths That Just Won't Die

    Have you ever wondered whether or not absinthe is actually hallucinogenic? Or whether Jameson is really only ordered by Catholic drinkers and Bushmills by Protestants?

    No need to wonder any more—or to be afraid of looking foolish by ordering the wrong thing. With the help of spirits experts and all-star bartenders around the world, we’ve been able to get to the bottom of nine common spirits myths and what we’ve found is, to be honest, quite mind-blowing.

    Curious? Read on and you’ll be able to drink without fear. Cheers!


    Absinthe is hallucinogenic.

    Certain absinthe marketers love to capitalize on their product’s illicit reputation, but the fact is that it’s no more likely to make you see things than vodka, whiskey or tequila. Recent scientific studies “have demonstrated beyond doubt that pre-ban absinthes contained no hallucinogens, opiates or other psychoactive substances,” says one of the world’s leading absinthe experts, Ted A. Breaux. “The most powerful ‘drug’ in absinthe is and

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  • 10 Things Not to Do in a Bar

    Bars bring the best and, unfortunately, the worst out of people. While most nights are fun and entertaining for both patrons and staff, we've seen all kinds of bad behavior over the years-from the rude and obnoxious to just plain scary.

    So in an effort to help make everybody's experience a little bit better, we've put together a cheat sheet of 10 common things you should never do in a bar. (Not that you would ever dream of doing any of these things.) We hope it helps!

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  • Your Halloween Cocktail: The Corpse Reviver

    Corpse Reviver Halloween Cocktails

    Finding the right drink for Halloween is a difficult proposition: Exactly what should one pair with way too much chocolate and candy?

    And then it came to us: the Corpse Reviver. Not only does this classic beverage have an appropriately ghoulish moniker, but it's also tart and strong, a great contrast to sweet treats. Originally conceived as a hair-of-the-dog hangover-reliever (thus the name) to be drunk in the morning, the recipe first appeared in Harry Craddock's legendary 1930 tome, The Savoy Cocktail Book.

    Nearly a century later, the Corpse Reviver No. 2 (pictured right) is still popular. (Watch advisory board member Simon Ford make it in our How to Cocktail video.) The combo of gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc and lemon, spiked with a dash of absinthe, is just the thing for a sophisticated costume party. However, heed Craddock's advice: "Four of these taken in swift succession will quickly unrevive the corpse again."

    But that's not Craddock's only Corpse Reviver

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  • How to Make Boozy Cupcakes

    The Carbomb Cupcake

    Forget donuts or black-and-white cookies; New York is now decidedly a cupcake town, with dozens of bakeries producing a wide range of these decadent confections.

    Our favorites, of course, contain a measure of spirits in addition to butter, chocolate and other standard sinful ingredients. And some of the best adult cupcakes we've found are whipped up by Allison and Matt Robicelli, who supply an array of stores around the Big Apple with baked goods. No surprise, since they produce a staggering 250 different cupcake flavors that rotate throughout the year.

    RELATED: Fall Scotch Guide

    We were able to get the couple to share the recipes for a pair of their creations that call for Scotch. Both are featured in their brand-new book, Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes, which comes out next week. (Pre-order it today!)

    So this weekend, try their The Carbomb (pictured above), which combines rich chocolate-Guinness cake with a Baileys buttercream frosting and an amazing

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  • The Five Biggest Bourbon Myths

    A glass of bourbon

    Bourbon is undeniably on a major roll. Over the last few years, sales of the whiskey have shot up around the world. While we love that bars and stores now boast big selections of the spirit, we still hear plenty of misinformation about the liquor. So to set the record straight, we've debunked some of the most common bourbon myths. Cheers!

    Jack Daniel's is bourbon.
    An easy bar bet to win is to ask your friends to find the word "bourbon" on a bottle of Jack Daniel's. You'll stump them every time, since the spirit is a Tennessee whiskey, not a bourbon. What's the difference? Jack Daniel's goes through a special charcoal-filtering process before it's put into barrels.

    Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

    All bourbon is made in Kentucky.
    While most bourbon comes from the Bluegrass State (according to the Kentucky Distillers' Association, 95 percent of the planet's supply is born there), by law the alcohol can be distilled anywhere in the United States. And we've tasted

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  • How to Day-Drink

    San Francisco bartender Kevin Diedrich

    It seems like summer just began, but now even Labor Day has passed. Where did the time go?

    To make the best use of your last few weeks of the season (and each and every hour of glorious sunshine), you need a spirited game plan. So, today, indulge in some well-deserved day-drinking. We suggest you first watch three of our latest How to Cocktail videos featuring a pair of talented San Francisco bartenders: Kevin Diedrich and advisory board member H. Joseph Ehrmann, and then get to mixing!

    Bloody Mary:
    The top brunch drink? It's not even close; the Bloody Mary is the all-time champ. And if you want to polish your Bloody skills, then you should check out Ehrmann's famous version of the classic-he says it's the world's most delicious.

    View recipe: Elixir Bloody Mary

    South Side:
    You know and love the Mojito; now meet its mixological cousin, the South Side. It's a refreshing elixir of gin, mint and lemon juice. And it's the perfect beverage for relaxing by the

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  • The Best Bars in Louisville

    Volare in Louisville, Ky.

    It's no secret that drinkers around the world have recently developed a real thirst for American whiskey, and as a result, the number of people exploring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail has shot up. However, the region knows not only how to make liquor but also how to enjoy it. Louisville now boasts a thriving bar scene and many talented bartenders.

    If you're attending next month's Kentucky Bourbon Festival (or visiting some other time), we got local authority Bernie Lubbers, who is Heaven Hill's whiskey ambassador, author of Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit and host of, to share his favorite watering holes. Safe travels!

    The Back Door, 1250 Bardstown Road, 502 451 0659:
    "I've been coming here for 27 years, and it's my favorite li'l neighborhood bar," Lubbers says. "Generous pours, great bar food, six pool tables and a staff where the 'new guy' has been there for 10 years!"
    What to Drink: J.W. Dant Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon

    Blu Italian Grille, 280 West

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  • 15 Bars to Visit Before You Die

    One of the great joys of traveling is having a cocktail at an amazing bar, and we've had some truly unforgettable experiences. Over the years, we've begun to keep a list of establishments that all drinkers should visit at least once in their lifetimes.

    From a bar in Sweden made completely out of ice to a faux-speakeasy in New York, here are 15 awe-inspiring watering holes that should be on your bucket list.

    Safe travels!

    (Have you been to any of these bars? Are there any others that we should check out? Tell us on Facebook!)

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  • The Top 10 New Flavored Whiskies

    Over the last few years, flavored spirits have been on fire, and as a result brands have been introducing ever-more-creative bottlings-everything from smoked-salmon vodka to chocolate tequila.

    Even whiskey distillers are getting in on the action. Brands both big and small are releasing a range of flavored bourbons and ryes, including, of course, Jim Beam's hugely popular Red Stag line. While many of these new offerings are targeting flavored-vodka fans, some of them, especially from the smaller companies, are drams even connoisseurs will appreciate.

    So without further ado, here are 10 new flavored whiskies that you need to taste...that is, if you dare!

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  • Homemade Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

    House-Made Zima

    We love fixing cocktails at home, but after a long, hard day sometimes we don't have the energy to dig out the jigger, shaker and juicer. What's a thirsty drinker to do? Fortunately, we've discovered a solution that we think you'll like: homemade bottled cocktails.

    These concoctions have become quite popular recently and can be ordered in bars around the country, but ready-made elixirs don't have to be difficult to make. In fact, we've found a few simple recipes that you can whip up in minutes and store pretty much indefinitely.

    One of the easiest is the Sandeman Royale. We heard about this tipple from Sandeman Port's chairman, George Sandeman, during this year's Tales of the Cocktail convention. All you do is open a bottle of port, pour yourself a glass to enjoy right away and refill the bottle with Scotch. Keep it in the freezer, and when you're ready to serve, portion the Rob Roy-like drink into Martini glasses. (Sandeman himself invented the formula, but he says a bartender

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