bar essentials

Find 9 articles featuring all things bar-related including the origins of various liquors, tasting guides, how-tos on using bar tools, making simple syrup, stocking a home bar and more.

Making Simple Syrup Making Simple Syrup

Making Simple Syrup

Instructions for making and storing simple syrup and recipes for 3 infused variations.

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Tequila 101 Tequila 101

Tequila 101

Tasty as they are, there's a lot more to tequila than margaritas. Learn to appreciate this distinctive beverage with this brief introduction to the production and various styles of tequila.

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How To Taste Tequila How To Taste Tequila

How To Taste Tequila

A step-by-step guide to discovering and appreciating the distinctive aromas and flavors of various styles of tequila.

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How To Taste Whisky How To Taste Whisky

How To Taste Whisky

The basic steps for tasting whisky and discovering its aromas and various flavor nuances.

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Rum 101 Rum 101

Rum 101

A brief history of this time-honored liquor and a basic guide to its four common varieties.

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Absinthe: The Legendary Liquor Absinthe: The Legendary Liquor

Absinthe: The Legendary Liquor

A history of absinthe, an herbal liquor distilled with wormwood and flavored with anise, fennel and other botanicals.

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Basic Wine Selection Basic Wine Selection

Basic Wine Selection

A guide to keeping a basic collection of wines on hand for easy pairing and impromptu entertaining.

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Bar Tool Basics Bar Tool Basics

Bar Tool Basics

A basic guide to bar tools and glassware.

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