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Mixopedia: Black Tot Day Marks the End of a British Rum Tradition

The day the rum stopped flowing.

Mixopedia: Reassessing the Grasshopper’s Origin Story

Who really invented the Grasshopper? Wayne Curtis does some digging.

Mixopedia: The Tap-Icer’s Journey From Bar Essential to Bar Relic

The rise and fall of a once beloved ice-cracking tool from the 1940s.

Imbibe 75 People to Watch: Becky and Scott Harris

When the pandemic delivered hardship to their distillery, Catoctin Creek founders Becky and Scott Harris created a way to help the hospitality industry.

Imbibe 75 People to Watch: Deniseea Taylor

How the cocktail educator is merging her passion for Black history with her passion for hospitality.

Mixopedia: Fancy Drinks

What makes an ordinary cocktail extra special?
tom and jerry cocktail

Mixopedia: Solving the Mysteries of the Tom and Jerry Cocktail

Gather around for a toast to Tom and Jerry, whomever they may be.

Mixopedia: How Aspic Evolved Into the Pappy Jell-O Shot

From "punch jelly" to the Pappy Jell-O shot, Wayne Curtis traces the wild and wonderful history of jiggly cocktails.
bourbon

The Bourbon Boom

America’s favorite whiskey is more popular than ever. But what’s the price of success?
ice cube tray

Tracing the Historical Arc of the Ice Cube Tray

From aluminum to plastic to soft silicone, Wayne Curtis explores the evolution of the ice cube tray.
White Russian

Mixopedia: The White Russian Abides

How a mediocre drink achieved immortality.
Rimmed Cocktail

Mixopedia: The Complicated Appeal of the Rimmed Cocktail Glass

Wayne Curtis on the virtues and downfalls of sugar and salt rims.

The Rising Tide of Halifax Cocktails

The Nova Scotia destination finally gets a seat at the bar.
prohibition

Who served the last drink before Prohibition?

One famous bartender claimed the credit, but history suggests otherwise.

Why We Drink Champagne on New Year’s Eve

Columnist Wayne Curtis digs into the history of the season's most iconic drink.
mcsorley's bar

Mixopedia: A Brief History of the Bar Foot Rail

How one of the bar's most essential design elements has waxed and waned in popularity over the decades.
tiki bob

Who is Tiki Bob?

The story behind one of tiki's most ubiquitous drinking vessels.
sazerac cocktail

History Lesson: The Sazerac

Wind through the sprawling history of the New Orleans classic.
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