In This Issue: Nov/Dec 2011


No. 34: November/December 2011


Spice Dreams

8 aromatic cocktails to warm your spirits this winter.
RECIPE: You Can RUM But You Can’t CHAI
RECIPE: Long Snake Moan
RECIPE: Roiboos Tea Punch
RECIPE: Cozy Pomegranate Cider
RECIPE: Sugar-and-Spice Candied Nuts
RECIPE: Jamaican Spiced Pumpkin Pie

RECIPE: Austrian Apple Strudel


Holiday Gift Guide

50 great ideas to fit every budget.
BONUS: Check out even more gift ideas for the imbibers on your holiday list.


The New Reign

A wave of cocktail bars is making sure you’ll never be drinkless in Seattle
BONUS: See what’s brewing with Seattle’s legendary coffee scene.


Sweet & Lowdown READ »
When the temperature drops, New York ice wine heats up.
BONUS: See our picks for great ice wines from around the world.


Mash Up READ »

A growing crop of brewer-distillers is taking the shot-and-a-beer concept to new heights.


Winter Whites

Pale and delicate, white tea is one of the world’s purest pleasures



Uncorked A handsome coffee, where to go for decadent drinking chocolate, and Mario Batali on his new show, his latest book and his holiday entertaining tips.


Old Fashioned David Wondrich takes aim at the Racquet Club Cocktail.


Distilled What’s the difference between white dog and moonshine? What to do with a citrus peel garnish? We’ve got answers. Ask your own question by clicking here.


Taste-Test Italy’s Barolo chinato makes its mark stateside.
RECIPE: Mescao
RECIPE: Fort Point
RECIPE: Principe di Piemonte Cocktail
RECIPE: Cota No. 2
RECIPE: Dolce Finale


Gear Wheeled bar carts make your potables more portable.


Elements A gingersnap-inspired spirit is making tastebuds stand at attention. READ »


Characters Christina Turley trades the New York City nightlife for her family’s Napa wine estate.

BONUS: Get Christina Turley’s tips and pick for holiday wine.


Mix It Up Candied orange peels are the ultimate cocktail garnish and DIY holiday gift.


Scene Scout Raleigh, North Carolina, has a new cocktail den with an impressive pedigree.

RECIPE: The Champ


Cravings Grappa is the secret ingredient in Mario Batali’s fruity ciambella.


Quench Piecing together a long-lost family holiday tradition.



Cocktails Cocktails Racquet Club Cocktail, Three-Hour Tour, Snap Swizzle, Staring at the Sun, Sangre de Cristo, Wall Street, Winter Trilby, La Pera Fumado, North Atlantic, Flüssiger Strudel, It’s in the Water, You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Coopersmith, Benedito, Muzzle Flash, Fujianese Pear Smash, Culling Royale

Cravings White Peony and Ginger Bark, Candied Orange Peel, Mario Batali’s Chestnut-Apple Ciambella

How-to Candied Orange Peel