While the spirit may be clear, its history isn’t. No one is sure where it was first made. Each vodka-producing country, of course, claims to be the inventor. What we do know is that people began drinking vodka in America as early as the beginning of the 20th century. Sales of the spirit were low until after World War II, when Americans began to shift away from Scotch and bourbon. This movement was helped by Smirnoff’s aggressive marketing in the ‘50s and ‘60s and later by the introduction of the Swedish Absolut and the super-premium Grey Goose. Today, vodka is the most popular spirit in America and outsells rum, tequila and gin combined.
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Vodka can be drunk straight when chilled, but it also works well in an array of famous cocktails such as the Martini, Vesper, Screwdriver, Bloody Mary and Greyhound.
If you’ve been searching for a way to make your hangovers worse, we think we just found the answer. Little known spirits brand Penthouse (yes, the pornographic magazine publisher) produces its own line of liquor, and among its lineup of booze is a “Whiskey Tequila Fusion.” It’s a blend of Mexican tequila and American whiskey […]
Kentucky Fried Chicken just debuted three cocktail recipes made with a very unexpected ingredient. The chain restaurant’s U.K. and Ireland team released four YouTube videos this week, each featuring a special gravy-soaked cocktail. The Finger Lickin’ Sour mixes gravy, mezcal, cherry liqueur and egg white and looks pretty stunning garnished with thyme and poured into […]
Beloved actress and six-time Emmy award winner Betty White is gearing up for her 96th birthday January 17.
A Copenhagen bar had its most prized possession stolen this week.
Most of us can’t even imagine life without Google anymore. We rely on the search engine to get everything from news to trends to the lastest weird boozy stocking stuffers. From cocktail-infused doughnuts to bartending robots, it’s clear 2017 was another big year for alcohol. But which cocktails proved the most popular? Google can answer […]
Not all cocktails are created equal. Take the Margarita. A mega-size, fruity version of this classic beverage can run upwards of 800 calories at a chain restaurant. But you can easily keep it under 200 if it’s made fresh at home. It’s easy to forget about all the sugary syrups, sodas and juices that can […]
When you’re sitting down to imbibe in a good cocktail at a bar, the last thing you want to think about is how much bacteria is in your drink. But no matter how good the bar, between the garnishes sitting out and the ice in your drink, it’s there. Most of it won’t harm you, […]
Everyone has it—that one bottle of alcohol sitting in the back of the freezer or tucked away in a cabinet somewhere, so old you can’t even remember when you bought it. It sits largely unused, aside from the rare occasion you find yourself pulling it out from its hiding place and wondering, Can this really […]
If you have already blown your holiday gift budget but still need a drink, head to Applebee’s. The chain restaurant is offering Long Island Ice Teas all December for just $1. Applebee’s offered Margaritas for $1 in October as part of Neighborhood Appreciation Month and likely to drum up excitement for the chain, which is […]
Potato chip flavors are so wacky these days nothing seems to surprise us. We’re actually amazed it took so long for these Bloody Mary chips to exist. After all, we were swooning over Moscow Mule chips last year. While they’re obviously alcohol-free, Kettle Brand’s new chip was designed to capture all the flavors of a classic Bloody […]
How to do the holidays right for your guests.
Most happy-hour menus trot out a handful of drinks to lure people through the door during those quiet moments before the real drinking starts. But at NYC’s Suffolk Arms, the oversize laminated menu contains more than a hundred different cocktails. And yes, they’re all marked down until the clock chimes 7 p.m. Proprietor Giuseppe González […]
Christmas tree ornaments always did seem a little … useless? Sure, they’re pretty and all, glittering within the green branches during December, but at the end of the season, they’re packed up and stored for another 11 months of exile. Luckily, a U.K. distillery just transformed the traditional pine tree adornment into a vessel of […]
There’s plenty of boozy ice cream on the market, from big name brands like Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s to small artisan shops. But most of the stuff you’ll find in the supermarket or ice cream parlor doesn’t actually contain much alcohol at all. Arctic Buzz is doing things a little differently. The Baltimore-based company teamed up […]
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