As we countdown to the release of my new book, The Drinkable Globe, I’ll be featuring insights, images and videos from various aspects of drinking cultures around the world. This edition features some scenes from London Gin Festival 2017. Gin has been experiencing a worldwide renaissance, the epicenter of which is pretty much where it all began: Great Britain. What we today think of as modern gin is of the London Dry variety, so it’s fitting that we showcase the premier juniper spirit event in the United Kingdom’s capital city. Find out more about London gin and many other international beverages in The Drinkable Globe. Pre-order it here!
As if bartending weren’t a high-pressure gig in and of itself, imagine racing against a countdown clock to mix a high-quality craft cocktail for folks scrutinizing your every move. That’s the scene at the Call for Cocktails Mixology competition at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s 74th annual convention at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando. Here’s a quick look:
Each year, the cocktail bar Mace, in Manhattan’s East Village, transforms into a winter wonderland known as Miracle on 9th St. In the past couple of years, the concept has expanded to other cities (and countries), including Miracle on 7th St. in Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. The D.C. version takes over three bars, Southern Efficiency, Eat the Rich and Mockingbird Hill. Eat the Rich is particularly noteworthy, as its decor takes more than a few cues from a certain retro Netflix series that became a pop cultural phenomenon in the summer of 2016.
I’ve always had a bit of a difficult relationship with vodka, but a recent trip to Gdansk and Warsaw, Poland completely turned me around. (It may have been the pickles!)
I also got to stroll through fields of rye that ultimately will become Belvedere Vodka