Tales of the Cocktail announces Top Four Spirited Awards finalists

Tales of the Cocktail ​has announced the Top Four finalists in each category for this year’s 12th Annual Spirited Awards​​. All of the finalists are invited to attend the award ceremony, taking place on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. CT (doors open at 6:30PM CT) at the iconic Orpheum Theater, where the winners of…

Jamaica Rum Diary

In January, Jamaican rum producer Appleton Estate officially opened the Joy Spence Rum Experience at its distillery in St. Elizabeth, on Jamaica’s south coast. The new visitor center is named for Appleton Estate’s legendary master blender (who makes a brief cameo in this video). I was fortunate enough to be able to escape the cold…

The Bitter Truth re-creates the original cocktail bitters brand

The Bitter Truth announces the introduction—well, in a sense, re-introduction—of a new product, more than 150-years-old: Bogart’s Bitters. Bogart’s was the original bitters called for in the first cocktail book ever published, The Bar-Tender’s Guide: How to mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion penned by Jerry Thomas in 1862. Though in Thomas’s time the brand was sold as…