Unconventional Booze-Themed Gifts

From a gin-inspired boombox to a bike made with whisky casks, an unexpected take on liquor accoutrements

Inspired by the best liquor industry items we’ve come across this year, here’s an unconventional boozy guide. From a gin-themed boombox to a bike made of old whisky casks, there’s a mix of things you can absolutely buy, as well as some stuff that requires digging around for—or maybe even bartering. Many brands produce items that are solely promotional, and that doesn’t make them impossible …

Why Your Hangovers Are Getting Worse

You’re not imagining things: this Monday morning hangover might be harder than last simply because you’re a week older. Hangovers get worse with age for a few reasons. One is that a liver enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (which works to transform the alcohol) decreases with age. Another is body fat, which doesn’t absorb alcohol, but also increases with age—essentially meaning our bodies run out of …

A Collection of Exciting New Booze Books

From scratch-n-sniff guides for adults to the history of the Spritz, culinary cocktails and more

It seems like just about everyone has a cookbook, cocktail manual or spirits’ history guide out on the market. A lot of superb ones cross our path with regularity—from new to old—but some really set themselves apart. Most recently we’ve been digging through four new offerings and each is very different from the next. Whether you’re looking for a quick drink or a culinary cocktail, …

Toasted Crickets in Your Cocktail: Critter Bitters

It's not just for your Halloween punch

As more people grow aware of the protein packed into crickets (and how sustainable and affordable it is to raise them, compared to livestock), eating them is becoming less of a novelty and more of a practical life choice—especially when they’re made into tasty bars or chocolate cardamom cookies. While we might have a long way to go before seeing cricket burgers or salads on …

A Raicilla Worth Drinking

The bootleg cousin of tequila and mezcal gets an upgrade

There’s nothing new about raicilla as a product category. The agave spirit has long maintained a cult following in Mexico, for locals and visitors alike. Of late, it’s also been coveted by bartenders with an eye for hard-to-get spirits. The only issue has been consistency. Last year, one raicilla entered the United States by way of legal distribution after years of trickling in through a …