The Hudson Standard Shrubs

Aromatic syrup born of pear, honey and ginger made from locally sourced ingredients in upstate New York

No visit to New York’s Hudson Valley is complete without a trip to Hudson Wine Merchants, where the unprecedented selection is matched only by the knowledge of their staff and the reliability of their recommendations. On our most recent visit, CH was pleased to learn that the shop also sells their own handcrafted local bitters and shrubs (a syrupy sister to bitters, invoking vinegar) under …

New and International Vodkas

Our favorite affordable and recently released tipples from around the globe

Although the Moscow Mule might be getting some flack for its overrated simplicity and marketing-made history, that doesn’t mean vodka can’t impress. While the spirit is supposed to be clear, odorless and flavorless (unless intentionally infused or artificially modified), anyone can note variations between brands—regardless of the source substance and distillation practices. The following selections—domestic and international—bring something new to the table. Each stands as …

Interview: Brian Nation of Midleton Distillery

The Master Distiller on the importance of teamwork and what makes Redbreast 21-Year-Old whiskey special

During a recent tasting of the components that make up the newest bottling from Irish whiskey Redbreast 21, Brian Nation was thrilled about his new position as Master Distiller of the Midleton Distillery. Nation now fills the shoes that were worn by Barry Crockett, who took the reigns from his father almost 50 years ago. Now Nation helms the distillery that makes respected tipples for …