AVEC’s Health-Forward, Ingredient-Driven Cocktail Mixers

All-natural options that pair well with spirits, from a new Brooklyn-based brand

Mixers are made to mellow the bitterness and bite of liquor so oftentimes incorporate sugar and artificial flavoring. Even the most basic tonic water averages between 20 and 30 grams of sugar per standard (12-ounce) serve. Many pre-batched cocktail mixes are even more sugary. New Brooklyn-based brand, AVEC (French for “with”), plans to refresh the category with healthier carbonated mixers driven by premium ingredients. “The …

Exploring the Enigmatic Chilean Spirit, Träkál

Distilled from apples and pears, this spirit is unlike any other

Deep in the southern fringes of the Americas, a land of extremes has captivated the hearts of explorers for centuries. A land where towering spears of granite and serene glacial lakes give way to lush temperate rainforests, the remote landscape dotted with tenacious wildlife ranging from the tiny pudú to the ferocious puma. For the lucky individuals who have spent time exploring Patagonia, the memories …

Umami Mart’s Shochu Gumi Club

Exploring the world of this distilled spirit, with origins tracing back to the 16th century in Japan

Once a food and drink blog that transformed into an online shop and brick-and-mortar bar, Oakland-based Umami Mart—founded by Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano—centers on functional design, kitchen accessories, barware, food and beverages. Umami Mart’s ever-growing selection of shochu, and Akabori and Kumano’s interest in learning more, inspired them to write about the distilled spirit (most commonly made from barley, rice or sweet potato) and to …