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 …

Six Celebratory Holiday Cocktails

A punch, some eggnog, a classic Manhattan and more for seasonal entertaining

As the seasons shift, so do cocktail menus at bars, restaurants and even within homes—and that’s largely due to the palates of consumers seeking out a drink to match the spirit of the times. With holiday parties in abundance, the following options offer up reliable cheer with many different drinkers in mind. A punch is easiest to throw together for large groups, while a perfect …

Spirit Works Distillery

The husband and wife team on their secret family recipe and “grain to glass” philosophy

by Heather Stewart Feldman In Sonoma County wine country, Spirit Works Distillery is laboring over something quite different to sip on. Dreaming of working with their hands, making a product that was authentic and sustainable, husband and wife team Timo and Ashby Marshall dedicated themselves to learning the craft of artisan distilling, and now make craft vodka, gin and sloe gin. Working side-by-side in their …