Cracking Open Finland’s Long Drink

The legendary gin-based beverage enters the US in a can

It’s OK to be afraid (or suspicious) of cocktails in cans. For the most part, these drinks agitate rather than inspire a night of fun, but the Long Drink isn’t a canned cocktail. This category of alcoholic beverage—the long drink—was invented by the Finns in 1952 to meet the needs of the massive tourist influx for the Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki. Post-WWII, they sought …

Gift Guide: Alternative Cocktail Ingredients

No-ABV components that offer a good time

Interest in low- and no-ABV drinks is on the rise—and more people are making an effort to accommodate those looking for alternatives. There are plenty of ingredients on the market that abstain from alcohol but provide relaxation, alleviation or a good time. From THC- and CBD-infused components to a bottled euphoric and unexpectedly spicy salt, there’s bound to be a cocktail ingredient (a bubbly base, …

JuneShine’s Delicious, Organic Hard Kombucha

Probiotics, antioxidants and 6% alcohol per can

With the debut of hard kombucha producer JuneShine a little over a year ago, co-founders Greg Serrao and Forrest Dein didn’t just launch a product,  they brought an emerging category into the national spotlight. Now six flavors deep and with distribution growing outside of their San Diego base, Juneshine is gaining momentum for many reasons. First, there’s the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) …