Refreshing Gin Cocktails for Summer

Bar Belly's Frederico Avila shares his riffs on three classics

As each season brings a new booze fad or renaissance, gin remains a summer cocktail classic. Frederico Avila from the Lower East Side’s Bar Belly agrees, and has shared some of his recipes for super-fresh gin drinks this season. From his take on the classic French 75 to his zesty Lady Winser, Avila’s drinks are made using homemade syrups and infused gins, ensuring they taste …

Buffalo’s Lakeward Spirits Craft Distillery

Repurposing the 115-year-old Barrel Factory for a spirituous operation

Buffalo continues to reclaim the grandeur of its past in ways both accessible and exciting—a benefit to its residents and an invitation to those drawn to the western New York city and its surrounding region. No example carries quite as many moving parts as The Barrel Factory, a 115-year-old factory of brick and wood in the historic Old First Ward neighborhood. Much can be said …

Drink Like You’re at Art Basel With These Luxuriant Cocktails

Art-inspired Bombay Sapphire drinks from the annual extravaganza in Miami

It’s known that the libations during Miami Art Week might get just as much attention as the fairs, installations and exhibitions. For the most part, guests indulge in simple cocktails and plenty of champagne. Bombay Sapphire, however, went above and beyond once again, tapping their brand ambassador Gary Hayward to develop the extraordinary. For those of us here to see art morning, noon and night, …

Celebratory, Fresh Fourth of July Cocktails

Forgo novelty drinks for real fruit-influenced flavor profiles

With such creativity dedicated to the world of cocktail-making, it’s become easy to focus on a particular style or type of ingredient. With Fourth of July drinks frequently dominated by novelty items and colorful synthetic materials, we thought we’d keep it fresh—literally—with fruit components. As with all mixed drink menus, you’ll still find cordials and bitters and simple syrup but each of the six options …

The Perfect Spring and Summer Martini

A 50/50 Plymouth Gin and Lillet Blanc cocktail makes for the next Aperol Spritz, only with more oomph

A mention of the word martini calls to mind so many personal experiences and associations that the cocktail really means something different to just about every consumer. Whether you’re a vodka or gin drinker, or if you like it citrus-dominant or dirty, or even bone dry, when you order a cocktail, it should be to your flavor expectations. While the CH team each has a …