The Taste of Celebration in Gem & Bolt Mezcal

We visit Oaxaca to discover the alchemy behind the brand and its gracious smoky flavor

Gem & Bolt founders Adrin Adrina and Elliott Coon shared a childhood in a community of creators in the mountains of Virginia, where plant medicine was part of everyday customs. Long before their life in Mexico, they made damiana elixirs as a way to “share herbal knowledge through the celebratory door,” says Coon. Both artists and alchemists, the duo wanted to be at the crossroads …

Yola Mezcal

Founded by women who are fighting for fair wages for Oaxacan women

Led by three women—Yola Jimenez, Gina Correll Aglietti and Lykke Li—Yola Mezcal offers more than just a clean, balanced taste with that familiar smoky kick (akin to tequila’s more sophisticated, older cousin). It’s dedicated to traditional making methods and not only paying the workers in Mexico a fair wage, but furthermore, Yola’s bottling facility in Oaxaca employs only women—creating more opportunities for economic independence in …

Fresh, Bold End-of-Summer Cocktails from Diamond Reef

We visit the team at the Brooklyn venue for a selection of last hurrah recipes

A brainchild of the team behind the Lower East Side’s acclaimed cocktail bar Attaboy, Diamond Reef opened earlier this year in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood and was the ideal summertime spot. Even though the warmer months are fading from the city, this tropical venue won’t. Our taste in drink changes with the seasons and to understand this better we visited the bar’s managing partner Dan Greenbaum …