Tales of the Cocktail 2015

Our favorite drinks from this year's New Orleans extravaganza, from peppercorn-infused vodka to champagne and gin punch

As far as trade shows go, there’s really nothing quite like Tales of the Cocktail—a week long meetup of almost every major spirits brand internationally. The annual affair takes place in the sweltering summer sun of New Orleans and hydration is the key to survival. But there, one will find the world’s best bartenders concocting truly one-of-a-kind mixed drinks. The following selections, all but one …

Four Pressed Juice Cocktails

Pairing tequila with the freshest fluid ingredients

Since the dawn of the pressed juice craze, our minds have strayed to its potential impact on the world of mixed drinks. Of course fresh lime juice adds a kick to almost any cocktail, and freshly squeezed orange juice lends flavor more potent than when poured from a plastic bottle—but a recent trip to NYC’s Tacombi at Café el Presidente (where they’ve built cocktails around …

Four Simple Cocktails for Spring

A real daiquiri, a highball and more for easy seasonal sipping

As bartenders continue to further the nuances of cocktail-making, it’s important to remember that sometimes simple does the trick. And while we recently tried an otherworldly Woodford Reserve Double Oaked $1,000 mint julep in anticipation of the Kentucky Derby, there certainly are easier drinks to whip up for more casual occasions. The following four struck our fancy for their time-tested brilliance, minimal ingredients and ease …