Rootstock Spirits’ New York State Apple Jacks + Apple Brandies

Head distiller Collin McConville explains the old-world techniques behind their delicious spirits

Apple Jack, a high-proof liquor distilled from apples and aged in American oak—predominantly former whiskey barrels—is one of a handful of spirits that can carry its name only if it has been produced in the US (like bourbon). Apple brandy, the broader category Apple Jack falls within, can be made the world over (with the most famous being Calvados from Normandy), but only Apple Jack …

New York Legalizes Cannabis With an Emphasis on Equity

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State Assembly’s cannabis legalization plan into law this morning, making the state the 15th in the US to do so. The reversal on statewide prohibition permits individuals to possess three ounces of flower or 24 grams of concentrate. Plus, public consumption will be permitted wherever tobacco smoking is already allowed. Other initiatives—at-home growth, lounges for social consumption and …

Staying at The Lake House on Canandaigua

A design destination in the picturesque Finger Lakes region

NYC residents who venture out on weekends away are likely familiar with the state’s splendors in the Hudson Valley, the Catskills or the Hamptons. A five-hour drive in a northwesterly direction from the city, however, takes you away from the more commonly frequented regions and into the pastoral Finger Lakes. Rolling, vine-covered hills and pools of crystalline fresh water dot the landscape. In the midst …