Six Refreshing Summer Cocktails

Mezcal and rum mingle with sherry, whiskey with a touch of chamomile, reposado tequila shaken with raspberry and more

Forever on the quest for intriguing new flavor combinations in cocktails, we’ve parsed through recipes and traipsed between bars to assemble a list of six particularly special mixed drinks. Even in the sweltering summertime conditions, whiskey finds representation here—working with brighter components like citrus and mint. Of course, rum and tequila (stalwarts of summer alcoholic beverages) appear among our selections. But the final inclusion—drawn from …

Kasama Rum Blends Contemporary Ideas With Family Heritage

Distilled in the Philippines, bottled in Poland and intended to shake up ideas about the tropical spirit

Tradition and modernity collide with Kasama, a new rum brand founded and helmed by Alexandra Dorda. In many ways, Kasama was born from Dorda’s family history. The daughter of one of Chopin Vodka and Belvedere’s co-founders, Dorda says, “I joke that I’m 29, but I have 27 years of experience in this industry. I was two when my dad started his businesses.” After working for …

Exploring the Agricole Rhum Category with Two Specialists from Spiribam

Using a portfolio of fine rums to understand the future of a dynamic, often misunderstood category

Nobody’s surprised to hear of a bad rum experience. A spirit that tastes sweet and generally mixes well, rum (in all its various styles) finds its way into innumerable cocktails. Unregulated in the US (unlike, say, a bourbon or rye), and often lacking transparency, it’s a challenging category to navigate. In fact, many “premium” rums have about 40+ grams of sugar per bottle, but that …