By the Glass

Liquid Smoke
March 2012

Liquid Smoke

Cocktailia’s newest trend catches fire—plus, recipes from some of the country’s best barkeeps

Fortified Wine
February 2012

Fortified Wine

Grab a glass—premier sommelier Maxwell Leer is leading a magical tasting tour

Bathtub Gin
January 2012

Bathtub Gin

A recipe to take the venerable spirit from mundane to magical

The Jimmy Mac
August 2011

The Jimmy Mac

By the Glass—a Macallan cocktail worthy of its home at £10 at the Montage Beverly Hills.

Cool Factor
August 2011

Cool Factor

Nothing’s better in August than a tall, cold one—see how bartenders across the U.S. take the pause that refreshes.

Tequila
July 2011

Tequila

New iterations of premium agave give sippers their choice of taste sensations; plus, 13 brands worth a try.

Nastoyka
June 2011

Nastoyka

From Russia with love, infused vodka and the cocktails it inspires.

The Smoking Gun
April 2011

The Smoking Gun

With its origins in the smokiest of spirits, this combination of rum and bitters is right on target.

Pickle Back
March 2011

Pickle Back

A two-fisted combo of Jameson Irish whiskey and pickle juice—how can you go wrong?

Sherry Reconsidered
February 2011

Sherry Reconsidered

It’s long been revered as a spirit—now today’s cocktalians are giving the libation a second go-round in eight delectable recipes.

Martini
January 2011

Martini

An evolution that expands the definition of a classic cocktail; plus, five recipes.

Apricot Dreams
December 2010

Apricot Dreams

The apricot is one of California’s most luscious fruits, and while its season may end in summer, its liqueurs can be enjoyed year-round.

Sorriso Cocktail
July 2010

Sorriso Cocktail

Francesco Lafranconi melds gin, vodka, sweet sherry and maraschino liqueur to create a cocktail that is both complex and perfectly balanced.

Rum Runner
June 2010

Rum Runner

The premier cocktailians of Caña put their own inimitable L.A. spin on what was once the drink of the tropics.

A Taste of Pinot Paradise
April 2010

A Taste of Pinot Paradise

Santa Barbara is pinot noir heaven, but just which one is best? We give 'em a taste test.

The Gimlet
April 2010

The Gimlet

Chandler’s The Long Goodbye stoked interest in this simple but elegant cocktail to Americans across the country.

Las Perlas: Mezcal’s L.A. Home
March 2010

Las Perlas: Mezcal’s L.A. Home

There's a new kid in town on the L.A. cocktail scene, and this one means business with an array of only artisanal mezcals.

Mezcal Free Spirit
November 2009

Mezcal Free Spirit

Ron Cooper's journey from artist to mezcal producer started with a single question: “Do you think the Pan-American Highway really exists?” From there, he was driven to show the world the joys of the most complex, versatile and rarefied distillate on earth.

Chardonnay Lives!
May 2009

Chardonnay Lives!

The history of chardonnay in California may hold the key to its future—white wine's biggest fashion victim is finally getting a makeover.

Brut Strength
November 2008

Brut Strength

Jim Duane at Hi-Time Wine Cellars has put together one of the greatest collections of champagne outside of Reims, France. Bonus: recipe for a wild hibiscus champagne cocktail!

Too Good to Be Cru?
October 2008

Too Good to Be Cru?

Who knew wine fraud was 2,000 years old? Even connoisseurs get fooled by fake labels—and it can cost big. New safeguards include bottle numbering and hologram technology.

Stalwart Surprises
September 2008

Stalwart Surprises

Sonoma's Lioco Winery produces the deliciousness only California wines can deliver. Meet the men behind the Chardonnays, Pinots and standout Carignan.