Highlight Reel

If your July was like ours, then the last four weeks have flown by in a blur. So just in case you’ve missed anything, here are some of’s best cocktails and spirits features from this past month.

Gourmet Shot:
What’s the secret to a great summer party? Refreshing Margaritas and gourmet bacon-and-tomato guacamole. Celebrity chef Rick Bayless shares a couple of his favorite fiesta recipes with us.

Behind the Cocktail:
Bars from New York to Hawaii serve the Mai Tai, a classic tiki cocktail. Read the fascinating story of how this faux-Polynesian drink became a tropical staple.

Big Easy Classics:
Can’t make it to New Orleans any time soon? Put on some Kermit Ruffins and mix up a round of classic NOLA cocktails, like the Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz and Brandy Milk Punch.

Spice It Up:
The Caribbean compatriots rum and spice have been mixed together in hot drinks and punches since at least the late 17th century. But now there’s a bounty of new spiced rums adding diversity to this suddenly booming category.

American Made:
Even though July 4th is over, you can still drink like a patriot. Taste these five excellent American-made spirits—from California vodka and Pennsylvania gin to Louisiana rum.