Can a Big Brand Vodka Be Cool Enough for Craft Cocktails?

Once upon a time, way back in the 1990s, vodka was pretty much the coolest thing you could order. It was the It drink at clubs and bars, and its magical (dearth of) flavor swept the nation. But, in the last decade, the craft movement has exploded. "Small batch," "hand-made," and "craft" are the new buzzwords for… » 3/07/14 5:00pm 3/07/14 5:00pm

How Tequila Geniuses Made the Best-Tasting Spirit I've Ever Had

Tequila is a much-maligned spirit here in the United States. Most of us think of it as something so nasty you need to do it in a shot with salt and lime so that you'll taste it as little as possible, or take it mixed into an over-sweet margarita. All of that is changing. » 12/20/13 5:00pm 12/20/13 5:00pm

That Time We Turned Coke Into Whiskey

Think you can only make whiskey from rye or barley? Think again. At least at Brooklyn's Kings County Distillery, they've made the spirit with some crazy components. When Gizmodo stopped by for a visit earlier this week, we spent a fascinating day with co-founder Colin Spoelman as he pulled some transubstantiating… » 12/13/13 5:00pm 12/13/13 5:00pm

How Bourbon Gets Its Beautiful Flavor

If there's one thing the Gizmodo crew agrees on, it's bourbon. Sweet liquid gold. It's pretty much the classic American spirit, and it's experiencing a massive boom at the moment. Whiskey producers are going to great lengths to keep up with demands. So we thought it was high time we took a look at how this delicate… » 11/08/13 5:02pm 11/08/13 5:02pm

The Ancient Art of Perfect Gin: Our Visit to Beefeater and Plymouth

Gin just happens to be one of our favorite beverages. It's a versatile spirit with tons of variation between brands. And we were fortunate enough to see how two of the great gin producers of the ages—Beefeater and Plymouth—create it from scratch. » 4/19/13 5:31pm 4/19/13 5:31pm

Ten Crazy Things People Use to Make Booze

Sometimes you just don't have the right resources to make a decent drink. But if you get enough sober, thirsty minds focused on the problem, humans can find some pretty creative ways to come up with alcohol. » 1/04/13 5:00pm 1/04/13 5:00pm

Sleeping On The Floor Of The Hard Times Distillery

"You might not want light that cigarette there," says James Stegall, co-owner of the Hard Times Distillery, as I stand outside the barn doors. He points out the mist from the still. "That's a cloud of alcohol vapor." » 10/15/10 7:00pm 10/15/10 7:00pm