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The man who helped spark the cocktail movement — and keeps feeding it
SPIRITS | David Wondrich helps move booze history off the page and into the glass.
Can the piña colada be saved from syrupy flavors and sappy lyrics?
(The Washington Post, May 10, 2015; 8:00 AM)
Here’s a ‘beach bum’ who’s serious about one thing: Tiki cocktails
(The Washington Post, April 11, 2015; 8:00 AM)
The NYC cocktail bar that reminds us how hard drink-making actually is
(The Washington Post, March 22, 2015; 1:33 AM)
Want hooch with your booch? Make a kombucha cocktail.
(The Washington Post, March 1, 2015; 7:00 AM)
Tipple through the tulips: How to use flowers in cocktails for Valentine’s Day
(The Washington Post, February 8, 2015; 7:00 AM)
Spirits: If you want flavor in a cocktail, maybe you need some fat. Just a little.
(The Washington Post, January 16, 2015; 7:00 AM)
Cocktails: If it tastes good on the plate, will it taste good in the glass?
(The Washington Post, December 21, 2014; 7:00 AM)
Say adios to eggnog, and embrace Mexican drinks for a feliz navidad
(The Washington Post, December 6, 2014; 7:00 AM)
Spirits: Nutmeg, unlike ‘pumpkin spice,’ gives cocktails a subtle taste of fall
(The Washington Post, November 11, 2014; 7:30 AM)
James River Distillery puts Virginia in its gin, and its gin in Virginia
(The Washington Post, October 17, 2014; 8:00 AM)
Spirits: Pisco Punch, a San Francisco classic cocktail with official aspirations
(The Washington Post, October 3, 2014; 7:00 AM)
Spirits: A cocktail that uses champagne bubbles for good, not evil
(The Washington Post, September 8, 2014; 10:00 AM)
Spirits: A bloody mary needs tomatoes, but do they have to be fresh?
(The Washington Post, August 15, 2014; 12:05 PM)
Vodka, the Disraeli of spirits
(The Washington Post, July 28, 2014; 10:30 AM)
Shrubs give cocktails (and non-alcoholic drinks) a bracing dose of fruity tartness
(The Washington Post, June 26, 2014; 10:00 AM)
Amari and love: A bitter liqueur, inspired by Italy but made in Washington
(The Washington Post, June 10, 2014; 9:30 AM)
Smoke in cocktails: Complicated, but worth it
(The Washington Post, May 20, 2014; 10:30 AM)
New, 92-proof Roundstone Rye due in May
(The Washington Post, April 28, 2014; 10:00 AM)
Peach brandy from Mount Vernon distillery: An easy-to-drink sip of history
(The Washington Post, March 28, 2014; 10:00 AM)
Vermouth: New American producers push the boundaries beyond European tradition
(The Washington Post, March 15, 2014; 3:27 PM)
The Gibson, a cocktail with movie-star status
(The Washington Post, February 25, 2014; 12:54 PM)
Raw eggs in cocktails: Worth the whisk?
(The Washington Post, February 4, 2014; 3:01 PM)
Gin goes dark: At what point does aging render it unrecognizable?
(The Washington Post, January 14, 2014; 3:16 PM)
Punch: For the holidays, nothing bowls over a party like it
(The Washington Post, December 17, 2013; 4:51 PM)
Spirits: The taste of apples, distilled
(The Washington Post, November 12, 2013; 3:46 PM)
DIY amaro, the way to love a bitter end
(The Washington Post, October 15, 2013; 2:51 PM)
The provenance of Belle Meade bourbon
(The Washington Post, September 24, 2013; 2:15 PM)
Spirits: Tippling in the garden
(The Washington Post, August 20, 2013; 2:45 PM)
Frozen drinks, beyond the sugar-slush bombs
(The Washington Post, July 16, 2013; 2:50 PM)
Spirits: Pimping Dad’s gin and tonic
(The Washington Post, June 18, 2013; 1:05 PM)
When women drink alone . . .
(The Washington Post, May 21, 2013; 3:51 PM)
Spirits: A booze columnist says goodbye
(The Washington Post, April 30, 2013; 4:05 PM)
Can orgeat become essential?
(The Washington Post, March 12, 2013; 2:38 PM)
Maker’s Mark debacle: The proof is in the overreaction
(The Washington Post, February 26, 2013; 4:36 PM)
Spirit of the words embodies ‘The House of the Spirits’
(The Washington Post, February 12, 2013; 3:00 PM)
Navy-strength gins are perfect for cocktails
(The Washington Post, February 12, 2013; 1:22 PM)
Isabel Allende’s ‘The House of the Spirits’ at GALA Hispanic Theatre
(The Washington Post, February 8, 2013; 11:25 AM)
Italian liqueurs, made in Washington
(The Washington Post, January 29, 2013; 1:24 PM)
Today, St-Germain; tomorrow, ginger liqueur
(The Washington Post, January 15, 2013; 1:31 PM)
Funky rum that packs a punch
(The Washington Post, December 31, 2012; 11:51 AM)
A spirited year — or was it a century?
(The Washington Post, December 18, 2012; 1:45 PM)
Cocktails that are whey out there
(The Washington Post, December 4, 2012; 12:12 AM)
Extravagant spirits to give thanks for
(The Washington Post, November 16, 2012; 4:21 PM)
Six for sipping on Thanksgiving
(The Washington Post, November 16, 2012; 4:13 PM)
A guide to drinking with Hemingway
(The Washington Post, November 6, 2012; 2:48 PM)
A Farewell to Hemingway
(Fingerpost, November 6, 2012; 2:44 PM)
Henry “Box” Brown
(Fingerpost, October 23, 2012; 4:00 PM)
How old is that bourbon?
(The Washington Post, October 23, 2012; 3:06 PM)
Apple Sunrise
(Fingerpost, October 9, 2012; 4:38 PM)