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From Scandinavian aquavit to Chinese baijiu, these national spirits offer a window into cultures around the world.
 
‘Arcade Spirits’: The video game equivalent of a beach read
(The Washington Post, May 19, 2020; 11:55 AM)
 
Overeating on Thanksgiving? Bitters can make it better.
(The Washington Post, November 19, 2019; 2:00 PM)
 
‘Bottled in bond’ was created to protect drinkers in the 1800s. Now the label has a new appeal.
(The Washington Post, July 29, 2019; 12:00 PM)
 
Highballs are casual drinks. But pay a little attention, and they can be sublime.
(The Washington Post, June 18, 2019; 12:00 PM)
 
This influential Cuban bartender wants to preserve the elegant tradition of the island’s cantineros
(The Washington Post, May 24, 2019; 8:00 AM)
 
Trump’s Trade War Puts Animal Spirits on the Endangered List
(Bloomberg, May 16, 2019; 12:29 PM)
 
Raise a toast to the all-American history of the cocktail
(The Washington Post, April 26, 2019; 8:00 AM)
 
This classic cocktail is also an arm workout — if you want one
(The Washington Post, April 9, 2019; 12:00 PM)
 
For 20 years, happy hour has seen us through work — and life
(The Washington Post, March 19, 2019; 7:00 AM)
 
Washington Spirit is eyeing at least one match at Audi Field
(The Washington Post, February 21, 2019; 2:13 PM)
 
In a high-tech world, aged spirits still get much of their flavor from wood and fire
(The Washington Post, February 21, 2019; 12:00 PM)
 
Craft bartenders once avoided orange juice. Now they’re trying to improve it.
(The Washington Post, February 4, 2019; 2:00 PM)
 
Forget Dry January. We need better nonalcoholic cocktails every month of the year.
(The Washington Post, January 3, 2019; 12:00 PM)
 
Looking for a holiday cocktail? Try a hoary old chestnut.
(The Washington Post, December 7, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
A make-your-own-Old-Fashioned bar is the sanity-saving solution your Thanksgiving needs
(The Washington Post, November 8, 2018; 8:00 AM)
 
Raise a glass to 1920s Paris and the Americans who imbibed there
(The Washington Post, October 18, 2018; 10:00 AM)
 
In rum’s resurgence, a cocktail pro has a plan to make it the spirit of D.C.’s Wharf
(The Washington Post, October 1, 2018; 8:00 AM)
 
To make a cocktail with a surprise in every sip, start playing with your ice
(The Washington Post, September 7, 2018; 2:00 PM)
 
Washington Spirit’s first game at Audi Field will be a test case for more visits
(The Washington Post, August 24, 2018; 2:36 PM)
 
When ice cream meets booze, what could go wrong?
(The Washington Post, August 17, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
On Bourbon Street, daiquiris are frozen booze bombs. But they can be so much more.
(The Washington Post, July 27, 2018; 2:00 PM)
 
Everything you need to host a tequila- and mezcal-tasting party
(The Washington Post, July 6, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
How to drink tequila and mezcal like a grown-up
(The Washington Post, July 6, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
Anyone who picks a fight over tiki drinks’ authenticity is missing the point of tiki drinks
(The Washington Post, June 19, 2018; 8:00 AM)
 
Upgrade your ’ade, or how to spike summer’s favorite thirst quencher
(The Washington Post, May 24, 2018; 1:00 PM)
 
These brunch cocktails beat the bottomless carafes that put you under the table before noon
(The Washington Post, May 4, 2018; 3:00 PM)
 
You swore off tequila for good. Here’s how to enjoy the alcohol that once betrayed you.
(The Washington Post, April 17, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
How to make easy cocktails, no bank loan or advanced degree required
(The Washington Post, March 23, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
8 Irish whiskeys to try when you want to get serious
(The Washington Post, March 8, 2018; 8:00 AM)
 
Irish whiskey was once on the verge of collapse. Now, it’s booming.
(The Washington Post, March 8, 2018; 8:00 AM)
 
Bitters make drinks better. But which ones do you need to buy?
(The Washington Post, February 6, 2018; 8:00 AM)
 
It may not cure your cold, but the hot toddy sure can cure your cold heart
(The Washington Post, January 11, 2018; 12:00 PM)
 
This old-school holiday drink is cool again — and better than eggnog
(The Washington Post, December 20, 2017; 2:00 PM)
 
Still sippin’ on Courvoisier? It’s time to try a brandy from closer to home.
(The Washington Post, December 7, 2017; 2:00 PM)
 
To make an excellent Cosmo, don’t mess up the key ingredient
(The Washington Post, November 9, 2017; 1:00 PM)
 
Sherry and vermouth are shedding their stale stigmas and starring in fall cocktails
(The Washington Post, October 24, 2017; 1:00 PM)
 
The best cocktail bar in America is now in D.C.
(The Washington Post, August 10, 2017; 8:00 AM)
 
A frozen negroni and two other icy cocktails you’ll want to sip all summer
(The Washington Post, August 1, 2017; 2:00 PM)
 
The Negroni spinoff that’s a clear winner for hot weather
(The Washington Post, July 7, 2017; 1:00 PM)
 
Washington Spirit’s defense holds firm in 1-0 NWSL win over Portland Thorns
(The Washington Post, June 24, 2017; 10:42 PM)
 
Despite recent shooting, spirits remain high at Congressional Women’s Softball Game
(The Washington Post, June 22, 2017; 1:42 PM)
 
Plugging a watermelon with vodka ruins both. There’s got to be a better way.
(The Washington Post, June 16, 2017; 10:00 AM)
 
The one ingredient that can make your summer drinks taste like tiki perfection
(The Washington Post, May 22, 2017; 10:00 AM)
 
The secret to punching up your summer beverage game
(The Washington Post, April 28, 2017; 9:00 AM)
 
Agave spirits, on a need-to-know basis
(The Washington Post, April 7, 2017; 1:00 PM)
 
We’ve all had Irish coffee we hated. But when made well, it’s a beautiful thing.
(The Washington Post, March 13, 2017; 10:00 AM)
 
Celebrate Mardi Gras with drinks that taste like New Orleans. Baby included.
(The Washington Post, February 19, 2017; 11:00 AM)
 
How to make frothy cocktails without the egg: Use chickpea water.
(The Washington Post, February 5, 2017; 11:00 AM)
 
The next big thing in American distilling: Single malt whiskey
(The Washington Post, January 14, 2017; 10:00 AM)