Latest from M. Carrie Allan

Gin has gone global, with appealing new styles and flavors that stretch its very definition

The best new global gins include many more flavors than just juniper: Think yuzu, lemon myrtle -- even Shiraz grapes.
  • Sep 27, 2021

Turn watermelon into refreshing cocktails and sip your way to summer’s end

These watermelon cocktails demonstrate how flexible the fruit can be as a foundation for summer sippers.
  • Aug 20, 2021

How to make Ranch Water, the tequila-lime cocktail that keeps so many Texans cool

Ranch Water, which has been served in Texas for decades, has now become trendy in other parts of the country, and there are even canned versions.
  • Jul 27, 2021

Coconut rum shouldn’t smell like sunscreen. These 3 distillers are showcasing its subtlety.

The challenge distillers face is getting authentic, appealing coconut flavor into a bottle without also including the fruit’s significant fat.
  • Jun 22, 2021

How to garnish cocktails, now that you’re clinking glasses with friends again

Why bother garnishing cocktails when it’s just you, stuck at home? Now that you’re getting together with friends again, here’s how to do it.
  • May 21, 2021

How to carefully, safely and legally use cannabis in drinks

If it's legal where you live, you can make a cannabis tincture to add to lemonade, iced tea, and more.
  • Apr 20, 2021

In Irish whiskey’s resurgence, individuality reigns. Here’s how to celebrate it in cocktails.

These recipes for Irish whiskey cocktails will help you drink something classy on St. Patrick's Day.
  • Mar 12, 2021

Boozy hot chocolate recaptures the magic of a childhood snow day with a grown-up twist

Decadent homemade hot chocolate with a splash of booze will make a cold day more palatable.
  • Feb 5, 2021

Good zero-proof drinks aren’t just for Dry January. Here are some products we’ve tried — and liked.

Our Spirits columnist tries a bunch of nonalcoholic drinks and shares her favorites — for Dry January and year-round.
  • Jan 8, 2021

Smaller bowl, same punch: Scaling down New Year’s drinks for one or two

You're not having a New Year's Eve party, but that doesn't mean you don't want punch. These recipes are for you.
  • Dec 18, 2020