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Past articles by Robert:

How the Kingston Negroni Became a Modern Classic

Joaquín Simó’s Jamaican rum-based spin on the aperitivo classic was a runaway success. → Read More

How the Chartreuse Swizzle Became a Modern Classic

Marcovaldo Dionysos’s idiosyncratic cocktail elevated the French liqueur from bartender handshake to household name. → Read More

How the Revolver Became a Modern Classic

The coffee-spiked twist on the Manhattan emerged as a counterpoint San Francisco’s ’tini culture. → Read More

The Other Modern Classic Cocktails

The Wibble. The Hard Sell. The Darkside. These "minor" classics belong to a category of their own. → Read More

How the Death Flip Became a Modern Classic

The brash combination of Chartreuse, Jägermeister, tequila and a whole egg is the only flip to enter the contemporary cocktail canon. → Read More

How the Breakfast Martini Became a Modern Classic

Salvatore Calabrese's ingenious jam-infused sour reintroduced preserves to the bartender's arsenal. → Read More

Is It Time to Ditch the Sugar Rim?

Key to a number of historic cocktails, the garnish’s place in the modern bar is up for debate. → Read More

Pool Bar Jim Is Always on Vacation

When Pool Bar Jim’s lost its namesake Jim in 2016, Hilton Head society almost had a collective coronary. Jim Lisenby had been slinging frozen tropical dr → Read More

Life After (Near) Death

By the afternoon of Friday, January 10, Neir’s Tavern bandwagoners were coming out of the woodwork. That morning, news had broken wide that the Queens ta → Read More

There Is Only One True Jim Gallagher

Jim Gallagher, 72, is a longtime bartender and manager at Molly’s Shebeen, the surpassingly cozy Irish pub on Third Avenue near East 22nd Street in Manha → Read More

In Search of the Ultimate Grasshopper

We asked 10 of America's best bartenders to submit their finest recipe for the Grasshopper—then blind-tasted them all to find the best of the best. → Read More

A Sleeper Steakhouse Cocktail Goes Viral

Kentucky has the Mint Julep. Louisiana has the Sazerac. Wisconsin, the Brandy Old-Fashioned. But, until recently, Indiana lacked a cocktail it could truly → Read More

The Making of an Iconic Cocktail

The stories behind six signature drinks that defined the craft movement—and still matter today. → Read More

In Search of the Ultimate Boulevardier

The Boulevardier is an old drink, but a young classic. It first appeared in print as a footnote in the 1927 book Barflies and Cocktails by Paris bartender → Read More

The Cocktail and Spirits Stories That Will Shape 2020

When something works in the bar world, bars run with it. Do customers guzzle down the two nonalcoholic options you have on the menu? Add 10 more. If consum → Read More

In Search of the Ultimate Rob Roy

The Rob Roy may be the least controversial classic cocktail out there. Does anyone really get worked up about the simple mixture of two parts Scotch, one p → Read More

The Top 10 Cocktails of 2019

I spent much of the past year on the lookout for candidates for this annual list. The search is always unpredictable: One can go months without a single dr → Read More

At the “21” Club, Tara Wright Is in Charge

If you frequent the “21” Club in Manhattan, you’ve most likely met Tara Wright. For many of her 14 years there, she has been the only woman behind th → Read More

Is the 50/50 Even a Martini?

By some accounts, the equal parts ratio is the original incarnation of the famously austere cocktail. By others, it’s not a Martini at all. → Read More

In Search of the Ultimate Sidecar

The first cocktail arrived at the table without a sugar rim. Half the people seated there were disappointed. The other half were relieved. [multiple_relat → Read More