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Samantha Leal


New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Samantha:

We Asked 8 Bartenders: What's the Most Overrated Tequila Cocktail?

8 bartenders tell us about the most overrated tequila cocktails right now. Read on for why the Margarita comes in at No. 1. → Read More

We Asked 10 Bartenders: What's the Most Overrated Whiskey Cocktail?

Whether over-ordered, unbalanced or boring, these are the most overrated whiskey cocktails according to 10 bartenders. → Read More

We Asked 13 Bartenders: What's the Most Underrated Whiskey Cocktail?

From Old Fashioned to Paper Planes, 13 bartenders reveal the most underrated whiskey cocktails. See the best whiskey cocktails to make! → Read More

Midwestern Red Beer Is a Regional Specialty for Bloody Mary Lovers

In the Midwest, Red Beer — a combination of tomato juice and light beer — is a regional specialty. → Read More

With Roots in Mexico and Texas, Sotol Is Hard to Define but Easy to Enjoy

Sotol isn't an easy spirit to define. Here's everything you need to know about tequila and mezcal's misunderstood cousin. → Read More

21 New Makeup Products That Immediately Pep Up Your Zoom Face

Here, discover the best new makeup launches from spring 2021 to pep up your Zoom face. We've got all the makeup inspiration you need. Tap in for more. → Read More

These Cult Fave Skincare Products Are Too Pricey, so I Found Cheaper Dupes

Brandefy is a beauty app that shows you dupes of your favorite pricey products. Here, find a review of the app and 15 of the best dupes found there. → Read More

6 Decanting Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

What are the six biggest mistakes you can make while decanting your wine? Sommeliers and wine pros weigh in. → Read More

Why Rum Importers and Bartenders Are Choosing Sipping Rums

In the United States, rum importers and bartenders are pushing for a simpler, more transparent way to buy and drink rum. → Read More

10 Hot Toddy Recipes That Don’t Use Whiskey

If you love a hot toddy but aren't as fond of whiskey, follow along for 10 hot toddy recipes that use gin, cognac, mezcal, tequila and more. → Read More

When It's OK to Add Ice to Your Wine, According to Experts

Adding ice to wine isn't a sin, or only for the cheap stuff. Wine experts around the world weigh in on when it's cool to chill your wine. → Read More

The Wonderfully Weird History of Kalimotxo — and Why Bartenders Love It

Fans of kalimotxo appreciate its laid-back simplicity and flavor profile — Coca-Cola-sweet with a bit of acidity from red wine for balance. → Read More

What Is Financial Wellness and Why Does It Matter?

Financial wellness is integral to well-being. It's an important part of your life, and it's about more than personal behaviors. → Read More

Shake This, Stir That: A Definitive Guide to Shaken vs. Stirred Cocktails

So what’s the hard and fast rule when it comes to giving a cocktail a shake or a stir? Basically, it comes down to this simple distinction. → Read More

6 Tricks to Keep Champagne and Sparkling Wine From Going Flat

Champagne is a commitment. Read on for expert tips on how to keep sparkling wine fresh after opening, from temperature tricks to the best gadgets. → Read More

5 New Athleisure Brands to Add to Your Rotation

From offline by Aerie to Solely Fit, these new athleisure brands have something for everyone, whether you plan on working out or are just running errands. → Read More

Why You Should Be Drinking Your Red Wines Chilled, According to Experts

White and rosé shouldn’t get all the warm weather love. Experts weigh in on why red wine is best served chilled, and which styles to try. → Read More

The Weekender: Dubai

Haven’t been to Dubai just yet? Put it on the list—here’s your guide → Read More

Two Summer Cocktails You Need to Make Right Now

Whether you're at The Surf Lodge in Montauk or relaxing in your own backyard, here are your next two drink orders → Read More

The Weekender: Franciacorta, Italy

Get to know this Southern Italian wine region and discover that there is more to Italian sparkling wine than Prosecco → Read More