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Sam Seiller (right) with  one of Angel's Envy's "whiskey guardians, Trina Nishimura

How to host a heavenly whiskey benefit, plus Angel’s Envy’s Sam Seiller on being a ‘whiskey chick’

I. love. my. job. Being a spirits journalist involves perks like tasting new products before they officially roll out in the market, going on exploratory trips to native boozy lands, and channeling my inner academic to read all about and geek out on liquor. But what I enjoy the most is sharing my passion for …continue reading

Jameson Irish Whiskey

This St. Patrick’s Day, give Irish whiskey more than just a ‘shot’

If St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a big deal to you, it should be. And not because it’s the day you go out to the pub in your “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” shirt for green beer. But because it’s a day you can go out and try new, refined Irish whiskeys you didn’t even know existed. I …continue reading


5 things you need to know about vodka & the best brands you’ve never heard of

Of all the spirits I cover in my book Booze for Babes, the vodka one might have been the most fun to write. ‘But wait, I thought you were a whiskey woman,” you may ask? Because I came to it having completely dismissed it. The clear liquor is one of the most popular and bestselling in the …continue reading


Fashion model, Phd, homeschool teacher and distillery owner: is there anything Koval Distillery’s Sonat Birnecker can’t do?

Sonat Birnecker can do it all. The co-owner of Chicago-based Koval Distillery, she’s most recently built a reputable brand that makes brandy, whiskeys, gin, vodka and liqueurs with her husband, Robert, while consulting DOZENS of would-be distillers on the trials and tribulations of booze making. But she also bought herself a master’s degree from Oxford and a PhD from …continue reading

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Most beach resort drinks may suck, but Bahamian ‘Sky Juice’ sure doesn’t

Has all of this wintry weather tempted you to book a ticket to the tropics? Good luck finding a good drink there. For my Daily Beast column this week, I wrote about why beach resort cocktails suck and how we can make them brilliant.Check out the piece for the answer, which includes tiki historical context and a few contemporary …continue reading

Camus Borderies XO

Not just for ‘crunk juice,’ a refined brandy that works for every palate this holiday season

I don’t know about you, but my first exposure to brandy was neither glamorous nor enlightening. I tasted it in a version of “crunk juice,” or a terrible concoction of cognac and Red Bull (crunk is short for “crazy drunk,” by the way. Thank goodness those days are behind me). And while you may not have …continue reading

Vieux Carre Earrings

5 boozy gift ideas for the creative cocktail lover

Saying cocktail and liquor lovers are difficult to shop for is a bit of an understatement. After all, they have good (and expensive) taste. They’re in the know about what’s new and notable so they tend to buy themselves any bottles they’ve been eying, especially around the holidays. And that sometimes leaves you with zero ideas. But …continue reading

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Buy 2, get 1 signed ‘Booze for Babes’ book free (plus an amazingly easy eggnog recipe)

Happy Holidays everyone! It’s been a whirlwind of a launch year for Booze for Babes: the Smart Woman’s Guide to Drinking Spirits Right and now that we’re approaching the end, there’s finally time to reflect and soak it all in. Over the last year, I’ve been interviewed in several media outlets, invited to write a spirits column for …continue reading


How to build a complete home bar for $200 from the co-author of ’12 Bottle Bar’ (& the staples that will surprise you)

Home cocktail enthusiasts Lesley Jacobs Solmonson and her husband, David Solmonson, were frequently frustrated attempting cocktail recipes with hard-to-find ingredients. While practical in a high volume cocktail bar, $60 bottles of obscure spirits and liqueurs really had no place at home. “We thought, ‘this is ridiculous.’ And so we asked ourselves how could we teach …continue reading

Me on the set of Let's Talk Live

11 ways to impress while conducting business at a bar

This week I went on WJLA/News Channel 8’s show Let’s Talk Live D.C. again, but this time to chat about how to mix business and booze in a classy fashion. Tons of business takes place in bars around the world, but you’ve got to know how to keep your wits about you and make a …continue reading