cocktails cocktails
Stories About

cocktails

Drinking was a big part of life in Colonial America. It also required some experimentation and creativity on the part of colonists looking to create cocktails with new and unfamiliar ingredients. Reverend Michael Alan /Courtesy of Abrams Image hide caption

toggle caption
Reverend Michael Alan /Courtesy of Abrams Image

Moe stands behind her tiny bar in Shanghai, where there are only eight seats and reservations are a must. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Rob Schmitz/NPR

In A Massive City, This Bar Serves Up Diverse Drinks — To 8 People At A Time

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/507359605/507359606" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

An illustration from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, published in 1897. Between the 1860s and 1920, when Prohibition went into effect, American bartending came into its own. Internet Archive Book Images/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption
Internet Archive Book Images/Flickr

The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To Love Mixed Drinks

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/417457445/427464764" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

At Anise, a bar in Beirut, Lebanon, beloved local herbs like za'atar, sage and rosemary are making their way into cocktails. "We want to do something fresh in our cocktails," says co-owner Marwan Matar. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Alice Fordham/NPR

Put An Herb In It: Lebanon's Fresh Approach To Beer And Cocktails

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/425967357/426145978" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ran Duan will represent the U.S. at the Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail Competition in Sydney on April 28. Daniel A. Gross hide caption

toggle caption
Daniel A. Gross

Competitive Bartender Pours Father's Wisdom Into Signature Drink

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/402556603/402632500" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt drinks a glass of wine at a fundraising dinner in 1938. FDR fancied himself quite the skilled mixologist; many of his colleagues disagreed. Thomas D. McAvoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Thomas D. McAvoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

'Party Like A President' Recalls Mixology, Mischief Inside Oval Office

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/385713313/386635260" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
iStockphoto

How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/371225893/372145176" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Smoke and mirrors: Dave Arnold plays around with liquid nitrogen in a cocktail glass during his interview with NPR's Ari Shapiro. Claire Eggers/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Claire Eggers/NPR

From Humble Salt To Fancy Freezing: How To Up Your Cocktail Game

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/366842275/367244376" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript