Cocktail and Spirits News and Trends

Based in New York, Alia Akkam, FSR Spirits Editor, has written about cocktails, restaurants, and hotels for a number of outlets, including First We Feast, Wine Enthusiast, and Travel & Leisure. As the former managing editor of both Hospitality Design and Beverage Media, she has unique insight into two disparate industry realms. She worked with acclaimed bar duo, the Tippling Bros., on her first book project, A Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican Cocktails, debuting in April on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Gin Stars in the Craft Cocktail Movement

New World gins are bringing a kaleidoscope of flavors to craft cocktails.

Chicago’s Arbella Announces Next Global Guest Bartender Series

Chicago’s Arbella announced the next installment of the Global Guest Bartender Series on November 15 at 6 p.m.

Local Wine Isn't Reserved for California Anymore

A restaurant doesn’t need to reside in California to offer regional wines anymore. Discovering local vinos from surprising terroirs can be an explorative and profitable experience for dedicated operators.

Ushering in a New Era of Mexican Spirits

The only thing hotter than Mexican cuisine may be the spirits that share the same cultural heritage—tequila and mezcal are still rising, but so are sotol and raicilla.

Trump Leads Clinton in Omni's Cocktail Poll

In less than one month, America will pick the next President of the United States.

Two Barton 1792 Distillery Bourbons Awarded Double Gold

The results from the 2016 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition are in, and Barton 1792 Distillery received two double gold medals for its 1792 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barr

Buffalo Trace Distillery Wins Double Gold at New York World Wine and Spirits

Buffalo Trace Distillery has a lot to celebrate after the results from the 2016 New York World Wine and Spirits competition were released.

Restaurants Feed The Election Fever

Many restaurants have learned that it’s better to embrace a controversial election than ignore it.

Crafting Competition

At Pepper Smash, competition is part of the beverage program.

A Cocktail Culture Revolution

Too much of a good thing may be just the right mix, at least when it involves replicating bygone eras and nostalgic icons.