booze


V.28 No.30 | 7/25/2019
The Ghosted Cassidy
Dan Pennington

Bar Review

Gold Houses Clever Safe House

Safe House Distilling Co. is raising the bar for craft liqour

We’ll one day look back at their humble start and remember when Safe House Distilling Co. were one of this city’s craft liquor pioneers, and to see how much it’s grown since then. Get in on the ground floor, because you don’t want to be the last one of your friends to hit this spot.
V.28 No.13 | 3/28/2019
bar
Dan Pennington

Bar Review

Down the Rabbit Hole of Mixology

The first thing about Founders is this: no password, no entry. The speakeasy concept is in full swing here. No signage, no obvious hidden door, no indication you’re standing over a bar full of people while you’re inside El Rey Liquors.
V.28 No.5 | 1/31/2019
Hollow Spirits’ stunning avocado toast
Eric Williams Photography

Bar Review

Hollow Spirits Will Heal Your Gin Scars

New distillery serves infused liquors and a chef-driven food menu

Whether you should come visit Hollow Spirits for the food or for the drinks is a toss-up, so go for both.
V.28 No.4 | 1/24/2019
The view of the Sandias from Bosque North
Eric Williams Photography

Bar Review

A Big Brewery with Bigger Vistas

New Bosque Brewing in Bernalillo expands food menu, provides haven for the outdoorsy

Sip a pint on the patio at Bosque Brewing’s latest venue and you’ll be awestruck by the spectacular sight of the Rio Grande Bosque and the Sandia Mountains.
V.27 No.49 | 12/6/2018
Left Turn Distilling
Lauren Kostelnick

Bar Review

Turn Left for Great Drinks

Spirits, brews and snacks at Left Turn Distilling

Left Turn Distilling is a haven of very pointedly New Mexican liquors and ciders that doesn’t typically get mentioned in the guidebooks.
V.27 No.30 | 7/26/2018
The fresh and floral lavender ‘99
Eric Williams Photography

Bar Review

Bar Campo’s Elegant Drinks

The bar at Los Poblanos serves herby, fresh-tasting cocktails

Bar Campo has herb-forward, fragrant cocktails made from good, fresh ingredients in simple pairings that produce tasty results.
V.27 No.23 | 6/7/2018
Jessica O’Brien’s drink inspired by the first rain
Jessica O’Brien

Try This at Home

After the Rain

Jessica O’Brien’s monsoon season cocktail

After the Rain came from the Jayo’s Cocktail Pop-Up on May 21, when we got our first monsoon of the season.
V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018

Drinking with the Pros

David Hernández Vega of Limpia Cocktails

The bartender making mezcal cocktails at pop-ups around town

We speak with David Hernández Vega about his cocktail project, Limpia.
V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018

Book Review

Beyond Ink and Whiskey

Leslie Jamison's newest work is full of feeling and analysis that leads the way to truth

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

The heart of Leslie Jamison's The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is the grip of alcohol, its reputation as the literary choice of romantic self-destruction. It's not so much the substance itself so much as “the surplus of mystical properties” that people assign to it.
V.27 No.12 | 3/22/2018
Monique Carr
Alejandro Arballo

Food Interview

Monique Carr Makes Shrubs

Spellbound Syrups is popularizing the fruity, probiotic drink

A shrub is any drink made from a vinegar-based syrup, but the word can refer to the syrup itself, too. Most of the shrubs you’ll find here in Albuquerque are made by one person: Monique Carr, the woman behind Spellbound Syrups.
V.27 No.8 | 2/22/2018
The Bien Shur cocktail bar
courtesy of Sandia Casino

Bar Review

A Sandia Staycation

Bien Shur serves drinks that complement the views

A good place to celebrate special occasions is Sandia Resort and Casino, and on the top floor is Bien Shur, with its sweeping views of the Sandias, a roaring fireplace in the dining room and bartenders who roll up their sleeves to mix your drink.
V.27 No.1 | 1/4/2018

Drinking with the Pros

Sake 101 with izanami

Learning the basics of Japanese rice wine

Sake is an alcoholic beverage made from milled rice, where the starches are broken down into simple sugars and fermented in the same tank, in parallel.
V.26 No.49 | 12/7/2017

Try This at Home

Making Mead (Honey Wine)

An easy recipe from Jonathan Ortiz of Southwest Grape and Grain

Mead, arguably the first alcoholic beverage that humans created, is surprisingly easy to make if you’re patient.
V.26 No.48 | 11/30/2017
Santa Fe Spirits

Gift Guide

Spirits of Giving

Boozy Gift Guide

If you’re looking to pass along a little taste of New Mexico this holiday season, particularly to out-of-town friends and relatives, local booze is an increasingly good way to go. After all, what’s more New Mexico than green chile vodka, blue corn bourbon or piñon rum?
V.26 No.39 | 9/28/2017

Cocktail Culture

Still Spirits Pours Cocktails and Small-Batch Booze

New bar and distillery in ABQ serves excellent drinks in a low-key setting

For years, Zac Hulme and Peter Arathoon have been distilling together as a hobby. In April, they turned their hobby into a business when they opened the cocktail bar and distillery Still Spirits.