Wayne Curtis

Wayne Curtis is the author of And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails and has written frequently about cocktails, spirits, travel, and history for many publications, including the Atlantic, the New York Times, Imbibe, Punch, the Daily Beast, Sunset, the Wall Street Journal, and Garden & Gun. He lives in New Orleans.


Jungle Witch: Winter in the Tropics

A summery holiday is just a sip away


The Pitfalls and Pleasures of Peanut Butter Whiskey

Yes, we suggest you try it


A Smoky Bourbon Mash-Up

A South Carolina distillery teams up with Allan Benton’s iconic Tennessee smokehouse to create a spirit unlike any other


Watermelon Cocktails Three Ways

Delicious spins on the essential home bar ingredient of the season


New Orleans: At a Glance

Your guide to visiting the Big Easy


A Summer Irish Coffee

The welcome chill factor of the frozen cocktail


The Secret Ingredient in Your New Favorite Cocktail

A superb ginger syrup spices up the home cocktail


An At-Home Mardi Gras Cocktail

For a new lease on licorice, try this taste of Carnival in a glass


A Devilish Coffee Milk Punch

Sharp flavors enhance a Crescent City classic


A Modern Moscow Mule

Small-batch Southern vodkas step up to the palate


Behold, the Potlikker Martini

Tye Harrison of Asheville’s Benne on Eagle makes the most of a humble leftover

Forgotten Southern Recipes

The History of the Georgia Peach Julep

A surprising key ingredient returns the original mint julep to its roots


Punching Up the Harvey Wallbanger

Louisville’s High Horse doesn’t take its cocktails too seriously, as this big-batch spin on the modern classic makes clear


The First Rule of Island Drinking? There Are No Rules

Finding the right tropical refreshment is about opening yourself up to the possibilities of what’s around you (and also, rum). Make like an islander, and take it easy

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Southern Style

These Companies Are Saving Southern Classics

Meet the tastemakers who are carrying forward five style icons


White Whiskey Makes a Comeback

Moonshine has moved out of the jug and into the jar, but it still packs a punch

Arts & Culture

Franklin D. Vagnone: The Firebrand

The Winston-Salem director is revolutionizing how house museums embrace a hands-on approach to history


Southern Whiskey, Scottish Brogue

In the Virginia foothills, Old World and New unite in a bottle of single malt


Discover Cuba’s Other Rum Cocktail: El Presidente

Get to know an overlooked classic drink


A Shot of Redemption

Jägermeister returns, newly respectable