Sloe gin, technically a liqueur and not a gin, is making a fast (excuse the pun) comeback.

Sherry has returned. It has reached a near-cult status with bartenders, and when you look at this recent revival, it makes complete sense. From the hands of bartenders flow the tastes of everyone else, and sherry is likely to cross your path sometime soon, if it hasn’t already.

There’s a high probability that if you love beer, you’ll be sipping it in a cocktail very soon, if you haven’t already.

Wine and fashion. Operas and pasta. The Italians are globally famous for many, many things. Yet one of the world’s most recognizable Italian brands is not a fashion label or a wine producer. It’s a beer.

These days, rye whisky is hot. And the coolest place to drink it is at High West Distillery & Saloon in Park City, Utah.

You were never meant to have this tequila made by George Clooney and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber. Friends for decades, the two purchased property together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and built two houses, decked out for when they need to escape—and drink tequila.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: When Dan Aykroyd launched Crystal Head, a four-times-distilled vodka, the bottle was immediately reminiscent of his Ghostbusters days. What’s inside this clear, skull-shaped bottle has some merit, though.

Peculiar. Unusual. Odd. These aren’t descriptors that companies generally lean on when trying to sell a product. Hendrick’s Gin, however, hangs its tattered top hat on being delightfully strange.

As far as world cultures go, no one does dinner quite like the Italians. Sitting down to the table is not just a gathering but also a sport. It’s no wonder those food-loving Italians also created one of the world’s most recognizable bitter digestifs, Fernet-Branca.

If you are a fan of craft cocktails and drinking sapid spirits, it’s likely you’ve encountered the smoky, earthy, warm flavours of the agave-based distillate mescal. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat.

Johnnie Walker is ubiquitous, stocked in the finest bars in the world and also found down dirt roads in Cambodia. People have been sipping it neat for close to 200 years.

Chances are your mother kept a bottle in the pantry for cooking. Guaranteed your favourite bar stocks a bottle, whether you imbibe in a haute lounge or a dusty dive. Your familiarity with it lies in its recognizable label and its constant presence on the back bar. If any brand of spirit has a story to tell and a flavour to celebrate, it’s Bénédictine.

Every morning, Appleton Estate’s master blender Joy Spence walks past a row of barrels en route to her office. Those barrels demanded her attention for 25 years, just as they demanded the astute observation of her predecessor for 25 years prior to that.

Rudyard Kipling once waxed poetic about the national Peruvian spirit, pisco, deeming it “the shavings of cherubs’ wings, the glory of a tropical dawn, the red clouds of sunset, and the fragments of lost epics by dead masters.”

The path to Podensac is a leisurely 45-minute drive from the city of Bordeaux and is rife with scenes of French farm culture and picturesque countryside. Like so many other towns that make up this region, Podensac has a long love affair with wine. However, it is perhaps best known for giving the world its wine-based aperitif, Lillet.