Idiot ProofIn defense of lower-alcohol spirits.
The Dram-atic ArtsNotes toward a theory of the theater of bartending.
Against Hoppy BeerThe craft beer industry’s love affair with hops is alienating people who don’t like bitter brews.
For Peat’s SakePeat is not a renewable resource. What does that mean for my favorite Scotch whiskies?
Martini Madness: The BracketYour complete guide to Slate’s martini tournament.
Martini MadnessBartending wunderkind Damon Boelte helps judge the Elite Eight.
Martini MadnessRobert Bork’s bad restaurant manners pale in comparison to Ian Fleming’s bad pickup lines.
Martini MadnessShaken vs. stirred is a false dichotomy. There is a third way.
Martini MadnessThe Round of 64 concludes with a shocking defeat for Hemingway’s martini.
Martini MadnessThere have been no new jokes about martinis since 1981 at the very latest.
Martini MadnessIn which we send an intern to order a martini at a Washington, D.C. boys’ club.
Martini MadnessThe New Yorker’s martini goes up against a 1½-foot-long lemon twist.
Past Their PrimeWhen is a superaged spirit too old to drink?
Martini MadnessThe origins of the martini aren’t particularly interesting, but they’re very sweet.
Martini MadnessAn introduction to the dirty martini, with a tip of the hat to FDR.
Craft Whiskey Isn’t Necessarily BetterBig distilleries like Jim Beam make a mighty fine product. (Also, “craft” doesn’t mean what you think.)
The Gin and TonicThe summer blockbuster of mixed drinks.
Patrón SaintThe latest tequila news, analyzed with the help of a business book by a woman calling herself “The Widow Patrón.”
Martini MadnessThe tournament concludes with a highlight reel from M.F.K. Fisher’s Gibson’s path to victory.
Martini MadnessThe Final Four and Championship live-blog.
Martini MadnessDorothy Parker didn’t write the famous quatrain about martinis that’s always attributed to her.
Martini MadnessThe Round of 32 gets surrealist.
Martini MadnessThere are beer snobs, wine snobs, whiskey snobs—why no martini snobs?
Martini MadnessInterns’ (and noninterns’) notes from the Slate office martini tasting.
Martini MadnessSix sweet-martini matchups decided in a single night, with the help of a new pal.
Martini MadnessReader recipes face off. (Ohioan gin vs. pastis! Walnut bitters vs. Pineau! Green Chartreuse vs. yellow Chartreuse!)
Martini MadnessWe present the bracket.
Martini MadnessPromotional gimmicks, conceptual stunts, regional twists, and other martini variations.
Martini MadnessConsidering the Gibson: the martini’s urbane, elite, oniony relative.
Martini MadnessExploring and explaining the extra-dry dry martini with your guide, Robert Bork.