A beginner's guide to spiced rum

Sweet and accessible, spiced rum is ideal for tentative spirit-sippers, as well as being a killer cocktail ingredient.

Photo story: from barley fields to whisky barrels in rural Scotland

Large swathes of the Scottish countryside are coated in golden barley fields — an ancient, humble crop that's key to producing the country's legendary whisky. 

Making a case for schnaps

It may have an uneven reputation, but seek out authentic schnaps and you’ll find a clean, fruity liqueur that can invigorate a classic cocktail.

Meet the makers: the couple behind Manchester Gin

Seb Heeley and Jen Wiggins have taken their gin business from their dining room to a shiny new distillery – and picked up awards along the way.

Sour notes: getting to know Pisco, the South American brandy

Pisco, the South American brandy, is best known as a cocktail ingredient, but it’s great on the rocks too.

Modern mocktails

Forget fruit punch — booze-free concoctions are now classier and more complex than ever.
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Alcohol 101

The earliest known alcoholic beverage dates back to about 9,000 years ago. Find out which civilisations produced the first beers, wines, and spirits; the chemistry behind alcohol's mind-altering effects; and the surprising ways alcohol has influenced culture.

Like a local: Best bars in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has always had a reputation as a boozy, party city, and between its rooftop hangouts, speakeasies and late-night dives, it would be more than possible to drink around the clock. Here's what one local thinks you should be ordering.

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