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.

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.