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Robert Plotkin

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Robert Plotkin

A judge at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Robert Plotkin recently authored his 16th book, Secrets Revealed of America’s Greatest Cocktails. See his site at www.BarMedia.com.


Rye Whiskey Cocktail Article
Vintage Cocktails Fueling the Rebirth of Rye Whiskey   October 13, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

Imbued with enticing aromas and brilliantly flavored palates, straight rye whiskeys share a common heritage that is uniquely American.

The Best New Spirits of Mexico Article
The Best New Spirits of Mexico    September 16, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

Tequila doesn’t circumscribe the entire range of Mexican spirits. Here are our candidates for the best new spirits of Mexico…sans tequila.

Best New Tequilas Article
The Best New Tequilas You May Not Have Heard of...Yet   August 19, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

The past year or so has seen the introduction of a bevy of new brands. We’ve culled through the lot and selected our 12 favorites, each a triumph of style and craftsmanship.

Hot New Liqueurs Tantalize Mixologists Article
Hot New Liqueurs Tantalize Mixologists   July 29, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

Fact is, any bartender worth his or her salt will attest the cocktail’s phenomenal renaissance is due in large part to the overlooked contributions of liqueurs and cordials.

Summer Spirits for cocktails Article
Hot New Spirits of Summer   June 16, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

Between the thinning ozone and rising temperatures, your clientele is developing a palpable thirst. The question is — how do you best revive their wilting spirits?

Vodka Article
What’s New with America’s Spirit of Choice   May 27, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

How did a spirit as delicate and nuanced as vodka so thoroughly dominate the limelight? For most consumers the draw is their purity, for others it is vodkas’ enormous diversity.

Vodka Article
What’s New with America’s Spirit of Choice - Vodka   May 20, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

In a country that loves throaty V-8s, barbeque and bone-crunching sports, how did a spirit as delicate and nuanced as vodka so thoroughly dominate the limelight?

Whiskey / Bourbon Article
Hot New North American Whiskeys for 2014   May 5, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

One of the bankable beverage trends in the U.S. is that whiskey sales are now growing at a faster rate than those of light liquors. Big news as this is the first time in over 10 years that that is true.

Rum Article
Hot New Romantic Rums for 2014    April 7, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

Everything you might have heard about rum being the next hot spirit is true. Over the past five years, its sales have significantly cut into what once seemed like vodka’s seemingly insurmountable lead.

Anejo Tequila Article
The 12 Hottest New Añejo Tequilas for 2014   February 25, 2014
By: Robert Plotkin

For a tequila to be classified as an añejo, it must by law have been aged in oak barrels—typically charred American oak barrels—for a minimum of a year up to a day less than three.



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