Eric Felten is the James Beard Award-winning author of How’s Your Drink? Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well.

Christmas Drinks

On Christmas Eve, 1826, some of the cadets, including Jefferson Davis, broke the military school’s no drinking policy and indulged in a boozy Eggnog.

Whiskey Madness

There are lines around the block and long waiting lists. Some are even bidding to buy empty bottles. It seems like everyone wants to own Pappy Van Winkle whiskey…but is it worth it?

Modern-Day Snake Oil

The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana.