Thirsty: The Age of Ice

Why would you spend good money on good whiskey, then throw in a glass full of those pale half-moon cubes from your refrigerator ice maker?

Thirsty: 100 Mugs of Beer on the Wall, 100 Mugs of Beer...

The Thirsty Test Kitchen has discovered a club so prestigious that we hesitate to let you in on the secret, for fear of making it even harder to get in ourselves.

Thirsty: Last Call

Sometimes it’s nice to go where not everybody knows your name.

Thirsty: Chug-a-lug, Chug-a-lug

The inside scoop on makin' some pretty tasty, and strong, moonshine.

Thirsty: Bye-Bye BYO?

On my mind one August day, during an idyllic sail from Block Island to Vineyard Haven, was the prospect of a great meal at The Black Dog, complete with a BYOB of good champagne stored in a hold below the water line.

Thirsty: The Booze Cruise Authority

It was with some trepidation that I approached the lunch counter of the Steamship Authority ferry Martha’s Vineyard, at lunchtime, alone, on a weekday, intent on ordering two alcoholic beverages.

Thirsty: It Was a Dark and Cranberry-Infused Night...

The venerable concoction is popular on the Island, in part because sailing is a big deal here, and most anywhere more than one sailor gathers, rum is probably going to show up.

Thirsty: Local Vodka

Ryan Shea is an optometrist by day and his business partner Nick Peters is a contractor. But on nights, weekends, and any spare minute they can manage, they make vodka.

Thirsty: Next Up, Local Lipitor

Let’s make bacon chocolate bourbon shots!

Thirsty: Oh, Mersey

So, the editor of this venerable publication asked me to write a column on drinks. Hmm. Either he thinks I am a good drinker, or a good writer.

I will leave evaluation of the sentences I manage to string together for others to judge. I confess, however, that the editor may have been motivated to enlist my expertise because of my long experience in sizing up a bar, backed up by a fine appreciation for well-crafted beer, well-distilled spirits, and well-mixed cocktails.