Dana Dufek

There’s a subtle art to balancing education with inebriation, but Madison Cocktail Week pulls it off with aplomb. The third annual event returns Oct. 10-15 at locations around the city. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

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Aaron Voskuil

When the beloved Cardinal Bar changed ownership and became Nomad World Pub, many loyal customers were afraid things would change. But Nomad is keeping Cardinal traditions alive, and adding new ones too. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM FOOD & DRINK

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Justin Sprecher

With so many different ways to customize a margarita, sometimes the kind of tequila used can be an afterthought. But not all agave spirits are created equal (or with equal amounts of agave). more

Jun 8, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails

Learn how to make Lucille's margarita before Margarita Fest which is this Saturday, June 10 in the lot outside Pasqual's Cantina on E Washington Ave. more

Jun 5, 2017 2:45 PM Isthmus Events


Laura Zastrow

Women bartenders make their mark on the local craft cocktail scene. Their stories from the front lines cover sexism, their craft and (unruly) customers. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


Carolyn Fath

A saketini from Morris Ramen means you don’t have to choose between sake and a mixed drink. The spiced pear version melds the earthy and the fruity. more

Feb 23, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Justin Sprecher

From an internet rabbit hole about herbal cures for cancer to a shopping trip to the Willy Street Co-op, the inspiration for Gib’s newest cocktail is as charming as the drink itself. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Dylan Brogan

Teenage internet slang meets sophisticated cocktail culture in the Netflix and Chai from Forequarter. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Dylan Brogan

Ever since the Robin Room opened almost a year ago, we’ve been waiting eagerly for the hip cocktail bar to debut a menu of house originals. Last week, they finally did! more

Feb 2, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Lucas Endres

A clarified milk punch from Merchant borrows from a three-hundred-year-old English tradition. The Moloko punch is bright, citrusy and creamy. more

Jan 19, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Linda Falkenstein

Festival Foods’ happy hour makes shopping less of a chore. And the $4-$5 drink specials don’t hurt, either. more

Jan 12, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Laura Zastrow

Grog from the Weary Traveler is like a seasonal smorgasbord of spices. The hot beverage is mulled for hours and is potent, but still perfect mid-day. more

Jan 5, 2017 5:00 AM Cocktails


Carolyn Fath

New Brocach may not look like a traditional Irish pub, but it serves a mean Irish coffee. The bar sticks to the traditional recipe. more

Dec 22, 2016 5:00 AM Cocktails


Carolyn Fath

A Nice Pear from Oliver’s Public House is an homage to Pink Floyd. It’s also a beautiful cold-weather warmer. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM Cocktails

Tenaya and André Darlington “Make Hollywood Great Again” with new food and cocktail book "Movie Night Menus." more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM Books


Carolyn Fath

The Star Bar in the Constellation building is perhaps better known as a beer bar, but it also has a cocktail menu that rotates seasonally. The latest iteration has classics and notes of fall and winter. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM Cocktails


Carolyn Fath

Creole bitters transform the classic Old Fashioned. It’s a tasteful drink that packs a bit of a punch. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM Cocktails 1 Comments


Sharon Vanorny

The Lumberjill at A Pig in a Fur Coat borrows flavor from bacon and maple syrup. Touches of peach create a gender-defying concoction. more

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM Cocktails


Todd Hubler

If November has a flavor, it’s on the menu at Osteria Papavero. more

Nov 17, 2016 5:00 AM Cocktails


Todd Hubler

Hang on to summer a little longer at Lucille. The Summer Love is a good example of how tequila can swing either way. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM Cocktails