What I Learned While Attending an Alcohol-Free Cocktail Party (Fortune)

New York’s premier mixologists (including Jack McGarry of Dead Rabbit and Adam Schmidt of PDT) are on hand to shake up alcohol-free “cocktails,” incorporating ingredients like almond blossom, elderflower, and cinchona. And Seedlip, of course. The spirit comes in two varieties: Garden 108, which tastes vaguely like a summer herbs, and Spice 94, which is more pine-y. Both form the base of light and refreshing drinks that yes, do taste eerily similar to a well-balanced cocktail.

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Lawrence Cisneros
Mezcal Los Javis: A Lesson on Scaling Traditional Manufacturing

How do you expand production for a method of production passed down in your family, your community, your culture for thousands of years? 

This is a question that the founders of the Los Javis brand of mezcal had to consider when the pallet of elitistas from Mexico City and millennial Latinos from Los Angeles experienced something different, something pure and exquisite. 

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The Rise of Collaborative Cocktails

But cocktails are different.  Cocktails by their very nature are combinations of other ingredients, namely alcohol, liquid which is sold in the very same store.  Moreover, at bars and restaurants that serve cocktails, the respective alcohol in each drink is listed.  

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