That clanging sound you hear way off to the east is the crossing of swords being wielded as the European Parliament battles over what, precisely, constitutes vodka.
I was spending a few relaxed hours with a group of people in an old cantina in dusty downtown Tequila, Mexico, discussing the explosion in the town’s namesake liquor among U.S. consumers and the merits of its various styles.
MOUNT VERNON, Va. — As white-gloved volunteers carefully doled out the amber liquid into tiny plastic cups, a tall, white-haired man regally strolled the ground, accepting congratulations and handing out compliments to his staff.
At one time, gin was such a ubiquitous liquor it would have been unthinkable to talk about a comeback for the white spirit. What did the drink of both society sophsticates and college sophomores have to come back from?