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Give it a Twist — and enjoy!

When the original Silly's restaurant opened nearly 25 years ago, the owners chose Albert Einstein as their mascot — an image of him, hair akimbo and tongue extended, graces the sign and menus.
Have a Silly summer
By BRIAN DUFF  |  July 13, 2012
ShortTake: Men In Black 3

Review: Men In Black 3

Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg), a fifth dimensional alien, can see the infinite possibilities each moment possesses and the infinite contingencies that caused it to happen.
Infinite possiblities
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 25, 2012
Boardwalk Empire TV

Is Boardwalk Empire about to enter its golden age?

Dispel any remaining doubts. The new season (which begins this Sunday at 9 pm on HBO) unfolds with a new leisurely, cinematic grandeur.
Easy livin'
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2011
Twist: Dew it again

Twist: Dew it again


Don’t get us wrong: we enjoy a fruity cocktail with a ridiculous name as much as the next girl. But when old man winter starts rearing his snow-covered head, it’s time to slowly sip a no¬nonsense drink that’ll warm us from the inside out.  Which is why the re-emergence of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey’s classic crock is a well-timed and refreshing departure from all of the cucumber-basil-blackberry-bacon-infused liquors we’ve been drinking lately. The special bottle — based on the ceramic crock created 60 years ago — is a nod to the days of traditional whiskey bottling and features a deep green neck and gold lettering that makes it a no-wrapping-paper-required gift for the hardest-drinking folks (or anyone who appreciates a solid, time-tested beverage) on your last-minute list. And fe
By Erin Souza  |  December 11, 2008

Twist: 11.18.08

Twist: 11.18.08



The rum around

Rum, for better or worse, has a sense of rebellion tied to it: pirates, buccaneers, revolutions, your first mixed drink — y’know, those sorts of things. The sweet and spicy flavors of darker rums often stir up memories of Caribbean vacations (or at least summers spent mixing amateur cocktails in the backyard). But Ron Zacapa 23 — a premium rum smooth enough to sip and strong enough to give you that warm-inside feeling — is proving that the islands aren’t the only place synonymous with great sipping. Zacapa, an interesting spin on high-end liquor, recently made its US debut. The Guatemalan rum is distilled at the ultra-high altitude of 8000 feet above sea level from sugarcane instead of molasses, setting it apart from other, similar spirits. Zacapa’s Lore

By Erin Souza  |  November 14, 2008
Tru story

Tru story


With the onslaught of earth-friendly and health-conscious organic products to the market, it’s becoming easier than ever to respect your mother Earth when shopping for everything from water bottles to faux-leather boots. In fact, green living is no longer a trend but a mainstream lifestyle. And thanks to Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Matthew, the husband-and-wife duo behind Modern Spirits, you can pick up some virtuous vodka for your dirty martinis. Sure, there are plenty of brands that allow you to bring your carbon footprint down to a tiptoe, but TRU Organic Vodka (available in straight, lemon, and vanilla flavors) comes in 100 percent recycled, recyclable, or biodegradable packaging, is USDA-certified organic, and is bottled using 25 percent less
By Erin Souza  |  November 03, 2008

Champagne Dreams

Champagne Dreams


If your knowledge of Champagne history only extends as far back as your last cocktail party, we can commiserate. Before getting our hands on Colby College assistant professor Tilar J. Mazzeo’s latest book, The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled it (HarperCollins Publishers, 2008; $25.95), all we really knew about famed Champagne house Veuve Clicquot was that we loved the pricy bubbly it produced. Mazzeo takes an in-depth look at the veuve (French for widow) behind the label — Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin — and tells the story of how Champagne became synonymous with style. Some of it (like the pages about Clicquot Ponsardin’s obstacles during the Napoleonic Wars) reads a bit like a history textbook, but the inspirational rags-to-one-of-the-r

By Erin Souza  |  October 17, 2008
Think outside the bottle

Think outside the bottle


Despite — or due to — the fact that we can’t even draw a stick figure, we appreciate truly beautiful art when we see it. Which is exactly the reason we love the new art-in-a-bottle series Essential Artists from 1800 Tequila. In what’s become a kind of palette-meets-palate collaboration, the company rounded up emerging artists whose work they considered modern and innovative and commissioned them to create collectible, limited-edition art for their 1800 Silver tequila bottles. The nine artists hail from six cities in the United States and Mexico, and the varied art they turned out reflects not only their diverse backgrounds and personalities, but also the lack of restrictions placed on them when designing their pieces. The only limitation w
By Erin Souza  |  September 22, 2008

Eight is Enough

Eight is Enough

Tequila sometimes gets a bad rap. It doesn’t always play well with others, and it’s known to give a good beatdown to those who abuse...
By Erin Souza  |  September 08, 2008
Cool as a cucumber

Cool as a cucumber

Our totally illogical side likes to think that eating a salad for dinner will magically counteract all the calories we consume sipping cocktails. (Yes, we...
By Erin Souza  |  August 25, 2008