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Sip On This: Four Texas-Made Cocktail Recipes to Keep Summer Going

Sip On This: Four Texas-Made Cocktail Recipes to Keep Summer Going With these four cocktail recipes, your Texas summer never has to end Though one of Texas’ hottest summers is beginning to cool off, that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up refreshing poolside cocktails just yet. To satisfy your craving for a thirst-quenching beverage, we’ve tapped the expertise of four hotels from some of Texas’ major metropolitan areas. Can’t make it to one of these hotspots? No sweat. The beverage selectors hav

There's A Second Kind Of Bipolar Disorder. For Black Women, It Hits Different.

At 21, I’d moved from my home base in Texas to New Jersey. After completing a successful summer internship at Dolce & Gabbana in Manhattan, it appeared I had the world at my fingertips. While I was excited about the change, the dark cloud that had been threatening my disposition for a few years grew too heavy. The world was my oyster, but I soon learned that it would be accompanied by an unwelcome formidable foe. After an unforgettable summer, I returned to Texas with renewed perspective and...

Distillers Are Embracing a Lighter Whiskey Style. But What Exactly Does “Light” Whiskey Mean?

When you think of “light whiskey,” perhaps diet culture or a soft hue comes to mind – especially if you’re new to the category. You’re right about its’ vivid golden color. However, there’s nothing remotely “light” in proof or complexity with this style of whiskey. During the 1960s, the popularity of bourbon and rye subsided, and vodka, gin, and imported whisky became the rage among American imbibers. “Many think the ‘light’ in light whiskey has to do with calories. Light whiskey was curated to

How Starward Made Melbourne a Whisky-Lover's Destination

As people begin to feel comfortable with traveling again, many cities around the globe have reopened to tourists with open arms. While some locales are known as historically rich or replete with idyllic beaches, others are revered as happening hotspots for delicious eats and equally mouthwatering drinks. However, while there are multiple cities comprised of visually stunning sights and tasty F&B, one unique place has become the premier foodie destination full of award-winning wine and spirits: Melbourne, Australia.

‘Black Mixcellence’: New book highlights the ‘integral role’ of Black mixologists in the spirits industry

We're in a "golden era of mixology right now," according to author Tamika Hall. Mixology, the skill of mixing ingredients to create cocktails, is an art form that’s existed for years. For how long it's been around, however, it's been plagued by a lack of representation — from the bar scene to the narratives shared about the origins of Tennessee whiskey. Which is why Hall, alongside acclaimed spirit ambassador, Colin Asare-Appiah, are here to enlighten the world with their new book.

Refresh and Unwind with 15 Cool Summer Cocktails

Here, we’ve enlisted the aid of some of our favorite distilleries, restaurants, mixologists, and spirits industry vets across the country to share what they’re serving up this summer. They even provided the inspiration behind the drinks along with the recipes so you can tap into your inner bartender at home. Whether you’re relaxing poolside or thriving in AC to beat the heat, summer calls for having a delicious boozy treat in hand. If you have a palate for something savory over sweet, or are si

Turn Up These 12 Iconic House Tracks Ahead of Beyoncé’s “Renaissance”

Just days after announcing her forthcoming album Renaissance (set to release on July 29), Beyoncé's new single, “Break My Soul,” sent the Beyhive into a frenzy and onto the dance floor. Featuring Big Freedia, the feel-good track, which was coproduced with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream—who also cowrote Beyoncé's 2009 megahit "Single Ladies"—takes a nod at now-iconic house anthems of the early ’90s, including Robin S’s “Show Me Love.” But it doesn't come as a big surprise: A recent interview with

Grammy-Winning Bassist and Orchestra Conductor Derrick Hodge Creates a Powerful Legacy Through Sound

Not every musician boasts credits for the Super Bowl (the 2022 pre-game “Lift Every Voice” performance by Mary Mary and the L.A. Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), Academy Awards, and Grammys in one year, let alone a lifetime. Yet, Grammy Award-winning bassist and orchestra conductor Derrick Hodge has accomplished all such milestones this year, and now he’s onto the next pivotal career juncture. On June 19, Hodge will make history co-conducting the Re-Collective Orchestra, marking the first-ever...

Barbecue Pros And Pitmasters You Should Be Learning From On Instagram

Many things in life warrant appreciation. There’s viewing the sunset at your favorite beach, the joy of tasting a new whiskey, or hearing a beloved band at a music festival. But as much as the previously mentioned experiences are indeed enjoyable, there’s really nothing like the sights, sounds, smells, and first bite of really good BBQ. The language of barbecue is one that I’m well-versed in, but even the most knowledgeable tastemaker isn’t too good to learn more. So where should the curious afi

Pitmaster Matthew Horn Shares The Keys To Making Perfect Brisket

“I try to preserve the foodways of the South based on what I grew up on,” he says. “And pay homage to the men and women that clicked for me – more so the women – that prepared food for me — showing them respect in everything I do. I’m not the man I am without the women in my life.” “I want people to understand that all this didn’t happen overnight,” Horn told me later. “It’s happened over a period of time. And I wanted to translate that into a book and give people insight on the journey.” This

Success Story: Lifestyle Specialist Kenny Burns Shares Secrets to Entrepreneurship

This feature is in the March/April Next Wave Issue. Click here to subscribe. PUMA teamed up with Kenny Burns in December 2021 for the release of the limited-edition Work Harder GV Special sneaker. PHOTO BY JHALIN KNOWLES Multihyphenate maven Kenny Burns (@kennyburns) has spent over 20 years in the entertainment, fashion and lifestyle spaces doing what he does best: connecting. Forming connections and building opportunities is an art form that Burns has developed since he was a young child.

Behind the Scenes of SXSW: Priya Ragu On Owning Your Roots & Musical Inspiration

Although SXSW 2022 has officially ended, we’re still talking about Tamil-Swiss vocalist, songwriter, and producer Priya Ragu’s energy-packed performances! Ragu’s fusion of sultry R&B and hip-hop coupled with the signature sounds of Tamil music makes for an enjoyable, danceable listen that comes even more alive on stage. Last fall, the burgeoning artist unveiled her debut mixtape, damnshestamil, which taps into her Tamil heritage of which her brother and producer Japhna Gold draw much influence.
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