J. Fergus

J. Fergus

J. loves writing about the vices of life — decadent food, strong drinks, potent cannabis, and increasingly invasive incredible technology — as well as culture and relationships. You might have seen their name in Foodbeast, Tastemade, Chowhound, and The Spruce Eats. They use they and she pronouns, but they're always Mx. Fergus.

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How Neat: 8 Best Gins to Drink Straight

These complex botanical spirits stand on their own, but there's no judgment for adding a little ice.
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How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale

We’re all familiar with the mechanics of drinking, but not everyone is acquainted with the nuanced art of drinking absinthe.
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8 Best Tonic Waters Guaranteed to Make a Splash in Your Next Mixed Drink

These supermarket staples and craft tonic waters will elevate your G&Ts and much more.
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Find out why your meaty meals leave you in a puddle of sweat and what you can do about it.
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Go beyond Martini and Rossi with this global look at the modern vermouth landscape.
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Ashley Wells: The Somm Behind LA’s All Time

Her wine curatorial skills have shaped dining in the city for more than a decade.