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Why You Should Be Extremely Excited About the Return of Blue Cocktails

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 10:18 AM

Blue curaçao. Those two innocent words can quickly conjure visions of sickly sweet, electric-blue fish bowls and poorly made tiki drinks of past decades.

But that misunderstood mixer serves an important purpose, though it often requires a seasoned hand to prove. Over the past handful of years, blue...

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3 Champagne Cocktail Recipes for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 10:04 AM

You're in good company if you're planning on pouring magnums of Champagne at your New Year's party. But that bottle of bubbles brings with it a few decisions: What kind of Champagne or sparkling wine is best? What's the ideal serving temperature? And how about the ultimate party toast?


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7 Sparkling New Year's Cocktails

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 12:44 PM

When the cork pops at midnight, the real fireworks begin in your glass. Remember that Champagne delights in company: It's the official beverage of celebrations after all.

Keep the party flowing by offering your New Year's guests something beyond straight bubbles. Sparkling wine and Champagne dance a lively salsa...

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The Best Mezcals for $40 or Less

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Ten years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything other than a dusty $20 bottle of worm-drowning swill in the mezcal section of your liquor store. Today, you can easily drop $100 on wild-harvested, handcrafted tepextate or tobalá from any number of industrious importers.

As a result of its...

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014 for Drinkers of Every Kind

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 3:15 PM

A fifth of good bourbon; a bottle of fine aged rum; a sampler of well-made gin: Giving spirits is a reliable holiday plan. But it's also--let's face it--a lazy one. There are so many other booze-related gifts out there. The glassware of the moment? The hottest group bar...
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Build an Epic Holiday Eggnog Bar Because You Can and Should

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Coquito. Rompope. Biblia con pisco: The silky, calorie-laden beverage you probably know as eggnog has many global incarnations.

Eggnog originally descended from posset, a hot British cocktail made with eggs, milk and ale. "Nog" is old British slang for a strong beer, and is a term that has...

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5 Gin Cocktails to Try Right This Second

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Gin is a master of disguise. The clean, botanical tones of the clear spirit appear to take a backseat to more dominant flavors--but without gin, a cocktail's overall luster would be lost.

To truly appreciate the magic of gin's undercover effect, try five cocktails that pair the spirit with...

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Make Your Own All-Purpose Holiday Liqueur

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Cheery music, festive tidings, the promise of snow-topped trees and indulgent meals: It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's the most stressful season of the year. A time to worry about what to serve at big family get-togethers, which nutty relative might make an unexpected appearance and who...

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Ever Wonder What It's Like to Drink Like a Pilgrim?

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 3:23 PM

When we think of the Puritans landing at Plymouth Rock, we think of them being, well, puritanical -- dour, temperate party poopers.

Wrong. Drinking alcohol was a substantive part of life in early New England. Back home in England, a dense population resulted in unsafe drinking water,...

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Five Brandy Drinks to Try Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Ah, brandy: your father's favorite after-dinner sipper. While other spirits have shined during today's cocktail renaissance, this distilled wine spirit has mostly played coy, satisfied with being drunk neat from an elegant snifter. Well, this golden liquor warrants a new spotlight, like the one it it had back in the...

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The Indispensables: Moscow Mule

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Introducing The Indispensables:'s series devoted to the classic cocktails drinkers of every skill need in their arsenal. Each installment features one signature recipe, assembled from intel by the best bartenders. The Indispensables may not save the world, but they'll sure rescue your cocktail hour.

The Moscow Mule...

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11 Great Wines for Fall Under $25

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 7:10 PM

"Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red," said American poet Walt Whitman. O, but ye shall have it your way, Walt, ye shall have it. Though he was talking specifically about orchards, Whitman's sentiment could as easily apply to grapevines. The days are getting shorter and the leaves are...

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7 of America's Most Haunted Bars

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 6:57 PM

Grab your ghost-busting gear: Drinks come with spook back at these long-haunted American bars.

Plagued by paranormal activity, these seedy establishments host all manner of otherworldly guests, from seaworn sailors and pirates to well-known poets and prostitutes. Feel hairs standing up on the back of your neck as you...

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Dinner and a Drink: The Flannel Meets French Onion Dip

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Introducing Dinner and a Drink, a series devoted to hand-in-hand recipes for one easy cocktail and one foolproof dish. Your home entertaining just got a lot more well-rounded.

Something about October whispers of comforting plaids and homey parties. For this installment of Dinner and a Drink, cognac and apple...

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How to Make Candy Corn-Infused Halloween Vodka

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay--literally. It's non-biodegradable.

The sticky legacy of this polarizing Halloween treat can be traced back to the 1880s. Some haters say we're still eating the original batch today. Since then, candy corn has become a familiar trick-or-treat bag filler, even...

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The 12 Best Locally Made Bitters in the U.S.A.

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Cocktail lovers have a way of losing their minds over bitters. It's understandable: Much time and effort go into well-made bitters, and slight adjustments in ingredients can have a profound effect on finished cocktails. These 12 producers from across the United States take their bitters very seriously. Stock up;...

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8 of America's Grittiest Dive Bars

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 1:15 PM

If you're looking for five-star service, you won't find it here. These are the dives that have seen their share of barroom brawls--the places known more for their kitschy bric-a-brac and abused furniture than fancy cocktail menus. These bars may not have phones, websites or even taps, and their floors...

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How to Hack the Hotel Mini Bar

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:53 PM

You've just stumbled in from a marathon of meetings, compounded by crushing jetlag. What lies before you at the end of the day? Quite possibly a mediocre hotel room. What now? You turn to your only friend: the mini bar.

That box of Lilliputian bottles is there...

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The Best Rums Under $30

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 8:35 PM

It's no secret that it can be hard to find just the right rum to fit your cocktail and budget needs. Yes, it's as easy to pay more than $50 for a bottle straight from Martinique as it is to pick up a handle of Captain Morgan. But sometimes your...

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The 7 Essential Wine Apps

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 8:27 PM

The revolution is official: Wine-focused apps are now acting like digital sommeliers. They're helping consumers navigate restaurant wine lists, discover and purchase new wines because friends recommend them and even have wine delivered right to your door. Say goodbye to your formative years -- when wine...

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