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6 Illegal Cocktails Banned in the U.S. and the United Kingdom

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:58 AM

It's human nature to want to raise the bar. If your car has 300 horsepower, you want 400. If you have a 2,000-square-foot house, you want 3,000. So why should it be any different when it comes to booze? These six cocktails upped the alcoholic ante--then ended up getting slapped...

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The Best Low-Calorie Mixers to Use Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:47 AM

It's officially April, which means that many people who started strong with a New Year's resolution have now totally dropped the ball. Who can blame them--especially if that resolution was focused on eating and drinking healthier.

There's little more daunting than cutting all that delicious sugar from your diet. Let's...

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Two Excellent Styles of Rye Whiskey to Drink Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 3:17 PM

Attention rye whiskey fans: Maryland-style and Pennsylvania-style ryes are making a comeback.

What exactly is this hyper-regional style of rye all about? In the 1700s and 1800s, rye (the grain) grew abundantly in the fertile Susquehanna River valley, which savvy settlers (many with Scottish or Irish roots) distilled...

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7 Innovative American Ciders You Need to Drink Now

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 1:21 PM

Hard cider is no stranger to this country.

History is flooded with mentions of the golden juice. Colonial Americans trusted cider above drinking water and even the founding fathers quaffed startling amounts on a daily basis.

Despite its decline in the 19th century and the ever-surging tidal...

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The Beer Mile Is the Drinking Competition That Could Ruin Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 1:07 PM

It's a bright, blue morning and I'm in the bleachers, trying to look casual while I lace up my running shoes and cover the 12-pack with a spare shirt.

Polite children, tween lacrosse players and geriatric Sunday walkers dot the field. I stretch, taking it all in, and...

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Why Your Next Barware Purchase Should Absolutely Be an iSi Whipper

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 6:01 PM

Wow, your home bar has really hit its stride. You handle that jigger like a pro. You know when to use your julep strainer as opposed to the Hawthorne. And thanks to your handy juicer, your cocktails could not be any fresher. Now that you're...

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The Complete Evolution of Drinking On Mad Men

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 5:49 PM


Twelve months later. Hours--probably days--spent re-watching old episodes to remember what happened for the first six and a half seasons. The new half-season of Mad Men starts on April 5.

While we can't wait to find out what will happen to Don Draper and the rest...

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9 of the Most Famous Whiskey Drinkers in History and Today

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 5:43 PM

For whiskey lovers, there's little better than ending a long day with a glass of whiskey. And no matter how famous you are, this simple pleasure can't be replaced.

Some may prefer Scotch or bourbon, others rye or Japanese whisky. Either way, all you need to indulge in this simple...

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The Secrets Behind the Perfect Irish Coffee

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 5:30 PM

100 bottles of Irish whiskey and 2,000 Irish Coffees? That's a normal day's yield at San Francisco's time-honored Buena Vista Cafe. Batched along the bar in a neat line of 28 glass goblets, the cafe pours more Irish whiskey than anyone in the...

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The 9 Popular Ingredients Showing Up in Cocktails Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 12:35 PM

From mushrooms and kale to oysters and foie gras, it's safe to say cocktail ingredients have stretched beyond straight spirits and citrus wedges. Bartenders are finding ways to infuse savory substances (think: duck fat-infused mezcal) and sweet (see: fig jam) into atypical libations. Maybe it's time you make a checklist....

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5 Super Useful Bottles of Bitters You Should Absolutely Own

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 11:59 AM

In the 1800s, bitters were synonymous with a most unlikely industry: medicine.

Used to cure ailments like coughs, stomach aches and kidney disease, people started realizing that bitters were much better in drinks. (Still, it's hard not to wonder at their restorative qualities after a few sips of an

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The 7 Wackiest Whiskey Flavors in Existence

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 11:21 AM

What do you drink when the typical bourbon or Scotch seems a bit too, well, bland?

From the crazy, but expected likes of salmon and bacon vodkas to the more cringe-inducing bottles like honey-flavored Scotch and maple bourbon, some drinkers fawn over wacky bottlings--and flavored whiskey seems...

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The Most Disgusting Cocktails Ever, In Photos

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Before taking your first sip, you feast with your eye. The rich red color Campari adds to your Negroni, the crazy garnishes of Bloody Mary and the creamy texture of your holiday Egg Nog are all a cocktail's way of making your mouth water and saying "Drink me now." Most...

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5 of the Most Complicated Cocktails on the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Most cocktails aren't a big commitment to make, if you're a cocktail fan of any sort. You've got the supplies, a well-stocked bar and the know-how to mix them. There are some cocktails, though, that take far more effort than the average margarita or martini (though...

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5 Comforting Slow Cooker Cocktails to Help Deal With Winter

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 5:04 PM

The age of hands-free hot cocktails is at hand. Don't put your slow cooker in the corner--it's good for far more than quietly stewing tough cuts of meat.

Load that big-batch juggernaut with booze for a winter party and revel in the shaker-less freedom of ready-to-serve hot buttered rum...

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5 Pioneering Ways to Reuse All Those Empty Bottles You Have

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 4:54 PM

The next time you think about throwing out that empty tequila bottle, stop. That bottle may be your ticket to a snazzier house.

Some people may not see the correlation between alcohol consumption and home decor, but empty liquor bottles can kill two birds with one stone for anyone who...

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Drink to the Oscars With Inspired Celebrity Cocktails

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 4:27 PM

The role of cocktails on the silver screen is no great mystery.

From James Bond's famous Vesper to Nick and Nora Charles' continuous stream of on-screen martinis, some classic movies are defined by what the characters imbibe. But, it makes you wonder:...

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10 Drinks You Should Never Ever Drink on Valentine's Day

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:48 AM

Picking a romantic cocktail is relatively easy. You can go with Champagne, go classic or, yes, go red.

What about drinks for the rest of us, the grumpy curmudgeons and sad singles of the anti-Valentine's vanguard?

These 10 cocktails are great to sip while you binge-watch Netflix, tear...

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6 of the Most Insanely Dangerous Cocktails Ever Created

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Almost everything exciting or wonderful in life has a hint of danger. Cocktails are no exception.

Whether that danger comes from the peculiar punch of the green fairy or from an airborne arc of flaming Scotch, these exciting drinks will get your pulse and the party going.


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These 8 Presidents Really Knew How to Drink

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 1:51 PM

Reagan had his jellybeans and Clinton once reveled in cheeseburgers. But what did these leaders drink to get their jollies? You might be surprised by the level of boozing accomplished in the presidential office as early as 1797. Everyone from John Adams to L.B.J. did his share of drinking--but it...

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