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These Are 7 of the Greatest Boozy Foods in Existence

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Liquor and food do a dance that no other pairing knows the steps to. For so long, the natural place to find your booze was in a cup next to your meal. Well, why not add the booze in that meal? And we're not talking wine, folks. Put the pinot...

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7 Legendary American Dive Bars That Should Have Survived

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 11:32 AM

What are the hallmarks of an authentic American dive? The flickering neon sign, the cantankerous old bartender, the backed-up bathroom or the alarmingly cheap booze?

The down-and-dirty criteria for a true dive varies, but the sense of ease you feel when you enter is universal. As dives continue to croak,...

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Gin's Brawny Cousin Is 2015's Next Big Drinking Thing

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Gin is an indispensable ingredient in the classic cocktail arsenal, yet even a brief perusal at pre-Prohibition cocktail books like Jerry Thomas' How to Mix Drinks or The Savoy Cocktail Book tells another story. Sure, gin cropped up in a fair number of drinks, but genever--often called the great granddaddy...

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5 of the Most Bizarre Alcoholic Drinks in the World

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 4:58 PM

There's no denying humankind's passion for alcohol. Residue discovered in ancient pottery suggests that people were fermenting beverages as early as 10,000 B.C. It's not hard to imagine how one of our ancestors may have discovered the intoxicating effects of a decomposed batch of grapes left in a container for...

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10 Revealing Predictions for What You'll Be Drinking in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 4:52 PM

What will everyone see in their glasses in the year ahead? These 2015 predictions include upscale shots, more flexibility in cocktails and even robot bartenders -- plus a few wishful speculations just for fun.

1. Lots of Shots

The backlash against stuffy cocktails will continue with...

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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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All the End-of-Year Entertaining Tips You Could Ever Need

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 5:31 PM

'Tis the season for holiday parties. And no, hosting friends in ugly sweaters over bottom-shelf brands and liter bottles doesn't qualify. It could, but it's not the nicest way to wrap the year.

It's also the kind of party Chicago drinks maven Revae Schneider would be too nice...

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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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