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11 Great Wines for Fall Under $25

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 6:10 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 | 5:57 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 | 4:06 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 | 3:23 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 | 3:08 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 | 12:15 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 | 11:53 AM

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 | 7:35 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 | 7:27 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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Drink Me Now: Tomatoes

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 5:12 PM

My tenure working the bar at Saxon + Parole ruined the Bloody Mary for me.

Up until then, I had become accustomed to extremely heavy, gazpacho-like variations that were the result of overly salted and overly sweetened canned tomato juice. How was I to know better? Linden Pride, our fearless...

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5 Tragic Drink Fads From Decades Past

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 3:53 PM

Drinking has been America's national pastime for centuries. Life going great? Have a drink! Rough times? Have a drink!

This long, boozy history doesn't mean there haven't been various drinking foibles. It seems like almost every decade of the past century has seen an unfortunate trend take hold, starting, most...

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How to Make a Negroni

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 5:20 PM

This bitter favorite is a classic aperitif cocktail recipe. Learn how to make a Negroni from master mixologist and advisory board member Jacques Bezuidenhout.


  • 1 oz Campari

  • 1 oz Gin

  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth

  • Garnish: Orange half-wheel

  • Glass: Rocks

Add all the ingredients to an Old Fashioned glass and fill with ice. Stir until cold and garnish with an orange half-wheel.

Learn about the origin of the Negroni from advisor Gary Regan, or explore some of its many variations, such as Boulevardier or the Tegroni.

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Make Your Own Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Have you jumped on the flaming bandwagon of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey yet? If not, you'd better start guzzling to catch up with the rest of the country, where the Canadian-based, fire-breathing brand continues to sell and spread through bars like liquid wildfire.

With an undeniable stronghold in the...

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All the Drinks Jay Z Has Name-Dropped

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Over the years, Jay Z has rapped about everything from selling drugs in his younger years in Brooklyn to becoming a husband and, more recently, a father. Jay Z's music has always expressed love for a little liquid refreshment. With his late night spot The 40/40 club...

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8 Brunch Drinks You Have to Try Before You Die

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 8:49 AM

Brunch is a strange thing. It's a bridge between two "real" meals, but it's more of a social activity than a food event. It's a bit of weekend alchemy, allowing you and your best friends to transform last night's hangover into today's happy vibes.

That's where the drinks come...

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9 Very Tricky Ways to Hide Booze

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 1:59 PM

The cat and mouse game between drinkers and the agents of sobriety is an old one, but it's fairly simple. Here's how it works: The agents say "no drinking here," and the drinkers nod politely while finding a new, clever way to hide the sauce.

Since the days of Prohibition--when...

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Drunken Snow Cones: 3 Easy Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Sorry, Snoopy: These boozy snow cones aren't for you.

Instead of sugar and food coloring, these versions contain fresh fruit and citrus juice, strong espresso and, of course, alcohol.

Though customarily made by pouring flavored syrup over balls of shaved ice, these sauced snow cones break from tradition. The booze-and-liquid...

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5 Drinks to Never, Ever Order on a First Date

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Navigating the murky waters of the first date? We're here to help. We've already provided you with a list of super-solid first date orders. Just as valuable is our list of drinks you should never, ever, order--lest you look like a...

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How to Start a Home Bar With Only Four Bottles

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 6:06 PM

If you were stranded on a desert island and could have any four bottles of booze, do you know which bottles you'd pick? That's the question we posed to David and Lesley Solmonson, authors of The 12 Bottle Bar, a newly-published book that, in...

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5 Cocktail Instagram Accounts You Should Be Following

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Do you have your phone with you right now? Yeah, we thought so. Whether commuting or passing time before a meeting, a smartphone is our nigh constant companion. And according to Nielsen, Americans spend about 11 hours a day staring at a digital device of some sort, whether it's...

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