Ask Adam: How Do I Flame a Citrus Peel for a Cocktail Without Committing Arson?

Ask Adam: How Do I Flame a Citrus Peel for a Cocktail Without Committing Arson?

Got a question? Email advice@vinepair.com. Why do some bartenders light citrus peels on fire, and which side are you supposed to light? You might think a bartender is simply flaming citrus to show off, but that’s only part of the reason it’s done. Flamed citrus adds wow factor, yes, but it also helps accentuate the flavor […]

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Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

These days it is incredibly rare to find a quality Cabernet Sauvignon from California for under 20 bucks, let alone under $15. Thanks to the success of Napa, California has become the land of high-quality, expensive Cabernet. Most great bottles of Napa Cab cost an average of $50, and anything under $20 is usually not […]

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There Has Never Been a Better Time to Drink Your Way Through Dublin, Ireland

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Drink Your Way Through Dublin, Ireland

If you’re a drinker of Guinness — and let’s be honest, who isn’t? — it’s likely you’ve already considered a trip to Dublin. You’re in luck, because Dublin is cooler than ever. The Irish capital has grown from a small city into a bustling metropolis filled with great bars, hotels, and restaurants. And it’s only […]

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Ask Adam: What’s the Difference Between Malt Liquor and Beer?

Ask Adam: What’s the Difference Between Malt Liquor and Beer?

Got a question? Email advice@vinepair.com  What’s the difference between cheap beer and malt liquor? In reality, not much. Both are made the same way: You create a mash, let it ferment, bottle it, let it carbonate, and then you have your product. The real difference lies in what’s used to create each, and the amount […]

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Ask Adam: Is There a Substitute For Vermouth if I’m Out?

Ask Adam: Is There a Substitute For Vermouth if I’m Out?

Are there any easy substitutions for vermouth if I don’t have it at home? I wanted to make a Martini the other night and realized I was out. Unfortunately, there are not really any “easy” substitutions for sweet or dry vermouth, as the other spirits that will work are less common in home bars.

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