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These 17th Century Monks Went on a 40-Day, Beer-Only Lenten Fast… With the Pope’s Approval

These 17th Century Monks Went on a 40-Day, Beer-Only Lenten Fast… With the Pope’s Approval

The past two years have been good to hard-drinking disciples. Pope Francis famously declared wine a necessity in 2016, and former Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday with a beer and bretzels in August, 2017. Only one beer in recorded history received an actual blessing from the pope.

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Hotel Bars Are Outshining the Tiny Cocktail Lounges They Helped Create

Hotel Bars Are Outshining the Tiny Cocktail Lounges They Helped Create

Your great-grandmother was probably a pretty cool lady. If she lived in New York, she may have sipped an exciting new cocktail called a Bloody Mary, which, as the story goes, was invented in the 1930s at the St. Regis hotel’s famed King Cole Bar (named for the iconic 1908 mural on one of its […]

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This Oregon Brewery Wants You to Make Your Hot Toddies With Beer

This Oregon Brewery Wants You to Make Your Hot Toddies With Beer

When it comes to restorative boozy beverages enjoyed on cold winter nights, hot toddies have enjoyed their reign for years. And while they may very well remain on top for decades to come, a relatively unknown but increasingly popular alternative is brewing in Portland, Oregon. Every winter, Cascade Brewing releases a limited-edition, seasonal brew called […]

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WTF Are Mulling Spices, and Why Don’t We Use Them More?

WTF Are Mulling Spices, and Why Don’t We Use Them More?

The origins of mulled wine are murky, but the concept (masking subpar hooch with spice-rack staples) is as old as time. Greeks and Romans sugared and spiced runoff wine as early as the 2nd century. In the Middle Ages, folks lacking access to potable water spiked wine and cider with “medicinal” infusions like honey, saffron, bay […]

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If Instagram Existed in the 1980s Flair Bartenders Would Be Influencers

If Instagram Existed in the 1980s Flair Bartenders Would Be Influencers

Like most of the strange yet amusing things on planet Earth, flair bartending is probably best explored via YouTube rabbit hole. Almost immediately, you’ll encounter the self-proclaimed “Bruce Lee of bartending,” a man who wears the kung fu icon’s famous yellow jumpsuit while juggling four bottles in slow motion at a Taipei cocktail bar. A […]

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The Ultimate Hangover Cure Is an Iconic Italian-American Pasta

The Ultimate Hangover Cure Is an Iconic Italian-American Pasta

As anyone who has chased ibuprofen with an Egg McMuffin can attest, hangovers are no joke. Excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates us, disrupts our metabolic functions, and increases a toxic compound called acetaldehyde. Results include a terrible suite of symptoms ranging from headaches to nausea to rewatching Michael Bay movies from the late 1990s. Regional hangover […]

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Rum & Pepsi? How Coca-Cola Won the Cocktail Wars

Rum & Pepsi? How Coca-Cola Won the Cocktail Wars

Among the modern world’s bitterest rivalries (Red Sox versus Yankees, CrossFit versus joy) lies Coca-Cola and Pepsi. The battle spans generations of pop drinkers. Multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns have engendered lifelong Coke loyalists, those who swear by Pepsi, hipster antagonists who insist their brand is RC Cola, and a growing phalanx of the health-conscious who’d just […]

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Five Hot Toddy Recipes to Fight Winter’s Chill

Five Hot Toddy Recipes to Fight Winter’s Chill

Whether you call it hygge (pronunciation: please don’t) or good old-fashioned reclusiveness, winter weather means staying in with a mug of something hot and boozy. As temperatures decline, and iCals consist of canceled doctors’ appointments, we present an array of Hot Toddy recipes perfect for kicking back and keeping cozy. The contested origins of Hot […]

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