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Portugal’s Easy, Breezy Aperitif Proves That Austerity and Self-Care Can Co-Exist

Portugal’s Easy, Breezy Aperitif Proves That Austerity and Self-Care Can Co-Exist

Porto tonico, a breezy combination of dry fortified wine and tonic water, is one of the world’s great aperitifs. It’s easy to make, fruity without being sweet, and gently refreshing. In Portugal, the early-evening cocktail is so widespread it almost seems compulsory. After work, you relax with a porto tonico. Going to the beach? Have […]

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Do Pedialyte Hangover Truthers Have a Point? (Maybe)

Do Pedialyte Hangover Truthers Have a Point? (Maybe)

Colin Joliat, the 35-year-old editor of the website Boozist.com, swears by Pedialyte. “I’ve been drinking Pedialyte since the early aughts, primarily as hangover prevention,” he says. “It has always worked wonders for me if consumed before bed after a night of heavy drinking.” Laila Gailani, the bar manager of Zeppelin Station in Denver, Colo., agrees. […]

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Bourbon Distillers Are Betting $1 Billion That International Drinkers Will Save Them From the Next, Inevitable Bust

Bourbon Distillers Are Betting $1 Billion That International Drinkers Will Save Them From the Next, Inevitable Bust

This spring, Buffalo Trace commemorated the filling of its 7 millionth barrel of bourbon with a celebration at its Frankfort, Ky., distillery. The barrel in question was signed by a bunch of workers and some visiting journalists and then rolled through the crowd into the tiny Warehouse V, a “single barrel” warehouse/tourist attraction, as Sazerac […]

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Bartenders: The Impact of Plastic Straws Isn’t Really the Point

Bartenders: The Impact of Plastic Straws Isn’t Really the Point

Like time, consumer outrage flies on the internet. Earlier this month a line of incredibly ill-conceived novelty wines tied to ”The Handmaid’s Tale” inspired such immediate digital fury that the distributor, Lot18, canceled the wines one day after they were announced. Now we’ve turned our collective grimace toward plastic straws.

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From the Angel’s Share to Act of God: Why Collectors Are Now Insuring Whiskey

From the Angel’s Share to Act of God: Why Collectors Are Now Insuring Whiskey

“I was scared to death,” Derek Wallace tells me. The New Hampshire man had a major, if enviable problem. He had way too much whiskey. “I was constantly worried that something bad was going to happen to it,” he says. There are bottles of booze spread all throughout Wallace’s home. Many of his top-shelf offerings […]

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Actually, It Makes a Lot of Sense That Craft Brewers Are Also Distilling Spirits

Actually, It Makes a Lot of Sense That Craft Brewers Are Also Distilling Spirits

Dogfish Head may be one of the more recognizable craft breweries in America, but there was a time when its Rehoboth Beach outfit made it the smallest brewery in the country. After the 90 Minute IPA became a cult favorite, owner Sam Caligione suggested the company “do more,” according to James Montero of Dogfish Head […]

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