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6 Questions About Sangria You Are Too Embarrassed to Ask

6 Questions About Sangria You Are Too Embarrassed to Ask

From backyard picnics to tapas bars to your local Outback Steakhouse, sangria is a summertime staple. The Spanish wine cocktail is one with a muddled history, tracing back to an early Greek and Roman drink called “hippocras” (wine, sugar, spices, and varied ingredients). A similar drink showed up in Spain around 1100 B.C., eventually spreading to […]

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We Unearthed Esquire’s 1949 Entertaining Guide and It’s Better Left Buried

We Unearthed Esquire’s 1949 Entertaining Guide and It’s Better Left Buried

For those of us with a passion for spirits who like to kick it old school, cocktail books are vital. The best include ”Meehan’s Bartender Manual,” by PDT’s legendary Jim Meehan, and Mr. Harry Craddock’s ”The Savoy Cocktail Book.” Somewhere in the middle of a very extensive collection lies ”Esquire’s Handbook for Hosts.” This long-forgotten […]

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Seven Ways to Use Bitters for Cooking, According to Chefs

Seven Ways to Use Bitters for Cooking, According to Chefs

Bitters are to cocktails as salt and spices are to foods. They add complexity, highlighting existing flavors and introducing new ones. But what else can you do with that bottle of boozy extract sitting on your shelf? Apparently, a whole lot. In Angostura’s home country, Trinidad and Tobago, bitters are added to all sorts of […]

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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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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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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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Seven Delicious Things to Do with Leftover Champagne

Seven Delicious Things to Do with Leftover Champagne

While we can’t say we have lots of experience with leftover Champagne, the phenomenon certainly isn’t unheard of, especially this time of year. You are having some friends over for a holiday party, festive dinner, New Year’s Eve fete, and providing plenty of lovely wine, but later find yourself with half a bottle of sparkling […]

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We Asked 6 Bartenders: What’s the Best Champagne Cocktail?

We Asked 6 Bartenders: What’s the Best Champagne Cocktail?

A bubbling glass of Champagne is timeless. And while delicious on its own, it’s a transformative ingredient in cocktails. We caught up with six top bartenders to learn which Champagne cocktails they like best. From riffs on the French 75 to custom creations, these are bartenders’ effervescent favorites. Best of all? They shared their recipes […]

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