Additional Articles/Posts by Maryse Chevriere

  • The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee
    Who doesn't perk up when they hear news that suggests a favorite vice may actually have a few virtues? People should — literally — if new research about the health benefits of drinking coffee is to be believed. Click here to see the The...

  • 13 Favorite Champagne Cocktails for New Year's Eve
    Between the flurry of holiday parties and family gatherings that fill the social calendar this time of year, chances are that by the time New Year's Eve rolls around, you're starting to experience a little sparkling wine exhaustion. Not that...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Nerbone’s Bollito Bagnato
    It’s easy to give recommendations for great food in Florence. Pear-stuffed fiochetti with cream sauce here, buffala margherita pizza with pillow-puffed crust there, as-creamy-as-it-gets gelato here and there. But to only address the to-be-expected...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juicing
    "Star Slims Down with Healthy Juice Cleanse." It's the kind of headline you're no doubt used to seeing splashed across weeklies, tabloids, and celebrity gossip sites. (And why not? You figure, if there's anything a Hollywood actress...

  • Starbucks Secret Menu: The Ultimate Guide
    Starbucks customers know the situation all too well: You're standing in line, reciting the precise order of the five different descriptors that constitute "your drink," when you hear the person in front of you make a request so foreign...

  • 8 Cutting-Edge Cocktail Bars
    In today’s landscape you’ll find new bars, inspired by old bars, serving modern interpretations of classic drinks; and old concepts made fresh again that are applauded for their revival of tradition, but in a contemporary setting. Click to see...

  • Decoding Italian Wine Classifications
    Even for the experienced wine drinker, determining if a bottle of wine you have never tried before is going to be good is difficult. The label can tell you what grapes were used, where they were grown, and how much alcohol the resulting wine is packing,...

  • 6 Mother's Day Brunch Cocktail Ideas
    Bringing Mom breakfast in bed is a long-standing Mother's Day tradition for many families. But with all the planning required for a successful Mother's Day brunch at home — deciding between French toast and pancakes or Eggs Benedict and the...

  • 8 Drinks to Boost Your Metabolism
    Around this time of year — that is, shorts and swimsuit season — you tend to see a lot of buzzwords for the body-conscious being thrown around in the food-writing arena. Things like "waistline-friendly" and "calorie-burning...

  • How to Make a Spiced Old Fashioned
    There's no denying the appeal of a well-made, classic Old Fashioned cocktail. No muddled mess of orange and maraschino cherry — just bourbon, sugar, and bitters over ice with a simple lemon twist for garnish. As expert bartender Naren Young puts...

  • Kentucky Derby Drinking Game 2012
    The Kentucky Derby may be the the "fastest two minutes in sports," but it's an exhaustive couple of hours of pre-coverage waiting for the big race to actually start. If you're at a viewing party, all decked out for the occasion with a...

  • Robot Bartender Can Fetch, Serve You Drinks
    A coffee machine that can receive order via text message, a typewriter that can make mixed drinks — these are just a couple of examples of the kind of technological innovations that exist in the world of drink today. So what's next, a robot that...

  • 7 Fast-Food Iced Coffees to Avoid
    It seems like some sort of cruel joke that the warm-weather season’s tastiest drinks — thick and creamy milkshakes, rich blended frappes, and the like — can be some of the biggest threats to your swimsuit figure. In the coffee category,...

  • Hand Sanitizer: The Latest Trend in Teen Drinking
    There seems to be no limit to the ridiculous things people will do to get drunk. Guzzling spiked whipped cream, double-fisting 40s of beer duct-taped to your hands, taking a vodka shot in your eyeball (yikes) — you name it, someone out there...

  • 7 Space-Age Drink Gadgets
    A couple of weeks ago, the Internet was ablaze with the news that an unmanned, robotic taco-delivering helicopter had been invented and was set to debut in San Francisco. Unfortunately for taco-loving enthusiasts, that turned out to be more hoax than...

  • America's 30 Most Powerful People in Drink
    It’s been said here before that "power is the ability to make things happen. It’s authority, strength, muscle, swack, juice." And in the last two years we have identified food industry players — big names and otherwise —...

  • The Health Benefits of Drinking Beer, Illustrated
    Most folks really don't need much incentive to drink beer. But just in case you were debating whether or not to pick up that sixer on your way home from work, you might want to check out this cool new infographic from smart-spending web site...

  • The Beginner’s Guide to Ordering Beer
    There’s no reason why wine lists should take all the heat for being super intimidating and exclusionary. Indeed, for those still operating on a learning curve when it comes to beer, many of the great lists at today’s geekiest spots read like a...

  • Can We Pick on Something Besides Wine for a Change?
    The wine industry is just such an easy candidate for the "pretentious snob" award. Yes, wine experts (and wannabes) can sometimes be pompous fuddy-duddies and smug little know-it-alls. And yes, the exaggerated washing machine sound some people...

  • Would You Hug a Vending Machine for a Free Coke?
    Students at the National University of Singapore have been caught on tape hugging a Coca-Cola vending machine, and it's not because they're really desperate for a jolt of caffeine before their next class, or because they're crazy. It's...

  • 220 More Ways to Call Someone a Drunk, According to 'Benjamin Franklin'
    A couple of weeks ago, booze-minded history buffs and consumers of Internet ridiculousness were gifted with I Made America's hilarious viral video featuring Benjamin Franklin's 220 synonyms for "drunk." For the uninitiated, the video...

  • 12 Most Ridiculous Beer Names
    The craft beer industry is serious about making good beer. But save for that all-important and unwavering goal, it’s doubtful that the word "serious" would find its way onto the industry’s would-be "About Me" page. Craft...

  • Skinnygirl Tops List of Fastest-Growing Spirit Brands
    It's not the most revolutionary concept out there: Low-calorie, ready-to-serve cocktails for diet-conscious imbibers. But as it is often said, sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ideas. Surely reality star and healthy-lifestyle entrepreneur...

  • Best Brews to Drink to Celebrate Session Beer Day
    It just seems so fitting that Session Beer Day (April 7) should fall on a Saturday in spring. [slideshow:53550] After all, these are beers generally characterized as flavorful, interesting brews with a low enough alcohol content to allow you to drink...

  • 3 Creative Ideas for Spiking an Arnold Palmer
    What better drink to celebrate the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament with than the Arnold Palmer — that classic, thirst-quenching combination of equal parts lemonade and iced tea named after the legendary American golf pro?  Nothing, except maybe,...

  • 5 Funniest Reactions to the New PB&J Vodka
    Peanut butter and jelly-flavored vodka. Kudos to the person whose mind isn’t sent into immediate overdrive with snarky, satirical quips about preschoolers drinking and ridiculously named "martinis" at the mention of such a concept. The...

  • James Bond to Ditch Martinis for Beer?
    The vodka-based martini made famous by Ian Fleming's James Bond character is already cause enough for contention. So imagine the reaction when it was revealed recently that the British secret agent would be adding beer into his beverage rotation in...

  • Cocktail Ice(berg), Right Ahead!
    A very major occasion is upon us — some might even call it one for the books. Titanic, the one-time highest-grossing film ever and the reason why girls who were teens in the '90s still hold a torch for Leonardo DiCaprio, is being re-released to...

  • Excellent Egg Cocktails for Easter
    Easter is a big day for eggs. A great many will find themselves hard-boiled, their shells painted in a pastel palette, while more still will wind up on the plates of eager brunch-goers. The cocktail-minded set, however, might suggest yet another...

  • 15 Great Bars for Drinking Outdoors
    Great drinks, great settings, great weather — once spring is in the air, the appeal of a bar with great outdoor seating is easy to understand. But as simple as the basic formula is, there are, of course, variables that set some apart from the rest...

  • Europeans are the World's Biggest Drinkers
    Europeans have a lot to brag about in the wine, spirits, and beer departments. It may not come as too much of a surprise then, that a recent report by the World Health Organization and the European Commission found Europeans to be the world's heaviest...

  • What Wines Pair with Hot Dogs?
    Hot dogs on the grill, cans of beer chilling in a nearby cooler — it's all you need to set the stage for a classic backyard barbecue. But what if, instead of the beers, there were stemmed glasses and bottles of wine at the ready?  In a...

  • 12 Quick and Easy Drinks to Start the Day
    Breakfast is important — moms have said it from the beginning, doctors can’t stress it enough, and health-conscious friends love to remind us of it. But no matter how many times or ways it's said — and how true it is — if you...

  • McDonald's Slapped with 2 Coffee Lawsuits
    McDonald's must be grateful iced coffee season is finally here, considering that hot coffee seems to get them into nothing but trouble. According to reports, the fast-food giant is facing not one, but two new lawsuits stemming from incidents at...

  • 220 Ways to Call Someone a Drunk, According to Benjamin Franklin
    Booze-minded history buffs, here's a fun little nugget of trivia to take with you to the bar: Benjamin Franklin's 220 synonyms for calling someone "drunk." Clearly quite the seasoned imbiber, Franklin first compiled the terms in a 1737...

  • Making the Cosmo Cool Again
    You could argue that the oversaturation of cosmos during the Sex and the City era left the irrefutably "girly" cocktail with a bit of a sullied reputation. It was the drink that that kind of girl ordered at that kind of bar, and somewhere along...

  • Tips Every Home Bartender Should Know
    Spending even just a couple of minutes watching the bartending wizards behind today’s best cocktail dens is enough to make any aspiring home bartender feel a little inadequate. The confidence of their pours, the showmanship of their shaking, all...

  • 15 Cocktails to Celebrate Spring
    Forget that for most of us, this past winter was easily one of the mildest in recent memory —that shouldn’t detract from any excitement over the fact that spring has finally arrived. We’re at the starting gate of that lovely but fleeting...

  • World's Coolest Starbucks Stores
    It’s no doubt a rare occasion when a Starbucks store gets associated with words like "unique" and "one-of-a-kind." Rare, but not outside of the realm of possibility. In the last couple of months, there has been a string of...

  • Cold Stone Shake, Starbucks Frappuccino Among Biggest 'Diet-Busting' Foods
    By this point it should be common knowledge that diet-busting, calorie-bomb foods and drinks are everywhere — predictably gracing the menus of favorite fast-food joints, and even sitting inconspicuously on supermarket shelves. Still, these (often...

  • Did Jessica Simpson Almost Name Her Baby 'Zinfandel'?
    Zinfandel: Great for making bold, dark red wines or the widely popular sweet, inexpensive blush wines. As a baby name? Eh, not so great. Yet, according to one loose-lipped family friend of expectant mom Jessica Simpson, it's one of the "...

  • Sexually Rejected Male Fruit Flies Turn to Alcohol
    Be honest, guys, you've all been there before: Rejected by the object of your heart's desire, you decide to seek a little cocktail consolation. An unexpected sympathizer of your plight? The male fruit fly, who apparently is drawn to booze when...

  • Guinness Is Not the Most Popular Beer on St. Patrick's Day
    According to results on YouGov BrandIndex, a company that tracks public perception of brands, the title of "best perceived" beer on St. Patrick's Day in the U.S. goes to Samuel Adams. Guinness, meanwhile, ranked sixth nationally — that...

  • America’s Best Irish Bars
    Defining the qualities that make up a great Irish pub is a bit like trying to map a path to that elusive pot ‘o gold — you can feel it when you’re on the right track, but the signs for how you get there are never the same. [slideshow:...

  • Apparently, #Shamrocking Is a Thing Now
    What do you get when you combine the moves of an Irish jig with McDonald's cult favorite Shamrock Shake? Apparently, the fast-growing Internet meme known as #Shamrocking. As with the St. Patrick's Day tradition of dyeing beer green, the origins...

  • Dog Herds Men to the Pub in New Guinness Ad
    As you might have guessed, it looks pretty damn funny. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Guinness, the holiday's flagship beer, has released a new ad parodying competitive sheep herding. The stage is set at the "St. Patrick's Day Sheep...

  • Rye Whiskey in Short Supply?
    Fans of rye whiskey might want to consider stocking up on some of their favorites — and fast — because the so-called "rye renaissance" is causing some major brands to run dry. According to The Chuck Cowdery Blog, the growing...

  • Bottled Water 'May Be Glorified Tap Water'
    In a recent article for Men's Health, David Zinczenko, of Eat This, Not That fame, decides to air bottled water's dirty laundry. And considering that bottled water is, as he points out, the second-most consumed commercial beverage in the United...

  • Starbucks to Launch Single-Serving Coffee Machine
    Like that (slightly annoying) type-A overacheiver that was in everyone's class in high school, Starbucks and it's many, many projects can be difficult to keep up with. They're entering the juice bar business! They're launching a new roast...

  • 8 Beers to Drink on St. Patrick’s Day
    For fans of great brews, it’s admittedly a little worrisome that Googling "St. Patrick’s Day Beer" instantly returns a rash of images and links to neon-green pints. St. Patrick's Day is arguably one of the greatest beer-drinking...

  • Watch Martha Stewart Take a Vodka Shot
    She may be famous for decorating with doilies and cooking an impeccable version of everything, but Martha Stewart seems to have no problem getting down and letting loose when the occasion calls for it. Last night, on Bravo's late-night talk show...

  • Would You Drink Iced Tea-Flavored Light Beer?
    You can bet that beer geeks are, at this very moment, sewing their lips shut at the mention of iced tea-flavored light beer. Nevertheless, Moloson Coors Brewing Co. is banking on the unusually flavored product to help inspire consumers to buy beer instead...

  • It's Official: Mexican Coke Tastes Better Than Regular Coke
    Forget the big debate swirling around the alleged link between soda and cancer, there's a bigger soda-related question on the table at the moment — does Mexican Coke actually taste better than regular Coke? According to a recent taste test on...

  • World's Best-Selling Sodas Linked to Cancer
    In a just-released report that is bound to raise some red flags and ruffle a few feathers, The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) links soda to a cancer-causing chemical. And not just any soda, but four of the world's best-selling sodas...

  • How to Make a Perfect Manhattan
    "Any cocktail menu I make anywhere, I make sure that this drink is there — it's literally so good." That's Employees Only bar master Dushan Zaric talking about the Manhattan served at the popular New York City cocktail haunt. And...

  • Wine Experts' Recommendations Are Kind of Useless
    Have you ever stuck your nose into a glass of wine and wondered why, despite serious effort, you simply cannot detect the notes of "violets" and "cracked pepper" the expert at the store described it as having? Well, if the results of a...

  • Alcohol Art Is Really Beautiful
    A well-made drink is a beautiful thing — any cocktail enthusiast can attest to that. But thanks to microscopy scientist Michael Davidson, we can see that booze is beautiful on the inside, too. Back in the 1990s, while at the Florida State Research...

  • New Store for Beer Geeks in New York City
    New York City does not want for places where beer geeks can congregate in hoppy, sudsy bliss. You can find beer-centric bars with seasonally rotating taps, brewmaster-hosted special events, and lists that rival a child's Christmas wish list in length...

  • Really "Hot" Manhattan Bar
    Just as us "been-there-done-that, seen-it-all-before" New Yorkers were beginning to itch for something new and exciting to marvel at, along comes East Village's fresh-faced cocktail den, Booker & Dax. There, champagne flutes are chilled...

  • Alcohol Art is Really Beautiful
    A well-made drink is a beautiful thing — any cocktail enthusiast can tell you that. But now, thanks to xx, we can plainly see that booze is beautiful on the inside, too.

  • Watch This Cocktail Get Torched By a Red-Hot Poker
    Just as us been-there-done-that, seen-it-all-before New Yorkers were beginning to itch for something new and exciting to marvel at, along comes East Village's new cocktail den, Booker & Dax.

  • Rappers Love Moscato Wine
    Back in December, we predicted that moscato — that sweet, light, approachable white-wine varietal — would continue to rise in popularity in 2012. Sales of the so-hot-right-now wine grew an impressive 73 percent in 2011 (after...

  • How to Order Wine Without Sounding Stupid
    In recent years, the world of wine and its champions have made impressive strides to overcome that harsh, nagging stereotype that wine lovers are snobby and elitist. [slideshow:57984] We’re lucky, really, to be living in such an age of drink super...

  • Teixeira to Get the Yankees Into Juicing?
    According to the the famous Yankees first basemen, his introduction to juicing was "love at first sight" — literally, that's the name of the first juice he tried at East Village juice bar, Juice Press. Well, apparently the player...

  • Canned Dark 'n Stormys, Coming Soon to a Store Near You
    Well, here's some interesting news as we cruise on into March, with the promise of spring and warmer weather well within our grasp: Gosling's rum is going to be releasing a ready-to-drink, canned version of their signature Dark 'n Stormy...

  • Starbucks Charges Extra for More Water?
    Attention, Starbucks tea drinkers — here's something you might want to look into.  According to this disgruntled San Francisco-based Yelper, their usual grande tea recently came with an unwanted addition: a price hike. After ordering...

  • Coolest Starbucks Ever?
    Forget Squaw Valley's groundbreaking ski-in/ski-out Starbucks, or Tukwila, Wash.'s eco-friendly outpost made from reclaimed shipping containers — because this new Starbucks in Japan's Fukuoka prefecture has to be the coolest store design...

  • Pepsi Next, the In-Between Soda for Everyone
    For its latest product launch — its biggest, and significant in several years, no less — PepsiCo appears to have adpoted a Goldilocks mentality: Aim for the middle. Pepsi Next, a 60 calories-per-can soda that doesn't taste like diet, is...

  • Oscar Party Drinking Game
    What is the best way to celebrate Oscar night? Make like you're in Hollywood and throw a glitzy and glamorous viewing party? Whip up some dishes and drinks inspired by the nominees? Here's another suggestion: Get together with your favorite...

  • 11 'Best Bars' Now James Beard Award Semifinalists
    Earlier today, the James Beard Foundation announced the 2012 James Beard Award semifinalists in categories representing chefs, restaurants, and wine and bar programs. As was reported, New York City and Chicago dominated with a total of 22 (not counting...

  • Shake Shack Made a Jeremy Lin-Inspired Shake
    Last week, "Linsanity" officially crossed over into food geek territory when beloved New York City burger institution, Shake Shake, debuted a special "Jeremy Lin-Mint" milk shake. The slam dunk of a shake, inspired by the insta-...

  • The Newest Celebrity Chef in the Wine Business
    This week, chef Marc Forgione — of New York City’s Restaurant Marc Forgione and Iron Chef fame — announced the release of his own private wine label. The appropriately self-titled label currently features two wines: a 2010 Felines-...

  • Would You Give Your Kid a 'Babyccino'?'
    The "babyccino" — that's a decaf or imitation coffee drink for babies, to you laypeople — may sound like something straight out of an episode of Portlandia, but the concept is no joke. The Brooklyn Paper reported that the...

  • The World Now Has a Ski-In/Ski-Out Starbucks
    Ever the consummate innovator, the clever folks at Starbucks have come up with yet another thing we didn't know we needed but are very excited to have: a ski-in/ski-out Starbucks. The just-opened venue is the world's first (within the Starbucks...

  • Drinking a Lot of Soda May Cause Lung Disease
    Unlike coffee and red wine, soda is not one of those "good for you one day, bad for you the next" beverages whose benefits occasionally outweigh its drawbacks. Generally speaking, when it comes to studies charting the health of soda drinkers,...

  • Who Makes the Best Hot Chocolate in the US?
    According to Food & Wine, these 25 cafés and restaurants around the country do. Admittedly, it's a solid list — featuring everything from the famed variety at New York City's City Bakery (which, this month, holds its Annual Hot...

  • 10 Cocktails to Celebrate Valentine's Day
    Sweet cocktails, spicy cocktails, drinks featuring chocolate liqueurs and bitters, and others flavored with floral spirits — we have recipes for all that and more in our Valentine’s Day cocktail roundup.   Chocolate Cherry Russian This...

  • Dear Grant Achatz, Please Bring Aviary to New York City
    The New York City bar scene is already an embarrassment of riches, it’s true. But if there was ever an occasion to be greedy, pushy, gotta-have-it-all-and-now New Yorkers, well… this is it, folks. Tuesday, Grub Street reported that New York...

  • 12 Surprising Soda Flavors
    Mushroom-flavored soda? Just like Jack in the Box’s new bacon shake, it’s for real, as bizarre as it sounds. Except, of course, this soda is not a fast-food company’s bait for consumer attention, but rather one of the many artisanal...

  • 9 Things That Make Your Bartender Really Mad
    It’s easy to behave badly in bars — almost too easy. You’re drinking, it’s a social environment, the lighting is dim and forgiving… you’re drinking. But really, guys, that’s no excuse to toss all common sense and...

  • 12 Great Session Beers to Try
    It’s easy to understand the appeal of the "session beer" concept — flavorful, interesting brews with a low enough alcohol content to allow you to drink several at a time and not regret it the next morning. (OK, maybe make that "...

  • Enter to Win a Trip to the French Caribbean!
    It's getting colder out every day, you've longsince gone from tan to pasty, and you can't even remember what the beach looks like. Not to worry, our friends over at Liquor.com feel your pain and want to help. The online cocktail and spirits...

  • 12 More Drinks on Starbucks' 'Secret Menu'
    Last August I had a revelatory experience. A good friend, and Starbucks non-enthusiast, had accompanied me to the local ‘bucks to pick up a quick drink. I ordered my usual, reciting the string of descriptors with the greatest of ease. And she...

  • How to Make the Perfect Martini
    "I think this is probably the most important drink in the world — certainly the most important cocktail," asserts master mixologist Simon Ford in one of Liquor.com's newest videos for their How to Cocktail series. He is, of course,...

  • 25 Beers with Great Label Art
    You don't have to be a card-carrying hophead to recognize that the craft beer movement is all about making brews with stand-out-in-the-crowd personalities. IPAs of all colors and varying degrees of mouth-puckering bitterness, creative reimaginings of...

  • 9 More Disgusting Cocktail Names
    As you may well know, it doesn't take much more than a quick peek through the index of cocktail recipe books, such as Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide or The Bartender's Best Friend, to realize just how bizarre and downright...

  • Reviewing Starbucks' New Blonde Roast Coffee
    Tuesday marked the release of Starbucks' new Blonde Roast coffee, the lightest roast profile to be offered in the chain's 40-year history. The milder brew is available in two new flavors — the "mellow and soft" Veranda Blend (...

  • Best Hot Chocolate to Buy (and the Worst)
    "The weather outside is frightful" may be a line in a popular Christmas song, but anyone truly familiar with negative-degree temperatures and words like "blizzard" and "black ice" will tell you that when it comes to...

  • 8 Unique New Year's Eve Parties
    There is an inordinate amount of pressure put on where and how one chooses to spend New Year's Eve. Do you go big, flashy nightclub with the great dancing, not-so-great drinks, and steep ticket price? Or do you opt instead to dress up and make it a...

  • Top Drink Trend Predictions for 2012
    Speculating what the presiding beverage illuminati might have in store for us in the coming year can feel futile and frustrating. That glass-like sphere at the bottom of your cocktail is no crystal ball, my friend, it's just a really good-looking...

  • Introducing The Daily Meal's New Drink City Guide Pages
    The Daily Meal is proud to unveil the latest additions to its coverage of all things food and drink: Brand-new drink guide pages for its 12 featured cities. Designed to help improve and expand our coverage on a local level, consider these pages your...

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas
    Forget the familiar song about those leapin' lords, milkin' maids, and that partridge sitting in his pear tree. Where's the carol about what happened when the lords and maids met up at the pub, and the partridge got into the stash of pear...

  • Worst Drinks to Order at Your Office Holiday Party
    Office holiday parties are kind of like the proms of the corporate world. [slideshow:47361] They're a little awkward and a little cheesy (but, you know, between us, you're totally looking forward to it). People drink way too much, exhibit lapses...

  • Best Eggnog to Buy (and the Worst)
    As much as we applaud your good-intentioned enthusiasm in wanting to make everything yourself this holiday season, when it comes to items like eggnog, there's no shame in turning to the supermarket for help. Although it's not difficult to make at...

  • The Daily Meal's Christmas Drinking Game
    It doesn't matter what you have in your glass — eggnog, punch, a warm cocktail, champagne — chances are you're going to be drinking a lot this holiday season. Why not up the ante this Christmas with a fun game that actually turns...

  • 10 Great Winter Beers to Try
    It may be the perfect time of year for enjoying a comforting cup of hot chocolate or a belly-warming glass of mulled wine, but just because the temperature outside is getting icy doesn't mean you can't reach for something ice-cold to toast the...

  • 25 Favorite Winter-Weather Drinks
    There is a lot to love about the December season, but sometimes the pressure of getting everything done in time for the holidays, combined with that frightful, biting cold can turn even the biggest wintertime fan into a Grade-A Grinch. Nothing a nice,...

  • The Ultimate Drink Lover's Gift Guide
    We all like being on the receiving end of a really great, genuinely thoughtful gift — obviously. [slideshow:44365] But, there's definitely an argument to be made for being the person on the flip side of that equation. The one who paid...

  • Le Comptoir's Smoked Salmon Croque Monsieur
    The idea of ordering a smoked salmon croque monsieur at Paris' Le Comptoir could easily raise a few eyebrows. Ordering a croque monsieur at a Parisian bistro — isn't that a little played out? And not only that, a fish and cheese sandwich...

  • Catching the Bitters Bug
    In today's age of the craft cocktail, there is no shortage of details to geek out over. The ice, the homemade infusions and syrups, the glassware — the list goes on. Brad Thomas Parsons, renowned writer, blogger, and genuine cocktail enthusiast...

  • 10 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors
    The drink options on Thanksgiving, arguably the greatest of the food-centric holidays, usually center around well-priced wines that pair with a range of flavors, or perhaps a selection of Belgian-style beers. But what about some options for our friend the...

  • 12 Beers to Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner
    [slideshow:42428] When considering the players to invite to share your Thanksgiving Day table you would be remiss to skip past the beer case on your way to the wine racks. Not that wine isn't welcome at the party — it most certainly is —...

  • How Starbucks Is Staying at the Top of Its Game
    Starbucks seems like that kid in high school that got good grades, was the star of three different varsity sports teams, participated in countless extracurriculars, and still had a social life. They're that rare breed of exceptional, successful...

  • 7 Fast-Food Holiday Drinks to Avoid
    [slideshow:41676] Everyone knows that the holiday season is a several months-long minefield of temptation and indulgence. The great bird and its many, oftentimes eclipsing, accompaniments. Roasts and hams and homemade pies galore. Bowls of punch, nog,...

  • How to Make Better-Tasting Coffee
    When someone like John Moore, vice president of sales and marketing for Dallis Bros. Coffee, tells you, "A great cup of coffee is no small miracle," you believe it. [slideshow:40909] There are, after all, so very many things that could go wrong...

  • Wake Up and Smell the Craft Beer
    Josh Bernstein is the kind of guy you want to geek out with over a couple pints. He can wax poetic about fresh-hop beers, fall's fleeting brew delicacy, and advocate on behalf of the little guys, the country's many small, but deserving...

  • 12 Tasty Halloween Cocktails
    Witches, ghosts, pumpkins (of course), and those made bloody or tricked out with candy — such are the usual suspects of Halloween. But we're not just talking about your friends playing dress-up here — on a festive night like this, the...

  • 6 Craft Beers to Try in Asheville, N.C.
    Arguing that Asheville is one of the country's best cities for craft beer enthusiasts is an easy position to take. It's won the vote for BeerCity U.S.A. the last three years in a row. It's home to nine craft breweries and a  handful of...

  • What to Drink to Help Fight a Cold
    Coughs, sniffles, sneezes — if not already, chances are the sound of these will soon be playing like an unwanted soundtrack on loop in your everyday life. (Heck, at some point you'll probably join in the chorus.) Yes, the dreaded cold and flu...

  • The Perfect Hot Chocolate
    For those of us curmudgeons out there who still lament the passing of summer's long, sunny days (yes, even in mid-October) and dread the quickening progression into winter's harsh climate, let me take this opportunity to remind you of one of the...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Tortas Frontera's Cochinita Pibil Torta
    Imagine you have a layover in an unfamiliar airport, you've got about 45 minutes to catch your connecting flight, and you're hungry. Scratch that — really hungry. And the last thing you want to do is charge $10 to your credit card for some...

  • 7 Quirky Coffee Shops
    It takes a lot to surprise people these days — to stand out from the crowd, and make someone do a double-take. Tell you what though, a coffee shop with a life-size replica of the DoLorean (you know, from the '80s classic, Back to the Future...

  • Behind the Scenes at Jackson Family Wines
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  • How to Get the Most Out of a Wine Tasting Event
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  • 6 Misleading Beverage Labels
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  • The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine
    Drinking wine can be good for your health — we know, you're familiar with the topic. But don't even try and tell me that you're tired of the subject, or that you wouldn't pass along the results of some new study supporting the...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee
    "A great cup of coffee is no small miracle," remarked John Moore, V.P. of sales and marketing for Dallis Bros. And granted, given how widely accessible coffee has become — especially in the U.S., where you need but travel a few blocks in...

  • The Best Drinks at Trader Joe's
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  • How to Cold-Brew Coffee
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  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies
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  • 10 Incredible Wine World Records
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  • 6 Delicious Alcoholic Milkshakes
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  • How to Taste Whisky
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  • Drinks to Help Your Body Stay Cool
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  • 10 Fantastic Wine Cocktails
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  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists
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  • 5 More Ways to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew
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  • 6 Spicy Summer Cocktails
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  • 7 Most Offensive Beverage Ads
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  • The Best Sangria Recipes
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  • Complementary Cocktails at The Beagle
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  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk
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  • Fast-Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks
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  • Tips for Making Perfect Frozen Cocktails
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  • Sandwich of the Week: Hocca Bar's Belíssima Sandwich
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  • Best Athlete-Endorsed Sports Drinks
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  • Best Athlete-Endorsed Sports & Energy Drinks
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  • BBQ Cocktails (Literally)
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  • 25 Wines to Drink This Summer
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  • Krug Opens its Kimono
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  • Krug Opens its Kimono
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  • 6 Tips for Staying Hydrated
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  • Drinking Gadgets for Dad
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  • Drinking Gadgets for Dad
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  • 10 Tips for Making Perfect Iced Tea
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  • Tips for Making Perfect Iced Tea
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  • A Café Crawl Through São Paulo
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  • Great 'Cue, Great Drinks Too
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  • 5 Make-at-Home Natural Energy Drinks
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  • Natural Energy Drinks
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  • Natural Energy Drinks
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  • A Taste of Eataly's Birreria
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  • A First Taste of Eataly's Birreria
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  • The Problem with the Historical Cocktail Movement
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  • Celebrities' Favorite Coffee Shops
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  • 6 Up-and-Coming U.S. Wine Regions
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  • Rules for How to Behave in a Bar
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  • Rules for How to Behave in a Bar
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  • Rules for How to Behave in a Bar
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  • Planting Hudson River Valley's Newest Riesling
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  • Planting Hudson River Valley's Newest Riesling
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  • 6 Healthy Alternative Milks
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  • Healthy Alternatives to Flavored Milk
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  • 3 Food-Friendly Cocktails
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  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball
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  • Where to Drink Italian Craft Beer
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  • Where to Drink Italian Craft Beer
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  • Where to Drink Italian Craft Beer
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  • Top Terroir: Aaron von Rock's Producer Picks
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  • Kentucky Derby Drinking Game
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  • Kid-Friendly Mocktails for Mother's Day
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  • Kid-Friendly Mother's Day Mocktails
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  • 7 Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails
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  • How to Navigate a Tequila Menu
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  • How to Reject a Bad Wine
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  • 4 Ideas for Brewery Weddings
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  • 5 Stand-Out Brunch Cocktail Menus
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  • 6 Stand-Out Brunch Cocktail Menus
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  • Cool Crème de Violette Cocktails
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  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails
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  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails
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  • Alan Richman Would Make the Best Sommelier Ever
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  • Cocktails to Help Survive Tax Day
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  • How to Taste Tea Like a Pro
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  • New York City's Ilili
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  • Inspiring Eco-Friendly Winemaking Practices
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  • 5 Unique Wines to Try Right Now
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  • 6 Bizarre Beverage Lawsuits
    Consider the following headline: "Man Sues Over Mouse in His Energy Drink Can." Gross? Most definitely. Suspicious? Maybe. Bizarre? At the very least.  For the uninitiated, the case in question is that of Washington teenager Vitaliy...

  • A Genuinely Cool Collection of Beer Cans
    What kind of book might you find on the coffee table of dedicated beer enthusiast? How about a photographic compendium of vintage beer cans (480, to be exact) from the 1930s up to the 2000s? The book, Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans, catalogues the...

  • How Long Does it Take for Jell-O Shots to Set?
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  • Wine Tips: April Wine Events
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  • 7 Do-It-Yourself Drink Projects
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  • 5 Myths About Greek Wines
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  • New Season, New Cocktail Menu
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  • Port as Cocktail Mixer
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  • Actor Kurt Russell, Winemaker
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  • 8 Great "Green" Beers
    Does the idea of cheap, light beer mixed with blue food coloring make your tastebuds recoil? Inspire your inner beer geek to launch into a huffy, indignant tirade? Good news, it doesn't have to be that way with green beer. Consider a less literal...

  • Tracing the Origin of Green Beer
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  • Top Terroir: Rubén Sanz Ramiro's Producer Picks
    On Top Terroir we ask a different wine expert who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. In this installment, we hear from Rubén Sanz Ramiro, head sommelier at Veritas in New York City which boasts a 75,000-plus bottle wine cellar....

  • For the Love of the Shamrock Shake
    About 20 web pages deep into research about a mint milkshake it hits you: those folks over at McDonald's are a real clever bunch. Newspaper articles, blog posts, online forums, videos, websites — all dedicated to the fast food giant's...

  • A Lesson in How to Make Bitters
    You almost hate to hear it: Making your own bitters at home? Yeah, it's actually not that difficult.  Because there's no excuse now — and you start to think, how could I not have been doing this all along? Ideas for black cherry-...

  • Oscar Night Drinking Game
    How do you do Oscar Night? Make like you're in Hollywood and throw a glitz and glam viewing party? Whip up some dishes and drinks inspired by the nominees? Here's another suggestion: get together with your favorite fellow movie geeks and play an...

  • Pepsi Behaving Badly
    "'Skinny' can, fat controversy." It's a headline that should be well familiar to people by now — the reference, of course, is to Diet Pepsi's new "taller, sassier" can design. (Released to coincide with New York...

  • America's Oldest Bars: Arizona
    In this installment of America's Oldest Bars, we visit Arizona. Compared to New York and Louisiana, this state's longest living watering holes are relatively young — most of them only dating back to the early 1900's. Still, the oldest...

  • Drink Quiz: Cocktail Matchmaker
    What kind of Valentine are you? Are you and your partner a perfect match? For those that seek the eternal wisdom of online personality quizzes for the answers to such questions, here's another one for you. Introducing the Cocktail Matchmaker Quiz: We...

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions
    Recipes that call for ingredients like "bacon-infused bourbon" and "housemade tangerine and serrano vodka" needn't send novice home bartenders running. Liquor infusions are not just a hat trick reserved for experienced and...

  • 5 Food and Wine Pairings for Valentine's Day
    Planning the ultimate Valentine's Day meal tends to send people into a panic. You got the hot date (score!), now what foods should you serve? Oysters, black truffle, chocolate — all are classic choices. But then there's the even more stress...

  • Sandwich of the Week: Chicken Shawarma at Houston's Phoenicia Deli
    Ask me for Houston restaurant recommendations and you'll get cut off mid-sentence: "Lupe Tortilla's beef fajitas! Goode Co. Barbecue's smoked turkey on jalapeño cheese bread! Chicken fried steak!" It comes out in one excited,...

  • Best of the Vintage Beer Commercials
    When it comes to Super Bowl winners and losers, the conversation isn't just about the football teams. Often it's about the night's other big players — the commercials. Beer commercials have a history of dominating the airwaves on...

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    In a market where drinks like Pizza Beer and Tofurky soda actually exist, it's no wonder some didn't doubt MeatWater to be a real product. It's not, as it turns out. The fictional beverage line was created as a "comestible work of art,...

  • Top Terroir: Gino Nardella's Producer Picks
    On Top Terroir we ask a different wine expert who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. In this installment, Gino Nardella, Master Sommelier at The Stafford London by Kempinski shares his picks — all three, as it happens, descended...

  • 8 Unexpectedly Awesome Wine Regions
    It's easy to be blinded by the stars. In the world of wine, you might argue that this is especially true, where the superstar regions of France, Italy, California, and such reign over the market like an "A" crowd of popular high school jocks...

  • 7 Make-Ahead Tailgate Drinks
    You don't need us to tell you that when it comes to throwing a successful tailgate party, top-notch food and drinks are priority #1. Of course, as far as beverages are concerned, there's nothing easier or more iconically "tailgate" than...

  • Tasting "New Australian" Cuisine at Per Se
    Hey, French nouvelle cuisine of the 1970s, I'll see your escalope de saumon à l'oseille and raise you "New Australian" cuisine's Berkshire pig jowl with maltose crackling. The dish was the ace in a winning hand of seven others...

  • 4 Innovative Cocktail Mixers, Cubed
    Freezing Bloody Mary mix into ice cubes to use in an innovative, modern take on a Bloody Mary. It's the kind of idea you can't help but look at and think, "Damn, that's clever, why didn't I come up with that?"  Consider the...

  • Best of the Jumbo-Sized Drinkware
    Starbucks iced coffee junkies' "Can I super-size that?" fantasies have finally come true. Not long after unveiling a new, streamlined logo, Starbucks has announced that it will be introducing a larger iced coffee size to its lineup,...

  • Top Terroir: James Tidwell's Producer Picks
    On Top Terroir we ask a different wine expert who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. In this installment, James Tidwell, Beverage Manager and Master Sommelier at the Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas shares his picks:   Producer...

  • 10 Golden Globe Nominee-Inspired Cocktails
    If you're planning on watching the Golden Globes this Sunday, we recommend you take in the ceremony with a few cocktails inspired by this year's nominees. Rooting for 30 Rock? Make it a craft ice cocktail where the rocks are the star. Can't...

  • 5 Tips for Making Healthy "Mocktails"
    Even though you don't have to cut out alcohol entirely when you're on a diet (there are several tricks to making low-calorie cocktails), it's certainly the healthier option. Make the transition to cocktail-free a little easier by becoming a...

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs
    The funny mug — everyone has at least one in their collection. There are the wordy ones, branded with clever, witty puns. The "collector's items" and souvenir mugs, and of course those silly ones decorated with cartoons. And let...

  • Drink Quiz: Cocktail Name or Karaoke Song?
    You're out at the karaoke bar with your troop of tone-deaf compatriots, ready to rock. But first, a little liquid courage — so you place your request: Tequila Sunrise. Next thing you know, the familiar intro to the classic Eagles tune is...

  • 9 Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails
    Let's be honest, the idea that you were going to wake up on New Year's Day and kick-off that resolution to eat better and kill the carbs was a bit unrealistic. (Because if we're being really honest, you were probably still hungover from the...

  • Cocktail Appreciation at Anvil Bar & Refuge
    "Sorry man, we're just not that kind of bar." It's a phrase you're likely to hear repeated if you spend even just a few hours at Houston's young temple to the craft cocktail, Anvil Bar & Refuge. On a recent Saturday...

  • 10 Terrific Champagne Mixers
    You're hosting the New Year's Eve festivities this year and you're totally prepared. You've got it all: Food, favors, and most importantly — a well-stocked bar. Good vodka for those who like it simply with club soda, whiskey or...

  • Best Drink Toasts and Cheers'
    The holiday season calls for a lot of raising of glasses. Toasts to family and friends. Toasts to health. Toasts to prosperity, success, and happiness, of course. By the time New Year's Eve comes around, it's all you can do to think of something...

  • Tips and Tricks for Making Hot Cocktails
    If you're anywhere in the Northeast right now, you know — it's a big bowl of soup and hot cup of something to drink kind of day. But if you've had to deal with any of the stress and reprecussions that several feet of out-of-your-control...

  • 5 Variations on the French 75
    With New Year's Eve right around the corner, we know you're looking for some last minute champagne cocktail inspiration. So here's a thought: Why not do like so many of today's top bartenders and kick it old-school? Enter the French 75, a...

  • Drink Experts' Favorite Hangover Cures
    We've said it before and we'll say it again: Hangover cures are like hiccup cures, everyone has a theory about what works best. A favorite local dish, something you make at home, hair of the dog, medicine, sleep, some combination thereof —...

  • Best of the Celebrity-Branded Liquors
    Hot on the heels of the announcement that infamous porn star Ron Jeremy will soon be releasing his own line of "adult" rum, Ron de Jeremy, we bring you a round-up of some of the best (and most surprising) celeb-backed liquors.   Crystal...

  • 5 Awesome Drink Party Tricks
    Office holiday happy hours, Christmas, New Year's Eve — 'tis the season to party. And do you know what that means (aside from a lot of drinking)? A lot of opportunities to impress people while drinking. We're not talking about who has...

  • Liquid Fruitcake: 12 Fruitcake-Flavored Cocktails
    Love it, hate it, love to hate it — you might call fruitcake the canned cranberry sauce of Christmas. An iconic symbol of the holiday more talked about than actually consumed (save a few loyal devotees), there's something about this loathesome...

  • Amstel Light Burger Bash
    The burger barons came out to play at last night’s Amstel Light Burger Bash, kicking off the 2010 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival in epic gluttonous style. Presented by Allen Brothers, and hosted by Rachel Ray, the event featured...

  • The Daily Meal's Christmas Drinking Game
    It doesn't matter what you have in your glass —  eggnog, punch, a warm cocktail, Champagne — chances are you're going to be drinking a lot this holiday season. Why not up the ante this Christmas with a fun game that...

  • Bento Box Basics: 5 Helpful Tips
    Let's face it, bag lunches can be a real snooze. Even when you're a good cook, keeping things interesting and varied is a definite challenge. Enter the bento box, your all-in-one, fun to make, fun to look at, fun to eat, creative lunch solution....

  • 8 Iconic Cocktail Debates
    You slide onto the barstool and order your drink — a martini, let's say. The request sounds simple enough, right? But anyone who calls this drink their own knows there's a follow-up question. In this case, perhaps even two. Vodka or gin?...

  • 6 Personalities, 6 Unique Culinary Vacations
    Everyone has taken those waiting room magazine personality quizzes. What kind of friend are you? What kind of dieter are you? But how about, what kind of culinary vacation are you? If you've ever traveled with a food geek, you know that where and what...

  • Tasting Notes: Lompoc's 8 Malty Nights Chocolate Rye Porter
    Before you light the last candle in the menorah, toast to Hanukkah with a glass of Lomboc's 8 Malty Nights Chocolate Rye. The porter is part of the Portland-based restaurant and brewery's new line of seasonal holiday beers. Just released on...

  • Tasting Notes: Lompoc's 8 Malty Nights Chocolate Rye Porter
    Before you light the last candle in the menorah, toast to Hanukkah with a glass of Lomboc's 8 Malty Nights Chocolate Rye. The porter is part of the Portland-based brewery's new line of seasonal holiday beers -- including another one designed for...

  • Top Terroir: Dwayne Savoie's Producer Picks
    On Top Terroir we ask a different wine expert who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. We can't promise they'll be in your local wine store, but we will tell you where to look for them online. In this installment, Dwayne Savoie,...

  • 8 Cocktails to Drink on Repeal Day
    Sunday, December, 5th, marks the 77th anniversary of the end of that dark and legally booze-less era known as the Prohibition. To honor those dedicated, alcohol-loving lushes who kept cocktails alive during the years between 1920 and 1933, why not spend...

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels
    Just as a great cocktail name can have real selling power, so too a clever wine label. These days, the more traditional label landscape -- images of sweeping vineyards and etchings of far-away French châteaus -- has been infiltrated with amusing...

  • 5 Beer Bottle Opener Alternatives
    We've already seen people go to great — not to mention creative — lengths to open a bottle of wine when they are without a corkscrew. But what about the beer drinker? Lose the bottle opener and you've got to figure out another way...

  • 8 Over-the-Top Latte Art Designs
    Latte art has the ooh-ahh factor for coffee that craft ice has for cocktails. Intricate designs depicting delicate rosettes, hearts, and swans — all made from the careful manipulation of hot milk foam in espresso. Poll baristas on the secret to...

  • 10 Sexy Cocktail Names
    Forget gross-out cocktail names that leave you green in the face, what about those X-rated drink names that make you cheeks turn red? With references to everything from intimate moments to silky lingerie, these racy cocktails might prove a little...

  • Bar Crawl: Beyond Austin's 6th Street
    In the Bar Crawl series we hone in on a neighborhood or street with an undeniably happening drink scene. We tell you which spots to hit, what the vibe is like, and what drink should be in your hand. Mention of Austin's historic and perennially packed...

  • Top Terroir: Emily Wines' Producer Picks
    On Top Terroir we ask a different wine expert who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. We can't promise they'll be in your local wine store, but we will tell you where to look for them online. In this installment, Emily Wines, master...

  • Best Beverage Scandals
    Four Lokogate 2010. It's the kind of controversy that makes even a sensible person (like myself) lunge for one of the last remaing original cans in the bodega beer aisle. The recent buzz about cult favorite 'alcopop' Four Loko — and...

  • Q&A with WineChap.com's Talia Baiocchi
    From geeking out on wines from the Canary Islands to describing wine with references to mythical beasts, WineChap.com's Talia Baiocchi is taking wine talk in a whole new direction.   I heard you’re a big fan of the wine that’s coming...

  • Ultimate Thanksgiving Bargain Wine Round-Up
    There is a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Family, health, friends...bargain-priced wine. Seriously, if you've ever hosted the big feast, you know how expensive the grocery list can be, nevermind the cost of decorations and drinks. And let...

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors
    There is just so much fun to be had with holiday-themed cocktails. On Halloween, potent potions come dressed up as witches and pumpkins, tricked out with candy and edible gore. Christmas inspires a host of warm cocktails, riffs on eggnog, and drinks...

  • The Art of Tasting Coffee: Cupping 101
    Agitate and breath in the aroma of the liquid. Then take a sip—evaluating the mouthfeel, identifying its notable flavor characteristics—and spit. No, it's not wine you're tasting, but coffee. Reffered to as "cupping" in...

  • 5 Creative Ways to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew
    You wouldn't let a little thing like not having a corkscrew stop you from enjoying that bottle of wine you just bought, right? Seriously, if MacGyver can light a fuse without a match or build a bomb out of a fire extinguisher, there has to be...

  • Sparkling Wine and Food Pairing Q&A
    Chances are you're going to be drinking a lot of bubbly over the next month, so knowing how best to pair food with your favorite bottle is essential. We recently spoke with Jeff Morgan, author of the Domaine Chandon Cookbook and co-owner/winemaker for...

  • Previewing Insieme's New Chef
    For those who have yet to visit Insieme since the debut of its new executive chef, Andres Julian Grundy, consider the following as incentive. Chestnut tagliatelle with duck crackling and foie gras emulsion. Slow-cooked short ribs with geoduck clam and...

  • Bar Crawl: D.C.'s U Street Corridor
    In the Bar Crawl series we hone in on a neighborhood or street with an undeniably happening drink scene. We tell you which spots to hit, what the vibe is like, and what drink should be in your hand.    Mention "best drunk eats" and...

  • Top Terroir: Matthew Mather's Producer Picks
    On Top Terroir we ask a different wine expert who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. We can’t promise they’ll be in your local wine store, but we will tell you where to look for them online. In this installment, sommelier...

  • Top Terroir: Matthew Mather's Producer Picks
      On Top Terroir we ask a different wine expert who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. We can’t promise they’ll be in your local wine store, but we will tell you where to look for them online. In this installment,...

  • Taste-Off: Pear vs. Pear
    So far in the Taste-Off series we've matched a pumpkin latte and a pumkin beer, and compared two varieties of alternative pasta. In this latest installment, we test a pear liqueur against a pear vodka. There are several ways to incorporate the...

  • 7 Great Winter Weather Cocktails
    Baby, it's starting to get cold outside. Just a few months ago, the order at the bar was a cold beer cocktail or refreshing Dark 'n' Stormy to beat the summer heat. Now, it's a belly-warming hot toddy or glass of mulled wine to make the...

  • 10 Unexpected Champagne and Food Pairings
    When pairing Champagne and food there are some general guidelines to keep in mind. The acidity of the wine is key. Are you going for a complementary pairing, or a contrasting one? What about an aged Champagne, or a rosé? There are some classic...

  • For the Love of Craft Ice Cubes
    I geek out over good-looking ice in a cocktail. For this, I have to thank the growing current of like-minded folks — bartenders and cocktail bloggers alike — who have championed the resurgence of craft ice. People who, if not obsessive about...

  • 8 Weirdest Culinary Certifications
    The growth of the food industry and people's interest in it has everything trending towards super-niche-- including culinary certifications. Consider yourself a beer authority? Prove it by becoming a Master Cicerone. Want to know just about all there...

  • Q&A: The Art of the Modern Punch Bowl
    Signs seem to be pointed to the punch bowl as the latest cocktail culture trend to be given the "everything old is new again" treatment. And the timing couldn't be better, what with all the holidays coming up, a well-crafted flowing bowl...

  • Liquid Candy: 8 Sweet Spirit Recipes
    Instead of having to resort to stealing the mini packets of M&Ms and Snickers bars from the kids' post-Halloween loot, try stocking the bar with some candy-flavored spirits. Here are eight cocktails for adults past the trick-or-treat stage looking...

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food
    Over the year, we've asked some of the country’s best chefs what their favorite daily meals are: which dishes they would eat every day if they could. We've gotten their picks for favorite junk food. We've brought you their preferences...

  • Not So South-of-the-Border Tacos
    Forget about trying to avoid the Korean barbecue taco trend right now. Check the online food news dailies, and there it is: official word that New York's first Korean barbecue taco truck, Korilla BBQ, is up an running. Scan your Twitter feed around...

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up
    Make no mistake, cocktails get to play dress-up on Halloween too. There are witches and ghosts, pumpkins of course, and others made bloody or tricked out with candy. As with any great costume, kitsch and creativity are key. Some of the best dressed start...

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    Beer cocktails. Finally, a beverage trend that attempts to find a common ground between the cocktail enthusiast and the beer drinker. Purists in either faction may turn up their noses, but the popularity of the beer-cocktail combination has been...

  • Eataly's Pasticceria
    In The New York Times' Dining Section today Sam Sifton appraises the latest outpost of the Bastianich-Batali empire. If you haven't yet visited Eataly, their Italian resto-megamart in the Flatiron District, the Pasticceria is a rewarding place to...

  • Best Brooklyn Food
    The caliber of restaurants that Brooklyn has to its name has made the borough destination worthy for the food-obsessed. You'll find two of New York's Top 5 pork chops there, enviable Neapolitan and New York-style pizzerias, as well as some of the...

  • Best East Village Food
    Walk along the streets of New York's East Village and you'll find restaurants as diverse and colorful as the characters that inhabit them. A Moroccan cafe a couple blocks from a great lobster roll hole-in-the-wall, which happens to be next to a...

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails
    In today's age of the craft cocktail, and with the rise of farm-to-bar mixology, the herb garden has a more prominent role than ever in the bartender--pardon, bar chef's--ingredient repertoire. With everything from lavender to lemon verbena being...

  • A Year in Food Festivals
    A barbecue block party in Manhattan. A celebration of local produce in Ohio. The New York and South Beach Wine and Food Festivals. Behold the scenes -- and dishes -- captured over the last 12 months at food festivals from around the nation.  Click...

  • Best Of: New York Food & Wine Festival 2010
    Battles for the title of best burger, meatball, and sandwich; an interactive wine dinner with the country's top sommeliers; parties that married tacos with tequila, and bacon with bourbon. This year's New York Wine & Food Festival proved once...

  • Chefs' Choice
    At their restaurants, chefs are responsible for making a variety of delicious and inventive dishes for their diners. But what do these top toques like to eat when they’re out of the kitchen or cooking for themselves? We asked some of the country...

  • Fall Cocktail Ingredients
    Think food and fall, and naturally, several ingredients come to mind: cinnamon, apple, cranberry, nutmeg, pumpkin, fig -- the list goes on. But as seasonality and fresh-from-the-market cuisine become increasingly popular, their influences are extending...

  • 12 Great Non-Traditional Cocktail Garnishes
    Citrus wedges, twists, olives. Pineapple rings, strawberry halves, Maraschino cherries. A plain salt rim. As far as cocktail garnishes go, they're all pretty standard. Not that there's anything wrong with the classics, but we've been...

  • Lupe Tortilla’s Beef Fajitas
    Lupe Tortilla’s gets locals going. “It’s unbelievable!” declare some. “It’s overrated,” others counter. “The original location on Stafford is the best,” many proclaim. What can’t be debated,...

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    If there is a culinary equivalent of a summer anthem, barbecue may very well be it. That said, it's an anthem whose lyrics vary greatly depending on location. Across the country, how people define "barbecue" changes according to cut of meat...

  • A Guide to Wine Flash Sale Sites
    A Right Bank Bordeaux red with 93 Parker Points for under $45; a bottle of 2008 Pianconello Rosso di Montcino at 50% off. Deals like these — available online, and for a limited time only — are the currency of wine flash sale websites. A...

  • Cake Balls Now at Milk Bar
    Still bummed about Momofuku Milk Bar’s decision to drop their cake-by-the-slice option? The backlash must have been pretty fierce, because as of this week, both the East Village and Midtown shop locations are offering an alternative: cake bonbons....

  • The Grand Tasting's Top 10 Bites
    Just as at New York's Grand Tasting, the two-day event at South Beach was the biggest food and beverage free-for-all of the entire festival. Held under two large tents on Miami Beach, the over-the-top event brought together the world's finest...

  • Dim Sum and Disco
    Chefs from five of the country’s best Asian restaurants did a little dance, made a little dim sum, and got down at Saturday night’s Dim Sum & Disco party at The Setai. The event, co-hosted by chefs Ming Tsai and Jonathan Wright,...

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event
    Last night’s Best of the Best Grand Tasting hosted by Wine Spectator at the Fontainebleau delivered on its promise of gastronomic excellence. Chefs from more than forty of the country’s most highly regarded restaurants prepared their...

  • Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ
    Thirty great chefs working the grill. An epic BLT. Free-flowing Perrier-Jouët Champagne. A woman refilling glasses while hanging from a chandelier. Only in South Beach, and only at BubbleQ. The event was presented by Allen Brothers, hosted by Emeril...

  • Patrón’s Great Debate After-Party
    Judging by the crowd of chefs and stylish festival-goers around the pool of the W Hotel at Patrón’s Great Debate after-party, it was clear that some tequila was just what was needed after gorging at Burger Bash. Patrón cocktails, including...

  • Hurricanes and Fried Shrimp Po’Boys at New York's Acme Bar and Grill
    NoHo’s Acme Bar & Grill serves a legit Fried Shrimp Po’Boy that even discerning Louisiana expats can stand behind. It may not be Mother’s, but Acme’s sandwich hits the mark with tender, cornmeal-crusted shrimp amply stuffed in...

  • Kolaches: Breakfast Hot Dogs, Texas-Style
    Unless you’re from Texas, you’ve probably never heard of Kolaches, a delectable breakfast snack as common in the Lone Star State as bagels and cream cheese are in New York. Traditional kolaches (pronounced KO-LA-CHEESE) are sweet, flat yeast...