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...

  • The Abbey Brewing Co.
    The Abbey Brewing Company pairs a home-like atmosphere with a wide variety of beer, from hard to find Trappist Ales to rare Belgian brews. You can even make a purchase from a selection of quality cigars and port wines.     

  • 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...

  • Money Plays
    In a sea of strip clubs and cocktail bars, this is a down-home bar with a new-age feel. This spot doesn't rely on gimmicks, but on its beer, sake, wine, and cocktail selection. 

  • Dino's Lounge
    Dino's Lounge truly has everything from breakfast to dinner and everything in between, but their most noteable fare has to be their cocktails. Made from fresh juices and unlikely liquors, this is a can't-miss bar. 

  • Champagnes Cafe
    Known from its classic beers on hand and "mouth-watering" honey ale, this is one of the best dive bars in Las Vegas. With low prices and go-to beverages, this is a can't miss classic bar. 

  • The Griffin
    Described as similar to a "ski lodge" with a relaxed feel much different from the typical bars on the strip. With simple, craft drinks this will feel like going back to a hometown bar. 

  • Downtown Cocktail Room
    This bohemian hotspot has a warm and cozy atmosphere with comfy armchairs and painted walls that make it a perfect place to grab one of their unlikely cocktails and have a good conversation or some lighthearted fun. 

  • Frankie's Tiki Room
    The only way to describe this place is as they describe themselves, as a "unique combination of south seas exotica and modern primitivism, with just a hint of Las Vegas kitsch." Try an authentic tiki drink or inspired rum drink and see for...

  • Double Down Saloon
    Known as Las Vegas's finest dive bars, the bar is truly only for the wild at heart. With their motto "shut up and drink," and their unsavory drink names, this is one to try, but you've been warned!

  • Chandelier Bar
    Part of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, this is one of the most iconic Las Vegas experiences out there. With an array of drinks, cocktails and beers it's easy for you to "belong."

  • Minus 5
    Who says you have to head someone cold to enjoy an ice bar? This igloo is found in the middle of the desert! Named for its constant frosty temperature of minus five degrees celcius, one thing you can guarantee is your specialty cocktail will be cold!

  • Parasol Up/Down
    This is a hidden gem in the heart of the Vegas Strip. A favorite of regular tourists and new comers alike, this place is a never ending surprise of animatronics and light shows with a tropical feel which extends to their beverages. 

  • Big Joe's
    This dive bar is comfy and relaxed serving beer and other drinks (no food). Its bartenders are friendly, and the bar follows a great concept.

  • Sovereign Liquors
    This is the ultimate dive bar and people watching spot in Edgewater. Just serving bottles of beer and straight alcohol, this bar proves that doing nothing fancy is just what some people want.

  • Ola's Liquor
    Great spot in Ukranian village selling Polish beer and playing tunes on a jukebox make this simple bar/liquor store hybrid a great discovery.

  • Cary's Lounge
    Regulars will be playing pool while newcomers sip on cheap bears and discover this well kept secret.

  • The Mark II
    The perfect neighborhood dive bar: darts, pool tables, TVs, attentive yet funny waitstaff, and cheap drinks usually tend to attract a college-aged crowd.

  • Bruno and Tim's Lounge and Liquor Store
    No food, no specials, no problem. This typical dive bar always has a game on in the background of this bar busy with Loyola students, but has a reputation among locals for being racist.

  • The Mutiny
    Mini pitchers of beer, free pool, a great jukebox, and live music are all factors that make this dive bar one of the best in Chicago.

  • Chipp Inn
    A great divey, neighborhood bar good for cheap beer and a fun time. Don't come hungry; this is a drinks-only bar.

  • Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
    Friendly bartenders are serving up delicious cocktails and over 470 beers to choose from at this Chicago favorite. The recycled hardwood floor benches is happy to give back to places in the community.

  • Duke of Perth
    Its extensive draught beer and whisky cellar selections make Duke Perth the perfect, authentic, cozy pub.

  • California Clipper
    Walking into Califonia Clipper is like walking into the 1930s; great drinks, live music by great bands, beautiful wood work, and a great staff make this bar one of a kind.

  • The Sevens Ale House
    So this place has a juke box, darts, great pub food, a large beer selection, and sports are always on the televisions. What else do you need from a Boston dive bar? All beer's are around $6, and appetizers like the BLT and different artichoke dips are...

  • The Tam
    Good times, and cheap drinks, with friendly bartenders who pour generously. The crowd ranges from regulars, to college kids, to older business men. You never know what will happen here, but it's always a fun night.

  • Silhouette Lounge
    Free popcorn, $7 pitchers, $3 PBR tallboys, darts and pool (not to mention great people watching). If you want a fun and eventful night on a budget Silhouette Lounge is always a good bet. It's a really good dive bar in Boston, and it doesn't try...

  • Drinking Fountain
    Stepping into Drinking Fountain is like taking a step back in time. The regulars are locals, rather than college kids. The drinks are a lot stronger than anything you've ever had. It is also one of Esquire Magazine's best dive bars. Everyone talks...

  • The Courtside Restaurant & Karaoke Club
    "Dive-bar" ambiance in the best of ways, and a great place to sing your heart (extensive song selection) out without any criticism. Karaoke and cheap drinks is the best combination for a fun night in Boston. Don't expect anything fancy...

  • Whitey's
    Cheap drinks, free pool tables, what else do you need for the perfect Irish dive bar? Whitey's becomes even more fun as the night continues. It's a very local bar, but tourists are always welcome. If you want strong drinks, lots of laughts, and a...

  • Bristol Lounge
    The Bristol Lounge, located in the Four Seasons has amazing food with Four Seasons service. They also offer gluten-free options. Make sure to try one of their many signature cocktails. Also, their bar menu has a wide variety of food like shortrib crostini...

  • City Bar
    A cool urban bar that is perfect if you want something different for your night out. City Bar has a wide variety of food and drinks, especially their inspired signature cocktails. And don't worry if you don't have time at night, they also have a...

  • Shangri-La
    This hipster watering hole hosts a variety of events, from Monday Night Trivia to $2 Tuesdays. This is the perfect dive for anyone looking for a cool venue to settle down with friends.

  • Donn's Depot
    This is the kind of dive bar you have to experience to understand. Communal picnic tables, swing dancing couples, and prompt service. This bar is perfect for cheap drinks in a cool vibe.

  • Lala's
    The definition of a dive bar, this smoke-filled joint has drinks a bit cheaper than ones you'll find downtown. It's a great place to go with your group of friends for a solid night out.

  • Horseshoe Lounge
    This dive bar may not look like much on the outside, but don't let it fool you. The second you walk into the horseshoe shaped-bar, you'll notice herds of people who've found the secret to cheap drinks and a great atmosphere.

  • Deep Eddy Cabaret
    This is a typical dive bar. It serves cheap beer, plays amazing music out of its jukebox, and has a big fan base of dive-loving Austinites. 

  • The Tigress Pub
    Though the drink menu is a bit limited, the ambiance of this place makes it worth your while. Its continuously large crowd makes passersby jealous of the goings-on inside.

  • Bar Congress
    Bar Congress verifies that classic and creative cocktails can be just as satisfying as a bar serving up unique pieces of art in the form of cocktails. The price is a bit steep, but it's definitely worth a stop.

  • Peché
    This bar has great service, food, and ambiance. The bartenders make custom cocktails and take recommendations on your drinks. The happy hour at this bar attracts a wide variety of deal-seeking customers.

  • d.b.a. New Orleans
    The beer and bourbon menus here are particularly great, and it's not as gimmicky as most places near the french quarter. The crowd was easy to maneuver, and the bar is the perfect place to spend the evening until its 1:30 am closing.

  • Cure
    The bartenders at Cure perfectly craft their cocktails using the freshest housemade ingredients and recipes from classics to unique newcomers. This somewhat pricey bar is worth every penny.

  • 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
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  • 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 —...

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    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,...

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    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
    "Great wines come from vineyards with great views." It's a phrase you'll likely hear repeated if you spend any significant amount of time with Randy Ullom, veteran winemaster and Chief Operating Officer of Kendall-Jackson Vineyards and...

  • 10 Fall-Inspired Cocktails
    No one would begrudge you mourning the end of the season of summer cocktails. Ready as you may have been to trade summer's hot, thick air for fall's cool breezes, the refreshing sangrias and boozy Dark 'n' Stormys that were a fixture of...

  • 8 Great NFL Stadiums for Beer Fanatics
    There are people who go to football games to watch the game, and then there are people who go to pig out on some good grub, drink beer, and get caught up in the excitement of being among the fans. Click here for the 8 Top NFL Stadiums for Beer Fanatics...

  • Top NFL Stadiums for Beer Fanatics
    There are people who go to football games to watch the game, and then there are people who go to pig out on some good grub, drink beer, and get caught up in the excitement of the event (and maybe a couple tosses of the pigskin).

  • 5 Classic College Cocktails, Updated
    Let's be honest, we all drank some pretty unremarkable cocktails when we were in college. Ones that were cheap, and generally required little more process than pouring the spirit and mixer into a Solo cup and stirring it together with a plastic knife...

  • 20 Best Bars for Beer Geeks
    Today’s serious beer drinkers have it pretty good. OK, like, really good. It’s no secret that the country’s craft beer revolution has been growing with fervor over the last decade — filling taps, bottles, and cans with a richly...

  • How to Get the Most Out of a Wine Tasting Event
    Wine tasting events — and, quite frankly, tasting events in general — can be incredibly overwhelming. The tables stocked with exciting wines waiting to be discovered, the dueling crowds of wine enthusiasts and know-it-alls, the little devil on...

  • 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. Recently, scientists at the...

  • We Have a Winner for the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival Giveaway!
    UPDATED: We have a winner for the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival giveaway! Congratualtions to user soonTObeRN, whose comment has just won them two tickets plus travel to the big event, plus some great merchandise from Barista Prima Coffeehouse...

  • 15 Sodas You Might Not Know About
    The soda industry has not been much of a media darling as of late — what with our nation's ongoing battle with obesity, and the rising popularity of natural and artisanal products over mass-produced national brands. Still, not all sodas have a...

  • The Expert Guide to Regional Sodas
    The soda industry has not been much of a media darling as of late. What with our nation's on-going battle with obesity, and the rising popularity of natural and artisanal products over mass-produced national brands. Still, not all sodas have a bad rap...

  • 7 Drinks That Fans Miss the Most Slideshow
    The clear, caffeine-free drink may not have fared too well on the market (lasting only one year, between 1992 and 1993), but it has become a pop culture icon with fans who have since petitioned for its reinstatement and taken to various social media...

  • 7 Drinks That Fans Miss the Most Slideshow
    Although sales weren't strong enough to inspire Coca-Cola to continue making the citrus-flavored soda (it was discontinued in 2001), the drink has since become an underground cult favorite. In addition to several Facebook petitions and fan blogs, it...

  • 7 Drinks That Fans Miss the Most Slideshow
    Apparently, the concept for the flavored versions of the popular soda were inspired by focus group talks the company held with "teenagers and young people." Unfortunately, those among them who liked the drink drew the short straw in 2005 when it...

  • 7 Drinks That Fans Miss the Most Slideshow
    Not to be confused with orange juice or orange soda, this sugary orange-flavored drink has since been sent off to the Golden Arches in the sky. Fans seem to get nostalgic about the drink's role as a staple at childhood school and church functions (...

  • 7 Drinks That Fans Miss the Most Slideshow
    Frequently featured in lists memorializing discontinued but beloved retro food products, this neon green juice was created as a product tie-in with the cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters. Discontinued in 2001, the drink has inspired fans (no doubt proud...

  • 7 Drinks That Fans Miss the Most Slideshow
    Fans of the grape-flavored variety of Mountain Dew, which was only originally released for the 2004 Halloween season, have long rallied behind it in Facebook fan pages ("Mountain Dew Pitch Black," "Make MD Pitch Black Permanent,"...

  • 7 Drinks That Fans Miss the Most Slideshow
    With all the products and options available to customers at Starbucks, you would think that something like a syrup flavor being discontinued might go relatively unnoticed. Not so in the case of the cult favorite, Valencia, an orange-flavored syrup that...

  • 7 Drinks That Fans Miss the Most
    The customer is always right. Always give the consumer what they want. These are mantras that the food and restaurant industries (and most others, for that matter) live by. Still, we've all been there before: seen our beloved food and drink products...

  • 8 Drinks That Fans Miss the Most
    The customer is always right. Always give the consumer what they want. These are mantras that the food and restaurant industries (and most others, for that matter) live by. Still, we've all been there before: seen our beloved food and drink products...

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    The Illinois brewery’s fall release boasts a coppery tint, with plenty of malt to stand up to the assertive but never overwhelming bitterness. It may not be a hop junkie’s favorite, but you’ll appreciate the balance and bit of sweetness...

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    For this brewery in tiny Lucan, Minn., the measurement refers to the distance between the brew kettle and the state’s biggest hop yard, home to eleven different varieties. This estate ale’s medley of hops imparts grassy, piney flavors that are...

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    Thanks to its proximity to the area's hop fields, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery can source just-harvested hops, whisk ’em to the brewhouse, and dump them into beer within a single day. The results change yearly, but they’re always...

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    For this farm-fresh canned IPA, Surly relies upon heaps of distinctly American hops (tropical Citra and piney, woody Simcoe) to create this resinous sipper. Per Surly, “This ain’t a beer for aging. The beer quickly loses its aromatics. So...

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    Each batch of High Tide is crammed with 180 pounds of field-fresh hops. Though the recipe is tweaked annually depending on crop availability, expect the IPA to have a dank aroma of grapefruit or resinous pine, a luscious doughy sweetness, and a sticky...

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    Released in October, Harvest pours a hazy, golden orange that is crowned by a creamy head. Offering a perfume of grass and citrus, the ale drinks earthy, malty, and floral, with notes of toast and a touch of pine. It closes as soft as cashmere.

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    Using Cascade hops grown on owner Dan Weirback’s farm, Weyerbacher’s wet-hop IPA bursts with bright and enticing aromas of lawnmower-cut grass and just-peeled citrus, while the bitterness remains present yet reserved.

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    Within four hours of plucking the hops from the vine, Deschutes tosses them into the brew kettle. Instead of overdosing on hoppy bitterness, this smooth pale ale mixes piney overtones with lip-smacking malt sweetness.     [image: PHM Craft...

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    Well calibrated and balanced, this Colorado-brewed pale ale pours sunset-orange and is a gentle hop wallop — a grapefruit aroma leads to grassy flavors cut with a hint of pine needles.     [image: PHM Craft Beer Reviews and Pictures]

  • 10 Favorite Fresh-Hop Beers Slideshow
    The California brewery grows its own barley and organic hops for this estate-made ale, which is packed with flavors of earth and grapefruit. It’s subtly sweet, with notes of biscuits and toast.

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars Slideshow
    Don't let appearances deceive you — typical, quaint Chelsea coffee shop this is not. If you have any doubts, the small illustrated placard that hangs in the window should clue you in that you're in the right place. Walk inside to find a...

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars Slideshow
    Get "buzzed while getting buzzed" seems to be the mantra at this young New York neo-speakeasy. Because you see, at this East Village spot, the barbershop façade is not just a façade — the place is actually a fully...

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars Slideshow
    It's not that the cocktails at the much-lauded spot, Tavern Law, aren't worth your attention — they certainly are. Still, curious types will have no doubt taken notice of the large vault door in the main room and the old-fashioned rotary...

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars Slideshow
    Even though the name of this hidden bar (which opened in 2007) is short for "Please Don't Tell," this being New York City, it wasn't long before everyone did. Still, it's not uncommon for first-timers to fumble when they get in the...

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars Slideshow
    From the outside, and when you first walk in, this place looks like little more than your average neighborhood liquor store. But those in the know will walk assuredly over to the large walk-in cooler door, and open it to find this relaxed spot where...

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars Slideshow
    No one is saying going into legendary LA eatery, Cole's French Dip, and walking past the sandwich counter to the unmarked door in the back is easy. But for cocktail enthusiasts, it is certainly worth it. This is a dark, speakeasy-style bar with an...

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars Slideshow
    On the vibrant, well-trafficked streets of New York's Chinatown, it would be easy to overlook a venue with a clear sign out front. So, when it comes to finding this elusive, unmarked spot (on a small side street, no less), it's important to keep...

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars Slideshow
    This isn't exactly the kind of bar you just stumble into — you have to seek it out. Located behind the corner fish 'n' chips spot, Eammon's (which also owns the bar), look for an unmarked door lit by a blue light. Knock or ring the...

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars Slideshow
    This popular spot is actually located inside its sister establishment, the highly acclaimed craft cocktail den, Bourbon & Branch. To get into the detective agency-themed, Prohibition era-style bar — the concept for which was inspired by an...

  • How to Find America's "Hidden" Bars
    When you're headed to a popular, speakeasy-style bar for a very-on-trend, craft-made tipple, the last thing you want to do is look like you're not in-the-know by fumbling the "secret" entrance. Imagine not being able to find that little...

  • 7 Fashion-Friendly Cocktails
    You kind of lose track of how good you have it working in the food and drink industry. Until one day, when you're at some tasting event and the friend you've brought along who works in fashion looks around and goes, "Man, you guys are lucky,...

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    Although originally conceived as a "mocktail," this aromatic drink works just as well as an a.m. beverage. At only 130 calories per serving, it keeps things healthy by using agave syrup as a sweetener and fresh apricot juice.

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    While commercial lemonades are often full of sugar, this version doesn't contain any at all, yet manages to still stay sweet by mixing in fresh strawberries.

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    Make the most of upcoming apple season with this rich, delicious smoothie which features non-fat frozen yogurt, unsweetened homemade applesauce, and apple juice. The favorite fall fruit is packed with pectin, a soluble fiber that helps reduce cholesterol.

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    You can't go wrong with this health-conscious combo: Ginger is great for digestion, while berries are super high in antioxidants. There's a good amount of protein in the almond milk and Greek yogurt, but if you need it to be more filling, add a...

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    This tasty smoothie is full of good-for-you ingredients: bananas, non-fat Greek yogurt, and almond milk. The addition of cinnamon makes it taste like a Mexican horchata, and the spice's health benefits are wide-ranging, including everything from...

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    Why spend the money on store-bought juice when making it at home is so easy? This refreshing drink is made with three cups of potassium-rich watermelon. Plus, it includes fresh ginger which is a good source for serveral minerals and is known for being a...

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    Orange juice is the obvious morning drink choice when you're looking for a dose of vitamin C, but this herbal tea is also a great source of the vitamin — plus you get the caffeine boost. (And for the very on-the-go types, there's even a...

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    This delicious take on the popular Indian yogurt drink adds in potassium-rich bananas and fresh pear, which is great for a quick energy boost (just what you need for your morning commute). Keep the whole process super efficient with one of these handy...

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    This refreshing combination of peppermint tea and citrus from the fresh orange and grapefruit is the perfect low-calorie and low-fat pick-me-up.

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow
    This popular, low-calorie cow's milk alternative is a good source of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E. Although commercial varieties are widely available on the market today (stick to the unsweetened original flavor if you're buying pre-made), it...

  • 10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day
    I know more than a few people who will roll their eyes at me for saying this, but here goes: I am not a big fan of eating breakfast in the morning. Spare me the "But it's the most important meal of the day!" lectures. Believe me, I know....

  • 5 Drinks to Have Before a Date Slideshow
    You will become so distracted by trying to get the fruit at the bottom of your cup with your straw that you may miss your date entirely.

  • 5 Drinks to Have Before a Date Slideshow
    If you're already nervous before your date, this will merely make you out-of-your-mind jittery.

  • 5 Drinks to Have Before a Date Slideshow
    Stains your teeth, and mouth, and you won't even know it's happening until you go to the bathroom halfway through dinner and AGGHHH! Purple lips and teeth.

  • 5 Drinks to Have Before a Date Slideshow
    Non-alcoholic: shocking! But for teetotalers (or mere moderate drinkers), green tea is the perfect pre-date drink. It has just enough caffeine to keep you energized without making you jittery. Plus, it won't stain your teeth, upset your stomach, and...

  • 5 Drinks to Have Before a Date Slideshow
    If it's good enough for Don Draper, it's good enough for you! Lashley recommends ordering an Old-Fashioned if you have to wait for your date at a bar: it's a classic drink, every bartender will know how to make it, and though it's strong,...

  • 5 Drinks to Have Before a Date Slideshow
    Douglas Piccinnini, bartender at White Star, suggests sparkling wine as the perfect pre-date potable. It's not too boozy, it doesn't stain your teeth, and you can finish a small glass pretty quickly. Try a prosecco or any other frizzante drink on...

  • 5 Drinks to Have Before a Date Slideshow
    No one in the world has ever looked uncool drinking a dry martini (that's one with very little vermouth). This popular apertif has other benefits, too: it's clear, it's strong, it whets the appetite (if you're meeting for dinner), and if...

  • 5 Drinks to Have Before a Date Slideshow
    Bartender Laura Lashley of Madam Geneva in New York City swears by the tequila shot as the perfect pre-date shot of courage. "It's quick and it gives you energy and courage."   If you're taking a shot for pre-date courage, save...

  • 9 No-Labor Cocktails
     When comes to Labor Day-themed cocktails the connective thread should be fairly obvious: Drinks that require as little effort as possible. After all, this is a government-sanctioned paid day-off, and for most of us, the last long weekend hurrah...

  • How Your Beer Koozie Says What You Can't Slideshow
    The truth can be harsh, but wouldn't you rather know than not? Take a swig of brutal honesty.

  • How Your Beer Koozie Says What You Can't Slideshow
    Let's assume the person drinking from this koozie is not someone you want to seek out sympathy from when you get weepy drunk.

  • How Your Beer Koozie Says What You Can't Slideshow
    Perhaps not the best person to ask when in need of a serious opinion — but at least they're up-front about it.

  • How Your Beer Koozie Says What You Can't Slideshow
    Cheers to the folks that know how to laugh about the realities of getting older and memory loss (of course, the beer drinking probably doesn't help much either).

  • How Your Beer Koozie Says What You Can't Slideshow
    Because when it comes to koozie humor, juvenile jokes are a must.

  • How Your Beer Koozie Says What You Can't Slideshow
    With that kind of self-promotion, odds are this a good person to go up against in your fantasy football league.

  • How Your Beer Koozie Says What You Can't Slideshow
    Presumably the can that this koozie is holding is half empty.

  • How Your Beer Koozie Says What You Can't Slideshow
    Obviously a truly disgruntled spouse wouldn't say it with such sarcasm. (Or at all.)

  • How Your Beer Koozie Says What You Can't
    Call it what you want — koozie, cozy, huggie, beer sleeve, stubby holder — the foam accessory is an essential item on the tailgating checklist, right underneath the requisite "session" beers. When you're out among fellow fans,...

  • Cocktails to Help Survive a Storm
    If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being smack in the middle of Hurricane Irene's path, chances are you're preparing to stock up on provisions at the store. Might as well make a pit stop at the liquor shop too while you're at...

  • 8 Unpretentious Wine Bars
    This popular Philadelphia wine bar, known for its great happy hour deals, describes itself as being "all about passion, not pretension." And to emphasize this point, they even have a Fermentation School program with on-going wine, beer, and...

  • 8 Unpretentious Wine Bars Slideshow
    'Snobs need not apply' seems to be attitude at this inviting Denver wine bar that has won locals over with its friendly and attentive service, smartly chosen wine list, and $5 glasses-of-wine happy hour special.

  • 8 Unpretentious Wine Bars Slideshow
    Located in Humboldt Park, this wine and beer bar with a focus on small-production producers describes itself as "a labor of love from three former Webster Wine Bar employees" — and it shows. The watering hole may have a wine list that is...

  • 8 Unpretentious Wine Bars Slideshow
    It would be easy to pass by this unassuming spot and not think of it as anything more than a small local wine shop in Portland's Inner SE Powell neighborhood. But to do that would be to miss the shop's 500-plus varieties of wine, not to mention...

  • 8 Unpretentious Wine Bars Slideshow
    Considering this Austin wine bar is actually located in an old renovated house, it's difficult to imagine how one couldn't feel at home here. Dedicated to supporting the community by hosting the work of local artists and playing host to area...

  • 8 Unpretentious Wine Bars Slideshow
    This lively, no-frills spot definitely brings Big Easy attitude to the concept of a wine bar. Located in New Orleans' Ninth Ward, the wine shop/wine bar/restaurant/live music venue is a perfect place to grab a seat around a patio chair and enjoy a...

  • 8 Unpretentious Wine Bars Slideshow
    "We wanted it to have the vibe of a California vineyard tasting room," explained co-owner Caleb Wines. And indeed, the focus here is on creating a warm, welcoming environment where learning and talking about wines as you taste them encouraged....

  • 8 Unpretentious Wine Bars Slideshow
    Fans of this wildly popular wine bar won't hesitate to tell you that it is truly one of those rare finds in the wine world that doesn't forsake cool-kid attitude for pedigree. Both are done effortlessly with the same smoothness you might find...

  • 8 Unpretentious Wine Bars
    Let's spare the pleasantries — wine, and by extension, wine bars, have long been pegged as being somewhat pretentious and a little snobbish. What's that you say? Stereotypes come from somewhere, are born out of some truth? Sure, of...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    No, not that tuna. Rather, the pastel green-colored booze is distilled from 100% cactus pears. If you think that sounds dangerous to harvest, consider its not-so-sweet backstory. According to Aztec legend, Cópil, son of Coyolxauhqui, faced the...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    We like to think that if Mrs. Butterworth had a boyfriend, it would be Amaro Diesus del Frate. Yes, this bitter liqueur is bottled in a monk-shaped container (though strangely, the bottle lacks a head). A classic Italian aperitivo or digestivo created by...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    We know, we know, just about everyone loves bacon. After seeing candied bacon, bacon ice cream, and even bacon toothpaste on the market, it (oddly) seems not all that surprising that bacon-flavored vodka should find its way onto shelves. The spirit is...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    Mmmm... smoked salmon. Such a delicious treat on a bagel with cream cheese. So who's the genius that decided to infuse vodka with the stuff? That credit belongs to spirits company, Alaska Distillery. Wondering what on earth can you possibly use...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    If there was a special "Booze for Badasses" award, Scorpion Vodka would have little competition. This libation is sure to scare the hell out of just about anyone. Ok, so the (Chinese, farm-raised) scorpion imparts a pleasant "soft, woody...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    Riddle me this: What alcohol is not rum or vodka, but is distilled from sugar cane and neutral grains? Purportedly, Root. Certified USDA-Organic, Root’s recipe is a whirlwind of botanicals, including Birch bark, smoked black tea, wintergreen,...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    So you like smoking weed (not that anyone here is endorsing it). Still, why not drink it, then, too? In Holland, you can, and it’s perfectly legal — especially if you stumble upon Kierewiet, served in many establishments in Amsterdam. Touted...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    Also known as ‘Dominican Viagra,’ this spirit is made from a manly mix of herbs, sticks, and wood (no pun intended), that are steeped in a mixture of wine, honey, and rum for a few weeks. The result is a highly potent Port-colored spirit...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    Alcoholic yogurt? Yes, it does exist (and no, it is not endorsed by Jamie Lee Curtis). This creamy liqueur is produced in Holland (and bottled in France) but is quickly shipped off to Japan, where it is a popular mixer with citrus fruit juices (think...

  • World's 10 Weirdest Spirits Slideshow
    Forget steaming — why not try having your artichokes on the rocks? Named after the Latin for artichoke, Cynara scolymus, this bitter Italian apéritif is made from a blend of 13 herbs, and of course, the thorny thistle. For those who like...

  • Making of a Signature Drink: Beecher's Grilled Cheese Martini
    Menu items are designed to tempt you, but oftentimes you come across something that feels more like a dare. A can-this-be-real, how-could-it-even-taste-good creation that tugs at your curiosity and leapfrogs to the top of your must-try checklist. ...

  • 10 Favorite Rum Cocktails
    Tuesday August 16th is National Rum Day so we thought it only appropriate to celebrate by sharing 10 of our favorite rum-based cocktails with you this week. From tasty blended drinks to classics like the Mojito or the Dark & Stormy, there's no...

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    We've come to expect a bit of the ridiculous from New Orleans, so thank you to this beloved dive for not disappointing in the bar name department. 

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    Although popular with the local college crowd for its giant fishbowl cocktails and frozen drinks served in souvenir bikini glasses," you have to cop to feeling a little goofy saying the name of this bar.

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    Any legitimate dive bar whose name begins with "distinguished" earns a vote as ridiculous.

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    A couple bars across the country appear to claim the name Filthy McNasty's (one in Reno and another in Vero Beach, Fla.). This one, located in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is known as a popular live music venue.

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    This East Village bar, with a monk-chic vibe is known for its selection of top-notch Belgian beers, so you have to wonder (given the name) if after a night imbibing there belching is allowed, even though loud talking isn't.

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    Somehow a serious name just wouldn't fit the vibe of this sprawling, "flea market-fabulous" complex featuring an Old West saloon, taxidermy, a lunch box collection, and a light-up dance floor.

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    This Chicago dive may be beloved for its super cheap drinks, arcade games, and retro memorabilia decor, but it doesn't change the fact that the bar shares a name with a congenital deformity.

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    When this East Village bar opened in July of 2010 it had a lot of locals crying ridiculous — ridiculously inappropriate, that is. Indeed, many found the bar name, which is supposedly the AA term for hooking up with one's sponsor, a tad...

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    Humorous on its own, the name of this D.C. bar only gets better when you say it in conjunction with its location (Adams Morgan). And though the mural of the voluptuous woman on the side of the wall may suggest other connotations, you have to assume that...

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    It doesn't take more than a middle school level of French to get the joke behind the name of this Portland bar. And while the name may be a little silly, patrons are definitely serious about the popular Thursday trivia night where, fittingly, winners...

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    Come on, how do you not laugh at a name like that? This fun, popular sports bar with three LA outposts keeps the mood "light" with some appropriately inappropriately-named menu items ("The Threesome" beer and wings special comes to...

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names Slideshow
    This famous roadhouse in Fairbanks, Alaska, certainly has a flair for the inappropriate. And just in case the name isn't indication enough, there are even signs outside warning that inside you'll find "adult humor" (aka boobs, "...

  • 12 Bars with Ridiculous Names
    You have to imagine that if you're a bar or restaurant owner, choosing the perfect name for your establishment is not unlike picking a name for your child. Maybe you go traditional and stick with a family name, something with a link to your heritage...

  • Ideal Serving Temperatures for Every Wine Slideshow
    Some types of fortified wine, like Port, are mostly served at the same temperature as the majority of red wines, between 62 and 65 degrees. That said, some will make the case that the tawny and ruby Ports can be served slightly cooler, between 50 and 60...

  • Ideal Serving Temperatures for Every Wine Slideshow
    Dessert wines, which can include everything from sweet and semisweet German wines to sweet Vouvray, are generally served on the colder side, between 45 and 50 degrees. However, some will argue that really good quality dessert wines, like a fine Sauternes...

  • Ideal Serving Temperatures for Every Wine Slideshow
    Most red wines, from Chianti and Cabernet to Merlot and Pinot Noir, are best enjoyed between 62 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Some contend that the bigger, bolder reds can be served at up to 68 degrees, but most agree that anything about 70 is too warm.

  • Ideal Serving Temperatures for Every Wine Slideshow
    Fans of fruity, light-bodied red wines, like the popular French Beaujolais, for example, should stick to serving them between 57 and 60 degrees.

  • Ideal Serving Temperatures for Every Wine Slideshow
    Certainly it is well known that most white wines are best served chilled. Still, it is important to emphasize that chilled is not the same as ice-cold. Why? Because all too often white wines are served at a colder temperature than they should be,...

  • Ideal Serving Temperatures for Every Wine Slideshow
    It is usually recommended that rosés, the summertime favorite, be served between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Ideal Serving Temperatures for Every Wine Slideshow
    Generally speaking, most sparkling wines and Champagnes are best served at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, many recommend that the temperature for better quality, aged vintages be not quite as cold, about 50 to 52 degrees.

  • The Ideal Serving Temperatures for Every Wine
    Even those with only a beginner's worth of knowledge about wine know that it can be quite temperamental — you know, a little diva-ish. Aside from the great many processes that must be accounted for and managed on the vineyard in order to...

  • The Art of the Craft Cocktail
    Paying thirteen dollars for a cocktail doesn't really shock people any more. You can thank the flourishing craft cocktail movement and the fine folks behind some of the country's best bars for that. No, really, thank them. No one is saying $13...

  • Vegas' 8 Best Bars with a View Slideshow
    Head to the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental to find a swank lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a panoramic view of the city. And for those who like jazz, enjoy live music as you sip one of their signature cocktails like the Golden Leaf or...

  • Vegas' 8 Best Bars with a View Slideshow
    LAVO is a one-stop shop for a fun in Sin City — a beer garden during the day and a nightclub at in the evening. It’s no wonder why Lavo is always packed with beautiful people looking for a good time.

  • Vegas' 8 Best Bars with a View Slideshow
    Leave it to Vegas to create a rooftop beach bar. A true oasis in the middle of the desert, this bar is equipped with not only with a terrace overlooking the city, but also at the beach level, folks can sit comfortably by the pool away from the dance floor...

  • Vegas' 8 Best Bars with a View Slideshow
    High above the street level at Air Bar on Level 108, customers can sip their martinis away from the honking horns and the stumbling party crowd. 

  • Vegas' 8 Best Bars with a View Slideshow
    This new bar on the roof of the Paris hotel (which also ranks as one of The Daily Meal's 150 Best Bars in America) is right in the middle of the Strip. Although not quite as high up as most rooftop bars, it provides a unique perspective on the street...

  • Vegas' 8 Best Bars with a View Slideshow
    Located on the 64th floor of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Mix Lounge is a great place on the south end of the Strip to  enjoy a scenic view without a cover charge (before 10 p.m., that is). This understated bar is perfect for those looking to escape the...

  • Vegas' 8 Best Bars with a View Slideshow
    No visit to Ghostbar (located on the 55th floor of the Palms) is complete without a trip outside to the balcony. Besides enjoying the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the Strip, some club-goers might have to muster the courage to stand on...

  • Vegas' 8 Best Bars with a View Slideshow
    Once the sun sets, the Rio's rooftop nightclub is one of the best places to take in Vegas' stunning cityscape. The view is pretty amazing from the main outdoor patio, but revelers looking to take it to the next level need simply walk up the...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    This off-the-menu item sounds a little like a Starbucks version of a DQ Blizzard or a McFlurry, except you have to have to buy a package of biscotti cookies separately and ask your barista to blend them into your Frappe. Note: There seems to be some...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    And the award for best alliteration in a Starbucks drink name goes to the Three C's: Cinnamon Dolce Latte with caramel syrup and chocolate mocha syrup.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    This one probably classifies more as an in-the-know drink than a "secret" one. Order any Frappuccino "affogato-style" and you'll get a shot of hot espresso added on top of your drink as opposed to having it blended in.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    Like to go heavy on the whipped cream? Ask for a "Super Cream" version of your Frappuccino and you'll get half a cup of whipped cream blended in. 

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    Apparently if you ask, Starbucks will brew any of the coffee they sell in a French Press.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    The Tall drink's smaller, less expensive younger brother.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    No, this doesn't involve bringing the childhood-favorite cereal into the store and asking them to blend it in a Frappuccino. Still, fans say that the combination of hazelnut syrup (though some folks contend it should be toffee nut) in a Strawberries...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    Perhaps a little deceptively named, as there are no actual pieces of cake or cake batter in it, this beverage originally consisted of vanilla and almond syrup added to a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino. However, since the almond syrup is largely no...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    A White Chocolate Mocha with java chips and chocolate chips sprinkled in.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    Sometimes also called a "Penguin Mocha," a "Marble Mocha," or simply a "Black and White Mocha," this drink combines the white chocolate mocha with the regular mocha for those who can't pick a favorite. Or, if you really...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    A Chai latte (hot or iced) with a shot of espresso added in. And if you want two shots? That's called a "Double Dirty" or "Extra Dirty" Chai.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu Slideshow
    A Red Eye or Black Eye, sure — that's one and two extra shots of espresso in a regular drip, respectively. But those that go for green get a sure-to-jack-you-up three shots of espresso boost to their cup of coffee. (Note: apparently at some...

  • 6 Misleading Beverage Labels Slideshow
    In recent years, both the Federal Trade Commission and the F.D.A. took issue with POM Wonderful's allegedly misleading claims, filing a complaint and sending warnings. Specifically, the FTC attacked the drink's claims that it has "Super...

  • 6 Misleading Beverage Labels Slideshow
    Coconut water — the trendy health drink du jour — recently suffered a bit of a blow after product testing company ConsumerLab.com released results on three popular commercial brands of the drink. They tested O.N.E. Coconut Water,...

  • 6 Misleading Beverage Labels Slideshow
    In recent years, Nestlé's Juicy Juice drinks have received warning letters from the F.D.A. regarding how the labels imply that they are made from a single juice as opposed to a flavored blend of juices. Perhaps more concerning though, are...

  • 6 Misleading Beverage Labels Slideshow
    "All natural" — sounds healthy, right? It's easy to understand why you might make that assumption.  However, as it turns out, the FDA has no formal rules about what constitutes something as being "all natural." The...

  • 6 Misleading Beverage Labels Slideshow
    What's in a name? In the case of popular drink Vitaminwater, more than you might assume, actually. Certainly more than just vitamins and water, at least. It seems that a 20-ounce bottle contains 33 grams of sugar and 125 calories. Not exactly what you...

  • 6 Misleading Beverage Labels Slideshow
    The validity of the claim "100% orange juice" recently came under attack after a few reports revealed some interesting facts about the process of how it's made. Apparently, during processing, commercial orange juice is "deaerated"...

  • 6 Misleading Beverage Labels
    Savvy shoppers know not to take product labels at face value. Still, it's been a rough couple of weeks for consumers trying to keep the facts straight about what's in what they drink. First it was the news about how not-so-one-hundred-percent 100...

  • 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 Slideshow
    Once dried, the beans are stored in giant lots, after which they are sorted according to a number of different characteristics — color, size, density. Perhaps most importantly, the beans are tested through an advanced machine that reads for...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    After the coffee beans have spent the sufficient amount of time on the drying patio and have reached the correct level of internal humidity (40%) they're brought in and run through the mechanical drier. The end goal of this process is to have the...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    The next step in the process is for the beans to be laid out to dry on the expansive concrete patio. The natural beans stay out on average about two days to dry, the fully washed beans are there for three. This notion that with coffee, the devil is in the...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    Though the milling process looks complicated, Moore puts it this way, "they're huge steps, but all of them are fundamentally basic — like a giant erector set." Still, however basic, these steps are essential. There are simple...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    After passing through the slots the water starts and helps carry the cherries through the mill. The water also has the added purpose of separating the different types of cherries — the green and ripe cherries float while the overripes sink. The...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    In the first step of the mill's operating process, the berries are released from the bins and caught on a conveyer belt underneath that passes them through a slotted platform to help separate out any small leaves and sticks.

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    The goal is for all of the coffee to be delivered to the mill's reception bins within two to four hours of being picked, it's critical to maintaing a high-quality final product. The three independent bins are loaded from the top and can allow for...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    Normally making two passes to make sure as much fruit as possible is picked, the efficiency of the mechanized pickers is that the berries get immediately deposited in a truck that will transport them to the mill's holding bins. Streamlining the amount...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    Sixty percent of the harvest is picked by machines — there are three on the farm, each capable of collecting 480 kilograms of fruit at a time. It may look like a beast of a machine but it's really more of a gentle giant. Passing through the...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    Once a sufficient amount of ripe fruit has been pulled off, it gets collected from the tarp underneath the plant and is placed in a round, flat mesh basket. The concept for removing the leaves and debris is simple: Toss the berries in the air and let...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    When the plants are young, up to six or seven years, they must be picked by hand because they are not mature enough to handle the intense shaking vibration of the large picking machines. In this process, workers literally strip the branches of their fruit...

  • The Art of Farming Coffee Slideshow
    Upper Mogiana, were the farm is located, is one of the most important coffee producing regions in Brazil. The property spans some fove million feet with an approximate 1,200 hectares of arabica coffee planted. There's no denying its an impressive...

  • 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
    Consider the topic: Trader Joe's and drinks. More often than not, for fans and deal-seekers, thoughts immediately turn to good wines and great prices. And with good reason, too. But look around the main store and you'll find a multitude of...

  • How to Cold-Brew Coffee
    Cold-brewed coffee is having quite a moment right now, and no, it's not just because summer temperatures are at their peak.  Trend.  What it is and how to make.  Tips Produces concentrate that is sweeter, less acidic, not bitter...

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies Slideshow
    This sugar-free, five calorie energy drink is actually packaged in a "cute pink can" for a good cause — a portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research and awareness.

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies Slideshow
    What makes this version of the popular energy drink better suited for women? Well, it's sugar free, has zero carbs, and there are only 10 calories in an entire can. Oh, and the can is bright pink. And it comes with a straw included. (Drinking with one...

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies Slideshow
    Later this month, hip-hop artist and producer Pharrell Williams is set to launch Qream, a new ultra-premium cream liqueur marketed at contemporary women who want to "reward themselves deliciously." His reasoning behind creating a drink...

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies Slideshow
    Launched in 2008, this premium vodka went for laughs with its "shedonistic" ad campaign featuring illustrations of retro, pinup-style women and cheeky tag lines like "Vodka martinis are like catnip to us cougars," or "I...

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies Slideshow
    The name tells you most of what you need to know when it comes to this low-calorie ready-to-drink cocktail from cookbook author and reality TV star Bethenny Frankel. Made from natural flavors and sweetened with agave nectar, this margarita (clocking in at...

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies Slideshow
    That women make up the majority of vodka drinkers in the U.S. is a statistic that does not seem to have been lost on the makers of this brand of sparkling liqueur that combines French vodka, white wine, and fruit nectar. A 2010 ad campaign featuring...

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies Slideshow
    You have to imagine that Jan Brady might have benefited from a glass or two of this wine. You know, maybe saved herself from a few refrains of "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!" In keeping with the theme, the various styles of these self-proclaimed ...

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies Slideshow
    Mommy works hard, Mommy deserves a nice glass of Pinot Grigio — that's the philosophy behind this humorously labeled wine. And according to a recent story in the New York Times, the competition in the category of women-centric wines is already...

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies Slideshow
    To look at Animée, Molson Coors' new beer targeted at women, you'd think it's as if we weren't in the midst of a golden age of beer drinking. The UK brewing giant apparently spent two and a half years and £1 million...

  • 9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies
    Cheers, ladies, looks like this next round is on you. According to statistics recently reported in the LA Times, the number of women ordering drinks is on the rise — in 2010, the amount of alcohol being served to women in restaurants was up by...

  • 10 Incredible Wine World Records
    That people are willing to spend extraordinary amounts of money on wine should come as no surprise. Still, when private collector Christian Vanneque recently bought a bottle of 1811 Château d'Yquem for £75,000 (that's about $123,231),...

  • 6 Delicious Alcoholic Milkshakes
    Adding a splash of rum to your favorite chocolate-cherry shake, or maybe a shot of Kahlúa to a classic vanilla variety — don't even try to tell me you haven't thought about it before.  Aside from the not-so-subtle appeal of...

  • How to Taste Whisky
    You have to trust that a man with a nickname like the "Godfather of Whisky" knows a thing or two about how to best taste the spirit. Dan Tullio is the brand ambassador for Canadian Club and has been with the company for more than 30 years. He...

  • Drinks to Help Your Body Stay Cool
    We've officially reached that point in the summer where it's almost too hot to function. Heat records are being broken, weather maps of the country look like they're suffering from a bad burn, the hum of fans and air conditioners is almost...

  • 10 Fantastic Wine Cocktails
    Think of wine cocktails and the obvious generally comes to mind: Sangria, Mimosas. Not to discount the classics — there are wonderfully creative renditions of Sangria to be had, one made with sparkling rosé, for example, another that...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Belgian Beer Slideshow
    Here are a few more beers that are absolutely worth a try.   Duvel is the prime example of a Belgian Blonde Ale, and an interesting example of a beer who’s character changes dramatically when poured with the yeast or without.   Pauwel...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Belgian Beer Slideshow
    When you think of Belgian Amber Ales, Palm most readily comes to mind. These are Belgium's "session" beers, the closest approximation to a traditional English pale ale — minus the hops. De Koninck is the best example, though its fame...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Belgian Beer Slideshow
    Forget Hoegaarden. Long before InBev, even before hops came into the picture in the Middle Ages, beers were flavored with a mixture of herbs called "gruit." Later, when hops became widely available, they were added to this mixture, spawning what...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Belgian Beer Slideshow
    Traditionally, Saison was a style that farmers produced in the spring for their own consumption through the summer and into fall. Often it was the unsold barley left over from harvest that made its way into an open fermentation tank in the barn attic. It...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Belgian Beer Slideshow
    Like Lambics, these are also fermented with a potent cocktail of wild yeast and microbes, giving these brown (bruin) or ruby-colored ales some fruit-estery characteristics and also a noticeable lactic mouth pucker. What they don’t share is the barn...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Belgian Beer Slideshow
    Made only in the Zenne Valley surrounding Brussels where the wild airborne yeasts and bacteria are thought to be just right, Lambics are typically blended and reclassified as either Gueuze or Fruit Lambic.   Gueuze is a blend of young and old, and...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Belgian Beer Slideshow
    The Dubbels, Tripelsn and Strong Ales that fall into this category don’t represent a single style but rather a family of beers, brewed using traditional techniques that can be traced back to a time when abbeys produced beer as a safer alternative to...

  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists Slideshow
    Acknowledged by Wine Spectator with its prestigious Grand Award in 2010, this Sydney restaurant's wine program was the first in the southern hemisphere to receive the honor. The comprehensive, near 4,000-bottle list includes an impressive selection of...

  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists Slideshow
    The internationally acclaimed wine list at this Austrian ski resort's restaurant is known for its big-bottle collection. Particularly known for its collection of Bordeaux wines, its list has included a Methusalem of 2000 Château Cheval Blanc and...

  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists Slideshow
    The wine collection at this luxe famed French restaurant needs almost no introduction. The list fills 400 pages, there are bottles that date back to 1858, and in 2009, a fraction of the 400,000-plus wine collection went up for auction and sold for $1.5...

  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists Slideshow
    Wine is an undisputed focus at this acclaimed Toronto restaurant whose award-winning list boasts 2,500 varieties and 52,000 bottles. Flipping through the thick list you'll find an impressive representation of big-name wines from California and France...

  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists Slideshow
    Just to give you an idea of how extravagant the wine list is at this much lauded restaurant, it's collection is valued at S$5 million (that's a little over $4 million U.S. dollars). With over 2,000 labels, concentrating primarily on the best wines...

  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists Slideshow
    High rollers looking spend some of their winnings on a great bottle of wine (or two) have plenty to choose from here — the 50,000-bottle list is a winner of Wine Spectator's Grand Award. And, being that this is Vegas, the presentation is also...

  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists Slideshow
    The impressive wine list at this oenophile-friendly restaurant is no secret. As New York Times food critic Sam Sifton wrote in his recent three-star review, "The long bar bustles with wine geeks, and regulars cram the wine-bottle-lined hallway...

  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists Slideshow
    With both incredibly old bottles (a 1792 Madeira) and incredibly expensive bottles (senior sommelier Eric Renaud found a rare double magnum of 1947 Latour valued at $30,000 last year), the half a million-plus bottle wine list at Bern's Steakhouse is...

  • 8 Extravagant Restaurant Wine Lists
    What qualifies a restaurant's wine list as being extravagant? Some might argue it's the breadth of the collection, in which case a restaurant like Paris' legendary La Tour d'Argent deserves a nod. The much-lauded spot has a brag-worthy,...

  • 5 More Ways to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew
    Bottle of wine, no corkscrew... no problem. Really, there are more ways than you might imagine to open a bottle of wine sans the traditional tool. We recently profiled five popular methods that included everything from the oh-so-trendy "shoe method...

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    If you've got a few hours to kill in the Denver airport (and don't mind the hike to the end of Terminal B) your destination should be clear and obvious. The brewery's airport outpost is a haven for beer drinkers, with a selection of all the...

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    Most would probably not peg Houston as being an airport wine bar destination, but this sleek spot has been impressing since it debuted a few years ago in Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Peruse and sample from the 80 styles of wine by the...

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    At Singapore Changi Airport there are not one but two terminals you'd be happy to get stuck in. In Terminal 1 you've got the Pool Bar at SIN, where you can take a dip, sip a cocktail, and watch flights take off. And in Terminal 3 you'll...

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    Sure it's the only bar in the place, but at least it treats its patrons with care. Mr. Jet, the owner, will set up a call from your departure get to make sure you don't miss your flight.

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    Given the boom in upscale airport bars and restaurant, it seems only natural that this year witnessed the first inaugural Airport Food and Beverage Awards. Center Bar in Zurich took home the prize for ‘Best Airport Bar’ so not surprisingly it...

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    Walking into One Flew South is like walking out of the airport and into the woods. That might have something to so with the enormous forest mural they have spanning one side of the restaurant bar. Their southern-inspired cocktails and award-winning wine...

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    You expect to drink great beer in Portland so why not expect to drink great beer at Portland's airport? Forget a flight delays, considering that Laurelwood has been lauded for its fantastic microbrews, you might want to get to the airport early just...

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    Great Danish beers? Check. A couple rounds of aquavit, the potent favorite national drink? Check. A selection of tasty Scandinavian small plates? Check. Yeah, we're not sure who wouldn't want to get stuck in Copenhagen's airport for a few...

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    No reheated Sbarro pizzas or calzones here. When in Rome, drink wine as the Romans do. Located in three terminals of the Leonardo Di Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Frescobaldi Wine Bar boasts an impressive wine list that would make any oenophile happy to hang...

  • 10 Top Airport Bars Slideshow
    You can find this outposts of this wine bar — one of the first upscale airport wine bars to hit the states — in a few different airports but the one in Oakland is a favorite. Here you can order a themed wine flight (as it were) of...

  • 6 Spicy Summer Cocktails
    Spicy cocktails and summer. Don't ask why or how the equation works, it just does. Muddled jalapeño in tequila or bourbon, a Sriracha-spiked Bloody Mary. But don't just assume that only the obvious flavor combinations work — the...

  • 7 Most Offensive Beverage Ads Slideshow
    Jones Soda Company was actually the victim in this offensive marketing scandal. People were outraged in 2010 when an ad for the soda brand that depicted an array of offensive racially stereotypical caricatures surfaced in New Zealand. The company...

  • 7 Most Offensive Beverage Ads Slideshow
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    Note to advertisers: Making fun of menopausal women is going to ruffle some feathers. A few years ago, some folks were not so amused by a commercial that featured a derange-looking Stepford housewife type who credited drinking Jack-in-the-Box smoothies...

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    Cooks are no doubt well familiar with this aromatic plant as a wonderful flavoring agent, but herbal tea drinkers are more likely to talk to you about health benefits. Teas made from the seeds have been said to help treat colic, loss of appetite, and...

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    Yes, people can have catnip too. But don't worry — unlike the stimulating effect the plant tends to have on cats, it's actually said to have a sedative effect on people who drink tea made from the dried leaves. A member of the mint family (...

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  • The World's Sourest Beers Slideshow
    The Belgian brewery’s kriek is constructed by adding black cherries to a lambic, then storing the elixir in oak for more than a year. When ready, the results are transcendent: A barnyard-hinted nose of cherries and vanilla oak are matched by a...

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  • The World's Sourest Beers Slideshow
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  • The World's Sourest Beers Slideshow
    This Belgian ale is inoculated with wild yeasts and consigned to cabernet barrels alongside plenty of blackberries. The outcome is fruity, tart, and suffused with spicy, tannic notes of oak.

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    Uniting a Belgian lambic with the fermented tea called kombucha, both of which contain a Brettanomyces strain, makes this mouth-twisting mash-up. The mixture is monstrously effervescent, with sharp flavors that flit from green apples to zested lemon.

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  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk Slideshow
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  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk Slideshow
    If it sounds like a bad idea, looks like a bad idea, tastes like a bad idea, chances are... yeah, you know where this is going. Wanting to get drunk faster is just no excuse for engaging in this frightening and seriously dangerous practice.

  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk Slideshow
    Forget beer hats, these wacky gadgets really take boozy accoutrements to the next level of ridiculous. A bra that you can drink wine from, a faux beer belly for consuming your much beloved suds, and a seat pad that you can drink pretty much anything out...

  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk Slideshow
    This alcohol-spiked whipped cream got a boost in popularity in the wake of last year's Four Loko ban. Some flavors of this canned boozy confection contain up to 18 percent alcohol by volume — equivalent to about four beers. Is it the best...

  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk Slideshow
    This frat house favorite involves a person having a bottle of 40-ounce malt liquor duct-taped to each hand. From there, the options are pretty limited: Drink until both bottles are empty.  

  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk Slideshow
    A ridiculous game for the baseball-loving imbiber. It goes a little something like this: Cut off the handle of a whiffle-ball bat, fill the bat with beer, and then drink. However long it takes you to drink the beer is how long you have to spin head-down...

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    As if plain old tequila shots didn't often enough lead to trouble, this one really ups the ante. First you snort the salt, then you drink the shot of tequila, and for the grand finale, squeeze lime juice in your eye.

  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk Slideshow
    There's a bad joke to be made here about "eyeing a drink." But seriously, there's really nothing funny about this difficult-to-explain trend of people consuming vodka by pouring the shot directly into their eyeball. Can I get you a side...

  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk Slideshow
    Basically this entails making a game out of racing against a fellow imbiber to see who is the fastest at chugging beer that is poured down an ice luge. Not unlike drinking from a beer bong, really, except here the drink is served chilled. Still, it...

  • 10 Most Ridiculous Ways to Get Drunk Slideshow
    Consider this the 21-and-over equivalent of getting a pie in the face. The concept is simple: Fill a Super Soaker with Champagne, pump, aim at mouth, and enjoy. The result is a high-powered foamy shot of bubbly to the mouth — good luck keeping...

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    The American Idol alum has been vocal about the perils of drunk tweeting — apparently in retrospect he noticed how potentially offensive some of his previous drunk tweets had been.

  • 7 Celebrities Caught Drunk Tweeting Slideshow
    Comedians and drunk tweeting? A match made in TUI heaven. The popular comedian once famously drunk tweeted from a plane, the specifics of which are a little NSFW.

  • 7 Celebrities Caught Drunk Tweeting Slideshow
    The poker superstar is notorious for drunken rants that document the impressive amount of drinks he is able to down — "9 drinks down in 7 hours," "6 in 6 hours," "I am Dissapointed in myself...8 drinks in 6 and 30 mins....

  • 7 Celebrities Caught Drunk Tweeting Slideshow
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  • 7 Celebrities Caught Drunk Tweeting Slideshow
    Just this month, followers of the Arizona Cardinals safety were treated to an amusing string of tweets fueled by three glasses red wine he had enjoyed on a plane ride. He joked about thinking the flight attendant had spiked his wine and laughed as...

  • 7 Celebrities Caught Drunk Tweeting Slideshow
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  • 7 Celebrities Caught Drunk Tweeting Slideshow
    On New Year's Eve 2010, rapper Bow Wow notoriously tweeted about drunk driving while club hopping around Miami. Per the intoxi-tweeting star, "Face numb im whippin the labo. Tipsy as f*k. Just left @livmiami." Of course, he later tweeted an...

  • 7 Celebrities Caught Drunk Tweeting
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  • Fast-Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks Slideshow
    A shake that mixes cake batter ice cream with pieces of yellow cake? If you're saying to yourself, "I gotta have it," be advised that at Cold Stone Creamery the request comes at the price of 1670 calories. That said, "loving it" or...

  • Fast-Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks Slideshow
    Oreos get the fast food milkshake treatment at more than one chain this summer. In May, popular drive-in/drive-thru concept Sonic introduced the Double Stuf Oreo Sonic Blast to its line of "Blast" shakes. If you're one of those people who...

  • Fast-Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks Slideshow
    How do blackberries go from low-cal, good-for-you fruit to waistline unfriendly? Well, in the case of Jack-in-the-Box's new summer shake, when the blackberry component is actually blackberry syrup and it's mixed with vanilla ice cream and topped...

  • Fast-Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks Slideshow
    No doubt Arby's new confection is "good mood food" — this summer, the chain's popular Jamocha Shake got a sweet upgrade by adding pieces of Oreo, "America's favorite cookie," to the mix. Tasty though it may be (the...

  • Fast-Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks Slideshow
    Back again this year to the coffee behemouth's roster of beloved frappuccinos are the Coconut Mocha and Coconut Crème varieties. Sans whipped cream, a 12-ounce "Tall" size of the Coconut Mocha runs about 300 calories, with 12 grams of...

  • Fast-Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks Slideshow
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  • Fast-Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks Slideshow
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  • Fast-Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks
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  • 10 Top Happy Hour Deals Slideshow
    Michael Schwartz's top-ranking restaurant gives you another reason to love it with a happy hour that includes $5 "snacks" and cocktails, wine, and beer for half the usual price.   Happy Hour: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through...

  • 10 Top Happy Hour Deals Slideshow
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  • 10 Top Happy Hour Deals Slideshow
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  • 10 Top Happy Hour Deals Slideshow
    Take a step back in time at this pre-Prohibition-style absinthe bar. Take a break from a typical beer or glass of Chardonnay and try one of their impeccably crafted cocktails — the special happy hour menu has a selection of drinks for $5 (plus half-...

  • 10 Top Happy Hour Deals Slideshow
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  • 10 Top Happy Hour Deals Slideshow
    This trendy little bar from the neighboring Deluxe restaurant is a must-try spot for local happy hour aficionado. Whose eyes don't light up at the words "half off"? Here you can get half-priced wine and beer (bottles start at $11), $3 well...

  • 10 Top Happy Hour Deals Slideshow
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  • Best Athlete-Endorsed Sports Drinks
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  • Best Athlete-Endorsed Sports & Energy Drinks
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  • 10 Craft Beers to Try Right Now Slideshow
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    Allagash has always been at the forefront of traditional, Belgian-style brewing in the U.S., and this frighteningly quaffable beer marks the brewery's first exploration of barrel aging techniques. Lighter in hue but much heavier in alcohol content...

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  • 10 Craft Beers to Try Right Now Slideshow
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    This medium-bodied Belgian Pale Ale was formerly produced as "Zotten" before the small brewery from Easton, Penn., was made aware of a copyright infringement with Brouwerij De Halve Maan in Bruges. Centennial and Cascade hops add a distinctly...

  • 10 Craft Beers to Try Right Now Slideshow
    Harpoon founders Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle created this special beer to celebrate the brewery's silver anniversary this year. Now in the 37th installment of its small-batch "100 Barrel Series," this hop-forward IPA features a...

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    Typically labeled “Extra Special Bitter,” ESB is an English term that denotes a higher-gravity version of a brewer’s mid-range “bitter,” or session ale. Grand Teton’s award-winning Brown Ale is a robust flavor punch...

  • 10 Craft Beers to Try Right Now Slideshow
    Nothing about this bottle makes it look like something you want to put your mouth on. Even apart from the name, its designless label and crudely positioned USDA sticker give the impression that Wyld is best served in a Petri dish at room temperature. The...

  • 10 Craft Beers to Try Right Now Slideshow
     Saison is a complex and once-endangered style of farmhouse ale that originated in the French-speaking southern part of Belgium, traditionally brewed in the winter months and served all summer long. Ommegang’s Hennepin is the best...

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  • Krug Opens its Kimono
    The house of Krug is well-known for its Champagnes, among the best and most-expensive in the world. It has also been well-known for not talking much about them. Last week, it opened its kimono — to use the business transparency phrase from the...

  • 6 Tips for Staying Hydrated
    Keeping your body hydrated is essential, especially as seasonal temperatures peak.    So how do you do it? There's the easy answer, of course: Drink a lot of water. But that doesn't quite satisfy the question. What if you have...

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  • Drinking Gadgets for Dad
    Gadgetry is pretty standard as far as Father's Day gifting goes. The latest smartphone-ready toy for the tech-savvy dad. A new game-changing club for the father that loves to golf. A rib rack or a beer can chicken roaster for the bonafide grill master...

  • Drinking Gadgets for Dad
    Gadgetry is pretty standard as far as Father's Day gifting goes. The latest smartphone-ready toy for the tech-savvy dad. A new game-changing club for the father that loves to golf. A rib rack or a beer can chicken roaster for the bonafide grill master...

  • 10 Tips for Making Perfect Iced Tea
    When it's scorching outside and all you want is a nice, refreshing glass of iced tea to quench your thirst, there's no bigger bummer than taking a sip and realizing you've made a bad batch. And for a recipe that's as basic as it is, there...

  • Tips for Making Perfect Iced Tea
    When it's scorching outside and all you want is a nice, refreshing glass of iced tea to quench your thirst, there's no bigger bummer than taking a sip and realizing you've made a bad batch. And for a recipe that's as basic as it is, there...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    L’Avenue is a Northeastern take on a Parisian brasserie meets San Tropez. This best-of-New Jersey beach hot spot boasts three drink-centric venues: Avenue Beach Club, Avenue Restaurant, and Avenue Nuit. Le Club is members-only but if you're...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    This beachside boite not only offers stellar views of the Pacific but also a spirited dose of history. Designed by renowned architect Willis Polk, The Beach Chalet was built in San Francisco in 1925. The ground floor housed a lounge and changing rooms for...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    Chosen by USA Today as one of the top ten rooftop bars and lounges in America, The Chelsea's Cabana Club offers a handcrafted cocktail program as well group-friendly pitchers of sangria, daiquiris, and margaritas using the freshest seasonal fruits. C5...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    Ian Schrager’s latest boutique hotel project, The Waikiki Edition Hotel, hit Hawaii in October and has already lured serious star appeal. Award-winning bar consultants John Lermayer (Florida Room) and Tobin Ellis (BarMagic Las Vegas), as well...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    Located on the dunes of Cahoon Hollow Beach, the Beachcomber offers panoramic views of the Atlantic. Enjoy your lobster roll and Cape Cod potato chips with one of the Beachcomber’s jumbo-sized specialty drinks. With over 2.5 million sold, the...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    The Hideaway at the Oceana Hotel sits right across the street from the long breathtaking stretch of Santa Monica Beach. Sunsets here are sizzling, just like the drinks. Sip selections like the Tuscan Cocktail, which blends together Knob Creek, lemon,...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    Craving an outer island escapade? Consider paying a visit to the Kona Coast on the Big Island and stop in at the Four Seasons at Hualalai. The open-air bar at this high-end, luxe resort delivers as one of the best places to catch a gorgeous sunset. Snag...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    Ranked among the top resorts in the world by Condé Nast, this beachside retreat overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers a front seat to the stunning Southern California sunsets. Both the Waterfall Terrace and Bleu Bar overlook the crystal blue sea...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    Plush lounges, tiki torches, fire pits, and craft cocktails all come together here to perfectly complement the oceanfront setting. Tequila drinkers take note: In-house tequila specialist Heriberto Ovideo hand-selected the bar's slew of premium tequila...

  • 10 Fantastic Beachside Bars Slideshow
    Sun, trade winds, the smell of sweet plumerias, and a perfectly blended Trader Vic's 1944 Mai Tai in hand. It’s heaven on earth at House Without a Key, the bar at Halekulani Hotel's luxurious oceanfront resort in Waikiki. Located beyond the...

  • Café Crawl Through São Paulo Slideshow
    Just one of the many cool features at the café: On the ramp up the the second floor are facts about coffee that illuminate as you walk over them.

  • Café Crawl Through São Paulo Slideshow
    There's plenty to sample from at this sleek café-restauarnt-lounge hybrid. Coffee nerds can sample brews made using the Clover machine (of course there's filter, French press, Turkish, Italian, and siphon method too), or try any one of...

  • Café Crawl Through São Paulo Slideshow
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  • Café Crawl Through São Paulo Slideshow
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    Here, ideas are written out in brainstorm fashion on the tile wall (ostensibly to save paper).

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    There's a guy with a clipboard stationed at the door and the tables inside are packed. But make no mistake, this is not a club, just one of the city's popular cafés. Located in the trendy Jardim neighborhood, this airy, open spot is the...

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  • Natural Energy Drinks
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  • Natural Energy Drinks
    This week, followers of the health and nutrition world got some not-too-revelatory news: Sports and energy drinks are not good for children. According to a study in Pediatrics, these commercial beverages contain excessive amounts of caffeine and "...

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    Calagione admitted that there were challenges in building a brewery on the 14th floor of a Manhattan building (think boilers). Still, he was proud to point out that Birreria is distinguished as the highest brewery on a man-made structure — not to...

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    Birreria will feature 10 beers on draft in addition to the three made at the on-site brewery. Of those, four or five will be from the brewers' labels, one will be a New York craft beer, and, in keeping with Eataly's source-local theme, the rest...

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  • A Taste of Eataly's Birreria
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  • A First Taste of Eataly's Birreria
    Walking up the steps to Eataly's brand-spakin'-new (and yes, long-awaited) rooftop beer garden, Birreria, is a little like that iconic scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The initial peek into this seemingly elusive world inspiring...

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    Thanks to their signature bright orange cups, this popular New York City coffee shop and mobile truck makes it easy for celeb-sighters to know which bean house their favorite star is coming from. The self-described "anti-establishment coffee machine...

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    The East Village location of this small New York City coffee shop draws an interesting mix of stars, ranging from rockers to venerated actors. Only open since 2001, this highly acclaimed spot — often named one of the best places to get coffee in the...

  • Celebrities' Favorite Coffee Shops Slideshow
    For those in the D.C. area who consider politicians celebrities, the widely publicized Pennsylvania Avenue location of this national coffee shop should definitely be on your radar. Apparently, it's become a popular meeting spot for Obama...

  • Celebrities' Favorite Coffee Shops Slideshow
    Back when Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal were just being dubbed "Swiftenhaal" (or was it "Jaylor"?), the couple helped make the coffee date cool again. In November of 2010, the former pair were spotted at this popular Nashville, Tenn...

  • Celebrities' Favorite Coffee Shops Slideshow
    The LA branches of this widely respected coffee company are reportedly frequented by the "hipster celebrity" set. But don't confuse celebrity for substance — this coffee shop makes it clear they're committed to serving a quality...

  • Celebrities' Favorite Coffee Shops Slideshow
    This LA-based brand has quite the celebrity clientele, often photographed carrying trays of frappes and iced coffees bearing their signature purple straws. While stars are often photographed at the Toluca Lake outpost, some have reported that many prefer...

  • Celebrities' Favorite Coffee Shops Slideshow
    Celebrities can't seem to stay away from this LA-area coffee shop, the first coffee company in America to be exclusively organic. And, being a frequent topper in the city's "Best of" lists, it might just be as decorated as the actors...

  • Celebrities' Favorite Coffee Shops Slideshow
    There might not be a more famous celebrity-coffee relationship than Britney Spears and Starbucks. The powerhouse pop star seems to be an equal opportunist when it comes to which branch she likes to frequent — it's likely whichever is closest and...

  • Celebrities' Favorite Coffee Shops
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  • 6 Up-and-Coming U.S. Wine Regions
    In the vast landscape of up-and-coming wine regions, the U.S. actually has quite a lot to brag about. They're the kinds of places that in-the-know locals have long espoused, and ahead-of-the-curve enthusiasts have guarded and played strategically...

  • Rules for How to Behave in a Bar
    "I think as a society we're losing our ability to be social," remarked Philip Duff, renowned Amsterdam bar owner and beverage consultant. "We need books now to tell us how to be nice, how to make small talk? Really?" This coming...

  • Rules for How to Behave in a Bar
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  • Rules for How to Behave in a Bar
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  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    Owned by Jeremy Gilbert and Ryan and Heather Daffron, Bat Creek uses a smaller than 1-barrel system to crank out five year-round beers including the malty Flip Nut, lemon-nuanced Heartland Wheat, and the roasty, slightly sweet Machine Shed Stout —...

  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    At Beetje (a Flemish word that loosely translates to "little bit"), IT project manager Mike Wright uses a 1.5-barrel system to make small-batch beers including the refreshing Urban Farmhouse Ale and Little Brother, a dark, strong Belgian ale.

  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    Headquartered in a barn in the Ozarks, husband-wife brewers Brian and Joleen Durham craft fiercely local beers such as Missouri Mule IPA, Ozark Firefly Wheat, and McKinney Eddy Amber Ale. Oh, and the name? That’s a river that runs nearby.

  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    Though based in IPA-crazed Oregon, longtime homebrewer Rick Allen eschews bitter brews for German-style beers such as the crisp, sparkling Pils and the dark and malty Dunkel lager.

  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    In the tiny Iowa town, Peter Ausenhus takes to a 10-gallon system to fashion brews such as the generously hopped Dillon Clock Stopper and the campfire-scented Black Chow Smoked Porter.

  • Planting Hudson River Valley's Newest Riesling
    If you weren't paying attention, you could very easily end up trampling some of Hudson River Valley's newest Riesling vines. "It's a great addition to our portfolio of wines. I think we have a really good site — between the...

  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    On a 1.6-barrel system, veteran homebrewer Mike Hess turns out terrific brews such as golden Claritas Kölsch, smooth-sipping Grazias Vienna Cream Ale and the super-bitter Amplus Acerba San Diego Pale Ale.

  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    Sean Lawson specializes in delicious oddballs such as Maple Tripple, a strong ale brewed with maple sap instead of water, and the cinnamon-spiced Red Spruce Bitter, which is infused with sprigs from red spruce trees.

  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    Belgian-inspired Ambacht uses local, organically grown ingredients to devise its line of rustic beers, which includes the Pie Cherry Pale Farmhouse Ale and the Golden Rye Farmhouse Ale. Each bottle of naturally carbonated beer is finished with a dollop of...

  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    In the heart of California’s wine country, Kevin McGee fashions unfiltered, naturally carbonated real ales such as the English-style IPA, The Alexander Cask, and a golden ale dubbed The Fitch Cask. He produces less than 1,000 gallons of beer each...

  • Small Wonders: 10 Top Nanobreweries Slideshow
    “Brewing for quality, not quantity” is the motto of Evan Klein and Craig Frymark’s single-barrel Long Island brewhouse. They specialize in aromatic, hop-forward brews such as the spicy Ruthless Rye IPA and the easy-glugging Greenroom...

  • Planting Hudson River Valley's Newest Riesling
    If you weren't paying attention, you could very easily end up trampling some of Hudson River Valley's newest Riesling vines. "For us, it's a great addition to our portfolio of wines. I think we have a really good site — between the...

  • 6 Healthy Alternative Milks
    A dear old friend of mine has recently been receiving some harsh criticism in the press. Labeled "soda in drag," chocolate milk — actually, the entire category of sugar-laden flavored milks — has been singled out as the latest target...

  • Healthy Alternatives to Flavored Milk
    Recently, a dear old friend of mine has been receiving some harsh criticism in the press. Accusingly labeled "soda in drag," chocolate milk — actually, the entire category of sugar-laden flavored milks — has been singled out as the...

  • 3 Food-Friendly Cocktails
    Some people may have recently been questioning the validity of food and wine pairings, but what about food and cocktail pairings? Judging by these recommendations, there needn't be a doubt in anyone's mind. We decided to turn to the experts:...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    Formerly owned by famed Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith, this sleek restaurant and bar is decked out in team memorabilia. With five big screens and 45 19-inch TVs in-house, you won't miss a single play if you're catching the game here.  ...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    On game days, Dodger spirit is alive and well at this popular Santa Monica sports bar. (Perhaps this place is the reason why fans are late to the game and is where they're headed to after the 7th inning.) This place is definitely more dressed-up than...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    What gives this bar the edge over others catering to fans of the Halos? How about this: For those who have tickets to the game and need a pre- and post-game spot, Throwbacks has its own bus to shuttle customers to and from the game. And even if you couldn...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    Phillies pride rages on game day at this well-known and highly acclaimed local sports bar located near the stadium. And in terms of iconic baseball memorabilia it's definitely got the competition beat — inside are some original seats from...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    White Sox loyalists have been known to set up camp at this watering hole not far from U.S. Cellular Field. In case someone had any questions about which Windy City team this bar backs, one needs simply to look around — the memorabilia-loaded...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    Cubs fans looking for more of an atypical sports bar experience (maybe you want a glass of wine instead of beer) pack in to this cool spot next to Wrigley Field. Better yet, you can enjoy the summer sun as you take in the game on their rooftop bar and...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    Located beneath the bleachers in Fenway Park's center field, this fan-welcoming spot more or less eliminates the need for flat-screens since it offers a windowed view of the outfield. It's probably about as close as one could hope to get to the...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    Dallas is a city that certainly doesn't want for sports bars, but this favorite local dive draws (mostly college-age) Rangers fans for its laid-back vibe, and that other key ingredient: cheap pitchers.   Other suggestions: Bobby V's Sports...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    With a view of Citi Field from the front windows, this Mets-endorsing Queens restaurant and bar (attached to the LaGuardia Holiday Inn) is a great place to gather for the game and celebrate — or commiserate, depending on the outcome. Here fans of...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball Slideshow
    Maybe you can't be inside the stadium for the game (prices are pretty high after all), but at least here you're just a stone's throw from the action. Decorated with enough artifacts to make Red Sox Nation feel like they're in Yankee...

  • The Best Places to Watch Baseball
    Sometimes even die-hard baseball fans miss out on getting tickets to a big game. Can't make it to Phoenix for the All-Star game, for example? Not to worry — there is still a place where decked-out-in-gear enthusiasts can congregate to...

  • Where to Drink Italian Craft Beer
    Over the past few years, craft beer enthusiasts have been crushing hard on the intriguing artisanal brews coming out of Italy. Abiding by their own rules to create a uniquely individual style, these alluring Italian suds are as fresh and exciting as any...

  • Where to Drink Italian Craft Beer
      If you're just coming around to the trend, there are two names which are absolutely essential for you to know: Birrificio Italiano and Birreria Baladin.    Cafe Spiaggia Eataly The forthcoming rooftop beergarden -- as hotly...

  • Where to Drink Italian Craft Beer
    rule-breaking, upstart  If you're just coming around to the trend, there are two names which are absolutely essential for you to know: Birrificio Italiano and Birreria Baladin. The latter is the creation of a certain Teo Musso,  What makes...

  • Top Terroir: Aaron von Rock'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 Aaron von Rock, wine director at New York City's acclaimed restaurant, Lincoln, which boasts a 400-bottle all-Italian...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    As a city by a bay, Tampa has no shortage of atmospheric waterfront hangouts — including this brand new offshoot of Ybor City’s esteemed, circa 1905 Cuban eatery (the oldest restaurant in Florida). Facing a waterfront park and attached to...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    Springtime in Paris is the vibe at this street café fronting Rittenhouse Square Park where flower petals float down from trees and beautiful people abound. Snag one of the tables lining Rouge’s exterior or grab one closer to the street (which...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    When this oceanfront bar and restaurant about an hour outside of Providence opens for the season (around May 6 this year), winter feels like a mere seasonal nuisance, twice removed. Tables are set in the sand, beachy antics ensue (DJ deck parties, beach...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    Anyone who has survived winter's brutal clutches in the Windy City knows that savoring spring and summer is a top priority. There are two outdoor patios at this 27th floor rooftop lounge overlooking The Loop. We like the “Hangover”...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    For Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle dwellers, warm weather in the nation’s capital means you have a good excuse to indulge in flavored margaritas and a constant flow of chips and salsa at Lauriol Plaza’s rooftop patio. Snag a table on the...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    Set inside the Seven Gables Inn in St. Louis' Clayton neighborhood, this Irish pub is modeled after a similar watering hole across the pond in Killarney. But for all the dark and moody atmosphere of the interior, the outside courtyard is where you...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    Open since February 2011, this Tenderloin bar and lounge just a few blocks from Union Square has a massive outdoor patio atop a low parking garage with views of Geary Street. There’s a very L.A. feel to the pared-down, industrial-chic concrete space...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    Sidle up to the long wooden plank perch overlooking the Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur’s iconic coastline, or snag a seat on one of the colorful pillows piled atop the patio’s concrete bleachers. Sipping a California wine with an Ambrosia...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    After a particularly brutal winter, Portland peeps are dusting off their Ray-Bans and saluting the sun at this Lower Burnside watering hole with views of downtown. The austere, industrial interior spills onto a massive, sun-splashed outdoor patio and bar...

  • 10 Terrific Places to Drink Outdoors Slideshow
    Great people-watching, a sprawling outdoor terrace, and live salsa music are a few of the attractions that draw Brooklynites to this casually hip Cuban eatery in Fort Greene (open beginning mid-April for the spring and summer season). Regulars swear the...

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

  • Kid-Friendly Mocktails for Mother's Day
    Bringing Mom breakfast in bed is a long-standing Mother's Day tradition for many families. The kids get to help out in the kitchen (read: make a mess), Dad tries not to burn the toast, then everyone gets to share a lovely Sunday morning meal together...

  • Kid-Friendly Mother's Day Mocktails
      Kids get to help out in the kitchen, share the meal. Well that is except for the cocktail portion.        Here are five kid-friendly mocktail recipes (plus suggestions for adults-only brunch cocktails to match)  ...

  • 7 Kentucky Bourbon Cocktails
    The mint julep rules the racetrack bar at The Kentucky Derby. Everybody knows this. The signature cocktail of Churchill Downs since 1938, it's estimated that more than 120,000 juleps are served over the course of the weekend. (For numbers junkies...

  • How to Navigate a Tequila Menu
    Blanco, reposado, añejo — navigating lengthy and well curated tequila menu can be just as daunting as a serious wine list.  Which are best for shooting and which are better suited to sipping? How to know what will pair best with that...

  • How to Reject a Bad Wine
    Dear Drink Geek, I ordered an expensive glass of wine at a bar the other day, and what I was served tasted like cheap, "corked" Cabernet. (Not that there's anything wrong with Cabernet in general, it's just not what I ordered.) I didn...

  • Hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    I love a nice, spicy Bloody Mary. It’s an excellent eye-opener, a nerve-calming tonic after a long night of drinking. The Bloody Tampon is a bit like a Mary (tomato juice, vodka), but then there’s a rolled-up napkin inserted into cocktail. And...

  • 4 Ideas for Brewery Weddings
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  • Hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    Bacon may pair wonderfully with chocolate, beer, and even ice cream, but I must draw the line at bacon booze. Served straight up, the meat-and-potatoes (vodka) blend tastes a bit like liquefied Bac-Os. (To be fair, Bakon Vodka does make a curiously...

  • hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    There’s nothing wise about ordering this bad-idea blend of Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, and Jose Cuervo. It’s a quick trip to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mexico — with an unavoidable detour to the toilet.

  • Hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    Color me confused. Over the last few years, San Franciscans and intrepid mixologists have gone crazy for this Italian digestif. To me, it’s a bit like drinking the dark, bitter tears of a widowed grandparent.

  • Hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    Wannabe Sly Stallones, take note: To create the Prairie Oyster, top a raw egg with a few dashes of Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, and a salt-and-pepper sprinkle. Add a shot of bourbon to create a slimy, warming inebriant.

  • Hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    Deep in Canada’s Yukon Territory, in gold-rushing Dawson City, the Sourdough Saloon serves one of mankind’s most putrid shots. The Sourtoe Cocktail is made with Yukon Jack whiskey and a salt-cured human toe plopped into the glass like an olive...

  • Hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    At bars like Brooklyn’s Bushwick Country Club and San Francisco's Elixir bartenders have begun serving brown spirits with a chaser of pickle juice. Some believe the salty brine complements the bourbon’s oaky char. I believe that the...

  • Hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    Sipping this high-test Chinese spirit is not unlike swallowing unleaded gasoline. Distilled from sorghum, wheat, or rice, the grain liquor’s proof often tops 140. The Red Star Er guo tou brand is as rough as backwoods moonshine, while Moutai...

  • Hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    When cream goes bad, it’s typically not advised to shove it into your mouth. Not so with the Cement Mixer. Take a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream, hold it in your mouth, then sip some lime juice. The concoction instantly curdles, becoming...

  • Hit Me With Your Worst Shot Slideshow
    Imagine dredging up a dark, syrupy elixir from the deepest recesses of your medicine cabinet and mixing it with a spoonful of sugar and herbs collected from the forest floor. I once spent an entire night drinking Zwack. The hangover lingered for days.

  • 5 Stand-Out Brunch Cocktail Menus
    There is a lot of heated debate when it comes to naming the best place to go for brunch. And yet it's funny — often it seems as though the restaurants topping their city's (or the country's) "Best Brunch" lists have...

  • 6 Stand-Out Brunch Cocktail Menus
    There is a lot of heated debate when it comes to naming the best place to go for brunch. And yet it's funny — often it seems as though these restaurants topping their city's (or the country's) "Best Brunch" lists have...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets
    It's true what they say about spicy foods being good for boosting your metabolism. But in addition to this, The Juice Fasting Bible notes that they can help reduce blood clots, heart disease, and strokes. Just be careful — consuming too...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
    You may be thinking, "Garlic and onions in juice? Gross!" Skepticism is understandable, but consider this: both are rich in antioxidants and offer great immune-boosting power. But as Aronica is quick to note, "a little goes a long way in...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
    This underrated juice ingredient is not only naturally sweet, it also contains fewer calories than carrots. Aronica points out that they contain B vitamins, potassium, and vitamin C — the last two being essential for healthy skin. Mixes well with...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
    This popular-for-a-good-reason fruit is a good source of folate, vitamin C, potassium, and of course, antioxidants. "The most abundant phytochemical found in pomegranate is called punicalagins and represents the majority of pomegranates'...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
    "They're very high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is turned into vitamin A in the body," Aronica explains. Plus, she says, their "very high" natural sugar content helps sweeten a juice and make it more palatable. A popular...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
     "While there's certainly nutrition to be had in a wheatgrass, it's not the miracle food it was touted to to be for a while," clarifies Aronica. Still, it is high in chlorophyll and contains vitamins B, C, E, K, B17, and folic...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
    All great for adding sweetness to your juices. Specifically, Aronica notes that blueberries are an "antioxidant powerhouse" and that cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, which can prevent UTIs. Strawberries are recommended as a good source...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
    According to Aronica this a good source of vitamin C, B6, and folate. Some claim it can help heal ulcers because it contains high amounts of a compound sometimes referred to as "vitamin U." It's also said to have properties which aid...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
    Kelly notes that fresh ginger is a great way to add flavor (not to mention a slight kick of spice) and a plentiful source of antioxidants. What's more she says "they have a history of helping prevent upset stomach, as well as being anti-...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
    "A great source of vitamins, phytonutrients, and antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin. They have a high sugar content, which can take the bitter edge off of some of the vegetables," Aronica says. You'll often see that people...

  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
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  • Best Fruits and Vegetables for Juice Diets Slideshow
    All three are great ingredients for first-time juicers to cut their teeth on — as Aronica puts it, "easy for beginners" juicing vegetables. She notes that they are "mild-tasting and have a high water content." All, she says,...

  • Cool Crème de Violette Cocktails
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  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails Slideshow
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  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails Slideshow
    This classic New Orleans cocktail dates back to 1888 when it was created by Meyer's Restaurant bartender Henry C. Ramos. Distinguished by its tall, frothy head, making this drink requires a strong arm — some recipes say to shake the...

  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails Slideshow
    No conversation about egg cocktails would be complete without mention of the Pisco Sour. This classic drink made with pisco brandy, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and an egg white, is credited as having been created in 1915 by Victor Morris, owner of...

  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails Slideshow
    The favorite childhood snack gets a grown-up makeover in this frothy, creamy rum-based cocktail created by Tippling Bros. mixologist Gianfranco Verga.

  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails Slideshow
    This play on a Gin Sour (inspired by New York Times food writer Julia Moskin) was created by bartender Cameron Bogue of New York's Bar Pleiades. In it, Bogue has updated the traditional ingredients — gin, lemon juice, sugar, orange...

  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails Slideshow
    Eggnog becomes warm weather appropriate in this variation featuring coconut cream and milk, created by bartender Mark Comer of New York's New Leaf Restaurant & Bar.

  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails Slideshow
    This pastel green absinthe and crème de menthe cocktail from Jackson Cannon of Boston's Eastern Standard has a light, foamy top layer. Just be careful not to indulge in one too many — you don't want to add the Green Fairy to the...

  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails Slideshow
    This foamy cocktail from Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim features the exquisite fruit-spirit combination of gin and raspberry. Bright and refreshing from the inclusion of tart lemon sour, this is an ideal warm weather cooler.

  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails
    With Easter coming up this Sunday, chances are your fridge is stocked with holiday staples — eggs being chief among them. But before you go hard-boiling and decorating the whole lot, make sure to reserve a few for making a Sunday brunch tipple...

  • 8 Excellent Egg Cocktails
    With the Easter coming up this Sunday, chances are your fridge is stocked with holiday staples — eggs being chief among them. But before you go hard-boiling and decorating the whole lot, make sure to reserve a few for making a Sunday brunch...

  • Alan Richman Would Make the Best Sommelier Ever
    "I may not win this competition," conceded Alan Richman, with a laugh, mid-exam at Sunday's 2011 Best Sommelier in America competition in New York City. This at the end of a 22-minute live dining room simulation test in which he was...

  • Cocktails to Help Survive Tax Day
    If filing your taxes doesn't make you want to reach for a cocktail, well then, we don't really know what to say except: want to do ours next year? Whether you're scrambling to get yours in under the wire (that they're due a few days later...

  • How to Taste Tea Like a Pro
    "Tea can be intimidating," admits Emeric Harney, general manager of the Harney & Sons store in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Looking at the impeccably stacked wall of black and gold tea boxes — like a tea version of the...

  • New York City's Ilili
    The game-changing, market-restaurant hybrid, Eataly has gotten a lot of attention, but the focus on the neighborhood’s dining options reminded me of another Flatiron joint that deserves mention: Ilili, Phillippe Massoud’s still-swank...

  • Inspiring Eco-Friendly Winemaking Practices
    Options abound when it comes to "going green" for Earth Day (April 22nd), or any day, for that matter. On the plate, in the kitchen, and of course, in the glass — there is no shortage of opportunities for food-focused "...

  • 5 Unique Wines to Try Right Now
    When a bartender at one of New York City's hottest wine bars invites you to "nerd out over some grape juice," you say yes.  Branding itself as the "elitist wine bar for everyone," Terroir is one of those rare finds in the...

  • 6 Bizarre Beverage Lawsuits Slideshow
    OK, so this last one doesn't deal with one beverage or beverage company specifically, but rather the consumption of (several) alcoholic beverages. Ontario-based receptionist Linda Hunt successfully sued her employer for more than $300,000 because...

  • 6 Bizarre Beverage Lawsuits Slideshow
    What's in a name? Well, in the case of CytoSport's popular fortified drink, Muscle Milk, the answer is: not what's in the bottle. The water-based nutritional shake actually contains no milk whatsoever. It's a fact which, let's just say...

  • 6 Bizarre Beverage Lawsuits Slideshow
    Who would have thought that bottled water could get Pepsi into so much hot water? According to Wisconsin men Charles A. Joyce and James R. Voight, the company stole their idea for bottling purified water. Apparently they had discussed the idea with...

  • 6 Bizarre Beverage Lawsuits Slideshow
    In 1999, John Leonard sued PepsiCo, Inc. for breach of contract and fraud relating to the company’s “Drink Pepsi, get points” promotion. He claimed to have gotten the seven million points needed to collect the Harrier fighter jet he had...

  • 6 Bizarre Beverage Lawsuits Slideshow
    Ever since Stella Liebeck's infamous McDonald’s hot coffee suit, there have been no shortage of copycat cases. Not surprisingly, coffee giant Starbucks has been in the hot seat (pun intended) in several of these. Recent accusations include a...

  • 6 Bizarre Beverage Lawsuits Slideshow
    In 1991, a man from Michigan by the name of Richard Overton famously sued Anheuser-Busch for false and misleading advertising. The ads in question were for Bud Light and depicted a scene in which beautiful, bikini-clad women suddenly appeared for two...

  • 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?
    Dear Drink Geek, Major dilemma! I'm hosting a party tonight at my place for 25 of my nearest and dearest. I thought I had everything covered — bought booze, tasty snacks, decorations... more booze. And then it hit me: I forgot to make the Jell-...

  • Wine Tips: April Wine Events
    Just a couple weeks ago, we held our first Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting in Washington, D.C. — and it was a barn burner. About 500 people showed up to taste some great wines on a gorgeous evening. We'll be recovering for a while,...

  • 7 Do-It-Yourself Drink Projects
    Isn't there something about springtime (what with its theme of rebirth), that just makes you want to try something new? You know, decide to finally tackle that hobby or at-home craft project you've been thinking about doing forever but...

  • 8 Great New York Cafés Slideshow
    Bubby's is reason enough to venture this far downtown, as they serve delicious Southern-style food: homemade biscuits and jam, pancakes, and eggs with a side cheddar grits. The fantastic brunches are accompanied by incredible coffee selections and...

  • 8 Great New York Cafés Slideshow
    On a picturesque street is a little nook you might miss if you aren't looking for it: Bluebird Coffee. The space is small, but is so comfy and peaceful that one can sit for hours, staring out of the large windows at the sun shining through. OK, so the...

  • 8 Great New York Cafés Slideshow
    Narrow with high ceilings, La Colombe's large windows and beautiful, long wooden seats are perfect for checking out the scene. Locals, tourists, artists, and coffee lovers all pack into the space and there is often a long line. The espresso drinks...

  • 8 Great New York Cafés Slideshow
    I was once told that this coffee will "make your hair grow." That information has not been validated, but this espresso does seem magical (as does the house-made food). They serve a sinfully good olive oil cake, which is not too sweet and...

  • 8 Great New York Cafés Slideshow
    Joe is situated on the corner of a crooked street in the West Village — a neighborhood of Sex and the City-esque brownstones and tree-lined streets. Joe is as quaint as the 'hood, with a locals-only vibe (think Friends' Central Perk). This...

  • 8 Great New York Cafés Slideshow
    Cross into Chelsea and the downtown vibes start to emanate from the pavement. This famous neighborhood is still home to many of the city's art galleries and eclectic locals. At once gentrified and gritty, Café Grumpy fits the paradox of...

  • 8 Great New York Cafés Slideshow
    Midtown is one big frenzy of tourists flocking to the shopping and sites. Bottega del Vino, a popular spot with the Midtown suits for its authentic Northern Italian fare, is a lovely place to sit and rest one's feet. Their barista, Sammi, was hailed...

  • 8 Great New York Cafés Slideshow
    Home to a host of New York landmarks — including The Met and "the Park" (Central, that is) — the Upper East Side is one of the most fabulous neighborhoods in the city. Walk down Madison Avenue and stop into Sant Ambroeus, a true...

  • 5 Myths About Greek Wines
    "Everyone thinks all Greek wine is Retsina," begins Andrea Englisis, whose family-owned Athenee Importers is one of the country's largest distributors of Greek wines, beers, and spirits. "But actually, it's less than five...

  • New Season, New Cocktail Menu
    The season for a new wave of cocktail menus has finally arrived. Off come the belly-warming hot toddies and mulled wines, replaced instead with a handful of bright, garden-fresh concoctions. Talk about a form of spring cleaning to actually get excited...

  • Top Terroir: Andrea Englisis' Producer Picks
    On Top Terroir we ask a different wine expert who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. In this installment, Andrea Englisis of Athenee Importers shares which Greek wine producers she thinks are the ones watch.   Producer:...

  • Port as Cocktail Mixer
    Need a little inspiration for using Port that doesn't involve an oh-so-predictable cheese pairing? Good — the creators of a new Port called Noval BLACK thought so too. From the long-established and esteemed Quinta Do Noval Port house in the...

  • Actor Kurt Russell, Winemaker
    Add actor Kurt Russell to the list of celebrities — actors, musicians, athletes, and the like — who've gone into the wine business. The label is called Gogi (Russell's nickname) and it's a collaborative project with Peter and...

  • 8 Great "Green" Beers Sideshow
    For this up-and-coming "green" brewery, it's all about the can. But in addition to espousing the virtues of aluminum cans — they're completely reusable, eliminate the risk of oxidation, help keep local beaches free of broken glass...

  • 8 Great "Green" Beers Sideshow
    One of the country's largest craft beer producers, it counts a water recycling system, using solar energy, and donating spent grain to local farms among its achievements. And not only are Stone Brewing's bottles and cardboard packaging...

  • 8 Great "Green" Beers Sideshow
    Among this brewery's sustainable innovations is a grain dryer that allows them to stabilize grain in-house to prevent it from decomposing on the trip to the Pacific Northwest where it is sent to local farms. They also practice CO2 recovery and use a...

  • 8 Great "Green" Beers Sideshow
    No detail is too small for this "green" beer. The company features a painted-on logo on their green bottles, which, by the way, use 30% more glass than a typical bottle — giving them the unique ability to be used up to 35 times. Not to...

  • 8 Great "Green" Beers Sideshow
    On this brewery's eco-friendly agenda? It has reduced its water usage to two gallons for every one gallon of finished beer (the industry standard is six), uses an in-house heat recovery system, and every year donates eight tons of spent mash to feed...

  • 8 Great "Green" Beers Sideshow
    Another leader in environmental brewing practices, this California-based company is taking sustainability to the streets. In addition to producing its own biofuel for its delivery trucks, it also purchased a hybrid electric route truck in 2009 for local...

  • 8 Great "Green" Beers Sideshow
    In 2003, this brewery became the first New York City company to use 100% wind-generated energy. What's more, they've found a more sustainable way of dispensing with their spent grain: The brewery pays New Jersey farmers to pick it up to use as...

  • 8 Great "Green" Beers Sideshow
    You could practically write a treatise on New Belgium's achievements in sustainable brewing. The country's first brewery to use wind power, other eco-friendly efforts include employing solar energy and using their own byproduct methane to power a...

  • 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
    It's funny — Google "St. Patrick's Day" and "green beer" and just like that, links to dozens of recipes, videos too, appear. Search instead for the origin of this now-prolific holiday tradition and the applicant pool...

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    Once a storefront church, this bunker-like bar is now a holy shrine to superheroes and comic books, with collectibles covering every corner. Don’t care for Batman or Robin? You’ll be plenty pleased by the $3 PBR-and-whiskey special.

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    At this antidote to trendy Miami Beach, the neon-drenched fun runs from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m., featuring plenty of pool, cut-rate drinks, and a crowd that runs the gamut from senior citizens to tattoo artists, trannies, and slumming swells.

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    “We cheat tourists and drunks” is one of the slogans at this Seattle legend, where duct tape stabilizes the furniture and the men’s bathroom features a jerry-rigged periscope providing a view of the Space Needle. To sop up the 16-ounce...

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    Portland has no shortage of strip-clubs, but the venerable Mary’s — it’s existed for nearly 50 years — wins us over with its laid-back vibe, killer jukebox, and more than two dozen kinds of beer served by a friendly crew of...

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    There’s never a cover charge at the head-banging hangout, where heavy metal and punk bands often take the stage and beer is served in frosty, 32-ounce “supermugs” sold for as little as $4. A couple of those and you’ll be ready to...

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    Moto-heads, punkers, and indie rockers alike congregate at this sprawling booze joint with a beer garden, greasy BBQ, and operating hours to make an alcoholic smile. The bar starts serving at 9 a.m. Too drunk to stumble home? Rent a room right above the...

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    The nicotine-stained Italian joint offers dual backyard bocce courts where seniors and hepcats alike suck back cheap pitchers of Bud or locally brewed Schlafly Pale Ale, toss a couple frames and scarf down authentic meatball subs.

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    Forget Bourbon Street: For one of New Orleans’ finest bars, head uptown to this insanely cheap dump where, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, you can buy a potent mixed drink for a dollar. Want a double? That’ll be an extra dollar, please.

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    “Shut up and drink” is the motto at this scuzzy, 24-hour rocker haunt where you can gamble with your money and your health. Specialties of the house include a bacon martini and the nuclear-green, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink “ass...

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    Halibut fishermen haunt the Salty Dawg Saloon, where currency and women's underwear cover the century-old walls. Tipplers congregate to guzzle salty dogs — salt-rimmed vodka-and-grapefruit greyhounds. Play nice, or your cranium could provide...

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    On Sundays, come to this teensy roadhouse to drain longnecks of Lone Star, grub on gratis hot dogs and bet on a pooping chicken. A chicken coop with a numbered checkerboard floor crowns the pool table. If the fowl defecates on your number, you win!

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    Near the Ohio River’s gushing banks sits the circa-1814 mansion where Abe Lincoln once bunked and prostitutes once prowled. Nowadays, the Southgate’s a kooky rocker clubhouse suited for glugging a whiskey-loaded Tommy Gun. It’s named...

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    Sunken beneath the seamy Clermont Motor Hotel is this proudly sleazy strip joint, where amply proportioned dancers will, once you finish your beer, flatten the can between their bosoms.

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    Smoke hangs heavy in the air at the grotty saloon, where the horseshoe-shaped bar is filled with creased old men puffing unfiltered cigarettes beside slumming twenty-somethings sipping on how-can-they-be-this-cheap microbrews. Chili dogs for a buck and...

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    Sixteen-ounce cans of Pabst fuel the madness at this sprawling, flea market–fabulous complex featuring an Old West saloon, tons of taxidermy, a collection of lunch boxes and — as if you needed more — a light-up dance floor.

  • America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow
    At first blush, the sticker-strewn tavern on San Francisco’s famed Haight Street may seem like a buck-a-beer watering hole. But closer inspection reveals dozens of tap handles lining the walls and more than 40 craft beers, most sold for barely...

  • 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....

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Stock up and buy yourself a case or two – this is the notorious second choice of former enthusiastic beer drinkers like myself.  Meet your new best friends, red, white and rosé.  Don’t: Drink wine coolers – some...

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Drink it! While typically derived from wheat (although it can also be made from potatoes or corn), those with sensitivities can safely enjoy drinks made with distilled spirits as the process eliminates gluten. Don’t: Let anyone tell you that...

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Take a shot! Tequila is distilled from agave and is gluten-free, as are most Margarita mixes. To be on the safe (and probably tastier) side, make your own. Don’t: Go dark. As with rum many artificial ingredients include caramel color, a widely-...

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Order it hot or cold – either way, it’s brewed from rice. Don’t: Drop your cup in a pint of beer (see Jäeger).

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Go light or white – unspiced means gluten-free. Don’t: Order dark or spiced rum, many brands with artificial ingredients like caramel color may contain wheat starch.

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Get your hands on this tasty beverage – it’s distilled from honey and, like wine, is naturally gluten-free.

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Give up on this one, there isn’t an forty-ouncer or Barbie beer under the sun that doesn’t contain gluten.  If you really feel left out, there’s nothing like a game of Edward 40-hands with bottles of wine. Don’t: Think...

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Have a shot (or seven, á la "My Big Fat Greek Wedding") because this aromatic aniseed apéritif is gluten-free.

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Drink it. Try it in a Chocolate Cherry Russian, for example.

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Go ahead and have a shot – distilled from an impressive 56 herbs and spices, Jäeger remains gluten-free. Don’t: Drop your shot in a pint of beer (obviously).

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Drink it. Here are some suggestions: Tea Rose Martini No-Groni The Bazaar's New Way Dirty Martini

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Have a pint.  Fermented from fruit, most ciders are a safe bet.  Don’t: Go for Hornsby's Draft Cider or Harpoon – these two better-known brands include malted barley in their brew.

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Celebrate! Bubbly is made from grapes and is naturally gluten-free.

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Drink it. Learn more about it here.

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Do: Drink it. Here are some suggestions: Autumn Leaves Cocktail Bacon Old Fashioned Whiskey Devil

  • Guide to Gluten-Free Drinking Slideshow
    Don’t: Drink it. Beer is made with malted barley, a source of gluten. A double no-no would be a wheat beer like German Hefeweizen, which packs a double punch. Do: The exception to the rule above is to order a gluten-free brand made with buckwheat,...

  • 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 Slideshow
    After passing the bitters mixture through the chinois, let that sit for another day or two to allow all of the micro-particles to settle at the bottom. Once they have, decant the liquid or use a turkey baster to extract the bitters from the clean,...

  • A Lesson in How to Make Bitters Slideshow
    Dan shares that one of the cooler tricks he's learned in the process of making bitters is the best way to clarify them. Once the mixture has steeped long enough to achieve the desired flavor, he recommends layering cheesecloth in a chinois sieve and...

  • A Lesson in How to Make Bitters Slideshow
    You'll need to shake your bitters mixture vigorously once daily during the weeks-long steeping process. Tasting regularly is important as well, so that you become sensitive to how the flavor is changing. "Put a few drops on your hands and rub...

  • A Lesson in How to Make Bitters Slideshow
    All of the aromatics and spirits get added together at the same time in a large sealable jar (50-70 ounces). The mixture will need to sit and steep for about 3-4 weeks. "I usually hit gold around three and a half weeks, more than five and you'...

  • A Lesson in How to Make Bitters Slideshow
    For the neutral grain spirits base, Dan likes to use Polmos' 192-proof Spirytus Rektyfikowany, which he found at his local liquor store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Though he says any high-proof vodka works too — higher proof...

  • A Lesson in How to Make Bitters Slideshow
    Sourcing some of the more obscure ingredients, like gentian and quassia bark, can be one of the bigger challenges in making bitters at home. Dan recommends looking for them in medicinal herb shops and apothecaries (like Flower Power in New York's...

  • A Lesson in How to Make Bitters Slideshow
    Dan advises that first-timers should start out by making a large batch of "base" bitters that you can divide up into smaller quantities and experiment with. "If you were cooking you might think of it as a kind of master sauce that you...

  • A Lesson in How to Make Bitters Slideshow
    How to go about pairing the right bitters with the right cocktail? Says Dan, "Generally speaking, while the role of bitters in cocktails should be subtle and nuanced, you want them to play nicely and don't want them to get lost. You might want...

  • 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...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    You can't talk about Boston's dining scene and not mention Chef Ken Oringer. At this branch of his growing empire, he does French fine dining proud, but plays by his own rules, producing impeccable, artistic plates with a focus on market-driven...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Celebrity chef Rick Bayless doesn't want for fans; dine at this Chicago-based Mexican restaurant of his and you'll have a good idea why. The local- and organic-championing chef has a true award winner on his hands here (it took home a James...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    What can you say about this place that hasn't already been said? The pasta! That pork chop! Mario Batali is a genius! Rock music in a fine dining restaurant? Brilliant! At this longtime darling of the critics, after more than 12 years, you're...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    A slice of New Orleans dining history — it opened in 1880 — this culinary landmark has long been collecting accolades for everything from its service to its wine list to its "haute Creole" cuisine. The gold standard of family-run...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Say what you will about so-called molecular gastronomy, but you have to give it up to a restaurant that takes an iconic dish like eggs Benedict and reintroduces it to the plate as egg yolk cylinders with crispy cubes of molten hollandaise with dehydrated...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    There's a long line inside this fluorescent-lit, linoleum-floored barbecue joint, and you better know what you want when you get up to that glass window — or be able to figure it out fast — 'cause it's hot back there and they don...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    You hate to tell the cool kid that he's cool, but if you've eaten at Momofuku Ssäm Bar then you know — David Chang really is a culinary badass. Meals at this East Village hotspot wowed former New York Times critic Frank Bruni into a...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Barbecue is religion in the South, and without question, pitmaster Ed Mitchell is one of its patron saints. The legendary barbecue baron oversees this destination-worthy joint, specializing in North Carolina-style whole hog, pit-cooked 'cue. The word...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    At José Andres' D.C. restaurant Café Atlantico, the best seat in the house is at an entirely different eatery — the counter he has christened minibar. With only six bar seats, this restaurant within a restaurant is arguably the...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    "Eat at Joe's" may have been a running joke in classic Warner Bros. cartoons, but this almost 100-year-old establishment is a serious Miami institution. The old-school seafood house boasts a massive menu, but your order is simple: stone...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Spanish food, whether traditional or avant-garde, has no more fervent and eloquent champion in America than José Andrès, proprietor of this multi-part restaurant and culinary theme park. Whether you choose to sample hot and cold foie soup...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    San Francisco Mediterranean cooking at its best from chef Judy Rodgers, with Chez Panisse alumnus Gilbert Pilgram now in charge of the dining room. The house-cured anchovies with celery, parmigiano, and Niçoise olives, the Petrale sole, and the...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    Having earned a coveted four-star rating in The New York Times (the first Italian restaurant to do so since 1974), Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali's temple of contemporary Italian fine dining ranks in a class of its own. In a space that is both...

  • 101 Best Restaurants in America Slideshow
    If you want to discuss the loaded topic of America's best pizza with any authority, you've got to make a pilgrimage to this legendary New Haven spot. What should you order at this checklist destination? Two words: clam pie. This is a Northeastern...

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    The deeply copper creation is jam-packed with gobs of hops, which impart plenty of pine and grapefruit aromas and flavors. Caramel keeps this hugely bitter hop bomb — 168 IBUs (!) — grounded.

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    To create this extreme elixir, the Delaware brewery (founder Sam Calagione is the star of the Discovery Channel’s "Brew Masters") uses heaps of hops during the brewing process, then ages it for several more months with even more hops. The result: 120 IBUs...

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    Taking its name for the Sanskrit words for “great king,” the Boulder brewery’s summer seasonal presents an intense scent of grapefruit and molasses. It slides down sweet and creamy, with 102 IBUs of tongue-coating bitterness.

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    Tipping the scales at 102 IBUs, Hop Stoopid — hailing from Petaluma, California — offers a mouthwatering aroma of fresh-sliced pineapples, mangoes and peaches. In the best way possible, Stoopid recalls pine resin rolled in sugar.

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    Based in San Diego, the brewery’s pungent masterpiece offers an intensely aromatic assault (those 101 IBUs aren’t messing around) that calls to mind a more illicit kind of funky green herb — delicious.

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    Bitterness junkies will jones for this San Diego outfit’s jewel, which is constructed with 15 distinct, hush-hush varieties of hops and clocks in at 100-plus IBUs. From first sip to last, it’s a sticky, resinous symphony.

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    The Californian beer makers call this turbocharged IPA “a liquid poem to the glory of the hop,” owing to its double-barreled blast of pine and grapefruit. Though at 100-plus IBUs Ruination will instantly shock your tongue, it’s surprisingly easy to drink...

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    Checking in somewhere north of 100 IBUs, the seriously bitter Hopsickle has a multifaceted floral profile and a bitterness that lingers like teenagers at a 7-Eleven. Though you might like to have two, be careful: Hopsickle has heavyweight strength.

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    Tricerahops tips the scales at an even-steven 100 IBUs, offering a heavy load of citrus and floral aromatics. The bitterness hangs on your tongue, helped out by a smidgen of rich malt.

  • America's Bitterest Brews Slideshow
    Named after the Roman naturalist and philosopher, Pliny the Elder is a piney tour de force. Despite its 100 IBUs, golden-orange Pliny still drinks crisp and bright, with the spicy-sweet bitterness bathing your tongue.

  • 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 Slideshow
    Last but not least, when you're ready to serve, make sure you strain the infusion well so that there are no particles in the final drink.

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions Slideshow
    "When infusing lemon, lime, or orange, I recommend simply using the rind. Also, try to keep the pieces as big as possible — the white part under the rind, when torn, produces a bitter flavor."

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions Slideshow
    According to Mark, "there's far more flavor" when you use overripe fruit in your infusion.

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions Slideshow
    Save your money — top-shelf liquor isn't always the right answer. When it comes to infusions, Mark advises that higher quality alcohols don't carry the flavors of the infusion any better than mid-shelf products. Of course, that doesn't...

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions Slideshow
    Says Mark, "vodka, rum, tequila, and brandy are easiest to infuse. Whiskeys and cognacs are a little more of a challenge. You would want the infusion to enhance their natural flavors. I love hickory-smoked bacon bourbon, and so do many of my bar...

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions Slideshow
    Make sure that whatever container you store your infusion in has an air-tight seal. This is important to help prevent fermentation and pickling. Mark also recommends keeping it away from heat and sunlight — you don't want it to cook. You...

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions Slideshow
    Don't necessarily believe what some books will tell you — that you need to infuse for several weeks at least. In Mark's experience, "the osmosis between the booze and the ingredients only takes a few days." "Trust me, an...

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions Slideshow
    According to Mark, many infusions have sharp qualities to them. By adding a secondary flavor (vanilla, orange rind, lavender, cinnamon), you can make your infusion more complex and user-friendly. He notes that cucumber, basil, and mint are great...

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions Slideshow
    Classic cocktails are another good place to look for inspiration. You can think of ways to tweak and make them your own by creating an original base liquor infusion. Mark shares that he has always wanted to try making a Vanilla Chai White Russian....

  • 10 Secrets to Perfect Liquor Infusions Slideshow
    Mark recommends to start by listing your favorite flavors — some of his include orange, vanilla, cinnamon, mint, basil, lemon, lime, cucumber, and huckleberry. He notes that mixing and matching can produce amazing flavors. "For example you...

  • 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
    French orange soda flavored with a heavy does of mint syrup. Just what exactly is "cowboy" about it we're not quite sure.

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    Vokda gets flavored with a lot of interesting and 'out there' ingredients, but bubble gum?

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    Dragonfruit flavoring tips this already interesting combination of beer and cola over on the bizarre beverage scale. Apparently, this German brand of beer-based mixed drinks also makes Banana & Beer and Cherry & Beer variations.

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    Exactly what it sounds like: beer plus milk. And here's the kicker — this Japanese low-malt beer is said to have a "fruity" flavor.

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    The all-in-one-can solution for the Michelada Clamato drinker. 

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    Espresso stout and coffee-based cocktails have had such great success, too bad the same can't be said for coffee-flavored soda. That is, at least, in the case of the short-lived Coca-Cola BlāK. Discontinued two years after its release, Anderson...

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    'Cool as a cucumber' gets the soda treatment in this drink, another unique limited-edition Pepsi product out of Japan.

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    Pepsi and yogurt: A match made in unlikely beverage heaven? The sweet taste of Pepsi meets the creamy flavor of yogurt in this unexpected pairing, available only in Japan.

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    Way ahead of the curve on the juicing trend, this celery-flavored soda has been around since 1868. Prevalent in New York and South Florida, the drink can most commonly be found in Jewish delicatessens and restaurants. Made from celery seed extract, the...

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    In a cream sauce for fish, or mixed in with mayo for chicken salad, tarragon is lovely. But as a flavoring for soda? That definitely crosses over into bizarre beverage territory.

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    Jones Soda Co. is known for their variety of oddball specialty flavors. (Just consider the Thanksgiving Holiday pack "sides": Sweet Potato Soda, Pea Soda, Dinner Roll Soda, and Antacid Flavored Soda). But Tofurky & Gravy Soda? Only die-...

  • 12 Bizarre Beverage Flavors
    Slice of pizza and a pint of beer? Classic. Pizza as a flavor of beer? Now that's another story. Created by homebrewers Tom and Athena Seefurth, Margarita pizza is supposedly put into the mash and steeped like a teabag. Expect flavors of tomato,...

  • 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
    An ancient wine-producing region that has recently experienced an impressive resurgence. Home to the country's major wineries, the most well-known of which include Chateau Musar and Massaya, the Bekaa Valley has been significantly influenced by the...

  • 8 Unexpectedly Awesome Wine Regions
    The region is Canada's second largest wine producer behind the Niagra Peninsula, so why might you not have heard of it? Blame it on popular demand — because they sell so well on their home turf, they rarely make it to the U.S. Considered to be...

  • 8 Unexpectedly Awesome Wine Regions
    Yes, yes, the region is known for Port. But recently, it's been looking to move beyond its fortified wine typecast — and is beginning to have some success at it too! Thanks to producers like Barca Velha, in the last decade, the region has made...

  • 8 Unexpectedly Awesome Wine Regions
    Attention Zinfandel fanatics, here's a wine region you need to be paying attention to. In a recent interview, WineChap.com editor, Talia Baiocchi, named Croatia as a wine-producing region to look out for in the next few years. "There's a lot...

  • 8 Unexpectedly Awesome Wine Regions
    Tequila isn't the only alchocol of note produced in Mexico — just ask your local, neighborhood wine snob. Located in the north, within Baja California, this mountain-protected region lies not far from the Pacific Ocean, and is one of the few...

  • 8 Unexpectedly Awesome Wine Regions
    Australia is one of the hot-shot jocks of New World wine regions, for sure. And even though vines have grown on this island since the 1800s, it is only within the last few years that its wines have garnered mainstage attention. Credit that to the...

  • 8 Unexpectedly Awesome Wine Regions
    In a New York Times article on the region, Florence Fabricant called it the "Napa of India." Located in Maharashtra state, it ranks among the country's largest wine-producing regions, where as of 2008, more than 40 wineries were in...

  • 8 Unexpectedly Awesome Wine Regions
    A favorite of WineChap.com editor, Talia Baiocchi, for its fascinating terroir. Wine is produced on all seven of the main islands, each of which is distinguished by its own unique variety of microclimates and mineral-rich volcanic soils. "They grow...

  • 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...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    A federal food safety veteran, Taylor seemed a wise choice in early 2009 to lead a government agency that has been under fire following scores of lethal food contamination cases and food recalls. The new two-part food safety legislation recently passed...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    Mackey has helped bring organic and sustainable foods to mainstream America, along the way expanding consumer awareness of what it means to eat responsibly. Beginning with one store in Austin, Texas, in 1980, Mackey has grown Whole Foods to a $9 billion...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    Let's see… He invented upscale pizza and Asian fusion as we know it, introduced high-quality chef-branded items to the supermarket freezer case, rethought airport fast food, and reinvented the steakhouse. One of the first "celebrity chefs...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    With her bubbly personality and contagious catchphrases (like “EVOO” and “Yum-O”), Ray appeals to ordinary people, not food snobs or self-styled connoisseurs. In 2006, she launched a successful self-titled daytime TV show, and is...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    As the Founder and CEO of the national warehouse club Costco, Sinegal has made quality name-brand products accessible to a wide clientele through bulk purchasing — and selling. Its immense buying power — it is, among other things, the nation...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    This rowdy, motorcycle-riding, spiky-bleached-blond-hair dude has become a huge success since winning the second season of The Next Food Network Star in 2006. Now host of three Food Network shows, he was officially named “the face of the Food...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    Tyson is the world's second-largest meat processor and wholesaler and the second-largest food producing company in America; the second most generous corporate donor to hunger and disaster relief in the country (it gives both money and food); and the...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    Head of one of the largest publicly held corporations in the U.S., Page guides his company as an international producer and marketer of food and of agricultural, financial, and industrial products and services. Involved in grain and seed distribution as...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    Though only a small number of people every year have the privilege of dining at his flagship establishments, The French Laundry in Napa Valley and Per Se in New York City, each garlanded with three Michelin stars — and not all that many more can...

  • America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food Slideshow
    Our very own home-grown representative of the avant-garde in cooking, Achatz has blazed his own trail, turning his restaurant Alinea in Chicago into one of America's best restaurants (the best, according to some), and proving that space-age creativity...

  • 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 Slideshow
    The mug that the tough guy at the beach takes his coffee in.

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs Slideshow
    How can you take your tea seriously when cartoon sumo wrestlers are staring back at you?

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs Slideshow
    Because who wouldn't crack up at the sight of a zebra head poking out at them from their morning coffee?

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs Slideshow
    A mug for the bird lover with no qualms about their passion. 

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs Slideshow
    Technology, simplified — a true game of cat and mouse.

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs Slideshow
    A great inside joke for all the website developers out there.

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs Slideshow
    Bullwinkle, sure, but where's Rocky?

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs Slideshow
    With bulging bloodshot eyes, and a goofy dazed grin, the devil loses all of his scare tactics.

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs Slideshow
    Me too, buddy, me too.

  • 10 Hilarious Coffee Mugs Slideshow
    A good one to keep in the office, so that co-workers know when not to mess with you.

  • 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...

  • Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails Slideshow
    If you just can't drink liquor on the rocks, or straight up, top it off with a light or diet low-calorie mixer. Remember, the "splash" needs to become your new BFF.

  • Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails Slideshow
    Cocktails that call for a combination of liquors, like in the super-caloric Long Island Iced Tea, are not a smart idea for dieters. Instead, keep it simple by ordering a spirit on the rocks, remembering that lower percentage alcohols have less calories.

  • Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails Slideshow
    Even though vodka is low in calories, try substituting it with shochu, a Japanese distilled drink with only about 30 calories per ounce and half. Just don't confuse it with saké or Korean soju, which is slightly higher in calories, although...

  • Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails Slideshow
    Adding diet seltzer or tonic water to your cocktail helps fill up the glass and dilute the drink sans a lot of calories — not to mention gives it a nice texture. If you're at the bar, it's also a good idea to alternate between drinking...

  • Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails Slideshow
    There's a reason why models are notorious for drinking this stuff. At only around 90 calories (65 for ultra brut) Champagne is the low-cal cocktail drinker's ultimate companion. Add a touch of freshly-squeezed orange juice to make the diet-...

  • Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails Slideshow
    You want to avoid those pre-made cocktail mixes for the same reasons that you want to avoid anything but fresh fruit juice. A cocktail like the Bloody Mary is a great low-calorie option — with the metabolism-increasing spices and lycopene in the...

  • Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails Slideshow
    No surprise here. Opting for fresh fresh fruit juice over the often sugar-laden pre-packaged stuff is a smart way to save on calories in a cocktail. Take this Watermelon Martini, for example, which clocks in at a modest 125 calories.

  • Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails Slideshow
    Aside from using fresh fruit, you can use natural sweetners like light agave nectar, honey, and products like Truvia to give a cocktail a touch of sweetness without packing on the calories. Even an inherently low-cal cocktail like the Mojito can be made...

  • Secrets to Low-Calorie Cocktails Slideshow
    At about 64 calories per fluid ounce, vodka is one of the lowest calorie spirits you can drink (gin being another one). That said, the flavored vodkas you can buy at the liquor store have additives that make them more caloric. Infusing vodka elminates...

  • 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...

  • Top 25 Food Trends of 2010 Slideshow
    That a restaurant like David Chang's Momofuku Noodle Bar is making bank on a fried chicken dinner special says something about people's desire for comfort food. That some of the country's hottest chefs are opening burger joints speaks to that...

  • Top 25 Food Trends of 2010 Slideshow
    How to explain the resurgence of the tiki bar — was it the retro-cool factor? The fun mugs? The stronger-than-they-taste fruity island cocktails? We say, all of the above. In New York, hotspots like Painkiller and The Hurricane Club elevated this...

  • Top 25 Food Trends of 2010 Slideshow
    Call them what you want — bartenders, mixologists, bar chefs — there are some seriously talked folks shaking things up behind the bar these days. From places that venerate classic cocktails like Chicago's Violet Hour or Houston's Anvil...

  • Top 25 Food Trends of 2010 Slideshow
    Piggybacking on the trend of craft mixology is the rise of the craft ice cube. Frozen in large cubes and spheres or uniquely shaped to fit a specific glass, craft ice isn't just pretty to look at, it serves a function too. Because the ice melts more...

  • Top 25 Food Trends of 2010 Slideshow
    2010 was a good year to be a coffee geek. Between the proliferation of artisan coffeehouses and the cult following of roasting companies like Stumptown and Intelligentsia, this year, bean talk became seriously cool. Learn the art of cupping or the ins and...

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    Fruitcake actually has dark rum in it, and still people dislike it. We say, leave the fruitcake, take the rum...and pour it into a punchbowl to make Martha Washington's Rum Punch.

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    Brown sugar makes everything better, except maybe fruitcake. It's much more enjoyable in this recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate from cookbook author Judith Choate.

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    Butter, everyone's favorite ingredient and a baking must-have, isn't enough to inspire everyone's interest in fruitcake. But it does find a happy home in Hot Buttered Rum, like this one from Café Nell in Portland.

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    Spices, like cinnamon, are key to fruitcake. It's also an essential ingredient in this hot cocktail from Brooklyn's Five Leaves, which uses a whole cinnamon stick in it.

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    Try nutmeg in another Christmas classic: Eggnog. This recipe, from Waterfront Ale House in New York, gets two teaspoons freshly grated on top. And, like fruitcake, it also calls for dark rum and cinammon.

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    We'll take pineapple juice in fruity beach cocktail, like The Gilligan, over fruitcake's candied pineapple any day.

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    In a fruitcake, dried cranberries are nice. In a cocktail, fresh and puréed cranberries are even better. Want proof? Try Ofrenda's Lola in Love cocktail.

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    To represnt the candied citrus peel often found in fruitcakes, why not mix a blood orange cocktail, like this one, from Food Porn Daily?

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    Instead of walnuts, think walnut liqueur. Lavo's Piccola Noce (literally, "little walnut") captures the flavors of the holiday with this nutty spirit.

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    You can also pay homage to fruitcake's raisins with the classic Scandinavian mulled wine, Glögg. In addition to raisins, this recipe, from Aquavit's Executive Chef Marcus Jernmark, also infuses other fruitcake flavors like citrus peel, cinnamon,...

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    Raisins are one of the staple ingredients of fruitcake. Enjoy them even more in this cocktail from New York's Summit Bar, which cleverly features the golden variety as a garnish.

  • Liquid Fruitcake Slideshow
    Take the molasses that you would have put in your fruitcake batter, and use it instead in this recipe for Vanderbilt's Hudson Buck. The New York restaurant sources the apple cider molasses used in this cocktail from a farmer upstate.

  • 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...

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: Deanston Bunnahabhain Speyside Macallan Cutty Sark Springbank Scapa Lagavulin Glenfiddich Glen Ord Highland Park Glengoyne

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 2 1/2 ounces of scotch 1 teaspoon brown sugar Hot coffee Heavy cream   Procedure: Combine slowly and top with heavy cream.

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 2 1/2 ounces Laird's Apple Jack 1/2 ounce Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth 3 dashes Angostura bitters   Procedure: Serve over ice, stir gently. Start leapin'.

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 2 ounces limoncello 1/2 ounces Campari 1/2 ounce orange juice   Procedure: Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass with an orange sugar rim.

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 1 ounce SKYY Vodka 1 ounce Kahlua Coffee Liqueur 1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream 1 ounce cream   Procedure: Shake all of the ingredients together with ice. Pour over ice or in a chilled martini glass.

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 2 ounces Sambuca Molinari   Procedure: Serve in a cordial glass with one coffee bean. Flame.

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 1 ounce Grey Goose vodka 1/2 ounce Chambord   Procedure: Serve layered in a cordial glass.

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 1 ounce Strega Liqueur 1/2 ounce Cointreau 1/2 ounce orange juice 1/2 ounce cream   Procedure: Shake with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass.

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 1/2 ounce Wild Turkey Bourbon 1/2 ounce Famous Grouse 1/2 ounce Old Crow 1/2 ounce Grey Goose   Procedure: Shoot. No squawking!

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 1 ounce Rémy Martin 1 ounce Cointreau 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc   Procedure: Shake Rémy Martin and Cointreau together over ice. Pour and float Lillet Blanc on the top.

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces Sobieski Karmel Vodka 1/2 ounce Carolans Irish Cream 1/2 ounce chocolate syrup   Procedure: Shake vodka and Irish cream, then pour over ice. Drip chocolate into the middle of the glass.

  • The 12 Cocktails of Christmas Slideshow
    Ingredients: 2 ounces Smirnoff Pear Twist Vodka 1/4 ounce grenadine 2 ounces club soda Pear slice, for garnish   Procedure: Shake ingredients together and serve in a tall glass with a slice of pear garnish.

  • Bento Box Basics Slideshow
    Top left: bosc pear, red grapes, pomegranate seeds, granny smith apple, and purple potato flower. Top right: japchae with carrot skewer. Bottom left: hard boiled egg with nori music notes, peapods, and soy sauce bottle. Bottom right: red grape tomatoes,...

  • Bento Box Basics Slideshow
    All three magic colors in one bento.

  • Bento Box Basics Slideshow
    The smiley face on the star-shaped bell pepper cut-out adds a touch of cutesy personality.

  • Bento Box Basics Slideshow
    Putting the "3 magic colors" tip to good use, with a lot of yellow and orange foods.

  • 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 Slideshow
    If you tried to spar with someone about whether or not a Dark 'n Stormy can be made with a rum other than Goslings, you would lose. It can't — seriously, it's the law. The company actually trademarked the drink so that only those...

  • 8 Iconic Cocktail Debates Slideshow
    Here's one that might surprise a few people. Apparently, the Daiquiri was originally conceived as a shaken cocktail, not a frozen one, as many know it today. According to cocktail author David Embury, the first incarnation of this drink called for...

  • 8 Iconic Cocktail Debates Slideshow
    Bourbon vs. rye whiskey — of course, it's really a matter of personal preference. Still, the original recipe calls for rye whiskey and those who feel strongly about the matter might even go so far as to seek out places that will make it with...

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    The controversy surrounding the Kentucky Derby's iconic drink has to do with how best to incorporate the mint. Anti-muddlers maintain that the strong-handed action can crush and destroy the integrity of the herb. As an alternative, some might instead...

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    Aside from the origin of the Margarita being up for debate, there is also the question of salt vs. no salt on the rim. Some purists argue that salt is essential to the cocktail's success — balancing the inherent sweetness of the drink and adding...

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    The first recorded publication of the recipe lists gin as the principal ingrent, yet David Embury, in his book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, says that mixing this cocktail without Cognac makes it not French. It's a claim which ignores that the drink...

  • 8 Iconic Cocktail Debates Slideshow
    Blame James Bond for this one. Apparently, the vodka Martini gained popularity as a result of Ian Flemming's novels, as it is the drink that the dashing 007 famously always orders. However, adamant traditionalists will tell you that anything other...

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    A drink so iconic it merits two great debates. Even if you haven't seen the movies or read the books, you know the line, "Martini, shaken, not stirred." Yet it's a request that might make some martini drinkers shudder. According to those...

  • 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?...

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    Let's be honest, spending thousands on a lavish international culinary vacation is not always a realistic option. For a budget-friendly price, learn the finer points of competition-style barbecue at Jack's Old South Cooking School, a three-day...

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    While for many, vacation is all about "me" time, there are those who think of it as a great opportunity to give back. Combine a passion for chocolate and philanthropy by volunteering to work with the ACOMUITA Indigenous Women's Project in...

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    These vacationers know that exercise and eating aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. Beautiful Italian landscape meets bike riding meets gourmet food in Italiaoutdoors' Chefs on Bikes in the Veneto. Spend a week cruising around Northeast Italy,...

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    Discover American wine country beyond California's iconic regions. EverGreen Escapes specializes in adventure travel around the Pacific Northwest, and their three-day exploration of Yamika Valley gives travelers a unique taste of Washington state wine...

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    Culinary Getaways has organized the ultimate food-cation for truffle-fiends. Over the course of a week in Provence, France, travelers will get to go on a truffle hunt, learn to cook with truffles and then of course, enjoy the fruits of their labors with...

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    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...

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  • Tasting Notes: Lompoc's 8 Malty Nights Chocolate Rye Porter
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  • 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 Slideshow
    This title-less label from Bonny Doon Vineyard has a kind of psychadelic, wolfman-meets-his-ladylove vibe. Check out the website, it's even trippier.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    Something to drink while watching the Twighlight saga, perhaps? The Napa vineyard also makes equally-amusing bottles of Dracula, Chateau du Vineyard, and TrueBlood wine.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    With a name like The Heretic, you migh suspect that Four Wines Vineyard is in cahoots with the folks from Blasted Church.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
     A play on Howard the Duck, perhaps? This Don & Sons Vineyard wine often gets praise for being a great value.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    A Chilean wine with a royal attitude.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    A female French toad doing the can-can -- très risqué, indeed. This sparkling wine from Toad Hollow Vineyards actually joins a series of bottle labels featuring dressed-up cartoon toads.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    Hear no... see no... speak no...but definitely drink some Pinot Evil.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    The "Wasabi White" blend from Alsace, France is a wine you could really get metaphysical with.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    Again from Blasted Church Vineyard, this irreverant label features a tipped-over cow (who was apparently not sacred enough).

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    A South Australian Shiraz with label art inspired by the costume of Mexican lucha libre-style wrestlers.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    The Leona Valley Winery is clearly having some fun with the fact that the area often gets hit with earthquakes.

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    This Okanagan Valley vineyard clearly isn't afraid of blasphemy. Their website's welcome message notes, "Blasted Church wines are often celebrated for their divine quality. Our wine labels, however, give heartburn to the most discriminating...

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    This wine, from California's Central Coast has some fun with the well-known, and often-mocked introductory name label. 

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    This label, from a Chilean vineyard, clearly has an appreciation for plump farm animals. 

  • 15 Ridiculous Wine Labels Slideshow
    The Project Happiness label, from Oreana Winery in Santa Barbara, is distinguished by the simple and iconic smiley face.

  • 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...

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    The cocktail was invented on April 17, 1846, at 8:15 a.m. by John Welby Henderson of North Carolina at the Old Palo Alto Hotel in Bladensburg, Maryland. The first cocktail was served to John A. Hopkins of Fairfax, Virginia. The story goes on that it was...

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    A French physician served a drink to his friends using a double-ended, gallic-style egg cup, coquetiers. His friends called them, you guessed it: cocktails!

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    A French physician served a drink to his friends using a double-ended, gallic-style egg cup, coquetiers. His friends called them, you guessed it, Cocktails!

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    Horse trainers would give their horses a strong mixture of spirits that would make the horses "cock their tails" and run faster.

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    Version 1: Winning gamblers aboard river-steamers made a drink with a selection of every liquor in the bar. They drank this drink out of glasses shaped like a cock's breast, and the stirrer had the resemblance of a tail feather. There also was an...

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    Version 1: An Englishman, Dr. Johnson, introduced to a wine from a friend named Bosell, who told him that this wine was mixed with gin. He replied, "to add spirits to wine smacks of our alcoholic hyperbole. It would be a veritable cocktail to drink....

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    A visiting sailor drank local punches at Campeche, in the Gulf of Mexico, stirring them with wooden spoons. One bartender substituted a local root known as "cola de gallo" -- translated, "Cocktail."

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    This next story attributes the origin to a famous revolutionary roadhouse in Westchester County called Betsy's Tavern. One day, American officers raided a British Commissary and stole several male birds, which were known by the name "cock."...

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    A Frenchman, Dr. Tardieu, declares that in the course of certain scientific investigations he discovered that cocktails, generally considered of American origin, are really the ancient French coquetele, popular for several centuries in regions of Bordeaux.

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    This tale centers around Peggy, the daughter of William Van Eyck, who owned a famous old tavern in Yonkers. One day, after a tryst with her lover in the apartment where Master Van Eyck kept his prize-winning rooster, Old Lightening, Peggy made the young...

  • Where the Cocktail Came From: 10 "Cock-Tales" Slideshow
    According to the story, sometime around the beginning of the last century, King Axolot VIII of Mexico offered the general of the American army a drink before opening peace negotiations. A beautiful woman appeared holding a gold, ruby-encrusted cup filled...

  • 5 Beer Bottle Opener Alternatives
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  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
      Inventor Don Beaches was an innovator of the Polynesian-style, umbrella-bedded fufu drink. Real Polynesians never drank such things, but the tropical atmosphere at Beaches's Los Angeles restaurant inspired him. Don "the Beachcomber"...

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    By John Collins, waiter at Lipmmer's Old House in Hanover Square in England. "Tom" was used instead of John from the use of Old Tom Gin. Today a "John Collins" would use whiskey.

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    By a bartender at the Long Bar in Singapore's Raffles Hotel around 1915.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    Created by Sandra Gutierrez of Chicago, IL, and winner of BARTENDER Magazine's 1986 Schnapps Contest.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    According to one-time owner of Harry's New York Bar in Paris, Harry MacElhone, the drink was named after a motorcycle sidecar in which a customer was driving into the bar.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    By Texas oil rig workers who stirred vodka and orange juice with their screwdrivers.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    From Robert MacGregor, Scotland's Robin Hood. Roy being the Scottish nickname for a man with red hair.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    By the proprietor of the Old Stagg Saloon in New Orleans' French Quarter, called Ramos, of course. Stories say it took eight to ten waitresses to shake this drink.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    Attributed to a bartender at Planters Hotel in St Louis. Also credited to a Jamaican planter's wife offering a drink that was one part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong and four parts weak to cool off from the Jamaican sun.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    Two stories, take your pick. On a plaque at 104 Forales Street, once the Barrchina Bar and now a perfumery, reads: "The house were in 1963 the Piña Colada was created by Don Ramon Portas Mingat." Across town at the Caribe Hilton, Bartender...

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    Originated by a bartender at the Louisville Pendennis Club in Kentucky for Colonel James E. Pepper, a distiller of Bourbon Whiskey.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    It seems that a certain Count Negroni of Florence once requested a drink that would stand apart from all the Americanos ordered at his favorite neighborhood cafe. The bartender answered his request with a cocktail composed of equal parts gin, sweet...

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    Unveiled at Hollywood's Cock N' Bull by owner Jack Morgan and one Jack Martin in 1946 to rid himself of an overstock of ginger beer.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
      1. By bartender Professor Jerry Thomas of San Francisco for a stranger on his way to Martinez. Made with gin, vermouth, bitters, dash of maraschino.   2. By a bartender in Martinez, California, for a gold miner who struck it rich. The miner...

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    The recipe was created around 1874 at The Manhattan Club in New York for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston's mother, on the occasion of her banquet in honor of the lawyer and politician Samuel J. Tilden.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
    Created around 1925 at the Ritz Hotel bar in Paris. It took its name from the mimosa flowering plant, whose color it resembled.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
      One story recounts a bartender in Pueblo, Mexico, named Daniel Negrete who had a girlfriend named Margarita. She took a dab of salt with everything she drank. To please her, Negrete created a drink of ice, Cointreau, tequila and lime juice and put...

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 2) Slideshow
      Invented by Vic Bergeron in 1944 at his Polynesia-style Oakland bar. He did not want fruit juices detracting from the two ounces of J. Wray Nephen Jamaican Rum he poured as the base for his creation. He merely added a half ounce of French orgeat (...

  • 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
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    Hails from Long Island, specifically the Oak Beach Inn in Hampton Bays. Spirits writer John Mariani credits bartender Robert "Rosebud" Butt as the inventor, whose original recipe — which calls for an ounce each of clear liquors (vodka, gin...

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    Named after the Mayor of Dijon (Major Kir), to help increase sales of Cassis.

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    Created by George Bullington, founder of Southern California's Bully's restaurant chain. During the Sixties, Kahlua-based coffee drinks were popular at his La Jolla location. Perhaps to defray costs, Bullington made a drink with a one-half jigger...

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    If one requests this drink, you might receive a mix of gin and champagne. In the French trenches of World War I, however, gin was scarce but cognac and champagne were not. American doughboys soon discovered that a combination of the two produced an effect...

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    Originated at the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco, where the late Chronicle columnist and travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, often frequented. On a trip to Ireland during the early Fifties, Delaplane noted the custom of bolstering airport coffee with...

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    Created by Bill Doner in Newport Beach, CA. The Harvey Wallbanger started as a fad by Bill and was first served at a bar called The Office. Bill was last seen as Vice President of Marketing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Before that, he ran a fleet of...

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    By a bartender at Shoemaker's in Washington, D.C., for his customer, "Colonel Jim" Rickey, a lobbyist.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    Connived by workers from Bethlehem Steel during a malaria epidemic in the village of Daiquiri, near Santiago, Cuba.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    This drink is a political statement as well as a cocktail. It translates to "Free Cuba," a status the country enjoyed in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American war. Cuban/American relations were friendly around the turn of the century, when a...

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    By Johnny Solon of the Waldorf Bar in New York's Waldorf Astoria. Johnny created it the day after a trip to the Bronx Zoo.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    Created around 1960 at Harry's New York Bar in Paris, by Harry's son, Andy MacElhone.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    Invented by Peter Petiot at Harry's New York Bar in Paris in 1921; he later became Captain of Bars at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City.

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    Also known as Bismarck or Champagne Velvet. Created in 1861 at Brooks's Club, London.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    By Bartender Gus Tops at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels. Gus also dispensed scarves with his silhouette and recipe of his cocktail.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    Invented at Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy, around 1943.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    A cocktail said to have been invented about 1910 by bartender Charlie Mahoney of the Hoffman House in New York. The drink is made with a dash of orange bitters, 1 ounce sherry and 1 ounce dry vermouth, stirred with ice, strained, and served in a wine...

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    A cocktail made with lime juice, sugar, grenadine, and Bacardi Light Rum. The name dates back to 1934 and was associated with the firm Bacardi Imports, Inc., of Miami, Florida. In 1936, a New York State Supreme Court ruled that to be authentic, a "...

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1)
    A cocktail reputedly first concocted at Arnaud's restaurant in New Orleans immediately following the end of Prohibition.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    Evocative of the gentle tropical tradewinds of the French Caribbean islands for which it is named, Alize de France is a totally unique product in a new category of its own creation.

  • A-Z Guide to Cocktail Names & Origins (Part 1) Slideshow
    A cocktail popularized at the University of Alabama made with sloe gin, amaretto, Southern Comfort, and orange juice.

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  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Maybe you're more of a pecan pie kind of person. Pair a slice with a cocktail that features this homemade pecan-infused bourbon.

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    If you're going to go for that second helping of pie, might as well go for another pumpkin cocktail too. Try this Pumpkin Punch, served at Kastel in New York's Trump Soho Hotel.

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Last, but certainly not least: pumpkin. Love it or hate it, pumpkin pie is all but guaranteed to have a place among the holiday's dessert spread. Enjoy it PDT's Great Pumpkin cocktail, which uses pumpkin ale.

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    The housemade Chai Wiskey featured in the Autumn Chai Cocktail uses a host of familiar Thanksgiving spices—cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. If that alone doesn't ring Turkey Day, the cocktail also mixes in cranberry juice.

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Two of this cocktail's main ingredients—pear and nutmeg—have a big presence among traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Find it at PDT in New York City.

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Apple cider, apple pie, apple diced up and mixed in your stuffing—the iconic fall fruit makes several feast day cameos. Vanderbilt's Hudson Buck hits the seasonal cocktail mark by using apple cider molasses.

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Think Thanksgiving cornucopia and squash automatically comes to mind. This unique cocktail, from 8st Kitchen in New York, mixes Kabocha squash purée with soju to surprisingly delicious effect.

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Butter is a major Thanksgiving Day player—in the mashed potatoes, tossed with the sautéed vegetables, smeared on the cresent rolls. Hot Buttered Rum, like this one, from Cafe Nell in Portland is a natural cocktail equivalent.

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Beets are a popular side dish at many a Thanksgiving feast, and at Russian restaurant Mari Vanna in New York City, the root vegetable gets infused in vodka. If you're into cocktails that literally taste ground-to-glass this powerful, earthy spirit is...

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Like onion, celery is an important flavoring agent in many of your favorite Turkey Day dishes. The Gin & Sun cocktail, at Portland's Gilt Club, features house-made celery bitters.

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Yes, onions are a base ingredient in an overwhelming number of dishes, but on Thanksgiving they play an important recurring role. Find them finely chopped as a base for stuffing and gravy, or quartered and roasted inside the cavity of the turkey. Ben...

  • 12 Cocktails with Thanksgiving Flavors Slideshow
    Regardless of what side of the canned vs. fresh cranberry sauce debate you fall on, no one can argue that the fruit is a staple at any traditional Thanksgiving table. Served at Ofrenda in New York City, the Lola in Love cocktail features both cranberry...

  • 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...

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  • 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
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  • 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 Slideshow
    Washington D.C.'s Blue Duck Tavern gets into the winter spirit by offering Mulled Red Wine on their seasonal hot cocktails menu. If you prefer spiced hard cider, they've got that too.

  • 7 Great Winter Weather Cocktails Slideshow
    The Irish Coffee at San Francisco's Buena Vista is legendary. According to the story, in 1952, then-owner Jack Koeppler enlisted the help of renowned travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help him duplicate the Irish Coffee he had had at Shannon Airport...

  • 7 Great Winter Weather Cocktails Slideshow
    Hot, hard apple cider has classic winter weather drink appeal. This one from Five Leaves in Brooklyn, New York, is like "drinking apple pie."

  • 7 Great Winter Weather Cocktails Slideshow
    New on the menu at Villains Tavern in L.A. is this play on Hot Buttered Rum made with a combination of Goslings dark rum, Blackheart spiced rum, rum batter, hot water, and heavy whipping cream.

  • 7 Great Winter Weather Cocktails Slideshow
    Also on the menu at Tryst is this intriguingly named hot coffeehouse cocktail. A riff on a hot toddy, the Voodoo Lady features Bacardi Dark Rum and coffee liqueur in their housemade hot vanilla chai tea.

  • 7 Great Winter Weather Cocktails Slideshow
    The Tryst Toddy is just one of several seasonal hot cocktails on the menu at Tryst, a coffeehouse and bar in Washington D.C. The focus of the menu is warming spices, and the toddy features bourbon, Punt y Mes, honey, hot Darjeeling tea and a spicy tisane...

  • 7 Great Winter Weather Cocktails Slideshow
    How do you improve upon L.A. Burdick's already fantastic hot chocolate? By adding liquor, of course. As a stand-alone drink the hot chocolate is like an only slightly thinner version of the liquid inside the best molten chocolate cake. The adults-only...

  • 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...

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    Cocktails at The Vanderbilt in Brooklyn, like this signature Vandy Shandy, get the Kold-Draft ice cube treatment. The ones featured here have wonderful, sharp edges and scratchy surfaces that reflect the light beautifully.

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    Good ice can make you pick up on the tiniest, most seemingly insignificant details. And when you discover them, you feel like you're in on a little secret between you and the bartender. Here, the small raised impressions on the largest cube cleverly...

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    The cloudy pink orb in this White Cosmopolitain is eye-catching, especially in a martini glass. Plus, it kind of looks like a jawbreaker.

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    Craft ice isn't all giant blocks and fancy molded cubes. Densely packed, the small pebble-like pieces of ice in this drink at The Clover Club in Brooklyn mimic the cobblestone effect that this type of cocktail, a cobbler, is named for. 

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    Good thing ice like this melts slowly, it would be impossible not to take some time to marvel at the craftsmanship before taking a sip. The transluscent sphere in this Gin & Tonic at L.A.'s The Bazaar is just jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    The prominent, smooth notch against the sharp edges and rough surfaces of the cube makes for a wonderful contrast. Not to mention it's wonderfully transluscent.

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    The ever-so-slightly cracked blocks in this golden-hued cocktail at Char No. 4 in Brooklyn give a cataract-like effect.

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    It's a little hard to tell but this giant, smooth-edged cube practically spans the entire length of the glass.

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    Here is a cube with presence! A showpiece in itself, this craft cube at New York speakeasy The Raines Law Room, is molded specifically to fit the glass in which the cocktail is served.

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    Though perhaps an imperfection, the striations in this cube look like a network of tiny veins or shallow water cannals.

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    Through the deep purple cocktail, the fine cracks in the cube look light lighting bolts in a dark storm.

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    Just because it's craft ice doesn't mean it has to be perfect, the warped scratches on this large cube give it a weathered effect that makes it all the more intriguing. Find it at popular second-floor speakeasy, Angel's Share, in New York'...

  • Craft Ice Cubes Slideshow
    See the notch on the side of the cube's surface? They're a formed by machines like Kold-Draft, and in the right lighting, create a beautiful effect. These dense 1"x1" cubes keep the cocktails cool at mezcal den Mayahuel, in New York'...

  • 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 Slideshow
    Fares "Freddy" Zeidaies (The King of Falafel truck) "My own chicken and rice platter."

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Kenny Callaghan (Blue Smoke) Dean Anderson (One If By Land, Two If By Sea)

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Patty Rothman (More Cupcakes) "Anything with cheese. I'm a cheese fan. It's the inspiration for these savory cupcakes. The only thing better than a cupcake for desert is a cupcake for lunch." Sandro Micheli (Adour) Drew Nieporent (Myriad...

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Aarón Sánchez (Centrico) "A quesadilla with queso oaxaca, hot sauce and grilled spring onions."

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Julian Medina (Yerba Buena, Yerba Buena Perry, Toloache) "Pork belly, sweetbreads, foie gras." Florian Bellanger (Mad Mac)

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Johnny Iuzzini (Jean Georges) "Gnocchi. I'm Italian and that's my gauge for a good Italian restaurant." Franck Deletrain (Cafe Centro)

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Brian Murphy (The Mott) "I'm a sucker for fried chicken." Kenny Heffernan (South Gate) "Mad For Chicken's Korean fried chicken."

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde) "The tacos at Mercadito Cantina." Robert Hellen (Resto)

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Marciel Presilla (Cucharamama, Zafra)

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Fabio Viviani (Top Chef, Season 5) Dominique Ansel (Daniel) "Truffle Risotto."

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Lev Ekster (Cupcake Stop truck)

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Guy Fieri (guyfieri.com) "Chinese food, Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles knock it out." Kenny Lao (Rickshaw Dumplings) "Dumplings." Chai Trivedi (Pranna) "My version of Drunken noodles." Joe Ng (Chinatown Brasserie) "Shanghai...

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    John Stage (Dinosaur Bar-B-Que) "Pulled pork. Even though I eat it every day."

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Thomas Yang (NYC Cravings truck)

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    George Mendes (Aldea) "A good rice dish, like Aldea's Arroz de Pato."

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Stephen Kalt (Fornelletto in the Borgata) "My own pizza at Fornelletto. I ate at eight places in Naples to perfect Neapolitan." Spike Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery) Michael Psilakis (formerly, Gus & Gabriel, Anthos) John DeLucie (The Lion)...

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Art Smith (chefartsmith.com) "Singapore street food and pickles."

  • Chefs' Choice: Comfort Food Slideshow
    Jacques Torres (Jacques Torres Chocolate) "I am always hungry. It's not just one thing. It could be chocolate, pasta, paella, ladies..." John Fraser (Dovetail) "Dirty question. Scott Conant's Pomodoro." Brooks Headley (Del...

  • 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 Slideshow
    A spellbinding mixture of gin, Combier, Carpano, Antica, and Fernet Branca combines in this original cocktail from Forty Four in New York.

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up Slideshow
    Another cocktail classic with a name fit for Halloween revelry. It mixes Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky, with Cherry Heering M&R Sweet Vermouth, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up Slideshow
    A classic cocktail made here with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blond Lucid Absinthe, freshly squeezed lemon juice.

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up Slideshow
    This cocktail, from Chef Ruskell of Montage Beverly Hills, tastes better than its name would suggest. A true concoction for the walking dead, featuring kalamanzi soda and habañero brew.

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up Slideshow
    This seasonal spiked milkshake from Mel's Burger Bar in New York features custom-made pumpkin ice cream from local manufacturer Max and Mina's.

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up Slideshow
    A skull mug. A flaming floating shot of 151 rum. Pumpkin AND candy corn. This Halloween cocktail from Trader Vic's in Atlanta has got it all going on.

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up Slideshow
    With a name like Bloody Beer, this twist on the classic Bloody Mary from Brother Jimmy's BBQ in New York, is perfect for your upcoming Halloween celebrations.

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up Slideshow
    Though not originally conceived as a Halloween cocktail, this cocktail takes the spirit of the classic Bloody Mary, and updates it with the use of tomato water.

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up Slideshow
    Jim Meehan’s tequila-based ode to George Kappeler’s Widow’s Kiss relies on saffron-hued Strega, Italian for witch, in place of Yellow Chartreuse and cinnamon-spiced apple butter instead of Bénédictine. Think of the lemon juice as the broom the husband...

  • Halloween Cocktail Round-Up Slideshow
    Nothing sums up the thrill of fall better than Charles Schultz’ masterpiece “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” In lieu of the show, PDT's Jim Meehan offers a seasonal flip in its place: kind of like Lucy picking up the football before Charlie Brown...

  • 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
    A half pint of lager mixed with a half pint of cider and a dash of crème de cassis.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    Combine beer, lemon juice and gin, and finish with a dash of grenadine.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    12 oz. of beer (preferably Peroni) mixed with 2 oz. of Campari.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    Porter mixed with brandy, gin, and rum.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    Equal parts dark beer, such as Guinness, and Champagne or sparkling wine.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A pint of Bass ale with a shot of Jägermeister.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A shot of sake dropped into a pint of beer. Poktanju, which is Korean for “bomb drink,” is made by dropping a shot of whiskey into a pint of Korean beer.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A half and half mixture of beer and orange juice with a shot of amaretto dropped in.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    Beer served with a shot of whiskey, tequila, or vodka.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    Irish stout (typically Guinness) served with a shot of Irish whiskey floating on top, and then a shot of Irish Cream, such as Baileys, dropped in.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A mixture of dark beer and orange juice.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A combination of beer and lime juice that can vary based on the use of certain sauces, spices, peppers, and juices.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A variation on a Red Eye (a shot of tomato juice with ale or lager) that adds a splash of Tabasco sauce.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    Half and half mixture of beer and tomato juice, with a dash of Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A Michelada that is made with tomato and clam juice.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A Michelada made with Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, chile, and salt.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A mixture of draught beer and Fanta orange soda, popular in Chile.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    Equal parts lager and alcoholic cider. A variation, called the Snakebite and Black, adds black currant cordial to the mix.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A Panaché with grenadine added.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A variation on the Shandy, made with French lemonade.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    A variation on a Shandy, the Radler is usually made with a German lemonade or soda.

  • A Guide to Beer Cocktails
    Several variations exist internationally, but essentially it is made by mixing lager with either carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale or a citrus-flavored soda.

  • 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...

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Fluffer-Nutter Sandwich Cookie with Spiced Banana Chips (Blue Smoke Bakery).

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Mini Lobster Roll with Foie Gras (The Lobster Place).

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Dericious Cheesesteak and Chairman Bao (Baohaus).

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Tyler Florence, the host of the festival's inaugural Sandwich Showdown had just one question for the audience: "Did you you know you could have this much fun between two slices of bread?" The team from Blue Ribbon clearly did-- taking home...

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Wagyu Beef Filet with Foie Gras Bread Pudding and Black Truffles.

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Six courses at Del Posto--each prepared by a different star chef, including Mark Ladner, Cesare Casella, and Lidia Bastianich. Each dish was served with two blind wine pairings, and seated at the table was a renowned sommelier to guide you through the...

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Sommelier Showdown winner Michael Madrigale (sommelier, Bar Boulud).

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Oenophiles and wine professionals duked it out in this elimination-style, seven-round showdown. And while the culminating East Coast v. West Coast sommelier face-off was the stuff of epic silver screen drama, Wine Rapper J$ (a Captain at The Modern) stole...

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Shredded Beef Tacos with Cotija Cheese (Sueños).

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Steak House Burger and Sweet Potato Fries (67 Burger).

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Pig Tail Cocktail with bacon-infused whiskey.

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Crispy Pork Rillette Sliders (Ça Va).

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Imagine a swanky hotel, a booming live blues band, and air thick with the smell of bacon, and you should have a good impression of the scene at Bacon, Bourbon & The Blues. Hosted by Todd English, event guests enjoyed a selection of porky bites...

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Meatball Madness Host Giada De Laurentiis.

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Roasted Veal Meatlball with Black Truffle Glaze and Herbed Polenta (Ciano)

  • Best Of: New York Wine & Food Festival 2010 Slide Show
    Forget the silly Meatball Madness puns you might make, because the quality of the food at this year's event was no joke. Mia Dona's Donatella Arpaia came away victorious, but not without some stiff competition from The Meatball Shop and Pulino...

  • Chefs' Choice: Surf or Turf Slide Show
      Shaun Hergatt (SHO Shaun Hergatt) “Braised short ribs” Joachim Splichal (Patina Restaurant Group) “A great steak” Karen DeMasco (Locanda Verde) “Steak Tartare. Where’s the best? Locanda Verde! Blue Ribbon has a...

  • Chefs' Choice: Surf or Turf Slide Show
        David Suarez (Rosa Mexicano) “Any kind of pork” Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger) “Braised pork belly” Fernando Marulanda (Victor’s Café) “Roast Pork”   Jim Leiken (DBGB Kitchen & Bar)

  • Best Of: East Village Food Slide Show
    Lobster Roll, Crab Roll, Shrimp Roll, and Empress Crab Claws.

  • Chefs' Choice: Surf or Turf Slide Show
      Julian Medina (Toloache and Yerba Buena) “Octopus, I love it grilled, when it's nice and charred, and with lemon and olive oil.” Paul Di Bari (Bar Stuzzichini) “Octopus at Casa Mono"   Michael Cressotti (Sushi...

  • Chefs' Choice: Surf or Turf Slide Show
      Dana Cowin (Food & Wine)

  • Chefs' Choice: Surf or Turf Slide Show
    William Oliva (Delmonico’s Restaurant): "Sushi from Blue Ribbon".   Paul Liebrandt (Corton): "A good piece of sashimi from Yasuda or Bar Masa".   Cesare Casella (Salumeria Rosi): “It changes depending on...

  • Chefs' Choice: Surf or Turf Slide Show
      “Big Lou” Elrose (Wildwood Barbecue)
  "BBQ Chicken." Stephane Dorian (10 Downing)
 "Whole roast chicken." Erik Osol  (ilili)   “Yakitori grilled chicken skin.”   Humberto...

  • Best Of: East Village Food Slide Show
    Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos with Roasted Habanero, Avocado Cole Slaw

  • Chefs' Choice: Surf or Turf Slide Show
    Chris Rom (Brooklyn Brewery)  "Steamed Clams"   Doug Quint (Big Gay Ice Cream Truck) “Mussels with white wine and garlic. I love sopping up the broth with toasted bread.” Jason Neroni (formerly of 10 Downing) “Crab,...

  • 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...

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
      Mark Hennessey (Le Marais) "Chili Fries"

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
      Cake Man Raven Cake Man Raven Confectionery
 "The sweet tea from Chik-fil-A."

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Marc Murphy (Ditch Plains, Landmarc) "A slice of cheesecake from Pepolino."

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
      The AT&T cocktail at Rosebud in Atlanta, is a play on the classic Gin & Tonic, using house-infused apricot-thyme gin and stirrings' tonic.

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
      Katie Lee
 "Popcorn!"

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
    An essential herb with notes of spice and clove, it pairs nicely with gin, light rum, or champagne. 

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
      Chris Jaeckle (Ai Fiori) 
  "Singapore-style pan-fried noodles because they have heat, shellfish and a lot of MSG...and anything with bacon."

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
      At popular New York City cocktail haunt, The Summit Bar, shiso leaf appears in the cocktail, Charmane's Star, with Russian Standard vodka, cucumber, fresh lime, Vietnamese cinnamon-infused agave, and rhubarb bitters. 

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Mainly pork shoulder or butt, but pork ribs and chicken are also widely available. Cooking Methods: Slow-cooking in a smoker (hickory wood) and pit-cooking. Sauce: Thin tomato and vinegar-based sauce that is slightly sweet and tangy. Serving Styles...

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
    Also known as Perilla, or Japanese basil, shiso is a member of the mint family and is described as combining elements of cinnamon, anise, basil, and mint. 

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
      Fernando Navas (Sushi Samba)   "Chocolate, particularly Almond Joy."

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Beef brisket and ribs, pork ribs, steak, sausage, pork shoulder, turkey and chicken. Cooking Methods: Slow-cooked over indirect heat (hickory wood). Sauce: Moderately thick, sweet tomato-based sauce that can range in spiciness. Serving Styles: Meat...

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
      The Gilt Club in Portland, Oregon uses muddled fresh dill in its signature Idillic cocktail. The herb is combined with house-infused serrano pepper and tangerine vodka, fresh lemon, orange and a spritz of soda, served on the rocks with lemon. 

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
      Christopher Lee (Aureole) “Chicken fingers. I challenge anyone to make a great chicken finger. My wife hates them, but I love them. Atomic Wings makes a good chicken finger. Hey, I’m easy to please.” 

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
    The fronds of this aromatic herb are best used fresh, and pair well with vodka. 

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Typically, this style uses the leaner meats. Brisket is the most popular, followed by Pork Ribs and Sausage (often referred to as the “holy trinity.”) Cooking Methods: Slow-smoked in a pit over oak (and sometimes mesquite). Sauce: Meats...

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
      The bar at Aziza in San Francisco is known for its use of natural, seasonal ingredients. The Lavender uses the herb in a cocktail that also includes orange blossom honey and gin. Also on the cocktail menu are drinks incorporating, dill, kaffir lime...

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
    Bobby Flay (Bobby's Burger Palace, Mesa Grill, Bar Americain) "A cheeseburger with two slices of American, potato chips and chipotle ketchup. And a cheeseburger from JG Melon." Efraim Nahon (Barbounia) "A McDonald’s cheeseburger....

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Pork Spare Ribs, Pork Steak, Crispy “Snoots” (BBQ pig’s cheeks) and Sausage Cooking Methods: Often, meats are quickly seared then covered and cooked at a low temperature for a few hours, drenched in sauce, replaced on the grill and...

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
    The bud contains the essential oils that gives this plant its characteristic sweet, floral notes.

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Pork, and in particular pulled pork, is the most popular, but ribs are also common. Cooking Methods: Slow-smoked over hickory coals, or occasionally oak. Sauce: The specialty around Columbia is a mustard-based sauce with a kick of vinegar. Other...

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
    The Mississippi Manhattan, at renowned chef Jose Andrés' Café Atlantico in Washington, D.C., uses Maker's Mark bourbon infused  with lemon verbena, in combination with meyer lemon juice and Tupelo honey syrup.

  • 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...

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
    Alex Guarnaschelli  (Butter)
  Laura O’Neill (Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream)
 "Guacamole or Fluff". Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto)
  "Guac and chips with a margarita". Lawrence Knapp (Quality Meats...

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
    Not surprisingly, this herb is used for its lemony flavor. 

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Pork shoulder is the most popular. Cooking Methods: Slow-cooked over hickory smoke (oak is sometimes used too). Sauce: Vinegar-based sauce, similar to that in eastern North Carolina, but with heavy doses of ketchup and often with small amounts of...

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
      At Indian restaurant, Marigold, in Chicago, fresh Cilantro is mixed with Cuervo 1800 Tequila, Old Monk Indian Dark Rum, Red Chili/Coriander/Fennel Puree, and Pomegranate Juice, in a cocktail called Kashmir 795.

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
        Marc Forgione (Marc Forgione)
 "My friend’s mother’s beef jerky".

  • 6 Innovative Herb Cocktails Slide Show
    Cilantro, the leaf of the coriander plant. Described by some as citrusy (or alternatively, "soapy" by those who dislike it), it can be used to give a cocktail a clean, fresh flavor.

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Whole Hog Cooking Methods: Whole hog is slow-cooked, typically without basting, over hickory coals. Once cut, sauce is added. Sauce: A strictly vinegar-based sauce (no tomatoes), seasoned with black pepper, cayenne, hot pepper or hot pepper flakes,...

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
      Connie Chung
  Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy)
 Amanda Freitag (The Harrison)  "French fries at The Waverly Inn".   Jennifer Domanski (Fishtail)
  “French fries and creamed spinach.” Ed Brown (Eighty One)
...

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Whole hog and pulled pork shoulder are the most predominant, but pork and beef ribs and chicken are also served at many places. Cooking Methods: Slow-cooked either in a smoker or over a hickory wood pit. Sauce: The sauce is strictly vinegar-based...

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Pork spareribs cut St. Louis-style (nicely-trimmed racks) are this style’s most recognizable representative, but pork ribs, pork butt, pulled or sliced pork, and beef brisket are also featured. Cooking Methods: High quality meat is slow smoked...

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
      David Schuttenberg (Cabrito)
  "Alcohol and buttered toast."

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: The signature meat in the western part of the state is mutton, but chopped pork and pork ribs are popular too. Beef and chicken, also often served. Cooking Methods: Slow-smoked over hickory (though some places also combine it with oak). Meat is...

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
      Larissa Raphael (Telepan) LR: “Anything peanut butter...or fried calamari.” At which point a co-worker noted, “You want to know where the best fried calamari is? At her home! Her husband is the best fry cook in New York.”...

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Pork, beef brisket, burnt ends, beef ribs, lamb, turkey and chicken. Cooking Methods: Slow-smoked over hickory and oak wood, sometimes both types of wood are used in combination, other times they are used separately. Sauce: Thick, sweet and spicy...

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Chopped pork shoulder, beef brisket, pork ribs, smoked sausage. Cooking Methods: Slow-cooked in a pit over oak coals. Sauce: Spicy mustard and vinegar-based sauce that is often seasoned with hot peppers. Serving Styles: Served in various forms,...

  • Regional Barbecue Primer
    Meat: Mostly chopped pork shoulder. However, beef brisket, pork ribs, and chicken are also common. Cooking Methods: Slow-cooked in a pit over wood coals. Sauce: Ketchup-based sauce that is seasoned with vinegar and other ingredients like bay leaves,...

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
        Charlie Palmer (Aureole)
 Antonio Prontelli (Rock Center Café) Brian Bistrong (Braeburn)    "A beer with a burger...and bacon, I could eat that everyday.” Anne Burrell 
(Food Network)  “Bacon, anything...

  • Regional Barbecue Primer Slideshow
    Meat: Chopped or pulled pork shoulder, beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, smoked sausage. Cooking Methods: Slow-cooked in a pit over wood coals. Sauce: Ketchup or tomato-based sauce that can be seasoned with a variety of ingredients such as vinegar, garlic...

  • Regional Barbecue Primer Slideshow
    Meat: Santa Maria-style whole tri-tip steak, chicken. Cooking Methods: Meat is grilled over red oak wood or coals. Sometimes, chicken is first cooked over a red oak wood grill then finished in steamers filled with beer. Sauce: Rather than a sauce, meat is...

  • Regional Barbecue Primer Slideshow
    Meat: Pork loin, pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken and beef brisket. Cooking Methods: Slow-smoked in a pit over hickory wood. Chicken is covered in a dry spice rub then smoked whole. Sauce: A synthesis of different regional variations. Typically, a thin,...

  • Chefs' Choice: Junk Food Slide Show
    April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig)   

  • Regional Barbecue Primer Slideshow
    Meat: Pork shoulder, pork ribs, beef ribs, chicken and whole hog. Cooking Methods: Slow-smoked in a pit over hickory wood. Sauce: A spicy tomato-based sauce is most common, but a mayonnaise-based “white sauce,"  thinned with vinegar and...

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Linda Villano (owner, SerendipiTea)

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Johnny Iuzzini (Jean Georges) "Something simple and delicious, like Concord grape sorbet."

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Dominique Ansel (Daniel)
  “I’m not really a big fan of sweets, but if I have to choose I’ll say apple pie. I really like simple and tasty desserts.” Matt Lewis (Baked) 
 “I’m all about apples. Apple pie.”

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Deborah Racicot (Gotham Bar & Grill) “Tiramisu. When I lived in Boston, in Marblehead, there was a restaurant called the Grapevine, I think.” John DeLucie (The Lion) “Tiramisu. The thing about tiramisu is that even when it’s...

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Patty Rothman (MORE) "Chocolate cake. I'm a cake person." Renato Poliafito (Baked) "Chocolate layer cake."

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Govind Armstrong (8 oz. Burger Bar)
 Erin McKenna (BabyCakes NYC) "My favorite that I make is cinnamon sugar donuts. My favorite dessert that other people make is Pinkberry."

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Richard Capizzi (Bouchon Bakery) "A really good ice cream sundae."

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Katie Lee (author, The Comfort Table) Rose Levy Beranbaum (realbakingwithrose.com)
 "Passion fruit, vanilla, or peanut butter." John Schenk (Strip House)
 "Rocky Road ice cream." Mourad Lahlow (Aziza San Francisco)
 "Ice cream...

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Brooks Headley (Del Posto) “Banana and dulce de leche [Banoffee] pie at The Spotted Pig. Something so insanely simple it can’t not be great. And I don’t even like banana.”

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Sandro Micheli (Adour) Karen DeMasco (Locanda Verde) "Apple Tarte Tatin. It's just classic."

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Dana Cowin (Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine Magazine)

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Jamie Sudberg (Stanton Social) "Cookies. Anything with a chip."

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Brooks Headley (Tisserie) Richard Leach (Park Avenue Winter)

  • Chefs' Choice: Desserts Slide Show
    Throughout the year we asked the country's best chefs what desserts they were always hungry for. Ivy Stark (Dos Caminos) Jennifer Domanski (Fishtail) "Chocolate-something. The more chocolate the better. That seems to satisfy me more than anything...

  • Best Of: New York Brunch Slideshow
    “Scampi and Grits,” a Southern classic reinterpreted through an Italian lens at Locanda Verde, is an absolute must-order. Small rock shrimp, so tender and delicate they break the way an orange vesicle does. Nubs of sausage in a tomato sauce...

  • Best Of: New York Brunch Slideshow
    At Balaboosta a cute, small personal pie, made with chewy, pita-esque bread that arrives nicely charred from the grill. It's topped with Piave Cheese, Chorizo, Pickled Onions, and Sunny-Side Up Eggs. Take a moment to consider your approach: knife and...

  • Best Of: New York Brunch Slideshow
    Traditionalists will no doubt cry, “Sacrilege!” over the use of Brie in a Cubano. But at Yerba Buena Perry, the cheese is not as out of place as you might expect. It adds the gooey creaminess you need in a sandwich that’s served on this...

  • Best Of: New York Brunch Slideshow
    This cousin of Buttermilk Channel's famed fried chicken with Cheddar waffles is not to be missed. It’s served with the same chewy, cheese-crusted waffles, and a side of maple syrup. Try the syrup if you want that salty-sweet effect, but you don...

  • Best Of: New York Brunch Slideshow
    The wedges of moist, spongy, pound cake-tinted bread are cleverly cut to mimic the shape of a very thick pie. Buttermilk Channel's version is French Toast as dessert. If you’re sharing, you may find yourself fighting over the caramelized toasted...

  • Best Of: New York Brunch Slide Show
    At Back Forty this dish consists of three pieces of thin, crisp chicken paired with pancake-soft waffles. A side of maple syrup is the only sauce. It’s all you need — but in moderation, please — there’s enough flavor and juiciness...

  • Best Of: New York Brunch Slide Show
    Biscuits and gravy unlike you’ve had them before — dense house-made arepas disguised as biscuits. They’re mealy rather than fluffy, flavored by cornmeal, not buttermilk, and are smothered in a thick, chili-like chorizo gravy. It’s...

  • 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,...

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Salmon tataki nigiri with torched tomato, onion aioli, and smoked salt from Chef Tim Cushman of o ya (Boston, MA).

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
     Lobster, shrimp, and corn Dumpling with smoked chili dip, and steamed lamb and rice dumpling with Malay black pepper sauce from Chef Susur Lee of Shang.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Hamachi nigiri with spicy banana pepper mousse from Chef Tim Cushman.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Hamachi sashimi with Viet mignonette sauce, fried shallots, and Thai basil from Chef Tim Cushman.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Braised oxtail and foie gras shumai with sambal-soy syrup, and jicama-truffle salad from Chef Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger (Wellesley, MA).

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Island Creek Oyster with Wasabi Mignonette from Chef Ming Tsai.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Crisp fried Kurabuto pork belly with kimchi and chilij am from Chef Jonathan Wright of The Setai.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Uni tempura with Osetra caviar and ginger crème fraiche from Chef Jonathan Wright. 

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Black truffle and scallop har gau with truffle emulsion from Chef Jonathan Wright.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Veal cheek and foie gras dumpling with veal tongue salad from Chef Jonathan Wright.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Laksa Lemak, fried quail egg, and chili oil from Chef Jonathan Wright.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Pan-fried leek dumpling and taro shrimp patty from Chef Gregory Yu of Tropical Chinese Restaurant (Miami, FL).

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Steamed Vegetable Dumpling from Chef Gregory Yu.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Serving dim sum inside The Setai.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    "Jive Talkin'" cocktail with Ty Ku Soju Vodka, Ty Ku Liqueur, and fresh squeezed orange, lemon juice, and guava nectar

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Chef Tim Cushman torching an order of salmon tataki nigiri.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    A cook from o ya torching tomatoes for the salmon tataki nigiri.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    "Boogie Fever" cocktail with Ty Ku Sake, Vodka, and Liqueur, lychee syrup, Sobe Green Tea, and fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Blue Ginger cooks shucking Island Creek Oysters.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Chef Susur Lee.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    "Night Moves" cocktail with Ty Ku Liqueur, Ty Ku Soju Vodka, pomegranate, and fresh squeezed orange and lemon juice.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    A cook from The Setai prepares orders of dumplings.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Chef Susur Lee and Ming Tsai pose for a picture.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Liquid mango ravioli with coconut cream from The Setai.

  • Dim Sum and Disco Slideshow
    Cardamom gula melaka from The Setai.

  • 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...

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Foie gras bon-bon with quince-champagne gelée and cracked pepper shortbread from Beast (Brooklyn, NY).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Short rIb steamed bun from Azul at the Mandarin Oriental (Miami, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Peking duck with slow-cooked egg yolk from The Setai (South Beach, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Hamachi sashimi with Viet mignonette sauce, fried shallots, and Thai basil from o ya (Boston, MA).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Head cheese with fried cornbread, bread and butter pickle vinaigrette from Animal Restaurant (Los Angeles, CA).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal Restaurant.

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Shrimp "Alhinho" garlic, pimenton, coriander and pressed jus from Aldea (New York City).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Spicy prawn and sea scallop salad with fresh herbs from Arun's Thai Restaurant (Chicago, IL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Pulled pork shoulder with sweet potatoes, pecans and garden kimchee from Blackberry Farms (Walland, TN).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Bacon dusted wagyu kobe hanger steak with jalapeno mashed potatoes from BLT Steak Miami at The Betsy Hotel (Miami, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Porchetta with eggs from Salumeria Rosi (New York City).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Roasted rack of lamb over chestnut soft polenta and Taleggio cocoa drizzle from Casa D'Angelo (Ft. Lauderdale, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    72-hour braised oxtail ravioli with umeboshi, curried squash and shaved bonito from Charlie Trotter's (Chicago, IL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Chilled shellfish consommé with lobster and Kaffir lime chantilly from Corton (New York City).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Thai marinated lobster with avocado and mango from Cyrus (Healdsburg, CA).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Foie gras dumplings with dry aged lacquered duck and mango chutney from David Burke Townhouse (New York City).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Filet mignon with porcini gnocchi and truffle Barola demi glaze from Devito's South Beach (Miami, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Stracciatella di burrata con Agroitica Oscietra caviar and smoked salmon from Felidia (New York City).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Cripsy pork trotters with beet mustard from FIG (Charleston, SC).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Satsuma glazed pork belly, marinated beets and cilantro from Gautreau's (New Orleans, LA).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Oxtail and smoked beef tongue terrine from Hungry Mother (Boston, MA).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Lobster with burrata from Marea (New York City).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Scallop with pork jowl and sunchoke pickle from McCrady's (Charleston, SC).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Tripa alla Toscana from Montagna (Aspen, CO).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Bay scallop crudo with Meyer lemon and oregano from Montagna.

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Mgrimoto's glazed pork kakuni with congee.

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Pork and fresh sole water Dumplings from Mr. Chow (Miami, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Seared scallop with braised beef from Pascal's on Ponce (Coral Gables, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Finely chopped filet mignon seasoned with shallots, capers, and cornichons, with gaufrette potato chips, and dressed frisée from Petit Rouge (North Miami, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Wagyu beef, stone crab "Shabu Shabu" with sweet and sour broth from Picholine (New York City).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Sashimi from Eos (MIami, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Dark chocolate pot de crème with beurre noisette from Redd (Napa Valley, CA).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Steamed buns with black truffle from The Setai (South Beach, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Wagyu New York steak, fingerling, and oxtail hash, slow-cooked quail egg, shallots, Swiss chard, five spice jus and truffle pesto from Sola (Chicago, IL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Veal cheeks with porcini Idiazabal toast from Solea (Miami Beach, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Puget Sound king clam with cauliflower, Meyer lemon and ogo dashi from Spring Hill (Seattle, WA).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Barbecued oxtail tamale with warm smoked hake salad and grapefruit salsa from Stephan Pyles (Dallas, TX).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Meatball sliders with Sunday sauce and ri cotta from Talula (MIami Beach, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Braised beef short ribs with parsnip purée, sour cherry compote and micro arugula from Wish (Miami Beach, FL).

  • Best Of The Best Grand Tasting Event Slideshow
    Kimchi stew with BBQ Korean kogi and tofu from Urban Belly (Chicago, IL).

  • 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...

  • Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ Slideshow
    Champagne refills from a chandelier-dangling trapeze artist.

  • Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ Slideshow
    The pork belly featured in Centrico’s tacos.

  • 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...