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National Tequila Day: It’s Not Just for Mexico Anymore…

Tequila will always be connected to Mexico, home of the blue agave plant this enticing spirit is made from. Whether consumed as straight shots or mixed beverages, tequila has an avid following. If music is any gauge, this fan base has been around for decades: Jim Reeves recorded Drinking Tequila in 1955. There are many […]

Food Pickup Lines For Your Next Pub-Crawl

This post is only for the single types. If you’re attached, you can move along. (Try the big green buttons on the right sidebar if you’re bored out of your gourd in need of exciting reading material.)

Cruising the bar scene; it’s a tough life. Plenty of cheetahs and cougars out there, not to mention the […]

New Vodka Flavor Astounds the Market; a Danger to Youngsters?

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

As we reported earlier, there’s a real shift under way in the market for distilled spirits. People are buying more, and higher up the scale, than ever before. The drive, though, isn’t about snoot factor: It’s flavor. Folks are looking for stronger essences, and lots and […]

A Few of My Favorite Things: Pepper Vinegar and Sichuan Dipping Spice

Recipes don’t need to be big, daunting processes. Sometimes they’re so simple it’s probably not quite right to call them a recipe. However, it’s the simple, little items that make a good meal great. Additional flavors, things you can add that maybe others at the table don’t want (they have their own foibles, I’m sure). […]

Mixed Drinks You Never Imagined

Sometimes the news websites have important stuff on them. I don’t mean fire, flood, and devastation. (Or the Primaries, which amount to the same thing.) Anybody can post about that stuff. I mean food and beverage. As in the two pivotal posts I found recently on the Fox News page. The first that caught my […]

Heat’em Up and Feel Young: The Fires of Youth Cocktail

Chiles are good in mixed drinks. There aren’t a lot of specific recipes, though. My recently-published World’s Quickest Bar Guide (for Kindle) has very few options, and believe me, I looked.

You can use pepper-flavored vegetable juice to add some heat, or you can use hot sauces like Sriracha to punch up your Bloody Mary. I […]

Cooking With Booze (and Even Putting Some in the Food)

I love cooking with alcoholic beverages. I sometimes put some in the food too. Beer, wine, brandy, whiskey and more, they’re all fair game for the cookpot. Especially if you’re trying to impress your date or significant other with something spectacular, like a flambé of a fancy dish. Take it from an expert, though: […]

Adult Beverages for the Holidays

It’s about two weeks until Santie Claus comes sliding down your chimbley with all those lovely gifts. (Or lumps of coal; depends on you.) Between now and then I bet you’ll host a party or two. With adults. And I bet you’re worried about serving the same ol’ same ol’ in the way of […]