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Home Bar: Death & Co's Lilywhacker - Turntable Kitchen

The quality and variety of alcoholic beverages available today in major markets is better than ever before, and access to cocktail recipes is just …

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4 Thanksgiving Wine Strategies

There’s no such thing as a perfect Thanksgiving wine. But there is such a thing as a perfect Thanksgiving wine strategy.<p>There’s no such thing as a perfect Thanksgiving wine. But there <i>is</i> such a thing as a perfect Thanksgiving wine strategy.<p>1. Be a Boss<p>You’re hosting, you’re cooking: <b>Make the guests</b> …

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Among the questions we commonly get at <i>Wine Spectator</i>—or that my cartoon colleague Dr. Vinny gets—are: "I found a bottle of wine that's X years old. …

How to Make the Bijou Cocktail - Liquor.com

Solbeso: Chocolate's Boozy Cousin From South America

The liquor industry is flush with chocolate-flavored liqueurs, 'wines' (shudder), and cloying choco-cocktail recipes. They all seem to end up tasting dubious at best, so when we first heard about Solbeso—a new spirit from South America made from cacao—we were pretty skeptical.<p>Yet as it turns out, …

How to Cram Apple Flavor Into the Perfect Fall Cocktail

In New England when I was growing up, apple orchards were everywhere, and fall meant apple picking and fresh cider and chubby pumpkins and hay rides through corny 'haunted' mazes out in some farmer's field. I miss it all. Living in Southern California, I long for these things, especially good …

The Best Drinks We Drank in September

GalleryThe Best Drinks We Drank in September<p>This past month, we kept sipping the refreshing drinks of summer: cherry-lime rickeys, margaritas, and crisp, thirst-quenching beers. But we also declared it time to break out the bourbon and get started with our fall drinkin'. Here, our team shares the …

Beyond the Black and Tan: 4 Great Beer Blends to Try

More<p>BEER!<p>We love it. And you've voted. See which is the best American beer city.<p>These days, you can find beer pairings for everything from cheeses to Mexican food and beyond. But what about pairing beer with, well, more beer? No, I'm not talking about flights, I'm talking about blending: one of the …

Just 1 Bottle: 10 Cocktails to Make With Bourbon and a Trip to the Grocery Store

More Bourbon<p><i>10 Bourbon Terms You Should Know »<br>The Serious Eats Guide to Bourbon »<br>The 10 Best Budget Bourbons »<br>5 Lesser-Known Bourbons You Should Be Drinking »<br>10 Bourbon Cocktail Recipes We Love »</i><p>We always recommend stocking your home bar slowly. Going out to buy one of everything is likely to lead …

Why Crème de Cassis Deserves a Revival

Finding delicious, balanced fruit liqueurs can be a tricky business. After several unfortunate encounters with cloying bargain-priced brands in my early days of drinking, I have largely ignored that shelf at the liquor store. Until, that is, I discovered crème de cassis. Unlike other fruity, sugary …