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Bordeaux: The Perfect Wine for Holiday Gifting

<i>We may have food down cold, but wine? This is where we'll conquer it. Join us; we don't want to drink alone.</i><p><i>Today: How to find the perfect bottle of wine for your host or hostess.</i><p>Giving gifts of wine at the holidays is, for me, like a year in review.<p>I start by reviewing all the interactions I’ve …

The Best Four-Ingredient Punches to Ring in the New Year

The ease of making a punch for a party is made that much easier by not having to go to a dozen different stores, searching for multiple varieties of …

Bitters

Our 34 Best Bubbly Cocktails Made With Champagne And Sparkling Wine

For a festive night, nothing beats a glass of sparkling wine—except maybe a sparkling cocktail. These bubbly drinks are the perfect way to celebrate …

15 Classic Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know

In order to compile this list of need-to-know classic cocktails, I relied on advice from four of my more knowledgeable colleagues. (Perhaps that should have been a warning sign that I was not authorized to write this.) Here is a transript of part of the ensuing converation:<p><b>Sarah</b>: by "martinez" do …

Great Whiskeys for New Year's Eve Celebration By John Mariani

This is a new Golden Age for whiskies, spirits whose popularity was long ago eclipsed by tasteless vodkas and white rums. The emergence of single malt Scotches, small batch bourbons, even a resurgence of new ryes, has made it a hot category again--and not a cheap one. Indeed, the price of a lot of …

Scotch Whisky

How to Make a Hot Toddy Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: It's time to warm up your liquor. Associate Editor Marian Bull is walking us through the art of the …

5 of the Most Bizarre Alcoholic Drinks in the World

There's no denying humankind's passion for alcohol. Residue discovered in ancient pottery suggests that people were fermenting beverages as early as 10,000 B.C. It's not hard to imagine how one of our ancestors may have discovered the intoxicating effects of a decomposed batch of grapes left in a …

Alcohol

10 Revealing Predictions for What You'll Be Drinking in 2015

What will everyone see in their glasses in the year ahead? These 2015 predictions include upscale shots, more flexibility in cocktails and even robot bartenders -- plus a few wishful speculations just for fun.<p>1. Lots of Shots<p>The backlash against stuffy cocktails will continue with the …

Choose Your Own Adventure

Pierce Brosnan's Son Is Saint Laurent's Newest Model

The latest generation of models is chock full of young'uns with very famous parents. (See: Kaia Gerber, Dylan Penn, Hailey and Ireland Baldwin, the Beckham boys, etc. etc.). Now you can add James Bond, Jr. to that list—Pierce Brosnan's 17-year-old son, Dylan, has bagged a Saint Laurent campaign, …

This Smartphone Case Prints Your Photos Instantly

Remember Polaroid cameras? Back in the day, the idea of snapping a picture and seeing the results instantly was amazing.<p>Now, our favorite camera -- the smartphone -- doesn’t allow for instant prints, but a small company based in France might soon make that function a reality. The startup Prynt is …

Rape at UVA: Readers Say Jackie Wasn't Alone

Rolling Stone's investigation into sexual assault on the University of Virginia campus elicits intense personal stories<p>Within hours of <i>Rolling Stone</i> …

Official Bob Marley Marijuana Blend On the Way

Marley Natural blend will hit states where weed is legal next year<p>The world's most famous reggae singer is on the verge of becoming the Marlboro Man …

Chill Out with These 11 Classic Nightcaps

The few hours between dinner and bedtime should be the most relaxing part of the day, but too often we spend them thinking about what we will …

Flavors

The Best Fast-Food Meal You Can Get for Under Five Dollars

Oh, yes...<p><i>Cheap food, industrial food, off-brand, legacy brand (hold the scruples) food that we love to hate to love. This week we honor The Best Worst Grossest Delectably Terrible Good Bad Foods of America. Because they're a part of who we are, how we celebrate and how we self-medicate—and they</i> …

Fast Food

The Pizzadilla: This Is What Happens When a Quesadilla and a Pizza Make Sweet Love

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Last week, I posted a quick-and-dirty recipe for making world-class bar-style pizza out of a flour tortilla and a cast iron skillet. And, while I may have been a little hyperbolic about it, it's still a fan-freaking-tastic snack that is definitely gonna get a bit …

Your Mashed Potatoes Are Good. These Are Better.

Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center.<p>Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center. Follow these <i>BA</i>-approved tips and we guarantee your potatoes will be a Thanksgiving table hit.<p>Pick Your Spud<p>We use …

Cooking

Ramen, Dumplings & Isan Thai Cuisine to Chase Your Blues Away

I got the blues. And not just any blues. I got the mean, lowdown, soul-sucking, mothertrucking B-L-U-E-S blues. Now, there are lots of ways to combat what Cole Porter called "the old ennui." Drinking too much, drugs, writing pathetic songs... all tried and true blues battlers. But when I drink too …

New York City

The Best Scotch to Buy on a Budget

I've always felt intimidated by Scotch. Unlike some other spirits, it has an air of prestige, like you can't belong to the club of <i>true connoisseurs</i> unless you have oodles of cash to dole out on rare bottlings and have a smoking jacket or two hanging in your closet.<p>Luckily, as a member of the …

Would You Eat This $13 Bacon Cheeseburger-Stuffed Donut?

Whether they're hot out of the fryer at Krispy Kreme or freshly-baked at home, donuts are easily one of our favorite fried foods.<p>But sometimes, our love just can't handle donuts when they go too far. Case in point: the cheeseburger-stuffed glazed donut covered in chocolate bacon bits. Only in …

The Rainbow Shot Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind. Here's How To Make It.

Believe it or not, the rainbow shot isn’t made with snake oil and unicorn tears.<p>It’s a vodka drink -- and not a very strong one, at that -- made by layering grenadine, sweet and sour mix, orange juice, vodka and blue curacao in a cocktail shaker. Each liquid has a different density, so if done …

Man Threatens to Kill 7-Eleven Employee Over Nacho Cheese

A West Virginia man flipped out after being asked by a <b>7-Eleven</b> employee <b>to limit his nacho cheese intake</b>. According to the <i>Herald Mail</i>, 56-year-old <b>Harry Grant McDonald</b> went into a "tirade" last weekend telling the employee that <b>he "eats people"</b> and that <b>he is "the biggest killer" in town</b>.<p>McDonald then …

The Double Down's South Korean Cousin Will Obliterate Your Hunger and Bury it Miles Below the Earth's Surface

The "Zinger Double Down King" is a burger with barbecue sauce, cheese, and bacon, sandwiched between two fried chicken patties. 750 calories; zero buns. Here's what it looks like IRL:

McDonald's Adds Rump Steak Menu in Australia

McDonald's has put steak on the menu in Australia, adding two new McWraps (Steak & Garlic Aïoli and Steak & BBQ), a Steak Salad with Thai-Style Dressing and a Steak & Egg Brekkie Wrap for mornings. For budget buyers there is a $3 Mini Steak Taster wrap that's less than half the AUS$7.95 (US$6.96) …

McDonald's

Homemade Ricotta and 11 Ways to Use It

If the question is "Can you put ricotta on that?" the answer here at Food52 is usually yes.<p>Ricotta is the Renaissance cheese: It can skew savory or sweet, top pastas and toasts, and add depth to cakes and ice creams. We've been known to eat it straight from the spoon, like some people do with …

Ricotta

David Hasselhoff-Themed Burger Is a Baywatch Body's Nightmare

The <b>Undead Hasselhoff</b> burger from Zombie Burger in Des Moines, Iowa is literally stuffed with German food cliches: Standard hamburger buns are replaced with pretzel-breaded brats, which are then loaded with spicy mustard, beer Cheez Wiz, cheddar, and <b>a full blown soft pretzel</b>. David Hasselhoff may be …

10 Edible Blasts from the '90s You Can Make at Home

Did you ever rock crimped hair with a baby-doll dress and neon slap bracelets? Or maybe oversized flannel shirts with ripped jeans and Doc Martens? …

Amy's Baking Co. Owners Are Now Accusing Gordon Ramsay of Sexual Harassment

The notorious Bouzaglos are making headlines again and, as per usual, it's not for knowing their way around a kitchen. In the latest chapter of the <b>Amy's Baking Company</b> vs. Gordon Ramsay saga, Samy Bouzaglo has accused the <i>Kitchen Nightmares</i> host of sexual misconduct, saying: "The only thing that …

4 Gin Fizz Upgrades

Spritzy and refreshing, a gin fizz is simply made with gin, lemon juice, sugar and soda water. And while the original, sweet-tart cocktail is …