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Apr 08, 2011

Happy Hour: Make a Coriander Mule

In my neighborhood, spring keeps trying to push through, but all the rain keeps things cold and blustery. But that's no matter, cause I'm ready to pretend that it's fresh and bright outside even if the weather doesn't cooperate.

So, this weekend, I'm shaking up the Coriander Mule, a tasty, lime, cilantro, and ginger cocktail

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Mar 31, 2011

The Scientifically Perfect Bloody Mary

It's no surprise that there's a healthy bit of finesse into making a perfect cocktail - combining the spirits with balance, shaking or stirring with ice so the water dilutes it just enough, garnishing just so.

But, in the case of a drink with multiple ingredients and components, it turns out there's a bit of chemistry as well.   

Neil Da Costa, an expert in chemical analysis of flavors at International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., reports, "Each of the main ingredients has been shown to contain many flavor components, thus indicating that a Bloody Mary cocktail flavor is a very complex blend of several hundreds of flavor compounds. These include semi- and non-volatile ingredients with chemesthetic effects such a heat, burn, sour, salty and umami."

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Oct 27, 2010

Cold Blooded Vampire Fangs Ice Tray

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The nighttime is the right time...for cocktails that is. "As twilight descends and drinks are poured, add bite to your beverage with the Cold Blooded Vampire ice cubes. Perfect for Bloody Mary and other spine-tingling drinks fit for the vampire lovers in your family."

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The tray's even shaped like a coffin!

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Aug 24, 2010

How To: Make the Ultimate Ginger Beer

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Pip from Meet Me at Mike's spent weeks perfecting the ultimate ginger beer recipe. Hers is a three-week process that involves just a little daily upkeep, and the results sound unbelievable.  

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Jul 22, 2010

We All Steep from the Yellow Submarine Tea Infuser

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In the town where I was born, Lived a man who made some tea,
And he showed us how to do it, with a yellow submarine

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Jul 21, 2010

Make Cold-Brewed Ice Tea in the Fridge

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When I was a kid, my parents always made iced tea in this vintage sun tea jar, complete with big 70s yellow poppies and a broken spigot. I never really realized what they were doing by sitting that thing on the back porch...besides making us chase extra fast to grab missed catches and tags during our neighborhood kickball game.

It's a pretty clever idea, the sun tea...when its this hot outside, the last thing you want to do is boil a big kettle of water and cool it down for hours to make a cold drink. But know what's even awesome-r, and quicker? Simply making great ice tea in your refrigerator overnight.

 

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May 17, 2010

How To: Make the Perfect Bellini

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The Bellini was invented in the 1940s at Harry's Bar in Venice, the famous destination spot for elite tourists and celebrities, like Ernest Hemingway (Much of Across the River and into the Trees is set there), that was also the birthplace of beef carpaccio.

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Bellinis used to only be made during the summer months, when fresh peaches were in season, but thanks to modern technology, flash-frozen peach purees are available, allowing Bellinis to stay on brunch menus everywhere.

These make great pre-lunch starts, and somehow works equally well on the backside of a meal as a dessert. And if you do it well, it becomes an interactive experience

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May 10, 2010

How To: Make Mead (Honey Wine) at Home

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I remember when I first learned of mead...sophomore English, and we were working through Beowulf for the the first time, and the poem opens as the king has just built the great mead hall, Heorot. A whole building dedicated to something to drink? Must be delicious... I'll have to get my hands on some.

Finished product!

Ten years later, and I still haven't made my way to actually trying any, but buddy, with this sweet mead how-to, you better believe I'm gonna.

How to make Mead (Honey Wine)   

 

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May 08, 2010

Classic Cocktail How To: The Gimlet

created at: 05/03/2010

Rose's Lime Juice was created as a means to preserve citrus juice without alcohol in the 19th-century. And there's no better way to feature its unique properties than with a gimlet, a cocktail fashionable in the post-prohibition, Art Deco heyday of the 1930s and 40s.

But the twinkle in your eye is gone. by underthewaves.  

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May 08, 2010

Creative Jell-O Shots

created at: 05/03/2010

The Jell-O shot - creating tiny flavored gelatin cups using vodka, tequila, or rum in the place of water - actually dates farther back than most of us would imagine... i.e. college campuses sometime in the 50s and 60s. The earliest recorded recipe, called "Punch Jelly," is found in the Bon Vivant's Companinion, writted by Jerry Thomas in the early 1860s.

Which means that the straight-up cherry or lime powder mixed with cheap liquor approach is a little antiquated, and could use an update.

Enter My Jello Americans, some youngsters from Philadelphia, who are committed to "the future of the Jello shot."

Featuring recipes like:

Ants on a Log

Horchata

Bacon and Eggs

The Bloody Mary

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May 05, 2010

ManMade Top Ten: Essential Bar Tools

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Unless you're a millionaire*, or a seriously, seriously committed enthusiast, your home bar won't ever rival the levels of underlit top-shelf spirits and specialized glassware of your local upscale martini bar. And to this, we say "good." Making cocktails at home is totally different than heading out on the scene. And, thankfully, with a few key wares and tools, you can make quality cocktails that'll make you think twice about whether or not you need to go out at all. And with that in mind, here's a ten home bar essentials tools that, with some glassware, ice, and spirits, are really all you'll need. AND, stay tuned, cause at the end of the month, we're gonna give away this entire Top Ten, plus lots of extra goodies!

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1. Cocktail shaker.  In order to mix a drink, you've gotta have something in which to mix it. The object of choice here is the classic cocktail shaker. There are two styles: the common three-piece Cobbler shaker, which includes the capped strainer and a lid, and the Boston shaker, which is a two-piece set consisting of a metal beaker and a mixing glass. Our vote here is for the latter, as it's certainly what the pros prefer, and offers much more versatility.

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Jan 22, 2010

Ikea Hack: Make Straws from Ice!

If IKEA had an impulse buy section, the Plastis ice tray would be in it. You've seen it, it makes long ice tubes to slip into the not-so-wide mouths of reusable water bottles.

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