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10 Vodka Cocktails That Challenge The Chill

Cold out there? We had no idea. Thanks, vodka!
Feb 11, 2015 3:30 pm

If you're as familiar with snow and ice as we are here on the East Coast and you're about ready to give up and move to Florida (Grandma totally had it right), you may want to tuck into a nice vodka cocktail...or 10. Winter's not going anywhere, folks, it's clear as vodka. Really want to drive the point home? Infuse that vodka with beets first.

Friday Happy Hour: 24 Ways To Cook With Your Booze Of Choice

Wine, beer, vodka, gin, whiskey, sake and friends
Jun 27, 2014 12:00 pm

If you can name a booze, we can tell you how to cook with it WHILE DRINKING IT without becoming so inebriated that you can no longer cook with it. Catch the drift? Whether it's beer, wine, sake, rum, that Grand Marnier you never use or even that super-obscure bottle of apple brandy that you also never use, there's a delicious savory dish just waiting for its own little tipple. Check out our 24 favorite ways to incorporate beer, wine and liquor into dinner tonight.

Use Celery Bitters To Make An Herbaceous Gimlet Or Pimm's Cup

The liquid essence is more fun than the stalk
Jun 26, 2014 3:00 pm

Celery is a notoriously boring vegetable. Yet, when its savory, herbaceous essence is captured in the form of a popular cocktail ingredient — bitters — the once dull veggie has the power to enhance and transform a variety of drinks to great effect. Get some cool ideas about how to use this amazing additive here.

D.I.Y. White Russian: How to Make Homemade Kahlua

Prepare for some sweet mixology bragging rights
Jun 24, 2014 1:00 pm
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Photo: Lauren Rothman

In college, I did, in the context that most younger imbibers likely first experience a White Russian: watching The Big Lebowski and playing the never-a-good-idea game of drinking and smoking along with The Dude. Now, I mix up homemade coffee- and vanilla-infused vodka — i.e., Kahlua — for use in the occasional (much-improved) White Russian.

How To Fat-Wash Vodka And Make A Cocktail That Tastes Like California Chardonnay

A complex cocktail inspired by a wine tasting
Apr 29, 2014 3:00 pm

I was inspired to create this cocktail during a wine tasting while discussing the flavors of a big, oaky, buttery California Chardonnay. We tasted butter, tropical fruits, toasted oak, vanilla and citrus in the wine. Later, I started thinking, “Why not try to incorporate all these wonderful flavors into a cocktail?” How to do this at home, after the jump.

Russian Vodka Taste Test: Putting 6 Brands To The Ultimate Test

Flavorless? Yeah right. This spirit has character.
Apr 25, 2014 2:00 pm

Forget the debate about whether vodka was originally invented in Russia or Poland or the battle over which country makes the world’s best: for better or worse, the smooth clear spirit is inextricably tied to Russia. But which Russian vodka is the tastiest…and which is the best one for you to bring to a friend’s party? Read on.

Zakuski: The Perfect Excuse To Drink Copious Amounts Of (Russian) Vodka

Russian style tapas after each shot of vodka
Apr 25, 2014 1:00 pm

Traditionally, when welcoming guests, Russians offer a shot of warming vodka and to protect the stomach from the harsh alcohol, zukuski - Russian-style tapas -  almost always follow. The zakuski use some sort of preservation technique, and in some ways, tll the story of Russia, its history and its culture. 

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