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Flavorless No More: How Craft Distillers Are Changing The Way We Think About Vodka

It’s a new era for the once-maligned liquor
Apr 21, 2015 10:00 am

Once stigmatized as an odorless, flavorless spirit and often shunned by contemporary liquor elitists, vodka is gaining newfound respect, thanks to craft distillers across America. Writer Alia Akkam examines this new era of post-Stoli glasnost and finds something previously unthinkable: real flavor.

35 Independent Craft Distillers That Need To Be On Your Radar

Small batch isn’t just a buzzword. It’s the now.
Apr 20, 2015 9:00 am

It’s Craft Beer & Spirits Week at Food Republic, which has us taking a close look at the small producers of fine potables around the United States. We can’t write long about all of these producers. But we wanted to call out some of our favorites craft spirits makers — as decided on by our editors and regular spirits writers — for the next time you are sitting at the bar or standing in your neighborhood bottle shop in need of inspiration.

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
how to make homemade kahlua
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.

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