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It's Like A Piña Colada, But With Pig's Blood

Chicago bartender so went there
Oct 22, 2014 9:00 am

Greater collaboration between the kitchen and bar has resulted in all sorts of interesting food-booze mashups in recent years. But, at Chicago’s Kinmont, bartender Jason Brown has taken the culinary-cocktail crossover to another level with one ingredient, in particular: pig’s blood. You can thank Warren Zevon and San Francisco's Chinatown for inspiring Brown's bloody concoction. More this way.

We Tasted All The New Polar Seltzer Flavors. And The "Winner" Is...

Hi-balls of vodka and crushed ice, everywhere!
Oct 10, 2014 8:00 am

Cult New England brand Polar seltzer stands alone in its longtime practice of releasing seasonal, limited edition and holiday flavors. I reviewed last year's summer seasonal flavors and decided that this carbonation witchcraft is right up my alley, dedicated lifelong seltzer addict that I am. But this new round takes the ambiguous term "natural flavoring" to a whole new level. Break out some ice and possibly some vodka, the winter 2014 candidates are in.

Here Are The 50 Best Bars In The World. 16 From The United States Made The Cut.

World's 50 Best list unveiled in London tonight
Oct 9, 2014 4:41 pm

Drinks International just announced the winners of the World's 50 Best Bar Awards at a ceremony in London, and the biggest change from last year's list is that more American bars are on it. New York City has always ranked highly, with PDT, Clover Club and Employees Only included as perennial favorites. Now, Seattle, Miami and Chicago boast entries to the prestigious group as well. Here it is, your 50 Best Bars.

5 Star Winemakers Of Languedoc-Roussillon

Two pros compare notes on southern French wines
Oct 8, 2014 1:00 pm

Food Republic's wine writer Chad Walsh teams with Pascaline Lepeltier, the Master Sommelier and somm at Rouge Tomate in NYC, to select five noteworthy wines from southern France's Languedoc-Rousillon region. 

Take A Closer Look At Languedoc Wines With Pascaline Lepeltier

The Master Sommelier steers us in scenic direction
Oct 8, 2014 1:00 pm

You can’t win titles like “Best Sommelier in the Loire Valley” or place runner-up in the national version without an exhaustive knowledge of individual appellations and their seeming endless, often minutely different, rules and specifications. It was no wonder than that Pascaline Lepeltier cinched the Master Sommelier exam here in the US, and I was excited to sit down with her to taste and chat at the Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon. 

7 Craft Coffee Liqueurs Worth Rethinking The Kahlua Move

Rethink the White Russian with buzzy new brands
Oct 7, 2014 12:00 pm

Craft distillers across the country are now encroaching on Kahlua turf, using natural ingredients and teaming up with local coffee roasters to produce rich-tasting artisanal hooch that recalls a well-made cup of Joe. Emma Janzen breaks down her favorites.

A Man Walks Into A Bar, Is Treated Well: 6 Tips To Earn Respect, Not Be An A-Hole

You think you have the bar manners thing mastered?
Oct 7, 2014 9:00 am

Consuming alcohol at a bar, whether it’s a simple shot-and-beer dive or a high-minded cocktail haven, is an act most people of legal age believe they’ve mastered. But, just like your pronunciation of “Laphroaig” or that Negroni you keep attempting to make at home, there’s always room for improvement. Writer Drew Lazor asks bartenders around the country for ways we can become better drinkers.

5 Weird And Cool Spirits We Discovered At The Chicago Independent Spirits Expo

New vodka and amaro, while discovering raicilla
Oct 6, 2014 10:00 am

Throw over a hundred distillers together in a hotel ballroom and you’re bound to find more than just a wild party. There was some interesting booze to try out. This year’s annual Independent Spirits Expo in Chicago featured around 500 (!!) new and existing gins, tequilas, rums and more curiosities from distillers around the country. While it’s impossible to hit every sample at the event, here are some of the most interesting things we stumbled across.

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