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What Wines Work Best With The Dry Heat Of Western Chinese Cooking? Plenty.

Pairing bottles with Mr. Spicy & Tingly
Jun 11, 2014 3:00 pm

For years wine columnist Chad Walsh been a devotee of the addictive Spicy & Tingly noodles at New York City's Xi’an Famous Foods. And as he got to know Jason Wang, who runs the business with his father David, he was excited to pick his brain about the spices and other ingredients that made their dishes so unique. But before Jason spilled any culinary secrets, the was one important question: which wines work best. 

Drink Better: Syrups And Shrubs For An Improved Cocktail Experience

Easy-to-make (and buy) summer cocktail enhancers
Jun 8, 2014 11:30 am

We encourage your home bar enthusiasm, bigtime. Anyone who calls you a nerd for keeping tart, refreshing homemade cucumber mint shrub in your fridge doesn't get a cocktail, simple as that. When it comes to adding the final touch on a killer hot-weather drink, look no further than these awesome syrups and shrubs.

Whip Up A Batch of Fresh Green Apple Soda, Then Spike It Hard

Ready to meet your favorite new summer cocktail?
May 29, 2014 1:00 pm

To make this fresh green apple soda, you’ll need a juicer, a seltzer maker, a fine strainer, a citrus squeezer and an assortment of spoons, beakers, knives and other implements of destruction. The finished product will make you seriously question your notions of apple flavor and spices and even the classic margarita. If that doesn’t justify dragging out the kitchen tools, nothing does. The recipe, plus an excellent cocktail, after the jump.

'10 Things I Hate' Mixology Edition: Eric Alperin

Attitude, attention to detail, easy on the garnish
May 28, 2014 1:00 pm

If you keep up with the ins and outs of the cocktail world like our very own Matt Rodbard, then you know Eric Alperin. Last year, Alperin himself was a finalist for American Bartender of the Year. So what does he hate about mixology? Sharpen your manners and find out after the jump. 

Kickstart This: The Hudson Standard Locally Sourced Bitters And Shrubs

Small batch drinking products from Hudson, NY
May 27, 2014 4:00 pm

We’ve become somewhat obsessed with shrubs – high quality cocktail syrups – here over the past few months. So, naturally, we were pretty stoked when we got word that a group of people based in Hudson, New York was coming out with a collection of small batch, locally-sourced bitters and shrubs for cocktails and cooking.

Drink Better: Shake Up 7 Crowd-Pleasing Cocktails Of The Week

Polish up your bar set for a "day off" happy hour
May 26, 2014 12:00 pm

Let's all celebrate our day off with a great cocktail. From our inception — nay, from the dawn of man we have loved a great cocktail on a day off. These 7 are no exception, all tested by the faithful imbibers of the Food Republic family, straight from our hearts to your frosty chilled coupe. Or regular glass, you really don't have to be fancy. 

'Tis The Sessionable Season: 17 Summery Beers For Memorial Day Weekend

Start summer the right way — with superior suds
May 23, 2014 1:00 pm
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Memorial Day is traditionally a time for remembrance. So, don’t forget to pick up some beer on the way to the barbecue this weekend. Here are some suggestions: 17 of our favorite start-of-summertime suds, each perfectly suited for sipping in the sunshine—not a one of them packing more than 7% ABV; most, in fact, are far less potent. Here's to drinking responsibly. Cheers!

Stop Drinking Red Wine With Oysters!

It's our wine contributor's #1 pet peeve
May 21, 2014 1:00 pm

Chad Walsh will sleep a lot better if we all try to stop murdering great red wine and equally great oysters by enjoying them at the same time. Tell your friends.

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