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8 New Places To Drink Exceptional Cocktails Around The United States

The era of the pretentious bartender is over
Aug 28, 2014 3:00 pm

Cocktail bars are opening across major American cities almost as fast as Starbucks these days, transforming the way we drink for the better. But, they don’t stop at just making great drinks. The best operators know full well that people expect to be transported through detailed decor, inventive menus and attentive service. Brian Quinn breaks down the new places that are doing it best, from coast to coast.

In Chicago, Great Design Collides With Even Better Craft Beer And Fried Chicken

Cody Hudson talks Pipeworks beer, Parson's chicken
Aug 26, 2014 3:30 pm

Chicago's Pipeworks Brewing is known for creating wildly fantastical craft beers with labeling to match, as in the astronaut unicorn hurtling through space on its Imperial India Pale Ale bottle. The label for its latest offbeat brew, "Brown & Stirred," goes in an entirely different direction. The beer, a collaboration with Longman & Eagle, is a strong rye ale (10.5 ABV) inspired by the Manhattan cocktail. The label features a whimsical drawing of a bottle of beer high-fiving a cocktail by Cody Hudson, who shares more details right here.

Fall Preview 2014: 6 Things To Look Forward To In The World Of Wine

New in regions, wine bars, retail and auctions
Aug 26, 2014 2:00 pm

Contributor Chad Walsh writes about wine and other beverages frequently for Food Republic, and currently serves as beverage manager for The Dutch in New York City. Here, he digs deep into the wine industry zeitgeist to offer a few things on the horizon this fall — in terms of regions, wine bars, retail and auctions.   

Cocoa Tea: The Best Hot Beverage You're Not Drinking, But Should Be

And we are NOT talking about hot cocoa
Aug 18, 2014 9:00 am

First things first: Cocoa Tea is not the official married name of Ice-T's wife Coco. It's a hot drink from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and a complete 180 from that tired, sugar-filled cup of hot cocoa with the tiny, completely artificial marshmallows that you love so much. You can think of cocoa tea just like your morning cup of coffee, except instead of roasted coffee beans, it's brewed with roasted cocoa nibs. Mind blown yet?

Summer Shrub Punch: A Classic Cocktail That Won’t Leave You Stuck Behind The Bar

Austin's Midnight Cowboy shows us the ropes
Jul 29, 2014 3:00 pm

To maximize time with guests and avoid getting stuck behind the stick, batching and chilling a round or two of drinks before the event can showcase your adept drink skills while still allowing time to socialize. To kick off your summer menu, we asked head bartender Michael Phillips of Austin’s lauded Midnight Cowboy for a distinctive summer punch recipe. 

What's Blowing Up In Wine These Days? Bottles.

What's the deal with the Coravin? Are they safe?
Jul 28, 2014 1:00 pm

If you've heard about a new wine device lately, the Coravin, it was probably because of a recent full recall of the devices issued by the government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission. There had been indications for months that something was up. After a few cases of exploding bottles, the company issued some advice. So, should you still pony up and buy this game-changing wine gadget? 

Steady Sticks: Never Spill Wine All Over Your Picnic Again!

Hydrate yourself (not grass) with vino al fresco
Jul 25, 2014 1:00 pm

The lawn doesn't enjoy being inebriated like you do, so kindly spill your glass into your mouth and not on the grass, if you would. Now that we've gotten manners out of the way, let's discuss Tovolo's Steady Sticks for the ultimate drink-nic. Ready to be an al fresco superhero? 

This Is How To Make A Proper Mojito

A classic recipe in honor of National Mojito Day
Jul 11, 2014 1:00 pm

Jeffrey Morgenthaler is an award-winning bartender and current bar manager at Portland's Clyde Common. His writing and recipes have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Wine Enthusiast. In honor of National Mojito Day, today, July 11, here's an excerpt about the classic cocktail from Morgenthaler's recently released first book, The Bar Book: Elements Of Cocktail Technique.

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