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How to Tell If Your Wine Is Bad

by in Drinks, News, October 20th, 2016

How to Tell if Your Wine Is BadYou’re out to dinner with friends and decide to order a bottle of wine, but there’s something about the wine that seems … sort of … off to you. Still, you’re no wine expert, so how can you really know? Should you just swallow your doubts and drink the wine anyway? Or should you risk seeming high-maintenance and send it back?

It can be difficult to tell whether a wine is actually bad or just not your cup of tea — to mix a beverage metaphor. Happily, the web is filled with advice from oenophiles (including this recent article on on how to handle the situation. It all basically comes down to three things:

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6 Hauntingly Delicious Halloween Party Punches

by in Drinks, Holidays, October 14th, 2016

Bloody PunchDouble, double toil and trouble — these are the drinks that make our cauldrons bubble. Some are boozy (and some are fit for little ghouls and boys), but all of these after-dark Halloween punch picks will ensure your party is a hauntingly good time.

If the idea of this Bloody Punch featured in Food Network Magazine has you feeling all faint, rest assured that The Pioneer Woman concocted this vibrant red hue with red fruit punch, strawberry daiquiri mix, grape-raspberry juice and soda.

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Spike It: Boozy Pumpkin Spice Latte

by in Drinks, October 12th, 2016

Boozy Pumpkin Spice LatteIf loving pumpkin spice is wrong, I don’t want to be right!

Like most people, I’ve loved pumpkin spice for ages. For. Ever. Long before I ever tasted pumpkin spice coffee, I wanted all the pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread I could get my hands on.

Then, a few years ago, when I was pregnant with my son, I was totally NOT into pumpkin. It didn’t make me sick, per se, but I had no desire to consume it and basically went well over a year without having a drop of pumpkin touch my lips. Late last year, I decided that I was into it again. And this year? Well, let’s just say that I was the person at the coffee shop drive-thru on Aug. 20 asking if they had pumpkin syrup yet. So embarrassing.

Ever since that humiliating late-August day, I’ve been getting my pumpkin fix at home. Not only with pumpkin bread and cookies, but with a homemade pumpkin spice latte so I can spend more money on shoes. You get it, right?

Some evenings, or even … maybe … on a (late?) Saturday afternoon, I’ve poured a teeny bit of coffee liqueur into my PSL to make it more grown-up and kick back a bit. For me, this version is usually made with decaf coffee, but feel free to use an amped-up caffeinated coffee and maybe even add an extra shot of espresso in there.

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6 Things to Know About Champagne

by in Drinks, News, October 11th, 2016

6 Things to Know About ChampagneMost of us think of Champagne as a special-occasion wine: something to raise aloft and enjoy at weddings, engagements, anniversaries and other happy events or on New Year’s Eve.

But more and more people are breaking out the bubbly to render more festive an everyday dinner or evening out with friends. Or at least they should, David White, author of the new book But First, Champagne, recently told NPR’s The Salt blog, contending, “Every day has moments worthy of a toast.”

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Usher in Fall with Warming Cocktails

by in Drinks, September 30th, 2016

We understand that the transition from endlessly sunny summer days to cooler fall temps can be rough. Fortunately, we’ve also got the cure for summer nostalgia: crisp air, a cozy sweater, a roaring fire and one of these luxe warming cocktails.

If you ask us, the fresh lemon, orange and OJ in Bobby Flay’s Mulled Red Wine Sangria (pictured above) totally counts towards your daily recommended servings of fruit.

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End-of-Summer Swigs You’ll Want to Make by the Pitcher

by in Drinks, August 25th, 2016

Mojito LimeadeSummer is sadly on its way out, and the only logical reaction we have to this conclusion is to raise a glass. But don’t do it alone — toast the season’s end with a crew, and serve any one of our favorite big-batch drinks.

Grab your pitcher by the handle to house Bobby Flay’s zippy, refreshing and crowd-sized Mojito Limeade. Once it’s poured into everyone’s glasses, this triple dose of lime (muddled in with the mint leaves, stirred into a minty syrup, and poured in with the rum and club soda) will electrify the senses.

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Spike It: Frosty Coconut Margaritas

by in Drinks, August 23rd, 2016

Frosty Coconut MargaritasI’m getting on the frozen-margarita train! There is a time and a place. Luckily, for us that time and place is right now.

My first-ever margarita was on the rocks with salt — this was how my mom always ordered them, and I didn’t even want to try a frozen one. I thought that a frozen margarita probably came from one of those frozen-concentrate tubes in the freezer. I wanted the real thing; hence my love for rocks and lots of salt. But then! A few years ago I had a frosty mojito and it was to die for. It tasted legit, not like a fake store-bought mix blended with ice. I started making them at home, and then one day, when it was super-hot and we had friends over, I decided to try it with a margarita.

Here’s what makes this magical: frozen coconut-milk cubes! Instead of making ice, a day before (or whenever … I think it’s lovely to have these on hand for a spur-of-the-moment frosty cocktail), pour some coconut milk into an ice cube tray and freeze it. These cubes not only prevent the drink from being watered down by lots of ice, but add some extra creamy coconut flavor. It’s reminiscent of a really good pina colada, but with tequila and lime, and minus the pineapple.

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Boxed Wines Are Back and Bigger Than Ever

by in Drinks, News, August 22nd, 2016

Boxed Wines Are Back and Bigger Than EverBack in the ’80s, wine in a box was pretty much the opposite of a status symbol — an indication that you clearly favored quantity and convenience over quality, when it came to wine. Boxed wines were a bottom-of-the-barrel, bulk affair. (You millennials will have to take your elders’ word for it.) Serious sippers wouldn’t go near anything that didn’t come in a bottle, with a cork.

In recent years, of course, a lot has changed when it comes to wine packaging, and now boxed wines are a different breed than they used to be. That is to say that many of them are actually quite good.

Here are a few things to know about wine in a box — then and now:

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The New Iced Coffee Trend That Will Make Your Morning Easier

by in Drinks, News, July 26th, 2016

Blue Bottle Coffee Photo credit: Ricardo Perini

The latest craze in iced coffee has arrived, and it’s perfect for anyone who is constantly on the go. Portable bottles, cans and even cartons of cold brew and beyond — think lattes and fizzy nitro cold brew — allow you to skip the coffee shop line and head straight from your fridge to the office. (On weekends, you can sip cans and cartons of coffee on the beach, where bottles are usually prohibited.) Read on to find out which brews could change your morning routine. Read more

Spike It: Strawberry Margarita Ice Pops

by in Drinks, Recipes, July 15th, 2016

Strawberry Margarita Ice PopsI was that kid. You know, THAT kid. The kid who only wanted to eat the “red” popsicles and drink the “red” juice and steal the “red” gummy bears from the bowl. I didn’t want grape — ever. In fact, if we had a box of some sort of treats and the variety included grape, I’d eat all the others and leave the grape in there for someone else.

Except nobody ever wanted it, because grape was the worst. The absolute worst.

I didn’t even want the blue raspberry flavor, and that was huge in the ’90s. I was all about the red: cherry, strawberry, watermelon or whatever. That’s the one I loved the most.

In my opinion, strawberry was always the best “red.” I think cherry was more popular among my group of siblings, neighbors and friends, but I didn’t care about that. Strawberry was the only one I wanted.

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