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Spike It: Ginger-Pear Moscow Mules

by in Drinks, November 11th, 2016

Ginger Pear Moscow MulesI like to tell everyone that I was completely deprived because I never even tried ginger beer until I was at least 28 years old. It happened to be in my very first Moscow mule, which I completely adored, but I was all over the ginger beer itself before anything else.

While I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where my mom cooked every night, we had a lot of the same (delicious!) staples, and her cooking focused more on comfort than it did on adventure. I’m sure that also had to do with feeding four mouths other than her own, and the last thing she wanted to do was cook a new, exciting meal for us to turn our noses up at it.

So it’s safe to say that I don’t think she ever even purchased ginger root. She would cook with ground ginger, but the fresh stuff never graced our home, and it wasn’t until I started cooking myself that I fell in love with it. The hint of spice that comes with fresh ginger is so refreshing and lovely.

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Beyond the Turkey: All About Wine on Thanksgiving, According to Alex Guarnaschelli

by in Drinks, Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 7th, 2016

Alex GuarnaschelliWith so much focus on executing the all-important turkey, mashed potatoes and casseroles, it’s often easy to overlook what comes next on Thanksgiving, after the prep work is done: the actual eating of the turkey, potatoes and casseroles, of course. With eating comes drinking, especially around the holidays, and just as you invested time in planning an epic feast, so too can you find an extra-special wine to round out the meal. Recently we caught up with Alex Guarnaschelli at an event in New York City in which she partnered with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines to showcase her secrets for transforming turkey-day leftovers with Woodbridge wines. The Iron Chef and Chopped judge was quick to point out that there are no hard-and-fast rules for both drinking and cooking with wine.

“You write a rule book and then we just break it,” she said of pairing wine with Thanksgiving dinner. “Turkey’s one of those things. In a way, I would almost say you could do a platter of the white meat and a little bit of stuffing and some green bean casserole, and have a nice, crisp Chardonnay. Then you could go in the other direction: Take some of the dark meat, some cranberry sauce, some stuffing and have a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon,” she explained, adding that there are possibilities for personal preference. “Depending on how you lay out your plate, you could really drink either.”

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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 FoxNews.com) 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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