If you've ever fantasized about running away and joining a winery, but all you can picture is a blurry combination of pretty wood, sunlight, your own hand cupping a grape cluster, the clink of glasses, and lots of hearty, attractive people laughing (and then maybe a little bit of that old viral video of the local news reporter), Serious Eats has a sweet roundup of winemakers describing how they actually got their starts (slide No. 18 brings this particular wood/sunlight vision a little more into focus). Abridged version: Being a white dude who grows up on a vineyard/in a winery seems to be more or less the [...]
"[A]fter three to four drinks, people who used diet soda as a mixer had a breath alcohol level that exceeded the legal limit for an adult operating a motor vehicle. People who used regular soda in their drink did not."
It was a very small study, though, if that matters.
Breakups and alcohol are inextricably linked, so here are some ideas to get you through your next one. I mean, if you’re going to be lying on the floor listening The Boatman’s Call and crying, you might as well drink something worthy of Nick Cave.
More often than raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, or snozzberries, wine evokes a state of mind or type of person to me. I stick my nose in a glass of boring Merlot, the kind that's marketed to grocery stores and mid-tier hotel restaurants, and get a visceral image of this mean, small-minded office manager I worked for right after I graduated from college. I mutter, “I bet [...]
"Here is the deal: We sifted through 130 years of history to examine the best and weirdest of what has been written and said about the commingling of gin and vermouth, and we rounded up 80 notable recipes. Check them out, think them over, mix them up if you like — and then upvote or downvote them as you see fit. (Voting ends Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m. EDT) The 60 most popular recipes will earn seeds in our Martini Madness tournament bracket. … And then what happens? I’m not 100 percent sure — and that’s part of the fun — but the premise is that your correspondent will [...]
There’s a blissful moment that I hope you all get the chance to experience. The bliss, that is, and not what leads up to it. It’s a moment when you’ve just dragged your trash out into the hallway, and your kitchen smells like hot Berry Kix, and your stomach is starting to settle again, when you see that bottle of Qream on your counter and think “I’m done.” That your work, whatever its legacy or reception will be, is finished.
But first, to the beginning.
“Anyway GOOD MORNING!” ended the email I got from Edith at 7 a.m. on a recent Monday, in which she alerted me to the existence [...]
"And yet, many moms-to-be say they allow themselves the occasional glass of wine, encouraged by previous generations that considered it harmless." —I heard that the more drinking-while-pregnant articles you read, the more you can drink while pregnant. Mm hmm.
There's maybe been too much about Bloody Marys on this site already, but then the alcohol website The Spirit had the line "it’s time to look at a few ways to jazz up your bloodies" in its most recent email newsletter, which was amazing, and so here we are again. Last week they ran a guide to building the perfect classic Bloody Mary, and then today they … look at a few ways to jazz up those bloodies. I can't add much to the recipe, although if you want to cheat, the mix from McClure's Pickles is pretty excellent.
"Why not just raise the price?" …
“[Because] Rob’s grandfather did not like ostentatiousness."
A Maker's Mark rep explains why they're watering it down from 45% to 42% alcohol. The last question sticks out in particular.
Elsewhere in beverages: breakfast soda.