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Mixology – the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks. Whether you’re inclined to stick to the classics, branch out into the ‘tinis, or trot out your own custom concoctions, you’ll find all kinds of useful mixology advice right here on everything from appletinis to zurracapotes.

As fun as a night of partying can be, heavy alcohol consumption takes a real toll on your body. To help you survive the aftermath and feel better more quickly, we’ve compiled nine of our best tips and tricks for dealing with hangovers: Aspirin. A time-tested remedy, aspirin is an anti-inflammatory and mild pain reliever...

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Whether you’re heading to the beach or schussing down a mountain, spring break is a time to relax, kick back and have fun with friends old and new. Drinking and partying are a big part of that experience, but following these 15 dos and don’ts will help you drink smarter and stay safe. Do Know the liquor...

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Whether you’re enjoying spring break, unwinding at the beach or throwing a backyard barbecue, a fun day in the sun can leave you with a warm feeling feeling of relaxation. Add in too much alcohol, and the day can leave you depleted, cranky, sunburned, hungover or much worse. Before you mix alcohol with heat and sun,...

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Originating in Rioja and surrounding regions of northern Spain, zurracapote is a refreshing mulled wine beverage that is ideal for celebrations of any nature. Unlike its close relative, sangria, zurracapote (or zurra for short) relies on extracting flavors from spices and dried fruits; sangria’s flavor profile comes from liberal use of citrus fruits and the...

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Among sake connoisseurs, aficionados, and enthusiasts there is a long raging debate as to what temperature this refreshing libation should be served. But, just as there are myriad experts on the subject, so too are the opinions regarding whether sake is best when served hot or cold. First, a note of clarification – when speaking...

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The Michelada is a beer-based cocktail, originating in Mexico, and gaining in popularity throughout North America. It is refreshing, great for when the temperatures climb and thirsts need quenching. The base for the drink is a “chelada,” a beer and lime juice combination served in a salt-rimmed glass – a great treat in and of...

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In the search to find the perfect way to serve up a cocktail, mixologists have traditionally turned a cold eye to ice, considering it a necessary evil, despite its impact on the quality of a beverage. While some drinks get around the issue by stirring or shaking, then straining the ice out, other drinks do...

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Whether you are a budding oenophile, a connoisseur of scotch, brandy, or other hard liquors, or you simply enjoy the crafting skills of the microbrewer of limited release beers, there is a method to sampling these products and to gaining an understanding into their various characteristics. Each of these five steps should be used when...

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What Is Whiskey? A whiskey is any alcoholic drink distilled from fermented grain mash to a minimum of 40 percent alcohol by volume (80 proof) up to a maximum of 95 percent alcohol by volume (190 proof). The principal differences in the various whiskey types result from the different grains used to make the whiskey...

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For many, pairing wines with food seems a daunting – and confusing – task. While most of us have learned that white wines are for fish dishes and red wines for meat, that is the extent of our expertise. Fortunately, though, it is surprisingly easy to build on these two fundamentals and create a more...

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