Monthly Archives: October 2021

  1. Essential Cocktail Ingredients and Equipment

    Essential Cocktail Ingredients and Equipment

    The holidays will be here before you know it. If you’re planning on doing some entertaining in the months ahead, the time to set up that at-home bar with cocktail essentials and tools is now. Start perfecting your mixology skills and be prepared to artfully quench the thirst of all your guests.

    The History of the Basic Cocktail

    There’s so much more to a cocktail than dumping vodka into a glass of orange juice. In 1806, a cocktail was defined by The Balance and Columbian Repository of New York as “a stimulating liquor composed of any kind of sugar, water, and bitters…”1 In 1862, a bartender by the name of Jerry Thomas published The Bartender’s Guide (How to Mix Drinks) which became the widely accepted encyclopedia for bartenders and wanna-be mixologists worldwide.

    The availability of ice and the ability to successfully transport it before it melted propelled cocktail culture forward, as did the repeal of Prohibition. By the mid-

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  2. What To Know About Dry Red Wine for Cooking

    What To Know About Dry Red Wine for Cooking

    If you’re preparing a recipe that calls for adding a dry red wine, it can feel challenging to know the best red wine to cook with. Never fear! Choosing the right dry red wine for cooking isn’t difficult if you remember a few basic rules.

    Choosing a Dry Red Wine for Cooking

    The first thing to remember is to never, ever buy the “cooking wine” that’s sold in grocery stores. True, they’re inexpensive, but they’re also nothing more than a blend of inferior wines and added salt that comprises a one-way ticket to a ruined dinner. What’s more, don’t use leftover wine that’s been uncorked and past its prime drinking time. The standard rule states that if you wouldn’t drink it, you shouldn’t cook with it.

    When using dry red wine for cooking, it’s important to remember that as an ingredient, wine conveys all of its flavors, body, and acidity to the dish. While its subtleties may not be as pronounced,

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  3. The Best French Wines From Bordeaux to Muscadet

    The Best French Wines From Bordeaux to Muscadet

    Certainly, every wine lover has a favorite vintage, but wine aficionados consider French wine indisputably the best in the world. What makes French wine superior to wines produced in more than 50 countries around the globe? It’s all about the terroir.

    The best French wine takes on the flavors of the regions and soils in which the grapes grow (aka, terroir), and you won’t find a more diverse set of growing regions—each uniquely suited for cultivating certain grapes—than you’ll find in France. From the cooler climates of Champagne to the north, to the warm, dry climates of the Rhone Valley in the southeast and all the areas in between, France has a little bit of everything. The diverse set of wines reflect that, and it’s this diversity that makes French wine more complementary to food than o

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