How to Open Champagne

Champagne glasses on table

And if this doesn’t work, try opening it with a sabre. I don’t believe that you need an excuse to open champagne, but when you have a bottle of really good bubbly, you might want to save it for a special occasion. Say, an anniversary, date night, or New Year’s Eve, or a Thursday. But opening […]

What is The Difference Between Tequila and Mescal?

tequila vs. mescal

Tequila and mescal can be easily confused, but these two Mexican spiritsvary in flavor and their legal definitions. According to Mexican appellations of origin, tequila is a distillate made from blue agave and must be produced in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Mescal can be made from any of the 30 distillable types of agave and […]

The Right Chemistry: The story of vodka

Smirnoff vodka bottles

Vodka is 40 percent alcohol by volume. That’s not high enough to inactivate viruses. It should be poured into a glass, not onto your hands. As the story goes, the world’s best-selling vodka, Smirnoff, owes its original fame to a clever marketing gimmick by Pyotr Smirnov, a Russian serf who by the time of his […]

How To Keep Your Coffee Beans Fresh

roasted coffee beans in a bowls

No matter how you prepare your morning cup of coffee, there’s one common denominator: the coffee itself. But are there ways to store your favorite coffee beans to keep them more fresh? We spoke to Margaret Nyamumbo, a third-generation coffee farmer and the founder and CEO of Kahawa 1893, about all the best ways to store your coffee. […]

The Rattlesnake Cocktail

Makes 4 Servings The double-shake method is key to this cocktail’s texture. The first round is to break up the egg white; the second is to chill and froth the drink. INGREDIENTS ½ cup sugar 4 large egg whites*, separated individually 8 ounces rye whiskey 4 ounces fresh lemon juice Pernod or absinthe (for serving) […]

Wines to Drink with Spicy Food

Hot Tip Something to note about pairing wine with spicy foods: it’s important to be mindful of the amount of alcohol present. In food, chili heat tends to create a warming or burning sensation on our palate. The higher the level of alcohol in a wine, the more astringent (and uncomfortable) spicy food it will […]

Understanding Whiskey – The Complete Guide

Everything anyone could ever want to know about whiskey and why it tastes the way it does. What really makes whiskey taste like whiskey? If flavor truly just came down to a simple formula of distilling ratios of grains plus time spent in a barrel, then there wouldn’t be an infinite range of tastes, profiles […]

Too Late for a Gimlet Before?

It’s true, kids: If you don’t use it, you lose it. The ability to touch your toes, youthful optimism and manageable hangovers all wane with the passing of each season. So does citrus. Though available year-round, lemons, limes, and the like are just as seasonal as any other fruit, and the cold-weather window to the […]

How to Make Mango Lassi

What Is Mango Lassi In the Indian subcontinent  “Lassi” refers to any yogurt based drink. The popular ones are sweet lassi which obviously is sweetened with sugar and salty lassi which has salt and other spices in it. Mango Lassi is another popular version which has sweet mangoes blended with yogurt. For this mango lassi recipe, […]

12 Variations on the Negroni to Try Right Now

In Florence’s Café Casoni, Count Camillo Negroni created the Negroni. That was in 1920. Today, it’s a bartender’s favorite plaything, with ingredients swapped for everything from mezcal to sherry.