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Category: Drink

Coffee and Dark Chocolate in Your Genes

chocolate and Coffe

Prefer your coffee black? Then you probably like dark, bitter chocolate, according to new research identifying a genetic basis for those preferences. If that’s you, then congratulations — you are the lucky genetic winner of a trait that may offer you a boost toward good health, according to caffeine researcher […]

The Most Important Factor in Brewing Great Coffee

coffee beans

More coffee beans does not make for stronger or better coffee. You’ve met someone who has declared that coffee has to be strong in order to be “worth it.” Maybe it’s your dad. Maybe it’s you friend Patricia. Maybe it’s your roommate Kevin. (Classic Kevin.) There are people out there […]

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, […]

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 […]

How To Keep Your Coffee Beans Fresh

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]