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Spirited Sweets for St. Patrick’s (or Any) Day

Spirited Sweets for St. Patrick’s (or Any) Day

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The typical green-themed cookie or cupcake is no match for these alcohol-infused treats. Celebrate with Kahlua cake, a mint-liqueur milkshake, wine-soaked fruit salad or beer-glazed bacon candy.

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For a Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need the Motion of the Ocean

For a Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need the Motion of the Ocean

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The longer bourbon ages, the richer its flavor and color. Now, an artisan Kentucky distiller is speeding up nature by sending barrels on boat journeys on the high seas. How does it work? Chemistry.

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The Upside of All This Cold? A Boom in Ice Cider

The Upside of All This Cold? A Boom in Ice Cider

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Canada invented ice cider in the ’90s. Now it’s becoming trendy and Vermont wants to cash in, too. The frigid winter has been just the stuff to turn the state’s frozen apples into tasty dessert wine.

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On a Bender: Bender’s Rye Launches the New ‘It’ Whiskey

On a Bender: Bender’s Rye Launches the New ‘It’ Whiskey

Move over, bourbon: rye whiskey is making a comeback. Stephanie Rosenbaum talks to founders Carl Bender and Christopher Cohen of San Francisco’s new Bender’s Rye.

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‘Top Chef’s’ Casey Thompson Prepares Her San Francisco Debut: Aveline and The European

‘Top Chef’s’ Casey Thompson Prepares Her San Francisco Debut: Aveline and The European

| March 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

Mary Ladd talks with ‘Top Chef’s’ Casey Thompson about her San Francisco debut in the Warwick Hotel. Aveline and The European promise contrasting light foods and manly drinks. Start planning now for the fall openings.

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Valentine’s (Wine and Cocktails) with Greg and Shelley Lindgren

Valentine’s (Wine and Cocktails) with Greg and Shelley Lindgren

| February 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Greg and Shelley Lindgren share news on their businesses: his Rye on the Road will soon get new digs, and A16 celebrates its anniversary on Valentine’s Day. The power hospitality couple share wine and cocktail ideas that are fun and interesting…including a recipe for “My Bitter Valentine” which will be the Valentine’s day special at Rye.

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Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original ‘Mocktail’

Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original ‘Mocktail’

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Generations of children have been charmed by Shirley Temple onscreen, and in a glass. The drink that bears her name, it seems, has a shelf life as long as her movies.

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Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It’s Still Illegal

Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It’s Still Illegal

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s be clear: Making spirits at home with plans to drink it remains against federal law, folks. Even so, more and more people appear to be taking up home distilling as a hobby. For some, it’s the first step toward a professional, legit operation.

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Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits

Dry January: Giving Up Booze For A Month Does Have Benefits

| January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

For regular drinkers, the New Year’s resolution tradition may involve what’s known as a dry January: giving up booze for a month. But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits? A small but intriguing study suggests yes.

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Tosca Cafe: The Revamped North Beach Classic Serves Excellent Italian Fare, For a Price

Tosca Cafe: The Revamped North Beach Classic Serves Excellent Italian Fare, For a Price

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

After being revamped by New York’s April Bloomfield, Tosca Cafe in North Beach opened to great fanfare. Is the pricey, popular new version worth the cost? Kate Williams gives her take.

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“Winter Cocktails” Review and Post-Holiday Drink Picks

“Winter Cocktails” Review and Post-Holiday Drink Picks

Time to relax from the holiday frenzy with the perfect drink. We’ve got your post-holiday cocktail recipes covered, with a review of the new Winter Cocktails, plus great recipes from our archives and offbeat, mostly local sparklers to put the fizz in your new year.

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DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

DIY Gifts: Homemade Manhattan Cocktails

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.

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Alembic’s Danny Louie Talks Cocktails, Creativity and Shares a Seasonal Drink Recipe

Alembic’s Danny Louie Talks Cocktails, Creativity and Shares a Seasonal Drink Recipe

| October 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

What’s hot in the world of craft cocktails? We talk to Danny Louie, the head bartender at The Alembic. Louie has also worked to start-up food trucks and pop-ups and he shares his recipe for Vasco da gama, an enticing drink for the fall weather.

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Holiday Spirit: The Coping Mechanism

Holiday Spirit: The Coping Mechanism

| October 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Short of a magic wand to transport you elsewhere, this cocktail has everything you need to help cope with holiday get-togethers.

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