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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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Rye Bother? An Inside-The-Barrel Look At American Whiskeys

Rye Bother? An Inside-The-Barrel Look At American Whiskeys

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

America is in the midst of a rye whiskey renaissance. Lovers of the spirit say it’s spicier, edgier and less sweet than bourbons. But when scientists look at the flavor signatures of American whiskeys, what matters the most isn’t always the grain in the bottle.

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Final Sips of Summer: Easy Cocktails for Labor Day Weekend

Final Sips of Summer: Easy Cocktails for Labor Day Weekend

| September 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

Skipping the playa this year? Now that it finally feels like summer, kick back and chill out with our easy Labor Day weekend cocktails.

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Fight Food Waste: Drink Rum, Matey

Fight Food Waste: Drink Rum, Matey

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pirates, pokers and alleged demonic origins — the history of rum is filled with raucousness and rebellion. To celebrate National Rum Day, we bring you tales from this drink’s past, including its laudable origins as a food waste solution.

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If You Liked that Wine, You Should’ve Put a Ring on It

If You Liked that Wine, You Should’ve Put a Ring on It

| August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

An art student has designed a line of jewelry specifically for tasting wine and cognac. One ring perches a petite wineglass atop your finger. Another is a miniature snifter. The spirit sippers aren’t available for purchase, but if you’re itching to don your stemware, try an old-fashioned tastevin.

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Tribune Tavern Opens for Brunch: A Sneak Peek

Tribune Tavern Opens for Brunch: A Sneak Peek

| July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tribune Tavern brings brunch to 13th and Franklin in downtown Oakland.

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5 Sips of Summer: Think Pink Cocktails

5 Sips of Summer: Think Pink Cocktails

Stephanie Rosenbaum offers recipes for 5 perfect-for-summer pink drinks, cool-down, sun-down cocktails for warm summer weather wherever you can find it.

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New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

| July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the unregulated heyday before Prohibition, distilleries in New York produced whiskey, gin, rum and other spirits. Then the industry was all but wiped out for the next 80 years. But state laws regulating distilling have been loosened and now dozens of new distilleries have sprung up.

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Local Sake: America’s Craft Brewers Look East For Inspiration

Local Sake: America’s Craft Brewers Look East For Inspiration

| July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many Americans have encountered sake as that hot, cloudy beverage served in sushi bars. But now, the good stuff is coming. High-end imports from Japan are up, and many bars now focus on sake. Best of all, perhaps, are the microbreweries popping up across the country.

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Explore the “World of Doughnuts” (& Vintage Cocktails) with BAB Contributor Stephanie Rosenbaum

Explore the “World of Doughnuts” (& Vintage Cocktails) with BAB Contributor Stephanie Rosenbaum

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

The World of Doughnuts is vast and delicious. Doughnuts may initially seem like an American delight, but each culture around the world has tempting recipes that are included here: gulab jamun and jalebis (India), churros (Mexico), and banana-influenced sweeties from Guam. Mary Ladd learns that making these sweet treats at home can be fresh, easy and filling fun.

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The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

A beer-cocktail combo popular in 19th century England is seeing a global revival. Shandies are tasty, fruity and practically scream summertime. They’re also lower in alcohol than a regular beer, which makes them more appealing as governments tighten rules on drinking and driving.

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Craft Mocktails: Soda Machines Beg For Experimentation

Craft Mocktails: Soda Machines Beg For Experimentation

| July 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chefs and mixologists have been pushing the envelope with soda recipes since the craft cocktail movement surfaced a few years back. And since most soda recipes take little time, effort and money, it’s easy to try something new.

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LGBT Pride Profile: Ryan Robles and Joshua Wilder Oakley aka Tango & Stache

LGBT Pride Profile: Ryan Robles and Joshua Wilder Oakley aka Tango & Stache

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ryan Robles and Joshua Wilder Oakley live and work around good food and drink in San Francisco. The couple worked together at Bar Bambino and Ryan does PR for restaurants and spirits companies while Joshua has a pop-up called Tango & Stache. Find out how they celebrate Pride and what it was like for Joshua to grapple with being “out” in the kitchen.

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The Martini: This American Cocktail May Have An International Twist

The Martini: This American Cocktail May Have An International Twist

| June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The martini has been called “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” But is this cocktail perfectly American? Maybe not entirely. In honor of National Martini Day, we decided to dig into the drink’s muddled past.

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