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Should we drink coffee? The pros and cons

Coffee and I have had a distant, distrustful relationship — that is, until recently. I was warned early of the “evils” of coffee. I saw how addictive coffee could be for some people, so I reasoned that it was better…

What is amaro?

I’ve been seeing something on bar menus recently that I rarely saw a few years ago. Amaro is showing up more frequently on it own instead of as a cocktail ingredient. Amaro is a category of liqueur, not a specific…

The mint julep is the Kentucky Derby's official drink because people love to steal glasses

If you go to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, you’re bound to notice two things about those in attendance. The first is that almost every single one of them will be wearing a fabulous…

Tired of celeb rosé? 5 good options to try

There are thousands of rosés on the market. Many of them have emerged in the past few years, and it’s often difficult to choose from the sea of pink hues without some assistance. I think that may be why so…

How to make mint simple syrup for a mint julep

When mint juleps are served at the Kentucky Derby, they’re made with mint simple syrup. It’s a way to make the cocktails more quickly than muddling fresh mint and sugar together for each individual drink. Considering the Derby serves over…

With Alcarelle, scientist aims to create booze that keeps the buzz but none of the baggage

[embedded content] Currently, there’s only one sure fire way to prevent a hangover: Don’t drink too much. You can drink all the water or electrolyte-laden beverages you want, take pain meds before going to sleep, not mix your spirits, or…

What are some healthy drinks for kids?

It feels like we can’t go a month without some discussion about a soda ban or tax as a public health initiative to curb obesity and diabetes. Whether or not you believe in direct intervention like taxes or bans, however,…

7 sustainable stouts for St. Patrick's Day

On St. Patrick’s Day, many Americans become Irish for the day, even if they have no Irish heritage. Many people also choose to drink beer, even if it’s not what they regularly reach for. Often, that beer is a stout,…

Dogs that like beer now have a safe option

We used to have a dog, Sedona, who loved to lick beer bottles. My husband enjoyed tipping the bottle when it was just about empty to give her the last few drops and watch her go crazy over it. It…

Beverages

Why this is the greatest coffee maker on Earth

If you happen to hail from a family with Italian underpinnings, leaving the house for the first time often compels even the most distant relatives to offer best wishes — and grim forebodings. There’s celebration: He’s finally vacating the couch!…