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Grandmother's sherry is making a comeback

When’s the last time you had a glass of sherry, that sweet Spanish wine with an old-fashioned reputation? For me, it was a complimentary goblet served nightly at a fusty bed-and-breakfast in Columbia, South Carolina — more than 10 years…

The rise of zero-proof drinks

You could say we’re right in the middle of a full-fledged cocktail revival, with no sign of winding down anytime soon. These days, you can find bespoke absinthe cocktails in your neighborhood bar, small-batch mezcal sits alongside scotch in your…

Does tapping the side of a beer can actually reduce the fizz?

The long and storied history of beer is rife with colorful traditions. Canned beer — a relatively modern development — doesn’t enjoy that kind of history. But there’s one custom that’s been around since the first can of suds hit…

Radical coffee cup design takes aim at plastic lids

The long, oft-contentious relationship between plastic lids and paper coffee cups may soon come to a welcome end. A new company called Unocup is securing financial backing through Kickstarter for an innovative paper coffee cup that ditches plastic and embraces…

How long should you steep tea?

From easing stress to combating cancer, drinking tea has shown to offer many health benefits. But before you bring that steaming mug to you lips, do you know how long should you let your tea brew for it to be…

Why you should try a 30-day alcohol break

Maybe you’ve tried it after the holidays. With overindulgence a not-so-distant memory and healthy resolutions staring you in the face, perhaps you’ve embraced the idea of a Dry January or “Drynuary.” But the “sober curious” movement has spread beyond January….

Belgian abbey revives its brewery with rediscovered medieval beer recipes

Long-hidden secrets of medieval Belgian beer are coming back to life, thanks to clerics at Belgium’s Grimbergen Abbey who discovered them in books from the monastery’s archives dating back to the 12th century. Grimbergen Abbey was founded in 1128, and…

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…