Beer & Wine

Sexy Valentine's Drinks

A tasty drink can really make a date something special, whether it's a romantic night out, some self-care in or a Galentine's or Brotines Day event! You can celebrate with a number of sexy valentine cocktails, and the sky is the limit when it comes to recipes online. Try something like a Sex in the Driveway, made with peach vodka, blueberry lemonade water enhancer, cherry and diet Sprite.

Brewery Tours

Is there a distillery tour in your area that's not to be missed? What about a brewery tour that is so good you have all of your out-of-town visitors try it out? Brewery tours are a great way to score free drinks (at some locations, as long as you are of age!) while learning about the company's history and business practices. You can decide if it's really the kind of beer (or other spirits) you want to support while expanding your experiences and sampling new drinks. Honestly it's one of the best dates you could plan for drinker friends or dates.

Can Light Drinking Shorten Your Life?

Remember those studies that suggest a glass of wine is great for your health? A new study is suggesting that even light drinking can shorten your life. This includes daily light drinking at levels that are considered safe by United States standards. Those who drink 1-2 drinks four times a week have a 20% risk of dying prematurely higher than that of people who drink three days a week or less. 

Mint Juleps in Kentucky

Some states aren't known for their cocktails, but knowing that I was going to Kentucky for the first time, I asked for a mint julep at the hotel. Sadly, the bartender told me that not only did she not have any mint, but that despite being asked often she also didn't know "how to julep"! Dang. I love the idea of, say, drinking Champagne in Champagne, and this sounded fun to me. She said they don't even serve it during the derby! It's a dry state but you can still buy drinks and it was a bit of a bummer not having something that was Kentucky-ish during our stay.

Addams Family Drinks

It's the month of Addams Family bliss and what better way to celebrate than to plan some cocktails and mocktails most befitting the occasion? These recipes will have you lurching for your next glass before Thing can whisk your drink away! From Pugsley's Punch to Gomez-inspired Duel Cocktail, there are lots of delectable things to craft up--and most have easy substitutions if you want them alcohol-free.

GMOs in Craft Beer

GMO plants have been revolutionizing food in a number of ways--some good, some bad, depending on your point of view. Now GMO yeast is able to recreate the flavors of hops to work in craft beer, but beer has always shied away from the use of anything GMO. Craft beer, in fact, typically advertises itself as the all-natural, "healthiest" type of beer, if there is such a thing.

Booze Better Than Working Out?

If you're over 90 years old, exercise may not be the best thing to help you extend your life. In fact, booze may help you out more! A long-term study has indicated that drinking two glasses of beer or wine each day increases longevity for people age 90 and older by 18 percent. The study suggests that it's even better to drink than exercise, which only cuts the risk of dying by 11 percent by that age.

Wine Advent Calendars

Have you heard the big news? Aldi is selling a holiday advent box of wines this fall! The store will include 24 mini bottles, or the equivalent of six full bottles of wine, in a festive holiday box that is perfect for gift-giving or enjoying on your own. It will contain both reds and whites as well as bubbly flavors. Unfortunately the set will only be available in the U.K. this year, but hopefully Aldi will sell it in U.S. stores by next year.

Experimenting with Trendy Drinks

Traveling a lot this summer? These popular place-based cocktails across the United States should make it on your bucket list! They are among this season's most popular drinks in local bars in North America.  In Baltimore, for example, there is the Rooted In cocktail, which is a play on beets. From beet juice to beet vinegar, beets are definitely the star of this drink, but it's tapered with some honey, ginger and parsley. The alcohol? Gin, baby.

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