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Boozy Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving

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Looking around for Thanksgiving dessert inspiration, I found some mouth-watering pumpkin desserts that incorporate a wee bit of booze.

    Pumpkin pie with brandy
    Bourbon pumpkin cheesecake
    Pumpkin cake with whiskey whipped cream
    Pumpkin rum cake with brown sugar icing
    Pumpkin mousse parfaits (pictured)

Photo by azcentral.com.

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Make Your Own Wine with WinePod

What are these people doing? Giving carnal pleasure to a robot?

No! They are making their own wine at home. And computers are involved!

WinePod is a home winemaking system that “presses, ferments and manages wine” in one unit.

You can connect it to your computer and get instructions, advice from wine pros and online support. It even has its own social network.

And all for only $4,499 (or $6,349 if you include grapes, accessories … Read more

Beer Reviews @ Dethroner

Jason has been busy reviewing beers over at Dethroner. Here are the latest:

    Spaten Oktoberfest
    Sierra Nevada Southern Harvest Fresh Hop Ale
    Coopers Vintage Ale 2008
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(ri)1 Rye Whiskey Review

Beam just introduced (ri)1 in the midst of rye whiskey’s comeback from more than 70 years in the shadows.

In the 19th and early 20th century, rye was the go-to liquor. Many traditional cocktails–like the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned–originated as rye cocktails.

But after Prohibition ended in 1933, American distillers turned all their attention to bourbon.

No one knows for sure why, but it could be because corn was cheaper than rye. It … Read more

BioBeer: Beer That’s Good For You

Students at Rice University are working on a beer that helps fight cancer and heart disease.

We’ve all heard that “red wine is good for you.” Well, the Rice students wondered if they could make a beer that had the same health benefits.

BioBeer — a more consumer-friendly name than the original Frankenbeer moniker — will be brewed using yeast genetically modified to produce resveratrol.

Resveratrol, a naturally occurring compound found in red wine and

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Get a Grip on Your Wine Glass

The always-enchanting Fred & Friends does it again. This time it’s the Get a Grip! snap-on wine glass holder.

Holding your glass by the stem (so as not to affect the temperature) can be slippery business.

Aside from helping you hang on to your glass, the color-coded holders also help you remember which one is yours.

Get a Grip @ Fred

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Recipes for Cooking With Booze

Alcohol and food are a great combination.

But it can be surprisingly tricky to cook with beer, wine, and liquor. (And no one wants to waste a drop of the good stuff)

Whether you’re looking for a gift or preparing to entertain for the holidays, these cookbooks are good for anyone looking to learn how to cook with booze:

    Here’s to Good Food: Cooking With Beer, Wine, Liquor and Liqueurs
    Cooking with Booze
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How to Make Clear Ice

When you make ice at home in your freezer, it’s cloudy. Want to make crystal-clear ice like the pros? You don’t need a special machine.

Here are the simple steps:

    Use distilled water.
    Boil the water, then let it cool.
    Boil the water one more time.
    Let it cool slightly, but pour in the tray when it’s still hot.
    Freeze.

The smaller your cubes, the better they will look.

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Election Day Drinking Game

This is a once-in-every-four-years event, so cocktails are in order.

Take a drink every time:

    A state changes color on the TV news electoral map
    The is a “breaking story”
    News says this is the most important, symbolic, historic election in US history
    We see how the candidates spent the day
    Station touts it’s coverage as the best, the leader, etc…
    There is a Pundit battle
    News interviews Joe the Plumber or any of us … Read more
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