Articles Tagged: Drinking Tips

Drinking Well in a Down Economy

It is Mixology Monday time again, and our host Rowley’s Whiskey Forge has tasked us with the all so appropriate theme of hard drinks for hard times. Rather than come up with a few wallet stretching cocktails, I thought I’d share a few tips on stretching your drinking dollar. A recession doesn’t mean you can’t drink well, it just means you need to drink smarter.

Stay home and invite friends

Drinking at home is always … Read more

Food & Wine Pairing Tips

If you’re planning a special Valentine’s Day dinner, don’t forget the wine! Here are some basic food and wine pairing tips.

The first thing to remember is that it is more important to choose a wine that you enjoy than to follow rules. However, there are some tips that will help enhance your food and wine experience:

    Match the intensity and “weight” of the dish with the intensity of the wine. So a bold dish … Read more

Low-Calorie Cocktails for the New Year

Is “lose weight” on your list of New Year’s resolutions? If so — or if you’re just trying to maintain your current weight — here are a few ways to cut calories without cutting out cocktails.

Skip the dessert in a glass

We all know that sweet drinks are higher in calories.

However, you might be surprised to find out just how many more calories they contain. A pina colada has nearly 400 calories, and … Read more

Toast the New Year With Great Sparkling Wines for under $20

When it’s time for the champagne toast to celebrate 2009, why start the year by spending a fortune? These three sparkling wines (which is just the term for what most of us call champagne if it is made outside the Champagne region of France) are a good-tasting, budget-friendly way to start the year.

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs, $20
Made from mostly pinot noir grapes, this sparkling wine is fruity without being too sweet.

Piper … Read more

Bourbon Picks for the Holidays for $25 – $50

One of my favorite things about bourbon: It is possible to find great bourbon at nearly every price point. And while there definitely are $400 bottles of bourbon out there that will knock your socks off, it’s possible to find something impressive that fits a normal person’s budget. Here are picks in a few price ranges:

Under $25

Old Grand-Dad Bourbon, 100 proof

Wine Enthusiast praised this bourbon’s “buttery feel on the palate” and “tangy … Read more

Gifts for the Martini Lover: Stirred, Not Shaken?

James Bond, the epitome of style and sophistication, always insists his martinis should be “shaken, not stirred.” However, that preference may well be a sign of his rebellious nature more than his command of the cocktail. Traditionally, martinis are stirred … and for good reason.

Many experts dismiss the idea that shaking “bruises the gin.” But they do note that while shaking makes for a colder martini, it also dilutes the martini and gives it … Read more

Give the Gift of Tequila

Why give a boring bottle of wine this year, with so many great spirits out there go crazy. We’ve assembled a variety of fine Tequila for easy gift giving.

Perfect for sipping and savoring, Cabo Uno Tequila will last beyond the holiday party and throughout the holiday season, to be cherished and enjoyed for years to come. Acknowledged as one of the finest 100% blue agave tequilas in the world, Cabo Uno is aged in … Read more

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.

Pro Cocktail Mini Ice Cube Trays … Read more

How to Get a Bartender’s Attention

Ever have trouble getting a drink in a busy bar? If you look like me, the answer is yes. Good for us average folks, the guys at Ayslum.com have collected some helpful tips on getting and keeping a bartenders attention. Hating thirst, I have tested all of these, and they do work. So learn them, live them.

Here are our favorites:

    Know what you want. Important in any bartender interaction, even is the bar is … Read more

Tips on Drinking with Co-workers

“A recent study found that boozing may be a career-building activity. Researchers at San Jose State University say alcohol helps workers “network professionally,” which in turn makes them more valuable employees.

However, it’s important to remember that no matter how relaxed the situation, you’re not out with your college pals. Everything you do or inappropriately blurt out in a slurred rant will have implications for your work life. “

Asylum gives us these 4 maxims … Read more

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