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A Brief History of Cocktails

The only thing certain about the origins of the cocktail is uncertainty. Even the name is steeped in mystery. It is said that, for one reason or another, a drink composed of various spirits was served with the colorful plumage of a rooster. Some stories point to a creative barmaid who speared cherries with feathers…

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Wow ‘Em with One-Dish Desserts

Sometimes you want to make dessert, but just don’t want to fire up the oven. Maybe you don’t want to heat up the house, you don’t have the time or you just don’t feel like cracking eggs. Whatever the reason, it’s important for home cooks to have some one-dish, no-bake desserts in their repertoire for…

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5 Summer Wines You Need to Try

The weather is hot. You’re in your shorts and flip-flops. Dinner is on the grill. But what’s in your glass? Chances are it’s a chilled-to-perfection white wine—we’ll raise a glass to that! And, we’ll also encourage you to consider a sultry rosé or (gasp!) a hearty red. Curious? No sweat: We’ve done the work for…

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Try This: A Berry Good Mojito

Whether you feel like showing off some patriotic spirit or just have a hankering for a fruity, flavorful cocktail, this berry-infused summer cooler is perfect! Keep the fun going into the second half of summer with our Berry Mojito Cocktail Recipe. The flavors of raspberry and exotic bitter orange give a taste of summer, while bright,…

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The Inside Scoop on Canned Beer

The sound of an ice-cold can being cracked open. It’s the sound of refreshment. It’s the sound of the party starting. There’s nothing like grabbing a brew from the cooler and pulling that tab as you take a seat in your favorite chair. It used to be that canned beer meant a slim selection—mostly multi-cereal…

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The Right Time to Choose a Classic Beer

An ice-cold brew may be the quintessential adult refreshment. The thing about beer, though, is that times have changed quite a bit since our grandfathers were drinking a cold one on the porch. It used to be that there were just a few lagers or ales to choose from (and the occasional stout). Nowadays, you…

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Not Your Grandma’s Iced Tea

While some of us enjoy iced tea year round, it is especially refreshing in the spring and summer. In the South, sweet tea is the norm, and up North, they like to add a slice of lemon. However you like your iced tea, it’s high time to explore all the possibilities beyond the standard black…

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Food in Jars: Pear Vanilla Jam

This Pear Vanilla Jam is delicious, amazingly easy to make, and a pleasure to share. Serve it on a whole wheat cracker with a little slice of brie and delight your guests. Many thanks to Food in Jars for the recipe. Ingredients 2 pounds thin-skinned pears, cored and diced 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/2 vanilla bean,…

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Top 5 Bourbons for Your Mint Julep

It’s that time again. It is officially mint julep season—it’s not just for Derby celebrations! While we love these drinks any time of year, they are especially refreshing during the warmer months. The mint julep is a straightforward cocktail with only a few ingredients, but it’s still possible to create many different flavor profiles by…

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