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What Makes a Great Mocktail?

Wouldn't it be great if you could sip a mocktail that looks and tastes just like the real thing? Today, we'll look at the science of how alcohol actually tastes, how to mimic it, and whether this is a good idea. More

From the Blender: 'Frozen Monkey' Coffee Chocolate Banana Smoothie

The original Frozen Monkey came from Hoboken, NJ's erstwhile cafe of the same name. That establishment was Hoboken's first Tasti D Lite purveyor, back when at least a certain segment of the population could utter such facts with genuine enthusiasm. The original shake combined brewed coffee, a sliced banana, and the Tasti D flavor of your choice. It was genuinely delicious and arguably breakfast. We went through a lot together. More

10 Smoothies We Love in NYC Right Now

This updated list includes long-time favorite spots like Liquiteria, Jus, and LifeThyme Market, but we also made room for some hip newcomers like The Butcher's Daughter and Melvin's Juice Box. And we're not just talking a cup full of mushed berries and yogurt here: these days, smoothies are made with everything from whole coconuts and cacao nibs to ginger and dates to watermelon to cilantro. More

From the Juicer: Power Potion

My eight-year-old is running a race at school next week, and I'm going to let her dope. Good parenting, right? What, was I multitasking so much during Lance Armstrong's Oprah interview that this is what I took away from it? Nope, not this time. Before you call social services, read this: I'm letting her dope by drinking beet juice for breakfast. More

Booze-Free Drinks: How to Make Rouge Tomate's Velvet Sunrise

Something about the Tequila Sunrise is lost in translation to real, snow-dusted life. North of Mexico, that mellow buzz goes directly to heartburn hangover, buttressed by whiffs of 9 a.m. Brown Bag Sunrise on the G train. For a softer way to enter the day, New York's Rouge Tomate offers the Velvet Sunrise. This spirit-free cocktail is a citrusy beta-carotene booster. More

3 Fun Spins on Classic Soda Fountain Drinks To Make At Home

I can't remember a time when soda wasn't vilified. Of course, there have been some memorable gimmicks (remember Crystal Pepsi?), but mostly just a whole lot of high fructose corn syrup and not a lot of fun. Needless to say, the idea of returning to a time when soda was without as much baggage is definitely appealing. These three homemade sodas are contemporary takes on classic soda fountain drinks: a rickey, a phosphate, and an egg cream. More

3 Delicious Alcohol-Free Citrus Drinks to Make at Home

I was well into my twenties before I first saw citrus growing on a tree. But even under fluorescent grocery store lights, blood oranges, grapefruits, and Meyer lemons seem like small miracles, coming into season just as we're deep enough into winter that we start believing that nothing will ever come into season again. These 3 booze-free drink recipes are a great excuse to treat yourself to some bright, fresh citrus. More

From the Juicer: Tropical Green Juice

Living in England as an American expat is an exercise in diplomacy and restraint. It's about using your "inside voice" even when you feel like using your outside voice. On a good day I like to try to chip away at America's cultural hegemony one considerate decision at a time. ("Yes, I do prefer Amy Winehouse to Lady Gaga, don't you?") More

From the Blender: Vegan Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Some people—normal people—crave sweets. It's evolutionary. You'd seek out high-sugar foods in the wild, or you'd die of starvation. Me? I wouldn't have lasted a month. I crave umami. Salt. Tang. There's definitely something wrong with me. If you want a tangy smoothie—pleasantly sweet, sure, but also nice and brisk—sometimes it pays to just go ahead and invent one. So I did. More

Drinks That Bring Back Memories: Kern's Horchata

Montana might seem like an unlikely place to find horchata, but that's where I tried it first. Kern's horchata isn't exactly like Mexican horchata, which I'd discover later and enjoy less. Kern's is thick and creamy, like melted ice cream, and silted with sugar and cinnamon. I bought it for the first time on a snack run some weekend in the late summer, and kept buying it as temperatures plummeted well below zero and our weekends became more and more about the television in our living room. More

Ever Tried Oat Milk?

Oat milk. It's in the same non-dairy family as rice milk, almond milk, and cashew milk. But how exactly is it made? How does one milk an oat? Is everyone just picturing a cartoon diagram of oats being squeezed? More

Taste Test: We Try 9 Green Juices

After doing a few juice cleanses for Serious Eats, I came away with the realization that I'm not a fan of juice cleanses themselves, but I really like green juices. A good green juice tastes like a good salad while being its own thing, too. But they're quite expensive, and quite variable—so it's good to know what you're getting into before you buy them. Here's a tour through a few green juices we know. More

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