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What to Drink for Cinco de Mayo

Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

Margaritas, pitcher drinks, and more for your Cinco de Mayo party. More

How to Build a Beer Book Library

Heather Vandenengel 7 comments

Whether you're just getting into beer or you've become a serious homebrewer, these are the essential books to stock your home library. More

Sommeliers' Favorite Wines Under $20

Ask a Sommelier Maggie Hoffman 2 comments

There are loads of delicious and affordable wines out there—if you know where to look. We asked our crew of sommeliers from around the country for their favorite bottles under $20. More

The Best Drinks We Drank in April

Best of Drinks The Serious Eats Team 3 comments

Every month the Serious Eats crew scouts out the best stuff to drink: newly released beers, cool new cocktails, spirits you should know about, and favorite recipes for refreshing non-alcoholic drinks. Here are the sips we're most excited to share. More

Ask a Bartender: What's One Bottle That Will Up Your Cocktail Game?

Ask a Bartender Carey Jones Post a comment

No home bar will ever be as well-stocked as a professional one. But there are some bottles that can let you make dozens of drinks, instantly upping your cocktail game. More

Where to Go for Happy Hour in Washington, DC

Where to Drink: Washington DC Brian Oh 4 comments

Sure, there are bars with dollar PBRs or cheap, passable wings; those are a dime a dozen. But these Washington, DC happy hours are excellent on their own merits. Looking for a discounted impeccably curated beer list? Cheap well-made cocktails? There's a happy hour for you somewhere in town. Here's our guide to the best options. More

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beers for People Who Don't Like Beer

Ask a Cicerone Maggie Hoffman 18 comments

If you're a beer lover, it's likely that you want to share your stash of awesome bottles with your friends. But what if your friends aren't big beer drinkers? We asked our crew of beer experts about the best crossover beers for people who generally drink wine, cider, or cocktails. More

If You Like Savory Cocktails, Try These Celery Bitters

Spirit Reviews Andrew Strenio Post a comment

Celery bitters lend an enticingly vegetal and citrusy edge that plays well with traditional savory drinks (Bloody Mary, anyone?) but is also lovely with the floral notes of gin (just one dash in a martini is a revelation, and 2 to 3 dashes takes the sweet edge off a G&T), as well as the grassy, herbal undertone of tequila. Which bottles should you try? Here are my favorite brands of celery bitters. More

4 Great Coffee Books for Beginners and Coffee Geeks

Coffee Liz Clayton 1 comment

Some days, it's just not enough to drink coffee, is it? After you've consumed your daily maximum, do you muse: if only there was a way to continue to think about, learn about, dream about coffee... But there is! Here's a quick list of great coffee books to get you started. More

How to Pair Spirits and Charcuterie: Tips From Jeff Faile of DC's The Partisan

Brian Oh 1 comment

Sure, you've paired wine and prosciutto or salami. But how about matching charcuterie with cocktails or spirits? More

The 7 Best Budget Tequilas

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 18 comments

Our top recommendations for 100%-agave tequila that you can buy for $25 and under. More

Ask a Sommelier: Are Wines By the Glass a Good Deal?

Ask a Sommelier Maggie Hoffman 5 comments

We asked sommeliers from around the country for their advice: should you order wine by the glass? How are these wines selected and are they a good value or a bad deal? More

How to Pair Beer With Mexican Food

Beer Pairings Mike Reis 12 comments

I know what you're thinking. "Here's how to pair beer with Mexican food: insert lime into Pacifico. Drink." I won't tell you not to drink your Coronas, Pacificos, and Tecates, but other beers can offer some serious south-of-the-border beer pairing satisfaction. Just like a well-made sauce can improve a dish, a well-paired beer can make any meal just a bit more awesome. More

Ask a Bartender: What Do At-Home Bartenders Do Wrong?

Ask a Bartender Carey Jones 7 comments

A lot of us cocktail enthusiasts are occasional at-home bartenders, trying our own hands at mixing up drinks. But we could all do with a few tips from the pros. We asked bartenders across the country: What do most amateur bartenders get wrong? More

5 Cocktail Recipes That Will Help You Love Mezcal

Recipe Roundups Nick Caruana Post a comment

Often overshadowed by its more popular brother, tequila, mezcal doesn't usually get a fair shot. Maybe it's the smokey flavor that polarizes people, or the association with worms, but this often misunderstood spirit really makes for some great cocktails. More

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Wheat Beers

Ask a Cicerone Maggie Hoffman 21 comments

Consider this your wheat-beer bucket list. More

A Beginner's Guide to Spanish Wine

Stacey Gibson Post a comment

Facing a new section of your local wine store can be daunting. Today, we'll help you get to know some major Spanish wine regions and grapes so you can confidently choose a few bottles to try. More

5 Lesser-Known Bourbons You Should Be Drinking

Spirit Reviews Robert Moss 19 comments

These 5 bourbons may not be quite as well known as Pappy Van Winkle, but they very much deserve a spot in your liquor cabinet. More

How to Buy Fresh Beer and Why it Matters

Collin McDonnell 14 comments

Does beer go bad? Have I been drinking spoiled beer? Should I go to a doctor?! Calm down, you're fine. Beer is certainly perishable, but it won't spoil in the way, say, a quart of milk does. Beer past its expiration date isn't unhealthy, but it is sad and not delicious. Today, I'm here to guide you through the ins and outs of buying fresh beer. More

What You Taste When You Taste Sumatran Coffee

Coffee Liz Clayton 6 comments

Why is Sumatran coffee so contentious? Coffees in Sumatra are traditionally processed using a method called Giling Basah, or wet-hulling, which results in a coffee that leaves the farm with a much higher moisture content than other methods used more popularly worldwide. Coffee processed this way tend to be described as herbaceous, spicy, wild, mushroomy, funky, earthy, and other things that may or may not sound good to you. More

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