Angostura is the most widely known aromatic bitters, but not your only choice when it comes to stocking this important ingredient of your 9-Bottle Bar. This week we look at a few strong contenders. Time to stop and smell the bitters.
At first, coffee and beer might not seem like an obvious pairing. For most of us, coffee starts the day and beer indicates the end; a cup of coffee gets you going and a bottle of beer post-work tips your body into relax mode.
But in the drink world, coffee and beer have been developing a long-lasting relationship, with more and more brewers serving up beers with a hint of barista. We're talking about coffee beers.
Spirit, sweetener, citrus, bitters. These elements form one of the great quartets of the cocktail canon. So many important drinks boil down to a meditation on this tried-and-true formula. And it works wonders when applied to the Cuba Libre, also known as the Rum and Coke.
As kombucha's popularity grows, so do the debates around its supposed healthfulness. Is it a cure-all for everything from indigestion to hair loss? Or is it potentially toxic and bad for us? Cookbook author and nutritionist Ellie Krieger shares her two cents in her new column for The Washington Post.
Yeah, yeah I know we're all a little weary of pumpkin spice anything by now, but don't let that stop you from trying this chai. It's not pumpkin flavored; it just has an extra dose of spices to earn the "pumpkin spice" label, and this pushes it into the ranks of the better, spicier masala chai options out there. I've nearly finished the box and find it robust and really satisfying in these chilly days of early fall.
We've all been in a wine purchasing situation, confronted with a store-full of bottles or a daunting wine list, hoping for a bottle of red that will taste good to us. How do you convey to your salesperson or server exactly what you're looking for? Not necessarily what they like, but something that tastes amazing to you.
A few weeks ago, we broke down the 10 Words to Know When Buying White Wine. Let's take a look at some words commonly associated with red wines, because verbiage is the key to truly getting what you want.
Is there a most important bottle in the 9-Bottle Bar? One that turns up in essential recipe after essential recipe, and bridges gaps between disparate ingredients? Is there one bottle that, like the Dude's cherished rug, really ties the metaphorical room that is the 9-Bottle Bar together?