Snazzy Cocktails and Wines for Every Budget Best of 2008

Snazzy Cocktails and Wines for Every Budget Best of 2008

Faith Durand
Dec 31, 2008

We sure love our booze around here, and we have a couple of fabulous columnists bringing you the best in cocktails and wine every single week. Mary is a thorough wine expert who tastes dozens of bottles every week, and Nora studies the art of the cocktail assiduously -- just so we can all share a good drink from time to time.

Here are some favorite wine and cocktail posts from 2008, just in time for New Year's. They include Mary's wildly popular series on cheap wine, Nora's posts on retro drinks with egg whites, and a whole roundup of refreshing summer cocktails.

Posts pictured above in bold below.

Cheap(er) Wines

Affordable Wines for Gift Giving: Red and Sweet Wines
Affordable Wines for Gift-Giving: White and Sparkling
Ten Tips for Buying Everyday Wines
Cheap Wine: Best Pinot Noir Under $20
How To Choose Good Cheap Wine from the Big Brands: Cabernet Sauvignon
How To Choose Good Cheap Wine from the Big Brands: Pinot Grigio
Top Wine Picks from Trader Joe's Wine Store in New York City
Cheap Wines for Tough Times

Other Wine Topics

All About Fair Trade Wine
Wine Bottle Closures: Cork vs. Screw Cap
July 4th Celebrations: The Importance of American Wines
Wines for Hot and Spicy Foods
Why Sherry Is So Extraordinary
Food and Wine Pairing: A Grilled Summer Menu of Herbed Pork, Tender Ravioli, and Garden Greens

Cocktail Recipes and Liquor

Repeal Day Tipple: Absinthe
Spotlight on Rum: Some Fresh(-Pressed) Options
Cozy Whiskies for Chilly Fall Days: Smoky Single Malts
All in the (Cocktail) Family: Sours
Cocktail Basics: All About Bitters
End-of-Summer Cocktail: Whiskey Peach Smash
Escape to Bermuda with Dark and Stormy Cocktails
Slow Spirits: Mixing Drinks the "Slow Food" Way
Culinary Cocktails: The Spicy/Cool Flavors of India
Top 5 Intriguing Cocktail Names
How to Create Your Own Cocktail Recipes
Raw Egg Whites in Cocktails (and Ramos Gin Fizzes) Are Back!
Creme de Violette and Blue Moon Cocktails
• Also see the full roundup of a whole series last summer on cool and refreshing summer cocktails: Summer Cocktails! The Full Roundup

Cocktail Accessories and Accompaniments

Cocktail Basics: DIY Grenadine Syrup
How to Make the Best Ice Cubes for Summer Cocktails
Recipe Review: Melissa Clark's DIY Maraschino Cherries
Straight Up: DIY Simple Syrup
Favorite Cocktail Books
DIY Cocktail Onions
How to Rim a Cocktail Glass for Margaritas - and More

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