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Throw the Ultimate Olympic Viewing Party with Cascade Ice Water — Plus, One Lucky Reader will WIN a Case of Cascade Ice!

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Have you been rushing home every day after work to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics? Is one of your favorite past times creating viewing parties around your current TV obsession? If my suspicions are correct, the following advice has you covered for the ultimate Olympics viewing party. Deck your house in gold, silver and bronze décor and gather around to watch the games with friends and family. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, create some Olympic-esque hurdles and other obstacle courses in your yard to get your guests moving. They’ll work up an appetite in no time. In honor of the host country, settle in with some traditional Brazilian eats. Fried bar foods like cod fritters or Pao de Queijo (bread balls…

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Review: Susan Cheever Reveals the Secret History of Drinking in America

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“Here’s to alcohol,” Homer Simpson once famously said, “the cause of—and solution to—all of life’s problems.” This simple quote from one of America’s great animated philosophers might sum up our country’s relationship with booze, from the days of the pilgrims all the way to today’s latest age of (relative) temperance. Or so might say Susan Cheever, author of Drinking in America: Our Secret History (Twelve; October 12, 2015). The book is a unique cultural tour seen through the perspective of one of our favorite pastimes—and one of our darkest problems. “Since the beginning, drinking and taverns have been as much a part of American life as churches and preachers, or elections and politics,” Cheever writes. “The interesting truth, untaught in…

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Wild Cocktail Mixology Magic from the Midnight Apothecary

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There comes a time in every Bookish Diva’s life that she wants to indulge her drunken inner sorcerer. And Wild Cocktails from The Midnight Apothecary by Lottie Muir (Ryland Peters & Small, 2015) was sent from Bacchus himself to grant this Bookish Diva’s wishes. To the unsuspecting, this may seem like a mere book of cocktail recipes. Do not be deceived. This tome would impress the most stern of potion masters. To understand the greatness of this potent potable primer, we need to cross the pond and visit a little town you may know as London. On a roof garden there exists a lovely cocktail bar called Midnight Apothecary (shocking, I know). Alcoholic concoctions infused with herbs and flowers foraged…

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What you need to know before you turn up your nose at the thought of drinking vinegar

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With the cool autumn nights here, backyard barbeques and pool parties make way for indoor dinner parties and haunted hayrides. And we all know that no social gathering is complete without liquid refreshment. Instead of falling back on the safe choices, like beer, wine or if you are West Indian, rum punch, you should give shrubs a try. When most people think of shrubs, they think of bushes. However, there is another definition that is slowly regaining popularity – a drink made with fruit juice, sugar, vinegar and alcohol. Before you turn up your nose at the prospect of drinking a vinegar based beverage, keep in mind that the drinking of shrubs goes back nearly 4,000 years. As Michael Dietsch’s…

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Why is the rum gone? Trick question—it isn’t.

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Alcohol, like most things, can often be intimidating for the very reasons that it can be rewarding. As many spirits, aperitifs, bitters, and liqueurs exist as could possibly be dreamed up, and with the current boom in the craft cocktail and distilling industries, even a bona fide expert must learn to expect, and hopefully enjoy, the unexpected. Working your way through this labyrinth is just that: work. When I was first learning to bartend, my manager consistently emphasized this point—that enjoying alcohol is about developing taste through a discovery of spirits. His favorite milepost on that journey was rum. “Everybody always thinks they’re into whiskey;” he was quick to point out; “but just because they haven’t realized they love rum…

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