How to Use Cocktail Bitters in the Kitchen

Published January 1, 2019.

These days, bitters come in a range of enticing flavors, so we wanted to try them in a range of nonalcoholic applications.

How to Use Leftover Pickle Brine

Published January 1, 2019.

When you buy a jar of pickles, you're paying for the vegetables—and for the pickling liquid. Rather than throw away that brine, here's how to put it to good use.

Can a Raisin Revive Flat Champagne?

Published November 1, 2018.

We conducted a test to confirm (or disprove) this theory.

Drinking "Expired" Beer

Published September 10, 2018.

Is it safe to drink beer six months past its “drink by” date? What about its flavor?

How to Make Nitro Cold-Brew Coffee

Published September 1, 2018.

Plus, learn how to make cold-brew coffee concentrate in record time.

For the Hottest Coffee, Preheat Your Mug

Published March 1, 2018.

Preheating ensures that most of the heat stays in your drink instead of being absorbed by the mug. To prove this, we conducted a test kitchen experiment.

Alcohol-Free Rum

Published January 1, 2017.

Dark rum adds depth and complexity to cakes, sauces, and—of course—eggnog. However, if you don’t want to use rum or don’t want to make a trip to the store, here’s how you can fashion a rum substitute from pantry ingredients.

Shaken or Stirred? When and Why We Use Cocktail Shakers

Published November 1, 2016.

There are two main categories of cocktails: stirred drinks and shaken drinks. The way you make a cocktail depends on its contents.

How To Use a Boston Shaker

Published November 1, 2016.

There are two main categories of cocktails: stirred drinks and shaken drinks. The way you make a cocktail depends on its contents.

For Better-Tasting Beer, Use a Glass

Published May 1, 2016.

Does pouring a beer into a glass make a noticeable difference in the drinking experience?

DIY Decaf Tea? Don't Bother

Published May 1, 2015.

Most decaf teas are generic blends that lack complexity, so many tea lovers try to decaffeinate high-quality tea at home. But is it worth it?

Evaluating Iced Coffee Methods

Published July 1, 2014.

We compared a new, pour-over iced coffee brewing technique against two classic methods.

Should You Add Water to Your Whisky?

Published May 1, 2014.

Is it true that adding water to whisky improves its flavor?

Low-Sugar Lemonade That’s Just as Sweet

Published March 1, 2014.

A little zest goes a long way.

The Best Way to Save Leftover Wine

Published January 1, 2014.

We've suggested freezing leftover wine in ice cube trays to use later in pan sauces, but is freezing a good way to store it for drinking?

Bursting the Bubble on Champagne Stemware

Published January 1, 2014.

Is a tall, narrow flute better for drinking champagne than a wide, shallow goblet, or is it just a matter of aesthetics?

Caffeine Content of Coffee: Dark Roast vs. Light Roast

Published January 1, 2014.

Which contains more caffeine: dark roast or light roast coffee?

Eggnog: Better—and Safer—with Age

Published November 1, 2013.

Uneasy about using raw eggs in your eggnog? This method will put you at ease.

Reboiling Water for Tea

Published November 1, 2013.

Some tea drinkers claim that it’s imperative to boil fresh water for tea. Is there any reason you can’t just reboil leftover water?

How to Make Better French Press Coffee

Published November 1, 2013.

Interested in making rounder, sweeter, more complex coffee from your French Press? Here's how to do it.

Substituting Dry Sherry for Cream Sherry

Published July 1, 2013.

If you've got a bottle of dry sherry handy, here's a tip for transforming it into a cream sherry substitute.

Why You Should Wait for Your Brewed Coffee

Published May 1, 2013.

When it comes to brewing coffee with an automatic drip machine, let the pot fill completely before pouring that first cup. Here's why.

How Long Should a Martini Be Stirred?

Published May 1, 2013.

How long should you stir a martini with ice to achieve optimal flavor?

How Citrus Garnishes Impact Cocktails

Published January 1, 2013.

Do the different ways of using citrus peel to garnish cocktails produce different tastes?

Should Citrus Juice Be Rested Prior to Cooking?

Published November 1, 2012.

We recommended resting lemon and lime juices before using them in drinks to improve flavor. Does resting also make difference when cooking with juices?

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