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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

How Long Should a Martini Be Stirred?

Published May 1, 2013.

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

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.

Doing the Cocktail Twist

Published January 1, 2013.

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

Adding Eggshells to Coffee Before Brewing

Published November 1, 2012.

Will adding eggshells to ground coffee before brewing tame an overly strong brew?

Does White Wine Benefit from Aeration?

Published November 1, 2012.

It’s common to aerate red wine before serving, but is there any point in aerating white wine?

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?

Explaining Expensive Tonic Water

Published July 1, 2012.

The prices of some tonic water brands can be shockingly high. Isn't all tonic water the same?

Temperature Shock on Beer

Published May 1, 2012.

Is it true that temperature changes can cause beer to develop the off-flavors and aromas associated with “skunked” beer?

Instant Aged Bourbon

Published May 1, 2012.

When we heard that cheap bourbon could be doctored to make it taste more like a fine spirit aged for an extended period in an oak barrel, we had to give it a try.

Substituting Ruby Port for Tawny

Published May 1, 2012.

Can tawny port be substituted for the ruby variety in a recipe?

Fizzier Pop

Published March 1, 2012.

When it comes to carbonation, temperature makes all the difference.

Aerating Wine in a Flash

Published January 1, 2012.

What if you want to pour a glass of wine and you haven't planned ahead? Use this trick to quickly aerate your bottle.

Quick Fix for Corked Wine

Published January 1, 2012.

Can anything be done with a corked bottle of wine—besides pour it down the drain?

The Easiest Way to Quick-Chill Wine

Published November 1, 2011.

We've discovered an easy and effective technique for quick chilling wine.

Drinking "Expired" Beer

Published July 1, 2011.

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

Substituting Red Vermouth for Red Wine

Published May 1, 2011.

White vermouth can be substituted for white wine in recipes. So does that mean red vermouth is an acceptable substitute for red wine?

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