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3 Easy steps to picking the right bottle of champagne for you

Christmas and New Years are right around the corner meaning one very exciting thing — it’s solidly champagne season. We associate the pop of the cork and those sparkling flutes with fun and celebration. But while you may want to down a glass, or two… or three, over the holidays, sometimes all of those choices at the store can be confusing. If you’ve ever hit the wine store and didn’t know what to buy, or feel like an amateur this time of year in the alcohol department, read on for a beginners guide to shopping for champagne. Remember, whichever you choose, make sure it’s in a dark bottle to help keep light away and preserve the intended flavors of the drink inside, but relax. It’s champagne! And no one should ever take a drink this fun and fizzy too seriously. Also see, Tips to prevent a champagne hangover. Step 1:…

5 clever gifts for the wine or beer lover in your life

You can’t go wrong putting a six-pack or bottle of wine under the tree, but you can also get a lot more creative. From freezable beer glasses to wine glass appetizer plates, here are 5 gifts the wine or beer drinker in your life will love just as much as their favorite brewskis, bubbly, or booze. Silicone Wine Glass Mustache Whiskers ($8.99) Set of 6 Never lose your wine glass again. These fun and whimsical wine charms suction to the outside of your wine glass making it easily identifiable in a crowd. Comes in a set of 6 unique, colorful mustache designs. Wine Chiller ($35.00) When the night calls for BYOB, this insulated stainless steel wine chiller will be MVP. Container holds one full standard-sized bottle of wine (750 ml – 25.36 fl oz). Design holds a lid that doubles as a cup, an easy pour spout, an easy clean design. Toss it…

Pomegranate Gin Fizz with Rosemary sprig

The Pomegranate Gin Fizz is perfect for all types of holiday and winter gatherings. It’s seriously crisp and refreshing and makes the perfect Christmas cocktail. This beautifully bright red fizzy drink bursting with juicy arils and aromatic herbs will impress any guest. Holiday tip: Mix a large pitcher ahead of time and pour over ice as guests arrive. Pomegranate Gin Fizz Makes 1 drink Ingredients crushed ice to fill glass 1 ounce gin 2 ounces pomegranate juice club soda to top spring of fresh rosemary (for garnish) 2 tsp pomegranate arils (seeds) Directions Pour gin and pomegranate juice in short whiskey glass. Fill the rest of the glass with crushed ice (almost to the top). Sprinkle with arils and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary. Also see, A perfect holiday punch recipe. Follow us on Instagram.

Where to find PBR’s 99 can case of beer

This holiday season you can adorn your home with 99 bottles, er… cans, of beer on your wall. Yes, Pabst Blue Ribbon released a monstrous 99 can pack of PBR beer. As you would expect, the pack contains 99 cans of beer and is aptly named the 99 Pabst. The case looks to be about six-or seven-feet long, and it appears you might need a friend to help carry it. Each case contains three types of PBR: Original, Easy (with is a light lager), and Extra (with contains more ABV than the original). The pack was first released in 2017 and sold for $59.99, but was sadly only available in Quebec, Canada. Some recent reports are saying that it now costs about $175… which despite being a huge jump, still wouldn’t be a terrible price for almost 100 beers. But let’s hope the $59.99 is the real going rate this time around, too.…

Whole Foods releases prediction of top 10 trends for 2020

Whole Foods might best be known as the grocery store that can eat up your entire paycheck, but it’s also become the company we look to to tell us about food trends of the future. Hot sellers at Whole Foods are quickly copied by your local grocery chain — after all, everyone wants to sell cool new items that increase the value of your cart. In recent years pricy purchases like kombucha, seaweed, and kale chips all got their start at Whole Foods, but have since even worked their way onto convenience store shelves. Every year, Whole Foods gives us a glimpse of what’s coming in its annual Top Food Trends report. In 2019, they predicted interest in CBD oil would increase. They also foresaw the rise of artisanal ice creams (like avocado) and eco-conscious packaging. So what can they tell us about what trends we’ll see spike in 2020?…

This is why vodka doesn’t freeze

Vodka drinkers often like to keep their favorite alcohol chilled in the freezer. It gets nice and frosty, yet it never freezes solid. So what gives? Will vodka ever freeze? The short answer: Yes it freezes, but it’s not something you have to worry about in your home freezer. It all has to do with the scientific phenomenon known as the freezing point, or the temperature at which a substance freezes. This temperature varies depending on the make up of the substance. A bottle of vodka is made up of primarily water and grain alcohol, or ethanol. Water freezes at  32ºF or 0ºC, but pure ethanol has a freezing point much lower, –173ºF or -114ºC. Because vodka is a blend of these two substances, each which comes with its own freezing point, vodka doesn’t freeze at the same temperature as either water or ethanol, but rather somewhere in the middle.…

7 Foods astronauts aren’t allowed to eat in space

Astronauts have to eat while they’re in space, but that doesn’t mean they always enjoy the rules required for consumption in zero G. A healthy and balanced diet is a necessity for astronauts staying for long periods at the International Space Station, but unfortunately, many of their favorite foods might not be allowed to make the journey with them. According to NASA, anything that requires refrigeration won’t make it onto any mission. But what else gets left back on Earth? Here are 7 foods that astronauts aren’t allowed to have: 1. Bread Even when you’re on your best behavior, biting into that sandwich is still going to create some crumbs. Breads, crackers, and cookies don’t do well in space because all of those loose crumbs can float around and get stuck in sensitive equipment. In astronauts want bread when after they launch out of orbit, they’re limited to tortillas. Although, the…

Star-Spangled Sangria

This popular Spanish drink gets a red, white, and blue makeover in this Star-Spangled Sangria recipe. Enjoy this festive drink on the 4th of July or any day this summer when you want something refreshing to sip. Star-Spangled Sangria Ingredients 2 bottles of Pinot Grigio 6 ounces blueberries, rinsed and stems removed 6 ounces raspberries, rinsed 8 ounces strawberries, rinsed and sliced 1 red apple, (1 half chopped, and 1 half cut into stars) 4 tbsp Grand Marnier 1 tbsp granulated sugar ice (optional) Directions Pour wine into a pitcher and add fruit. Let mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. When ready to serve, remove from fridge and add in Grand Mariner and sugar. Stir well. Serve immediately over ice. Also see, why you should always store your wine bottles horizontally.    Follow us on Instagram.

This state sells the cheapest beer in America

Warm summer nights have arrived and 4th of July is right around the corner, so it’s reasonable to guess you’re going to have a few beers. You might even stock up and save a little cash by buying a case and drinking at home. But the cost of that beer is largely dictated by what state you live in and prices can vary significantly — by as much as $16 per case! So which state sells the cheapest beer? If you’re near Illinois, you’re going to want to throw a few cases in the truck. The midwestern state sells a 24 pack for just $15.20 — the cheapest in the country. Other states in the top five include South Carolina ($15.32), New York ($15.98), Rhode Island ($15.98), and Kansas and Michigan (tied for 5th at $16.07). And the most expensive? Alaska, where the average case sells for a whopping $31.21.…

10 simple cocktails you can make on your next flight

Let’s be honest. By the time you rush to the airport, get mildly violated by security, and finally squeeze past the first 30 rows to make it to your seat, you’re going to need a drink. Throw in a screaming baby or a little bit of turbulence, and we’re going to bet you’ll need another. Flying coach may be missing the glamour it once had, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save a little of the fun. Enter the in-flight cocktail. While we’re all familiar with the usual onboard offerings — you know, Coke, cran-apple juice, tomato juice, orange juice, etc. — there are some pretty spectacular cocktails you can whip up by ordering (or bringing along) a few mini bottles of booze and then acting as your own bartender. These cocktails cut tons of corners, so if you’re a purist, you’re not going to be happy with the butchery…