Food + Drinks

3 Not-Boring Drinks to Bring to Your Next Party

By August, the typical gifts you'd offer a host—a decent white, a six-pack of local beer, a bottle of bubbly—are as worn out as that "Summer Jams" playlist. No matter what kind of shindig you're headed to (rooftop drinks, a backyard barbecue, or the type of dinner that requires a seating chart), there's a surprise move you can make to ensure that what you hand over won't be relegated to the back of the fridge. Here, three new, refreshing alternatives that will elicit cheers from the crowd. The Cocktail Hour What everyone else is bringing: Champagne What you're bringing: A see more
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How to Make the Best Iced Coffee of Your Life at Home

Iced coffee is one of those things that sounds too good to be true. It's caffeinated. It's chilled. At best, it'll lower your risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's; at worst, it won't do you any harm at all. And here's the real kicker: Iced coffee is so easy to make at home, you can brew it in your sleep. see more
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The Tequila That Drinks Like Scotch: Patrón's Extra Añejo 7 Años

The mere thought of tequila can trigger loads of bad memories. Like those rowdy, regrettable affairs involving the inexplicable (yet strangely, inarguable) ritual of licking salt, shooting back a liquid that burns like motor fuel, then sucking on lime. (Seriously, who started this nonsense?) And let's not forget the excruciating, head-throbbing mornings following those tequila-fueled nights. see more
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In Defense of Putting Ice in Your Wine

Understanding how to get the most enjoyment out of a glass of wine generally means following the rules because the rules generally make sense. Nine out of 10—perhaps even 10 out of 10!—wine drinkers would rather have a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with their medium-rare strip steak than they would a northern Italian Pinot Grigio. But like memorizing the various verb tenses of a foreign language, knowing how to best enjoy wine is not to break the rules but learning the exceptions to the rules. For example, there is a "rule" about not putting ice in a glass of wine see more

Watch: How Jake Gyllenhaal Got Ripped for Southpaw

Jake Gyllenhaal is starring in a boxing movie called Southpaw, which, we might add, landed him the cover of a really cool magazine! From the film's trailer, you can tell that the 34-year-old went through an insane physical transformation, one that included 2,000 goddamn sit-ups a day. Now we're getting more on Gyllenhaal's workout, which included boxing-heavy workouts so that his body had a look authentic to his character, Billy "the Great" Hope. Even the film's director Antoine Fuqua got in on the action, making it the buffest movie crew ever, possibly. Check out how Gyllenhaal and Fuqua got see more

New Study Finds the "Coffee Gene" and How It Affects Consumption and Health

By now, you've probably heard all about the health benefits of drinking coffee. If not, you can look here, here, and here to read about it. To be clear, we're not talking about some sugar-filled half-and-half concoction with a dash of coffee in it nor most of the "coffees" you can order at Starbucks, McDonald's, or Dunkin' Donuts. No, we're talking black coffee, or something very close to it. Okay, back to the point. Most of the past studies on coffee have focused on the human body, physical measurements, statistical calculations of significance, and all that other science stuff see more
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Chef John Lasater Shares the Secret Behind Hattie B's Legendary Hot Chicken

"I started dating Brittany Bishop about a year before Hattie B's opened. Her dad, [co-owner] Nick Bishop Sr., made me cook for him on his birthday, and he loved everything I made. We'd all grown up eating hot chicken—it wasn't the thing it is today. Not a lot of people had the balls to go into East Nashville to get Prince's hot chicken, but we did. Nick was like, 'Man, how about you help us create a spice blend for Hattie B's?' see more
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A Harvard Engineering Class Just Created the Ultimate Backyard BBQ Smoker

Last week, we gave you a few tips for pulling off a successful backyard barbeque. This week, it's all about smoking your meats. Here's the breakdown, via Wired: over at Harvard in a class called Engineering Problem Solving and Design, some students focused the efforts of their semester-long project on creating the perfect, easy-to-use smoker for a backyard patio. Cookware retailer Williams-Sonoma gave them the parameters, 220 pounds of brisket, and the students did the rest. The result was a ceramic, 300 pound hyperboloid shaped smoker (the same shape used for nuclear plant cooling towers) with a built-in refueling see more
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8-Time Hot Dog Eating Champ Joey Chestnut Finally Loses

Every July 4th the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place in Coney Island. For the past eight, Joey Chestnut has chowed down and taken the crown. Before him, it was the dog-eating dynasty of 5'8", 128 pound Takeru Kobayashi, who won the contest six times before contractual disagreements prevented him from competing for the past few years. This year, Matt Stonie pulled off a major upset, devouring 62 dogs and buns to beat Chestnut, who could only eat 60. For those keeping count, that means Stonie inhaled 17,360 calories and 1,116 grams of fat in 10 minutes, reports see more
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5 All-American Cocktails to Drink on July 4th

There is an old saying was that one needs a fifth (of spirits) on the Fourth to really make a proper celebration. see more
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