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Hot booze: a taxonomy

Hot booze: a taxonomy
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A cocktail, writes the food historian Joseph M. Carlin in his book Cocktails: A Global History, “regardless... of what [it] is composed of, or when it is consumed,... is always served chilled; in fact, the colder the better.” By this standard, I can’t call any hot drink...

Kinja Kinja Nov 12, 2019. 3 comments

U.K. chain tests gender-neutral cocktails so dudes can order girly drinks in peace

U.K. chain tests gender-neutral cocktails so dudes can order girly drinks in peace

Last week, London-based restaurant chain Burger & Lobster tested a lineup of five colorless, nameless drinks. The goal: to make it possible for patrons to order the cocktail of their choice free from the scorn of their friends and neighbors who think it’s really funny that Darren decided to order a Cosmopolitan, bro. Like, what? Are you on your period, man? Were they out of wine coolers? Heh...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Aug 14, 2019. 24 comments

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best classic cocktail

The Takeout's fantasy food draft: Best classic cocktail
Takeout DraftFood. Fantasy sports. Debating over Slack. Welcome to The Takeout Draft.  

Welcome, dear readers, to The Takeout Draft, our recurring feature that combines our love of food, fantasy sports, and arguing on Slack.

Every week, we will select a topic of conversation from the food and drink world. Takeout writers will then field a team via the snake draft format. After five rounds, The...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Jun 26, 2019. 22 comments

Eric Trump went to a fancy Chicago cocktail bar and got spat on

Eric Trump went to a fancy Chicago cocktail bar and got spat on

Some context: The Aviary is like the Alice in Wonderland of cocktail bars, a place where drinks are served in porthole vessels or in sphere/foam/gelee form (there’s an outpost in New York City, but the original is in Chicago). Eric Trump is the son of the current President of these United States. The latter found himself in the former on Tuesday night.

And then came this tweet from NBC Chicago...

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Kinja Kinja May 11, 2019. 22 comments

The Takeout officially names Aperol Spritz the passable drink of summer

The Takeout officially names Aperol Spritz the passable drink of summer

Yesterday, The New York Times ran an absolutely incendiary piece of writing, one that’s tearing the internet apart, pitting friend against friend. It’s also giving a brand loads of free publicity, most of it good. I write, of course, of the great Aperol Spritz Wars of 2019.

The Times piece is a really strange takedown of a totally acceptable cocktail, which, if you’re unfamiliar, includes...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot May 07, 2019. 13 comments

Tampon-garnished cocktail causes stir at Ohio bar [Updated]

Tampon-garnished cocktail causes stir at Ohio bar [Updated]

Update, May 7, 2019: Lakewood, Ohio bar Yuzu has stopped garnishing its specialty cocktail with a tampon applicator after the county board of health instructed them to do so. The board of health reportedly wants the applicators tested for possible chemicals, FOX 8 Cleveland reports.

Original story, May 6, 2019: Menstruation-themed cocktails have precedent, actually. Back in February , a...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat May 03, 2019. 22 comments

Margaritas are good, but have you tried a paloma?

Margaritas are good, but have you tried a paloma?
DrinkeryDrinkery is The Takeout's celebration of beer, liquor, coffee, and other potent potables.  

It’s Cinco De Mayo weekend, always cause for celebration and a sure sign that summer is around the corner. I can down multiple tacos with the best of them, but there’s one aspect of Cinco De Mayo I just can’t get on board with: the margarita .

Too sweet, often too slushy. Too filling, getting in...

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Kinja Kinja Apr 25, 2019. 14 comments

You can buy 10-lb. bags of Sonic’s crunchy ice for 2 measly bucks

You can buy 10-lb. bags of Sonic’s crunchy ice for 2 measly bucks
Today I LearnedToday I Learned is a feature where The Takeout writers share something they learned today.  

Oh look, a piece of new information that will actually totally definitely affect my life in a positive way! Eater directs us to this post from Don’t Waste Your Money, which centers on the tantalizing, magnificent fact that Sonic sells bags of its cult-favorite ice—known outside the world...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Mar 25, 2019. 13 comments

The Bloody Caesar gets an Asian makeover

The Bloody Caesar gets an Asian makeover
DrinkeryDrinkery is The Takeout's celebration of beer, liquor, coffee, and other potent potables.  

Umami Issues is The Takeout’s exploration of cooking food with the rich, savory, mysterious taste sensation known as umami

In my view, it took about 10 years for fish sauce to go from ewwwww what sauce?! to beloved mainstream acceptance. This is wonderful news. Fish sauce isn’t the most...

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Kinja Kinja Mar 01, 2019. 23 comments

Cory Booker thinks you make a margarita with “fruit” and “ice” and “vodka”

Cory Booker thinks you make a margarita with “fruit” and “ice” and “vodka”

Oh, no. Oh, Senator.

This morning, New Jersey Senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker appeared on the Buzzfeed live morning show AM2DM, which streams on Twitter. The appearance was tied his re-introduction of the Marijuana Justice act, legislation which would legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge the criminal records of those charged with its use or possession. That’s the...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Feb 21, 2019. 23 comments

Chicago’s most-ordered cocktail bucks the national trend and I couldn’t be prouder 

Chicago’s most-ordered cocktail bucks the national trend and I couldn’t be prouder 

Nielsen came out with a report this week examining the most-ordered cocktails at bars. (This is market research I can really get behind.) Given the recent rise of “mixology” and Prohibition-era cocktails, just what are the most popular drink orders in America these days? They all start with the letter M—unless you’re in Chicago.

In every other major market—Boston, L.A., Miami, New York,...

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Kate Bernot Kate Bernot Feb 21, 2019. 24 comments

Beer flips are the beer-and-whole egg cocktail—wait, hear me out

Beer flips are the beer-and-whole egg cocktail—wait, hear me out
DrinkeryDrinkery is The Takeout's celebration of beer, liquor, coffee, and other potent potables.  

Gee, Kate, when are you going to share a recipe for a cocktail that includes hot beer and a whole egg?

Okay, no one’s ever asked me that, so I’ve taken matters into my own hands. I wanted to learn more about a category of cocktails called flips, which involve beer, a spirit, and an egg, because...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Feb 01, 2019. 14 comments

Last Call: I tried to make a Polar Vortex Old-Fashioned

Last Call: I tried to make a Polar Vortex Old-Fashioned
Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  Is it cold enough to freeze alcohol?

Weather this cold just brings out the scientist in me, especially when there is frost on the inside of the windows. Throwing a cup of hot water...

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Jesse Valenciana Jesse Valenciana Dec 20, 2018. 5 comments

Make ponche Navideño, a boozy holiday knockout

Make ponche Navideño, a boozy holiday knockout

Holidays in Mexico are just another excuse for folks to get down with their bad selves. In my family, if you don’t eat your weight in tamales you’re doing it wrong. And if you’re not washing down those tamales with ponche Navideño, you won’t be invited back.

Ponche Navideño is a boldly flavorful drink, served warm, that you must add to your holiday cocktail arsenal. Packed with delicious...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Dec 12, 2018. 18 comments

Live and let drink: Study concludes that James Bond has an alcohol problem

Live and let drink: Study concludes that James Bond has an alcohol problem

We all know how James Bond takes his drink: a martini, shaken not stirred (this guy isn’t even afraid of bruising the gin!). But how often does he partake of that iconic cocktail?

The Washington Post reports, in his two dozen movies since 1962, “Bond— James Bond—was seen sipping on alcohol precisely 109 times, according to a new study published in the Medical Journal Of Australia.”...

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Dec 11, 2018. 24 comments

Ask The Salty Waitress: How should I tip at an open bar?

Ask The Salty Waitress: How should I tip at an open bar?
The Salty WaitressSalty Waitress is The Takeout’s advice column from a real-life waitress that will teach you how not to behave like a garbage person while dining out—and maybe in real life.  

Dear Salty: Often around the holidays, or throughout the year at weddings and events, we are commonly at an open bar. Most open bars in my experience fall short with bartenders, resulting in extra long...

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Dec 06, 2018. 4 comments

How to make the Cappelletti Spritz cocktail

How to make the Cappelletti Spritz cocktail

Fans of Campari will find a lot to like with Cappelletti—an easy-going, herbaceous, wine-based apertif. In this episode of Cocktail Club, Abbie Rhoads of Chicago’s Parachute shows us how to make a Cappelletti Spritz, a refreshing sparkling wine-topped cocktail that’ll remind you that warmer days lie ahead.

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Nov 23, 2018. 9 comments

How to make the classic Boulevardier cocktail

How to make the classic Boulevardier cocktail

The Boulevardier, according to the venerable New York Times, made a comeback within New York cocktail circles about five years ago. “Why the sudden popularity?” the Times asked. “It helps that the drink is only a short sidestep from the trendy Negroni, which asks for gin instead of whiskey.”

In this episode of Cocktail Club, Abbie Rhoads of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Parachute shows us how to...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Nov 15, 2018. 17 comments

Keurig tests cocktail-pod machine for those who can’t be bothered to mix a gin and tonic

Keurig tests cocktail-pod machine for those who can’t be bothered to mix a gin and tonic

Lovers of the Keurig pod for their morning beverages may be excited about a new product more related to evening sipping. CNET reports today that Keurig and Anheuser-Busch InBev have partnered on a new cocktail-focused machine called the Drinkworks Home Bar. The machine will include a carbonation canister and have pods for cocktails like margaritas, Cosmopolitans, and Long Island Iced Teas.

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Kevin Pang Kevin Pang Nov 13, 2018. 3 comments

How to make the classic Dark & Stormy cocktail

How to make the classic Dark & Stormy cocktail

In this episode of The Takeout’s Cocktail Club, Abbie Rhoads of Chicago restaurant Parachute shows us how to make the classic Dark & Stormy cocktail.

Dark & Stormy1 oz. ginger syrup
0.5 oz. demerara syrup
0.75 oz. lime juice
2 oz. dark rum

Add all ingredients into shaker. Pour into Collins glass with ice, top with soda water, and garnish with sprig of mint.

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