A Beginner's Guide to Navy-Strength Rum

The Royal Navy's successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum. » 3/27/15 4:20pm Friday 4:20pm

Oh, and if you want to get really…

Can an On-Demand IV Really Cure a Hangover?

Last night, I drank a lot of tequila. It was very good tequila! But it was a lot, probably an irresponsible amount for a school night. I slept poorly, and when I woke up, my brain felt like an egg yolk getting swirled around in a bowl, ready to break. I needed a cure. » 3/20/15 4:35pm 3/20/15 4:35pm

Introducing STORMBREW, an NSA-Inspired Beer for the Masses

When the National Security Agency says they need three hops, it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. They mean that they're sweeping up hundreds of millions of ordinary Americans' phone records in order to create detailed social graphs. » 3/13/15 4:20pm 3/13/15 4:20pm

Girl Scout Cookies, or California's Most Notorious Strain of Cannabis

I first heard of Girl Scout Cookies a few years ago, shortly after I got my prescription for cannabis in California. I went into my local dispensary and asked for whatever buds they had that smelled the nicest. "Have you tried Girl Scout Cookies?" the woman behind the counter asked. "It's famous." » 3/06/15 7:00pm 3/06/15 7:00pm

Hot Beer. No Really, Hot Beer. 

When I go home to Tennessee, nobody ever asks me if I want a beer. "How 'bout a col'beer?" say the Southerners as they toss a can through the air. (All one word.) The ice cold brew cuts through the summertime humidity nicely. This frigid February in New York City deserves a different kind of cocktail. » 2/27/15 6:50pm 2/27/15 6:50pm

A (Mostly) Scientific Guide to Pot and the Munchies

Everybody knows it: Weed makes you hungry. Smoking a bowl sends you searching for snacks. Hitting a spliff leaves you craving all kinds of candy. Ripping a bong gives you the munchies. We don't know why. Science is getting close though, especially after this week. » 2/20/15 4:20pm 2/20/15 4:20pm

I Put the Ultimate Beer Koozie to the Test and It Did Not Let Me Down

Koozies. They keep your hand from getting cold and your beer from getting warm—what could be better? One that keeps your beer cold for much, much longer, that's what. » 2/13/15 4:20pm 2/13/15 4:20pm

A Beginner's Guide to Mezcal, Tequila's Divine Cousin

About a decade ago, a friend of mine had a year of magical drinking. He'd been through a rough patch, moved home to Southern California, and taken up residency at a local tequila bar. Not really much of a drinker, he'd usually just read and people watch. A single drink would last him the afternoon. "Wait, so you… » 2/06/15 4:30pm 2/06/15 4:30pm

A Better Home Brew Kit: Holy Shit, It Tastes Like Beer

Where I grew up people make their own whiskey in rusty bath tubs. Houses explode. Shotguns are fired. Cop chases ensue. Tragedies are inevitable. So when an all-in-one home brew kit showed up at our office, I wondered: How hard can beer be? » 1/23/15 5:00pm 1/23/15 5:00pm

The Weirdest Alcohol Laws in America

Growing up in New England, I got used to seeing the supermarket beer aisle shrouded in white plastic every Sunday, lest the alcohol tempt us at a sacred time (thanks Puritans!). The region certainly has some pretty restrictive alcohol laws, but they're hardly the oddest. For that, let's take a tour around the… » 1/16/15 5:30pm 1/16/15 5:30pm

Hot Sauce Makes Everything Better, Even Beer

Even though I've never chased a sip of creamy beer with a a few squirts of cock sauce, I know Sriracha is going to make it better. Hot sauce makes everything better. Just to make sure, though, I poured myself a glass of Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer. » 1/09/15 5:00pm 1/09/15 5:00pm

Drinking Mellow Corn, a Whiskey That Is Like "Bourbon on Steroids" 

I was in Kentucky last week, and I did not drink bourbon. Instead, I ended up with a bright yellow bottle of Mellow Corn, a cheap and obscure corn whiskey that has become suddenly trendy in certain Brooklyn and San Francisco bars. » 1/02/15 6:00pm 1/02/15 6:00pm

Just Drink Prosecco

It's New Year's Eve, which means that amateurs across the planet will be imbibing far more booze than they're accustomed to, and more likely than not, the intoxicating mixture will include a bunch of bubbly. Here's why it should be a cheap bottle of prosecco and nothing else. » 12/31/14 5:41pm 12/31/14 5:41pm

The Scientific Formula for Perfect Eggnog

Have you ever felt like making boozy eggnog is a total crapshoot? Half the time you get a smooth and delicious cocktail, and half the time it's a lumpy, curdled mess. What gives? » 12/25/14 5:00pm 12/25/14 5:00pm

5 Ways to Make Old, Stale Wine Tasty Again 

Using things is always superior to wasting them, but squandering alcohol is an especially galling dissipation because alcohol is delicious and excellent. Most of the hard stuff has a long shelf life, but if you uncork a bottle of wine and forget to finish it off within a few days, it gets vinegary and bilious-tasting.… » 12/19/14 5:00pm 12/19/14 5:00pm

How to Drink All Night at the Holiday Party and Not Be That Guy

Listen, drinking all night is not healthy. But it's holiday party season, that perfect storm of open bar and all of your colleagues waiting to see who will be this year's obnoxious, puking, passed out and/or dead person at the party. Don't be that guy. » 12/12/14 5:00pm 12/12/14 5:00pm

First off, let's review the science of drunk. In order to survive…

A Beginner's Guide to American Single Malt Whiskey

A couple years ago, American single malt whiskey had its Bottle Shock moment. Just like the California wines that beat the French in a blind taste test back in 1976, an American single malt trounced the Scotch in the prestigious Best in Glass competition. And if you're not already a fan of the burgeoning genre,… » 12/05/14 5:00pm 12/05/14 5:00pm

Netflix-Style Booze Recommendation Works Surprisingly Well

We all know that desperate feeling of standing alone, motionless, and confused in a bottle shop. You need to take a decent bottle to a dinner party but have no idea what to get. Wouldn't it be magical if a could just read the labels and tell you what's good? Well, yes it would be, and thanks to a new app called Next… » 11/28/14 5:00pm 11/28/14 5:00pm