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…

Last Call: This new, tiny cocktail recipe book could nearly fit in your pocket

When you’re just getting started building your bar cart, it’s intimidating to jump straight to a tome like Death & Co.’s cocktail book. If you’re at more of a 101 level, you can’t do much better than PUNCH’s new Mini Bar set, a collection of eight slim, sleekly designed recipe books organized by spirit. Each contains…

Ask The Salty Waitress: Can I send back the “dealer’s choice” cocktail I ordered?

Dear Salty: At a nice cocktail bar recently, I asked the bartender to make me an off-menu drink with bourbon as the base. I ended up with a cocktail that was way too sweet for my taste. In this case, I just half-finished it and paid for it, but I’m wondering—could I have asked for something else because I wasn’t…

5 tips to make your dinner party look like it’s in a fancy-ass magazine

You’ve decided to throw a dinner party. It’s time to have people over, because you have something to celebrate, or because it’s been too long, or simply because you’ve been dying to cook a whole chicken and you just can’t justify doing that for no one but yourself. You want to make pretty cocktails and put out fancy…

Gordon Ramsay restaurant nixes flaming Rum Donkey cocktail after customer injuries

Last week, two customers of Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant in Las Vegas were transported to the hospital “for injuries involving a drink,” the Associated Press reports. No, they didn’t drunkenly stumble down some stairs; they were injured by the Rum Donkey, a rum-based cocktail that the Las…

Last Call: The physics of shaking a cocktail and a fun take on a game show 

Have you ever really watched your bartender shake your cocktail? There are many motions, as different as the bartenders themselves. But as this Punch piece—charmingly illustrated—how a cocktail is shaken also depends on its ingredients, type of ice, etc. Fascinating stuff for fellow cocktail dorks. [Kate Bernot]

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