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Irish Beverages to Keep You Festive This St.Patrick’s Day

Celebrating Irish heritage doesn’t have to stop at Guinness, Smithwick’s, Bushmill’s or Jameson. These well-known brands are worthy of their fame during the holiday (they beat green food coloring in …

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“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.” ~ Charles Baudelaire

Photo Credit: Edwin1710 CC License

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5 Essential Tools to Make Your Homemade Beverages Better

The Espresso Machine You can use a espresso machine Every Single Day. Even on days when I don’t need a coffee because I’ve already had 6 while out running errands, …

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Want to Customize Your Beer?

Beer enhancing sachets from Hop Theory. Check out their Kickstarter page, or find out more. I imagine myself in a bar that I’ve visited before where the only beer on …

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Food Pairing for the Rest of Us

“You are better at food pairing than you thought.” These are the words floating through my mind as I write this post, because I am astounded food pairing is so …

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Teas Around the World Tour!

“**ANNOUNCEMENT** I am very excited to be able to say I am planning a 16-day tour of 16 teas and tea ceremonies from around the world (inspired by and intending …

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“Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.”

~Author Unknown. Photo Credit: “Japanese Teapot” by Christopher Paquette

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Your Guide to Seasonal Spring Beers

A SPRING MENTALITY Spring is the opening of life after a long season of cold and hibernation. The first moment your senses are tickled with the fresh aromas of spring …

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How to Make a Traditional Absinthe Cocktail

Oh, the allure and anticipation I experience when preparing absinthe is oddly unique.  It feels ceremonial and delicate which means the end result, the drink, must be cherished.  No trouble …

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Fruit-Infused Water Kefir

I had a lovely opportunity recently.  A new friend stopped out, and I offered a glass of my newly brewed Jun tea.  A beautiful discussion bubbled up around the offer …