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Storing Your Spirits: How Long Does Your Alcohol Really Last?

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There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to booze. Does sticking to one type of liquor really prevent a hangover? Not necessarily. Does mixing an energy drink with alcohol make you more drunk? Again, that’s a no. And there’s just as much confusion over the proper way to store your spirits and how long each of them lasts. Turns out, despite the notion that alcohol gets better with age, most liquors will […]

Best Bottles of Whiskey to Give Dad on Father’s Day

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, now’s the time to show dear ol’ dad just how much you care. If your dad happens to be a whisky/whiskey lover, it’s also the perfect time to surprise him with a bottle that’s bit more special than his standard fare. Whether he’s a bourbon imbiber, a Scotch scholar, or he gravitates towards spirits of the Far East, there are plenty of choices that will leave your dad […]

Cocktails on a Budget: 30 Recipes, 4 Spirits

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We’d all love to have a fully stocked bar, but a fully stocked bar is expensive. Hosting a cocktail party can seem like an impossible task if you’re strapped for cash, but we’re here to tell you that it’s not. You don’t need three kinds of rum and a well-aged scotch in order to create cocktails to fit any taste. In fact, we’ve rounded up a list of 30 libations you can make using just […]

Cocktail Lover’s Gift Guide: 5 Must-Haves for Those Who Have It All

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In case you missed the memo, this season is all about gift guides at Cocktail Builder: gift guides for the serious bartender, gift guides for those needing to build their home bars, and as of right now, a gift guide for the people on your list (or maybe yourself!) who are more about experimenting with cocktails than sticking with the classics. That’s right: Forget about muddlers and decanters and ice buckets. (Though we approve of […]

Cocktail Lover’s Gift Guide: 9 Essentials for Every Home Bar

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Would you expect a passionate chef to not have knives, or a painter to not have a high-quality brush? Probably not. You see, the perfect creation calls for the perfect tools, which is why we can’t imagine any cocktail lover lacking the essentials for crafting the perfect libation. Whether you’re shopping for your martini-loving mom or treating yourself to a little something nice, these gifts are perfect for anyone looking to complete their home bar. […]

The Ultimate Cocktail Lover’s Gift Guide

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When it comes to holiday gift shopping, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Maybe you’re a bold soul who’s willing to brave the chaos at the mall, but if you’re anything like us, just the thought of that makes you exhausted. Finding the perfect present for everyone on your list can be so much simpler if you forgo the crowds, and we’re making it even easier by giving you the ultimate online guide for cocktail lovers. Below you’ll find […]

How to Make Bitters at Home in 4 Simple Steps

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Once sold as patent medicine, bitters has become a necessary ingredient to cocktail makers. It has the ability to transform a drink with a single drop, which is why it’s earned the reputation as a “bartender’s salt and pepper.” Don’t believe its power? Just ask Brad Thomas Parsons, author of Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All. He suggests making two versions of a Manhattan: one with Angostura bitters and one without. “[The first] […]

How to Store Your Spirits at Home: 4 Quick Tips

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Remember back in college when everyone kept their vodka in the freezer? That was more about being able to do ice-cold shots at a moment’s notice than it was about proper storage. In fact, most liquors can and should be kept at room temperature — save for a few exceptions. If you’re not on top of proper storing techniques, the following tips will help you avoid any unwanted surprises. Hard Liquor In general, hard liquors […]

5 Unique Cocktail Accessories

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A bar spoon, Hawthorne strainer, and a cocktail shaker are essential cocktail accessories. But, they’re nowhere near as awesome as huge balls made out of ice or making cheap alcohol taste expensive with an oak infuser. Here are five unique cocktail accessories to liven up your home bar: Rox Ice Ball Mold ($9) Make large round ice balls that look great in a drink. These ice spheres have less surface area and last much longer than other […]

5 Gift Ideas for the Cocktail Lover

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Shopping for other people is hard. How many of you are scrambling to find a good gift in time for the holidays? And, not just another bottle of whiskey or vodka. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are five guaranteed home runs for the cocktail lovers in your life:   Whiskey stones (set of 9 for $9.99): All whiskey lovers should have these. These innovative cubes are designed to chill a drink without diluting […]