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Why potatoes need to be boiled in order to make alcohol?

I have read a couple of recipes and descriptions of what needs to be done in order to produce alcoholic beverages such as vodka and rum. I was surprised to learn that basically all the sources use ...
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Cafe brulot in emily post's etiquette

I've searched everywhere and I've been unable to find a copy of the recipe I found in the 1938 or so edition of Etiquette by Emily Post. She describes a drink that is served flaming mixed with spices, ...
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How to remove the flavor from whisky stones?

I made the mistake of buying these awesome whisky stones (soapstone) to chill my drinks. Besides the fact that they don't cool the drink down a lot, they acquire a freezer taste and ruin the flavor of ...
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When *brewing* Irish coffee in a drip coffeemaker or French press, do I need to use more Irish whiskey?

Back in the early 1980's I received a very nice coffeemaker as a gift. (Okay - it was very nice for the 1980's.) There was a small recipe booklet that came with it that had a great recipe for Irish ...
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Can alcohol and salt lengthen the shelf life of vegetables in room temperature?

My refrigerator is small, so often I have to keep some vegetables outside the refrigerator, in room temperature. I was wondering, whether spraying alcohol and/or salt around the vegetables can help in ...
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How can I make fizz free and alcohol free mojito?

I want to make alcohol free and fizz free mojito. Is this possible? I don't mind carbonated water; but my family does not drink alcohol for religious reasons. We also avoid and have avoided fizzy ...
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How to reduce the bitterness of tonic water in a non-alcoholic citrus drink?

After having a good fizzy lime drink recently, I decided to try mixing up some non-alcoholic drink options. Being completely ignorant of fizzy waters in general, I decided to go with tonic water to ...
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Do alcohol and salt help in preservation of dehydrated vegetables?

I dehydrate vegetables and keep them in glass jars for a long time. Is it a good idea to put a small amount of alcohol 70% in the jar before I insert the vegetables, in order to kill the bacterias? Is ...
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Is there a substitute for port wine in a dessert risotto?

I am looking for a substitute for port wine in a "dessert risotto" that I would like to make. It's not that I'm worried about the alcohol (I would actually prefer to use the port), I just can't ...
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How to make a homemade Phrostie?

OK, warning: this is a little "local." Until earlier this week, anyone in New York City's 5 boroughs could follow @phrosties on Instagram, text the phone number included in the profile, and receive a ...
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What's the secret to getting restaurant-quality frozen drinks at home?

A while back I purchased one of the Ninja blenders so my GF and I could make frozen margaritas at home. So far, we have been pretty displeased with the results. Instead of getting a "smoother" ...
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What is a liqueur?

I was sitting in a hotel bar sipping cocktails with friends last night, and as one of the less well-versed of us was casting an eye over the cocktail list, he idly asked "is vermouth a liqueur?". "Of ...
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Can I get drunk by evaporating steam of alcohol?

If I boil a bit alcohol in a pot, can I get drunk by the evaporating steam? Does the steam of alcohol still includes any alcohol?
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Substitute for Calvados, reduced cider?

I am interested in making America's Test Kitchen's French Apple Cake. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of Calvados. Oh for heaven's sake, that's the worst case of 1/4 cup of squab stock syndrome I've ...
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Crystals on bottle of sweet alcohol

We've been given an old bottle of alcohol, an amaretto. At the top of the bottle, where the lid and bottle rim meet, a few crystals have formed. I'm guessing it's the sugars but am not sure. Some ...
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Fishhouse Punch: Peach Brandy vs Schnapps

The basic recipe for fish-house punch involves cognac, dark rum, peach brandy, sugar, and lemon. I have peach schnapps, which I rather like. However, this blend is one of the few that I find palatable ...
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What is a non-alcoholic substitute for rum in a glaze?

I want to make an orange cake and its recipe calls for rum in the glaze. Rum, anything alcoholic, rum extract, etc. are not an option for me. Is there a way to substitute with vanilla extract? If so, ...
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What types of alcohol will make meat tender when marinating?

When marinating meat for Russian "Shashlik"(BBQ) some people marinate meat in alcohol. My uncle prefers to use beer when preparing pork. My Georgian(this Georgia) friend uses red wine, that was only ...
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Will storing a mix of vermouths alter their taste?

The recipe I have for a manhattan cocktail calls for 2.5:.5:.5 Bourbon:dry vermouth:red vermouth. Will mixing the dry and red vermouth together and storing before making the cocktails adversely ...
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Flambe, alcohol percentage and water residue

In Norway, the strongest liquor allowed to buy is 60% (120proof?). I try to flambé my Crème Brûlée as suggested in Can I make Crème Brûlée using a flambé?. Problem is that my ...
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Is there any alcohol remaining in beer-stewed chicken?

We once tried to use beer instead of water when stewing cubed chicken breast pieces on a lark, and it turned out pretty tasty (surprise, since we don't actually like to drink beer). However, we were ...
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Can you add alcohol to chocolate being tempered?

I want to make a tempered white chocolate coating with brandy flavour. Will adding the alcohol ruin the tempering process, or is there another way of going about this.
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Non-alcoholic substitution for dry white wine in bolognese sauce and other tomato sauces?

What is the purpose of dry white wine in a recipe like bolognese sauce? I need to substitute something non-alcoholic for the wine and while I've found many great lists of possible substitutions, the ...
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Can you use brandy instead of rum in cake recipe

Can you use brandy instead of rum in a cake recipe
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How do i select a gin to use in making sloe gin? [closed]

I have some sloes, collected from beside a bridleway in the depths of Essex. Naturally, i wish to make some sloe gin. There are many gins. They can have quite different flavours: Gordon's is brute ...
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Looking for the name of a sweet green drink

A long time ago I tasted an alcoholic drink which was green and tasted very sweet (possibly like banana, definitely not mint), and it had a long french name, something like (pesong, pisang, ...). Does ...
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How does mixing different kinds of beers/liquors mask the taste of alcohol?

Some time ago, I was at a college party where my friend gave me some horrifying concoction of various liquors, and he asked me to try it. As I'd expected, it was absolutely foul- until he added a ...
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How can I thicken margaritas?

I've been making margaritas and I've found that, unlike fancy bar/restaraunt bought margaritas, my margaritas come out more like a liquid drink with shaved ice sitting in it than a mixture. I have a ...
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What's the difference between Santa Cruz Rum and Jamaican Rum?

Reading through a book of cocktail recipes from the late 1800s, I notice some recipes call specifically for Santa Cruz rum and some call for Jamaican rum. Is this a mere place of origin reference, or ...
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Could you use other liquors than vodka in pie dough?

Cook's Illustrated has developed a recipe for pie dough that substitutes vodka for some of the water, making dough mixable but developing less gluten (tough pastry). It works! Has anyone tried using ...
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Non-alcoholic mint julep?

Can I substitute Bourbon in this recipe? Lemonade would make it too sour. Water would make it too watery. I know this isn't exactly cooking per se, but the reason behind this is that I have a BUNCH ...
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storing liquor in cabin for the winter--quality loss?

I stocked up on a few mid-range "nice" whiskeys, scotches, and cognacs ($50-70 bottles) while visiting my summer cottage this summer but will likely not finish off all the bottles before I leave in a ...
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Why does my lime peel-alcohol infusion become cloudy when mixed with water?

Over the past week or so, I've been experimenting with infusing lime peels in alcohol, by: Peel limes Mix with 250mL of 151-proof grain alcohol Let sit for a week Strain through a coffee filter. ...
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Whiskey inside a metal flask for a month. Safe for drinking?

Taste aside, is it safe for drinking? Whiskey that was left inside a stainless steel flask?
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Trying to find the actual name of an eastern european distilled beverage

this is hopefully a simple question. I have had several friends from Eastern Europe, and they often visited with a bottle of a family-style distilled beverage. It is made with pretty much whatever ...
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Do unopened bottles of Gin and Campari turn bad in extreme heat?

just got back from a trip with 2 new bottles of campari and gin, then forgot them for 24 hours in the trunk of my car, in a hot day (30C degrees) :( Should I just throw them away? or are they still ...
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Should I boil the alcohol out of marinade?

A recipe for cooking pork calls for sake in the marinade. Should I boil the alcohol out or should I marinate with the alcohol intact? I read somewhere that alcohol can cook the meat just like acid, ...
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Can Rum-balls be made without alcohol?

My wife and I enjoy a recipe for rum-balls that she has made in the past, but we have friends that choose not to consume any alcohol. Is there any hope for non-alcoholic rum-balls? What could be ...
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What type of rum to use when making vanilla extract?

My mom just bought me some vanilla beans from Tahiti and said that the person she bought them from suggested using rum to make an extract. What type of rum should be used, white or dark rum, and is ...
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Alcohol-optional desserts?

I am having a dinner / make-fancy-cocktails party, and trying to work out the menu. Since it's a cocktail party, having some sort of alcohol in the dessert seems appropriate. The difficulty is, for ...
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What happened to my melted couverture?

I wanted to make mint-chocolate-covered candy. I never worked with couverture, but yesterday it was all I had. I melted the chocolate, cooled it, reheated a bit (tempered), added peppermint extract ...
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Eggnog to Spirit ratio?

I know, I know, I should be making my own eggnog, but when I'm in a pinch and I don't have the time to make my own eggnog, I have to rely on the store bought stuff. With that being said, can anyone ...
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Alcohol evaporation

It's fairly well known that alcohol in liquids used for cooking evaporates pretty well, at a lower temperature than the water it's in, so the end result doesn't contain much alcohol. It doesn't all ...
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Can one get sick from drinking too much home made Water Kefir? [closed]

Using well water and some Odwalla orange juice.. What is the maximum amount that is safe for consumption daily?
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How to determine the alcohol content of a mixed-drink?

Title says it all: How do I determine the alcohol content of a mixed-drink (Cocktail, Longdrink)? Note - I know the alcohol content of all ingredients.
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How long will infused alcohol last?

I'm attempting to infuse alcohol for the first time, and I'm wondering how long the infusions will keep? I've read a few different (contradictory) opinions on this matter. One recipe for vanilla vodka ...
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What's a good way to taste a variety of alcoholic beverages? [closed]

I've never been too keen on alcoholic beverages since trying things growing up and not liking them. However, I try to keep an open mind and would like to taste more. My problem is I'm hesitant to buy ...
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Where did the idea of using alcohol in pie crust come from?

Back in 2008, Good Eats showed a recipe for pie crust which included distilled alcohol. In 2009, America's Test Kitchen showed a recipe for blueberry pie which also used alcohol in the crust. In both ...
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What is the acceptable vanilla:vodka range for homemade vanilla extract?

I am extremely bad at getting the seeds out of my vanilla beans. So I started putting the "used" beans (which still have at least 1/3 of their seeds) in a small jar with some vodka, and using the ...
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Best substitute for Gin

There are a huge number of cocktail recipes that, being allergic to juniper, I've never been able to try because they contain gin. I know that juniper is a fairly distinctive flavor and gin won't be ...