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Hangovers: what causes them? How much does the quality of the drink matter? [closed]

Hangovers are, as far as I know, caused by dehydration, building up of toxins of the drink, and and building up of toxins because the liver is too occupied with getting rid of the waste products of ...
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Can durian be used as a cocktail ingredient?

I saw that a local Asian supermarket sells durian, so I picked one up, and was thinking that making an alcoholic drink for Christmas would be a great idea, but what kind of drinks could I make? It ...
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Can alcohol extraction be used to draw more of the spice flavors out in chai tea concentrate?

I make chai concentrate by: Quickly boiling ginger puree twice (each time for about 20-30 minutes). Boiling the spices (bruised/coarse-ground) for about an hour, removing the liquid, then repeating ...
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How long will saki keep? [duplicate]

We have a bottle of saki that I use for cooking occasionally, but I haven't used it in about 6 months, and the bottle has been in the fridge for over a year. Is this still good or can I reclaim that ...
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Pros and cons of a brass hip flask

I have been considering buying a hip flask for some time now. I have been holding off from getting the cheap varieties because I hear they impart a metallic taste to the alcohol. If I had my druthers, ...
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How long will Sake last in the fridge?

We've had Sake chilling in our fridge for about a year now. It has been opened. Is this still safe to drink or is it time to throw it out?
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Can I substitute vodka for rum in tiramisu?

Specifically in this recipe: Tiramisu-II The reason why I'm asking this is I only have vodka at home, and I rarely drink. So I don't want to buy any kind of liquor just for three tablespoons of it. ...
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Do I chill mead?

I've just bought a bottle of mead for the first time - do I need to chill it before drinking, like a white wine, or let it breathe before drinking, like a red wine?
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Is cooking with fruit liqueur comparable to cooking with fruit juice?

I had some cranberries and blueberries that were past their prime, so to preserve them I made them into a liqueur. However I'm not much of an alcohol drinker, so I was thinking of using this liqueur ...
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Will freezing a bottle of vermouth change it's quality, life length or properties?

I accidentally froze an unopened bottle of white Vermouth. I've read that opening the bottle will cause the vermouth to slowly oxidase and you should finish the bottle within a month or so. How is it ...
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Lobster Death! Freezer vs. Alcohol

I love lobster but I must admit I am not very good at cooking it. I want to make this easier on my self by just adding the lobster to a flavorful broth. I've heard in the past that if you are going ...
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Soaking fruit in alcohol

I thought that soaking fruit in whiskey would be tasty so last night, I filled a mason jar with pear pieces and filled it up with Jack Daniels. What is the optimal amount of time this should be ...
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How to infuse flavours in alcohol?

When making lemon lime and bitters at home, I decided to try the bitters by itself (the one with the classic oversized label, I think it's Angostura). It tastes heavily of what seemed like cloves ...
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Is there any reason not to keep fruits inside nalewka for too long?

In much of Eastern Europe, it is common to prepare so called nalewka. The basic idea is to take some fruit (e.g. cherries, blackcurrants) and macerate it in strong alcohol, then remove the fruit and ...
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Spicy margarita jelly not setting up

I made a spicy margarita jelly that hasn't set up after almost two weeks - even in the refrigerator it's still "loose." I don't have the exact measurements in front of me, but I soaked a scorpion ...
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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, which was the ...
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What is distilled or freeze-concentrated mead called?

I brewed a 10 gallon batch of mead for my wedding/honeymoon last year. It's a sack mead, so it tends to be more on the sweet side, like a cordial. I've decided to freeze concentrate (as opposed to ...
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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?