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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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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 substitute for red or white wine in a recipe?

If someone cannot or will not use wine for cooking, what would be a good substitute? Question applies to both red and white wine.
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How is flambéing different from just adding alcohol?

A wonderful recipe in a book says: Slightly roast pepper with oil, then deglaze with brandy and light it up immediately, wait for the flame to go out. [Then add other ingredients] Since that ...
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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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Is there a significant difference in flavour between real Mirin and Mirin-like products?

I read everywhere that there are generally two types of the sweet cooking wine mirin: A) the real, hon mirin, a sweet rice wine with 14 % vol. alcohol B) the ersatz, or shin mirin / mirin fu, with ...
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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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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 remove alcohol taste from vanilla extract?

I bought Kirkland pure vanilla extract from Costco and it has a very strong taste of alcohol. I'd like to mix it into drinks, but it is really overpowering. Would boiling out the alcohol remove some ...
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Shaking cocktails without bar equipment

Is it possible to make shaken cocktails without bar equipment handy? How do you improvise when a cocktail shaker or strainer isn't available?
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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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How can I improve the 2:1:1 margarita recipe? [closed]

I bought my wife that Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker, and it is awesome. We make a lot of margaritas, but always with pre-made mixes. I tried one recipe to make one from scratch, and it was ...
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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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what is a good liquid to replace tequila with?

I'm looking to try a marinade recipe I found recently that calls for tequila. However one of my friends is unable to consume alcohol. What would be a good flavorful liquid to use? I'm looking for a ...
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Can beef bourguignon be halal? [closed]

I'm preparing for the next master chef and want to show off. But I only eat halal. Can it be prepared without alcohol, bacon and cream?
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Can I use a flavored liqueur to make vanilla extract?

Is it possible to make the extract with Crème De Cacao instead of vodka? I ask because I have some Crème De Cacao that I used in making a Grasshopper pie, but it is only "17.5"% (35 proof)" I don't ...
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Does pressure cooking preserve alcohol?

I use my pressure cooker a lot and for one recipe I'm practically bathing a few pork loins in white wine. I know that pressure cooking only reduces liquid by less than five percent, and I know that ...
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Infusing Chilies in Alcohol

I have been reading about infusing chilies in alcohol to create a liqueur, and I'm not clear on how they should be infused (if at all). Various sources suggest various methods (whole vs. chopped, ...
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Why doesn't Bailey's go bad?

I realize it can go bad after a long time, but why does it take so much longer than other dairy products? Does it have to do with the alcohol content? If so, what is the process that is happening?
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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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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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What happens when you mix whiskey and water?

It is sometimes said that to best experience the flavor and aroma of a good whiskey (or whisky), one ought to add a bit of water. This practice is said to release flavors somehow. Is there any truth ...
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Tzaziki: the drink, not the sauce

One night in Rome, I had the most amazing drink. It had cucumber and sugar, some unidentifiable alcohol (gin? Vodka?), and I believe mint. The menu identified it as tzaziki, but I've been unable to ...
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Cooking away alcohol

When you cook with wine or spirits, when does the alcohol cook away? Obviously high temperatures will do it, but how low of temperatures will work? Also, does it vary by the type of alcohol?
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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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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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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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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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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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does bread have alcohol in it?

According to wikipedia, the byproducts of yeast fermenting (like done in baking it says) are carbon dioxide and alcohol (not necessarily ethanol -- the kind you can get drunk on). If that's the case, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have difficulty finding “ANGOSTURA” bitters, is there any substitute?

My preferred pre-dinner drink is the Manathan, but I have difficulties finding ANGOSTURA bitters. Is there anything else that I could use instead of it?
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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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What are some good substitions for alcohol in cooking?

One of my favorite recipes these days is making a good bananas foster dessert. Everyone I know enjoys it, to some extent, so it's a go-to dessert, for me. One of my concerns, however, is that since ...
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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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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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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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What kind of alcohol has least carbohydrates?

I'm looking for types of alcohols which have least carbohydrates. I'm looking for more of a ranking than just a single one, as it would be clean spirit, wouldn't it? The general idea is to know what ...
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Availability of pure alcohol in the UK (or alternatives as fuel for alcohol-burning cookers)

My friends from Portugal have a chorizo cooker (something, I believe, a bit like this), and they would like to use it in the UK. In Portugal they burn pure alcohol in it, which they purchase from ...
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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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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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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 ...