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Alcohol is a class of liquids which includes beer, wine, liquor and spirits, and is used as a flavor enhancer in cooking. Use this tag for questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with alcohol as a star ingredient. Questions about dishes which include ...

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Refrigeration of Cream Liquor

I recently bought a bottle of Jackson Morgan cream liquor. The alcohol content on the bottle is listed at 15%. After looking up when alcohol percentage becomes a preservative I found an article that ...
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Is it safe to drink grain alcohol mixed with snake blood?

I was in Vietnam recently and I took a shot of grain alcohol mixed with blood from a freshly killed cobra. That was close to a month ago and I didn't die or get sick, but I'm wondering how dangerous ...
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What is the shelf life of vermouth?

I like the occasional Negroni or Manhattan, but I'm not a heavy drinker. As far as I'm concerned liquor is pretty much immortal, but what's the rule on vermouth?
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How to mix alcohol with cream?

I recently wanted to make a 100% Baileys panna cotta. The idea was that because Baileys has a significant amount of cream, I could just add gelatine. I should note that my typical panna cotta has ...
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If I mix rum, gin, vodka and scotch whisky, put it in a water bottle, and leave it for a month will it be safe to drink?

I mixed gin, vodka, rum and scotch whisky together, put it into a water bottle, and left it for about 1 month, would it make me sick If I drank it?
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What is the best type of plastic to store alcohol?

What kinds of food-grade plastic is best for storing alcohol for cooking use? Does the type of plastic differ based on the percentage of alcohol? My question actually comes from wanting to brew ...
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Soaking fruits and things in alcohol

So I got a wild hair one day in Feb and filled a bunch of Mason jars half full with random things and started soaking them in whiskey, vodka and sweet whiskey. I put a few pickle Spears in some ...
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How to replace booze in eggnog?

I have been relegated to bringing "drinks" for a work holiday potluck. Fair enough. I love eggnog and would like to bring some. However, my recipe includes two jiggers of bourbon or brandy. It might ...
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Can I keep chillies in alcohol long term without continuing to affect the flavour?

I want to make jalapeno or habanero infused tequila for a friend's Christmas present. I'd like to leave them in the bottle for presentation. I've seen recipes only recommend a 24 hour maximum ...
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Why is Sake / Shochu used to make Mirin?

Why is Sake / Shochu used to make Mirin ? Can we add yeast to the Koji-rice mixture instead ?
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Keep alcohol in spiced rum reduction?

I'm working on a new recipe and want to make a spiced rum reduction without losing the alcohol. Don't just want it thicker or I'd use xanthum gum I want less liquid with stronger flavor and the ...
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Marinate sundried tomatoes with ethanol overnight?

One of my favorite meals is an oil pasta with sundried tomato, pork belly, and broccoli. When I make it, I put a cap or two of scotch after adding the tomatoes and it really makes it shine. I'm ...
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Mixed drink with tonic water already added?

Anyone know of any pre-made mixed drinks with tonic water already included that can be purchased from a liquor store?
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Is there a non-recipe specific, nonalcoholic, universal substitute for white wine? [duplicate]

For people on medication in which alcohol is strictly prohibited, is there a substitute that one can use in recipes that call for white wine?
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Alcohol evaporation of beer in a cake

I'd like to bake a Guinness flavored cocoa cake. My direction say to start by beating room temperature butter with brown sugar, then eggs and a mixture of flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. ...
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Do I need to cook homemade brown beer mustard?

I want to try making a spicy brown beer mustard, and was wondering if I need to simmer the mustard to cook off the alcohol, or if I don't need to, how "alcoholic" the mustard can be (aka safe for kids)...
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Microwaving wine to remove alcohol?

Does microwaving wine have the potential to remove the alcohol? If so, how long might be required? (I'm specifically interested in the microwaving aspect, which is why the existing questions on ...
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What can I substitute for Cointreau

I want to make cocktails that call for Cointreau (Orange Liquor), but it's rather expensive for a college student as myself. What can I substitute Cointreau for that wont break the bank? Options ...
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What is the purpose of Whiskey rocks?

My friend puts cold rocks in his whiskey to cool it down. Is it to look fancy? Can he just put the bottle in the fridge to cool it down without needing to put rocks in it?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...