Beverage

Recipe: Boozy Caramel Milkshake — Easy Dessert Recipes

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At Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, the Seattle shop famous for deceivingly small chocolate cakes baked to order, it's easy to be sidetracked by the main event. When you're waiting in line — because yes, you'll probably have to wait — the scent of chocolate hovers overhead like a heavy cloud. It's easy to imagine that at any moment, the cloud will burst and Seattle's rain will turn into hot, thick chocolate. But curb your imagination: You need to focus not just on the cakes, but also on the milkshakes, which come both straight-up and laced with (usually local) booze. Our favorite, the "Extra Dark Caramel and Rye" shake, is made with the rye caramel they make in house.

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Recipe: Peach Lassi — Quick and Easy Drinks

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This just may be the most refreshing way to drink your summer fruit. It's a riff on a classic lassi, an Indian yogurt-based drink that is thick, creamy, and cooling. Mango is the most common fruit to use in the drink, but here we've switched it with peach for a more in-season approach that's even juicer than the original. To make things even sweeter, a spoonful of honey is blended in, along with just a touch of warm, spicy cardamon. This peach lassi is guaranteed to be a welcome treat on the hottest of days.

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Psst! You’re Probably Drinking Your White Wine Too Cold — Wine and Dine

Up until recently, I'd tuck my white wine in the fridge until it was as cold as I could get it before popping the cork. It was icy and refreshing as can be, and no one was complaining. But I found that most of the white wine, regardless of what kind I was actually drinking, tasted mostly the same: It was very cold and it was wine. Come to find out it's because I have actually been drinking it too cold this whole time.

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This Is the Wine I Always Drink with Pizza — Wine and Dine

My husband and I enjoy pizza night at home almost every Friday night, and it's a tradition we don't plan on shaking anytime soon. It usually starts with sipping Americanos and munching on marinated olives on the couch while the pizza stone preheats in the oven. Then, as we assemble our pies, we pop open a bottle of wine. It's the same kind of wine each and every time because, in my opinion, it's the best bottle you can drink with just about any kind of pizza.

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5 Affordable Wines Real French People Drink — Bastille Day

French wine has always intimidated me. My love for wine blossomed in Italy and for years I felt quite content drinking bottles almost exclusively from there. Italian wines felt approachable to me — and more importantly, many were and continue to be quite affordable for my lifestyle.

Yet as my interest in wine has grown over the years, I've slowly dipped into French wine. And you know what? There really isn't much to worry about. Sure, there are plenty of fancy, expensive bottles out there, but a good chunk of the great wine that comes out of the country is easy to drink and easy on your wallet.

These affordable wines are also the wines real French people drink — and they're the ones you should drink, too.

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Recipe: Watermelon Prosecco Punch — Summer Pitcher Cocktails

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To me, serving a cocktail that involves bubbles makes just about any occasion feel like a celebration — even if it's only an impromptu Thursday barbecue. That's what makes this punch so important to have on your roster this summer. Cubes of fresh, juicy watermelon bob in a pitcher of Prosecco and the whole thing is brightened up further with fresh mint leaves. It's a cocktail that is sure to turn even the most laid-back, thrown-together affair feel extra festive and fun.

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