Fri July 19, 2013
The Salt

France Aims To Net New Drinkers With Cola-Flavored Wine

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:56 am

Fancy some soda with your wine?
Courtesy Haussmann Famille

Brace yourselves, Francophiles.

First, we broke the news about fast food overtaking restaurants in France. Then we reported the shocker that more than a third of French restaurants serve frozen meals. If these revelations ruin your impression of France as a bastion of culinary tradition, you may not want to read further.

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Tue July 16, 2013
The Salt

Local Sake: America's Craft Brewers Look East For Inspiration

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 11:29 am

Yoed Anis, president of the Texas Sake Company, says "the only constraint holding us back" from faster growth is the absence of a sufficient and consistent rice supply.
Courtesy Texas Sake Company

Most of us are familiar with that hot, musky-smelling, cloudy drink served in teacups at sushi bars and sometimes called, erroneously, "rice wine." In other words, most of us have had bad sake.

But finally, Americans are learning to love the good stuff.

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Mon July 15, 2013
The Salt

The Dog Days Of Summer Lead Drinkers To Shandy

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 5:34 pm

A shandy in the summertime
Holly Clark Photo courtesy of Holly Clark Photography


Sun July 14, 2013
The Salt

Homemade Bitters Put The Local Bite Back Into Cocktails

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 10:41 am

Homemade bitters with medicinal herbs and roots at the Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth, N.H.
Emily Corwin New Hampshire Public Radio

Evan Mallett is hovering over some plants in a Victorian-era greenhouse in Portsmouth, N.H.

Mallett, a chef at the Black Trumpet Bistro, is collecting medicinal herbs, which he infuses in alcohol to make his own bitters, a bittersweet alcoholic concentrate used to flavor cocktails.

Mallett says he often forages in the woods for ingredients like wild chamomile, dock and burdock root for his bitters, too.

The "homemade bitters" trend is relatively new.

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Wed July 10, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bros Get Wasted; Girls Get Tipsy: Why Boozy Talk Matters

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 8:11 am

Man, you are going to get wasted. The words drinkers choose to describe their behavior may say a lot about the risks they face.

Guys can really get hammered, can't they? I mean, totally trashed. Not me. I may have gotten a little buzzed at that birthday party, but that's it.

The words people use to describe their drinking behavior can say a lot about how they perceive drinking, a perception that may not match reality, researchers say.

And the language may also reveal risks that may not be obvious to the drinkers themselves.

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