Tue February 11, 2014
The Salt

Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original 'Mocktail'

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 6:38 pm

A Classic Shirley Temple

Generations of little girls have watched the ebullient Shirley Temple light up Depression-era black and white films, her glossy curls bouncing and her voice chirping. Generations, too, developed a taste for the Shirley Temple drink — traditionally, ginger ale with a dash of grenadine, maraschino cherry and lemon for garnish.

The drink, it seems, has a shelf life as long as her movies.

That's because the saccharine beverage in a girly pinkish hue has long embodied glamour in a glass for tweens and the younger set.

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Fri February 7, 2014
The Salt

Wine Wisdom With A Wink: A Slacker's Guide To Selecting Vino

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 1:52 pm

Having trouble picking the perfect wine?
Meg Vogel/NPR

A few months ago, we told you all about the bologna advice swirling around in the wine-tasting world. And then we offered you a few tips to quickly master the art. (Yes, it is highfalutin, but there is some real science behind it.)

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Wed February 5, 2014
The Salt

Electronic Tongues Are The Beer Snobs Of The Future

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:01 pm

Personally, we're most looking forward to having robot drinking buddies.
Bongo Entertainment Inc.

If beer is the new wine, robots are the new beer snobs. Well, sort of.

Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner and a bock.

For now, it looks less like a slick, futuristic robot and more like a big of clump sensors. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could some day replace human taste testers.

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Thu January 30, 2014

Later Bar Hours On Tap At The Colorado Capitol

Barkeep and patrons enjoy an evening at a Denver establishment. A new bill at the statehouse is proposing extending closing times past 2 a.m.
Thomas Hawk Flickr - Creative Commons

Could closing time change for your local watering hole? That's a statehouse proposal under consideration, allowing Colorado communities to decide whether to extend bar hours. Some feel a change to the law could do more harm than good.

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Mon January 27, 2014
The Salt

Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 3:26 pm

A worker at New York's Kings County Distillery, which opened in 2010. Before going legit with the operation, co-founder Colin Spoelman (not pictured) learned to make moonshine in his Brooklyn apartment without a permit.
Courtesy of Valery Rizzo

Within days after each season premiere and season finale of the Discovery Channel's reality show "Moonshiners," they come — a small but perceptible wave of people — to purchase suspiciously large amounts of corn, sugar and hardy strains of fermenting yeast at Austin Homebrew Supply.

"We know what they're up to," says Chris Ellison, the manager of the Texas store.

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