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In today's Media Mix, Bon Appetit releases their nominations for best new restaurants, plus more Lady Gaga restaurant woes

Find out which state drinks the most beer, and more news.

The Daily Meal brings you the biggest news from the food world.

Beer-States in America: What are the biggest (and best) beer states in America? Another listicle to guide you in your drinking adventures. [The Street]

Bon Appétit Nominations: The national food magazine announces their nominations for the best new restaurants in America. Plenty in New York City and Los Angeles, naturally. [Bon Appétit]

Lady Gaga Restaurant News: The pop singer's father took to Twitter to complain about how many times the Department of Health has visited his New York restaurant. "I must be the only restaurant in NYC," he tweeted. [RadarOnline]

Powerful Women in Food: Check out these five women who are making big changes in the food world. [CNN]

Saving Money and Time on Food: Find yourself wandering the grocery store for hours to leave with several types of cheese and prosciutto you weren't supposed to get? Us too. Here's how to avoid all that. [Lifehacker]


Where to Buy Alcohol Online: The Best Liquor Delivery Options

In life’s more challenging moments, striking the correct mental and physical self-care balance is important. On one hand, now is an especially good time for immunity-boosting activities like getting enough sleep, engaging in socially-distant exercise, eating with intention and balance, and observing frequent hand-washing rituals (favorite song lyrics optional).

On the other hand, can anyone else really use a drink right about now?

Moderate consumption of alcohol during stressful times can be beneficial if it helps you to relax, especially when partnered with the pro-immunity practices above. In order to keep yourself mellow and out of public, here are three ways to get beer, wine, liquor, and even cocktails—a novelty of a rapidly changing landscape—dropped on your doorstep.

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It's not good for hand sanitizer, but you can still drink it.

Direct From Local Businesses

Many states already allow liquor stores to deliver, and now is a great time to try to keep your local business afloat. Additionally, as the restaurant industry scrambles to rewrite operating procedures and redefine business models overnight in the face of broad closures, some laws are shifting to allow businesses to include alcohol in their takeout and delivery practices.

These laws will inevitably vary from state to state, but right now in New York State , restaurants and bars are allowed to sell from their drinks list—including bottles of wine and cocktails—with the purchase of food. Other states are currently adjusting restaurant alcohol sales laws including Maryland , Pennsylvania , and Michigan , among others. Some restaurants and bars are using their employees as on-foot delivery mechanisms in order to give them employment. If there’s a favorite small restaurant you’d like to see survive this moment in time, consider following them on social media or calling directly to see if they are selling this way, so that the majority of the revenue goes to the local business and their employees.

Restaurants can also use the typical third party restaurant delivery services such as Seamless, GrubHub, Caviar, Uber Eats, DoorDash, etc., to deliver alcoholic beverages where they are being offered along with your food order.

Clubs & Subscription Services

If you’ve been sleeping on the idea of a subscription program for your favorite type of calm-down juice, now might be a good time to give it a try. Programs for all types of libation-lovers vary widely in amenities, commitment, and cost, but here are a few highly regarded options in several categories, as well as links for further reading if you want to dig into the research:

Wine : Firstleaf and Winc are wine subscription services that both allow for your personal palate to play into your delivery, offering quality selections that evolve over the life of your subscription based on your feedback about what you’ve previously received. Small shipments of four to six bottles monthly help to keep a budget-friendly price tag, and flexibility allows you to skip or cancel any time. Additionally, meal kit delivery powerhouse Blue Apron offers a selection of six bottles monthly, categorized into stylistic profiles that coordinate with their recipes so you know what wines best pair with what meals.

Beer : Beer is the most democratically priced of the liquid arts there’s only so much the price tag can vary to get the highest quality suds. Beer subscription services typically curate 12 interesting bottle or can selections monthly, whether along a wide variety or on a given theme. Craft Beer Club and The Hop Heads Beer Club represent either side of the spectrum.

Liquor and Cocktails : For those of you who are going to need a little something stronger during these trying times, services such as Flaviar and Saloon Box have you covered whether you seek straight spirits for sipping, or cocktail kits for shaking or stirring.


12 Super Simple Beer Cocktails to Cool You Down This Summer

If you would have told me two years ago that I'd prefer a beer over a cocktail&mdashor, better yet, both together&mdashI'd be convinced you're living in an alternate universe. And yet, here we are. Avoid falling into the "beer person" or a "liquor person" trap and try whipping up these super easy beer cocktails, ahead.

Ingredients:

2 oz Jose Cuervo Especial Silver

Add tequila, lime, Cholula, and orange liqueur to a shaker. Shake until mixed. Strain over ice into a pint glass and top with lager. Garnish with lime wedge.

Courtesy of Jose Cuervo Especial

Ingredients:

6 oz Stella Artois Spritzer

In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber slices and strawberries thoroughly. Add gin, elderflower liqueur, and shake over ice. Strain into a glass. Add Stella Artois Spritzer. Garnish with skewered cucumber ribbon and strawberry slice.

Courtesy of Stella Artois

Ingredients:

3 oz. light beer (like a pale ale)

Ingredients:

1 oz. Tattersall Grapefruit Crema

Combine all ingredients in a glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge. Salt rim optional.

Ingredients:

1 Key lime or ReaLime® (to taste)

1 dash Worcestershire sauce

2 dashes habanero pepper sauce

Run lime across rim of mug. Dip mug in Tajín to coat evenly. Add ice. Add lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and habanero pepper sauce. Fill with Clamato and beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Ingredients:

Pour beer in a glass. Pour BACARDÍ Lime flavored rum in a shot glass then pour into the beer.

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. Casa Noble Reposado Tequila

½ oz. PIMM&rsquoS THE ORIGINAL No. 1 Cup

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, excluding Modelo Negra and mint leaves. Shake and pour over ice. Top with Modelo Negra. Serve remaining beer with cocktail. Garnish with mint leaves.

Ingredients:

2 oz fresh squeeze grapefruit juice

Mix the beer and cava, insert grapefruit juice and mix.

Ingredients:

In a pint glass, pour beer at an angle to eliminate head. Add 1.5 oz. of bourbon. Top with Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

Ingredients:

1 oz. jalapeno-infused reposado tequila

Rim a highball glass with spicy chili salt. Add tequila, chile liqueur, fresh lime and agave to a shaker. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Top off with beer. Serve remaining Modelo Negra with the cocktail. Garnish with spicy chili salt rim and lime wheel.

Ingredients:

8 oz Stella Artois Spritzer

In a cocktail shaker, add raspberries, lime juice, cilantro, honey, and 2 oz Stella Artois Spritzer. Shake over ice until chilled. Pour the entire contents into glass. Top with the remaining 6 oz of Stella Artois Spritzer. Garnish with a raspberry.

Courtesy of Stella Artois

Ingredients:

¾ ounce Squeezed Lime Juice

Use lime juice to rim the lip of the glass with a Tajin and Salt mixture. Pour into the glass the Maggi, Worcestershire, Tabasco, lime juice, and Clamato ingredients and stir. Fill ½ of the glass with ice then the remainder of the glass with Estrella Jalisco. Mix the Michelada mixture and garnish with a lime wedge.


These Are the Best Tasting Waters, According to the 2019 World Water Championships

Wine, beer, and spirits ranking service the Beverage Testing Institute has ranked water for the first time.

Different waters taste different. If you&aposve ever drunk tap water in both Arizona and Ohio, you know this. If you&aposve ever tried both Dasani and Aquafina, you know this. If you&aposve ever refused to drink out of a hose, you know this. And yet, the idea of rating waters — whether it&aposs by a water sommelier or whoever — can seem a bit ridiculous. But the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) is over this stigma. For the first time ever, the nearly four-decade-old wine, beer, and spirits rating company has added water to its portfolio, releasing the results of its "2019 World Water Championships."

Okay, these "World" Championships weren&apost particularly extensive: BTI has added reviews of 19 waters across five categories to its website, Tastings.com. However, if you are interested in getting some professional opinions on brands like Smartwater, La Croix, and Canada Dry, they&aposve not got you covered.

So how did they finish? Schweppes beat out Canada Dry and Q to easily take home the top club soda spot, hauling in 95 points (the system is the same as with wine), a full 8 points more than its Canadian counterpart and the highest score of any water tasted in any category. "A super clean club soda that offers a mousse of tight, energetic bubbles that will become your next go-to bubbly," the review states.

With a score of 92, Evian took down The Mountain Valley in the "still spring water" category. With 94 points, Simply Balanced beat out Essentia, Dasani, and Smartwater as the best "purified water." At 93 points, Perrier was the only gold medal awarded in a "sparkling water" group that also included Topo Chico and Cedea. And in the most stacked category — "flavored sparkling water" — La Croix Passionfruit scored 94 points to take the top spot, though Perrier Peach, Simply Balanced Ginger Peach, San Pellegrino Essenza Lemon & Lemon Zest, Perrier L&aposOrange, and Voss Strawberry Ginger all received gold medal recognition as well, with only Voss Raspberry Rose dropping into silver territory.

Interestingly enough, however, BTI also has an "expert panel of influential bartenders and on-premise buyers" rank the Best Club Soda for a Highball. There, Schweppes came in fourth, while Topo Chico took first place as the best whiskey mixer. It just goes to show you that different occasions call for different waters. Like, if you&aposre looking to fill an above ground pool, well, there&aposs one of the few times where hose water takes the top spot. It all just depends!


Tasting Notes

Here is a selection of kellerbiers and zwickelbiers to sample.

Two Roads Brewing Co. Miles 2 Go Unfiltered Pale Lager Stratford, Conn., 12 ounces, $2

Aromas of warm toast, topped by an herbal bitterness, define this distinguished, smooth lager.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Zwickel St. Louis, 16 ounces, $3 to $4

This creamy, Bavarian-style lager has notes of dough, honey and grass.

Brauhaus Riegele Kellerbier Augsburg, Germany, 500 milliliters, $3

English yeast is used in this fruity, caramel-accented ale from a family-owned brewery founded in 1386. (Luxe Brands, New York City.)

Notch Brewing Zwickel Beer Stowe, Vt., 16 ounces, $2.50

The lager specialist’s classic rendition balances biscuity sweetness with a spicy pop.

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Von Pilsner Denver, Colo., 12 ounces, $2

Pudding-smooth with a handsome poofy head, this lightly lemony pilsner is a great value.


Gold State Gimlet

“It’s a little bit more of a boozy cocktail and the Chareau Aloe Liqueur adds a level of mintiness. The typical gimlet is lime juice and gin, but we’re using lemon juice, gin and Chareau. It’s a very small amount of Chareau, which is this beautiful spirit from California, but it’s fabulous.” -Marsh

Ingredients:
+ 2oz Gray Whale Gin
+ .75oz lemon juice
+ .5 parts Chareau Aloe Liqueur
+ .5 parts simple syrup

Directions:
Shake all ingredients together and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


25 Spring Cocktails to Look Forward to After You've Been Freezing for Months

Now that spring is arriving and we're officially moving on from cuffing season (and by moving on I mean never using the term again), it's time to enjoy the weather and invite some close friends over for a get together. The first step? Choosing from these spring cocktail recipes, below, that will give everyone the refresh they need after four months of hot toddies and espresso martinis. Think of them as frosé's older, more sophisticated siblings that still like to have a little fun.

Ingredients:

.75 oz. Elderflower Liqueur

Combine The Botanist Gin, fresh lemon juice, and Elderflower Liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a flute glass. Top with sparkling rosé. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Ingredients:

1 dash Scrappy&rsquos Celery Bitterspinch of salt

Add gin, fennel syrup, lemon, celery bitters, and salt to a small tin, add ice, and shake. Strain into a collins glass and top with soda and two dashes of Peychaud bitters on the top cube.

Courtesy of Marshall Minaya and available at

Ingredients:

16 oz (2 cups) pomegranate juice

12 oz (1.5 cups) cranberry Juice

1 bottle (750 ml) champagne

12 oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini, Traditional

In a glass with ice, combine the listed ingredients. Stir and add pomegranate seeds, as desired. Garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy.

Ingredients:

2 oz agave syrup or simple syrup

10 oz grapefruit flavored soda water

In a large pitcher, gently muddle mint with syrup. Top with lime juice, rosé and soda. Mix well. Serve over ice and garnish with grapefruit slices.

Ingredients:

Cucumber slices and basil

Muddle cucumber and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Fine strain into a chilled Martini glass, and garnish lavishly with cucumber and basil.

Ingredients:

4 oz Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer

In a Moscow mule mug, combine the listed ingredients and pour over ice. Stir, garnish with a lime, and enjoy.

Ingredients:

Garnish with lime slice, orange zest, and pineapple wedge.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

Place Casa Noble, lime juice, pineapple juice, and simple syrup into shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into glass top with soda and bitters. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Handcrafted Peach Vodka

3.5 oz. Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini in Mango

In a short glass with ice, combine the two ingredients. Stir and add peach slices, as desired. Garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Johnnie Walker Black Label

Add all ingredients into a balloon glass except for tonic. Add ice and stir to chill. Top off with tonic and thyme sprig garnish.

Courtesy of mixologist Carlos Ruiz

Ingredients:

Other fresh fruit (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher over ice and stir.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Crown Royal Regal Apple

Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer, to fill

Garnish with Candied Ginger

Combine Whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker shake vigorously. Serve topped with ginger beer and garnish with candied ginger.

Ingredients:

1 750-ml bottle chilled Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé

1 cup quartered fresh strawberries

1 medium lemon, thinly sliced, seeds removed

In a large pitcher, combine the limoncello, raspberries and strawberries. Top with the chilled rosé champagne and stir in half of the lemon wheels. Pour into old-fashioned glass with ice. Place fruit in each glass and garnish with a lemon wheel, and be sure each glass contains fresh berries.

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Kim Crawford, chilled

2 oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur

1 green apple, sliced thinly

1 bunch fresh rosemary sprigs

Half-fill six chilled coupe glasses with ice cubes. Add a splash of St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur to each glass. Fill each glass with Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. Garnish with three apple slices and a rosemary sprig on a cocktail pick. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz HI-CHEW Lemon Sours Elderflower Liqueur

Shake the liqueur, juice, and syrup with ice in a cocktail shaker, strain into a chilled coupe, top with sparkling wine. *Infusions: The infusion ratio is one piece of candy per ounce of liquor. Soak the candy until dissolved.

Ingredients:

1 Slice of Lemon or Peach

Fill a mason jar with crushed ice. Add Crown Royal Peach and iced tea. Stir gently then garnish with a lemon or peach slice (or both!).

Add Crown Royal Peach and orange juice to a stemless champagne glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Ingredients:

Muddle lychee, strawberry, and simple syrup in a shaker. Add D&rsquoUSSE XO, rhubarb bitters, and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled coup glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lychee on a metal skewer.

Ingredients:

Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG

Muddle lime juice, basil, and cucumber in a shaker glass. (For extra flavor infusion allow mixture to marinate in the fridge for at least one hour.) Add ice and shake mixture. Strain the juice only (about ½ oz.) into a prosecco glass. Top with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG, and garnish with a basil leaf and cucumber slice.

Ingredients:

4 oz Angry Orchard Rose Cider

Lime Juice

Build in a hurricane glass with ice and top with Cider. Garnish with an orange twist.

Ingredients:

Pour all ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with grapes and a lemon twist.

Courtesy of St-Germain&rsquos new cocktail book How to Spritz French Fluently on sale March 1.

Ingredients:

Add all ingredients to a mixing tin and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a triangular lemon twist and two skewered raspberries.

Ingredients:

Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore

Whole hibiscus flowers, packed in syrup

8 tsps of hibiscus syrup used to pack the flowers

Place a whole hibiscus flower in the bottom of glass. Fill glass with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore to ¾&rdquo of the rim. Carefully spoon 2 tsps of the hibiscus syrup down the interior side of each glass.

Ingredients:

.75 oz. White Wine Aperitif

.5 oz. honey water (1:1 honey to water)

4 dashes rosemary bitters

Combine The Botanist Gin, lemon juice, White Wine Aperitif, honey, and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain over ice into a rocks glass and top with soda water. Garnish with lavender.

Ingredients:

0.5oz clear creek douglas fir brandy

2oz dry sparkling cider to top

Pour all ingredients except sparkling cider and soda water into a wineglass filled with ice. Stir to combine. Top with sparkling cider and soda water. Garnish with a lemon twist and a Castelvetrano olive on a pick.

Courtesy of St-Germain&rsquos new cocktail book How to Spritz French Fluently on sale March 1.

Note: We've included this if you just can't wait until summer for a good frosé.

Ingredients:

1 bottle Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé

1 quart watermelon-rosemary sorbet (store bought or recipe below)

2 cups diced, seedless watermelon

Spoon a scoop of sorbet into the bottom of a chilled glass and top with a tablespoon or so of the watermelon cubes. Pour the Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé over the sorbet and melon. Garnish with mint. Serve immediately with a silver spoon.

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Pilsner

Pilsner is a specific type of lager that tends to be more flavorful than an American lager. The Czech or Bohemian pilsner was first brewed in 1842 in the Czech town of Plzen (get it?). The beer is pale gold and fairly clear, with a spicier, more floral hop bouquet than an American lager. It's crisp and refreshing with a complex maltiness, and get its bitterness from noble Czech hops called Saaz hops. The German Pilsner, however, was first brewed following the success of the Bohemian pilsner, about 30 years later. German pilsners such as Bitburger or Warsteiner tend to be lighter in color, crisper, and drier than the Czech Pilsner. Pair a crisp pilsner with chicken, fish, and shortbread.


30 Delicious Cinco De Mayo Drinks to Kick off Your Fiesta

From frozen margs to fruity sangrias, these cocktails will definitely keep the party going on May 5.

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner &mdash which means it's time to get the fiesta going with the best boozy drinks! Though delicious tacos and other Mexican recipes are obviously a must for your celebration come May 5, everyone knows there's no real party without the best cocktails and refreshing beverages. That's why we've rounded up some of the best Cinco de Mayo drinks to really kick off your fiesta for this traditional Mexican holiday &mdash and even though tequila is obviously king when it comes to this special day of celebration, we've also gathered so many other refreshing liquors and cocktail recipes that are perfect for a party, including those that incorporate rum, mezcal, and wine (and some of them even multiple liquors in one!).

Whether you're going for a classic margarita or can't wait to sip on a grapefruit Paloma (or maybe even a a spicy Michelada), these 30 Cinco de Mayo cocktails are sure to help you get your fiesta on &mdash and will definitely have your lively celebration lasting through the entire fifth of May.


3 Orange Crush

From its bright orange color to the tangy sweetness of its flavor, Orange Crush is just about a perfect soda. It delivers fruity flavor without being overbearing and is practically the perfect compliment to any snack. Really though, it's that color. While it may not be the same yellowish tone as natural orange juice, there's just something about the bright, neon orange of every bottle of crush that makes you crave one. As far as fruit-flavored sodas go, Orange Crush is the tops. R.E.M even named a song after it.