Beer is delicious, and many brews are packed with vitamins and nutrients that our ancestors have used to bolster their meals since ancient times. But did you know that beer can work wonders on your hair as well? It’s true, but before you head to the shower with a cold bottle of beer to dump over your head, there’s a little more to the story. Here’s what you need to know.
The auto-drip coffee maker is ridiculed by coffee snobs (and for good reason — plenty of other methods make consistently better coffee). Nonetheless, the auto-drip’s no hassle, automatic brewing still makes it the go-to choice for a lot of homes and offices looking for a quick caffeine fix. While you may not be able to get the “perfect” brew from an auto-drip, you can make it a whole lot better with a little know-how.
We’ve shown you how you can freeze herbs in ice for infused cold drinks. If you want another option for your latest herb harvest, try infusing them in simple syrups to give everything from iced tea and lemonade to cocktails and mocktails a tasty, flavourful twist.
If you hate how diluted cocktails get as the ice starts to melt, this tip from the folks at The Kitchn can keep your tasty drinks flavourful and delicious even as the ice melts: make your ice out of tonic water instead of tap water. If your cocktail already calls for tonic water, you’ll get that flavour as the ice melts, and even if it doesn’t, the taste may be better than essentially adding water.
This Japanese Iced Coffee method, an alternative to cold-brewing iced coffee, promises bright and clear iced coffee with the most coffee flavour purity. Peter Giuliano of Counter Coffee Culture demonstrates how to do it and details why this is a superior method of making iced coffee.
Making infused vodka isn’t exactly difficult — it just requires patience. Patience to let your vodka sit somewhere for days, weeks, even months with your herbs, zest or fruit in it in order to extract every drop of flavour you can get before straining and serving. If you’re more of the instant gratification type, America’s Test Kitchen has a method for you that will take a fraction of the time and — hopefully — give you the same results.
There are plenty of phone apps to help you locate bars to drink in, but not too many that let you actually buy the drinks. My Shout is an Australian-developed app that lets you select drinks, nominate friends from your contacts you plan to share them with, pay for them via PayPal, and then collect them at the bar by showing your phone to the bartender.