Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
I found myself on the horns of a vicious dilemma recently, when I tried to figure out whether I preferred rum punch to a rum and tonic, or vice versa. Some people might say, “Well! You, sir, are one to be bothered by trivial problems,” and in fact they might be right, but given that National Rum Day is today, I feel that if ever there were a time to be puzzled by matters concerning rum, this is it.
But though I might offend my in-laws by saying so (they’re the rum-and-tonic crowd), I’m going to have to go for rum punch. It’s an excellent drink in that, aside from the fact that it tastes good, it gives you the feeling that you are sitting in a hammock on an island in the Caribbean, rather than, for instance, sweltering in a shoebox-size apartment in New York.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Here's one way to shake up your morning coffee ritual - July 26 is National Coffee Milkshake Day.
There’s nothing quite like an iced coffee on a hot day. You get a (necessary) caffeine fix and a quick cool down all in one cup. If you want to amp up the cool down even further, you’re ready for a coffee milkshake.
The key to a good coffee milkshake is cold brewed coffee. Note, this isn’t the same as regular coffee just chilled (though that can be used if you’re pressed for time). There’s an entirely different process to follow for the cold version, but luckily it’s easy.
Ice is back with a brand new ... food holiday: July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!
Vanilla has historically been the favorite ice cream flavor of Americans. Here are some ice cream facts from the International Dairy Foods Association:
Best paired with Champagne wishes, July 18 is National Caviar Day.
Once hailed for its medicinal qualities, caviar (fish eggs) has been enjoyed for centuries. There are a few reasons why caviar is so expensive. First, true caviar is the roe from one particular species of fish, the Acipenseriformes. Sturgeons are part of this species and for the longest time, they were only found in the Black and Caspian seas. Still, when caviar was first discovered, it was widely abundant and not that expensive. Russian Czar Nicholas II enjoyed it so much that he taxed fisherman for the stuff, and it became associated with royalty and wealth.
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