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.
When it comes to tequila, the basic choice is simple: 100% agave, or not 100% agave. Of course, this is like saying that when it comes to music, there’s Mozart or there’s a guy named Steve-O playing the kazoo version of Eine kleine Nachtmusik alone in a basement in Cleveland, but whatever. You get the point: One is the real thing.
So let’s ignore the mixto category, which only requires tequila to be 51% agave (the rest is typically a neutral spirit made from sugar cane) and concentrate on those labeled 100% de agave or 100% puro de agave.
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:
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