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Let's Make: Drinking Vinegars

Grandmothers the world round (or at least mine) know that apple cider vinegar is a cure-all that gives eternal life. I remember shots of it being consumed in the kitchen from an early age, but I never could get past that stong smell and develop a taste for straight-up vinegar. 

Luckily for me, there's an easy way to make vinegar taste awesome: by turning it into a drinking vinegar, also known as a shrub. (For a detailed discussion of what...

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Let's Make: Homemade Fruit Wine

Okay, let's be honest with each other: I'm not giving you any recipes (yet). I put together a batch of blueberry wine a month ago, and I need to make sure my house doesn't catch on fire before I really report back to you.

Blueberry wine? You cry incredulously. Blueberry wine? What happened to good ol' grapes?

I bought blueberries instead, is what happened.

Fact: You can make wine out of pretty much anything. From Wikipedia:


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Let's Make: Beer Vinegar

Okay, today we're starting a beer vinegar. You're probably familiar with malt vinegar, that fun thing that makes your fries soggy at the Chip Shop. That's made with an unhopped beer, but today we're using a homemade IPA (full of hops!) to make beer vinegar, so the finished product will likely be way more bitter, just like an IPA. 

Note: this might turn out to be a huge disaster, but we won't know for four or five months. Hooray!

Are you...

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Let's Make: Jalapeño-Apple-tomic Fireballs

First we researched Atomic Fireballs. Then we made an ersatz candy version. The thing is, though, we live in Brooklyn. Everything needs to be grown on a rooftop and ethically sourced. Let's see if we can bring the Fireball back to its earthy roots.

(Yes, this is kind of a break from my attempts to make fake Science versions of everything.)

The obvious ingredient is cinnamon. Tons of cinnamon. Next up, something spicy, like a jalapeño....

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Let's Make: Spicy Cinnamon [Bodega] Candy

Super lazy and hate reading? Skip to the recipe.

Okay, so we now know what the story is with Atomic Fireballs. So let's make some.

Every single (every! single!) recipe for spicy cinnamon candy looks something like this. The important ingredient is cinnamon oil, which you can totally buy from Amazon. On the other hand, we all have stores 30 seconds away with ground cinnamon, so let's hamfist our way into some candy using only things from around...

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