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15 Bartending Books for Amateur Mixologists

Two cocktails sitting on a bar

Whether you’re new to mixology or you’ve been at it for years, there’s always a great new recipe to discover. We’ve rounded up the best bartending books to help you improve your drink mixing. Best of all, all these books are easy to find on Amazon. [click to continue…]

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Freshly mixed cocktail sitting on bar

Looking to become a bartender? Bartending can be a competitive industry. Even servers with years of experience sometimes have a tough time getting hired.

The good news, you can find a great bartending gig—even without experience. You just have to take the right steps.

It is possible to get a job bartending with little to no experience.

You should know about cocktails and you’re great at customer service, including how to lay on the charm to receive those much-desired tips. You know how to deal with drunks, higher-ups, and how the cash register works.

If you are not acquainted with these things, learn them.

This is a no-brainer. If you don’t have experience and want the job, you will have to be confident about your skills. This means knowing how to present your acquisitions and how to convince your potential employer that you are the best thing to walk through the door since their latest software update, which allows customers to order drinks electronically from their iPhone. You have to be tech-savvy these days.

Assuming that you have all the above under your belt and you’re ready to roll, here is a bit of basic info to help ease any leftover anxieties. [click to continue…]

The Keurig Kold with flavor options

I’ll be the first to admit that I love my SodaStream. It’s quickly become my favorite appliance and I honestly can’t image living without it. On-demand soda has become a fact of life.

As convenient as the SodaStream is, it’s still not ideal. I have to remember to either buy or make syrups, of course. But even if I just want plain soda water with a slice of lemon, I still have to make sure I have enough CO2. I have come to dread the regular trip to the store to replace my CO2 canister. And these days, it’s harder and harder to find stores that carry replacements. On top of all that, I have to remember to chill the water before I fizz it, otherwise, I’m stuck twiddling my thumbs until it cools.

That’s why I as so intrigued by the Keurig Kold. It solves several major inconveniences for people who drink a lot of soda. Because the carbonation comes in each pod, and the machine flash chills the drink as it mixes, all you have to remember is to buy the pods. You can even order them on Amazon.

On top of that, their product tastes great out of the pod. There’s no need to customize anything. [click to continue…]

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Keurig Kold Machine

Rumours have been circulating for a while now. Keurig is planning an aggressive move into the home soda making market. While it’s not on the market yet, it’s launch has been highly anticipated. Here’s everything we know about Keurig’s cold beverage maker—Keurig Kold—so far.
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Is Soda the Best Hangover Cure?

Hungover man

Hitting the bars too hard can cause a load of pain and regret, even in the healthiest people. People look to hangover cures, but so many of them seem like little more than worthless.

However, it turns out that there is one hangover cure that looks promising, and it probably isn’t much further than your refrigerator door. A group of scientists based out of China has recently announced the findings of new research that indicates the best means of curing a hangover might be a simple glass of soda.
Sounds crazy, huh?

After all, soda isn’t exactly known for being healthy. With its tasty and sweet mixture of sugar, preservatives, and a pound more of sugar, most of us would consider it anything but. Then again, neither is a fun night of binge drinking. It seems that when it comes to fixing a hangover, two wrongs do make a right. [click to continue…]


Is Soda Bad for Your Teeth?

Woman drinking from Coke bottle

Whether you call it soda, pop, or Coke, sweetened carbonated beverages are enjoyed by people all over the world. There is almost nothing as refreshing as a fizzy drink whether drank with a meal or enjoyed alone. Getting together for a soda is also a social occasion for many people. However, soda comes with a variety of health risks, most especially dental risks. While soda is an enjoyable beverage, research shows that it is extremely bad for your teeth.

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SodaStream Venn Diagram

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Champagne on a patio

Search YouTube and you’ll find tons of videos of SodaStreams exploding after some poor schmuck tried to carbonate wine and turn it into champagne. And while these epic fails are funny to watch, we’re here to to tell you there is a better way.

You CAN make sparkling wine in a SodaStream.

Before we get into the details, let’s talk about the science. [click to continue…]


5 Places to Find SodaStream Recipes Online

Chopping watermelon

For most people it doesn’t take long to realize that they love their SodaStream more than they love the syrups it came with.

Many love it because they enjoy sparkling water or the occasional gin and tonic, but one of the greatest things about the SodaStream is that with a little creativity, it’s easy to make your own syrup and create entirely new flavours.

If you’re a little bit less adventurous but you want to discover new SodaStream recipes and stop using the syrups your machine came with, you’ll be happy to know other people have done most of the necessary exploring for you.

Here are a few places where you can find great SodaStream recipes: [click to continue…]

Flowers in pots

Soda water, especially when flavoured with a bit of citrus tastes delicious—and it’s a great way to increase water intake. But did you know soda water has many other uses besides delicious hydration? [click to continue…]