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It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for the best 40-ouncer of beer or the best $40,000 whiskey, because we cover it all. From profiles of industry-leading chefs and bartenders to recipes for homemade cocktails or brisket, The Manual serves up content that will make you hungry, thirsty, and ready to put your apron on.

Two fried eggs and salmon served on a blue oval plate.

Try these 11 foods high in vitamin D for healthy bones

Vitamin D is crucial for bone health and hormone production. So, start improving your health and diet with these delicious foods that are high in vitamin D.
Bechamel sauce over lasagna

You should know how to make these incredible sauces

Fresh broccoli in a bowl

Cruciferous vegetables are the secret to a healthy diet — here are 9 you should be eating


This is what the VSOP designation means on that bottle of Cognac

Jack Daniel's

Jack Daniel’s latest whiskeys are limited-edition bottles you’ll want to get your hands on

Wine bottles

This is what ‘DOC’ and ‘DOCG’ mean on your wine labels


Does bourbon go bad? The storage tricks you need to know

Medical CBD oil on dark background with cannabis leaves

What does CBD feel like? All your questions answered

Hard apple cider in a glass, surrounded by apples.

How to make hard apple cider from the comfort of your home

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Save 26% on Rastelli’s premium meat and seafood delivery service

Wooden spoon with large flakes of salt

Does salt break a fast? The answer may surprise you

Whiskey cocktail

Our 5 favorite scotch drinks, ranked


The best sipping whiskeys, ranked

When it comes to finding a whiskey for sipping, the key is finding the style of whiskey that suits your palate.
Brennan's Bloody Bull.

This is how to make a Bloody Bull – a better, beefier Bloody Mary recipe

Looking at the Bloody Bull, the meaty cousin of the Bloody Mary. How the drink came to be and a recipe to boot.
A HelloFresh meal kit next to a selection of vegetables

How to cancel HelloFresh temporarily or permanently

Canceling your HelloFresh meal kit delivery service is quick and easy, and it can be done right from your account page. Here's how.
Packing a suitcase.

Flying with alcohol: How to pack beer and wine in your luggage

Can you bring alcohol on a plane? Yes, but you need to know how to pack your wine and beer. Here's how.
Friends sharing a meal in a restaurant

Intuitive eating is different from any other diet: 5 tips you need to know to succeed

Intuitive eating isn't just a fad diet; it's a whole new way of approaching your relationship with food.
Whiskey glass

This is why your bourbon tastes sweet even though there’s no added sugar

There’s a reason America’s “native spirit” is so popular. Bourbon is well-known for its mellow, easy-drinking, sweet flavor.

The best whiskey options to make your Manhattan drink recipe even better

Want to improve your Manhattan drink recipe? It all starts with the whiskey you use.
Coffee pouring over the sides

All energy, no jitters: The best CBD coffee brands

CBD coffee will wake you up, but also help you avoid the jitters and chill you out. It's pretty much the best of both worlds.
Plant-based noodle salad

Plant-based diet facts: A beginner’s guide to this lifestyle

Plant-based diets focus on plant foods, but grant some latitude for animal products. Find out more here.
Person smoking meat

How to smoke meat like a pro: Everything you need to know

Prepare to be the next pitmaster with our comprehensive guide on smoking — a traditional cooking method that rewards you with tasty, flavorful slabs of meat.
Bock beer

Prepare for spring with these great bock beers

When the winter turns toward spring, not only are we excited about the milder temperatures and longer days, but we’re looking forward to the bock beers.

The difference between an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan: These two classic cocktails, explained

These drinks are made with whiskey and both have some of the same ingredients, but they are surprisingly different in flavor and appearance.
Roasted chicken

You’re probably making these 3 mistakes when you’re preparing baked chicken

Whether you're roasting an entire bird for a group, or preparing a single baked chicken breast for one, here are some mistakes we all make from time to time.
Friends toasting with beer

It’s official: Gen Z is not a fan of wine (and what that means for everyone else)

Younger drinkers just simply aren't interested in wine as much as they used to be - not by a long shot.

Our 4 favorite mezcals for sipping

Looking for a mezcal that's great for sipping instea dof mixing into a drink? These are the 4 best we've tried
Rum drink

Our 6 favorite rum brands and bottles in 2024

Looking for a great rum? These are our favorite brands and bottles in 2024

These are bartenders’ favorite value single malt Scotch whiskies (all under $100)

We asked a handful of notable bartenders to tell us the best value single malt Scotch whiskies to drink right now.
Cold cocktail with lime, lemon, tonic, vodka and ice on vintage background

The best vodka and vodka mixers for no hangover

Want to avoid a hangover? These are the best vodka and vodka mixers to enjoy.
Hands toasting with red wine

The best sommelier-approved wine picks for date night

Looking for the perfect wine for a romantic night? Check out these sommelier suggestions
A warm cup of coffee and spoon on a saucer with coffee beans

The 14 best coffee beans to buy in 2024, chosen by experts

With the best coffee beans, you can elevate your coffee-drinking experience to new levels. Here's what to stock up on for a great cup.
Fresh home made Tom Collins cocktails with lemon

How to make the finest Tom Collins cocktail, according to experts

The Tom Collins is a classic cocktail made of gin, soda water, simple syrup, and citrus. Here's how to make the very best version of it.
Bowl of Vietnamese Pho with rice noodles, mung beans, cilantro, spring onions and limes

How to make Vietnamese pho, a perfect soup for any time of the year

A steaming bowl of rich beef broth brimming with noodles and fragrant herbs, pho is widely considered the most famous dish of Vietnam.
Grindwittryz dish

The founder of Pacific Rim cuisine shows us how to make the perfect Hawaiian BBQ

Hawaiian BBQ is a diverse and tasty food category informed by many cultures and perfect for life outside.

Rum 101: An enthusiast’s guide to understanding the different types of rum

Our guide helps you understand the nuances of rum production, so you yourself can discover which types of rum you'll enjoy the most.

Bourbon snifters: What they’re good for, which bourbon you should drink from them, and more

Everything you want to know about bourbon snifters, from their shape to which bourbons to drink from them
Cloud Water Survivalist drink pack in box with 12 varied cans.

Turn dysfunctional nights into functional days with Cloud Water

With Cloud Water drinks you can turn dysfunctional nights into functional days, rejuvenating yourself after a long, hard night of fun, work, or otherwise.
Wine bottles

When you see “Cru” on a wine label, here’s what it means

A general understanding of how the word "cru" is used in wine regions in France, and throughout the world.
Strong Spirits Set. Hard alcoholic drinks in glasses in assortment: vodka, cognac, tequila, brandy and whiskey, grappa, liqueur, vermouth, tincture, rum. Vintage bar counter background, selective focus

Why aged gin is a must-have for your bar cart

Aged gin is incredible stuff. The act of barrel-resting the classic spirit changes its color, complexity, and more.

Genius hack for reheating rice takes seconds, uses only water

Reheating rice is a hot-button topic, and the latest hack takes seconds and only requires boiling water
Charred lemons

Want a truly special margarita? Burn your lemons (yes, really)

Charring lemons adds completely new flavors while heightening the already acidic, citrusy, juicy flavors.
Bourbon glass

Our 6 favorite bourbon brands and bottles in 2024

Looking for a great bourbon? These are our favorite brands and bottles in 2024
Raw spaghetti

It’s been scientifically proven that pasta makes you happier

At long last, science has confirmed what most of us have known since childhood. That this life-giving ingredient actually makes our brains happier.
Raw salmon filet

The 5 biggest lies you’ve been told about salmon

Because of its sparkling popularity, salmon - inevitably - is bound to be the victim of some rumors. Here's the the truth.
Wine being poured at dinner table

How many glasses of wine are actually in a bottle? You might not like the answer

No matter the size of your glass - however comical - that pour should still just be five ounces. Sorry.

Move over, espresso martini — This whiskey-based coffee cocktail is so much better

Move over, espresso martini — This whiskey-based coffee cocktail is so much better

7 fan-favorite budget whiskey bottles, ranked

Great sipping whiskeys, versatile mixing whiskeys, and everything in between. There’s something for every palate when it comes to budget bottles.

Why glasses made for bourbon actually matter

If you enjoy bourbon, you should probably invest in at least one whiskey glass.
single tea bag, white background

Chamomile tea only gets healthier when you add lavender — here’s why

From helping to fight against inflammation to supporting healthy sleep, the benefits of chamomile lavender tea might just surprise you.

Liquor, Beer, and Wine

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