6 Things You Can Drink Anywhere You Travel

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To avoid unwanted illnesses when traveling, opt for these 6 safe drinking choices

If served from a closed bottle, wine is usually safe to drink anywhere in the world.

Though traveling to exotic places, eating street food, and living "like a local" might be a great adventure, there is also reason to be cautious of what foods and beverages one consumes in a foreign environment. Consuming unusual foods and drinks, especially when visiting developing countries, can sometimes lead to unpleasant surprises, such as foodborne illnesses. But with a little planning and preparation, staying healthy while traveling is not an impossible task.

Click here to see the 6 Things You Can Drink Anywhere You Travel (Slideshow)

When it comes to imbibing abroad, the first and most important tip to remember, in order to avoid unwanted sickness such as traveler’s diarrhea, is to stay away from tap water. Most travelers visiting developing countries and exotic, remote locations in Africa, Asia, or Latin America immediately cut out the tap water, but even in big cities in Europe, tap water might not be a very safe drinking choice, according to a report by Condé Nast Traveler.

To be on the safe side, consuming unfiltered water abroad should be avoided as much as possible. As explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is important to remember that other common drinks — such as juices and cold coffee drinks — often include the local tap water, and should be avoided. A general rule for safe drinking options abroad is to stick to beverages served in a bottle — and to make sure that the bottle has not been opened by anyone before landing in your hands.

We at The Daily Meal did some research to find out what beverages are the safest to drink while traveling, and came up with a list of six go-to drinks for overseas vacations. To find out what these six beverages are, click through our slideshow of 6 Things You Can Drink Anywhere You Travel.

10 Ancient Recipes You Can Try Today

Food has evolved a lot. It&rsquos easy to take the complexity of the recipes and technology we enjoy today for granted&mdashbut it wasn&rsquot always this way. There was a time when things weren&rsquot so sophisticated and took quite a lot longer.

If you&rsquove ever wondered what food tasted like back then, you&rsquore in luck. We have the answer. We&rsquove managed to preserve and recover recipes from the time of Richard II all the way back to the Sumerian empire, and you can still try them today.

Black tea contains antioxidants (although fewer than green tea). To release them most effectively, the tea needs to be brewed at a temperature near boiling (194 F) because of oxidation. Adding milk (particularly whole milk) can also block the antioxidant effects.

While the National Cancer Institute doesn't recommend drinking tea to reduce cancer, some studies have researched its effectiveness. A 2013 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that black tea reduced the risk of prostate cancer.   The International Journal of Oncology is also studying the tea and its potential to guard against ovarian cancer.  

Black tea also delivers a good dose of caffeine. An 8-ounce serving can contain 14 to 70 milligrams. Even decaffeinated tea has up to 12 milligrams of caffeine.

39 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Thailand

Eat off your spoon, not your fork. Eating directly off a fork is considered crude instead, use your fork to push food onto your spoon.


Yes, the people really are *that* nice. Don’t be surprised if strangers offer you advice or strike up a conversation with you.


People don’t stand in lines. This took me a few days (and many long waits for the ladies room) to figure out. Instead of queuing up, Thais form a crowd. Stand your ground, and get used to a lack of personal space in public places. It is good to know this before you visit Thailand.


Take tuk-tuks during the day and taxis at night. Taxis are more comfortable, but tuk-tuks give you a better view. Both are terrifying.

If you go to Patpong road at night (Bangkok’s equivalent of the Red Light District), ask your taxi to come back and pick you up at a certain time. Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time fighting all the other drunk people to find a ride back to your hotel.


Don’t talk about the king. Seriously, not a word.

This is very important for Thailand travel.


Gambling is only permitted on certain days (by order of the king, whom you are still not talking about, right?). Hit up the horse tracks on a pro-gambling day for an awesome experience. Prepare for lots of yelling, drunk people, and general debauchery.


Eat as many mangoes as you possibly can when you travel to Thailand. The mangoes in Thailand are the most delicious in the world.


Cover up your elbows and knees when visiting temples, wats, monasteries, palaces, etc. I’d recommend bringing along a light jacket or cover-up even on days when a temple isn’t on the itinerary — you never know when you’ll stumble across a beautiful wat you’ll want to check out!


Many of the popular beer brands also make bottled water. If you order a “Chang” or “Singha,” the waitress will likely respond “Chang beer?” to clarify. Make it easy by ordering “Chang water” or “Singha beer” to begin with.

As a side note, I’ve tried doing this in Thai restaurants back home and I just get weird looks. Go figure.


Don’t take a taxi driver’s word on it if they say an attraction or site is closed for the day many times they will use this tactic to try to “suggest” other destinations which earn them a commission. If in doubt, just thank them for the information and ask another driver.


Use public transportation. The BTS (Subway) and MRT (Light Rail) are cheap, convenient, and fast. You can get just about anywhere using these systems and they are really easy to use.

The maps make sense, the token system is efficient and simple, and the trains are kept very clean. Get a day pass to save extra money.


You will see some roaches. Some days I saw none, other days they were crawling over my feet while I was trying to drink a mojito. Yeah, they are a little gross, but it’s not a deal-breaker. Better than rats, am I right?


The best-dressed woman on any given train, boat, or sidewalk is probably a ladyboy. I say this without meaning offense to Thai women, who are absolutely gorgeous, but as a compliment to the styling prowess of ladyboys.


Stay in a five-star hotel when visiting Thailand. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal at a top-of-the-line hotel than in Thailand.

We stayed in some fabulous hotels for around $100/night — some came with our own private infinity pools.

Post COVID-19 care: Here are 6 things you need to after having recovered from coronavirus infection

1. Exercise consistently: Exercising might be troublesome in case you're recovering, and your body is weak, however, gradually bringing it to your everyday schedule will make you both physically and mentally healthy.

2. Have a nutritious eating routine: Another fundamental practice is to have nutrient and supplement rich meal regimen to help speeding the recovery. Coronavirus opens the body to a ton of stress and the medicines can likewise debilitate your body. A few patients additionally experience unexplained weight reduction or weight gain. Thus, try to have a well-organized eating regimen loaded with organic products, vegetables, eggs and safe poultry to compensate for the lost appetite. Attempt to have food which is cooked and simple to process for the body. Keep in mind, your body is just barely attempting to return to full power. Try not to overexert or eat undesirable.

Consume a healthy, nourishing diet to recover from COVID-19
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3. Work on your memory: The virus is known to damage your memory cells. In order to regain the lost attention, cognitive thinking abilities, and memory, invest some of your days' time in playing puzzles, memory games and activities that you make you think harder. Formulate ways in which you can invigorate the mind. Start with those activities which are feasible, and continuously challenge yourself to build the sharpness. The key is going slowly yet accomplishing something for your brain each day.

4. Pace down: First off, don't hope to jump back to your normal life routine right after you get back home or test negative for the virus. Henceforth, give yourself enough time to gradually transition into your old everyday practice, taking each day at a time. Keep in mind, you have quite recently battled an illness that severely attacked your immune system and it is smart to get into your old exercises gradually, instead of simply taking a plunge.

5. Focus on alarming signals, if any: Whether it is a pestering headache or an episode of fatigue, it is essential to focus on any noticeable signs that your body isn't approving the post-COVID situation. Stay in constant touch with your primary care physician if any such issues crop up in the post-recuperation period.

6. Make space for others in your recovery journey: Understand that you do require rest to feel like yourself once you're COVID-negative. Consequently, look for help at whatever point you need as it will assist you with rationing your energy levels and fight exhaustion. Regardless of whether it is shopping for food or preparing it, acknowledge that your body needs enough opportunity to recover. So, by taking help or involving someone close while you are on your recovery route is rather beneficial for you.

While normally, a COVID-19 patient for the most part takes 3 weeks to recover, new researches have called attention towards those individuals who may have experienced impact on their kidney, lungs and heart, long after they recovered. Other conceivable long-haul effects of COVID-19 are neurological conditions and mental health issues as studies suggest that the infection can likewise attack the brain cells and the nervous system. While the information does not hold much proof, it is still unequivocally encouraged to consistently follow these six practices to keep yourself fit.

(Dr. Ajay Kaul, Chairman and Head Of Department - Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, BLK Super Specialty Hospital)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

18 Actually Delicious Things You Can Make in a Mug

These are for when you can't be bothered with plates. Or pots. Or the stove.

These are for when you can't be bothered with plates. Or pots. Or the stove.

This ultimate life hack is perfect for dorm rooms, office kitchens, or any situation where you really just can't deal with busting out a pan.

Sometimes you just want one muffin, not a dozen. Sometimes you want to devour it while it's still warm and steamy. Enter the mug muffin, a game changer.

No, you are not dreaming, that is actually a warm, gooey cinnamon roll you can make in your very own microwave.

This is the most genius thing you will ever do with a slice of bread. Mark our words.

Now that you know how to make French toast that you don't have to share, it's time to get fancy with bananas.

Got some tortillas chips lying around? Throw them into your eggy mug situation for this two-minute riff on chilaquiles.

If there was any shame in consuming mass amounts of cheesy, meaty deliciousness from a mug, we officially do not care (thanks to this recipe).

You have to use your oven for this one, but it's basically grilled cheese plus tomato soup in a single vessel. Worth it.

Burrito bowls are so yesterday mugs are the future.

How about some fried rice you can make faster than it takes you to pick up the phone and call that delivery guy?

The ultimate comfort food in 15 minutes flat sans oven? Yup, we just went there.

Here's a fancy meal you can serve to guests without them even thinking, "Ummm, did you serve me a mug?" This is proof that mug cooking absolutely does not mean you're a lazy person with no cooking skills.

There are two issues with cookie baking. 1) The cookies are never ready fast enough for our eating pleasure. 2) Apparently, some people have trouble not eating the entire batch (not that we would know or anything). This one-minute recipe is the solution.

Here's a big ol' mug of warm and fudgey Nutella cake because you deserve it. Did we mention it's ready in less than five minutes?

Mug-based treats and autumn weather go hand in hand, especially when this sticky microwave pumpkin pie is involved.

We apologize in advance for the intense craving you are about to receive.

Here's another chocolatey microwave mug recipe, but this time with graham crackers inside and marshmallows on top. You're welcome.

2. Birch Syrup

Kahiltna Gold Birch Syrup from Alaska. You can buy it here.

Birch syrup is produced in the same way as maple syrup you reduce the water content to concentrate the sugar content. But birch syrup is much more expensive, up to five times the price, because you get less syrup from birch sap.

There’s roughly half as much sugar in birch sap as in maple sap, so compared to maple syrup you need twice as much sap to produce the same amount of syrup.

Depending on the species of birch, location, weather, and season the birch sap will have about a 0.5-2% sugar content. You need about 100-150 liters of sap to produce one liter of syrup.

In commercial production they use reverse osmosis machines and evaporators to get rid of the water. For example in Alaska total production of birch syrup in Alaska is approximately 3,800 liters (1,000 U.S. gallons) per year.

When I’ve made birch syrup though I’ve just carefully boiled the sap. It’s easy to burn the sap though because of the high fructose content, and it takes a long time to get rid of all that water. What you can do to reduce the risk of burning the sap is to first boil off something like 50% of the water and then move it over to a bain-marie / double boiler and get rid of the rest of the water.

Birch syrup is delicious on pancakes, and it’s a fun experiment.

Secret Menu Items. Without Knowing the Recipe

Sophie Shi

One barista said it best: "Whatever a 'Captain Crunch Frappuccino' is, I have no idea." Starbucks' baristas may be amazing, but they're not all-knowing. You can't ask for a Secret Menu item without knowing the recipe and expect the barista to know it for you. They've got the Starbuck's actual menu to memorize, and there's no way they can learn every Secret Menu item, too. Plus, it's just good practice to know what you want in life and not rely on other people #adulting.

Be aware that your Secret Menu item is probably going to have extra charges based on what you add. But be very clear with the barista about what you want, and the Secret Menu could be your new best friend.

20 Brilliant Ways To Use Lemons

1. Make Dried Lemon Peels

Dried lemon peels are easy to make at home! Use them in recipes, or to make cleaners and homemade beauty products. The peel of the lemon contains oils that are packed with lemon scent and flavor, and you can keep dried lemon peels in your fridge to use for up to a year!

2. Fade Age Spots

Use a lemon to whip up a homemade treatment for skin discolorations! Lemon juice has natural lightening properties which can help reduce the appearance of age spots and sun spots. Get the full recipe at the link below.

3. Make Your Shower Door Shine

Glass shower doors are like magnets for hard water stains and stubborn soap scum. Use a lemon to help you scrub them clean! Dip half a lemon into a small dish of kosher salt, and get scrubbing. Then stand back and admire the shine!

4. Dust Your House

Gather some lemon peels and some white vinegar, and whip up a batch of your own reusable dusting cloths. You’ll love the way they cut through dust and grime, as well as the invigorating lemon scent they leave behind! Get the super simple instructions below.

5. Make Cleaning Vinegar

I love to clean with vinegar. It’s actually one of my favorite natural cleaning agents, but I know a lot of people don’t like the smell. So I created a scented cleaning vinegar that you can use to clean almost anything! Just grab some lemons and a jug of vinegar, and follow the easy steps below.

6. Eliminate Fridge Odors

Use a lemon to absorb lingering odors in your refrigerator. Soak a sponge or cotton ball in some fresh lemon juice, and place it in your fridge for several hours to absorb those odors.

7. Remove Permanent Marker Stains

With the help of lemons, it IS possible to remove permanent marker stains! You can use a mixture of lemon juice and cream of tartar to remove or treat permanent marker stains on fabric or upholstery. (Get more tips on removing permanent markers stains by reading the post below.)

8. Whiten Your Clothes

Lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide are the two main components in the recipe for my homemade bleach alternative. This all-natural mixture is great for whitening whites and removing stains. Get the full recipe below!

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9. Keep Bugs Out

Use lemon juice to repel pesky insects in your home! Squeeze some lemon juice into holes and cracks where you see ants coming in, and they’ll avoid the area in the future.

10. Clean Your Kitchen

Use lemons to make two homemade cleaners at once – an enzyme cleaning spray and a scrub! I use this enzyme scrub all the time on my sink, and it works like a charm! My sink is left looking clean and sparkling, and it smells so fresh, too! Get all the details and plenty of photos at the link below.

11. Freshen Your Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal is smelling a little funky, there’s a super simple way to clean it! Just pour white vinegar into an ice cube mold, and drop a small chunk of lemon into each section. Freeze the tray, then drop a few of the frozen vinegar cubes into your running garbage disposal. The ice will help keep the blades sharp and clean, and the lemon helps to deodorize the disposal. Repeat the process once a week or so to keep things smelling fresh.

12. Wash Your Veggies

Use lemon juice to clean your fresh fruits and vegetables. Just add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 8 ounces of water, and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray your fruits and veggies, let them sit for a few minutes, and then rinse them thoroughly with cold water.

13. Get Silky Smooth Legs

Lemon juice is a component in my homemade exfoliating scrub for super soft legs. It’s great to use right before you shave, and it will help combat dry and itchy skin during the winter. If you’ve never tried this before, I highly recommend it! You won’t believe how silky smooth your legs feel. :-)

14. Clear Up Blackheads

Lemon juice can help you get rid of pesky blackheads, and even out your skin tone in the process! Apply a simple mixture of lemon juice, baking soda, and honey and give your pores a good steam, then gently remove the remaining blackheads for clear, glowing skin. Get the full details on this treatment below!

15. Eliminate Garbage Can Odors

Save leftover lemon peels to eliminate odors from your garbage can! After you take a full bag out of the trash, place a handful of lemon peels at the bottom of the can, then put your new trash bag in. The lemon peels will help keep your garbage can smelling fresh and clean.

16. Heal Cracked Heels

If you struggle with dry, cracked heels, a lemon can provide relief! Just remove the flesh out of one half of a lemon, then place the empty “shell” on your heel. Put a sock on to hold the lemon in place, and leave it for 30 minutes. The acid in the lemon juice will help slough off dead skin cells, leaving softer, smoother skin behind. Get more details below.

17. Make Your House Smell Amazing

During the cold winter months, I love mixing up potpourri to make my house smell warm and inviting. It’s an easy way to fill your house with the scents of the season! Check out the link below to get the recipe for a lemon-rosemary potpourri… mmm!

18. Keep Guacamole Fresh

Lemon juice can help you keep avocado fresh for a couple of days in the fridge. Squeeze half a lemon over guacamole or smashed avocado, then press a sheet of plastic wrap onto the surface. It’ll stay green and fresh, at least for a day or two!

19. Clean A Stained Cutting Board

I thought my stained plastic cutting boards were beyond saving, until I found this amazing trick! Using lemon and good old fashioned sunshine, you can lift those unsightly stains right out of your white cutting boards. Get the details below!

20. Treat Dandruff

Treat annoying dandruff with the help of fresh lemon juice. Massage 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp, then rinse. Repeat the process daily until your dandruff disappears.

21. Bonus Tip! – Storing Lemons

I’ll leave you with one last lemon tip. Ever wondered how to prolong the life of your lemons? A reader suggested storing them in a jar of water in your fridge! We gave it a try, and it kept our lemons good for about a week longer than storing them on the counter. Smart!

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3 Easy Cocktail Recipes That Are Perfect for Summer

One thing we’ve never forgotten to pack for a summertime adventure is something tasty to sip on.

A lot of the time we choose beer because it’s easy just grab a six pack and go. Lately, however, we’ve been craving a little something extra. We’re not fancy or high maintenance, but we love things that taste really good.

After all, who said that your taste buds have to suffer just because you’re not behind the bar? If this sounds like you, check out these three awesome and easy cocktails that you can make just about anywhere… perfect for kicking off Memorial Day weekend.

Pack List:
– Shaker
– Jigger
– Cups
– Muddler (optional)
– Knife
– Cutting board

Slower Lower

The perfect drink for a day at the beach. Photo: Erin McGrady

This drink was named after the tiny, little state of Delaware. It’s the perfect drink for a day at the beach. To get the pineapple juice, you can either muddle fresh pineapple like we did, or you can pack a can and use that—either way works.

– 4 oz dark rum (we used Papa’s Pilar)
– 1 oz fresh lime juice
– 2 oz pineapple juice
– 4 thin lime slices
– Ice Freshly-muddled pineapple takes this cocktail to the next level.

– Measure out your pineapple juice and rum, and pour in the shaker.
– Squeeze the lime until you get an ounce of juice and pour in the shaker.
– Add ice to almost fill the shaker, leaving enough room for ingredients to mix.
– Put the cap on and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
– Strain the drink into two glasses.
– Add lime slices and drink up!

The Docktail

This five-ingredient beauty has lots of fresh flavor and a hoppy addition.

We start craving this drink long before the dock is even in sight. This is one of the smoothest drinks around, but watch out—it’ll catch up to you if you lose count of how many you’ve had.

– 4 oz gin
– 2 oz lemon juice, fresh squeezed
– 2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves)
– 6 oz of an IPA beer
– 2 toothpicks
– 6 blueberries
– Ice A little lemon always does the trick.

– Measure out your gin, lemon juice and simple syrup, and pour into the shaker.
– Add ice to almost fill the shaker, leaving enough room for ingredients to mix.
– Put the cap on and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
– Strain the drink into two glasses.
– Pour 3 ounces of beer into each glass.
– Put a couple blueberries on a toothpick, float on the top, and drink up.

The Refresher

Seasonal fresh strawberries and kombucha are the stars of this summertime sip.

After spending hours in the waves, this cocktail will bring you back to life! It’s made with fresh fruit, a little bit of Kombucha and just enough tequila to give it a kick. This is our go-to summer drink that’s as fun to make as it is delicious.

Serves One (Note: If you can find a bigger shaker to fit 14 strawberries, just double the recipe)

– 2 1/2 oz ripe strawberries (about 7 medium sized)
– 1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, heated til sugar dissolves)
– 3/4 oz lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
– 1 cap-full of Health-Ade Pomegranate Kombucha
– 2 oz tequila All you need is a splash of kombucha to give this drink a bubbly finish.

– Place the berries in the shaker.
– Muddle berries until they look like strawberry puree.
– Add the simple syrup, lemon juice and tequila to the shaker.
– Add ice to almost fill the shaker, leaving enough room for ingredients to mix.
– Strain the drink into your glass.
– Top with kombucha.
– Garnish with a fresh lemon peel.

Story and Photos by Erin McGrady and Caroline Whatley.

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31 Things You Can Do with Beer (Besides Drink It)

Beer is so good that you should be able to do more with it than just drink it then flush it away. I'm bathing in it now, submerged in the sweet smell of Neuzeller Kloster-Brau Original Badebier, a German brew of 16th-century origin. It's blacker than motor oil (and only slightly less viscous), but it's uncommonly delicious. In fact, after I had uncorked the bottle and sampled it, it seemed criminal to pour it into a tub of hot bathwater. This stuff is for my insides, not my outsides. But when I punch on the Jacuzzi jets, my beer bath foams into an impressive head. Had I known about this possibility before, I would be the cleanest man in North America.

After 20 minutes of soaking, I step out, heeding the brewer's advice to towel off without rinsing. I expect my skin to be tacky and tart-smelling, like a fraternity floor the morning after homecoming. But my wife buries her face in my chest and says I smell like fresh bread. The yeast&mdashleft in to soothe the skin&mdashhad made mine smooth and luxurious.

If Badebier weren't so expensive and difficult to obtain (the only U.S. importer is Noble Union Imports, nobleunion.com, 713-874-1984), I could become a bubble-bath addict.

The experience started me thinking about other possible uses for my favorite beverage. What if beer were like WD-40&mdashan indispensable product with hundreds of household uses? The next time your bride complains about all the room it's taking up in the fridge, you could argue that it's not just beer, it's lawn fertilizer, construction equipment, and a necessary kitchen-safety tool. And, of course, research shows that, in moderation, drinking beer has significant health benefits.

It's time, gentlemen, to make beer an even bigger part of our world. Here are 31 new reasons to love it.

1. Bathe in It
Instead of sipping a beer, try soaking in it. Pour a bottle of German Badebier in the tub and lie back for a real bubble bath.

2. Put Out a Fire
Although certainly not as effective as a real fire extinguisher, a can or bottle of beer can mimic one if none is available. Simply shake and spritz. After all, beer is mostly water. This works on small grill flare-ups, and some people have been known to carry an emergency can in their car in case of engine fire. Or at least that's what they tell the state troopers.

3. Marinate Meat
Beer is slightly acidic&mdashand that makes it an excellent meat tenderizer, says Linda Omichinski, R.D., a nutritionist. This allows you to enjoy leaner cuts that otherwise might be too tough. Beer also won't alter the meat's flavor as much as wine- and vinegar-based marinades do. Poke a few holes in the meat, put it in a Tupperware container (we know you have them) or a large resealable bag, and add beer. (English ale is great for beef.) Marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or, better yet, overnight. Do not drink the marinade.

4. Polish Pots
In days of yore, the last bit of beer from spent kegs was collected and used to polish the copper vats in breweries. Gregg Smith, general manager of the Idaho Brewing Company, is keeping the tradition alive by using beer to put a shine on the copper-top tables in his Idaho Falls establishment. "Because of its acidity, " he explains, "you can just pour some on, let it sit for a while, then wipe it off. It also works well on Revere Ware pots. "

5. Make Beer Barbecue Sauce
1 medium Spanish onion, diced
1 medium banana pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp capers
5 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 small can tomato paste
1/3 cup each wine vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp each Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, honey, Dijon mustard, horseradish, oregano
2 Tbsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp cumin
Dash of ground clove
12 ounces amber ale or porter

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and boil for 10 minutes. Lower heat and simmer about 4 hours until thickened. Cool and refrigerate for 24 hours so the flavors can meld. Then baste everything but the dog with it.

6. Shampoo Hair
Not only is beer the remedy for a dull party, it's also the cure for dull hair. Dump a cup into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Let it reduce until there's 1/4 cup left. This removes the alcohol, which can dry hair. Let the beer cool, then mix it with a cup of your favorite shampoo. Pour it into an empty shampoo bottle, then wash and rinse as usual. It'll give your hair more shine and luster.

If you don't like to cook, the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Lewes, Delaware, sells 10-ounce Beer Shampoo bars (made with its fine ales) that'll put a nice head on your head. The brewery also makes Beer Soap from its 90-Minute IPA. Each bar costs $5 (plus shipping) and can be ordered at dogfish.com or (888) 836-4347.

7. Loosen Rusty Bolts
Pour some beer on them and wait a few minutes. The carbonation may help break up the rust.

8. Clear Up Brown Spots in Your Lawn
According to Andrew Lopez, a professional gardener, the fermented sugars in beer stimulate plant growth and kill fungi. He recommends spraying either home brew or Rolling Rock (both are chemical-free) on those annoying brown spots in your lawn. (Either that, or just stop peeing there.) "The grass will absorb the sugar in the beer and draw energy from it, " Lopez explains.

9. Steam Clams or Mussels
Fill a large steamer pot with equal parts water and beer, then bring to a boil. Steam the randy little mollusks until their shells open. Couldn't be simpler. The beer imparts a nice flavor.

10. Pass a Kidney Stone
As you've undoubtedly noticed, beer is a diuretic. It helps flush the kidneys and bladder. This can be beneficial if you're suffering from a bladder infection or kidney stone. "You can drink water or cranberry juice, but beer also works, " says Larry L. Alexander, M.D., medical director of Central Florida Regional Hospital's emergency department. " It helps dilate the ureters [the tubes connecting the kidneys and bladder], which may help you pass a stone quicker and easier. Plus, the alcohol will take the edge off the pain. " But don't drink beer if you're taking antibiotics or narcotic pain medications. You'll render the drugs useless and make yourself sick.

11. Boil Shrimp
Open three 12-ounce bottles of Yuengling Premium or a comparable mild pilsner and pour them into a large soup pot. Wait for the beer to go flat (about 2 hours), then add 1/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning and 2 tsp ground turmeric (to turn the shrimp a rich yellow). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cook for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, rinse 2 pounds of extra-large raw shrimp in cold water and drain. Add them to the pot and stir. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, no more. Quickly remove the shrimp using a large slotted spoon. Serve immediately with cocktail sauce and, you guessed it, more beer. This same recipe makes great lobster, but cook it for 12 to 15 minutes.

12. Kill Slugs
Gather a few empty salsa jars (or similar wide-mouth containers) and fill them a third of the way with cheap beer. Then bury them about 15 feet from your garden, girlfriend, or whatever you're trying to protect. Make sure the rims are almost level with the soil surface. For some reason, slugs love beer. They'll find the traps, drop in, and drown. Do this in the evening, let them party all night, and give them an honorable burial in the morning.

13. Find Due North
Okay, here's the scenario. A bit far-fetched, we admit, but let's say you're hopelessly lost in the wilderness, and all you have is a can of beer, a sewing needle, a small bowl, and a pair of extra-large silk panties. (Because this is a matter of life and death, the camp counselor should give hers up.) First, open the beer, pour some into the bowl, and let it go flat. (Better drink the rest this may not work.) Next, magnetize the needle by stroking it repeatedly in one direction with the panties. This will generate a charge of static electricity. Then float the needle in the beer. When it stops, it'll be pointing in a north-south direction. Now get outta there!

14. Soothe Tired Feet
Pour a couple of cold ones into a bucket and soak your dogs. "Ice-cold beer with lots of carbonation can be soothing for tired feet, " Dr. Alexander says. Stop at two you don't want to start staggering.

15. Make a Beer Slide
Forget volleyball and croquet. At your next party, lay a large vinyl tarp on a slope, then make it slick with lots of beer. Have your friends strip down to their underwear or swim trunks, get a running start, and slide downhill on their butts.

16. Lower Your Blood Pressure
John Palmer, a hypertensive home-brewer and engineer in Monrovia, California, puts a handful of dried hops or hops pellets (available at any home-brew store) in a coffeemaker and brews them with hot water. It makes for a bitter tea, but he claims it brings his blood pressure back to normal within 10 minutes by dilating the capillaries. "There may be something to it, " Dr. Alexander says. "A person who's intoxicated is usually flushed and sweaty. Some ingredient is dilating the blood vessels, which, in turn, lowers blood pressure. " We don't advocate this as a replacement for medication, though.

17. Trick a Cheap Landlord
Live in an apartment where the landlord pays the heat bill and sets the thermostat pretty low? Ice up a can of beer in the freezer, then set it atop the lockbox that encloses the thermostat. The cold from the beer will trick the thermostat into thinking the temperature has dropped so it'll turn the heat on.

18. Bake Beer Bread
You already know how to put a bun in the oven. Now it's time to go all the way. Here's a healthful, foolproof recipe for high-fiber beer bread from the book Tailoring Your Tastes, by nutritionist Omichinski:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 tsp each salt, dried basil, dried rosemary, thyme
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp cooking oil
12 oz beer, at room temperature

Mix all the dry ingredients. Add oil and beer. Stir until dough is just mixed. Put dough in a greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from oven and let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cool some more.

19. Catch Mice
Slugs aren't the only pests with a fatal attraction to beer. According to Neil Herbst, owner of the Alley Kat Brewing Company in Edmonton, Alberta, you can also trap mice with it. He recommends setting out a few small pails or bowls of beer (his competitors', never his own), with a small ramp leading up to the lip. The mice will be attracted by the smell, hop in, drink their fill, then be unable to climb out.

20. Tie a Fly
This tip is from the bookCuriosities of Ale and Beer, published in 1889: Mix beer, chimney soot, walnut leaves, and a little powdered alum in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then chill. Dipping any natural materials you're using in this solution prior to tying is supposed to make for a tighter, more attractive fly. No promises as to whether it will catch more fish, though.

21. Cure Insomnia
Gregg Smith, author of The Beer Drinker's Bible, says women often show up at his brewery asking to buy not his beer but the hops he uses to brew it. "They sew it into pillows, " he explains. "The smell of it is supposed to be a sleep aid, especially for colicky babies. I've never tried it, but we get enough requests that there must be something to it. " Hops is a type of flower, though, so be careful if you have allergies.

22. Massage Yourself
A full can of beer is a great self-massage tool, according to Dori Love-Bentley, a certified massage therapist. For instance, take off your shoes and roll a can underfoot. Or put one in the crook of your back or between your shoulder blades and lean back against a wall, rolling it around as you do so. It works just about anywhere&mdashquads, glutes, neck, calves. "The pressure loosens up muscle tissue, " Love-Bentley explains, "and encourages bloodflow to the area. "

23. Calm an Upset Stomach
Sipping on a highly carbonated beer can settle a stomach just like 7Up or Sprite can. Plus, the alcohol helps buffer pain. "I've never seen a true medical study supporting this, " Dr. Alexander says, "but I have patients tell me it works. The only time you have to be careful is if you have an ulcer or gastritis. Alcohol can inflame that. "

24. Build Your Next Home
Earthship, a house in New Mexico, has walls made of empty beer cans and concrete. Amy Duke, a spokeswoman, explains that instead of using forms for the cement, builders put down alternating layers of mortar and cans. You can do the same to create retaining walls for gardens and other landscaping. Earthship also contains a thermal-mass refrigerator that uses full cans of beer as insulation. The cans line the walls of the unit, helping keep the temperature constant while minimizing energy usage. A ceiling vent allows frigid desert air to flow in during the night. The beer absorbs this cold, but never freezes because of its alcohol content. When the hatch is closed during the day, the beer releases the coolness. The same thing happens when you open one and drink it.

25. Cook Rice
Rinse 1 cup jasmine rice in water. Do it twice more, then drain well. Next, dump the rice into a medium-size pot and add 12 ounces of beer. (A nut-brown ale works well.) Bring the mixture to a boil, turn the heat to low, and cover the pot. Simmer for 20 minutes, then remove from the stove and cool for an additional 10 minutes. The rice won't be lumpy, and it'll have a nuttier flavor&mdashjust like you after you eat it.

26. Stop Snoring
If your log-sawing is ripping a hole in your marriage, try this simple remedy: Get a pocket T-shirt and a 6-ounce mini-can of beer. Put the can in the pocket and fasten it closed with a safety pin. Just before you go to bed, put the shirt on backward. Research shows that you're more likely to snore when resting on your back. This little setup prevents you from rolling over. Plus, come morning, you won't have to get out of bed for breakfast.

27. Build a Plane
No doubt about it, Duane Mathis is just plane nuts. A pilot and aircraft aficionado, he started building model airplanes out of beer cans in 1984. Now, at his Web site (bcair.com), he sells the plans for 22 different models of beer-can planes, including vintage tri-wings, helicopters, Warhawks, and ones that actually fly. Brings new meaning to the term "getting buzzed. "

28. Roast Chicken
To make "Swampman Dan's Drunken Chicken, " buy a few medium-size whole birds and a six-pack of beer. Drink half a can of beer, cut off the top third of the can, and add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tbsp liquid crab boil, and 1 tsp creole seasoning.

Then shove the can into the chicken and place it in a secure, standing position on the grill. As the brew boils, it'll intoxicate the bird with flavor. Takes about 1 hour.

Recipe compliments of Swamp Cookin' with the River People

29. Ice a Hamstring
Frozen or very cold cans of beer make great ice packs. Hold one against whatever is ailing you&mdasha sore muscle, a sunburned neck, a pounding headache. With an Ace bandage, you can even wrap a frosty 16-ouncer against the back of your thigh. Or use a sweatband to strap a can near your elbow after a tennis match. "A metal can will transmit the cold very rapidly, " Dr. Alexander says. Just make sure to put some thin fabric between the skin and the beer can to avoid frostbite.

30. Tame Wild Hair
A few drops of beer is sticky enough to subdue any sudden uprising on your eyebrow or scalp that you spot in a barroom mirror. Just wet your index finger and demurely slick it down. Think of it as Miller mousse.

31. Scale Fish
Nail or glue three or four beer caps to a sturdy piece of wood that's roughly 6 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 1/2 inch thick. Keep the caps in a line and make sure the serrated edges are facing out. Then attack those fish.


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