Drinking was a big part of life in Colonial America. It also required some experimentation and creativity on the part of colonists looking to create cocktails with new and unfamiliar ingredients. Reverend Michael Alan /Courtesy of Abrams Image hide caption

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Employees hand-finish cheesecakes on the production line at Eli's in Chicago. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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Refugees Resettled In Chicago Help Make Its Most Famous Cheesecake

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People celebrate New Year's in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, on Jan. 1, 2011. Traditionally, the drinking doesn't begin until after midnight, when people eat 12 grapes for good luck. Alvaro Hurtado/AP hide caption

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In Spain, New Year's Eve Is All About The Grapes — Save The Bubbly For Later

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The Snow Angels, Ice Skating, Cookie Dough & Snuggles cocktail is served in a Santa Claus mug at Miracle on Seventh Street, a pop-up holiday cocktail bar in Washington, D.C. The cocktail contains butter-washed vodka, coffee liqueur, creme de cacao, hazelnut liqueur, half-and-half and salt. It's served with a little ball of egg-free cookie dough as garnish. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Christmas Cookie Cocktails: Nice, Naughty Drinks For (21+) Boys And Girls

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In the 1970s, Mr. Coffee became iconic, an American byword for drip brewing. By Christmas 1977, department stores were selling more than 40,000 Mr. Coffees a day. Credit for some of that success goes to the machine's longtime pitchman, former New York Yankee Joltin' Joe DiMaggio, seen here in a television commercial from 1978. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Dorie Greenspan's coffee cardamom cookies have freshly ground espresso in the dough. Davide Luciano /Courtesy of Dorie Greenspan hide caption

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Not For You, Cindy Lou! These Tasty Holiday Treats Are For Grown-Ups

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Bittersweet liqueurs including Cynar, Jagermeister, Chartreuse and Amaro Nonino have long been popular in Italy and other parts of Europe as a digestive aid. Now, they're becoming popular on U.S. cocktail menus. Kirk McKoy/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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The Favorite Drink Of Italian Grandpas Gets An American Revival

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Chef Isabella created a healthier and more savory alternative to sweet potato casserole. Raquel Zaldivar/NPR hide caption

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At Thanksgiving, If You Take Sides, Make Sure They're As Tasty As These

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Assassin's Steak Tartare, one of the recipes from Yashim Cooks Istanbul, inspired by the dishes cooked by the lead character in the popular Yashim detective series of books. Jason Goodwin hide caption

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Assassin's Steak Tartare: Popular Detective Series Gets Its Own Cookbook

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Food writer Maria Speck soaks bulgur wheat in pomegranate juice to saturate it with burgundy color, then serves it with blueberries and orange-blossom water to tantalize the taste buds and eyes. Penguin/Random House hide caption

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Biying Ni cooks dinner in New York City. After coming to the U.S. in 1981, Ni worked as a nanny for many years before retiring in 2000. She continues to make dishes that she grew up with in China's Fujian Province for her friends and family. Bryan Thomas for NPR hide caption

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Think 'Chinese Food' Means Lo Mein? Home Cooking Brings More To The Table

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AJS made these cone-headed taps for Stevens Point Brewery in Wisconsin. Courtesy of Olivia Locascio Film and Photo hide caption

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Arts And Craft Beers: Brewers Draw Drinkers' Eyes With Snazzy Tap Handles

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Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Rum is made from cane grown, cut, distilled and rested on the premises of a 100-acre plantation in Richland, Ga. International awards and gold medals have poured in for this field-to-glass rum. Courtesy of Richland Rum hide caption

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This 2014 photo shows an assortment of savory jams: (from left) Terrapin Ridge Farms balsamic garlic and herb jam, Wozz Kitchen Creations triple ale onion jam, The Prairie Gypsies red hot lover jam, Taste of Inspirations mango pepper jelly and Skillet Bacon Spread original bacon spread. Matthew Mead/AP hide caption

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