Liquids Category

Liquids
Includes alcoholic beverages, stocks, juices, and vinegar
Parfait Amour
Parfait Amour
The name means "perfect love" in French, and this sweet purple liqueur is flavored with citrus and spices.
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passion fruit liqueur, La Grande Passion
passion fruit liqueur
La Grande Passion is a well-regarded brand.
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pastis
pastis
This is a licorice-flavored liqueur that the French like to serve with water. It's higher in alcohol than anis or anisette. Popular brands include Pernod and Ricard.
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pear brandy, eau-de-vie de poire
pear brandy
Brandy made from Williams pears (like Poire Williams and Williamine) are especially good. Some bottles have an entire pear in the bottle.
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peppermint schnapps
peppermint schnapps
Like crème de menthe, this is flavored with peppermint.
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Pernod
Pernod
This is a popular brand of pastis, or licorice-flavored liqueur. It tastes like a mouthful of Good 'N Plenty candies.
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perry
This is wine that's made from pears. It's usually somewhat sweet, and with a low alcohol content.
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Petite Syrah, Petite Sirah
Petite Syrah
This is a grape variety which produces an excellent red wine that's very dark and often described as "peppery." Don't confuse Petite Syrah with Syrah, another red varietal wine.
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Peychaud's bitters
Peychaud's bitters
This is a brand of bitters that's a bit hard to find outside of New Orleans. It's sweeter than Angostura bitters, and has more of an anise flavor.
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Pimm's Cup, Pimm's
Pimm's Cup
This is the liqueur that the upper crust of British society drinks at polo matches. It's bittersweet and very potent. There used to be several varieties of Pimm's, based on gin, whiskey, rum, brandy, and vodka, but only the one based on gin, called Pimm's No. 1, is still being produced. Serve it with club soda and a bit of lemon juice and garnish with cucumber and celery.
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pineapple vinegar
pineapple vinegar
This is used in Mexico, but hard to find in the United States. Grab a bottle if you can find it, for it's reputed to be quite good.
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Pinot blanc
Pinot blanc
This is a good, but unexceptional, dry white wine that's good with seafood and poultry.
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Pinot Grigio, Pinot gris
Pinot Grigio
This is a dry white wine that goes especially well with seafood. Pinot Grigio is the Italian name, Pinot Gris the French.
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Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir
This earthy red varietal wine goes best with beef, ham, poultry, salmon, or tuna. Unfortunately, making it is tricky business, so the quality varies tremendously. A good one will be expensive and sublime.
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pisco, pisco brandy
pisco
This Peruvian brandy is based on Muscat wine.
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plum brandy, mirabelle, pflümli, prunelle, quetsch, slivovic, Slivovitz
plum brandy
Distilled from plums, plum brandy is usually colorless and quite potent. Slivovitz = slivovic = slivowitz ( SHLIV-uh-vits) is made in Serbia and Bosnia from blue plums, and is very highly regarded. Other varieties include mirabelle (made with yellow plums), quetsch (Alsatian plums), pflümli, and light green prunelle.
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plum wine
plum wine
These are wines that are made from plums. Some producers leave the stones in while the plums are fermenting, giving the wine a bit of almond flavoring as well.
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pomegranate juice
pomegranate juice
Don't confuse this unsweetened juice with grenadine, which is a heavy, sweet syrup. Look for it in health food stores and Middle Eastern markets. Knudsen is a well-regarded brand.
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Pommeranzen bitters
This orange-flavored bitters is made in the Netherlands and Germany. It comes in red and green versions.
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port, port wine, ruby ports, tawny ports, Vintage ports, wood ports
port
This is a sweet Portuguese fortified wine that's sipped as an after-dinner drink, or used as a cooking ingredient. Vintage ports are the best, but they are very expensive. The sediment at the bottom of the bottle is a sign of quality. Crusted or late-bottled vintage ports are both less expensive and less elegant. Cheaper yet are the lighter and fruitier wood ports, which include the tawny ports and the lowly ruby ports. Wood ports don't age well in the bottle, so try to drink them within a year or two of purchase. Once opened, port should be consumed within a week or so and stored in the refrigerator.
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porter ale, porter
porter ale
This is a dark beer with a heavy foam and a bitter flavor
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poteen, uisce beatha, water of life, potcheen
poteen
Irish moonshine or vodka. Made from potatoes like vodka.
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Pouilly-Fuissé
Pouilly-Fuissé
This is an area in the Burgundy region of France that's renown for its exquisite white wines. Made with Chardonnay grapes, these wines are great with seafood and hors d'oeuvres.
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Pouilly-Fumé
This is a highly regarded dry white wine.
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powdered milk, milk, powdered
powdered milk
To reconstitute, combine one part milk powder with three parts water.
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prostokvasha
Postokvasha is a thick sour milk popular in Russia. It is similar to yogurt or kefir.
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pulque
pulque
Like tequila, this is made from the sap of the agave plant. It's popular in Mexico, though it's a bit harsher and heavier than tequila.
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Punt è Mes, Punt e Mes
Punt è Mes
This is a bitter form of red vermouth. It's often mixed with soda.
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qurut, kashk, quroot, yazdie
qurut
Reconstituted dry qurut is an acceptable substitute for fresh. Where to find it: Middle Eastern markets.
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raspberry liqueur, Chambord, framboise liqueur, liqueur de framboise
raspberry liqueur
This is great in champagne or on ice cream.Chambord is a popular brand. Don't confuse this with framboise, a raspberry brandy.
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raspberry vinegar
raspberry vinegar
This is a mild and fruity vinegar that makes a terrific salad dressing.
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raw milk, fresh milk, real milk
raw milk
A few decades ago, the cream in milk would rise to the top and a glass of milk sitting on the counter would gradually turn sour. No more. Most commercial milk today is homogenized so that the fat is broken into small particles which remain suspended in the milk, and pasteurized to kill bacteria, including the friendly varieties that gave milk a sour tang. Raw milk isn't pasteurized; producers instead keep their cows and dairies clean in order to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination. Some people insist raw milk is more healthful than commercial milk since it contains active enzymes that help with digestion and absorption of nutrients. Many cheesemakers prefer it since pasteurization diminishes the cheese's flavor potential and homogenization gives it a waxy texture. Unfortunately, it's illegal to sell raw milk in many states.
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red rice vinegar, Chinese red rice vinegar, Chinese red vinegar, red vinegar
red rice vinegar
This Asian vinegar is a bit salty. It's sometimes used in seafood or sweet and sour dishes, or as a dipping sauce.
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red wine
red wine
Red wines are heavier and more strongly flavored than white wines, and they go best with heavier, more strongly flavored foods, like red meat, pasta, and ripe cheeses. They should always be served at room temperature.
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red wine vinegar
red wine vinegar
This assertive vinegar is a staple in French households. It's used in vinaigrettes and for making marinades, stews, and sauces. It's a good choice if you're trying to balance strong flavors in a hearty dish.
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retsina
retsina
This is a white Greek wine that's flavored with pine resin. It's popular with Greeks, but hasn't caught on elsewhere. It should be served at room temperature.
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Rhine Wine
Rhine Wine
Riesling grapes are used to make white Rhine wine.
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Rhône wine, Rhone wine
Rhône wine
Vineyards along the Rhône River in Southeastern France produce red, white, and blush wines, but they're best known for their excellent red wines. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the region's most famous appellation, while Côtes-du-Rhône is the catch-all name given to lesser Rhône wines.
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Ricard
Ricard
This is a popular brand of pastis, or licorice-flavored liqueur.
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rice milk
rice milk
Look for this in aseptic containers. Some varieties are gluten-free; others are not. A common brand is Rice Dream. Shake well before using!
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rice vinegar, rice wine vinegar
rice vinegar
Rice vinegars are popular in Asian and they're sweeter, milder, and less acidic than Western vinegars. They're sometimes called rice wine vinegars, but they're made from rice, not rice wine. Most recipes that call for rice vinegar intend for you to use white rice vinegar, which is used in both China and Japan. The Chinese also use red rice vinegar with seafood or in sweet and sour dishes, and black rice vinegar in stir-fries and dipping sauces.
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rice wine
rice wine
Technically, this should be called "rice beer," since it's fermented from a grain rather than a fruit. The Japanese produce two kinds of rice wines: sake, a dry wine that is used for drinking and cooking, and mirin, a sweet wine which is used just for cooking. Chinese cooks use a product similar to sake, called Shaoxing wine.
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Riesling, Emerald Riesling, Franken Riesling, Gray Riesling, Sylvaner
Riesling
If made in Germany or Alsace, a Riesling is a very good, somewhat sweet white wine. If made in America, it's usually a so-so white wine that's usually made from Sylvaner = Franken Riesling, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling grapes, mediocre varieties which coast on the reputation of their superior relative, Johanissberg Riesling.
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Rioja
Rioja
This is a region in Northern Spain that's known for its economical and fairly good red wines.
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