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Hooch Hacks: Get The Most Bang For Your Booze Without Taking A Sip


Almost everyone enjoys a little drink now and then, but even the non-drinkers among you can find creative uses for hard liquor. It’s not necessary to throw back a shot to get the most out of the bottles of booze hanging around the house. Here are a few helpful hooch hacks that you can use in a variety of day-to-day situations.

Red Red Wine

Don’t throw away that old bottle of red wine. Use it as a marinade on red meat, or simply tenderize your steaks with it. It even doubles as a dye for coloring Easter eggs, but they turn purple, not red. If you think red wine is versatile, you won’t believe what white wine can do.

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Who Needs Lemon Juice?

As for that leftover bottle of white wine, it works in place of lemon juice in most recipes. If you run out of lemon juice, just add the same amount of white wine instead. Mixed with vinegar, white wine also creates a tasty salad dressing. Some reds are too heavy, but a nice dry white is perfect.

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When The Vanilla Vanishes

Many a recipe gets ruined because there’s no vanilla in the house. Just reach for your bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream or that little bit of leftover Frangelico, instead. Both are acceptable substitutes for vanilla at a 1:1 ratio. Those aren’t the only liquors that can improve your food, either.

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The Vermouth Trick

Want your chicken legs or turkey breasts to appear golden brown and appetizing? Remove your poultry from the oven 10-15 minutes before it’s finished, then brush white vermouth over each piece. Vermouth is full of fortified sugars, which will caramelize just enough to create a golden skin with lots of crispy bits.

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Suspicious Smells

Vodka is probably the most versatile—if not magical—liquor at your disposal. A foot soak gets rid of stinky feet. A spritz of it removes musty odors from clothes. Combined with water and dish soap, it can even act as windshield wiper fluid.

Besides taking a shot, what’s the best alternative use for your favorite liquor?

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