[via MetaFilter] A simple way
to make wine taste better is to decant it — to pour it from the bottle
into another container. Decanting wine mixes it with oxygen, which
improves the taste; you can make a $10 bottle wine like a $20 one with
this simple trick.
There are similar tricks with liquor. In an old James Bond novel — I
can’t remember which one — Bond had the habit of shaking pepper into
his vodka shots. He’d picked it up from the Russians, who did it as a
matter of safety rather thasn taste; the pepper dragged fusel oils left
over from their crude distilling process down to the bottom of the
A more useful trick that you can try at home: filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter four times. Apparently it makes it as smooth and delicious as the expensive stuff.