Dedicated MNN readers over the weekend may have noticed a bit of a theme coming together on the site the last few days. The topic: Booze.

It started innocuously — with a cute beer bottle-opening dog collar. Then our coverage got more refined, with MNN food blogger Robin Shreeves’ interview with the “average wine guy” behind Organic Wine Review. After that, we really started feeding our inner winos — on the cheap, no less — with recipes and instructions for 3 DIY wines!

Okay — perhaps I especially noticed this triumvirate of tipsy stories because one of my New Year’s resolutions is to go dry for the month of January. In case any of you have a similar goal in mind for 2010, I’ve figured out what to do after waking up on New Year’s Day with a bad hangover and an apartmentful of half-empty bottles of wine: Make syrup!

Real Simple has the leftover wine recipes with the details on concocting both red and white wine syrups, perfect over waffles or pancakes to help assuage that hangover. Of course, the syrup can be served over fruit if healthy eating is also on your New Year’s resolution list — or over ice cream, if you’re the cold breakfast type.

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