We're diligently working on our review of the BongXedo beer bong right now after our strenuous testing this weekend. Well, actually, if by "working on our review" you mean "digging up pictures of girls chugging beer," then yes. We've found an excellent page of just that...nothing but girls doing beer bongs. Good God we love our job.
For the record, our headline might be a bit misleading - there aren't any whale tails evident in these pics...but that doesn't mean they're not there.
We're posting the following Peanut Butter and Jelly Martini recipe for no other reason than we wanted to put a video of a cartoon dog dressed as a banana on our site. We now return you to your regularly scheduled drinking.
We've been incredibly absinthe minded lately (we know, bad joke) and we've been paying a lot more attention to the old Fee Verte. We've just heard about a brand called La Clandestine which has got some tongues wagging, and we're more than ready to give it a try. We've got some on its way to us, but we wanted to give a little introduction to the stuff before we dive right into the review.
La Clandestine apparently tops the list of great absinthes according to the folks at the Wormwood Society, and it also won a Golden Spoon (the absinthe equivalent of the Oscar) in 2006. Check out a press snippet from La Clandestine (which, as you'll notice, is not the traditional green color) below.
Gold, Platinum, and Dark Rum from Hawai'i
80 Proof (40% ABV) Website
There are some days we wish we lived in Hawai'i. Y'know, hanging out on the beach, maybe some surfing, plenty of tropical drinks. Oddly enough, this is especially true during the winter, where it's been kind of cold and rainy and, well, cold. Luckily, we were able to pipe in a little slice of the tropics over the last few days in the form of Maui Rum. We've been whipping some tropical drinks of our own (with no umbrellas...we've had enough of those this winter).
So how did our three bottles of Maui Rum compare to our hopes?
We just got ourselves a bottle of G'Vine Gin, and we're looking forward to checking it out. For those of you who haven't heard of it, G'Vine is the first white liquor distilled from grape vine flowers, which makes it a pretty close relative to wine. We wonder if it's going to offer us the same health benefits as a glass of red wine. We'll let you know if we feel any more vim and vigor after we conduct our review.
Read a bit more about G'Vine after the jump, including what our good friend Rick from Martini Lounge had to say. Plus, for all you Internet marketers out there, find out why comment Spam isn't a good way to go when you're promoting a product!
We've gotten our hands on the mythical creature known as the BongXedo, and we're oh-so excited to try it out to see if it has the mystical powers of other creatures of legend. It definitely has the physical aspect of myth - the drinking nozzle reminds us of a unicorn horn, the funnels rise above your shoulders like the wings of Pegasus, and the defoamer tubes drape over your shoulders like the hair of Medusa.
Wow, either we've been watching too much Clash of the Titanslately, or we've gotten a bit too deep in our absinthe reviews. Either way, expect a full review of this gadget coming soon, and check them out for yourself at BestBong.com.
We have a confession to make. We're sure you picture us as suave Carey Grant types with a cigarette holder in one hand, a bottle of liquor in the other, dictating our stories to the lovely assistant sitting on our knee. (We actually tried to set that up, but we got tired of being slapped by potential assistants.) In actuality, we're much more down to earth, and if you must know, we're great big comic books geeks...errr, fans.
This week we found a book that brings together our two greatest passions, boozing and comics, in Drink And Draw Volume 1- read more about it after the jump.
Mardi Gras time is here again, and it always makes us think about hurricanes. We've only been to New Orleans once, but the frozen concoctions we drank while wandering Bourbon Street will always be a high point...especially since it seemed there was a hurricane machine on every street corner. And, now that we've (pretty much) taken Bourbon Street back from that other hurricane that was on everyone's mind, it's time to come out with some tasty drinks.
In honor of today being Mardi Gras Day, we've found a recipe for a Hurricane Dragon, which is a hurricane with an Asian twist, at Cocktail Times.
There's something about Caipirinhas we just can't put our finger on - the combination of tart limes with a touch of sugar, capped off with the clean taste of a fine Cachaca...you'd be hard pressed to beat it if you ask us. Not quite as frou frou feeling as the Mojito but with a class all its own, we're damn big fans of this Brazilian import. It's even gotten us to give up on our "no fruity drinks" rule...but don't worry, we're no less cantankerous.
If you're wondering how to make one for yourself, check out this video from Fazenda Mae de Ouro's Cachaca Dave over at Caipirinha State University. We can vouch for the recipe and it makes a great drink - it just tastes so good when it touches your lips.
Move over, Ouzo...there's another liquor in town for when you want to get your Greek on. Wait, get your Greek on? That sounds a bit risque, or at least fraternity-related. What we're talking about is Metaxa, a brandy relative from the Greek Isles that we haven't tasted yet but is suddenly and most definitely on the docket.
Metaxa is a similar species to Grand Marnier, but not as dominated by one note. It smells lightly of vanilla, with hints of orange and dark spice, and tastes somewhere between sweet bourbon and brandy. You feel the heat and tingle from the alcohol on the tip of your tongue, but the spirit doesn't burn going down, a unique and dangerous quality.
With a description like that you can smack our butts and call us Aristotle. Check out a recipe for a drink called a Marmalade Sour that features this liquor after the jump.
Continue reading:"Metaxa es Su Taxa"
We're kind of behind the curve on this one since it was released a couple weeks ago, but we found out there's a new Appleton Reserve rum that's been released. We really liked the Appleton V/X we had a while back, and we're looking forward to getting our hands on the reserve.
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum announced the launch of Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum in the U.S. Appleton Estate Reserve is a blend of 20 marks of rums hand selected by the industry’s first female master blender, Joy Spence, from the world famous Appleton Estate in Jamaica.
“Appleton Estate Reserve is a great addition to the Appleton Estate range of rums available in the United States,” said Joe Murray, National Brand Manager, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums. “It has received international acclaim and been celebrated throughout the world, so now it’s time for American consumers to taste this wonderfully handcrafted rum.”
OK, we're totally kidding about Jaguar Vodka making you see spots, but we're sure if you drink enough of it you could blur things a bit. We're big fans of high quality booze, and we like them even more when the makers of that good booze use their powers for good as well. Jaguar Vodka is a high end sugar cane-based concoction that has a "spare no expense" attitude. On top of that they also donate a portion of their profits to preserve jaguar habitats in South America - in fact, before the first bottle was even sold, they'd already donated enough to preserve 2,500,000 acres. Our friends at Really Natural would be so proud.
If wild cat preservation isn't enough reason to dig them (what're you, an anti-feline?), they list a passel of reasons to love them on their website. Check them out after the jump.
We've found another breathalyzer that's piqued our interest - this one is made by an outfit called AlcoScan. Their AL-6000 model reads blood alcohol percentages up to 0.40 in increments of 0.01%...we know from experience that point 40 is pretty durned drunk. The breathalyzer is sold as professional grade, which means...well, we don't know what it means but they also claim to be DOT approved and the unit comes with a leather pouch and a whole gang of mouthpieces. How can you go wrong?
We can't think of a better Valentine's Day gift than three bottles of absinthe, and that's just what Cupid brought us this year. Actually, it was technically the USPS that brought it, but who's counting? We're definitely feeling very romantic toward the three bottles, one each of Duplais Verte, Duplais Blanche, and Duplais Balance. Hell, we might try to relive our old glory days and do the review around St. Patrick's Day like we did last year. This year we'll try not to let the liquor get the better of us, since we're trying to change the score of Absinthe 1 - Liquor Snobs 0.
Learn more about this three-pack at Absinthe Vertrieb, and keep an eye out for our review in the near future. Oh, and one more thing...happy Valentine's Day!
We've been known to poo poo Valentine's Day in the past, but we're romantics at heart. The fine folks over at TheBar.com have sent us some romantical drink recipes to warm the cockles of your little hearts this cold February. Mix 'em up with the one you love.
It's one of those things you really don't want to think about - one of those thoughts that lurks in the back of your mind when you're about to play, but you beat it back. It's not like it's rocket science...when you play beer pong you're picking up a ball that just rolled under a radiator that hasn't been cleaned since the Roosevelt administration, throwing it into a cup of beer, and then drinking it. Makes our stomach turn a bit...but of course, we're (relatively) sober right now.
Anyway, two enterprising young scientists have done some experimenting to find out just how much crud you're drinking when you play beer pong or beirut. Guess what? It's a lot. We challenge the science community to invent antibacterial ping pong balls - or we might just start using Lysol in the rinse cup.
Thankfully, just before Christmas this gap of scientific knowledge was bridged by two gentlemen, Ben Morrissey and Aaron Heffner, who are currently enrolled at my illustrious alma mater of George Washington University. From one night of beer pong playing, these guys uncovered salmonella, E. coli and pneumonia germs under the microscope. Since the ClayNation column is eternally committed to the furtherance of science, I absolutely had to interview the foremost experts on beer pong bacteria in the world, Aaron Heffner and Ben Morrissey. And the result is another hard-hitting ClayNation interview.
As we indicated in our DH Krahn Gin review, we sometimes have some trouble with jealousy. Sometimes we're jealous of tall men with chiseled physiques, sometimes we're jealous of fellas with fat wallets, but we're always jealous of people who get to try booze we haven't had. The folks over at YumSugar just got back from a Fancy Food exhibition, which also seems to have included all sorts of liquors as well.
Believe it or not, we're not finished with all of our Fancy Foods coverage. There are still a few trends that I wanted to discuss in a little more depth, so expect a few more posts throughout the week. Today it's the all things alcohol trend. Okay, so this isn't exactly a new thing, but it was definitely something I noticed a lot of. There were organic mixers, regular mixers; hand bottled infused alcohols, organic alcohols, new flavors and so much more.
Sol Azul Premium Reposado
Aged Silver Tequila from Mexico
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $35 for 750ML Website
It's no secret we like our liquors well-aged. Of course, it's a good thing we're not expected to age it ourselves - liquors in our collection don't have a very long half life to say the least. The latest pre-aged booze we've gotten our mitts on is Sol Azul Reposado Tequila - we've tasted it and re-tasted it over the last month or so, and formed a few thoughts. For starters, we have to tell you the bottle looks like something I Dream of Jeannie should pop out of. But does this bottle's contents have the magic we're looking for? Read on to find out.
Sol Azul Gold
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: $12 for 1L bottle Website
We got in our bottle of Sol Azul Gold Tequila a month ago, and you must be asking yourself "What took them so long to review it?" Well, there are some questions that have no answer, but we can say it's tied up in the story is one of our Interns spending the night in the drunk tank after too much time with a bottle of Tequila. We're over our gunshyness now though, and we're ready to talk turkey about Tequila. So was this Tequila a turkey, or was it what we were looking for?
Ultra-Premium Gin with Juniper, Coriander, Citrus, and Ginger
80 Proof (40% ABV)
Typical Price: About $27 for 750ml Website
Our Editor in Chief is not usually the jealous type, but sometimes we like to make him feel that little green tinge. It usually happens when someone gets to drink something he didn't get to try - especially when it's something he's heard as many good things about as DH Krahn gin.
We've been hearing nothing but positives about this stuff, and the Interns made a little wager with the EIC about whether he'd be able to try it or not. We won't share the details of the bet itself, but the Interns split the bottle and drank it all without sharing a single drop with our taskmaster. So what did we think of it?
We're big rum fans around here, and we're always excited to try out something new in the Kill Devil family - hell, we're even thinking about taking another stab at our arch rival Screech. We won't have to do that anytime soon, however, thanks to a package containing three bottles of rum shipped all the way here from Hawaii. Introducing Maui Rum, formerly known as Braddah Kimo's, in Gold, Platinum, and Dark varieties.
We're excited to try them out - here's the info we could find at the Maui Rum site:
Braddah Kimo's "triplets" all lined up in a row! They make him proud. Maui Dark Rum, introduced back in 2005, has become one of the best selling Dark rums in Hawai'i, winning critical acclaim along the way. It makes a killer Mai-Tai. - Maui Platinum Rum, successor to Braddah Kimo's Mo'Bettah Silvah Rum, is a smooth mixing rum for any tropical drink recipe. Bring your own umbrella. - Maui Gold Rum, successor to Braddah Kimo's Mo'Bettah Gold Rum, is a smooth sipping rum, but more refined than the original. Aged in American Oak barrels which formerly aged Jim Beam Bourbon.
There's a perennial question that some people seem to have - how long is too long for that bottle of booze in your liquor cabinet? We say some people have that problem because most of our liquor bottles have a pretty short half life. But we can picture it, you open up the doors of ye olde liquor cabinet and find that dusty old bottle of Bailey's your grandma brought over for Christmas '86...can you still drink it?
Check out the massive list of expert assessments from the Chicago Tribune to get some interesting rules of thumb - including the fact that the Bailey's is fine if it's been refrigerated. Good to know.
We've distilled the article down to three main points:
1. Distilled spirits don't go bad; they fade.
Once the bottle is opened, the air inside starts to oxidize the alcohol, causing it to fade in taste and aroma. Heat and sunlight can cause the sugar in the alcohol to crystallize, changing its taste. So be sure to store those bottles in a cool, dry place.
2. Cream and fruit and herb liqueurs will spoil.
Liqueurs that have cream in them or are based on fruit or herbs are another matter. Although the alcohol content keeps the cream or fruit or herbs from spoiling quickly, the liqueur does have a limited shelf life once opened.
3. More air = less flavor
Once a bottle of liquor gets down to the quarter-bottle level, the alcohol starts to quickly evaporate the longer it is kept. So either finish it fast or chuck it.
According to an article we just found at the Dallas Morning News, bartenders are taking the "only the finest ingredients" trend in cocktail mixing to its logical conclusion and starting to mix cocktails with single malt Scotches. For those not in the know, single malts are most often drunk neat or with a splash of water by purists, and the idea of mixing one into a cocktail is heresy. Maybe it's just our Scots lineage, but we'd have a little trouble using a $100 bottle as a mixer.
However, if it's your bag, baby, we've included their list of Scotches to use after the jump. We pretty much agree with their taste in Scotch, if not their decisions on what to do with it. Plus, click through to the story at Dallas Morning News for recipes for two cocktails - a Rob Roy and a Highlander's Delight. Our guess is you could find similar enjoyment by mixing these up with some blended Scotch, but what do we know?
The Bet With Beer And Vodka - video powered by Metacafe
We just realized the title of this post is a bit misleading. The video isn't irritating...the bet is. Here's a great example of an old chestnut of a bar bet where you bet that if you can drink 5 beers before your sucker...errr, companion can do a shot, they buy all your beers. One of the rules is that they can't touch you or your drink, but you may want to specify that they can't wrap their jacket around their fist and rail you in the face.
We started off the new year with a bang this year - or more of a throb...in our skulls. Once the post-New Year's hangover subsided, though, we started right in on rounding up all sorts of booze info for you, from Cachaca reviews to a new t-shirt site to a few interesting cocktails (one has real gold in it!). We hope your first month of '07 has treated you well, and stick with us for even more excitement throughout the year.
Dual-Layered Cups with Freezer Gel
Price: $23.99 for a case of 24 Website
We have to admit when we first heard about Kronik Chill we weren't quite sold. Don't get us wrong, we thought it was a cool idea, but after all the promises they make on their website about The Test, we still weren't quite feeling it. After all, Kronik Chill is just a glorified styrofoam cup, right?
And yes, we realize styrofoam is a miracle substance.In fact, it's what kept your McDLT hot and cool, respectively.
We like that McDLT analogy quite a bit, actually. You want your hand to be like the burger part - it should stay warm. And you want your drink to be like the lettuce and tomato part - it should stay frosty cool. So does it work?
We got an interesting email this week about a drink called Dog Water. Apparently it's a rum-infused liqueur that's created in Harlem, and it's in competition with another drink we've never heard of called a nutcracker. We looked it up at Urban Dictionary and apparently it's a "Summertime alcoholic mixed frozen drink, usually mixed by people at home and sold on the street and by word of mouth. Different flavors include Nutcracker, Finding Nemo, and Spongebob." Damn we feel white and nerdy.
Anyway, we'll be getting in some sample bottles of Dog Water sometime soon, and we'll let you know what this bitch tastes like.
Dog Water™ is a RUM-BASED mixed drink that is FUSED with FRUIT JUICE BLENDS to create a UNIQUELY SMOOTH recreational beverage. From first sip to last drop, Dog Water™ is the preferred choice of the next generation of drinkers. It comes in a variety of flavors with a host of attractive colors, and there is no harsh aftertaste. Divas and Dons alike have rallied to applaud this new drink sensation. EXPERIENCE ONE TODAY…Dog Water™ mixed drinks… a breed apart and grown enough to bark about it.
The folks over at Travelistic have sent us along a couple more Thirsty Traveler videos, and we're really digging them. Each is about 5-6 minutes long, and they're interesting and informative. In fact, it kind of makes us wish we weren't so sedentary with our drinking...maybe we should take these Old Fashioneds we're drinking and go for a jog or something. Well, maybe not.
Anyway, check out the nautical-themed drinking videos after the jump.