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A little while back we got our hands on a bottle of Cirrus Vodka, a small batch brand made down in Virginia. We haven't gotten a chance to taste it yet, and we decided today's the perfect day because of the rain falling outside...what better day to taste a vodka named after a cloud?
Read on for our thoughts and tasting notes on Cirrus - and to find out if it was a bright spot or if we felt like we'd hit a patch of bad weather.
File this under "yet another thing we totally need but we never knew it." We've covered the beer belt in the past, a contraption designed for keeping a six pack close at hand, but we've had our breath taken away by this belt that lets you keep liquor, mixers, and shot glasses within easy reach. Rest assured, if we get our hands on one to review, we're going to end up faster on the draw than the Waco Kid from Blazing Saddles.
We have to admit, we've been on a bit of a breathalyzer (Amazon)kick lately, but hey, you never know when you're going to need one around. Dropping a little cake on one of these puppies might help you or one of your friends know when there's been a little too much celebrating going on, and it's a damn sight cheaper than the costs of driving drunk.
The latest breathalyzer we've discovered lately is the Alcomate Prestige, a handheld model that makes the claim to be law enforcement grade, which would imply it's very sensitive and accurate. One thing about most breathalyzers is they're so sensitive they'll get out of whack after repeated use, and you have to send the machine back to the manufacturer annually in order to get them recalibrated.
Not so with the Alcomate Prestige - it's got a patent pending gizmo they call a "pre-calibrated alcohol sensor module," which you can replace on your own without the hassle of mailing the whole unit back. God we love progress.
What we'd really like to do is let the above video do the talking for how we feel about the Jellyfish Beer Bong. After all, it's in the spirit of our Thongs 'n Beer Bongs post, and as far as we're concerned a pretty lady drinking a beer bong is far better than anything we could put on the page. However, we really can't beg off like that, so see below to find out what we thought of this gizmo.
Check out this bad boy - an Alcohawk Elite breathalyzer (which we reviewed highly), but it comes in a sweet briefcase-looking thing. Now that's something we can see ourselves walking into the bar with before one of our trademark "long nights."
We've just found news that might convince us of the worth of getting girl drink drunk - at least on daiquiris anyway. Apparently, new research we found referenced at DailyMall.co.uk has found that berry-based cocktails have some health benefits, not the least of which is the ability to "help fight cancer."
Scientists have found that treating the berries with alcohol boosts their cancer-fighting properties - suggesting that strawberry-based cocktails may be better for us than we realised.
The researchers, who were looking for ways to keep the fruit fresh during storage, discovered that alcohol enhances the strawberry's ability to mop up harmful molecules linked to cancer, heart disease and arthritis.
While most wine drinkers spend a good amount of their time thinking about what foods go with their favorite beverage, other food/drink pairings often go overlooked. Most people go as far as to pair a Mexican beverage with a burrito or throw down a Guinness with their corned beef and cabbage, that's not the only extent your beverage pairing can take.
For those who are interested in expanding their pairing horizons, we've found What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water - Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers. The title is quite a mouthful, but we like the sound of what it offers - except that whole coffee/tea/water nonsense.
We often get questions from people wondering about what's the best cocktail set for someone looking to flesh out their home bar. When we get that question, our first question is to ask what they already have. Do you have an ice bucket and tongs? Do you have any bar spoons or shakers? How about good sharp fruit knives and a cutting board?
This set we just found at Amazonis for the person who, in answer to each of those questions, says "no." Seems like a nice, full set for someone who's been told they can't raid the kitchen for bar utensils anymore, plus it's made by OXO and we've always had good experiences getting solid, inexpensive gear from them.
We haven't done a physical challenge in a while (we quit in shame ever since we got too girl drink drunk and then couldn't beat the flush). But, here we are, back on track and itching to dish out some more punishment. Our typical physical challenges include changing our drinking habits, or maybe playing some kind of crazy game. Today's is much more straightforward - we're going to teach you how to blast the bottom cleanly out of a beer using only your mind...and the palm of your hand.
Read on for instructions and a video of someone doing said trick from Youtube.
We got our bottle of Dog Water a few weeks ago, and while it seems like we've been ignoring it, we've actually got a damn good reason for why the review hasn't gone live yet. Seriously. We do.
The big problem is it polarized the interns we assigned to review it. They tried the Dog Water and began fighting like cats and well...dogs. We usually operate on a consensus basis around here, folding all opinions into one review, but we weren't able to get that close with Dog Water. We guess that's a good thing - if you love it, you love it. In honor of this divide, we're posting our first-ever He Said, She Said review so you can make your own decision.
There are a lot of Web videos out there, and a lot of them involve drinking. But sometimes you see a video that is so beyond the pale, you just have to share it. A friend of ours sent us such a video, with the mysterious name "Billy Ball." We almost passed on opening it - turns out we're very much glad we didn't.
The Billy Ball video contains some of the sickest, most improbable ping-pong-ball-into-keg-cup shots we've ever seen. There are props, behind the back hurls, multiple banks shots, and skateboards involved - and maybe it's all Hollywood magic, but we'd like to believe there really is someone out there who can make love to a beer pong ball that way. We think our friend JDK summed it up best when he said "don't watch it high or drunk because it will blow a hole in your mind."
Today's the home opener for the Red Sox, which means hundreds of people will be taking the day off work to go to the game, and many more will be packing the area around Fenway looking to get drunk. Umm, we mean they'll be heading down there to watch baseball of course. More power to them - we'll be sitting in our office drinking beer out of our Sox beer bucket, no jostling necessary.
We face a lot of jealousy when we tell people what we do. A common response is "So people just send you booze, and you drink it and write about it? How do I get that job?" As cool as our day-to-day is, we're having a similar reaction after watching "Three Sheets," a TV show available only on HDTV where comedian Zane Lamprey travels from country to country, sampling the local drinks and drinking customs, then walking through the traditional hangover remedies. Sounds like a sweet gig, even when you think about the fact air conditioning isn't exactly prevalent in most of the countries he goes to.
The show is educational and damned funny, and watching just a couple episodes was almost enough for us to want to spring for an HD setup. Learn more about it at MOJO HD - specifically you can read an episode list to find out which countries he's hit, and even watch a full episode online. Also, read on for one of Zane's blog entries about Lambanog, a traditional Phillipino coconut liquor we'd never heard of.
Maybe we're doing something wrong here, but our beers usually disappear long before we have a problem with losing track of them. In fact, our beers are usually gone before you'd be able to get your can into this little high-tech coozie. Other than that though, this is a pretty cool danged invention. If they make one that fits on wine glasses, we're going to get them for the Cheap Fun Wines guys - and our moms.
Late last year we posted about Casa Herradura tequila and the fact that people were nervous they were being bought out by a bunch of gringos. After all, when you make the claim that you make the "the best tequila in the world," it can make purists get a little bit nervous if you change anything. Especially if that change has something to do with a booze juggernaut like Brown-Forman, the folks who bought them out.
It looks like the concerns were unfounded, however - we just got notification that the tequila won a "double gold" medal at the 2007 World Spirits Competition. Sounds to us like things haven't changed for the worse like all the Chicken Littles said, eh? Read on for the full press release.
We've just gotten our hands on a bottle of Sebor Absinth, a Czech absinthe we've seen before but never tried (or at least never tried in a non-blacked out in college state). They've sent us a bottle along with all sorts of paraphernalia including an absinthe spoon, pipe, and glass, and they even threw in some sugar cubes. Not too shabby.
Chances are, if you or your friends have tried/heard of absinthe before, this is the stuff - it seems to be the ubiquitous choice, and we're really interested in comparing it to some of the other absinthes we've tried. Another interesting point is these guys advocate the concept of fire as part of the absinthe ritual - sounds pretty badass on paper, but it's something we won't be partaking in since we try to minimize the interaction of flames and overproof alcohols ever since "the incident."
Read up on Sebor at SeborAbsinth.com, and expect a review with some soonness. See below for a Wikipedia information on the role of fire in the absinth ritual.
Another March come and gone, and with it the grueling day of amateur drinking and green beer, St. Patrick's Day. We've made it through yet another St. Patty's, and with only a few scars and bruises to show for it, so we've rounded up all the stories from March. There are even a few that involve green - we reviewed multiple kinds of absinthe, threw together some cocktail recipes to make you say "Erin Go Brae." Plus, we reviewed multiple products including the Bongxedo, some Gins and some Cachacas.
So sally forth, dear reader, to plumb the depths of what March had to offer us, and raise a toast to our fallen compatriots who were hauled away to the drunk tank or worse.