June 29, 2007
When we read the headline of the story about the iPhonetini over at Gizmodo, we were hoping someone had ground up one of the phones and actually added it to a cocktail in protest of its high price and AT&T-only status. Turns out we were wrong - it's just a liquor tribute
to the iPhone.
We still think our idea was better; see the recipe after the jump.
Continue reading: "High Tech Drunkenness with iPhonetini"
June 28, 2007
We have to say we feel like we're becoming pretty good at comparing Cachacas (y'know, that Brazilian rum we keep talking about?) after having sampled several different brands in the last year. We've had our bottle of Boca Loca for a little while now, and we've finally gotten around to trying it in earnest. After checking out the Boca Loca site, we found the company offers guidelines for how to recognize a quality Cachaca. Our first thought was to wish we'd seen that info a year ago; our second thought was to see how Boca Loca stands up to its own quality guidelines - after all, it's sold as a premium product.
So how did the Cachaca live up to its recommendations? Read on to find out.
Continue reading: "Boca Loca Cachaca Review"
June 27, 2007
We get a lot of questions about what's the best way to stock a home bar, especially for those who aren't willing to shell out hundreds and hundreds of dollars to do so. We're constantly meaning to do some research into the topic, but it appears someone has beaten us to the punch (and done a great job doing it). Jason Wilson at the Washington Post put together a great list with some very good advice and some limitations we can get behind (trying to stick to bottles around $20, for example).
We dedicated $200 to the basic setup: the six bottles every bar needs - whiskey, tequila, rum, vodka, gin and brandy - plus several essential mixers.
But no one drinks the same cocktail season after season. Allowing for that, we decided to dedicate an additional $100 for seasonally appropriate spirits. We purchased bottles with summer in mind.
In the end, we were able to get 15 bottles, plus the two small bottles of bitters, for less than $270, leaving us with $30 of wiggle room to allow for store-to-store price variations. And it put each bottle at an average of less than $16.
So what did our budget buy?
Find out at Mercury News
: Originally featured at the Washington Post
) [via Topix.net
June 26, 2007
Sometimes you need a bottle opener to fit your mood. Maybe you're feeling melancholy. Maybe you're feeling piquant. Maybe you're feeling gassy. None of those frames of mind are captured by the Mood Bottle Openers at Poketo, but if you're feeling shocked, crazy, or happy you're in luck.
You can buy just one (if you're permanently trapped in a single emotion), or buy a set of all three.
June 25, 2007
Progress marches on, and as people get more technologically savvy they will always come up with new ways to open a beer. Our current favorite is the Bevy, a case for your Apple iPod Shuffle
that includes an ear bud wrapper and built-in bottle opener. Finally, your Shuffle has another use than just storing your Michael Bolton albums (we celebrate his entire catalog).
The Mophie Mueva Wraptor Bevy is available in Silver, Orange, Green, Blue, and Pink
June 22, 2007
We love bourbon, and although we’ve said it before, it’s worth another look (and taste).
First a bit of education and then we’ll get to the drinking since we are just as much about improvement for our minds as imbibement for our flesh.
Bourbon is the official spirit of the United States via Congress, as of 1964 when legislative types could be proud that they toss back some good ol’ frontier whisky. Bourbon is the most stringently dictated form of spirit out there. Although a common misconception is that all bourbon must come from Kentucky, actually bourbon can legally be made anywhere in America. However, it must be at least 51% corn and the rest of it wheat, rye or barley, plus it must be aged in new charred oak barrels. With all those restrictions you can see that bourbon is a very unique liquor.
So where does Bulleit Bourbon fit in to the Bourbon-osphere?
Continue reading: "Bulleit Bourbon Review"
June 21, 2007
We just heard about something that's sure to get people's blood boiling - here in Boston at least, anyway. There's been a proposal from the Boston City Council that all drinks served in the city should have plastic lids put on them to keep people from dropping date rape drugs in them. All drinks. Seems to us their hearts are in the right place, and the idea of date rape drugs make us sick, but it just doesn't seem practical, does it? You want to drink a Guinness out of a lidded glass? We sure don't.
Our proposal - bouncers are given the right to pat people down and chemically castrate anyone found carrying roofies, right on the spot. That'd cut down on the problem...what do you think?
The covers require that drinkers pierce the covers and imbibe through a straw, a notion that produced some skepticism about how well they would be received.
"You can't drink a martini with a straw!" said Charles M. Perkins, who runs the Boston Restaurant Group. "It just wouldn't be the same. It would be a real turnoff to people."
"That would crush the umbrella, wouldn't it?" said Dan Pokaski, chairman of the Boston Licensing Board. "I don't see people doing it."
When you've got a small-block 400, a trailer, assorted parts and the ability to custom fabricate a 6-inch tall replica of a blender blade out of stainless steel, what do you do with your spare time?
Make the world's fastest margarita machine.
Ye Gods we love Boing Boing
June 20, 2007
A while back we declared 2007 to be the summer of Cachaca (or more specifically the Caipirinha, probably our favoritest drink ever). That being said, that doesn't mean there's no more room for the Mojito, the rum-based and minty cousin of the Caipirinha. We've found a tasty-sounding Mojito recipe we're looking forward to trying - never fear, we'll do the recipe QA for you.
Don’t forget your muddler.
* 10 - 20 rinsed and freshly muddled mint leaves (each about 1 1/2 in. long)
* One part rum
* Two parts club soda
* The juice from half a lime
* 2 teaspoons of sugar or sugar cane juice (better yet, put an actual sugar cane stalk in the glass).
Muddle the mynt, add the lime juice and rum, and finally top with club soda.
Thanks Urban Monarch
June 19, 2007
Another week, another gang of boxes arrives at our door, all gurgling and full of that sweet nectar we call liquor. We've recently gotten our grubby hands on some liqueurs, vodkas, and that longtime favorite cachaca, all of which we're going to review ASAP. Some we've heard of, others we haven't - all will be tasted. Here are the vital statistics:
Xuxu Strawberry Liqueur - We're looking forward to giving this one a try as we've never had a strawberry liqueur before; we're just hoping we're able to figure out how to make the cocktails considering all the recipes use the metric system (what's a centiliter?)
Boca Loca Cachaca - We've done our share of cachaca reviews, and we're excited to add a new label to our repertoire. They bill themselves as ultra-premium stuff, so expect a very...thorough review.
Sonnema VodkaHerb - We've heard of vodkas infused with all sorts of things, including something called Bison Grass, but here's something new. Sonnema is described on the website as "pleasantly Dutch," and we don't know what that means but we're damned sure looking forward to finding out.
XO Vodka, X-Rated Vodka and Liqueur, and Zuidam Gin - We discussed these guys in our VodkaFest roundup; consider us still pumped to fully review them.
Full Disclosure Time: We completely stole the image above from Modern Drunkard. Thanks MD.
June 18, 2007
We're not exactly sure how much decanting affects the taste of a fine whisk(e)y, but we're guessing there's a reason people do it. Of course, if we had a decanter as cool-looking as this Ralph Lauren leather and crystal jobby we found at Uncrate, we'd probably be decanting all over the place even if it didn't have any noticeable benefits at all. It's a bit on the spendy side, coming in at just under $400, but just think - you buy this once and you can pass off the cheapest whiskeys in the world in it, because people will see it coming out of a fancy decanter and just assume that's how it should taste.
June 14, 2007
We've been on a few bar crawls in our time, and we have to say they can be damned fun if they're executed correctly. We just found out about the Great Boston Beer Marathon, which starts in the Fenway area and makes its way to the Allston/Brighton area, and it sounds like they're doing it right. If you're in the Boston area on June 23 and have some free time between noon and 2AM, we recommend you check out this event we can only assume will become a full-on tradition.
Just think - if you play your cards right you could end up just like the people who run that other Boston marathon - delerious and exhausted, with bloody nipples.
Go to the Beer Marathon site for more information; signup is availalble through June 18.
June 13, 2007
We hit the June VodkaFest this Sunday down in Manhattan, and it was great to hobnob (is that a word?) with some of the elite of independent spirits distributors. We had some drinks, had some laughs, but overall had to take it easy because after the event we had to drive four hours home. We were still able to taste just about everything that was on display, however - and we hope we didn't gross anyone out too much when we sipped and then spit it right back into the cup.
We've rounded up info on everyone we interacted with, along with some quick notes on the folks we haven't done full reviews on yet. Read on for our thoughts on each brand and our tastes of each, in more-or-less chronological order.
Also - we didn't run into any of the VodkaFest contest winners, probably because we skinned out a bit early, but we'd love to hear from you if you made it. You know who you are.
Continue reading: "VodkaFest (with Gin) Roundup - June '07"
June 12, 2007
We know little or nothing about Japanese whisky, but we've heard good things about Suntory and other brands. We've found a resource that claims Japan is the second biggest producer of single malt whisky in the world - who knew? What is this resource, you ask?
It's called Nonjatta and it's got a bunch of interesting info on single malts from the Land of the Rising Sun. Check 'em out - it looks like they were on hiatus for the last few years but have sprung back into activity over the past couple months...here's hoping they keep it up.
June 11, 2007
Some days, you just need a little hangover remedy to push you over the hump toward your next drink. For us, it's generally Tuesdays through Saturdays and we doubly need it on Sundays. We usually go au naturel - we've still got a huge supply of Chasers under our bathroom sink, and we're a bit gun shy after our first experience with them. We're intrigued by the "Bender Mender" from Anatomicals, however - the website says it's a "brand favorite" of Victoria Beckham, and if Posh says it works, who are we to judge?
Anatomicals [via acquire]
June 8, 2007
Summer is a time for drinking on the go, and we've always been suckers for the old portable bar. One minute, it's a nondescript suitcase-looking thing; the next, it's a full blown party. The Liquid Lunch martini bar includes everything you need to whip up the martini of your dreams in any location, including 2 glasses, 2 olive picks, jigger and shaker.
Liquid Lunch For 2 By Godinger [via acquire]
June 7, 2007
One thing we really like in our booze is personality. Of course, the real important thing is the taste and quality, but it's great to see a little blush of cool in your drink. We're big fans of the marketing campaign for Reyka Vodka - they've got some humor going for them, and we like the tongue-in-cheek things they're doing with their Iceland connection.
Check out some of the humor on their website (link below), and find out if the flavor of Iceland is everything we ever hoped it could be.
Continue reading: "Reyka Vodka Review"
June 6, 2007
A little while back we let you know about lucid, a newly-approved absinthe that has been stamped legal for sale in the United States. That's some pretty hot shit right there, but apparently that's not the end of things. According to the Real Absinthe Blog, there are more real absinthes that will be making their way to the states, so we won't have to worry about ordering those plain brown packages from across the pond.
Does this mean absintheurs can rejoice? Read on for what we could find on the regulations.
Continue reading: "More Legal Absinthes Coming to the US?"
June 5, 2007
Don't ask us what a cell phone dangle is, but apparently you need one. The article we read talks about dangles like we should know what the hell they are - though we could figure out they're something you hang off your cell phone. The long and short is, if you're looking for a figurine of a drunken Japanese guy puking, you've come to the right place.
Our favorite has to be the one with the man bowing to the "porcelain god." But other options, such as the guy passed out with his bottle or the dude dancing with his shirt off, aren't bad either. And for more aggressive after-work party types, there's a rather stern fellow who looks like he's got a shiner on his head. The Web site is only in Japanese so we're not able to tell you much more about these curious items, although the price for one dangle appears to be 400 yen, or about $3.30.
We told you last week about the VodkaFest (With Gin) that's happening in NYC this Sunday, and while our supply of free tickets has gone away we still want to see you there.
The organizers of the event have graciously offered Liquor Snob readers a $10 discount on the tickets - just register online and include the code "SNOB." Don't say we never did anything for ya.
Polished Palate - VodkaFest (With Gin)
June 4, 2007
A man more clever than us recently noted that if people keep monkeying around with vodka and adding more and more flavors, pretty soon they'll invent gin. That might not be such a bad thing - gin was a popular libation among drunkards for a lot of years, but with in recent years vodka has slipped in and taken hold of a lot of its market niche. Some folks have decided they want some additional complexity in their flavored white spirit, and they're doing some very interesting things with gin.
Not the least of these is Whitley Neill, a gin "inspired by Africa, made in England." With nine different botanicals in it, it's not designed to club you over the head with juniper as some gins have been known to do. Plus, it contains fruit from the Baobab tree - how can you go wrong with something distilled from the "Tree of Life?"
Read on for the full review.
Continue reading: "Whitley Neill Gin Review"
June 1, 2007
It's just come to our attention that some people go to bars for reasons other than drinking. We're sure you're as surprised as we are, but it turns out some people go to bars and clubs to meet others people and have sexual intercourse with them. Yup, while we're in the corner getting quietly plowed, apparently there are others there trying to get plowed
(wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more).
If you're one of those folks, Ask Men has put together a book called AskMen.com Presents From the Bar to the Bedroom: The 11 Rules for Picking Up and Pleasuring Women. Must be all the 15-words-or-less titles had been used up. Among these rules are "Be Confident," "Leave Her Wanting More," and "Foreplay Comes First." Buy it and read up, if that's what you're into. We'll be at the bar ordering another round.
AskMen.com Presents From the Bar to the Bedroom[via AskMen.com]
We've got some good news, and we've got some bad news. The good news is Kegerators.com is giving away a free kegerator. Yup, one kegerator, totally free to the person who goes to their site, fills out an entry form, and wins the drawing. You plop in your name, relevant information, and give a good story about "why I deserve to win," and you're on your way to kegerator-y goodness.
The bad news, you ask? The bad news is the contest runs through August 1, 2007, so you won't be able to enjoy the free goodness of your new kegerator during the summer - but here's to a beer-soaked Autumn!
As we turn around and bid farewell to May, we're full of a lot of things - remorse, regret, cinco de mayo margaritas. But we have a whole lot to look forward to as well - cookouts, beer, drinks by the pool, and cocktails.
Take a look at all the cool junk we found during May, including multiple liquor reviews, the Beer Advocate Top 100 beers, a sangrita recipe that's good all year round, and the first post-ban absinthe that's available legally here in the states. How can you go wrong?
Continue reading: "Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: May 2007"