August 31, 2007
We can't think of a better name for a bottle of Irish Whiskey than Feckin. Ever since we stumbled across it on the Web, we can't stop saying "I could go for some Feckin' whiskey!" and the like. Makes us feel like we're in Ireland all over again.
It doesn't seem to be available here in the states, but next time you're on the Emerald Isle, make sure you ask for it by name.
at FECKiN Irish Whiskey
August 30, 2007
We've never been fans of the sweeter cocktails - though we have been known to make some simple syrup for our drinks and whatnot. We like our drinks relatively sugar free (unless we're drinking Cachaca, which is made from sugar cane, of course).
Looks like we're not the only ones - we just found an article about a trend toward more savory cocktails, and we can't say we're sad (or surprised). Plus, the quote we found was from the co-author of Art of the Bar (review), one of our favorite cocktail recipe books out there.
Continue reading: "The Demise of the Sweet Cocktail?"
August 29, 2007
Ice cubes. Shaped like Legos. We really don't have much more to say on the subject. You can't actually snap them together, but you could build some damn good cocktails we're guessing, and get some oohs and aahs out of your friends.
Lego Ice Brick Tray[via popgadget]
August 28, 2007
There are a few archetypes associated with drinking - the suave lady's man, the beer chugging frat boy, the ne'er do well who's drowning his sorrows. Drinkin' Joe, the fellow we just discovered, seems to fit into the latter category. According to his site, he lives in a crappy place, has a terminal disease, and he just lost his job. He's always thought booze was a scourge, and he's decided to defeat it the only way he can think of - by drinking it all up (with reviews!).
He's only been going for a week, so we'll see how long he can keep up his Droopy Dog/Debbie Downer intensity (he feels like a persona more than a real dude), but he does make for a fun read. Plus, check out his "Drunk of the Minute" Flickr photos on his site.
Drinkin' Joe [via Intoxicated Zodiac]
August 27, 2007
We got a kick out of this ceramic juicer we found over on Popgadget, so we thought we'd share it with you. It's got a distinctive look for a juicer, with a little teapot vibe going on, but that's not the cool part. It's got a cool design that lets you flip the juicer part over and put a lid on it for storage. That's not the cool part either.
The cool part is it was designed in Cuba, and it's not available for sale because of the embargo. We're not recommending anything, but we have to say nothing would make a drink taste better than some black market juice.
Tropics Juicer [via Popgadget]
August 23, 2007
In a world dominated by quease-inducing, saccharine sweet, pre-made cocktail mixers, it's time for you to take a stand and drink something hand-crafted. Yeah, you can go to your finer, and even some mid-range, bars and sample the work of a true mixologist, but isn't it time you learned how to do it yourself? Toss the pre-sweetened lime juice and the scary red maraschino cherries - it's time to start making your mixers yourself.
Don't be afraid - we found a great article by Jason Wilson at the Washington Post to get you started. Go ahead. Be bold. If you're still not convinced we'll paraphrase some Mad Max Beyond Thunderdomeat you - "Who run Bartertown? Mix Master run Bartertown!"
Snippet, link, and recipes below.
Continue reading: "Don't Be Afraid...Be a Mix Master"
August 22, 2007
We've often heard about the health benefits of wine, with studies appearing in dribs and drabs about how the stuff helps keep everything from your heart to your brain healthy. But we've never been quite sure exactly how wine helps so much, and that's where the new book The Red Wine Dietcomes in. Sounds like an interesting read, with suggestions for which types of wine have the biggest benefits, recommendations for other foods that will accentuate the wine's good properties, and recipes to try out as well.
In a landmark study, Roger Corder revealed that compounds called procyanidins are the key components of wine for preventing illness. Now, in The Red Wine Diet, he argues that drinking the right kinds of red wine and eating procyanidin-rich foods such as dark chocolate, apples, and berries can help us live to a ripe old age-while enjoying all the pleasures of life.
You had us at "drink more wine."
The Red Wine Dietat Amazon
August 21, 2007
It's not very often a new booze comes out and sends us scrambling for pants with cargo pockets, but here you have it - the Pocket Shot. We'd heard of these things before but never thought of the sinister beauty they represented. It's booze designed...dare we say destined?...to go into your pocket and be consumed on a portable basis.
And at $2 a pop, pardon us while we fashion some Chewbacca-style bandoliers for our gin, rum, vodka, whiskey and tequila. Not sure how they taste, but do you really care when you're surreptitiously dumping four of them into you bathtub-sized Coke at the movies?
Pocket Shots [via Wired]
August 20, 2007
We've got some close friends who've been riding us to make the switch to Mac for years. We've always resisted, mostly because we're not interested in computers that are "cute" or "pastel colored." Turns out we've finally discovered something that could turn our fortunes around on the Mac front in the form of the G3 Beer Server.
Yeah, we know it's just a case mod...we've covered a few booze-related mods so we're not new to them, but there's something about a computer that serves you beer while you
surf porn work on your blog that's really appealing. Just don't try to get us to use f@cking iTunes and we might be ready to convert.
Geekstir [via Gizmodo]
August 17, 2007
Rough nights out - we've all had 'em, and sometimes we want to wear 'em on our sleeves. In our experience, everyone wants the cachet that comes from telling stories like "So the night started at the Littlest Bar in Boston...and then I woke up in jail in Tijuana," but not everyone wants to live it. Tell a similar story with your iPod
by putting a Rough Night cover on it - you can let Mario and Luigi take the heat for you.
So we're thinking about occasionally going a bit more lifestyle-y with Liquor Snob content - basically giving you the things you need with you when you're planning to go out or throw a party. Don't worry, we're still going to give you the same liquor-related news and content, but we're toying with the idea. This is our first such post - please let us know what you think and give us other ideas by posting in the comments or hitting us up at news [at] liquorsnob [dot] com.
August 16, 2007
Our sister site Cheap Fun Wines just put up an interesting post about a gizmo called the Wine Clip. Here's what they had to say: "(it's) a clip you put on the neck of your wine bottle, and the creators claim it uses the power of magnetism to break up the tannins into smaller tannins or something like that, and give you a smoother taste."
Our experience ends with the BeerClip, but does anybody out there have experience with this? Sounds like those copper bracelets people wear to stop arthritis or something...does it really work? We also wonder what would happen if you put it on the neck of some bottom shelf bottle of bourbon or something...
The Wine Clip [via Cheap Fun Wines]
August 15, 2007
There are certain things you'd like to get, and there are certain things you have to get. We think a set of six Pac-Man glasses featuring the titular hero and all his ghosty nemeses falls into that second category. Just imagine - you can set up shots of Jager all over your house like Power Pellets. If you're going to do it, do it soon, however, because this is a limited edition series of only 2,500 sets.
Club Namco [via Coolest Gadgets]
August 14, 2007
If you didn't know, this site is part of a larger network of sites from Blogpire Productions and we'd like to tell you about a new site that's part of the Blogpire - NetworkingAudioVideo.com. If you want to learn how to stream music, movies, and TV around your house - NetworkingAudioVideo.com is for you. We're excited about NetworkingAudioVideo.com, and we're really excited about giving away lots of cool high tech prizes!
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Leave it to Gizmodo to find yet another technological wonder we just have to install in our home. This one looks like it'll give all the convenience of a robot bartender without the fear it'll go all HAL 9000 on you - or we hope so, at least.
Storing 16 different chilled liquids, the MyFountain can simply dispense a brew, or mix perfectly portioned drinks at the touch of a few buttons. Through an LCD touchscreen, users can select their ingredients and measurements of choice, or allow the MyFountain to make suggestions based upon the (vile, evil, horrid) liquids on hand.
at Digital Beverages
; plus read more at Gizmodo
while we try to scrape together the $2,500 to buy one.
August 13, 2007
We don't remember the last time we read DETAILS magazine (link
), but now we know they're dipping their toe in the booze pool we might just start again. The editors at said magazine have put together a list of their recommendations for six must-have vodkas, and we're intrigued since we haven't tried a couple of them.
One thing we do know is they included Tito's, one of our all-time favorites, so they must be doing something right. They've also included recommendations for what to eat with your vodka, including what appears to be a photoshopped picture of caviar on a potato chip. Far out. Click the image above to read the article, and you can pick up the September issue it's included in nationwide tomorrow, August 14 [subscribe].
August 10, 2007
[Update: Looks like the Beersudz folks were upgrading their shopping cart and there was a little SNAFU that caused the site to say there was no shipping available in most areas. It's all fixed now, so you can head on over and snap one up.]
This just in - the Giant Jellyfish is big. Like, real big. When we first pulled it out of the packaging, we had no idea what we were in for, because we'd seen and used the regular sized Jellyfish beer bong (review). Before being inflated, the Giant didn't look too much different - it had a little more girth, yeah, and there were three tubes coming out of the bottom instead of one, but it didn't seem that far off. One Intern even commented that its inventors should have come up with a way for people to easily clip off one or two tubes to make it easier for less people to use it. After all, you weren't always going to have three people around who wanted to funnel, right?
Then we blew it up.
Continue reading: "Giant Jellyfish Beer Bong Review"
August 7, 2007
We've said multiple times that infusions are the next step in the evolution of booze. Don't get us wrong - we like regular flavored liquors, but the idea of having the actual fruit that's affecting the flavor of our drinks gives us that warm, comforted feeling.
We've seen 267 Infusions in the liquor store multiple times, and we've often been just this side of intrigued enough to pick it up. The question of when we'd actually try it has just been answered, however, as a box containing four of their eight flavors (that's 50% of the line for you math wizzes) has just arrived on our doorstep. Expect a full review of the bottles we received (pineapple and mango rum, as well as lemon and cranberry vodka) ASAP.
More at 267.com
August 6, 2007
We remember when the first Smirnoff Tea Partay video
came out, we weren't quite sure how we felt about it. Then, after watching it like 40 times, we realized we probably liked it. Check out this sequel to the original, which leaves behind the golf courses of Connecticut for the sandy beaches of the West Coast. We don't drink a lot of alcopops, but that doesn't mean we can't laugh at their commercials, right?
August 3, 2007
It's time for us to review our second potato vodka in the last few weeks (the other being Zodiac) and we're excited for this one. Cold River Vodka is distilled in Maine from local potatoes by some local folks, and we've been sort of tracking its progress ever since its release a couple years ago.
We've heard some mixed anecdotal reviews about the stuff, but that's mostly from inexperienced drinkers who expect a robust potato vodka to taste like their wussy wheat ones. It's time for us to finally dig in and check out this starchy goodness for ourselves.
Continue reading: "Cold River Vodka Review"
August 2, 2007
For a long time Cognac has struggled to gain recognition as a proper liquor. Although in certain urban locations it is quite popular, for the most part Cognac has very little following. An often misunderstood type of brandy, Cognac is actually named after a city on the Charente river in France. To be called Cognac, brandy must come from this area and must follow certain rules of distillation and aging (these rules are quite reminiscent of the ones which we went over in our Bulleit Bourbon review).
Cognac must be double-distilled immediately after distillation and must be aged at least 3 years in Limousin oak barrels. Since distillation removes impurities, obviously double-distillation is a good thing, both for your palate and your head the morning after. And as far as the Limousin, it has a very loose grain so it imparts a pretty strong oak flavor to the brandy compared to other types of oak.
Today we will look at a lesser known Cognac, coming to us from the makers of Grand Marnier. Navan is an 80 proof Cognac made with black vanilla bean, the 2nd most expensive spice in the world. On the bottle is printed: “The rare black vanilla of Madagascar is the fruit of the sensuous orchid. Its complex, distinctive flavor is considered the world’s finest. Intense, smooth, rich and aromatic.”
Continue reading: "Navan Cognac Review"
August 1, 2007
Oh, man, this thing is like our Holy Grail - we just moved into a house with a pool and we've been talking about how we should get something that'll float in there and keep our drinks cool. Ask and ye shall receive in the form of the Inflatable Bar from Brando
. It's got everything - a central ice chest type thing, 6 cup holders, the works.
And we're not just seeing it for the pool - can you imagine tubing down a river with this tied to your (non-drinking hand) wrist? Let's just say you can expect to see us very waterlogged and sunburned come the end of August.
at Brando [via Popgadget]