October 31, 2007
We've done a bit more digging for Halloween Cocktail recipes, and we've found another one that intrigues the hell out of us. It's called Fox Poison, and it contains both absinthe and milk. Just think how green and cloudy it'll get, and how much fun it'll be to poison your brain. Note: if you can't get real absinthe, give Absente or something like that a try.
3 cl chartreuse
3 cl absinthe
1 cl green curacao
Build in highball glass. Stir and fill up with ice cold milk.
October 31, 2007
Happy Halloween from your friends at Liquor Snob. We've been scouring the Web to find a great drink recipe to celebrate the day, and we think we've got a winner - the Zombie. It's got a tropical zing, plus it makes us think of the greatest Romantic Comedy with Zombies (RomComZom) ever made - Shaun of the Dead.
Oh, and they mess you up pretty good because they have three kinds of liquor in them. Whether they give you a taste for human brains remains to be seen. Find the Zombie recipe we discovered after the jump.
Continue reading: "Halloween Cocktail Recipe: The Zombie"
October 30, 2007
When we first heard about Canton Ginger Liqueur, we had a pretty good idea we were going to like it. After all, we love ginger like it's our job, and marrying it with cognac can go under our "why didn't we think of this?" file. What we didn't expect, however, was that we'd fall in love.
Continue reading: "Canton Ginger Liqueur Review"
October 29, 2007
We've been sitting on our Bottle Popper review for a little bit, but you shouldn't read into that. In fact, we've been itching to write it up but haven't had a chance. Why, you ask? Because the Bottle Popper has done something we didn't think possible - it's added even more fun to opening up a beer (which is great enough on its own). We're not going to say it opens your beer any faster or any more effectively than any other opener, but it brings back that "wow" factor you got when you first started cracking beers.
How does it do that? Here's the thing - you set it on top of the bottle, push down quickly, and suddenly the cap is hanging from the bottom of the Bottle Popper. If we were from a primitive culture, we'd say it was magic, but being the civilized creatures we are, we're pretty sure it's magnets.
It's funny - when we first broke it out the general reaction was "what the Hell do you need another bottle opener for?" People were intrigued when we showed them how it worked, but they didn't get fired up until we let them try for themselves. We heard "oohs," "aahs," and an honest to goodness "Oh my God!" And there you have it - is that kind of magic worth the few extra dollars for a new bottle opener? We think it might be.
October 26, 2007
FYI - You are not as strong a drinker as you'd like to think you are. This is evidenced by these drinking stories, which blow yours out of the water. C'mon, kids...step it up this weekend and send us the saga.
1. Admiral Edward Russell's 17th-Century throwdown
Think you can drink like a sailor? Maybe you should take a moment to reflect on what that truly means.
The record for history's largest cocktail belongs to British Lord Admiral Edward Russell. In 1694, he threw an officer's party that employed a garden's fountain as the punch bowl.
The concoction? A mixture that included 250 gallons of brandy, 125 gallons of Malaga wine, 1,400 pounds of sugar, 2,500 lemons, 20 gallons of lime juice, and 5 pounds of nutmeg.
A series of bartenders actually paddled around in a small wooden canoe, filling up guests' cups. Not only that, but they had to work in 15-minute shifts to avoid being overcome by the fumes and falling overboard.
The party continued nonstop for a full week, pausing only briefly during rainstorms to erect a silk canopy over the punch to keep it from getting watered down. In fact, the festivities didn't end until the fountain had been drunk completely dry.
Read the other four at CNN
We could go on and on about legendary one-man-band Bob Log III and how you should buy his albums, but the name of this video says it all. [Caution: This video contains actual boobs being dunked into actual scotch.]
October 24, 2007
We've been looking for something to class up our bar area. We may not be able to go quite as far as this Waterford Barware trunk, but if we had the ducats we'd get there in a heartbeat. This bad boy will cost you, but between the brass latches, leather trim, and rosewood interior lies a huge collection of "...the world's finest crystal barware, wine tasting stemware, sterling silver bar tools and elegant canape plate." Can't go wrong with that.
Waterford Barware Trunk at Amazon
October 23, 2007
There was a time when a company wouldn't dream of marketing a product to the ladies and give it a name like "X-Rated". That time is long gone, however, and we're lucky enough to have two products with that adult name now - both an unflavored vodka and a fruity liqueur.
The question on everyone's lips, however, is - do they live up to their racy name? Let's just say we enjoyed ourselves enough during the tasting to be just this side of, as Borat would say, a "romance explosion".
Continue reading: "X-Rated Vodka and Fusion Liqueur Reviews"
October 22, 2007
We've covered quite a few breathalyzers here at Liquor Snob, and we're sure it can be quite confusing if you want to pick one up. We've rounded up all of our key breathalyzer coverage and product reviews to make your decision easier while you're shopping around.
Alcohawk Elite Breathalyzer Pro Package Kit
Current Price: $189.99
Review Snippet: "We were impressed with how pimped out this thing was, with a blue LED readout and an internal thermometer to make sure your readout is as accurate as possible, not thrown off by temperature factors. The battery is good for 100-200 testings."
Alcohawk Elite Review
Continue reading: "Big, Bad Breathalyzer Roundup"
Current Price: $139.95
Review Snippet: "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."
Alcomate Prestige Review
October 19, 2007
If there's one flavor we've always loved and wished we could get more of in our mixed drinks, it's ginger. The flavor can range from delicate and floral to a downright burn, and we just love it. That's why we're excited to try out the bottle of Canton Ginger Liqueur that just arrived. We'll be doing a full review soon enough, but here's what the Canton website has to say:
Originally created on the French Indochine ginger root estate of Domaine de Canton, this aromatic elixir first became popular among the colonial French aristocracy. A hand-crafted infusion of superior VSOP Cognac and baby ginger, Domaine de Canton is the world's first premium ginger liqueur. Enjoy it in a cocktail and discover a rare union of tropical romance and continental sophistication.
We don't have any proof they're actually the first such liqueur, but they had us at French Indochine ginger root. More at Canton Liqueur
Don't let the name of this thing fool you - it's actually a hat with a beer bong attached. Actually, it looks like a batting helmet that mated with some SCUBA gear, but who're we to judge? As long as you can rapidly drink beer out of it, we're happy. On that note, we're curious how well it would actually work - we're pretty sure you'd have to keep your head completely level while you've got it on or you'd end up wearing your beer.
Anyway, it's still in prototype phase at this point so you can't rush right out to get it, but patience is a virtue, right?
More at BeerBongHat.com; when it's released you'll find it at Drinking Corner
October 18, 2007
Oktoberfest may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance to drink copious amounts of beer out of a giant glass boot. Because who doesn't want to check that off their list of things to do before they die ASAP, right?
As far as we know, the only rule to drinking out of Das Boot is that the toe needs to be pointing up, and there's a special trick to keeping the beer from sloshing all over you as you drink. We don't want to give away the ending of Beerfest so we won't tell you here, but you should definitely find out and amaze your friends.
Multiple sizes and varieties of custom Beer Boots and other paraphernalia are available from Bier Boot Haus.
October 17, 2007
To be honest, we'd never heard of a Chinese liquor called Baijiu before an email hit our inbox about it this morning. But, after watching the video contained in the email, we couldn't be more intrigued by the stuff, especially after our quick and not-so-thorough research introduced us to the phenomenon of "Baijiu face," which judging by the pictures reminded us of our own experience with Screech Rum face.
According to Wikipedia, the name Baijiu "means 'white liquor,' 'white alcohol' or 'white spirits.' The final line of the video told us all we really needed to know, about this high-octane beverage.
We may not have learned anything new about Baijiu, but at least we got fucked up. And that's basically what Baijiu's all about.
Watch the baij.tv video after the jump.
Continue reading: "Baij.tv Presents: Baijiu Face"
October 16, 2007
In our experience, just about everybody has a tequila story. Some might remember too much Cuervo one night in college. Others might have gone to a bar in Mexico and had a random stranger who may or may not work there unexpectedly clamp off your nose and pour low-grade tequila in your mouth (we know from experience these gentlemen expect a tip). Whatever the story is, it usually ends up with the person communing at the porcelain confessional (pictured).
The folks at Partida tequila have come up with a new way to capture all these stories, and have put together a series of videos called Tequila Confessions. There are only a few videos right now, but they're looking for new stories, so you can get in touch with them about the time you tried to plow through a bottle of Sauza in a sitting. The initial videos consist of "man on the street" interviews, but they're looking to expand to "Bartender Confessions" as well.
Watch the videos at Tequila Confessions; see the full press release below.
Continue reading: "Tequila Confessions from Partida"
October 15, 2007
We've found another item for our neverending quest to be able to store liquor on us at all times, and like the Coldpole, this one will help you out at your friendly neighborhood ski resort. The Bakoda Flask Pack is a tiny little backpack for your snowboard bindings, which holds a 4oz. flask. Nothing wrong with that, and if you get two you'll have the equivalent of one normal 8oz flask. Or, for less than half the price (of buying two), you could get a 16oz. stainless steel flask and keep it in your jacket pocket.
Depends whether you want to be stylishly snazzy or frugally buzzed this winter, we suppose.
at Tactics [via acquire]
October 12, 2007
As we gently lurch our way into the weekend, we thought it might be nice to offer you a drink recipe to try out as you relax from your work week. We're starting off with one that's as easy to make as it is potent - the Churchill Martini. Now, we have to say we take some issue with the idea of making any martini without vermouth in it - drinking straight gin is what drunks do. Wait, what're we saying? Sign us up!
To make a Churchill Martini, add 3 oz of dry gin to a shaker of ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Some recipes call for a twist of lemon as a garnish. Others call for an olive. I prefer to use a habanero-stuffed olive, marinated in Reisling as the garnish, but that's my personal twist on the Churchill Martini.
; we also rounded up some solid martini advice
a while ago to help you on your quest to make the perfect one.
October 11, 2007
The firetruck bar set - because sometimes you need to extinguish your thirst instead of just quenching it. Includes a shaker, a jigger, a corkscrew, a bottle opener, and of course - a fire truck-shaped holder. You don't even have to be a fireman to proudly display it - all you need is the four alarm fire in your belly for tying one on.
Godinger Fire Truck Bar Set
October 10, 2007
Last week we told you about The Bottle Popper, a handy-looking gizmo designed to pop the tops off beer bottles, regular and screw top. We just got our paws on one, so expect a review sooner than later - if we can make it to the computer through the foot-deep pile of beer bottle caps, that is.
at Bottle Popper
October 9, 2007
Have you been laying awake nights, wondering where in Hell you're going to get your hands on a pair of Jim Beam boxer shorts or some Red Stripe flip flops? We've found where you can get them. How about a Colt .45 tank top or some XXX Tequila undies? We found those too. Where is this mystical land where you can get all these snappy clothes?
OK, we'll let you know, but we're trusting you not to buy the Guinness sweatshirt we've got our eye on.
October 5, 2007
Kevin from The Scotch Blog sent us this video a week ago, and we're just now putting it up. We're not exactly sure what took us so long, considering the video contains a pretty girl consuming large amounts of beer for the sake of staying thin. And she is pretty...as long as we can ignore that Barb Wire arm tattoo.
Miracle Beer Diet
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The paparazzi might not be after us yet, but we're feeling like celebrities today. That's because our fearless Editor in Chief was asked to give his expert opinion on one of his favorite subjects - booze, specifically vodka.
The story is about the growth of smaller vodka distilleries and the spirit in general, and while we're not quite sure what he was saying in some of the quotes - our theory is that Mr. Editor in Chief had some pre-interview Moscow Mules - it's a fun read (for us and our moms anyway).
Mom-and-pop vodka distillers have emerged from around the world, with the latest and most unique creations becoming all the rage for discerning drinkers who enjoy them at top bars, chichi hotels, trendy restaurants and upscale liquor stores.
From habanero vodka created in Texas to Vermont vodka infused with maple syrup, the variety for cocktail connoisseurs and mixologists is huge, says Jake Jamieson, the editor in chief of Liquorsnob.com, a popular Web site among discriminating cocktail enthusiasts.
Hear that? We're cocktail enthusiasts, not a bunch of drunks! More at Washington Times
October 4, 2007
Did you ever notice it's kind of a pain in the ass to open beers? We're not just talking about the kind you need an opener for - the "easy open" screwtops can be tough too. It's not usually too bad at first, but after 10 or 15 beers we start to tear our soft little hands. We've been known to put the bottle under our shirt and use the fabric to help ease the pain, but the fabric doesn't do too well after said 10 or 15 beers either.
That's why we like the new product we just discovered, the Bottle Popper - it works with both standard and twist-off caps. Plus it looks so cool to use you don't have to face the mockery of asking your girlfriend to help you twist open your beer because your palms are bleeding. We'll be getting one soon to see if it lives up to our hopes and dreams.
at Bottle Popper
October 3, 2007
Here's a little shirt that tickles our funny bone and our nerd ligaments - plus it's all about drinking! Someone over at Threadless has taken the time to create a periodic table of drinking, from element Al (alcohol) to Gd (grenadine) to Wh (whiskey). If we had this we would wear it every day. In fact, we're thinking about getting both a t-shirt and the accompanying hoody. That's how awesome we think it is.
see it and buy it at Threadless
October 2, 2007
When it comes to booze, we love the little guy. That's not to say we don't like bigger booze brands, but there's something about independent distillers that gets our proverbial juices flowing. That's why we're excited to let you know about the Celtic Malts Independent Spirits Festival. Occurring on October 13 at the W Hotel in San Francisco. We'll let the organizers tell you in their own words, but all we can say is we're bummed we won't be on the West Coast - especially since the Orange V folks, among others, will be there.
This is the only event in the world devoted to the passionate bottlings of the artisanal craft distillers and independent bottlers of the finest whiskies. Sample every spirit capable of emerging from a still along with the meticulously selected expressions of the world's great independent bottlers of Scotch and Irish whiskies.
More information at CelticMalts.com
October 1, 2007
Another summer has come and gone, but instead of getting depressed we soldiered on and found all sorts of cool, booze-related stuff in September. We covered a 90 mile distillery tour in the South, lamented the passing of Michael Jackson, discovered the Portopong, and marveled while some mad geniuses made Jell-O shots out of everything but the kitchen sink. It was a good month, really...read on to find a roundup of everything we covered, and we'll be over here trying to outdo ourselves in October.
Continue reading: "Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: September 2007"