Someone just mailed us the following video, entitled "Drunk History: Volume 1." We were intrigued. When we found out the premise - that a gentleman drank an entire bottle of scotch and proceeded to lay out his version of a particular historical event - we were downright curious. But when we found out Michael Cera was in it*...just watch the damn thing.
* For those of you who don't know how we feel about Michael Cera (of Arrested Development, Superbad, and Clark & Michael), well, it's the the way a lot of Patriots fans feel about Tom Brady right now. It's complex - tender, sincere, warm, passionate, and (mostly) hetero.
If you ask us, it sounds like the name of a character Billy Dee Williams might have played back in the '70s, but apparently Velvet Falernum is a big name in certain circles. An alcoholic mixer used in a lot of Caribbean and tropical drinks, Velvet Falernum is a mainstay in a lot of rum-based beverages. And, if our sources are correct, it's getting that much harder to come across lately. Maybe that's not a big deal for you, but a lot of bartenders rely on it for making unique drinks and we thought you should know.
If nothing else it's a good tidbit to drop at your next cocktail party. Clutching your Rum Collins, you might say "Oh, I usually like to zazz these up with a drop of the Falernum, but you just can't seem to get it these days." You'll wow your friends with your knowledge of spirits, and better yet, if you can get your hands on some you'll be the envy of your associates in the know.
If anyone can get hard facts for us on this supposed drought, please let us know, and for those of you who haven't heard of it, here's the rundown on the stuff from Wikipedia.
We're always on the lookout for a romantical (that's a word, right?) drink recipe to take the edge off Valentine's Day, and we've come across one that just might fit the bill. It was submitted to us by the folks who make Cirrus Vodka, a potato vodka we reviewed pretty darned favorably, and we like the drink they're recommending too. It's red, it's sweet, and it probably won't break your heart. What more can you ask?
We've gotten all sorts of nifty packages in the mail in the past few days, and we couldn't be more ready to give them a try. What's got us all aflutter, you might ask? Dig this, Daddy-O:
We've gotten our hands on our very own N-Ice Rack, the beer pong cooling system we covered a while back. We'll obviously have to give that a try sooner than later.
We also received our very own bottle of Dos Lunas Anejo tequila; we liked the Silver and the Reposado, so we can only imagine we'll dig this.
Last, but certainly not least, we're bullish (bad pun...sorry) to Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka. We covered it over a year ago, and we finally have a bottle of our very own to taste...we'll make sure to drink it with the recommended apple juice.
If you've tried any of 'em, give us a yell and let us know what you think.
As some of you may remember, our Editor in Chief has a problem. For those of you who don't know, he recently discovered he's allergic to alcohol and he has to lay off the sauce for a few months. Yay. Good thing he's got the intern types to help him taste, do liquor reviews, etc.
You may also have noticed the "Liquor Twitter" feature, a new addition to the right sidebar of the site. Our good old EiC is going to be posting about the trials and tribulations of a liquor blogger who can't drink, and we thought you might like to see his thoughts. Or maybe not, but it's his site to the sidebar stays. Feel free to keep an eye out, or follow him at http://www.twitter.com/theliquorsnob.
[Hope you all like the feature; I came up with the idea completely and totally on my lonesome, no help whatsoever. OK, maybe I saw Martini Groove's twitter sidebar and decided to crib it, but hey...all's fair in boozing and blogging. - Ed.]
We're not haters, but there are a few things we dislike intensely here at Liquor Snob. One of them is missing the chance to review some great new booze before a lot of people have had a chance to try it. Another is making mistakes. We're afraid that when it comes to Rio D Cachaca, we did both.
We received bottles of all three varieties of Rio D (plain, lime-flavored, and 'passion') way back in June of '07. Somehow through a SNAFU in the shipping and receiving department, those bottles got lost in the shuffle. (OK, you got us - we put the box somewhere stupid when we moved and didn't find them until recently)
We've finally had a chance to try them and write up our thoughts, but we have one question - did all that extra bottle aging skew the results?
OK, so we don't often fall for online quizzes, but this one was right up our alley. Turns out the Liquor Snob team, collectively, is Tequila.
When you drink, you're serious about getting drunk!
You'll take any shot that's offered up to you...
Even if it tastes like sock sweat!
And you're never afraid of eating the worm.
Man, that sounds oddly right. If you want a glimpse into our twisted psyches, our answers were: B - Puking all over the bar, B - Strong, C - Hardcore, G - Chips and salsa, D - You take what you can get, A - Quarters, C - Whiskey Sour.
We've given love to all kinds of Jell-O shots here, in our quest for the best-tasting Jell-O shots ever to have been created. Now, we've found some folks who have taken things to a whole new level by introducing caffeine powder to the mix, to give you that extra little boost. Sounds like a great idea, and we can't wait for the coming Jell-O shot escalation. Maybe, before too long, we'll be able to enjoy Jell-O shots containing other drugs, like crystal meth. Here's hoping!*
We don't have much to add to the sentiment of this fine ceramic mug. We love the fact that it's right in your face with its pro-whisky sentiments. We love the fact that it's dishwasher and microwave safe.
But most of all, we love that it holds 11 ounces, which breaks down to 8 ounces for coffee and 3 ounces for whisky (though we don't much like scotch in our coffee...we suggest bourbon or Irish whiskey. We're pretty sure that wouldn't make you a liar - you can still love whisky but drink whiskey in your coffee, private eye style).
If you, our cherished readers, think the way we do, there are two things you think of when you think of Superbowl Sunday - tequila and hibiscus flowers. That's right, these things have finally come together in the form of Tequila Touchdown Punch, a recipe we just received from the fine folks at Don Julio tequila. OK, so maybe those three things don't really go together - at least not yet - but we did find out that the hibiscus grows well in Arizona, the location of Super Bowl XLII, so there's the connection.
The recipe sounds really tasty if you can get your hands on the flowers in time for the Bowl. If not, you'll have the fixings for an extreme garden party come spring. See the full recipe below.
Just in time for a Friday, here's Beer Pong Anthem...pretty funny, pretty clever, and 30 seconds or so too long - but still worth cuing up. And hey, if you don't like it, write your own frat rap about beer and we'll link to that too.
While contemplating buying the home shot chiller machine we coveted...errr, covered...a while back, we've stumbled across this interesting home kegerator system. You can plug it in, fill it up, and have 6 liters of chilled "draught" beer at your beck and call. We were really excited about the party applications of the 6 liter capacity until we did the math and realized it was only about twelve 16 ounce beers...or sixteen 12 ounce beers, we suppose.
That's enough for one or two of the interns, but not enough for a whole party, unless everyone brought their own, of course...
We were originally going to call this post "Absinthe for Dummies," but then we remembered two things. One was that we freaking hate the whole "for Dummies" thing. Two was that absinthe is definitely NOT for dummies - it's a varsity drink, to say the least. (You know - JV drinkers are the ones who only go on benders on St. Patrick's day and their bachelor party. Varsity drinkers are something else entirely. You know who you are.)
Anyway, Rick over at Martini Groove put together some nice links on how to drink absinthe and really enjoy it, including how to pick the right bottle, avoid the nasty shite, and decide which ritual you like to do. We say try 'em all, but our note from watching someone else do it on a fateful night - don't drink it from the bottle.
Whether you want to throw a great party, or just want to practice your mixology in the comfort of your underwear, there are some distinct advantages to having a well-stocked home bar. Plus, let's face it - bars are great, but sometimes you want to to drink at home. We're always asked about how to go about stocking said home bar, and we usually start off with one piece of advice...figure out your angle.
Do you want a Tiki theme? Are you going to be hitting up the crazy, cutting-edge, fresh ingredient end of things, or are you happy with pre-made mixers and a "well drinks only" kind of environment?
Take some time, figure out what you want your bar to say about you, set a reasonable budget, and get cracking with the tips below.
Looking to see a little further with your natural spirits than the world around you? A small company out of Wisconsin - Death's Door Spirits can help you see further. This company has created two products, a vodka and gin. Death's Door Spirits prides itself in supporting local agriculture and sustainability. Death's Door Vodka uses only organic wheat grown on Washington Island in Door County, Wisconsin. And the juniper berries for the gin are picked wild on Washington Island. Death's Door Spirits actively participates and supports local farmers and agriculture. Death's Door is company worth noting in the growing field of sustainability. The website provides info on infusions, recipes, cooking with spirits, and locations of where to purchase the product. Enjoy!
There are times when you want to sit down and have a nice glass of wine, reseal the bottle, and get on with your day. There are other times, however, when you want to make your way through that entire bottle, and damn the consequences. For whenever you have that kind of day, we've found this wine glass that holds a full 750ML of wine so you don't have to keep getting up to refill, but you look slightly less like a drunk because you're not drinking directly out of the bottle.
We bought one of these as a Christmas present, and the lucky recipient loved it so much he ran out and got more to distribute to his friends. Behold the power of the whole bottle wine glass.
The only thing more irritating than grit from under the radiator in your Beirut/Beer Pong cup is if the beer goes warm while you're playing. It's not always a problem if everyone knows what they're doing, but if somebody doesn't have their stroke, you can end up drinking some body temperature beer.
We've just been informed about a new product that's aimed to solve that very problem, in the form of a Beer Pong racking system called N-Ice Rack. At first blush we thought it was very similar to the Bombed rack, but these guys take it a step further by allowing you to add water to the inside of the rack and freeze it before your game. We haven't tried them out yet, but we plan to, and we're damned if we don't wish we knew about this before Christmas.
at N-Ice Rack (currently for sale with two racks, 3 balls, and rules for under $20)
We've received some unfortunate news here at the Liquor Snob offices. We're not sure how to put it, so we'll just spit it out...it seems our Editor in Chief and Grand High Muckety Muck has developed an allergy to alcohol*. Well, not alcohol so much as the yeasts and sugars used to make it. Turns out the red face and Irish Flu really were caused by his WC Fields lifestyle - just not for the reason he thought.
He's been told by his doctor that he has a chance to get over it, but he has to stay off the sauce for six months. We'll repeat that - Mr. Liquor Snob himself can't drink for half of 2008. He put off his abstinence until after New Year's, his personal national holiday, but now he's committed to the idea.
Not that you have to worry - while he has to get used to things like mornings and finding out what orange juice tastes like without vodka, the interns here will continue to grind out great content about their favorite pastime, and make sure you get your daily shot.
Please feel free to shout out with any advice, catcalls, or mocktail recipes in the comments below, and we'll keep you posted on his willpower.
* Apparently, allergies can be caused by repeated exposure to the allergen. Big shocker, eh?