April 30, 2008
There's something to be said about experimenting with new kinds of cocktails, but are you ready for one that tastes like a hamburger? In the grand tradition of the Bacon Martini, we offer you another slab of chewy goodness - the whiskeyburger. Yes, there's real meat involved. No, there's no bun, but it's made with rye. Yes, we want to try it too.
Stir well with cracked ice:
3 oz ground-chuck-infused whiskey*
2 tsp tomato syrup*
1/4 tsp mustard bitters*
Strain into small old-fashioned glass or cocktail glass. Top off with lettuce-onion foam* and garnish with a dill-pickle round.
Full recipe at Esquire
April 29, 2008
Ha! Drunken astronauts! This t-shirt design tickles our fancy, but to be honest we're bigger fans of Where My Knickers At and Shockra (8 in the Sacral, 4 in the Root). This one made us laugh too, though.
at Torso Pants
April 28, 2008
...or bottle service, anyway, and in doing so the city is once again showing the fringes of its puritanical heritage. Boston has some serious identity problems when it comes to booze - for
an Irish town a town with a pub on every corner, there are a lot of stupid rules imposed on drinking (we're looking at you, anti-happy hour legislation). We're not necessarily down with bottle service or the VIP image that goes with it, but if people want to look like their favorite fresh-out-of-rehab celebrities and OC rejects, who're we to stop them?
Most people see bottle service with VIP treatment at a hot club in a big city a special treat and a perk of being able to afford spendy bottles of booze. But one Boston official disagrees and is cracking down on the clubs that offer bottle service to their clients. His argument? That the price of the bottle causes patrons to feel they have to down the whole thing before the night is over which, consequently, steps on the toes of the "happy hour" law of a two-drink max per patron.Boston Herald
April 25, 2008
There's something to be said for drinks that only contain two ingredients and an optional garnish. If you get the two ingredients in the right proportions, they can be just as satisfying, or moreso, than a cocktail that requires 14 tools, a spotter, and a half hour to make. We've always been fans of the Dark and Stormy, and Jeffrey Morganthaler has put together a nice little piece on them in anticipation of summer.
He even includes recommendations for what brands of ginger beer and rum to buy, and we get the impression if you try to use Schweppes or Canada Dry, he'll find out somehow, come to your house and call you out. We're pretty sure you wouldn't want that.
Find the Dark and Stormy recipe, along with the ginger beer recipe, at Jeffrey's site.
April 24, 2008
Remember that scene in Cool Hand Luke where he promises to eat 50 eggs in an hour, and by God he does it? We just found out that scene has inspired an amazing tradition called Newman Day, where instead of eating eggs, they drink 24 beers in 24 hours. Well, no more time to chat - the day's wasting, and we've got to go pick up a case.
Newman Day, or (at Princeton University) Newman's Day, allegedly named after Paul Newman, is an annual tradition at Bates College, Princeton University, Kenyon College, and other colleges where 24 beers are consumed over 24 hours. It usually occurs in January at Bates and every April 24 at Princeton and other colleges. One possible explanation of the name of the tradition at Bates is that Paul Newman once said "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not," and loosely based upon his character in the film Cool Hand Luke.
more at Wikipedia
[via the Days That End in Y Google Gadget
April 23, 2008
We can't believe we've made it so long without ever mentioning this abomination of a movie. We're going to buy it and keep it in one of those "In case of emergency break glass" boxes, so we can pull it out if we ever need a reminder why flair bartending is irritating as hell. Or if we want to reinforce that Bryan Brown's career went down the shitter after F/X. Or if we want to bask in Tom Cruise in all his pre-Xenu glory.
April 22, 2008
If you're looking for a bartending advice and you don't have the time or inclination to like, actually read a book or something, look no further than your mp3 player. With iBar software for Mac and PC, you can transform your iPod into a mobile drink reference, complete with over 1,000 cocktail recipes plus "helpful tips, anecdotes, entertaining audio, toasts, and measurements." C'mon, you're only using the thing for music, photos, and Frisky Dingo episodes right now anyway...might as well make it useful too.
at iBar (PC & Mac)
April 21, 2008
Tomorrow is Earth Day, kids, and you know what that means - overwhelming waves of guilt about your carbon footprint. This year, before you sit down to watch An Inconvenient Truth or weep bitterly about the electric car, we recommend you loosen up first with some green-friendly cocktails. We found a nice little roundup over at About.com - just remember to avoid disposable products while you're mixing, and maybe even use all organic products (yes, you can find organic liquor if you try) in the drinks themselves.
at About.com (Planetary Punch is pictured above)
April 17, 2008
We know that tax refund you just put in for is burning a hole in your pocket, so what better way to celebrate than by buying a mysterious cocktail shaker made by Faberge. It looks like it might be made of silver of some kind. All we can say is, for the kind of money they're charging, it better make our drinks taste like Scrooge McDuck's vault.
Faberge Romanov Eagle Martini Shaker
April 16, 2008
We'd never heard of Holy Taco before we got an email with their list of 11 manly cocktails, and we can only say one thing to them - welcome to our daily diet. We've added them to our iGoogle, partially on the strength of the cocktail list, partially on the strength of their other stories, and mostly because of this interview. Well played, gentlemen. Well played.
Anyway, check out their list of drinks - we agree with most of 'em, and when you click through check out the picture of Keith Richards. Does he or does he not look just like Pumpkinhead?
at Holy Taco
April 15, 2008
OK, so this thing is frickin' cool. We can just picture ourselves, wild-haired and dressed in lab coats, mixing drinks and cackling insanely while muttering about taking over the world. Oh, wait. That's what we do anyway. At least we'd have some test tubes and a beaker on hand to add to the realism.
Mad Science Bartending Set
April 14, 2008
Believe us, you'll thank us for this. Buy one of these so you're ready for fruit drink season this summer.
Rosle Fruit Muddler/Caipirinha Pestle
April 11, 2008
What's better than a stainless steel flask of your very own? How about five of them? We can think of a whole lot of uses for five different flasks - we'd want to wear them in a bandolero like a Mexican bandito or Chewbacca. But the best use (and the one that probably wouldn't land us in jail) is for a budget groomsman present or something like that.
5 x Stainless Steel 6 oz Flasks
April 10, 2008
We had to feature this product because we've never seen such a dire-looking corkscrew in our entire lives. It kind of reminds us of the Glaive from Krull meets the Road Warrior, in a way that would totally screw your corks, if you know what we mean. Who run Bartertown? Vacu Vin Winemaster Blaster run Bartertown!
Vacu Vin WineMaster Corkscrew
April 9, 2008
When you're setting up a home bar, it's important to have all the right tools. Believe us, we spent years shaking our drinks in rinsed spaghetti sauce jars and stirring them with chopsticks. It works, but it doesn't exude that panache you're trying to go for, you know? When you're setting up your bar, don't be afraid to bust out a sweet cocktail set - they look good on display with your bottles, and you don't have to worry about a green pepper floating in your drink.
Pinzon 9-Piece Stainless-Steel Cocktail Bar Set
April 8, 2008
If you ask us, Boston shakers are the only way to fly when you're mixing drinks in your home bar. For some reason, they're just plain cooler than those ones with the strainers built in. Don't ask us why. They just are, OK? You can strain the drink into the glass pretty easily by just holding the two sections to leave the ice in the shaker, or you can buy one of those strainer things. You'll look just like a real bartender with some practice - trust us.
WMF Boston Cocktail Shaker
April 7, 2008
We don't cover a lot of wine accessories here, leaving that to our compatriots over at Cheap Fun Wines, but we saw this gadget and just had to write about it. You always hear people talking about letting wine breathe, to improve the flavor and open up the bouquet. But seriously, who has time for all that? That's why we like the Vinturi wine aerator, which is basically scuba gear for your wine. Just put it over the glass, pour the wine through, and it pumps the air right in. No muss, no fuss, no waiting. We likes.
Simply hold the aerator oven a glass or decanter and pour the wine through. The Vinturi draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. You?ll notice a better bouquet, enhanced flavors and smoother finish. It?s that fast and simple. The Vinturi is made in the USA of FDA approved plastic and is dishwasher safe. It comes in a beautiful gift box and includes a stand and travel pouch.
Vinturi Wine Aerator
April 4, 2008
Gwen from Intoxicated Zodiac just let us know about a cool project she put together including three things we have long thought belonged together - liquor, fire, and astrology. She has created 12 eco-friendly candles (soy wax, recycled glass, the whole nine), one for each astrological sign, and developed accompanying cocktail recipes to go with them and round out the whole experience.
Seems like a great gift, especially if you do the one-two punch of whipping up the cocktails that accompany the candle the first time you light it for the full experience. From Gemini's "Wicked Way" vanilla/tobacco sazerac to Capricorn's "Black Magic" Fennel Orange Espresso-tini, these are intriguing scent and drink combinations, no matter how you slice it.
Read more about each sign and its accompanying Celestial Cocktail Candle; if you need some more convincing before you pony up, read Gwen's How Do Cocktails Have Zodiac Signs? page.
We can see a whole lot of uses for personalized liquor bottle labels, from holiday gifts to corporate events to weddings and groomsman gifts. Looks like the folks at Pernod Ricard felt the same way because they're offering a service where you can customize labels on their bottles, for hard liquor brands including Chivas, Glenlivet, Wild Turkey, and Kahlua; and for wines including Jacob's Creek and Mumm Napa.
You can order up to five labels at a time, and the best news is they're completely free. You just make your brand/bottle choices and customize the label with everything from personalized text to images. Then you just paste them onto bottles you have and voila - gift opportunities or lying about how you know Mr. Glenlivet himself is within your grasp.
at Your Gift Label [via Springwise]
April 3, 2008
We want to start off by saying we really threw ourselves into this Boozer hangover remedy review by getting ourselves seriously, seriously hung over. Many drinks were involved, of sundry types, all calculated to leach the moisture out of our cells and cause us to wake up feeling like we were hit by a truck. There was red wine. There was white wine. There was bourbon. There were sugary sweet cocktails. There was neverending vodka on the rocks. And the beers, oh sweet Jeebus the beers.
We're not telling you this to make you think drinking like that is cool - we just want you to know we're dedicated to our craft. Boozer's claim to fame is that its ingredients help you metabolize the poisons in the booze and replenish your vitamins, etc. Find out how it worked for us after the jump.
Continue reading: "Boozer Hangover Remedy Review"
April 2, 2008
Wow, this is a cool looking shaker. You could put this on your bar or a bookshelf and no one would have any idea what it was until you started shaking it up and pouring cocktails out of it. It's like a ninja cocktail shaker. Hmm...apparently we've just come up with our new obsession. As Jeebus is our witness, we will find a ninja-themed cocktail shaker.
Nambe Twist 10-Inch Cocktail Shaker
April 1, 2008
We were going to post today with a sick and evil April Fool's Day prank, but we decided we'd go easy on you this year, unlike a couple years ago. You can thank us later - right now, it's time to busy yourself checking out what you might have missed last month.
From our coverage of two very different but equally intriguing hangover remedies, right on through the drinking advice from an alcoholic cartoon dog, we had a whole lot of fun in March. Check out the shenanigans and our own version of March Madness after the jump.
Continue reading: "Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: March 2008"