It's no secret that we here at Liquor Snob are bigger fans of the space opera goodness of Star Wars (original trilogy, please) than the harder SF of Star Trek. Wow, just writing that sentence set off Nerd Alert klaxons in every sector of the galaxy. Anyway, we can definitely get behind this Enterprise-shaped bottle opener, because we can think of no better opening for our legendary Shatner impression.
If you're looking for a way to mix drinks without actually having to touch a bottle, we've finally found your solution. In the past, you had to rely on hired bartenders, drink-serving robots, or trained chimps (we call 'em Interns) to pour your drinks while you lie on your ass eating pre-peeled grapes. Now, with the Super Side Bar, you can get all that same convenience, without the overhead. Now that's the kind of push-button convenience we're looking for!
The Super Side Bar ($500-$580) lets you dispense five of your favorite drinks without picking up a single bottle. And, like your own personal bartender, the Side Bar is fully programmable for automatic measuring of mixed drinks.
We saw this video over at Martini Lounge and had to feature it on the site. Not only does the woman in the video show you how to mix a drink called a "Liquid Panty Dropper," she also dances around on the table a bit to show you the effects of said drink.
Spoiler Alert: Might be slightly NSFW, though there is no droppage of panties or any other clothing.
Remember a few years ago, when the only way you could get absinthe was to order it online for exorbitant prices, or convince a friend to mule a bottle or two back from Europe? Those days are over, friends, because we're suddenly about to see a glut of absinthe brands hit American shelves. We've already seen Lucid and Kubler, and according to our friends over at The Real Absinthe Blog, you can expect to see a whole lot more.
Bevlaw, a firm concentrating on the federal regulation of alcohol beverages. has been keeping track of the product and label permissions given to absinthes, and recorded 12 by May 2008. These include the early launches such as Lucid, Kübler and St. George, the more recent launches such as Grande Absente Originale, Le Tourment Vert, and La Fée Parisienne, and some that have yet to reach the market. These include Mythe Absinthe Traditional, Libertine, and Mata Hari Absinthe Bohemian.
Head on over to The Real Absinthe Blog to read more, which includes all sorts of interesting news and a bunch more brands. We've included an image from the upcoming brand that intrigues us most - we're not sure what absinthe creme liqueur tastes like, but we can pretty much guarantee it's not your grandma's Bailey's.
We were recently able to play pool on an outdoor table, and getting one of these tables has suddenly rocketed to the top of our "to-do" list. Not only do you get all the fun and physics-y goodness of playing billiards, you're outside where keeping a cooler of beer nearby doesn't draw strange looks, and your drunken trick shots have much less opportunity to do real damage.
One word of advice is to keep it covered when you're not using it, since it's not quite as much fun to play through wet felt, but hey...whatever works.
We've been noticing a disturbing trend lately, in the fact that a lot of restaurants are starting to serve their beer in smaller glasses. Yeah, there's still the chance to get the 30 ounce monstrosity at Applebee's or something, but we've been noticing "Lady Pints" (glasses closer to a half pint than a full one) popping up all over the place. For some reason in our area, it's most prevalent when you order Smithwick's. Apparently, we're not the only ones noticing it, and there's something even more insidious than truly smaller glasses - the use of "falsies."
Beer prices at bars and restaurants have risen over the past few months, as prices of hops and barley have skyrocketed and retail business has slowed alongside the economy.
Some restaurants have replaced 16-ounce pint glasses with 14 ouncers -- a type of glassware one bartender called a "falsie."
And customers are complaining that bartenders are increasingly putting less than 16 ounces of beer in a pint glass, filling up the extra space with foam.
We're always on the prowl for new bar tool sets, and here's one that caught our eye because of its completeness and style. This thing has nine pieces, including everything you might expect (bar knife, cocktail whisker, bottle opener, double jigger, etc.) plus the nice addition of an ice bucket and tongs. Classy. Plus, all the reviews we've read of it comment on how sturdy and well made it is, which is nice because we've seen some chintzy sets out there.
Let's face it - we're heading into some eco-conscious times here. It's not just hippies that are paying attention how to lessen their carbon footprints and reduce, reuse, recycle. One way to conserve is to reuse your beer pong cups instead of tearing through 30 or 40 of those red plastic keg cups every weekend night.
That's where the ReRack cups come in - they're heavier duty cups designed for beer pong, and you can use them over and over with no waste. You don't seem to be sacrificing anything for the environment, either - the cups have four different levels of fill lines which allow for the perfect amount of liquid in every cup, and they have a wider base than keg cups so there's less chance of knocking them over with an errant throw.
Each set of ReRack cups comes with 10 red cups and 10 black, as well as a rinse cup for each side. What more can you ask for to salve your eco-conscience?
Last week, we took the Web by storm with our story about the Bierstick, a mammoth syringe for getting up to two cans of beer into your system in two seconds or less. This week, we have one in our grubby paws. We can't wait to check it out, though we are a little bit concerned we'll hit our gag button with our first attempt. That's why we're planning to make one of the interns take the first swing and see what happens. Expect a review ASAP.
Last summer was the summer of the mojito, and there's no reason not to keep it going this year when the going gets hot. We've found a mojito set that contains a muddler, mixing glass, strainer, and six slim glasses - everything you need to make amazing mojitos at home. Well, except for rum, sugar, mint, and oh-so-many limes, of course. And while you're at it, don't be afraid to experiment with other coolers like the mint julep (not just for horse racing anymore!) and the caipirinha.
Here's a weird little gadget being developed in (where else?) Japan - a teddy bear that acts as a GPS and breathalyzer. Apparently it uses some Tron-like robot technology from the future to be able to tell you about nearby landmarks as you drive, and contains a sensor in its neck that allows it to "smell" if you've been drinking and yell at you.
Our question is - if it thinks you're going to drink and drive, does it auto-dial 911 or does it continue to glibly tell you about nearby Chuck E Cheese restaurants?
Police pulled over an inebriated man driving a motorized cooler over Memorial Day. Apparently he was swerving and driving in an unsafe manner - he couldn't have been going too fast, but the folks at Autoblog had a good point about why this was an extraordinarily dumb idea.
Under New York state law, driving any motorized vehicle must be done sans alcohol, and that means anything from cars and boats to motorized coolers falls under the letter of the law. While some would argue that the electric cooler doesn't pose a real threat to pedestrians or other motorists, we'd disagree. This idiot could have caused other drivers to swerve to miss him, and strike others in the process.
Note to self: Make sure to hit the breathalyzer at home before driving off on our own Cruzin Cooler.
It seems everyone's trying to build the better beer-drinking mousetrap these days, and they're getting inventive doing so. Some of our favorites have so far have been the Flabongo and the Giant Jellyfish, but a new contender has entered the fray.
The Bierstick is a device shaped like a giant hypodermic, but no, we're not suggesting you inject booze like Motley Crue did - this hypo has a mouthpiece instead of a needle. According to the instructions, you just fill it up with beer and press the plunger to ingest it at your own speed. Seems like an interesting rapid-beer-consumption alternative to the beer bong, but of course that remains to be seen.
The Bierstick costs about $20; find out more at Bierstick.com, and we'll get a review 'stick ASAP.
These red wine glasses are based on the 7 deadly sins. Each glass encapsulates a sin, which is revealed through the ritual of drinking (something we're very familiar with here at Liquor Snob). The ‘7 Deadly Glasses’ are about celebrating passion and encouraging the user to be sinful in a theatrical fashion, and to also over indulge in whatever vice you seem to have when drinking.
If you're in London between June 12th and 19th, you can see the glasses being exhibited at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design Degree Show. If in person you seem to think you NEED seven deadly wine glasses, you can order one of the limited edition sets. They come in a mahogany, velvet and brass case, so expect the set to cost a sinful amount.
We've heard good things about all the flavored vodka from Three Olives, but when we heard about their new Tomato flavored vodka we almost ran outside with a pre-mixed Bloody Mary waiting for someone to pour in the Tomato vodka. Three Olives is dedicated to providing the biggest and boldest flavor possible – and with that, they've introduced Triple Shot Espresso, Root Beer, and Tomato.
We'll take all of them, and especially the Triple Shot Espresso..."INTERNS - FIRE UP THE ESPRESSO MAKER - LET'S GET THIS PARTY WIRED!" As you can tell, we're a little fired up for some new flavored vodkas, and we hope to sample some Three Olives vodkas very soon.
Sure - this is a liquor dispenser with a boy who pees liquor into your beverage, and some of you might have an issue with this. Well - don't. There's nothing in the world you need more than this liquor dispenser, and you know it deep down in your liquor dispensing collecting heart.
The Bonny Boy is modeled after the famous Manneken Pis fountain in Brussels, Belgium so this isn't just drinking - it's high art. This Manneken Pis liquor dispenser holds 16 ounces of your favorite drink in its base. Release your drink simply by pressing a button, and watching the magic happen.