It's been a long time since we discovered a game that combines our love of drinking with our love of being nerds, but we've just been informed of what might be the greatest drinking game we've ever heard of, The Wizard's Staff. The unromanticized version is that you tape your beers together as you drink them to form a long, staff-like cylinder, but there's so much more to it. Watch the video below and head over to Slosh Spot for the full rules, and then prepare to get your wizard on.
We're not ones to toot our own horns (well, maybe occasionally when the Victoria's Secret catalog comes in). However, we were just profiled for Gear Crave (aka The Men's Buying and Lifestyle Guide) and we thought we'd share it with you, our loyal reader. We think it came out pretty well, and not just because it's about us.
OK, so we're a little behind the eight ball on this, but we have to post it because it's great. As you probably know, we're huge fans of the Drunk History series, and we recommend you watch Volumes 1, 2, 2.5, and 3 if you haven't. We've uncovered a little gem of an interview with the creator and director of these videos, and they do a little drunken reenactment of their own, featuring none other than the legendary Otis Redding, who inspired the series. If you like the Drunk History videos, you'll like this.
We don't drink Limoncello very often, but when we do we usually quite enjoy it. The ones we've had have been just tart enough, with a hint of sweetness, to be very sippable on a summer afternoon. We've found a website dedicated to making the perfect Limoncello, including various recipes and tips.
LimoncelloQuest offers a standard limoncello recipe if you want to start off slow, and also offers other recipes, including ones that include pineapple juice and other exotic ingredients. It seems like one of those "simple to learn, lifetime to master" things, and the site's author does a good job of offering tips, giving recipes, and integrating advice from his own experience. Plus, for each recipe he includes a cool matrix of where that particular concoction stands on a Sweet/Tart, Rough/Smooth scale. What more can you ask for?
Head to LimoncelloQuest to find recipes and tips, and keep an eye out for reviews of commercially made Limoncellos in the future.
Let's face it - with all the vodkas out there, it takes some sack to call your vodka "perfect." That's what the makers of Perfect 1864 did, and we hope they live up to their name, because...and don't hold this against us...we're getting a bit bored with vodka.
Perfect 1864 is an ultra-premium vodka distilled in France, which uses a unique certification process for each batch, as it strives for perfection. It is available here in the states in Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Florida.
It's been a while since we've posted any cocktail recipes, and we just found some that tickled our fancy. UV Vodka has developed three different, politically-themed recipes just in time for voting season to kick into high gear. They're not especially innovative recipes, but they'll do the trick for one of two things - either getting your friends tipsy enough to make your at-home political debates more fun, or getting you blasted enough to ignore the onslaught of ads, interviews, and other craziness that's sure to besiege you over the next couple months.
Read on for recipes for the "Red Elephant," "Blue Donkey," and "Independent."
This summer we sent our interns on the road to bring us liquor news from around the country. We knew we should've put LoJacks on them, because they disappeared for the first three weeks, then surfaced with this report out of the South.
Seems they've decided to focus their research on the best dive bars in America. You know the type of place. Cheap drinks, shit plastered all over the walls, a water stained pool table, and a damn good jukebox. Plus, we finally got to realize our dream of using the words "insufferable douche" on the site.
We've never made a secret out of the fact we love Bourbon. To paraphrase Beerfest, we wish it were winter so we could freeze it into ice blocks and skate on it and melt it in the spring time and drink it. But one thing we never thought of doing was using it for furniture.
Luckily, the folks at Uhuru Design in NYC took care of that thinking for us - their Kupe (as in Dutch for "cooper," or barrel maker) is made of old bourbon aging barrels, and some of the pieces are pretty striking.
While many people have repurposed barrels for other uses, our intent is to work with the material in striking new ways. We begin by dismantling the barrels into to individual pieces, the staves, metal bands, and circular heads. We explore how these parts can work together to create a simple functional design while retaining the individual characteristics and natural colors of the aged wood from the original barrels, thus creating a new vernacular. We even hoped to impart some sense of the added quality of working with the barrel parts In our Red Hook shop where the sweet scent of bourbon permeates the process.
We like the sweet scent of bourbon! Do you think they'll let us swing by and sniff their shop? We promise not to lick...too much.
We just got word that Jessica Simpson, aka the reason Daisy Dukes were invented (sorry, Catherine Bach) has been tapped to market a Texas beer called Dallas Stampede. We're not marketers per se, but here are our ideas for the campaign:
Market their beer as the Chicken of the Desert
Make a life-size cutout of her for each liquor store, and remove a small piece of clothing for every case that is sold in that location (yeah, we know they did that in Major League)
Advertise that they drop a pair of her underpants into every fifth batch of Dallas Stampede beer, but don't tell anyone which batch is which
Yeah, we know - we're marketing geniuses. Let us know if you want us on your corporate team.
One thing we really like to do here in the Liquor Snob offices is to blow away people's misconceptions about tequila. Everyone seems to have some horrible "...and then I woke up in a jail in Fargo, North Dakota" story about the stuff, but is it really fair to blame the drink when you did 27 shots of it? Anyway, one of the misconceptions we like to do away with is that tequila is eye-searing, grit your teeth and shoot it, devil water.
One product we just discovered that could help us in our mission is Agavero Tequila Liqueur. It's made with 100% blue agave and sweetened with Damiana, a plant said to have an odor and flavor similar to chamomile, which you might be into, or cannibas sativa, which you probably are. It only clocks in at 64 proof, or 32% ABV, and we expect it to be much smoother and sweeter than other tequilas, making it an effective "gateway tequila." We'd be interested in trying it on the rocks, and we can envision it as a nice touch for some summer cocktails.
As a side note, according to Wikipedia, Damiana is believed to have aphrodisiac effects, and "Mexican Indians drank Damiana tea mixed with sugar for its ability to enhance lovemaking." We've put together a quick formula to help you get a full understanding:
Tequila + Aphrodisiac = Higher Possibility of Boom-Chicka-Wow-Wow
We just got an email containing this image and nothing else. This picture makes us want to drink a gallon of Maker's Mark, like we didn't want to do that anyway. It's sexy and alluring, without making us feel like we're in a Girls Gone Wild video (not that that would be all that horrible, we suppose). Well played, Maker's Mark people...well played.
"There's no freaking way I'm drinking beer out of that."
You'd be surprised how often we hear those words or some variation in our line of work. It's not like we ask our friends, family, and interns to drink beer out of human skulls or anything, but sometimes people are afraid of what they don't understand. That was the reaction last weekend when we pulled out the Bierstick at a barbecue to try to get some other folks to try it out.
They were nervous about the syringe-y ness of it, they were reluctant to drink beer out of something that looked like it would jet beer directly at their gag button, and some of the guys balked at the phallus-like shape. But of course, that was before people started drinking. We're not sure if you know this, but copious amounts of beer tends to lower people's inhibitions. Read on to find out how our extensive testing of the Bierstick went.
Long have we dreamed of pouring our black and tans through the back of a turtle. Now, we can live that dream with the Brutul Lagerhead. It's got a clever name, it's cuter than a bent-up spoon if you're trying to get your special lady into black and tans, and it has an included bottle opener. Not too shabby for ten bucks.
We spend some time in Brazil earlier this year, and we developed a taste for Acai, a local fruit attributed to have great healthy properties, even going so far as to be a "superfood." That's why we're excited to find out about Veev, a spirit made with the berries (they reminded us of blueberries that were a lot more tart). Its creators think their product is so good it'll kill the "vodka culture" we live in now, where vodka is our neutral spirit of choice.
Veev has some great things going for it - whether or not you believe it will retain its healthy properties in booze form.
In addition to great taste, a core part of the VeeV brand is sustainability. The company donates $1 for every bottle sold, which goes back to the rainforest where the acai berries used in their product are grown. Everyone in the company either drives a hybrid, or is carbon-neutral, and VeeV's distillery is the only one in the U.S. that gets at least 25% of their power through wind generation.
Healthy and green? We think they've got a winning proposition on their hands as long as it's tasty, so we're looking forward to getting our hands on a bottle.
More info at VeevLife.com; for details on their plans for the demise of vodka (and to check out their humorous "vodka bots") go to TheEndofVodka.com.
It's a book...that recommends you drink...every day. We can't poke any holes in that logic.
A gift for anyone who loves good liquor and high-proof prose: a collection of hilarious and deeply informed writings about drink from one of the all-time authorities.
Kingsley Amis was one of the great masters of comic prose, and no subject was dearer to him than the art and practice of imbibing. This new volume brings together the best of his three out-of-print works on the subject. Along with a series of well-tested recipes (including a cocktail called the Lucky Jim) the book includes Amis's musings on The Hangover, The Boozing Man's Diet, What to Drink with What, and (presumably as a matter of speculation) How Not to Get Drunk--all leavened with fun quizzes on the making and drinking of alcohol all over the world. Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, this is a delightful cocktail of wry humor and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great gimlet wits.
Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila is a small-batch, handcrafted spirit that has piqued our interest recently. It's a blend of tequilas aged 12-36 months, which are then filtered to take out the congeners (read: huge hangover contributors) to give the appearance of a blanco or white tequila. The stuff isn't cheap, running for around $75 a bottle, but it sounds like it's a far step away from that yellow Cuervo you usually throw up at 3 AM. Dobel Diamond Tequila is currently available in California, Illinois, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
There seems to be some kind of attrition rule for beer and wine glasses in our house - we can never have more than a few of each. That's probably because the more people drink, the more likely they are to drop or knock over their glass. That's why we like the idea of these sturdy-looking beer and wine glasses made from recycled auto windshields. The bonus is they're thick and strong and made from safety glass; we just hope they washed all the bugs off 'em before they turned them into drinking vessels.
We're sad to see July go, what with all the fun of Independence Day and whatnot. That must be why we're so tardy with posting our roundup of the month's shenanigans and horsefeathers and whatnot.
We got in some booze (Fee Parisienne Absinthe, Three Olives vodkas) and we swear the reviews are coming, and we also dug up what is quite possibly the greatest historical document ever created - drunk history. Check out everything from last month after the jump.
Also, for the record, this is the first time in a long time we've put up any unnecessary cheesecake in our images, and damn it feels good.
A while back, we posted a story about the resurrection of Naragansett Beer - it was going back to its old formula and presumably, its old glory days. This was welcome news to fans of the original brew, which was inextricably linked for many in the Rhode Island and Boston areas with good times. It looks like Schlitz (y'know - the beer that made Milwaukee famous?) will be getting the same "how's your father" in coming months.
Schlitz's owner, Pabst Brewing Co., is re-creating the old formula, using notes and interviews with old brew masters. The maker of another nostalgic favorite, Pabst Blue Ribbon, it hopes baby boomers will reach for the drink of their youth, otherwise known as "The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous." They also want to create a following among younger drinkers who want to know what Grandma and Grandpa drank.
We haven't had too many guest reviews lately (hell, we haven't had many in-house reviews lately, but that'll change soon). Our man Kevin from over at The Scotch Blog has put together a nice little piece on Bluecoat Gin, a spirit we've heard a lot about but never had a chance to try. We're being the bigger men by not being jealous he got a bottle of the stuff...especially after his review. Check it out after the jump.