It's here! It's here! We've gotten so used to getting awesome new entries in the Drunk History series we know we'd be seriously disappointed if they stopped coming. Check out the video below (and get caught up on Drunk History Volumes 1, 2, 2.5, and 3 as well).
It's about 68-year-old William Henry Harrison and the very brief president the old boy enjoyed. Hmm...that reminds us of something...something current and topical. Bah, must be nothing - no one would seriously consider electing someone that old again, would they? Especially not if their running mate was some Mad Lib-spouting GILF from Alaska, right? Right?
We've just learned about a book called Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba, about the trials and tribulations of the Bacardi family during the social and political transitions in Cuba. You'll thrill to the tribulations of a glowing corporate citizen. You'll be awed by the transition of the company from "Cuban Nationalism in a bottle" to multi-national corporate behemoth. You'll probably plow through an entire bottle of Bacardi while you're reading it. Everybody wins!
We've been hearing about all kinds of absinthes being made available in the states now that the ban has been lifted, and we're glad to report you can now buy La Clandestine Absinthe Superieur here. Well, OK, maybe "now" is a strong word but you can pre-order it for when it's available on October 6, which isn't far away.
We did a La Clandestine review a while back, and we really enjoyed it for its flavor, distinctive color (it's clear instead of the traditional green), and louche. It's available in New York, and thanks to the website DrinkUpNY you can now buy it anywhere in the country (as long as they ship there - you'll want to check on that, eh?)
It's a bit spendy at $85 a bottle, but they're selling it for $80 and we thought it was worth every penny when we tried it. Like we said, it's available October 6, and DrinkUpNY currently has a special where you get free shipping on orders over $100, so just plunk down for a couple absinthe-related accessories (a spoon and a goblet should do it) and you're good to go.
We thought we'd take a break from watching SFW Porn (which really is safe for work unless you work for nuns, and even they might laugh) to tell you about another of our favorite work pastimes - drinking. It's not like we do it all the time, or even regularly, but there's a feeling of satisfaction when you at least sneak in a few beers at work without your coworkers getting wise. Unless they were at the bar next to you, of course.
If you're thinking about doing a little liquoring on the lowdown tomorrow, we've gone to the well of true knowledge on the subject - the Modern Drunkard.
Why Drink on the Job?
Because most jobs suck. If you love your job, if the workday just flies by and you have to be dragged away from your desk at the end of the day, you don't need alcohol. You need a psychiatrist. If you dread going to work, if the workday drags along like a crippled slug crawling across sandpaper, if clocking out feels like a jail door springing open, then a little booze can go a long way toward making a nightmarish death march of a shift seem a hop, skip and sip through a field of flowers.
Nowadays, everybody's got some kind of bottle opener hanging from their key ring, but they're usually chintzy little plastic things that aren't all that exciting. Plus, don't you have enough non-key crap hanging off your keychain right now? Why not pick up a bottle opener that actually looks like a key, so it blends right in until you need it? Of course, this key might not blend in with your others unless you're the caretaker of a cemetery or the keymaster for Zuul, but hey - at least it looks badass.
We don't want much out of life. All we ask, really, is to have a wall-mounted bottle opener in every single room of our house. Ask and ye shall receive - one each of bottle openers sporting logos for Guinness (kitchen), Brooklyn Brewery (back porch), Miller High Life (master bedroom, of course - it's champagne after all), Honey Brown (living room), and Coors (bathroom - hey, you never know).
As you already know, today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. As you also know, the only way to truly talk like a pirate is to get insanely drunk and/or scurvy. In honor of the former, we've dug up some Pirate cocktail recipes. You will begin mixing and drinking them now, or we will keelhaul you.
Sometimes, we look at a product and just think to ourselves "Oh, man - we need this so hard." Today's candidate for our drooling affection is the Evolution Mobile Bar - a full-on bar that folds up so it's not much bigger than a rolling suitcase.
We don't have full control of ourselves right now, so we'll give you the product features right from Kegworks. If you'll excuse us, we have to go sell some organs or figure out another way to save a couple grand.
* Made of aluminum with a silver stainless finish
* Sets up and disassembles easily, in less than 5 minutes
* Versatile light weight construction allows it to be packed up and stored virtually anywhere
* Each bar can hold up to (10) 750 ml bottles and (6) 1 liter store and pour jugs
* Equipped with a speed rail
* Holds 24 pieces of stemware
* Built in garnish containers
Double Cross Vodka was launched today, and it's right up your alley if you've been on the market for a vodka that's been distilled seven times and filtered through diamond dust.
Apparently this filtration leaves an exceedingly tasty vodka that hints at white pepper and lemon zest - and something seems to be working because they got good reviews from Paul Pacult and a gold medal at the San Francisco Spirits competition.
Also, with all those diamonds involved you can expect to pay a premium to get Double Crossed - bottles run for about $50, and are currently available in the New York Metro and New Jersey areas. Learn more about Double Cross at DoubleCrossVodka.com.
When we're talking about celebrities invading your liquor cabinet, we're not talking about letting Lindsay Lohan lick your Laphraoig, or Hasslehoff hog your Hennessy. We're talking about celebrity-sponsored, -endorsed, or -created liquors, spirits, etc. For every Billy Dee Williams (who used to pimp the magical Colt 45) there's a Danny DeVito Limoncello (no joke). Jason Wilson lets you know which ones to try and which ones to fear at the Washington Post.
In the past, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre have proven to be relatively credible arbiters of spirits. After all, they could have name-dropped any old gin in the 1994 hit "Gin and Juice," but they chose to call for Tanqueray (rhyming it, in fact, into cultural consciousness). It remains an excellent choice for nearly every gin cocktail.
Most other celebrities, however, I would not take drinking advice from.
Find out who gets slammed and who gets a passing grade at the Washington Post.
For most of us here on the east coast, pool season is over, but that doesn't stop us from getting excited about Inflatapong, the newest swimming pool-centric beer pong game on the block. For a while there, the Portopong was the only inflatable floating beer pong game in town, but these guys have brought some interesting new ideas to the concept.
Click on the image above to see a YouTube video of their informational video explaining how Inflatapong works, and you can get one of your own for eighty bucks at their website. For the record, our favorite features are the eight foot size and the center board for bouncing - plus they also feature N-Ice Rack on their site if you want to use them for simpler (and chillier) racking.
We did a story recently about the disturbing trend towards smaller pint glasses - and the fact that bars are charging just as much for glasses with less beer in them. One way you can always be sure you'll get a full, honest-to-Shane-MacGowan pint is to pour your own, so we found these full Imperial pint glasses featuring a 20 ounce capacity and the Guinness logo to get you started.
You could also try bringing these glasses down to the local short-pint-pouring watering hole and say "fill 'er up," but we can't guarantee results.
We told you about the Flip Cup Guys a while back, the gentlemen who host ongoing tournaments in the sport of kings that is their namesake. We've found out today they're outdoing themselves with the flip cup tournament of flip cup tournaments. We're talking a record-breaking 64 teams, making it the world's largest flip cup tourney ever, and a prize to make it all worthwhile - a VIP trip for the winning team members to Jamaica.
Sounds easy doesn't it? Well, if you're doing it you'd better bring all your skillz, as the kidz say (Or maybe they used to say that. Or maybe they never did. We don't really care), because that's a whole lot of teams.
The games begin on October 11, so get to registerin' at FlipCupGuys.com, and read on to see the Guys' own words about what to expect from the event and the prize package.
Get out your thinking caps and your old issues of TV Guide, because we've found a puzzle that'll exercise both. The folks at Ayyyy.com have put together a puzzle where you need to figure out who these 10 pixelated, hard-drinking ladies of TV are. We'd guess but we don't watch drunks on TV when we can just look in a mirror.
Check it out and head over to Ayyyy.com to guess; answers will be posted tomorrow.
We've finally gotten our hands on some Agavero Tequila Liqueur, which we covered back in August, and we're looking forward to checking it out. We gave it a few initial sips and found it to have all the characteristics we like in a good tequila, along with a sweetness that should make some great cocktails. Plus, as we mentioned in our first story, Agavero contains the aphrodisiac Damiana, which means things could get a bit randy around the Liquor Snob offices. We'd better have the Interns stock up on Barry White albums and chocolate covered strawberries - we'll be doing this review at home.
Learn more about Agavero if you just can't wait for us to review it.
There are some days when we don't really care what booze tastes like - we're just there for the effects, and we could drink it out of a mason jar and be totally happy. Other days, however, we're in a more ruminative mood, and we look for a glass that will accentuate the odors and flavors inherent in each liquor. We're the Liquor Snobs after all, and sometimes a juice glass just doesn't cut it.
That's why we're excited to be reviewing Spirit Sippers, glasses designed for the sipping and tasting of various liquors - the Wide Mouth for Bourbons, the Glencairn for Scotch, the Flare for Rum, and the Tulips for Tequila. You can expect to see reviews of each type of glass as soon as we can carve out some time to sip and truly savor each type of spirit.
We can't tell you how many times we've gone to open a beer bottle, and wished we'd had enough memory storage available to carry a spreadsheet about how much we've drank. Well, maybe not, but we now have that option thanks to the TrekStor USB Stick Bottle Opener. They're available in 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 GB models too - so keep an eye out for them to be available in October.
We just read a nice article about organic and sustainable cocktails, and we have to say - we're starting to be sold on them. Check out this piece on the Slow Food Nation Conference, and their new inclusion of organic liquors, for some good perspective on the future of organic, sustainable cocktails. If you're anxious to get drinkin', here are some of the organic spirits featured at the conference:
Spirits on offer included certified organic brands such as Square One Vodka and 4 Copas tequila, well-crafted spirits from artisan San Francisco producers such as eau de vie from St. George Spirits and gin from Distillery 209, and genever from Anchor Distilling.
Rick over at Martini Groove just covered a cool-looking new magazine called Mutineer, and we thought we'd share it with you. Looks like this rag's right up our alley, with good advice, humor, and a little bit of attitude.
Take a bit of Maxim, add some A.D.D., throw in some comic book stylings, then get drunk. Now you know how they came up with Mutineer Magazine.
This magazine is not for the Master Mixologist trying to create a drink by learning the techniques of Molecular Gastronomy. This one's for today's cocktail crowd that wants to learn a bit more, branch out a bit, and have a bit more fun.
Well, we've made it through the dog days of summer in '08, and we have to say August was a good month. Not only did we get to drink beer out by the pool and check out all sorts of booze-related excellentness, we were also profiled at GearCrave.com, which stroked our massive egos.
Oh, and August was also the time of beach volleyball the Olympics in China, which we didn't cover at all but watched with as often as we could. Go America!
Read on to see a full roundup of all our stories from August to see what you missed.