December 30, 2008
File this one under "We're pissed we didn't find it in time to get it for New Year's" - the home bar setup kit we've been dreaming of. The folks at Kegworks seem to have thought of everything you could possibly need to set up your home bar, and even thrown in a couple nice extras to wow your friends and make your rivals jealous.
Includes: (6) 1 oz. Shot Glasses. (24) Palm Tree Stirrers. (24) Pink Flamingo Stirrers. (12) Black Bottle Pourers. (3) Bar Towels. (3) Bar Towel Holders. (2) 60 oz Plastic Pitchers. (2) Juice Containers/Pourers. Box of 1000 5" Drink Stirrers/Straws. Margarita Glass Rimmer. Jigger (1 oz x 1 1/2 oz). Stainless Steel Condiment Tray that holds 4 pints. Wall Mount Bottle Opener. 500 Pack of Beverage Cocktail Napkins. 8" Wooden Drink Muddler. Bar Caddy. French Style Corkscrew. Stainless Steel 3 Piece Cocktail Shaker. 24"L Rubber Bar Mat. Long Bar Spoon. 24 Pack of KegWorks Coasters.
With a setup like that, all you'll need next is a ton of booze and a couple hundred friends.
Ultimate Home Bar Set-Up Kit
December 29, 2008
New Year's Eve is on its way, and tis the season to be overserved. We've spent a lot of time railing against St. Patrick's Day as the ultimate amateur night when it comes to drinking, but New Year's Eve definitely takes the cake. It seems the question everyone's asking as they prep for their nights, whether it's a party or angrily drinking while watching Seacrest count down, is "How do I avoid getting hung over?"
Our best advice is to stay drunk, but we've taken some time to round up some tips and advice to help you out. Don't worry - we're not going to say "drink less," because that goes against our very nature. But below you'll find our tips for how to minimize the hangover you get, or at least deal with the hellish first day of the year if you forget the rules.
PS - don't expect much from us for the rest of the week, as we stretch our livers for the pending festivities, so...Happy New Year!
(Image via Flickr)
Continue reading: "How to Avoid Hangovers the Liquor Snob Way"
December 23, 2008
12 myths about beer debunked. One for each of the 12 days of Christmas!
There are a number of persistent myths and urban legends about beer that are passed around that unfairly distort the facts and confuse beer drinkers.
At LegendsOfBeer.com, we'd like to set the record straight and explode 12 of the most common beer myths, for once and for all. So take a read of these myths and the truth behind them and start spreading the good beer news!
from Legends of Beer
December 22, 2008
So, it turns out there's a benefit to adding booze to your egg nog beyond the fact it gives you a buzz. You know that nagging feeling you get every time you make or drink egg nog, that sort of "what if I get food poisoning from drinking something containing two dozen eggs?" Well, science has unequivocally proven that adding booze to the nog will not only make you stop caring about it, the booze actually does keep salmonella from growing in your eggy libation.
Watch the vid after the jump for the whole story...we got three things out of it. One, egg nog mellows and gets better if you keep it in the fridge for a while. Two, always add booze to your nog. Three, don't actively inject large amounts of salmonella into it, because then all bets are off.
Oh, and by the way if you're looking for a good recipe, we've been drinking off this Maker's Mark Egg Nog recipe for the last couple days. High test, high protein, bourbony goodness..
Continue reading: "Alert: Booze Makes Egg Nog Better"
December 22, 2008
We're going to file this under "Why weren't we notified sooner," but this might be the coolest thing we've seen this holiday season. Imagine, if you will, a device you can plug into your iPhone or iPod that contains both an FM transmitter and a breathalyzer. No, this miracle machine isn't the product of some Utopian fantasy - it's available now, and you might not be able to get it in time for Christmas, but we bet if you order it now you'll be able to see delivery before New Year's Eve, which is when you really need it. Just imagine, if you blow in the breathalyzer and find you're a little too tipsy to drive, you can listen to your iPod through the radio transmitter until the cab comes to pick you up. Brilliant!
iBreath [via Chicago Tribune, engadget]
Check out their full promotional video after the jump.
(Thanks for the tip, Jason)
Continue reading: "iBreath: The iPhone/iPod Breathalyzer"
December 19, 2008
It's funny that Kevin over at The Scotch Blog decided to feature this Michael Collins Golf Flask gift set during his Twelve Days of Scotchmas series today, because we saw this thing in the liquor store yesterday and it took every ounce of willpower we had not to buy it for ourselves. If you're looking for that last-minute gift for the golfer/Irish whiskey drinker on your list, pop into your local liquor store and see if they have these on hand.
The set includes a 750ml bottle of Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey, a gorgeous stainless steel Michael Collins flask, and a genuine leather flask holder that is perfect for golfers. The handsome leather holder includes four golf tees, two ball markers and a divot repair tool. Delicious Michael Collins cocktail recipes are printed on the back of the box.
More at The Scotch Blog
December 18, 2008
We're always looking for that little something extra for our holiday parties, and we've stumbled upon this recipe for creating a drunken watermelon snowman that would do Frosty proud, being the legendary drunk he was. And you'll never convince us he wasn't a drunk, because A) he was a jolly happy soul, B) he danced like an idiot, and C) we've had eyes like lumps of coal when we were hung over too. Our theory is he went down to the village with that broomstick in his hand to try to find a college bar and get the kids to limbo or something.
Anyhoo, check out the drunken snowman recipe at Cocktail Times.
December 17, 2008
We have to say, we've been digging on the latest series of ads for Canadian Club (y'know, the ones about your dad). On top of the cool campaign, they've also released a limited-edition 30 year old version of their whisky to celebrate their 150th anniversary. We usually pick on the Canadians, but we'd give our right arms to try this one. Just don't make us play hockey or watch Trailer Park Boys.
Canadian Club [via Acquire]
December 16, 2008
We've made no secret of the fact we're gamers here at the Liquor Snob offices, but it dawned on us today that we've never given enough love to our gaming readers, or games in general. We found a great article about the best games to play while you're drinking or drunk, and we thought their criteria were pretty dead-on. After all, we tend toward RPGs when we play, but who wants to end up like this guy?
Let's start with our target audience. They're not going to be able to focus for extended periods of time, so you need something that only demands brief bursts of coordination followed by plenty of downtime. That's key, because they're going to need a chance to sip from their drink. Hopefully they're not drinking alone, so downtime also gives them a chance to shift their attention back to the conversation, or, failing that, give them the opportunity to start one. Finally, their reflexes are generally going to be utter crap. People don't like to lose, particularly when they're drunk, so we need to plan for that as well. Our target player wants something that enhances the drinking experience without overriding it.
Full story at The Escapist
Also, for your convenience, we've pulled out some of their recommended games, along with the reasons why they're awesome to play when you're sauced.
Continue reading: "Best Video Games to Play While Drinking"
December 12, 2008
Finally, for the person who needs a bar bill-paying randomizer beyond good old credit card roulette, and is willing to pay fifty bucks for it. Ladies and gentlemen, we present you...these dice that say "I Buy" and "You Buy."
Jack Spade [via Acquire]
Here's something we can get behind - a listing of 300 beers that are interesting, tasty, or otherwise awesome? Wait, all beer is awesome. But apparently these beers are EXTRA awesome.
300 Beers to Try Before You Die!
December 9, 2008
We've long felt we really deserved a shot chilling machine, and while many of the ones we've seen on the market are aimed solely at getting your Jagermeister cold, we've found a shot chiller that will fit most liquor bottles. Just pop in the bottle, add ice and salt, and wait a minute (literally, 60 seconds) for your bottle to be ice cold. We haven't tried it to see how effective it is, but we're adding it to our Christmas list.
Nostalgia Electrics CSD-250 Cool Shot Chilling Dispenser
December 8, 2008
As you're getting ready to decorate your house or tree, it might be a good time to think about cleaning up all those liquor and beer bottles you have lying around too. That's what fotofluke did, and he posted his results called Santa's Drunken Sleigh Ride, on Flickr. He also did a bunch of other similarly-themed ornaments; see them all over at LifeHacker.
Thanks for the tip, Jen
December 5, 2008
As you know, today is the 75th Anniversary of Repeal Day. And as you also know, Repeal Day was the day the 21st Amendment went into effect, repealing the 18th and letting people drink sweet, sweet booze that wasn't made in a bathtub. So lift up a glass to the repeal, to your God given right to drink without going moonshine blind, and to liquor in general.
* Also where we borrowed the image from
December 4, 2008
We mentioned in our post yesterday that we've been on the market for a new wall-mounted bottle opener for the new crib. We're pretty sure we found it this time - not only does it open bottles, it's kind of arty-looking and could pass for something other than a tool for drinking beer. Plus, it's got the Celtic theme and the Liquor Wife is Irish...hell, maybe we could give it to her for Christmas! We'll get back to you on whether we actually have the stones for that.
Celtic Green Man Wall Mounted Bottle Opener
December 3, 2008
We've been on a search for a wall-mounted bottle opener for our new Liquor Snob offices, and we've been striking out. Of course, we've been tempted by the 5-opener set we found a while back, but for some reason the Liquor Wife doesn't seem to think it's a great idea to have a bottle opener in the master bath. We think we've found the huckleberry, though - functional, cool-looking, and mounts right on the fridge, the source of all beer. We don't think we can do any better than that.
Stainless Steel Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet
December 2, 2008
Last weekend, we were introduced to Glogg (aka Gluvine, aka Gluwine, aka a heated cup o' heaven). When our hosts told us it was a Swedish mulled wine recipe we almost declined in favor of beer, because we've had some "mulled wine" in the past where it tasted like a cinnamon stick and a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 had mated. We're glad we were feeling adventurous, though, because the Glogg we had was warm and fruity and had us full of holiday cheer in no time. Glogg is drank almost exclusively at Christmas in Sweden, and we can see why - if we had this stuff available all year 'round, we wouldn't get a thing done.
We don't have the exact recipe of the stuff we tried, but find the closest thing we could find online after the jump. If you're having a holiday party, it is a moral imperative that you make this for your guests. Because if you don't, they'll find out this stuff exists and that you didn't make it, and they'll never talk to you again.
Continue reading: "Glogg Recipe, or "Let's Get Glogged""
December 1, 2008
November was a big month this year, what with Thanksgiving and all. Oh yeah, and the fact Liquor Snob moved its offices from Massachusetts to Vermont in our never ending quest to be as cold as possible so we won't need ice for our drinks. Plus, we released our Holiday Gift Guide for this year, with all sorts of stuff we found throughout the course of '08, and we'll be updating it as we get closer to the holidays. Yes, we know it seems like a shameless plug, but hey, it's what allows us to continue to be shameless drunks.
We found all sorts of other good stuff last month too...check everything out after the jump, and we hope you did your best to make this Thanksgiving a Wild Turkey Day.
Image via Photobucket
Continue reading: "Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: November '08"