A while back we told you about Spirit Sippers tasting glasses for everything from rum to whisk(e)y. These things are pretty much our official tasting paraphernalia, and we use them every chance we get when we're reviewing liquors. They definitely get the Liquor Snob stamp of approval, for whatever that's worth.
Now, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, the fine folks at Spirit Sippers are offering a great deal so you can sip in style. They're reduced the prices on their Essential Taster's Set (four glasses - Wide Mouth for Bourbons, the Glencairn for Scotch, the Flare for Rum, and the Tulip for Tequila) by 25% so you can pick them all up for around thirty bucks. Now that's a St. Patrick's Day sale we can really get behind.
St. Patrick's Day is coming, and if you're in NYC it looks like it's going to be a looong three days. Anyone who goes to this, make sure you let us know how it was. We'll be huddled in our house nursing a bottle of Jameson's and trying to avoid crowds at all costs, but that's because we're curmudgeons like that.
OK, we know it's tough times out there, but we've found something we think might convince us to loosen the purse strings. How can you go wrong with an absinthe fountain, four glasses, three spoons and a grill? If you drink enough absinthe you'll forget about the cake you dropped on it, and if push comes to shove you can worship it as some kind of heathen idol. It's what we call a win/win.
A couple years ago, after a stint of covering every single Jell-O shot recipe we could find, we decided post about pudding shot recipes. We did it as a lark, a complete joke. But it turns out you, our readers, are really interested in pudding shots. That story gets all kinds of comments and seems to make people really happy.
So what could make you happier? How about some edible shot cups to eat them out of? Yeah, we thought so. It's like a little chocolate-lined wafer cone for all your pudding shot, slippery nipple, and Bailey's-pounding needs. Seems like the best way to enter a diabetic coma we've ever heard of.
St. Patrick's Day is coming, and what better way to pronounce that you're a complete feckin' amateur Irishman than by wearing a sweatshirt that says "Dublin' Your Pleasure"? HOWEVER, this hoodie does redeem itself by including, in addition to a standard kangaroo pocket, a pocket specifically to hold your beer. This is great because it will leave your hands free to hold your other two beers.
We've been getting more and more interested in bourbon lately, and while we could just stick a nipple on a bottle of Maker's and be completely happy, we're always interested in trying different labels. That's why we have high hopes for Bourbon at its Best - we've seen the drink at its worst (and it's seen us that way too). This looks like a great book if you're interested in learning more about the history and creation of the sweet nectar, as well as information about particular brands.
You could say we have a soft spot for cocktails that are...out there. For one thing, remember when we were the ones to first tell you about the Bacon Martini? That was some heart-stopping fun. Filed in the same category, we offer you the McNuggetini, which we're guessing has a similar vomit profile. Our favorite part is the barbecue sauce-rimmed glass.
The recipe is after the jump; check out the full post at This Recording for some nice pictorial reactions. The looks on their faces tell us we might hold off on mixing this one up.
This drink reminds us of our dream of constructing the ultimate laxative cocktail - we call it the Pootini - using prune juice, vodka, and Ginger-Lemon Phospho-soda. Sadly, that's a dream that won't come to fruition now that you can only get the phospho by prescription. We thought we were going to laugh all the way to the bank (and the john) with that one.
Ah, Massachusetts. Though it's a longtime home of liberal politics and conservative drinking laws, boozers in the Bay State recently won a victory due to a federal court overturning outdated laws about shipping wine to private homes. However, MA's Attorney General is fighting to overturn this boon, for reasons unknown (and unfathomable) to us. We're all for shopping local, but this is just the kind of throwback Puritanical bullshit that helped drive us away from Massachusetts in the first place, so we're not all that surprised.
Despite a decisive opinion and remedy order by widely respected U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will spend taxpayer dollars to appeal the judge's decision, which promised an expansion of consumer choice in fine wine.
What can you do? If you live in Mass you can head over to Free the Grape and send a letter to good old Martha (who we picture clocking in at 200 years old). If you live anywhere else, order some wine online in solidarity for your dry-lipped brothers and sisters, who have to drive all the way to a real liquor store for their wine. If you're not sure what to get, head over to our sister site Cheap Fun Wines for ideas.
Our long-time readers (hi Mom and Dad) will remember that waaaay back in 2005 we wrote a Screech Rum Review that was... How should we put this? It was less than complimentary to the Newfoundland-based rum. Since then, every once in a while we have received a comment to that review saying, in essence, that we were morons for badmouthing the stuff. Here are some of the choicer comments:
"the stuff is supposed to be harsh. if you can't take it go back to drinking coolers or whatever."
"listen, im from newfoundland and it sounds to mw like your just a bunch of mainland bitches, do me and the rest of the world a favor and stick to the water you guys call rum."
"By Jesus, whom ever wrote this review has got to be half retarded!!"
"Just split a bottle with two friends this weekend - we thought Screech was great! Carmel, smooth, wonderful. This reviewer is really an idiot."
You get the picture. So, after a few years of this we did what any red-blooded bloggers would do and made a bold, two-pronged move. We checked with the interns who reviewed it, and sat them down to give Screech another try. Below you'll find out what they had to say.
Continue reading:"Screech Rum: A Retraction"
Back in September we told you a little about Double Cross vodka, a luxury libation distilled seven times (our lucky number) and filtered with diamond dust. Today, we have in our sweaty little hands a bottle of the high end hooch, and we're itching to review it. You can expect us to do our review of this Slovakian spirit as soon as we can, but we'll leave you with the review from Tastings.com:
Clear. Almost dead neutral nose with faint shades of wet cement, dried citrus peels and cocoa-dusted nuts. A soft, satiny entry leads to a dryish medium body with mineral, medicinal tincture, and citrus oil accents and a clean frosted fruit and nut pastry fade.
If you're anything like us you use your mix cocktails often enough that you need your tools to be more functional than clever. However, sometimes we run across an item that strikes a chord with us for both form and function, and today's addition to that list is the Jigger Cube. A 3" aluminum cube that lets you measure liquids six ways from Sunday (literally, with .5, .75, 1.0, 1.5, 1.75, 2.0, and 2.25 ounce measurements), and looks badass to boot.
As far as we can tell the only downside is can see ourselves making "Gleaming the Cube" references every single time we mixed a drink.
We were never Boy Scouts (we're sure you're shocked about that), but we're pretty certain their motto is "Always Be Prepared." We've decided to make a slight variation on that motto; ours is most likely going to be "Never Go Anywhere Without Flask and Cards." Or something like that. And lo and behold, here's a setup that will let us get our drinking and gaming merit badge!
Generally, we rail against any kind of chicanery that creates less beer in your glass, especially when it's in the form of falsies or other trickery. However, the Hopside Down glass doesn't try to trick you out of beer - it's right there, floating upside down, advertising less beer in the glass. But we bet it looks pretty cool when it's doing it. We'd love to get our hands on one of these and see how complete the illusion is.
Plus, even though there's less beer in the glass, we bet the hopsidedownness insulates the beer from the heat coming off that Hand of Doom of yours.
Let's face it, kids...Valentine's Day is on its way, and if things go right you'll probably be opening a bottle of the bubbly. What better way to impress the object of your affection than by opening them a bottle of champagne...with a sword? The technique, apparently called "sabering" looks pretty simple, and is WAY impressive.
Just make sure you alert your flame somewhere between pulling out the champagne bottle and drawing a sword, to keep them from thinking you're about to perform seppuku or engage in murder/suicide. We're not the most romantic guys on the Web, but we think that might kind of spoil the glow of the evening.
We don't spend a lot of time reading travelogues, mostly because we don't want to see page after page of some dude having the time of his life while we're stuck here with the Interns. However, we've got a friend who's heading out to Ireland in April, and we think this might just be right up his alley. From what we've read, it makes for a funny read and a nice little guidebook while obsessively searching for the perfect Guinness.
Though with this particular fella, maybe someone should write a book called "Ireland Straight Up: In Search of the Perfect Middleton." Hell, maybe he'll just write it while he's there.
What's the best way to make someone feel randy romantic? Well, there are a couple ways, but one tried and true method is to ply them with tequila. We're not talking "Night in Tijuana With Your Buddies" amounts, but just enough. If you're looking for just the right drink for Valentine's Day, we submit to you: The Hornipolitan.
You might not want to mention it by name, though, because the object of your affection might see through your ploy. Unless you want them to, of course...
Just in case you drank so much during the Super Bowl last night you forgot what year it was...it's 2009. And a glorious 2009 it's been so far. Economic crises. Job cuts. Horrible economy. It'd be enough to drive us to drink every day if we weren't already close enough to walk.
If we've said it once we've said it a million times, the Old Fashioned cocktail is one of our favorites of all time. Commenter Temptin steered us toward this great video of Robert Hess (aka Drink Boy) making what looks like it could be the greatest Old Fashioned ever. Check the out the video, and don't miss the end, when he brings flaming orange oils into the mix...a must watch for Old Fashioned enthusiasts. Be patient - he doesn't even start mixing until somewhere around the halfway mark, but just like creating the drink itself, it's all about the journey.
We weren't familiar with this series of videos Robert is doing, but they're leaps and bounds better than most of the "bartending" crap you find on Youtube, etc. We've added his feed to our reader, and we can't wait to keep watching the vids...we're just bummed we couldn't figure out a way to embed them on our site.