April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Cocktail: Drink Your Medicine

pickled-pig-cartoon-new.jpgBeen scouring the swine flu-related news lately, wondering when someone is finally going to create a swine flu-related cocktail? So have we. But wait no longer, because writer Robert Haynes-Peterson over at New York Drinks Examiner has finally come through.

His recipe contains absinthe (originally billed as a medicine), tequila (in honor of Mexico, duh), bacon-flavored bourbon (we're guessing it's a homeopathic thing), and limoncello (citrus for the win!). We can only only imagine it tastes like Satan's bunghole, but you know we'll be stocking up on the ingredients post haste because of the medicinal properties.

Get the recipe after the jump. (Image via George Coghill)

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April 29, 2009

Science Fiction Drinking Games: Get Your Geek On

kirk-brandy.jpgCall us geeks (we're used to it) but we were just over at IO9, reading up on the prospect of a Gremlins 3 movie, when when a story title caught our eye and piqued our interest. A Dozen Science Fiction Drinking Games? We don't even know where to start with that title in terms of sheer awesomeness.

We love a good TV oriented drinking game any day of the week, but when they're science fiction-related, you've dialed our number. From Dr. Who to Battlestar Galactica to Stargate, you'll find a drinking game to tickle your nerd bone and pickle your liver in no time.

We do take issue with classifying some of these things as science fiction (the 1960s Batman movie? 300?), but beggars can't be choosers.

via IO9

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April 27, 2009

Jim Beam Red Stag Arrives for Review

red-stag-by-jim-beam.jpgWhen we first heard Jim Beam was coming out with a cherry-flavored bourbon, we have to say we were a bit...skeptical. Once we read Rick's review of the stuff on Martini Groove our mood shifted to cautiously optimistic. When we received the bottle, popped the top, and took a swig, things shifted even more in the positive direction.

Full disclosure, we're Jim Beam guys for a decade and a half now. We will always take Beam over Jack when given the choice, and we were concerned about some syrupy glop closer to Nyquil than our old standby. You'll have to wait for the full tasting notes, but we have to say...our fears were not justified. Red Stag will get a wide release in June, so you have that to look forward to, and our review will be done well before then.

If you absolutely can't wait, keep refreshing the page on JimBeam.com until they announce it's been released. [Update: They've actually got their own site over at TheRedStag.com...that's where you want to fiendishly refresh]

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April 24, 2009

Hiram Walker Triple Sec Arrives for Review

hiram_walker_triple_sec.gifWe got in a couple bottles of Hiram Walker Triple Sec this week, and one of the things that makes it stand out is what else was in the box. Not only did they send us two (count 'em, two) bottles for reviewing purposes, they also nestled a mini bottle of Cointreau in there. We like the cut of their jib - it takes balls to send out a product for review and not only suggest we compare it to the gold standard of orange liqueurs, but also send us a bottle of it to ensure we do. Sounds like it's time for a Pepsi Challenge, but with Margaritas!

Oh, and we are also fans of Hiram Walker (the man) after some quick Web research, due to his business sense and his role in the groundbreaking Pregnant-Cow Case.

Now that you know his interpretation of contract law, read up on his interpretation of Triple Sec at the Hiram Walker Website

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April 22, 2009

Springtime Cocktail from Oval Vodka

earth_day_cocktail.jpgWe have a confession to make - we've never had elderflower liqueur. It's not that we have a problem with drinking flowers, it's more like we just haven't had an opportunity. We dug up this good-looking springtime recipe featuring Oval Vodka, and it seems like a good reason to get out there and snatch up a bottle of St. Germain.

Check out the recipe below, and don't hesitate to whip up a batch in honor of Earth Day.

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April 21, 2009

Kuma's Corner, Chicago

kumas_corner_chicago.jpgWe don't often review bars here on Liquor Snob, but we spent some time in Chicago last week, and this little gem of a place came to our attention. We didn't get to go there, because we didn't hear about it until our last day in town, but it's so on the docket for our next trip. Why the excitement, you might ask? Our hypothesis is that this might be the greatest bar in existence, for these (and possibly other) reasons, in ascending order of greatitude:

  • Make Your Own Mac & Cheese: This item should be on every menu of every dining establishment from here to forever.
  • Bourbon on Tap: Our sources indicate Kuma's Corner serves Buffalo Trace bourbon on tap. Yes, Buffalo Trace. Yes, on tap.
  • Heavy Metal Hamburgers & Martinis: This one's the coup de grace, at least for us. All of their sandwiches are named after metal bands, from the famous (Slayer, Black Sabbath) to the...more obscure (Hatebeak, Pig Destroyer), and on top of that, they sound friggin' amazing. Gourment toppings on 10 oz burgers, all named after our favorite bands? What's not to love?
Our dream is to go there and order a Mastodon Burger (BBQ Sauce, Cheddar, Bacon, Frizzled Onions) and a Mother Puncher (Vanilla Stoli, Southern Comfort, and Cranberry Juice) to build out the theme (it's either that or the Slayer/Angel of Death combo), then guzzle Buffalo Trace from the tap until we're escorted out. Who's with us?

Food, Beer, and Martinis at Kuma's Corner

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April 20, 2009

Belvedere Black Raspberry Vodka

belvedere_black_raspberry.jpegWe've had good and bad experiences with flavored vodkas in the past, but one that's got our attention right now is Belvedere's Black Raspberry. A combination of blackberries and currants, this is another macerated vodka to join the company's line of other flavored vodkas, Citrus and Orange. Their flavored vodkas are macerated and they're focusing their campaign around what that word sounds like.

We're guessing they won't want to associate their brand with going blind, but maybe a few good hairy palm jokes, or maybe someone getting caught macerating by their spouse? Good times, good times.

The Maceration Is Natural site isn't up yet, but keep an eye out for more information there in coming weeks.

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April 17, 2009

Brew Dudes Get Webby With Beer Creation

madscience.jpgOur friends over at Brew Dudes have gone all Web 4.0, and are going to share the brew log of their first all-grain beer brewing exercise, Chelmsford Pale Ale. We're talking pictures, descriptions, video, feats of strength, and poetry readings. Or maybe only some of that...we'll see how things shake out.

Anyway, we'll be waiting with bated breath to see how it all comes out, and c'mon...this is your chance to see a little piece of Web history. Get in while the getting's good! It's only a placeholder right now, but head on over there and feel the anticipation in the air.

Brew Dudes Chelmsford Pale Ale Brew Day

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April 14, 2009

Guest Review: Michter's US 1 Whiskey

product_michters_whiskey.jpgWe haven't done a guest review in a while, so we're excited to drop this great review of Michter's. As usual, the only problem we have with this review is that we didn't get to drink it, but we've had the stuff before and thought it kicked some serious arse.

Thanks for the reivew, Carlos.

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April 10, 2009

Snuggie Pub Crawl in NYC and CHI

snuggie-pub-crawl.jpgLadies and gentlemen, hitch up your Snuggies. We knew there would be an actual use for those things, other than letting some old lady answer the phone without getting her forearms cold. Turns out, you can drink while you're wearing them!

That's right, the new cool thing to do is put on a blanket with arms, and go out drinkin'. If you ask us, it's a moral imperative. What? You don't own a Snuggie, you say? Well, just watch some late night TV and pick one up. Or, you could do what the cool kids do and pick up a Slanket instead - we hear they were around first, so you'll have the indie street cred.

Go to PubCrawls.com for details on the April 18th pub crawl in NYC. If you're in the Chicago area, there's one on the same day in the Windy City - details at SnuggiePubCrawl.com.

Image via 944.com

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April 9, 2009

Pudding Shots and How to Shoot Them...Finally!

raspberries_on_choc_pudding.jpegA while back we did a post about pudding shot recipes, and it continues to be one of our most popular stories. However, we've been a bit hesitant to make them, because since they don't set up like Jell-O it seems like you'd get all gloopy and chocolate-faced. However, an astute reader has finally solved the mystery for us; we'll let her tell you in her own words.

I used to work at a bar, and what we did is get the little sauce cups, not too small and fill them with your mix. Then place all million of the cups on a platter and freeze. The fun of this is watching someone reach their tongue to the bottom and try to get it all out. Hope this solves it if you haven't already.
Mystery solved! Thanks Katlyn.

Image via Jellatio (More pudding shot recipes are available at that page too)

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Limoncello Recipe: When Life Gives You Lemons...

zested_lemon.jpgWe have three words for you - summer is coming. And due to those three words, we're giddy with excitement. We've found one of the best ways to enjoy a hot summer afternoon is to sit around, do nothing, and drink limoncello. Luckily, Limoncello Quest, as part of their never ending...umm...quest to create the perfect limoncello, have posted an excellent recipe for the stuff.

They also have reviews of commercially-available limoncellos (we're still waiting for the review of Danny DeVito's), but you don't want to drink those. What you want to do is get to practicing so you can make a phenomenal batch come summer, and we'll be waiting for our invitation to come drink it. Thanks in advance.

How to Make Limoncello at Limoncello Quest

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April 8, 2009

Barack Obama Shot Glass

barack_obama_shot_glass.jpgOur (sort of) new president is still capturing the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. If you don't believe us, just check out Bad Paintings of Barack Obama. What have you done lately to prove that kind of devotion? Here's your chance - drink liquor out of the back of his head.

Barack Obama Collectible Shot Glass

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April 7, 2009

10 Great Things About Booze

425booze.jpgWe got an email from a faithful reader last week, who was looking for some fundamental truths about booze. This person was looking for the bright side (and hopefully the light side) of drinking, and came to us. We were flattered, and it also made us think a bit. There are all sorts of people out there who demonize liquor, but there's a positive side to the stuff too. We wouldn't know half our friends if bars had never been invented, and we certainly wouldn't have screwed up the courage to actually talk to girls without a few stiff belts.

So, without further ado, our paean to our favorite hobby, or as the Bard says, "the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."

[Edit: Looks like the Modern Drunkard beat us to this topic, and their execution was better too. Check it out at 10 Best Things About Booze. Frank Kelly Rich, we bow to you yet again, you beautiful bastard...]

1. Drinking Can Make You a Dancer
Picture this with us: a wedding, let's say June. Horrible 70s music blasting from the DJ's tower of power, and all the women from age 7 to 70 are out on the floor, writhing and gyrating like someone dropped a live wire into a puddle in their midst. As you see grandma drop her walker and power slide at the end of "You're the One That I Want" from Grease, you ask yourself...where are all the men?

Oh, right, there they are. Clustered by the bar with a panicked look in their eyes, pounding down open bar drinks like Popeye on spinach. Most of them will be there for a while. Occasionally one or two will be picked out of the herd by their significant others or lope off looking for bridesmaids. And the drunker they get, the more likely they will be to lead that chicken dance the DJ is begging for, or do some kind of Steve Wozniak-eque worm in the middle of an impromptu break dance circle. By 11:45 even the most resistant stragglers will be out on the floor, weaving and bobbing to the music, drinks clutched like Linus's safety blanket in their hands.

More great things after the jump.

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April 6, 2009

Leblon Cachaca Arrives for Review (Again)

leblon bottle shot 1 ok.jpgCheck it out! We just got a bottle of Leblon Cachaca in for review! Funny story - we already reviewed it once, but far be it from us to turn away a bottle of booze.

We've had some success of late in re-evaluating our earlier opinions (check out our Screech retraction), so we're curious what we'll think. We'll let you know!

More about the stuff at Leblon Cachaca

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April 1, 2009

Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: March 2009

Ahh, March. We hope your St. Patrick's Day hangover has lifted, and we hope you're ready to dig into all the great boozy fun we had last month. If you're not, maybe you should subscribe to our RSS Feed or hit us up on Twitter so you get it all in a trickle throughout the month instead of relying on these giant gulps. Check out March's stories after the jump.

(Image via Coed Magazine)

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