A while back we heard about an organic spirit called Square One Botanical, and we were curious about why it wasn't classified as gin. After all, it's full of botanicals and all the other stuff that pretty much makes a gin a gin. Thankfully, our main man Kevin from over at The Scotch Blog gave us our V8 headsmacking moment by pointing out Square One is lacking one vital ingredient that would make it gin - juniper. Duh.
Anyway, we've gotten our hands on a bottle, and we'll ask our Editor in Chief to get a review online post haste. More at Square One.
Admit it...sometimes you want to punish your friends for drinking your beer. They come over, they just assume they can dig in, and suddenly you're looking at a forlorn little fridge full of only...shudder...food. Go ahead, let them drink all they want, but tell them they can only do it with the shock bottle opener - it'll whack them with a nice little electric charge with every beer they open.
PS - Anybody else get a feeling this wasn't on purpose...that they're just making the best of a design flaw? At least it's less than four bucks, anwyay.
Remember how we were talking the other day, about how awesome it is to play video games while drinking beer? You remember - you said new video games kind of suck to play while drinking because there are too many bumpers and directional sticks nunchuks, and it all gets in the way of just having a beer while you play the game? We agreed with you, and now we present to you the greatest thing ever invented for drinking beer and playing games. Way better than the Octane 120 (and cheaper too), the Arkeg brings together all our vices in one place.
Refrigerated keg (5 gallons, but hey), and a tap sticking out of the side of the game cabinet? Check. 69 games and on a PC platform so you can upload more? Check. There's more, but that's all we need really. Did we mention it has Gauntlet 1 & 2? It's only four grand too - relax, we're pretty sure your kids will forgive you for spending their college fund if it means they can play video games.
We're on a bit of a gin kick right now, and we recently got an email from a good friend highly recommending the following drink recipe he found at Chicago's Violet Hour. It's an amazing mixture of some great ingredients, but of course, you don't have to take our word for it - GQ rated it as one of the Top 20 Cocktails in America.
If you can't make it to Chicago to check it out, try whipping one up for yourself - think gin, lime, mint, rose water, and cucumber...a perfect mix for a steamy day. Our advice if you mix it yourself? Use a delicate hand with your muddler or you could make it too bitter.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Gin Town. That's what we're calling the Liquor Snob offices these days, now that we've received packages containing both Bols Genever and Martin Miller gins. They're two very different spirits, and we're equally looking forward to trying them both out.
Sweeter and more aromatic than your typical London Dry, Genever is a very different taste and experience than most gins you've probably had. Bols Genever is an award-winning expression of the type, and could even entice non-gin drinkers into the botanical fold.
Martin Miller's Gin
Looking for a sophisticated spirit at a price that won't break the bank? We've heard extremely good things about Miller's Gin, and you can bet we'll be stirring up some martinis as soon as we get a chance. If you're looking for a London Dry, rumor has it you can't do much better than this one - especially if you're looking to impress your friends with something a bit different.
We got a package in the mail from Australia a couple days ago, and inside that package was a nice little selection of the Uber bar tools we covered a little while ago. Included in the package are the ProStirrer (bar spoon), ProFlow (pourer, pictured), Julep (julep strainer), and the StrainRay (cocktail strainer). We were impressed by the heft and quality of these tools right out of the box, and we'll put them through their paces in the next little while and let you know how they hold up.
We've never played this particular game before, but it has all the trappings of a good beer-soaked night: simple rules that are hard to execute. Actually that's all you need for a good drinking game if you ask us, which you totally did. All you need to remember are three phrases: Fuzzy duck, Ducky Fuzz, and Does he? It all seems so easy...
If you play with us, though...leave your stupid fake beard at home.
It seems like every time we turn around a celebrity is endorsing a bottle of booze, but maybe Ludacris is going about it a bit differently? He's not just pimping a bottle he happened to slap his name on; he also helped select the flavor notes and has apparently been involved in the creation every step of the way. But what could a rapper know about cognac, right? From checking out the description, they may just be on to something.
Conjure is made from the ugni blanc grape from blends that represent a variety of Cognac regions including Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Borderie. The rich copper color of this signature cognac accents a bouquet of cedar, cocoa and hazelnut. Hints of vanilla, apricot and dried prune leave a smooth warm feeling and long lasting oak finish on the palate.
Conjure will have a limited release in September, and will retail for somewhere around $30 per bottle. Keep an eye out for the website that's on its way at ConjureCognac.com.