December 13, 2011
It may not come as a shock to you that we like to drink, but you may not know how much the Liquor Snob staff likes to read. We're only asking for books and booze this Christmas, and not in that order. That's why we dig the title of the book we just found - The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion. We like the way it just rolls off the tongue.
This book features 151 cocktail recipes, and claims its cocktails "complement every situation imaginable . . . and then some." We're doing our best to come up with 5 situations that probably aren't included in this book - though we suppose you'll have to buy it to find out if we're right. Here's our list we'd like to drink to, though we imagine we'd be on our own for pairing a cocktail:
- Toasting your grandma's marriage to her parole officer
- Remembering the first time you heard Wilfred Brimley say Diabeetus
- Eulogizing Mr. Ed
- Commemorating your narrow escape from those cannibals
- Celebrating a successful squirrel hunt
At The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion
December 12, 2011
If you're looking for the perfect gift for the cocktail nerd on your list, you could definitely do worse than a book on bitters. An ingredient in many cocktails - and some say a requirement for most - bitters is finally getting its time in the limelight. With the resurgence of cocktail culture over the past few years there's definitely been an uptick in interest, but we haven't seen such an in-depth treatise.
Gone are the days when a lonely bottle of Angostura bitters held court behind the bar. A cocktail renaissance has swept across the country, inspiring in bartenders and their thirsty patrons a new fascination with the ingredients, techniques, and traditions that make the American cocktail so special. And few ingredients have as rich a history or serve as fundamental a role in our beverage heritage as bitters.
This book has it all - history, curative applications, and even recipes to make your own bitters, including Apple, Coffee-Pecan and Root Beer varieties. There are even tips for cooking with bitters in both sweet and savory dishes.
At Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All
December 7, 2011
If you're one of those people who'd rather socialize with guests at your holiday party, rather than mixing their drinks, Margaritaville has a new option for you. They've put together this tidy little machine that will allow you to attach a bottle of booze (vodka, rum, whatever) and four different types of mixers. Guests can then choose their own poison (figuratively) while you're flitting around fluffing pillows and twittering at bad jokes.
The gizmo will let you pour a double (though your guests don't have to know that), and will even let you surprise yourself with a random concoction. If we had this machine, we'd attach a bottle of vodka, then fill the other canisters with rum, tequila, gin and whiskey and see how many button presses it would take to
black out mix a Long Island Iced Tea.
At Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker
December 1, 2011
Drool cleanup in Aisle 3...can we get a drool cleanup in Aisle 3? I can't say I've been on the market for a new liquor cabinet, but this glorious piece of work mashes my Star Wars Nerd button and my Liquor Nerd button right at the same time. I'm already dreaming about using my harpoon and tow cables to bring this sucker down, then lightsabering my way in to get the boozy goodness inside.
Guess I'd better keep dreaming, though, because I don't think this sucker's for sale. [Thanks for the tip, Jay]
Make [via Gizmodo]