July 26, 2013
We helped organize and run a launch party at Three Penny Taproom for the new Straight Bourbon from Smuggler's Notch Distillery last night, and we have to say it was a blast. We were offering tastings, full pours, and we created a simple but delicious cocktail featuring the whiskey that was selling like bourbon-flavored hotcakes. Everybody had a great time, the bourbon was delicious, and we got great feedback all around - the cocktail recipe is below.
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July 19, 2013
Flavored liquors have been the rage for quite a while now, and as more and more cocktail enthusiasts get bolder and bolder with their drinks, home-infusing spirits has become increasingly popular. Generally, you can get away with just dumping some fruit (or something) into a bottle of vodka (or something), let it sit for a while and come out with something relatively tasty on the other end, but there is usually some level of straining and filtering that needs to be done.
The folks at Zing Anything say they're making liquor infusions more convenient with their Vodkazinger, a 20 oz. canister made of double-walled food-safe stainless steel. It's got an "ingredient cup" you screw on the bottom to let your infusion flavors meld with your booze, but save you some cleanup time on the other end.
The stainless steel bottle has a bottom-mounted grinder that retains the ground pulp of your ingredients, but allows the pure extracted flavors to travel through a fine-combed mesh screen and infuse the water. All you need to do is add fresh ingredients, twist, and shake!
We haven't tried it yet, but it seems like a good way to quickly infuse your spirits - this thing will hold the lion's share of a bottle of booze (20 oz. is about 600 ML) which will leave you some to drink while you're infusing your strawberry rhubarb basil chili lemongrass citrus raspberry rosemary zingerita.
Vodkazinger is available for under thirty bucks including shipping at Zing Anything.
July 12, 2013
The world is abuzz about Sharknado. That's a fact. We've been looking forward to it for months and it was every bit as teriffi-terrible as we could have possibly dreamed when we watched it last night. We've seen a couple Sharknado drinking games on the Web (TheBestWords, Wil Wheaton) , but we didn't check any of them out before we started watching. The game we played evolved organically, with our four players (mostly experienced Syfy movie afficionados) calling out the rules as they came to us.
Below are our favorites from what we came up with, though not even close to all our rules. If you haven't seen Sharknado and you want to catch a buzz, let this drinking game be your guide. If you have, you're obviously going to watch it again, so same rules apply.
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July 2, 2013
Things have been pretty quiet around here, we admit. Part of that is because our fearless Editor In Chief decided he was going to try his hand at some actual bar tending rather than sitting around the Liquor Snob offices in a whiskey-stained kimono cracking the whip at the interns. Without his steady hand at the wheel, our work ethic got a bit lax, but we're sure you'll forgive us.
If you want to see the fruits of his labors, check out the cocktail list at Three Penny Taproom. He's also been cheating on his Liquor Snob, maintaining a blog with cocktail recipes for the bartenders & servers at Cocktail Chasers - he's particularly proud of the posts for Atholl Brose (which we'll admit is delicious with a chocolate brownie) and he's really excited about the customer response to Purple Drank and Spike Hyzer.
We still plan to hold up our end on news & reviews here at Liquor Snob if we can punch through the lethargy. Check out Cocktail Chasers for cocktail recipes and experimentating. Oh, and thanks for stopping by!