October 20, 2005

Peltier Beer Cooler: A Bit Excessive?

We're all about DIY drinking and the desire to make your beer cooler faster, or at least for longer. The Peltier Beer Cooler seems slightly over the top to us, but it's damned cool nonetheless. Maybe we should tell this guy about these new inventions we've heard of...coolers and ice.

Peltier Beer CoolerAccording to the author:

While drinking certain dark beers in the sun, I came to think about how to keep the beer cold until I finished it. Normally this isn’t a big problem as I usually finish them before they get warm, but on really hot days this can be a problem. Having some hardware lying around in my apartment, I decided to build something that could keep the beer cool.
Learn more about the Peltier beer cooler at Grynx.com.

Plus, if you have even more spare parts lying around and too much time on your hands, check out the jet-powered beer cooler, an oldie but a goodie.

(Thanks, Eric and Sarah!)

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October 19, 2005

Uber Tap, Meet the Ultimate Cocktail

Uber TapOK, we admit, we're a little bit late getting on the Uber Tap bandwagon. We heard about it a few weeks ago from our friends over at Bombed, but we completely forgot to cover it, and now the Daily Candy and Gizmodo got in line before us. Shame on us. Luckily, with the Uber Tap all three of us can be served at once, and no one's going home thirsty. We'll figure it out amongst ourselves who's going to hold the cups and who's going to run the foot pump to keep the beer flowing.

Ultimate CocktailPlus, all is not lost for faithful Liquor Snob readers. Even though we were apparently sleeping one off when the news about the Uber Tap broke, you're still the first to hear about its ingenious companion, Ultimate Cocktail. Slosh your liquor and mixers together in the Ultimate Cocktail tank, attach a keg tap (or Uber Tap if you really have a need for speed), and you can tap any beverage you want.

The site says that "by linking a keg tap to the Ultimate Cocktail, party throwers can now eliminate the all too common mess, sticky floor, and drunken beverage contamination, while providing their guests with a signature cocktail for any event." We love it when a plan comes together.

Learn more about the Uber Tap and the Ultimate Cocktail

Other Uber Tap coverage: Daily Candy and Gizmodo

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October 14, 2005

Get Portably Drunk With Portable Bar

Booze briefcase offers portability and flexibility to all your drinking missions.

3 Bottle Portable BarY'know how cool it is in the movies, when they show an assassin put together a sniper rifle from random knick-knacks pulled out of an innocent-looking briefcase? We think it would be scads cooler if instead of nightvision scopes and bullets, he whipped out shot glasses and liquor bottles.

Now you can be that impressive liquor assassin with the Trav-L-Bar Briefcase Bar. Here are the vital statistics:

  • Made of vinyl that looks like two-toned burgundy and black leather
  • Holds 3 bottles (not included)
  • Combination lock and gift box
  • Includes 4 metal cups, serving tray, 3/4 X 1 1/2 oz. jigger and wood-handled opener
  • Liquor bottles not included (duh)

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick up your own briefcase barfor under $50, and drink with extreme prejudice. Or, if this one doesn't fit your professional style, check for other bar accessoriesfrom Harvey's Easy Living at Amazon.

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Paula's Texas Orange Liqueur

Paula's Texas Orange LiqueurWe love truth in advertising, and there's nothing that turns us off faster than a product sporting a wacky name with no relevance to the item in question. We think it's important to let people know what you're about instead of trying to dazzle them with BS. Take our site, for example...we like liquor and we're totally snobs about it.

We've discovered another interesting product recently, Paula's Texas Orange Liqueur, that seems to follow the same tenets. Let's break it down, shall we?

Paula's: Yep, there really is a Paula, and she got the idea for her product from the Lemoncellos she enjoyed while in Italy.

Texas: Sure thing - this stuff is made right in Austin, TX. Actually, we heard about Paula and her liqueur from her fellow Austinites over at Tito's Handmade Vodka.

Orange: According to Paula's site, "because it is made with only the best fresh oranges, it really tastes like oranges." Sounds like a good one to mix with Orange V if you want to set yourself up for a real orange-plosion.

Liqueur: One of Dictionary.com's listings for the word "liqueur" states the definition as "a usually sweetened alcoholic beverage variously flavored (as with fruit or aromatics)." Sounds like this stuff fits the bill, being made from oranges and clocking in at a hefty 80 proof.

Right now, this stuff is only available in Texas, but we'll do our best to get our hands on some for a review. You can check out the Paula's Texas Orange site for more information, and to find out where you can pick some up if you're in the area.

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October 11, 2005

Roulette Shot Glasses Are A Safe Bet

Roulette Shot GlassesWe don't generally play a lot of roulette but when we do spin the wheel of fortune, we use the Passenger 57 method - always bet on black. We're not sure how effective it is, but it gives us a chance to scowl and swear like Wesley Snipes in the movie, and it keeps the croupiers entertained.

Now, you can develop your own ridiculous roulette betting system in the comfort of your own home with the Roulette Shot Game we discovered via productdose. Below are more details on the game, which we found at Amazon:

Bring Las Vegas home to your next party with the Roulette Shot Glass Game. This is a authentic working casino-style roulette wheel made of durable high impact plastic. It features an attractive, working 5-3/8 inch gold-tone wheel. The set comes with six shot glasses, each shot glass is labeled by number and color. When the ball lands on your number, you get to drink! A fun addition to any poker or casino party. Compact tabletop design. Spare ball and six shot glasses included.
You can get your own set of Roulette Shot Glassesat Amazon, and start gambling for drinks. Plus, to learn another way to mix boozing and betting, check out our coverage of BetCRIS and George Bush.

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Make Filthy Martinis With Dirty Sue

Dirty Sue Olive Brine for MartinisWe're not usually big fans of drinks that come in stemmed glasses, but we do love martinis, the dirtier the better. Problem is, you need olive brine (the juice the little suckers float in) to make a good dirty martini, and if you make enough you're going to end up with bone-dry olives and no brine left. That's where our new friend Dirty Sue comes in.

Dirty Sue is twice-filtered olive brine that is bottled specifically for mixing drinks, so you don't have to use up an entire jar of olives to make your martini as dirty as you like. Plus, according to the folks at productdose who first tipped us off about Dirty Sue, the stuff "adds a really nice touch to a Bloody Mary, too, which makes it one more perfect reason to expand the bar." Not that we need any more reasons to expand the bar, but there you have it.

You can learn more (and see a glowing product endorsement from Northern Exposure's John Corbett) at the Dirty Sue Website.

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October 9, 2005

Light Up Your Liquor With Litecubes

LitecubesIt's happened to all of us before...you set down your drink at a crowded party, and the next thing you know it's lost in a sea drink doppelgangers. You never have to wander around, holding drinks up to the light to figure out which one is yours again with the Litecube, a dazzling invention that will turn your booze into a beacon from the inside. Here's what we found out about these glowing ice cubes:

Litecubes are made of non-toxic, FDA-approved plastic and contain a gel that allows it to be frozen to help keep beverages cold. Simply pressing the button on the Litecube once makes it strobe, press it twice and it strobes faster, and a third time and the cube will stay lit all the time. Because the Litecube is re-freezable and when used intermittently its battery lasts for dozens of hours. Unlike the single-use "glow sticks" that are popular these days at concerts and parties, the Litecube can be turned off and then reused time and again.
The Litecube comes in a variety of colors; red, orange, blue, green, yellow and orange. You can learn more or get three assorted Litecubes for $11.99 at beWild.com.

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October 5, 2005

On The House Arrives For Review

On The House: The Bizarre Killing of Michael MalloyWe just got in our review copy of On The House: The Bizarre Killing of Michael Malloy, by Simon Read, which we covered recently. That's what we love about these InterNets...you say you want something one day, and the next it's on your desk, face down in a puddle of spilled booze.

We can't wait to give it a read, for all the liquor-soaked reasons we told you about, plus there's already a review on Amazon calling the book "dark comedy at its best" and comparing it to the Coen brothers films. We'll read up and let you know if the comparison holds true.

While you wait for the full review, you can learn more about the book and buy it at Amazon.comfor $7.99. As if a tawdry tale of drunken nights and attempted murder wasn't enough to make you want to pick it up, it's also eligible for Super Saver Shipping! Hooray!

Site: www.simon-read.com

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Quaffer Shot Glass Review

Quaffer Layered Shot GlassQuaffer
Description: Shot glass with built-in chaser
Typical Price: $7.99 for one; Best Deal is $24.99 for a Quaffer Sampler Pack (2 Glass Quaffers, 2 Plastic Quaffers, 2 Beer Quaffers, 2 Pour Spouts, 2 Recipe Cards, and 2 Stickers), or get your Quaffersat Amazon.

If you'd asked us two weeks ago, we would have said our current shot technology was just fine. You take the shot, then use your other hand to bring the chaser to your mouth. We were young then, naive. We hadn't tried the Quaffer shot glass.

As we said in our earlier Quaffer coverage - the premise is so simple, we can't believe we didn't think of it. A quick and easy way to layer a shot, combining the shot and chaser into one glass. Genius, right?.

Our initial foray into the world of the Quaffer was with Jim Beam and ginger ale. We filled the lower chamber with ginger ale, affixed the special pouring spout that comes with the Quaffer sampler pack to the bottle of Beam, and layered it on top. The process was quick, easy and mess-free, and we went from unwrapping the glass to drinking the shot in about 30 seconds.

The only problem we had during our test was that we were a bit exuberant. Expecting to have to slam it back like a normal shot, we suspended the Quaffer vertically and the liquid had a tough time getting through the narrow bottle neck in the middle. We had more luck when we kept the glass at more of a 45 degree angle instead of 90 degrees, and had no more troubles with booze squirting out the corners of our mouths. Take it from us, it'll be much easier if you're relaxed while you drink, instead of trying to slam it down.

We'll keep you posted when we get a chance to try out the beer Quaffer...it's basically a bigger version of the glass, designed for drinks like Car Bombs. We can only guess it will reduce the overall mess over those kinds of drinks, because you don't have to drop the shot glass into the beer. We've ended up with Guinness and Bailey's lining the walls of our offices by doing that shot the traditional way, so we welcome the change. (On another note, we recommend being careful when you order this one out in bars...it's a great drink with a harsh name, and we've seen an Irish bartender completely refuse someone service after he ordered one, because she was so offended. That's why the beer Quaffer will come in handy...you can whip them up in the privacy of your own home.)

Rating: Four and a half out of Five Liquor Snob Icon

Shop for Quaffers here...shipping is free. [Edit: Looks like the packages we found are no longer available; hit the link above to find the right Quaffer package for you.]

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October 4, 2005

Bing Bong Portable Beer Pong Table

Bing Bong Portable Beer PongOne problem we've always had with beer pong (or Beirut, as some call it) is that it's hard to find a good place to play. Outside of frat houses and the Liquor Snob offices, there are very few places with a ping pong table available for use, and even fewer places that will let you spill beer all over them. Trying to build a table never works either, because you never think of it until you're already half in the bag, and it never comes out level or playable, if you ever get anything put together at all.

The Bing Bong portable beer pong table seems to be the solution to all our problems. It's a lightweight aluminum folding table that weighs 20 pounds and wraps up into its own carrying case. It's got extendable, locking legs, and it looks sturdy enough to handle even the roughest bumping from a drunken competitor. Plus, the Bing Bong table offers a waterproof surface to avoid damage from spills (not that those ever happen in beer pong), and you can check out their printable PDF of suggested rules, so you'll never have to argue about what happens to the losing team.

It retails for $149, which is a great deal, especially if you play a lot or can get a couple people to chip in. Learn more and get your own at the Bing Bong Tables site.

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