May 19, 2006

Physical Challenge - Girl Drink Drunk

Drink Up!We were watching TVLand the other day and stumbled across a rerun of Double Dare. Remember that show? When we got to the physical challenge segment, we started reminiscing about the physical challenges we used to perpetrate on each other when we were in college. Some examples, you ask? There were quite a few, most of which involved climbing up on a roof somewhere.

A particular favorite was to wait for the hottest day of the summer, go for a drive, turn on the heat and roll up all the windows. Then somebody starts smoking a cigarette, and whoever rolls down a window first loses. We never said the physical challenges were actually fun.

Anyway, we started thinking about physical challenges we could inflict on our readers, and the first thing we thought of? Getting Girl Drink Drunk. Of course, when we say "girl drink," we're not being sexist. We're just talking about those goopy, oft-pink-colored drinks with a high sugar content, usually served with a tiny umbrella to ladies and . Not our typical straight Whiskey and Beer fare. So what's the challenge?

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May 5, 2006

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Liquor Snob

Happy Cinco do MayoAs you know, we like any day where we don't have to make excuses to drink...err...find reasons to imbibe a cocktail or three. That's why we like big celebratory holidays where everyone else is sauced up too, and no one will notice that we're reeking of booze and pulling to the left when we try to walk.

To that end, welcome to Cinco de Mayo! Apparently it's a celebration of Mexico's victory in some battle against the French (is that something to brag about? Our interns could beat the French), but has turned into a reason to drink mas cerveza now that our fellow whiteys have discovered it.

Or, if you're not in a Corona kind of mood, maybe today is a day for tequila or some other agave-based liquor. See below for five great spots for tequila-based recipes so you can fritter away your day sipping margaritas. That's what we're going to do. Of course, that's what we do every Friday. And Thursday. And most Wednesdays...

If you're curious about what to buy, we've done a few tequila reviews to get you started, and don't forget about Mezcal, our other good friend from South of the Border. Our only word of advice - stay away from the worm. It'll seem like a great idea to eat it after a couple drinks, but any time we've tangled with it has only ended in heartache. Trust'd be better off putting a scorpion in your mouth.

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May 3, 2006

Flaming Jell-O Shots, Anyone?

Jello + Flame = AwesomeWe love watching science march along, making lives better for everyone. For example, a few months ago we covered a story about some dedicated scientists attempting to maximize the booze in their Jello shots. Not only did they expand our knowledge of the viscosity of booze and gelatin, they also led us to a discovery of our own - the pudding shot.

We didn't know if they were going to be able to top that experiment - but they have once again pushed the boundaries usually acknowledged by boozers and mixologists alike. So get out your flame retardant pants and your asbestos shot glass, and check out what those mad scientists are up to now.

We were overwhelmed with feedback to our original Jell-O shots experiment raising dozens of unanswered questions and new areas of research. Such as: What happens when you add unflavored gelatin to regular Jell-O shots? How much grain alcohol can you put in a Jell-O shot? And perhaps most importantly, What happens when you light a Jell-O shot on fire? We went back to the fridge, and in our next round of Jell-O experiments, found the answers to these questions, and many more that no one thought to ask.
From Lighting a Jell-O Shot on Fire at

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March 13, 2006

Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe

Irish LiqueurSt. Patrick's Day is coming, and this year, instead of gorging yourself on green beer until you see leprechauns, maybe you should try to class things up a little bit. We've found a recipe for a Bailey's-style irish cream liqueur, so you can sip a little something nice over ice, instead of waking up behind some green dumpster somewhere.

Homemade (Bailey's-style) Irish Cream Liqueur

1 cup Irish whiskey
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups half & half
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and mix well.

You can drink it right away or store it in a pretty decanter in the refrigerator. The flavor improves every day!

Serve your homemade Irish Cream Liqueur over ice, add it to your coffee or pour it over a scoop of ice cream for dessert.

via Bella Online

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March 5, 2006

A New Look At The Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned, Greatest Drink EverAs Whiskey Week winds to a close, it suddenly hit us that we've mostly been focusing on straight Bourbons without thinking about cocktails. That's a great tragedy, because it just so happens that our favorite drink recipe in the world contains whiskey - the Old Fashioned. We were going to compile a ton of information of this amazing and underappreciated drink for your education and edification, but it turns out Robert Hess over at DrinkBoy has already done so, and he did an amazing job.

First, his thoughts on this misunderstood mix:

Only a few other cocktails that have survived to modern day that comes from the era of the Martini and the Manhattan. There is one cocktail of similar lineage, but holds nowhere near the same level of respect and esteem as either the Martini or the Manhattan. This cocktail is the Old Fashioned. But instead of being held in any sort of awe, the Old Fashioned is often seen as just one of those old slop drinks that isn’t worth the time it takes to make it. And to taste it the way many modern bartenders serve it, it’s no surprise.
And a tragedy that is, because it's one of the best drinks going out there. Here's Robert's recipe, which is the exact same one we use when we're looking to get Olde Tymey.

Old Fashioned

  • 1/2 orange slice
  • 1 cube sugar
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon whiskey
Muddle orange, sugar, bitters together until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Fill glass with ice, then add the whiskey. Garnish with a marachino cherry, and perhaps an additional orange slice. Serve with a swizzle stick and/or straw

We recommend you give it a try, but make sure you mix your own or carefully monitor the bartender you give the task. Oh, and while you're at it, check out some Old Fashioned historical information and a few other recipe variations in Mr. Hess's article Renewing An Old Fashion.

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March 3, 2006

On Southern Comfort and Lime

Historically, we haven't paid much attention to popular whiskey liqueur Southern Comfort. You might think it's because we're purists who prefer to stick to pure whiskeys instead of sweeter liqueurs. In fact, you'd be wrong.

Southern ComfortThe real reason we haven't turned our bloodshot gaze to SoCo (as the kids call it) is that our editor-in-chief had a run-in with it in college, and he has trouble even looking at the bottle. It seems our fearless leader was in a "shot race" whilst in college, and he drank somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 shots of the stuff, with semi-disastrous results. Guess that doesn't really fit in with SoCo's "Start things up, Know when to stop. Drink Responsibly." campaign. Consider him properly chastised.

So why are we bringing it up? We've started seeing some pretty cool TV ads for the stuff, and they're flashy enough to even pique his interest. Our favorite one used to be the one where a group of friends is trying to find a train for Prague. The newest features a drink called the SoCo Lime, and it's set in New Orleans. Flashy visuals, peppy music and a kind of shot we'd never tried before? Let's just say we were interested.

Apparently all you do for a SoCo Lime is mix a shot of SoCo with a splash of sweetened lime juice (like Rose's for example), shake it with ice, and shoot it. Sounds similar to the daily ritual here in the Liquor Snob offices, and we're going to have to try it out. Learn more about SoCo and check out the ads if you haven't seen them yet, at Oh, and let us know if you've tried the SoCo Lime - will it be good enough to turn around the opinion of our relucant Editor in Chief?

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February 4, 2006

Crazy Cocktail Recipe: Scotch and Milk, Baby!

Scotch and Milk PunchAs we were trolling the Web today looking for all things bright and boozy, we came across a cryptic mention of someone making a cocktail out of Scotch and milk. Yes, we're serious.

Not only that, we suddenly were hit with a memory from the liquor-filled crevices in the back of our brains of some poet or another we were forced to read in college mentioning the drink. It sounded like an abomination to us, but we were curious - what would Scotch and milk taste like, and why the hell would someone drink it?

According to our research, the drink is usually taken by people who have ulcers but don't want to cut down on their daily dram. While we find the idea of just depth-charging some milk into our precious Scotch to be a bit revolting, we did find a passable recipe for you ulcer-sufferers (or grown up babies) out there. It's called Scotch Milk Punch, and though we don't have an ulcer, we're preparing ourselves for the day our stomach gives out.

Scotch Milk Punch

2 oz. Scotch
6 oz. Milk
1 tsp. Powdered Sugar
Shake with ice and strain into a collins glass. Garnish with nutmeg.

We used White Horse Scotch and substituted our home-made simple syrup for the powdered sugar. The drink got quite frothy, and all in all it tastes like a poor man's eggnog or a milk shake for drunks. Also, keep in mind that you don't have to do it only with Scotch; try it with other whiskeys, or you can give it a go with brandy or some other liquor.

Recipe via BarNoneDrinks: Scotch Milk Punch

Update - FYI, we've been feeling more than a little nauseous since we drank this bad boy. And we're not talking "post roller coaster after too many hot dogs" nauseous, either. It's more like the "hey Kane, what's that coming out of your chest?" kind of nausea. We're hoping it's not attributable to the drink, but we thought we should warn you.

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January 21, 2006

Drink Recipes On The Go With Drinknation

Drinknation for Cell PhonesThere seems to be a major proliferation of cocktail recipe websites right now, from to Extratasty, and those are just the ones we've covered. The latest site we've found is Drinknation, and while the offering isn't that much different from other sites, they do differentiate themselves by offering one feature their contemporaries don't - the ability to access the site through your cell phone. Yup, similar to the iPod bartender, Drinknation is a mobile database you can access without dragging your laptop around and looking for a wireless connection.

From the press release:

Be the hit of the party with Drinknation, a new mobile application which brings the breadth and depth of a Bartender's Bible to the palm of your hand. Whether you're in a bar or planning a house party, mixology 101 is only a flip (phone) away.

Drinknation is available through U.S. mobile carriers like Verizon, U.S. Cellular, Alltel, Cricket, MetroPCS, MidWest Wireless, Cellular South, and NTelos, and will be available next month on Sprint. It's also available through international carriers like Tata, Telefonica Moviles, Telstra, and Hutch. The mobile service offers suggestions and special tips, and features drinks that turn ingredients into innovation.

Revelers can now create their own speed dial of drinking by customizing a recipe file of favorite concoctions that will always be with them. The service also offers party games, like guessing a drink based on its ingredients, and a search function allows easy retrieval of popular recipes by name, ingredient, theme or category, as well as browsing for ideas and finding out what drinks are popular.

Read the full press release here.

You can visit Drinknation for recipes and information, plus find out more about the mobile drink service and set it up on your phone.

Much thanks to the fine folks at Strange New Products for the heads up on this one.

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January 19, 2006

Guinness Ice Cream Recipe

Guinness PintThree words...Guinness ice cream.

1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup Guinness stout
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons molasses
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a medium saucepan, scrape in the vanilla bean seeds. Add the pod, milk, and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn off the heat, cover the pan, and let the flavors infuse for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the stout and molasses. Bring to a boil and turn off heat.

3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract. Whisk in a few tablespoons of the hot cream mixture, then slowly whisk in another 1/4 cup of the cream. Add the remaining cream in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan.

4. Stir the beer mixture into the cream mixture. Cook the custard over medium heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon, for 6 to 8 minutes or until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon.

5. Strain the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Process the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Three more words...makes one quart.

via - Guinness Ice Cream

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January 10, 2006

Need Some Extratasty Recipes?

ExtratastyThere's another cocktail recipe site on the Web, and it's called Extratasty. So what's it all about? It's set up like a community, where you go and set up your own bar, tag your favorite drinks, and other people can search for them and rate them. We've seen similar ideas in drink recipe sites before, but we liked the addition of the community type stuff. You can share drinks and make friends, just like a regular bar but without anyone borrowing money for "one more drink" or puking on your coat. Plus, their slogan is "Get Your Booze On," so they get points for that.

Head on over to Extratasty and set up your bar, submit your favorite drink recipes, and rate some existing ones. We were most intrigued by the Duck Fart and the Skylab, but for different reasons.

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