October 28, 2005

Drinks & A Movie: Big Lebowski Achiever's Edition

Big Lebowski Achiever's EditionHere at the Liquor Snob offices, we consider The Big Lebowski to be nature's perfect movie. It's got everything. A crazy John Goodman sporting shooting glasses and at one point, an Uzi. A sublime John Turturro playing a bowling pederast named "The Jesus." A portly Jeff Bridges sucking white russians out of his beard. The blond guy from Fargo playing a character named Karl Hungus, who comes to fix the cable. A missing toe. Tara Reid before she became a raving drunk, and we should know...we smell our own.

If you haven't seen this movie, you have to mix up a batch of White Russians and see it right now. And then you have to watch it again. And again. Until you get it. Until you realize the Coen brothers pried open your skull and scooped out the contents onto film. There will be a quiz.

Whether you've seen it or not, you also need to pick up the Achiever's Edition, which apparently contains the "widescreen CE (collector's Edition) together with The Big Lebowski Bowling Shammy Towel, 4 Collectible Coasters that include photos and quotable lines from the movie, and 8 Exclusive Photo Cards from Jeff Bridges’ personal collection."

Buy your copy of the Big Lebowski Achiever's Editionnow, or pick up the Big Lebowski Widescreen Collector's Editionat Amazon. Her life is in your hands, dude.

Oh, and if you're wracking your brain to remember how to mix them, here's a recipe for White Russians (AKA Caucasians). Substitute non-dairy creamer for light cream at your own risk.

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Friday Fun: Topless Bartending Academy

Topless Bartending AcademySometimes we find something on the Internet that is so stupendous, we're not sure how to cover it. The Topless Academy's Guide to Bartending is not one of those things. We know exactly what we want to say. But, our mothers read Liquor Snob, so we'll try to keep things relatively tame.

One thing we've put together in our...ummm...research is that this isn't some gimmicky video that puts the topless over the bartendering. L.A. bartender George Hobbs leads you through the proceedings, and while the buxom young ladies assist him, it apparently doesn't distract from the knowledge you'll gain. We'll put that in the "see it to believe it" category, and oh yes, we''ll most likely see it...as long as our moms say it's OK.

Learn more about the video and get the DVD for $19.95 ($14.95 for VHS) at ToplessAcademy.com. (Adult Content)

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October 19, 2005

Tiki Bar TV: Finally, a Useful Podcast

Tiki Bar TVWe're not very familiar with Podcasts, mostly because we have no truck with anything Apple-related. Yes, we like computers and MP3 players, but no, we don't need them monogrammed and in lime green.

We've found a site that might make us break our Apple boycott, however, in the form of Tiki Bar TV. The site features sporadic video podcasts in Quicktime format, each of them featuring a different cocktail recipe. The episodes resemble Mystery Science Theater 3000 meets Julia Child at her booziest, and they definitely made us chuckle with their silly humor.

Most of the episodes seem to revolve around a doctor and "cocktologist" who prescribes different drinks for various situations. Drink prescriptions? Those are covered by our insurance, right? Plus, the mailbag sections of the videos we watched were hilarious, with our favorite taking a shot at an anonymous troll who told them what they were doing was dumb. Here's to your mother, anonymous!

Check out the episodes at Tiki Bar TV.

(Update: We have been notified by our loyal readers that video podcasts are not Apple-specific, and that vcasts, as they're known, can be enjoyed on any platform. We're thankful for the update, and we'll do our research next time we decide to use a post to rail against the the latest iPod Fluffy and whatever is the case du jour. Consider us properly chastisted.)

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October 18, 2005

Tommy Guns Vodka Review

Tommy Guns Vodka
80 Proof, Imported Polish Rye Vodka
Typical Price: About $25 for a frosted 750 ml bottle; about $50 for machine gun-shaped bottle - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits
Availability: Currently you can buy bottles all over Illinois, and in 13 other states; check with your local liquor store to learn where to find it. We had the best luck finding it in online liquor stores, and the Roaring20s.net site has an online store of its own on the way.

Al CaponeInitial Thoughts: There is something ineffably cool about Al Capone. Sure, he was a thug and a gangster, but he had a knack for giving people what they wanted, as long as they wanted booze...or a baseball bat to the back of the skull. Of course, we're basing that impression solely on DeNiro's representation of him in The Untouchables.

That same vibe of inscrutable coolness permeates Tommy Guns Vodka. When we tried it straight, it had a mellow nose that made us think of a cool breeze blowing down a Chicago street. On the tongue, it was as warm as hot jazz on a chilly night. Sure it's evocative of the '20s, but this is no bathtub affair...Tommy Guns vodka belongs on the top shelf.

Cocktail Recipes: While we liked this vodka on the rocks, it also made some great cocktails. In fact, it had the potential to be as dangerous as a real machine gun, because once you stirred it with the mixer, it was so smooth it was easy to forget there was booze in there. We preferred it in a simple vodka tonic, and it made a spectacular Bloody Mary.

The Roaring 20s site also recommends some other Tommy Guns drink recipes, which we haven't tried yet, but we're sure we will. Shake each with ice, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Here are some of our favorites:

Tommy Guns Cocktail RecipesThe "Scarface" Al Capone Martini: 1.5oz Tommy Guns Vodka, .5oz Chilled Espresso, .5oz Remy Martin, .5oz Kahlua.

The "Godfather" Martini: 1.5oz Tommy Guns Vodka, .5oz Sambuca, Splash of Sweet Vermouth.

The "Untouchable" Hotshot: 1oz Tommy Guns Vodka, .25oz Lemoncello. Serve this shot with a wedge of lemon generously sprinkled with sugar; suck the lemon before doing the shot.

More Tommy Guns Martini Recipes (pdf)

Finishing Thoughts: All in all, we found Tommy Guns vodka to be much like its namesake - cool to the touch when you first pick it up, but smoky hot when it goes to work. This is one that's definitely worth getting your hands on, even if you don't spring for the machine gun-shaped novelty bottle. But like we told you before, that bottle is damned cool too.

Learn more at TommyGunsVodka.com.

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October 17, 2005

Blavod Black Vodka Review

80 Proof, Neutral Grain Black Vodka
Typical Price Around $20 - Buy it at Internet Wines & Spirits

Black Vodka Bottle and GlassInitial Thoughts: We have to admit, it was a bit disconcerting at first to drink black vodka. It kind of felt like opposite day, where up was down, Goths were cheerful and vodka was black instead of clear.

But we got over that quickly, and we were very impressed with Blavod Black Vodka. It has a pleasant nose, and while it's definitely got a bit of a bite, the aftertaste is spicy instead of the medicinal flavor you get with some vodkas. It was tasty on the rocks, but we enjoyed it most in mixed drinks, if for no other reason than the fact that they looked cool.

Cocktail Recipes: We tried a few recipes we found on the Blavod site, and we've included our two big favorites below:

Screwed-Up Screwdriver: Fill chimney glass with ice, pour in 3oz chilled tangerine juice, layer 3oz Blavod on top. Garnish with a licorice straw (optional).

Black Widow: Fill highball glass with ice, pour in 3oz chilled cranberry juice, layer 3oz Blavod on top.

Black Bull: Mix Red Bull or other energy drink with Blavod, serve on the rocks in a highball glass.

Black Widow DrinkThe Black Widow was our favorite, both because of the red-and-black look and the tartness and spice in the mouth. On thing to note is that while the layering looks extremely cool, having the vodka floating on top can make the taste overwhelming for less-experienced drinkers. We recommend serving these drinks with a straw or swizzle stick, so people can get the visual impact and then mix them up themselves.

You can also find a bunch of other recipes, including Ghosts in the Graveyard, the Black Cat and the Dim-Lit Gimlet. Most were more ingredient-intensive than we typically like, but many of them have cool holiday-related themes for your Halloween cocktail party. To find more black vodka recipes, go to the Blavod site and click on "In The Glass."

Finishing Thoughts: Overall, we were impressed with Blavod, both for the flavor and the look. It doesn't just rely on the ooh-aah factor of being a black vodka, and delivers on the tastebuds as well. We recommend it when you're mixing up a batch of Halloween drinks or just looking for something a bit different to impress your guests.

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October 14, 2005

Make Mine a Michelada

Spicy MicheladaDon't be surprised if you start to hear the word "Michelada" a little more often. In a time when beer cocktails are starting to become more popular, the Michelada is a spicy version that is coming on strong from south of the border. Your basic Michelada is beer served with lime juice, assorted sweet-and-sour spices, chile pepper or Tabasco and ice, in a glass with a salted rim.

Sounds pretty tasty, and according to the Houston Chronicle you can expect to find pre-made versions and recipe mixes springing up soon all over the US. Or, read on if you want to mix up your own batch.

Thanks, Paul!

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October 7, 2005

Betting on Bush Drinking Again

BetCRIS chat On Bush DrinkingA couple weeks ago, we wrote a story called "Bush Drinking Again? Wanna Bet?" The long and shot of it was that recently the Enquirer broke a story saying Bush was hitting the bottle again in the wake of stressful current events. Shortly after, a betting site called BetCRIS put out a press release saying they were putting odds on whether it was really true, along with some other interesting betting (like Bush becoming a Muslim, for example).

It was a blatant publicity move, but we liked the cut of their jib. And we were also curious whether anyone was actually betting on our fearless leader falling off the wagon. So, we went to their site and chatted with one of their customer service reps about it, and learned...nothing. They had no idea. So we emailed the BetCRIS marketing department about it, but a week later we haven't heard back.

We don't think anyone is actually betting on it, but we have a question for our readers. If George Bush is drinking again, what kind of libation would you mix up for him if you got a chance? Gin and Tonic? Rum and Coke? We recommend a Hurricane...you'll find the recipe below.

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September 30, 2005

Godiva Chocolate Liqueur: Decadent Buzz

Godiva LiqueurWe've heard about Godiva chocolates, and apparently they're supposed to be good or something. We wouldn't know...most of our chocolate comes in the form of those little edible shot glasses. But we've recently discovered Godiva chocolate liqueur, and it's going to have us bouncing off the walls like drunken Oompa Loompas. It comes in three flavors - regular chocolate, white chocolate and cappuccino - and apparently it's as much of a taste sensation as the regular boxed chocolates.

We found a few interesting recipes, but we'll be going to bed tonight with visions of chocolate martinis dancing in our heads.

Godiva Chocolate Martini
1 oz. Godiva Liqueur
1 oz. Vodka of your choice
Shake or stir. Pour in a martini glass.

Read more at the Godiva website.

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September 27, 2005

Black Vodka? Why Were We Not Informed?

Black Vodka Seasonal RecipesJust in time for Halloween cocktails (and maybe some pre-Halloween drink tasting), we've discoved Blavod, the world's only black vodka...that we know of. If you're like us, you're asking just what's in Blavod that turns it such a distinctive color. We're glad you asked.

According to the Blavod site, the inky color is given to the vodka using a dye called Black Catechu, made from resin in the heartwood of the Acacia Catechu tree found in India and Burma. Black Catechu has been used as a dye for centuries, and gives the black vodka its ebony hue without affecting its odor or palate.

That all sounds good to us, but the thing that really bothers us is that we're just discovering it now. Just think of all the missed Halloween party cocktail opportunities, the truly spooky drinks we could have created, leaves us seeing red. Speaking of black vodka drink recipes, click the image to the right for some sable cocktail concoctions, and go to the Blavod Black Vodka site to find more Halloween drink ideas.

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September 25, 2005

What do you call Beer Cocktails? Beertails? Cockbeers?

BeertailsWe're seeing articles all over the InterWeb saying beer cocktails are the next big thing. Actually, we've got to say we're a bit worried about the sissification of booze nationwide, what with those lemonadey malt beverages and flavored vodkas and whatnot. Whatever happened to paying for your buzz with a grimace and a shudder? We've been mixing beer and liquor together for years...it's called a boilermaker.

Anyway, we're off on a tangent again. Apparently "beertails" have made a big splash this summer, and continue to be hot. We found the beertail recipes below at That's the Spirit. If nothing else, most of them look like good hangover remedies.

The Classic Shandy:
Background: Both the American Heritage Dictionary and UK legislation have defined the "shandy", short for "shandygaff," as a mixture of beer and ginger beer, ginger ale or lemonade. This drink gives all the pleasures of beer with the refreshment of lemonade - a tangy, tasty drink.

This old English tradition dates back to the 17th century. Although the origin is not clearly known, some believe that is was named after a local English pub where the beer was not of the best quality and was "flavored" with a sweet lemon mixture.

Fill a pilsner or beer mug with lager and top with ginger ale, ginger beer or lemonade. If you are a bit more adventurous, try a Shandy with limeade. Don't be afraid to add ice to this drink. You can't do that with your beer.

More Beertail Recipes:
Lager and lime: Add a dash of lime juice or lime cordial to a light lager.

Snakebite: Mix your favorite beer (usually a heavier beer, like stout [in the LS offices we use Guinness]) half and half with cider.

Black Velvet: Mix stout and champagne, half and half.

Beer Bloody Mary: Mix beer and tomato juice, half and half. Add a dash of Tabasco and a dash of Worcestershire.

Red Eye: Add a shot of tomato juice to any ale or lager (this cocktail is also known as Tomato Beer or a Red Rooster). If you add a splash of Tabasco, the drink becomes a Ruddy Mary.

Liverpool kiss: Mix a dark beer with Cassis.

BeeSting: Dark beer and orange juice.

Skip and go naked: Combine beer, lemon juice and gin, with a dash of grenadine.

Broadway: Popular in Japan, mixing beer and cola is known as a Broadway

Caribbean Night: Beer and an ounce of coffee liqueur.

South Wind: Beer with a shot of melon liqueur.

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