Sorry for the radio silence yesterday, kids - chalk it up to wisdom teeth removal. We got a piece of news today that fills our hearts with mixed emotions - gladness because this holiday exists, sadness because we can't participate for numerous reasons...the biggest being the fact we can't eat steak unless we put it in a blender.
What the hell are we talking about, you ask? Oh - it's Steak & BJ Day - the Valentine's Day for men exactly one month after the one in February. It's not a new idea - we have friends who created a similar holiday that lands in August, six months after V-Day. Of course, the benefit of S&BJ Day is that it's today. Celebrate it, kids. Celebrate it.
Of course, none of this has anything to do with drinking, so we've done a little roundup of manly drinks you can enjoy whilst slinging your meat. First, we put together a nice little list of manly drinks last November, or if you're looking for tips with that Modern Drunkard spin, read on below.
There are a few skills everyone should possess. One of them is how to parallel park while traffic is waiting behind you. Another is pouring a pint of Guinness. Whether you're pouring from an honest to blarney tap, or from a draught can, there are certain tips for pulling it off correctly. Please note, the little shamrock carved in the foam is purely optional.
First, you have to use the traditional tulip shaped British pint glass (about 20 oz.). Hold the glass at a 45 degree angle to the tap and fill until the glass is about 2/3 full. Next, let the Guinness settle for at least 3 minutes. Don't forget about it though, nothing is worse than making a customer stare at their not yet served Guinness for too long. Finally, top of the pint and let it settle once more before serving.
This must be the week of high octane eye openers, because we covered Boozer yesterday, and today it's all about Hot-D. Do you think that means we have a problem? Anyway, it's not about us - Hot-D is an acronym for "Hair of the Dog," and it's a new twist on the energy drink.We've always heard tomatoes are a great hangover remedy (vitamin c and all), and these guys have supercharged a bloody mary mix. Bloody genius, that is.
Hot D is a tomato based vegetable cocktail infused with all the benefits of an energy drink. We have carefully combined top quality ingredients, chosen for their "healthy and rejuvenating" qualities (see ingredients). From the Tomato Juice's lycopene and it's role in reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease, to the Chinese herbalists use of Ginger to treat inflammation, the common cold, and influenza. Hot D uses only 100% pure Honey to add a hint of sweetness, unlike other Bloody Mary mixes and energy drinks that are loaded with fructose and corn syrup. The Taurine and Caffeine add the energy enhancing benefits that all Bloody Mary mixes have long been lacking.
There are plenty of mornings when we wake up and give ourselves a pick-me-up with a quick Red Bull. We like it because it helps us clear away the cobwebs, and hell...anything tastes better than the roof of our mouths at that point. We've always thought it seemed like a perfect way to start a bleary day, but we might have found something that'll work even better. Check out the Boozer Hangover Remedy - half energy drink, half eye opener, half metabolic booster.
We nabbed some copy from their How it Works page, where they blinded us with their science.
After the initial consumption of alcohol, absorption begins primarily through the small intestines in 30 to 120 minutes, but partially from the stomach, esophagus and mucus membranes in 5 to 10 minutes. Once absorbed over 90% of alcohol is metabolized in the liver by three oxidative enzyme systems; alcohol dehydrogenase-aldehyde dehydrogenase system, microsomal ethanol oxidizing system (MEOS) particularly at higher alcohol concentrations, and a catalase oxidation system in the stomach when alcohol is first ingested. Boozer's multi-functional formula facilitates the metabolism of toxins and replenishes the essential nutrients due to alcohol depletion.
It turns out - and we had no idea about this - that we love to watch celebrities get drunk and make asses out of themselves. There's something about it, we suppose, that makes us feel better for all the times we've had 40 drinks or so and suddenly lost our way to the end of whatever sentence we're trying to dribble out. Cracked.com has compiled a great list of drunken celebrity moments, and they captured all the obvious trainwrecks (Paris Hilton, Paula Abdul, David Hasselhoff), as well as some you might not have thought of (Orson Welles, Joe Montana Namath, oops, George W. Bush).
We've embedded our favorite below; see the full deal at Cracked.com
Well, our Valentine's Day hangover is slowly subsiding, so of course we're looking for our next reason to get schnockered holiday event. Luckily, we found out there's a MythBusters Marathon running all day Monday on the Discovery Channel, so we really won't have any reason to leave the house. That got us to thinking that there's got to be some great MythBusters drinking game we've never played, so we did some searchin' on the Infernets. Lo and behold, there was a great one, the bulk of the rules of which we've included below.
Oh, and if you're playing, expect to get 'Busted by early afternoon, because the marathon starts at 9 AM.
Valentine's Day is upon us once again, and once again, we're unprepared. Luckily, we've done a bit of research and we have the makings of a few great romantical cocktails around the house, so all we have to do is stop by the store and pick up some champagne. After all, what drink could have more romance in it than the bubbly?
Don't be surprised if your text bills go sky high this month, with the introduction of Martini Groove's cocktail randomizer. You know, because some days you need a computer to tell you what to drink. Thank you, oh technology gods!
Text martinigroove to 41411. You'll get a response on your phone with a Random Drink and the ingredients in the drink.
Because of SMS limitations you won't get the directions for making the drink, but here are some things it will be useful for.
1. It beats telling the bartender "Surprise me" and the blank look you get in return.
2. If you're out and want something different to drink but don't know what, here you go.
3. Stump the bartender!
4. Play drinking games!
5. Two words: World peace!
As some of you may remember, our Editor in Chief has a problem. For those of you who don't know, he recently discovered he's allergic to alcohol and he has to lay off the sauce for a few months. Yay. Good thing he's got the intern types to help him taste, do liquor reviews, etc.
You may also have noticed the "Liquor Twitter" feature, a new addition to the right sidebar of the site. Our good old EiC is going to be posting about the trials and tribulations of a liquor blogger who can't drink, and we thought you might like to see his thoughts. Or maybe not, but it's his site to the sidebar stays. Feel free to keep an eye out, or follow him at http://www.twitter.com/theliquorsnob.
[Hope you all like the feature; I came up with the idea completely and totally on my lonesome, no help whatsoever. OK, maybe I saw Martini Groove's twitter sidebar and decided to crib it, but hey...all's fair in boozing and blogging. - Ed.]