November 12, 2007
As always, we're looking forward to the holiday season this year. You might think it's because of the peace on earth and good will to men, but you're only half right...we're looking forward to the booze-related gifts we'll get this year. From books to booze to nifty gear, we've covered all sorts of great stuff this year...and we want it all.
We've put together a gift guide so you'll know all the nice stuff we want to help us be naughty - though we suppose you could buy this stuff for someone else special in your life too. Just know this - the gift guide is going to continue to grow during the holiday season so expect this to get massive...we're going to buy some seriously huge stockings to hold everything.
Continue reading: "Liquor Snob Holiday Gift Guide 2007 [Updated 11/27]"
October 26, 2007
FYI - You are not as strong a drinker as you'd like to think you are. This is evidenced by these drinking stories, which blow yours out of the water. C'mon, kids...step it up this weekend and send us the saga.
1. Admiral Edward Russell's 17th-Century throwdown
Think you can drink like a sailor? Maybe you should take a moment to reflect on what that truly means.
The record for history's largest cocktail belongs to British Lord Admiral Edward Russell. In 1694, he threw an officer's party that employed a garden's fountain as the punch bowl.
The concoction? A mixture that included 250 gallons of brandy, 125 gallons of Malaga wine, 1,400 pounds of sugar, 2,500 lemons, 20 gallons of lime juice, and 5 pounds of nutmeg.
A series of bartenders actually paddled around in a small wooden canoe, filling up guests' cups. Not only that, but they had to work in 15-minute shifts to avoid being overcome by the fumes and falling overboard.
The party continued nonstop for a full week, pausing only briefly during rainstorms to erect a silk canopy over the punch to keep it from getting watered down. In fact, the festivities didn't end until the fountain had been drunk completely dry.
Read the other four at CNN
September 28, 2007
We've always had a pretty close interest in home brewing. Our personal romance with the idea started in high school, when our group of friends realized The Man wouldn't let us buy beer, but we could buy the kits and recipe books with no problem. Let's just say fortune favors the patient.
We have had our trials and tribulations with brewing over the years - exploding wort, funky flavors due to lackadaisical sanitation, you name it. That's why we're enjoying reading Brew Dudes, a site started by some friends of ours chronicling their own experiments with being Brewmeisters. Part journal and part primer, Brew Dudes hasn't been around for very long, but we're excited to watch them grow. Just remember fellas, don't do what we did - wash your bottles thoroughly.
See what they're cooking up at Brew Dudes
September 18, 2007
No, we're not suggesting you go out there and make babies - we're talking about buying a copy of Knocked Up next Tuesday (Sept 25) when it comes out on DVD. As you probably already know, Knocked Up is the story of two people who face the familial consequences of a long night of drinking and an irresponsible choice or two - it was also one of our favorite movies of this year.
We've also gotten our hands on a recipe for a Knocked Up Martini, which we've included below...we recommend serving it with a condom on the side. We'll be pre-ordering our copy so we can drink and watch the hijinx all over again on Knocked Up Night - maybe we'll even come up with ideas for a drinking game. Let us know if you think of any.
The Knocked Up - Unrated (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) is available at Amazon; learn more about the movie at KnockedUpMovie.com.
Continue reading: "Let's Get Knocked Up (on DVD)"
August 23, 2007
In a world dominated by quease-inducing, saccharine sweet, pre-made cocktail mixers, it's time for you to take a stand and drink something hand-crafted. Yeah, you can go to your finer, and even some mid-range, bars and sample the work of a true mixologist, but isn't it time you learned how to do it yourself? Toss the pre-sweetened lime juice and the scary red maraschino cherries - it's time to start making your mixers yourself.
Don't be afraid - we found a great article by Jason Wilson at the Washington Post to get you started. Go ahead. Be bold. If you're still not convinced we'll paraphrase some Mad Max Beyond Thunderdomeat you - "Who run Bartertown? Mix Master run Bartertown!"
Snippet, link, and recipes below.
Continue reading: "Don't Be Afraid...Be a Mix Master"
June 1, 2007
It's just come to our attention that some people go to bars for reasons other than drinking. We're sure you're as surprised as we are, but it turns out some people go to bars and clubs to meet others people and have sexual intercourse with them. Yup, while we're in the corner getting quietly plowed, apparently there are others there trying to get plowed
(wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more).
If you're one of those folks, Ask Men has put together a book called AskMen.com Presents From the Bar to the Bedroom: The 11 Rules for Picking Up and Pleasuring Women. Must be all the 15-words-or-less titles had been used up. Among these rules are "Be Confident," "Leave Her Wanting More," and "Foreplay Comes First." Buy it and read up, if that's what you're into. We'll be at the bar ordering another round.
AskMen.com Presents From the Bar to the Bedroom[via AskMen.com]
April 17, 2007
While most wine drinkers spend a good amount of their time thinking about what foods go with their favorite beverage, other food/drink pairings often go overlooked. Most people go as far as to pair a Mexican beverage with a burrito or throw down a Guinness with their corned beef and cabbage, that's not the only extent your beverage pairing can take.
For those who are interested in expanding their pairing horizons, we've found What to Drink with What You Eat: The Definitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water - Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers. The title is quite a mouthful, but we like the sound of what it offers - except that whole coffee/tea/water nonsense.
Read on for the full book description from Amazon
Continue reading: "What to Drink With What You Eat"
April 9, 2007
We face a lot of jealousy when we tell people what we do. A common response is "So people just send you booze, and you drink it and write about it? How do I get that job?" As cool as our day-to-day is, we're having a similar reaction after watching "Three Sheets," a TV show available only on HDTV where comedian Zane Lamprey travels from country to country, sampling the local drinks and drinking customs, then walking through the traditional hangover remedies. Sounds like a sweet gig, even when you think about the fact air conditioning isn't exactly prevalent in most of the countries he goes to.
The show is educational and damned funny, and watching just a couple episodes was almost enough for us to want to spring for an HD setup. Learn more about it at MOJO HD - specifically you can read an episode list to find out which countries he's hit, and even watch a full episode online. Also, read on for one of Zane's blog entries about Lambanog, a traditional Phillipino coconut liquor we'd never heard of.
Continue reading: "Time to Get Three Sheets"
March 22, 2007
As spring approaches, our minds start to wander to home improvement projects. OK, maybe not really, but there is one project that has piqued our interest. We found an article over at cocktails.about.com that outlines ideas for how to build a home bar, as well as places to look for plans to build the one that's perfect for you.
Maybe adding a bar has been on your to do list for awhile or your bar is out of date and needs a little renovation or you want to transform a dry bar into a wet bar. There are a variety of styles and designs available that are easy to build yourself and if you're not the handiest person, take your ideas to a professional and let them take care of the details.cocktails.about.com
We especially like the idea for turning a hall closet into a bar, for those of us who don't own our houses or have limited space - check it out at HGTV. While you're at it, see if you can get your better half (or your roommates) to let you build a kegerator into your new bar as well. Hell, why not right?
Note: The plans in the image are from Ask the Builder if you want more tips from them.
March 15, 2007
Most of our loyal readers know we're not the biggest St. Patrick's Day fans (it's a good thing our Irish family members don't read this site, eh?). It's nothing against the Saint Patrick, and his leading of the snakes out of Ireland and whatnot - well done, Pat. It's just that it turns out to be the biggest (or second biggest, if you count New Year's) amateur drinking night of the year. Not to be too Scroogey, but if we want to get overcharged for Guinness we'll just head into downtown Boston any night of the week.
But, just so you don't think we've forgotten about the holiday, we found an interesting roundup of what Irish Whiskey is all about, over at The Scotch Blog of all places. Kevin has some good things to say about the stuff, and drops some science on what Irish whiskey really means, below.
Continue reading: "Pre-St. Patrick's Day Irish Whiskey Tips"