If you're a fan of Kahlua and its "Delicioso" ad campaign you might want to pay attention. The brand has released findings from a study saying 76% of people polled said the home is a better place for real conversation over a restaurant or bar, and they are encouraging people to spend a "Delicioso Night In" once a month. They offer entertaining suggestions and recipes, etc. - read the press release at CocktailGoGo.
At the same time they're encouraging you to stay home, however, they're also offering you a chance to go to Mexico - specifically Veracruz. You know from the ad campaign that it is a very intriguing place, so why wouldn't you want to head down there with three of your friends?
Kahlúa has partnered with Celebrity Chef Aarón Sánchez, and Chef Aarón will prepare the ultimate Delicioso Night In for one lucky winner and three other people of his/her choosing in New York before they are all whisked away to Veracruz, Mexico, the home of Kahlúa. Americans can join the movement and enter to win on
Calling all arty absinthe lovers for a contest that should be right up your alley. Pernod is currently running a "Creator of" art contest with all kinds of great prizes, including a grand prize of $1,805 (1805 was when Pernod was first made) and some cool promotional opportunities. What exactly do you have to do? As it says in the image above, use the number 1805 in an original work of art (the categories include painting, illustration, photography, video, and digital/animation), which you submit to Pernod.
Seems simple enough to us. The only catch? You only have about a week to do it - submissions close on January 31. So crank down some absinthe and let out your inner van Gogh, or whatever other crazy artist suits your fancy. So get crackin' and submit your piece to Pernod - and don't forget the little guys (ahem) when you're big on the art scene. Details and enter at Pernod's Facebook page.
OK, so we realize this is a liquor blog, and for the most part we tend to stay on topic. However, the holiday season is a season of giving, if you're into that kind of thing, and we wanted to ask you to help out some of our closest friends, simply by casting a vote. Let us repeat - you don't have to pull out the wallet, you don't have to donate a can of food, you don't have to shovel your old neighbor's walkway. In order to reap the karmic benefits, you just have to log into Facebook and vote.
For what, you ask? Our friend and drinking buddy Megan is the managing director of the Sideshow Theater Company in Chicago, and they are working to get a grant from Chase Community Giving through Facebook. The grant, for $25,000, will cover a good chunk of their operating budget for next year.
To help, all you have to do is:
1. Log into your Facebook account
2. Log into the Chase Community Giving Grant
3. Become a Fan of Chase
4. Vote for Sideshow!
After you've voted for Sideshow you'll still have 19 votes left to give to any charitable or other nonprofit organization you like. Think about it - a quick and easy way to ding up some positivity in your otherwise Scrooge-like existence, and make a difference for some starving artists. It's a win/win/win. Hell, while you're at it, why not fan up the Liquor Snob Facebook page too?
And with that, we return you to our regularly scheduled drinking.
Our more perceptive readers have probably gleaned by now that we're fans of Red Stag from Jim Beam. If you've been following the brand at all, you also probably know Red Stag is sponsoring Kid Rock for his latest tour. What you may not know is that there's currently a sweepstakes running where you can win a weekend in Vegas with the aforementioned Mr. Rock, or some other pretty sweet prizes.
We don't often cover sweepstakes (or "sweeps" as the kids may or may not call them) but this one tickled our fancy. A weekend in Vegas with Kid Rock? Sounds like the premise for The Hangover 2. Or maybe Joe Dirt 2. Either way...awesome. Here's the pitch:
Enter now for your chance to win a trip of a life time for you and three friends to Las Vegas to attend a private Kid Rock concert - plus other amazing prizes including signed display guitars, T-shirts and downloads.
We just got wind of an interesting contest from Three Olives Vodka, the makers of all kinds of vodkas, flavored and non. All you have to do is show them the O-face you get from drinking their product (check out the original O-face moment if you need inspiration), and you have a chance to win a pretty cool prize. What's the prize, you ask?
How does $10,000 and a VIP trip to NYC to be the national face of their O-face campaign grab you? Yeah, we thought so. You can enter at their O-face contest page and see other entries as well. If you need more details, you methodical mofos, check out the full press release after the jump.
We first learned about Dirty Sue a while back, and we were pretty impressed with the concept of an olive brine designed solely for mixing drinks. For one thing, we're keen on the idea of using something the bartender's fingers haven't been in to fish out olives. For two things...well, the first thing is probably enough - we're fans of the fact our martinis can be filthy without containing any actual filth.
We were reintroduced to the concept of the stuff by a post by Jeffrey Morgenthaler about a contest he's judging for Dirty Sue, where you just have to submit a cocktail recipe featuring at least 1/4 ounce of the stuff. All entries have to be in by March 22, so you'd better get cracking, because the prizes are pretty damn cool. More info at the link above.
Remember those old "What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar" commercials? We just found out about a contest in the same vein that's about a hundred times cooler. Kegerators.com is holding a contest starting August 1st where all you have to do is submit a video about what you would do for a free kegerator, and you're eligible to win one. We're pretty sure we'd punch a nun, but we probably won't commit that to video.
1. Make a funny, shocking, cool, stupid or impressive video showing us "What you would do for a free kegerator".
2. Submit your video to YouTube or Google Video.
3. Fill out the form below and you could win a free kegerator.*
We were recently notified about a cool contest the Hpnotiq folks are running, where you can win up to $100,000 for just buying a bottle of the stuff. Seems like a no-brainer to us. And if you win, you'd better share with us, because we're pretty sure our posting of this story makes us ineligible. The things we do for you...
For summer 2008, Hpnotiq Liqueur introduces a $100,000 Grand Prize instant win sweepstakes. The sweepstakes will also feature another $100,000 in first prizes paid out in 200 $500 cash increments in addition to 500 Hpnotiq T-shirts for 2nd prizes.
In order to win, consumers must purchase a 750 ml of Hpnotiq featuring the "Hpnotiq Instant Win" neck hanger POS at retail. Each bottle featuring the neck hanger will have a Hpnotiq cork stopper imprinted with a unique numeric code. Winners will be notified instantly after entering the unique numeric code at Hpnotiq.com. The sweepstakes will begin July 2008, where legal.
Just make sure you're picking up a bottle with the 100 grand tag on it. Hpnotiq.com
We've been waiting like kids on Christmas morning for the second installment of AOL's "America's Hottest Bartenders" contest, and it's finally here. Choose among bartenders from your town or in others, and the main prerequisite is they be hot. We can get behind that.
We chose Tara for the pic because among all the Boston bartenders shown, she seemed to be the only one actually holding booze instead of just presenting from the rear. Go Tara.
We just got a press release about an Urban Lifestyle Specialist contest from Smirnoff, and to be honest, before reading it we wouldn't have been able to tell you what an Urban Lifestyle Specialist is. We probably would've said they're the folks who teach 50 Cent to shoot people, or consult with Puffy/Puff Daddy/P Diddy on his monthly name change.
Now that we've read the release, apparently the ULS contest has something to do with sending 10 people all over the world for a year to "retrace the worldwide journey of the Smirnoff brand." It's got all kinds of buzzwords about how those ULSs will use blog and video and photograph and fingerpaint about their journey. We have to admit, it got us excited about the contest and what being a ULS might be.
We're fully ready to sign up and we really think we're perfect for the Smirnoff Ten; find out more in the press release below or head to Smirnoff.com to throw your hat in the ring.
Last week, we told you about The Winerack, the bosom-friendly alcohol-smuggling device for the ladies, from the makers of The Beerbelly. We'd heard rumors of it, but we got confirmation through Thrillist that it was ready to go into production and it is truly the real deal.
Apparently, those lucky bastards over at Thrillist are getting their hands on a Winerack of their very own, and they're searching for women to be the very first model. The candidates have already been chosen, but you can check out the ladies in the running and cast your vote on who you see most deserving of this grand honor. We're not going to tell you who to vote for, but we think you can piece together who our favorite is by looking really hard at this story.
Vote early, and vote often, and soon you'll be able to see the most popular model sporting the Winerack. (Actually, you can't vote often - it's only once per IP address, but you know what we mean).
St. Patrick's day is on the horizon, friends, and you know what they say - everybody's Irish on that day. Kevin over at The Scotch Blog has gone Irish for the entire month of March, and he's holding a competition where you can send in your favorite Irish toast in honor of the holiday.
Sounds like it can be an old chestnut, or something you've minted yourself, but make sure to get it to him by noon on Friday (details below). Just remember, the Irish are known for their wit, their wisdom, their blarney, and well...their drinking.
Oh, and Kevin did you say something about a prize?
And Yes...there will be a special prize (courtesy of Old Bushmill's distillery) for the best submission.
Get yours in as soon as possible, but no later than Friday at Noon EST (GMT - 5)
Winner to be announced Friday at 6 pm EST (GMT - 5) (just in time for St. Patrick's Day).
Last week we reviewed Roll'em Show'em, a drinking game designed to get you messed up and nekkid. We think it's a damn good idea for a game and more people should play it. We just so happen to have gotten our hands on an extra copy of the game (completely sealed and unopened; a $39.95 value), as well as a Roll'em Show'em t-shirt (priceless). We were going to be greedy and give it to our parents as their anniversary gift, but then we had a brainstorm - let's give 'em away to our loyal readers!
All you have to do is come up with a list of the people you'd want to play the game with - living, dead, real or fictional - and email us at news at liquorsnob dot com. First prize is the game itself, runner up gets the shirt - you have two weeks from today to enter. Our personal list is Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson, Tyra Banks, and Carlos Mencia the Swedish drinking team from Beerfest. What's yours?
We've heard of people designing their own cocktail recipes before, but this is a new one - Bombay Sapphire Gin is running a contest where you can design your own cocktail glass. Pretty cool, and we're pretty fired up about this kind of thing after we covered Bong Vodka's bottle art contest earlier this year.
The Top 10 finalists seem to have already been chosen for 2006, but you're just in time to start honing your glass-blowing skills for 2007. Plus, don't worry if you don't have much experience. Just look what you have to live up to - the 2005 winner (pictured) looks more like a protective cup than a cocktail glass so apparently all you need is a love of gin (and maybe a fifth inside you). Oh, and there are some pretty cool prizes you can win, including Apple gift certificates, which you'll see in the press release after the jump.