We were big fans of the first 2 (and a half) installments of Drunk History (check out volumes one, two, and two point five), and we think the series is only getting stronger. This one features Danny McBride, our favorite feature of movies like Hot Rod, Drillbit Taylor (which we will see only because of McBride), and the upcoming Pineapple Express. Let's just say he does a bang up job of portraying George Washington, the father of our country, hiccups and all.
We thought there would never be a Washington video to rival this one, but we were so wrong.
It's fun to watch people constantly try to push the envelope of mixology, if only because it's starting to look more and more like mad science. If one bar is using syringes, the next one is using magnets, and the first has to one up them by listening for the molecular reaction with a stethoscope. Pretty soon we'll be getting drinks mixed with the aid of a centrifuge and a speculum.
One interesting foray into the molecular field, however, is Cointreau Caviar. These small beads of the orange-y liqueuer are designed to be mixed into cocktails, or perhaps added to a glass of champagne. Hell, we say eat them like M&Ms.
Although the feat had already been performed with other liquids such as fruit juices, never before had a spirit such as Cointreau been turned into perfect spheres by such a simple process. It took a fair dose of cheek, the right ingredients used in the right proportions, and above all, the top professionals in the field, who were absolutely delighted to be trumping the world of bartending.
If you're looking for a way to mix drinks without actually having to touch a bottle, we've finally found your solution. In the past, you had to rely on hired bartenders, drink-serving robots, or trained chimps (we call 'em Interns) to pour your drinks while you lie on your ass eating pre-peeled grapes. Now, with the Super Side Bar, you can get all that same convenience, without the overhead. Now that's the kind of push-button convenience we're looking for!
The Super Side Bar ($500-$580) lets you dispense five of your favorite drinks without picking up a single bottle. And, like your own personal bartender, the Side Bar is fully programmable for automatic measuring of mixed drinks.
Remember those essays you used to have to write as a kid? Your teacher would ask you to do a composition on "What I Did Last Summer" or "What I Want to Do When I Grow Up." Our Editor in Chief recently wrote an entry for Bombay Sapphire's Spirit of Exploration blog, trying to define what the spirit of exploration means to him.
It's a contest, though we're not quite sure what he can win other than the opportunity to offer some free link love to their blog. Go on over and check it out, see what you think...hell, even rate it if you feel the urge. If nothing else, you'll get the chance to see how he writes when he has to behave himself on someone else's site and is writing half-sober.
We've spent a lot of time in the Liquor Snob offices lately, discussing the spirit of exploration and what it means. We started simple, thinking about famous boundary breakers we'd read about in school. Marco Polo. Ponce de Leon. Meriwether Lewis. Ford Prefect. Arguably great explorers all, even if the people of their times might have thought they'd gone a bit nutty. But does exploration mean solely the act of taking a physical trip? We thought not.
Just in time for you to drive the liquor store and scrounge for change in your seats for a 30 pack of Genesee Cream Ale, we've found this great roundup of the most expensive booze in the world. From 2 million dollar cognac to 1.5 million dollar tequila, this might be great stuff to own, but we'd be a bit concerned we'd crack into it at 2 AM after all the other booze at the party had run out.
Since the beginning of history, man has sought to concoct a spirit that makes him seem like the ultimate pimp. But which are the spirits that exemplify the pinnacle of decadence? In case you still have money left over from encrusting your toilet seat with diamonds and gold plating your pets, Divine Caroline has put together a list of the most expensive spirits in the world. And you thought you were a player.
We just found out about a new liquor from Thailand called Mekhong, which is apparently made a bit sweet to balance out the spiciness of the food. It's a blended distilled drink that contains sugar and rice, two of our favorite foods, and it sounds pretty high on our list of "must tries." Sounds like it's pretty drinkable, and it's quite possible we'd end up having a bit too much of it - luckily, what happens in Bangkok, stays in Bangkok.
The spirit is made with a bit of the spiritualism that envelops Thailand in mind. It's distilled and fermented and then goes in to several traditional and symbolic stages related to the five natural elements: earth, water, air/wind, fire and aether (the mythical upper air that encompasses everything).
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.
What the hell...after laying some loving on Drunk History Volume 1 and Volume 2, we decided to share Volume 2.5. This one once again features JB as Ben Franklin, only this time he's trying to discover his friend's fiancee's underpants instead of electricity. Go Ben.
Last week, we brought you the slice of fried gold called Drunk History: Volume 1. You remember it - it involves a bottle of scotch, American history, and Michael Cera. Well, no quicker than you can say "holy crap, that's funny," we bring you Volume 2, featuring the aftereffects of 8 vodka cranberries and the ineffable Mr. Jack Black as Benjamin Franklin.
Someone just mailed us the following video, entitled "Drunk History: Volume 1." We were intrigued. When we found out the premise - that a gentleman drank an entire bottle of scotch and proceeded to lay out his version of a particular historical event - we were downright curious. But when we found out Michael Cera was in it*...just watch the damn thing.
* For those of you who don't know how we feel about Michael Cera (of Arrested Development, Superbad, and Clark & Michael), well, it's the the way a lot of Patriots fans feel about Tom Brady right now. It's complex - tender, sincere, warm, passionate, and (mostly) hetero.