October 11, 2005
We don't usually report on things from sources we don't recognize, but this story has a little bit of everything. Well, that's the case if you consider Jessic Biel and vodka to comprise "everything." We discovered the following via a site called Contact Music:
Actress JESSICA BIEL is desperate to introduce a new vodka drink she discovered while filming in Prague, Czech Republic, to America - because it's one of the best things she has ever tasted.
The sexy BLADE: TRINITY star tried her first Vodka Molester while she was shooting new film THE ILLUSIONIST this summer (05), and she's convinced it could become a bar staple in her native California.
She says, "It's a shot of vodka and a slice of orange and you take the orange and dip it on either side in coffee grinds and then you take the shot and you bite the orange.
"You get the instant rush of caffeine and sweet - it's a fantastic shot."
And, as for the name of the drink, Biel explains, "We were trying to come up with a great name and on set my friend started calling me Jess, and then Jester and then it ended up being Jester The Molester... It just rhymed."
We're not sure if this story has even a grain of truth, but come on...it contains the words "Jessica Biel" and "vodka molester." We're ready to go out and buy a bag of oranges and a can of coffee, and see if we can get ourselves arrested.
via Contact Music
October 10, 2005
Apparently, the hottest tipple trend in Hollywood right now is to drink your booze like you did when you were little. Or, at least that's the case if you're sipping The Margarita King. We'd never heard about this pre-mixed bottled margarita before, but of course we're not usually on the Hollywood invite lists.
Apparently, The Margarita King is "the first gold medal winning margarita in a bottle." It does sound tasty, with a blend of "premium double-distilled blue agave tequila, orange liqueur, lemon and lime juices and sugar cane." The real hook, however, is that you can have it served in a baby bottle if you say “King me, baby!” to a bartender in the know, or one of their "King Me Babes."
The Margarita King press release ticks off a "partial list" of the Hollywood A-Listers who have been seen around town sucking on a glass (or rubber nipple) of The Margarita King. We've included it below:
Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Usher, Beyonce Knowles, Sting, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Nelly, Chris Rock, Lil’Kim, Lil’Jon, Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, The Donnas. Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie, Andy Dick, Outkast, Black Eyed Peas, Jessica Alba, Paula Abdul, Forrest Whittaker, Cedric the Entertainer, Babyface, Tyra Banks. Rene Russo, Queer Eye Fab 5, Cold Play, Christina Aguilara, Britney Spears, Ellen de Generes, Adam Sandler, Jenna Jameson, Carmen Electra, Pamela Anderson. Terry Hatcher, Eva Longharia. William Shatner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorcese, Enrique Iglesias, Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Stevie Wonder, 50 Cent, Linkin Park, Run DMC, Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jimmy Fallon, Maroon 5, Green Day, Lindsay Lohann, Randy Jackson, Annette Bening, Glenn Close, etc.
What, no mention of Jaleel White? We found his photo on the website, and we think booze in baby bottles makes for real Family Matters. Hell, if we made booze that Urkel would drink in public, it'd be the center of our ad campaign.
You can find more info at The Margarita King site, and find it at a bar or liquor store near you, so you can drink like a star. But remember: Always suckle at the tequila teat responsibly.
October 9, 2005
There are a few movie scenes that are truly classic - the goodbye at the end of Casablanca, the wedding sequence in the Godfather, the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars. And then there are some movie scenes that are indelibly burned on the retinas of men everywhere - the train scene in Risky Business, the threesome in Wild Things, the fridge scene in 9½ weeks.
But one of the biggest cultural icons among sexy movies scenes has to be the interview scene with Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct. Even now, 13 years later, you can mention that movie to nearly anyone, and they will know exactly what scene you're talking about. William Lawson's Scotch is betting on this with the release of their new TV ad called "Scottish Instinct."
In the video, Stone and a companion are in the lobby of a swanky hotel, and a young scotsman in a kilt sits down across from them. What happens next is a tongue-in-cheek rendition of Stone's most famous scene, which you can watch here at IFILM.
We don't know much about William Lawson...we know they're owned by Bacardi, they're a blended scotch, and they're starting a funny advertising campaign, but that's about it. You can learn a bit more about William Lawson's scotch right here, at their refreshingly low-tech site. Most booze sites are very Flash-heavy, and their is good old HTML...they must have used up all their Flash with that Scottish guy's kilt. Ba-dum-bum.
October 7, 2005
A 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.
Continue reading: "Betting on Bush Drinking Again"
October 4, 2005
We got a mysterious email over the weekend, one that made us sit up and take notice. As we sat and blinked at our screen, a few words jumped out at us: "Murder Trust," "poisoned oysters" and "syphilitic speakeasy owner." For a nervous moment, we thought it was a veiled threat from someone we'd offended the night before while still in the clutches of the shiny demon known as Jagermeister.
Once we cleared the mental cobwebs, we realized that the sender, identifying himself only as the "Night Editor," was telling us about a new book, called "On the House: The Bizarre Killing of Michael Malloy." Knowing we weren't in any immediate danger, we read on and were immediately interested. The book, written by Simon Read, chronicles shady dealings and attempted murder that took place back in the Depression.
We didn't need much coaxing...syphilis, poisoned shellfish and booze, all in the same book? Sounds like the goings-on in the Liquor Snob offices. You know we'll be getting a copy. See what the Night Editor had to say about On the House below:
It's grisly. It's gritty. It's gory. It's guzzly. It's a cult classic in the making. "On The House: The Bizarre Killing of Michael Malloy" is the true story of a Depression-era drunkard who thwarted numerous attempts on his life. All except the last one, of course.
It would be called "the most grotesque chain of events in New York criminal history." Michael Malloy was a drunk stumbling through life in a whiskey haze. His fellow barflies saw something else, though -- a chance to get rich quick.
A gang dubbed the Murder Trust took out several life insurance policies on Malloy and then set about to kill him. That was no easy task. The perpetrators -- including a crooked undertaker, a syphilitic speakeasy owner, a psychotic cabbie -- plied Malloy with bad booze, rounds of wood alcohol, poisoned oysters and tainted sardines. They tried to freeze him in the bitter Depression winter of 1933. They tried to run him down with a cab. But Malloy kept coming back for more drinks on the house.
Eventually -- miraculously -- the Murder Trust got their man. But the plot unraveled and the case turned the sadly oblivious victim into a headline-making symbol of Depression-era resilience. Meanwhile, the plotters actually sang on their way to execution at Sing Sing prison.
Michael Malloy inspired a hit song by the group "Primus." He came alive on the 1950's series "Gangbusters." Now, his story is recorded in print. "On the House: The Bizarre Killing of Michael Malloy" will keep readers flipping pages well into the night.
On the House is being released today in paperback. You can buy it at Amazon
for eight bucks, plus you can get your hands on Frizzle Fry, the Primus album mentioned above, here
Plus, learn more about the book at the author's web site: www.simon-read.com.
September 29, 2005
We learned today that Tuaca Liqueur has released a new website, and the site is visually pretty, with Flash content offering all sorts of colorful stuff and moving pictures. It's got some nice features, including the list of drink recipes that scrolls across the bottom of the home page. Another liquor site isn't usually something we flip our lids over, but we did find something that caught our eye. We think the coolest part is that there is a whole section of the site dedicated to bartenders.
The Tuaca press release about the new site states "Bartenders are the major reason for Tuaca's continuing success in the U.S. and abroad. They deserve to be recognized for their part, and consumers can go on the site in support of their favorite bartender." We think it's a brilliant tribute to the unsung heroes of the liquor industry - after all, they're the ones who give us beer to cry in, offer advice, and get us in a cab when the lights come up.
Plus, you can go to the Tuaca site to find out all kinds of recipes, but who's going to mix it up for you at the end of the day? Your friendly neighborhood booze jockey, that's who. The "Tuaca Tenders" section of the site features bartenders from all over the world, letting them share their favorite way to serve Tuaca. Pretty cool.
While this online "high five" for bartenders is right on, that's not the only way Tuaca is giving them props. The other way they're showing their appreciation is by inviting servers and bartenders to the Body Art Ball, a series of events taking place in 10 cities across the country, from October, 2005 through January, 2006.
Here's how the Tuaca press release describes the event: "...a fusion of two separate disciplines of art into one electrifying performance piece. Produced by Dallas-based Chris and Candy Productions, 15 visual artists transform 15 performers into living, breathing works of art for a runway show that dazzles the audience with a presentation to music and synchronized lights."
Here's how we describe it: Tuaca is sending lucky bartenders and servers to see mostly-naked people covered in body paint. Booze and partial nudity? That ain't bad at all.
One note about the cocktail recipes on the Tuaca site: Getting to them from the home page was fine, but we experienced some difficulties once we arrived on the recipe page. For one thing, the names of the drinks disappear, which makes it tough to know what drink you're clicking on. Plus, clicking on individual drinks from the recipe page doesn't show you the recipe unless you want to print it out, so you might end up heading back to the home page more often than you'd think while you're comparing cocktail recipes. We're not too concerned, though...the site just launched, so bugs are bound to happen. [Editor's Note: It looks like the bug was on our side, because the recipes work on every other computer we've tried, except for the one we did the original review on. That's what we get for writing on our new experimental corn-liquor-fueled computer. What else could you expect? Liquor Snob...where even the computers are drunk.]
For those of you who haven't tried it yet, Tuaca is a brandy-based liqueur infused with citrus and spices. Keep an eye out here at the Liquor Snob site, because we'll be doing a full review, as well as drink recipe suggestions, in the near future. Learn more about the liqueur at the Tuaca Website, and wish you were a bartender while you read about the festivities at the Body Art Ball site. And while you might not be able to throw them a festival, don't forget to support your local bartender too.
September 26, 2005
We've got to say, while we didn't see Dukes of Hazzard when it came out, we're big fans of Jay Chandrasekhar and the Broken Lizard comedy troupe. We're huge fans of Super Troopers, and while we're a bit more lukewarm about their follow-up Club Dread, it definitely had its moments. Pina Coladaburg? Genius.
So, we always pay attention when any Broken Lizard news hits the InterWeb, especially if it has to do with booze, and today we hit pay dirt. IESB.net caught up with Mr. Chandrasekhar, and it seems the Super Troopers alum are getting back together for a new movie about underground beer festivals in Europe. The flick, called Beer Fest, will be about "the secret underground beer games in Munich, much like Fight Club or Death Sport," he says, “like, 5 man international teams having beer games, not to the death but something close.” Beer club? We're in.
Even more importantly, there's news on the Super Troopers front as well. See below for more info from IESB.net:
He says the Broken Lizard gang is thinking about making Super Troopers ’76, based in 1976 where they play their fathers. He says they would be unable to continue from the end of the original because they have all become local cops and they “thought it would be cockamamie to go back to being Troopers.”
If Super Trooper ’76 does happen it would most likely be after Beer Fest. The much rumored Greek film is not ready to be shot due to the weather. “Its going to be winter so we may do it when the weather gets better.”
Don't just wait around for the sequel, though - buy your own copy of Super Troopers
or Club Dread
at Amazon.com, or buy them bundled
September 25, 2005
Autumn has just begun; the leaves are starting to change here in the Northeast, and there's a tang of fall in the air. It can only mean one thing...Oktoberfest. If you're looking for festivities in your area, we've found a roundup of Oktoberfest festivals all over the United States.
So get out your dirndls and your lederhosen, hitch up your liver, and get out there and drink some beer! Find an Oktoberfest near you.
When the Enquirer came out with their story about George Bush drinking again
, the Liquor Snob interns begged us to cover it. We told them we loved their enthusiasm, then informed them we'd rather drink a Flirtini
than cover anything from that rag, and sent them out to clean up bottles after last night's research.
Then, we saw something that piqued our interest - a press release from a site called BetCRIS.com, placing odds on whether the story was true. Booze, the president, tabloids and gambling? Now THAT'S a story.
If you're a betting person, the press release goes on to list the actual odds placed on different aspects of the Bush drinking story, as well as some other interesting ones:
Bush exposed for drinking alcohol during his presidency is featured with odds of 5 to 1. Compare that with 15 to 1 odds that Bush actually admits to drinking alcohol.
Bush checking into a rehab program is listed with 40 to 1 odds. Bush becoming a preacher is listed with 2 to 1 odds. Bush converting to Judaism is posted with 300 to 1 odds. Bush becoming a Muslim is posted with 500 to 1 odds.
"Anything Bush-related is going to draw hordes of gamblers. Interesting enough one of the few odds BetCRIS.com has chosen not to post is whether George W. gets impeached." stated Payton O'Brien, Web Manager for Gambling911.
Bush becomes a spokesman for Viagra/Cialis is listed with 35 to 1 odds, incidentally.
In the end though, BetCRIS.com has plenty of faith in the president. They list "None of the Above" as an overwhelming 1 to 500 favorite, meaning a gambler must bet $500 to win a dollar.
We'll be betting the Liquor Snob interns' salaries for the week on Bush becoming a Muslim, to teach them a lesson about journalism.
; picture borrowed from TonyPierce.com
September 24, 2005
We thought tequila was only good for manufacturing blackouts and soul-crushing regrets, but apparently the drink may have more to it.
A group of Mexican scientists - suspiciously enough they're from the country's biggest tequila producing region - say juice from the blue agave plant, from which tequila is distilled, may help people lose weight and lower their cholesterol. OK, so maybe the valuable properties are lost when it's distilled...
Sadly for the world's growing band of tequila lovers, agave's possible health benefits are lost when the plant is distilled into alcohol.
Spiky agave plants has been cultivated on Mexico's arid central highlands for thousands of years and are woven into the country's history and mythology. But more than anything the plant is known for what Spanish invaders called "tequila wine."
Now however, researchers from the University of Guadalajara, close to the town of Tequila, the cradle of Mexico's famous alcoholic export, say the plant's powers go beyond inducing euphoric highs followed by crushing hangovers.
It's too bad blue agave loses its heath benefits when it's distilled, but we say it never hurts to try, right? Margaritas for everyone!
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