Whether you're trying to maintain your bikini weight and still have some fun, or just looking to stay healthy this summer, we found some good drinking advice from Gizmodo's Happy Hour series.
They've outlined what they call the Seven Deadliest Drinks, and while there were a couple no-brainers on their list like Moonshine (the bootleg stuff - can you say potential lead poisoning?) and "Malternative" beverages (a breeding ground of artificial sweeteners, gross chemicals and general douchiness). But there were a few that came as a surprise even to us.
Finally, in man's never-ending quest to make his beverage more voluptuous, we get the Boobzie - a Koozie with breasts. Seems like a must-have gift for Bros, Lax Bros, and your grandpa - so basically anyone you wouldn't want to have dating your sister.
We've seen a few things lately poking gentle fun at the mixology culture, including a damn funny picture series. While we have the eye droppers and the multiple bar spoons and more shakers than you can shake a cocktail pick at, we can still laugh, and we think this Mixologist music video is the cream of the crop. (via WeirdAndWacky)
Remember Supersize Me, the documentary where Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days? It's OK if you don't, but either way you should watch this video from comedy troupe The Whitest Kids You Know where he tries the same experiment with Jameson's. It's like the ultimate Physical Challenge - and the best line by far - "That coat check girl has a name!"
Let me paint a word picture for you. The other night, I was working behind the bar and I had two things occur within about 5 minutes of each other.
One - I had someone come in and order three Yeunglings in a bar that's an approximately seven hours from the Yeungling brewery, in a state in which no bar has ever carried Yeungling ever. A few minutes later, someone ordered an Old Fashioned - one of my favorite cocktails in the world but which takes a goodly amount of time to make - while there were approximately one millionty people waiting for me to pour them a beer. And let me just say - this was a Tuesday.
We're big fans of the uptick in distilleries in our home state of Vermont, from Smuggler's Notch to Vermont Spirits. One brand we've seen more of on local liquor store shelves lately is a pair of flavored rums from an outfit called Dunc's Mill.
We haven't had a chance to try them out yet, but the idea of an Elderflower rum, as well as the Vermont-obligatory Maple rum, definitely pique our interest for cocktails. Both products are available in VT - not sure about where else - and are made with Fair Trade ingredients, organic sugar cane, and "local flavors."
Note: Their website says they're the oldest continuously-run distillery in Vermont - guess we're just late to the party!
Apparently we're a couple weeks and 1.6 million Youtube views late to the party, but we just came across this "Hey, Pass Me a Beer" video on the Kegworks blog. As we're putting on our big boy pants to head down to the bar and pass people beers for the next few hours it caught our interest - though we're fairly certain the use of trampolines and slingshots would be frowned on - as would handing anyone an Old Milwaukee.
We picked up The Brewmaster's Table yesterday on a whim (well actually due to a new and pressing urge to be able to speak intelligently about the pairing of beer and food...more on that later), and we were up until 1 AM reading it. This book, written by Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver, is a treasure trove of information on beer styles, brands, and ways to pair brew with food.
We literally could not put it down until well after our bed time, and it's a must have for anyone interested in beer. The book is a few years old now (it was published in 2005), but even if some of the brands have gone away, the information about styles is still legit, from pale ales to sour beers.
We don't play many drinking games anymore, but we do like the occasional structured drinking while we watch movies and TV. One of our favorites to play is during Christmas movies - you drink anytime someone's Grinchy, has a change of heart, or learns a Very Special Lesson. You'll be blitzed through New Year's.
Anyway, we came across this excellent Blade Runner drinking game at Film School Rejects that sounds right up our alley. We won't ruin all the surprises, but here's our favorite rule because it's so open to interpretation - (though we suppose they all are):
CHUG YOUR DRINK WHEN...
A replicant retires another replicant
We're going to pick up a copy of Blade Runner and give it a go this week, though we prefer to call it "Do Androids Dream of Oil Slick shots?" And of course if you have friends whose tastes run more to the...herbal variety, you can always play the same game with the Aquarelle Edition.