We got a package in the mail yesterday, and inside was Bottle Ninja from Bar Ninja for review. It's a sleek-looking creation that looks just like the butterfly knives we coveted as kids, but when you flip it open you'll find a bottle opener instead of a blade - and you'll probably be much less prone to lop off a fingertip if you hold it wrong.
The Bottle Ninja comes with two darling little glow sticks you can put into the flippy end, which would look most awesome if you were bartending at a rave in the '90s or opening sodas at an eight year old's birthday party. We're kind of wishing they'd gone with a speed-opener shape for the bottle opener, but we can sort of understand the design choice they made in the interest of not having handles as thick as your wrist.
Those small quibbles aside, we feel like Chuck Norris when we're flipping the thing open - even though we've never seen Chuck use a butterfly knife, nor have we seen him tend bar. We'll be taking ours down to the bar today to put it through its paces though, just as sure as Chuck doesn't sleep - he waits.
Get your own Bottle Ninja for $15.95, and check out their promotional video at Bar Ninja.
When we receive whiskey around the Liquor Snob offices it's always a cause for celebration. We love whiskey and we love whiskey drinks. The folks from Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey sent us a bottle this week and the promise of a whiskey you could simply drink and make cocktails was delivered upon. This whisky is meticulously handcrafted using the finest hand-selected grain and barley and the whiskey has a smooth, sweet taste with a malty finish.
Now Kilbeggan isn't expensive whiskey at $20 bucks a bottle, but it's also not cheap-tasting. We tried it both alone over ice and also made several drinks including our favorite Punt e mes Manhattan. Everything we had we enjoyed.
If you've never had a Moscow Mule, you're missing out on an excellent, simple drink that completely hits the spot during summertime. Basically a Dark N Stormy with vodka instead of dark rum, this combination of vodka, ginger beer and lime juice is like a high five of deliciousness for your tongue.
For those of you who are familiar with Moscow Mules, here are a couple things you might not know - 1) a Mule (also known as a "Buck") is any variation of cocktail using ginger beer, citrus juice and a base spirit, and 2) Moscow Mules are traditionally served in a copper mug instead of a glass. Most bars these days serve the cocktails in pint glasses because they already have them around, and because the interesting-looking copper mugs have a tendency to grow legs and walk out the door.
If you're a fan of this delicious drink you can get your own copper mugs for a bit of an investment. Do they make the cocktail better? Some say they do, because of some science-y mumbo jumbo called oxidation. But we just think the mugs look badass, really.
Hey, you know when you have too much to drink and suddenly terrible ideas seem like awesome ones? We've heard some people say alcohol eats away at your judgment - though we've always attributed it to vile humours and foul daemons that need to be exorcised with more booze.
Turns out the folks at Sad and Useless have finally figured it out - when you get drunk enough you can actually hear the liquor talking to you. And it turns out that liquor is a jerk! See more pictures of scumbag booze.
We've been thinking about getting a kegerator for Liquor Snob headquarters (because why not, right?) but we really like the idea of building our own. We don't have a chest freezer like the one used in this how to video from Northern Brewer, and that's pretty much the only thing keeping us from heading upstairs and pawing all the frozen waffles and ice cream right out of the damn thing post haste.
For us, drinking is the fun part and the buzz is the awesome side effect, but apparently there are people out there who'd rather get the loopiness without crushing their way through a cocktail. For those people, we offer you Quantum Sensations, which is apparently the Binaca of booze. You breathe it in, you get a buzz, and apparently you're unbuzzed seconds later. Sounds like the opposite of a good time to us, but maybe it'd be good if we decide we need to freshen up our buzz while we're in the bathroom. [via Gizmodo]
Seriously, it's not available in the States yet and even when it is you may want to tread lightly according to Ubergizmo:
One ought to tread on such a device with caution, however, since there is no way to regulate the use of such a device, and even after recovering from a state of drunken stupor, there might be slight side effects which could affect the motor and cognitive skills of the person.
The woman in this video appears to be making a simple cocktail of some kind. We THINK it says something about a mojito, but our lizard brains keep getting in the way because she's wearing lingerie while she does it. Oh well, we suppose we'll just have to watch the video again to see if we can retain something... [via EyeHandy]
Oktoberfest is still a few months away, but it's never too early to plan for your blackout festivities. This year, don't waste your time in some sports bar drinking "spaten" that tastes suspiciously like Budweiser...head directly to the source (that's Germany, FYI) and do it for free with Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest dream trip contest. And if the chance to go to Germany isn't enough, sign up because the consolation prize is lederhosen (not joking).
...Hacker-Pschorr is making it easy to enter, as every beer enthusiast 21 years of age and over, can enter on Facebook. Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest Facebook offer includes: Airfare to Munich for two people, three nights' Munich hotel accommodations, Hacker-Pschorr Brewery Tour, and VIP seating and hospitality within Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest Tent.
Enter online at www.facebook.com/HackerPschorrUSA. Entry deadline is May 31, 2012. Offered to U.S. residents at least 21 years old at time of entry or older, void where restricted or prohibited by law, and subject to Official Rules.
This dude got picked up for intoxication, and he wasn't quite sure he was guilty. In fact, as he says in the video, the issue isn't intoxication but "brotherhood of man on the planet earth." I think it's really about being able to say "let me go" to a cop 100x from the back of a cruiser without feeling a nightstick on your adam's apple. Oh, you also get to irritate the cop. This guy's a genius - he'd get 1,000 Internet points but he's Canadian (or at least he was picked up by the RCMP)...what's the exchange rate nowadays?
Our brothers from another mother, CocktailGogo, posted an interesting and entertaining interview with Jon Taffer yesterday that's worth a read. If you're not familiar with Mr. Taffer, he runs the excellent Bar Rescue on Spike TV.
Learn more about the show, find out how season 2 is going to be different, and find out what Jon thinks about 50 Cent's energy drink.