31st October 2007

The Greatest Drinking/Party Movies Of All Time

Here are the Top 5 & why… In my opinion anyways…

#1 – Animal House
I challenge you to argue this one… Naked pillow fights, pretending to be the boyfriend of a girl who just died JUST to get into her friends’ pants, practically inventing the Toga Party, GLADYS NIGHT & THE PIPS! Instantly creating a bad name for fraternities everywhere. Enough said!

#2 – Beer Fest

The BOOT! They drank beer out of a boot for Christ Sakes! We should all be so lucky! By the way, if you’re interested in buying said boot: CLICK HERE.

#3 – Cocktail

Classic ’80’s Tom Cruise… Before he went insane. Bar tricks, Women, & Booze, OH MY!

#4 – Bad Santa

Alcoholic safe cracker posing as a mall Santa just to steal money on Christmas Eve?! Hey “Shit Happens When You Party Naked.” Right? (Watch the movie and you’ll get the reference, I promise, if you like stupid humor, aka non-thinkers, this is a sure thing).

#5 – Leaving Las Vegas

Ever think to yourself, “Let’s head to Vegas, get a hotel room at a cheap hotel, and drink myeslf into obliviion?” Than perhaps meet a prostitute, she decides to stay while you continue to drown your sorrows? This is definitely the movie to watch if you hate your life and need that final nail in the coffin. Go into a dark room with a plastic bottle of Popov and a damp blanket, cower in the corner and check it out. `

These are my Top 5, hands down, Feel free to argue, I’m always open to a good debate!

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29th October 2007

Think You Can Drink Like a Fish?

Its Monday morning… “I drank like 15 shots the other night,” “I had 20 beers in just 4 hours,” “I didn’t even know where I was when I woke up Sunday morning,” are a few of the things one might here in randomly in conversation…

What you won’t hear however is, “A 4,000 barrell vat exploded onto the street and I spent all weekend drinking it up with the rest of the town,” or “We made so much jungle juice, the bartenders had to paddle around in boats to serve it.” No clue what I’m talking about? Well read this article I found on CNN’s website: “Drinking Stories That Put Yours To Shame”… For some of histories craziest drinking stories that will make yours seem… Well like a night out drinking with your Grandma!

Check out this excerpt:

Admiral Edward Russell’s 17th-Century throwdown

Think you can drink like a sailor? Maybe you should take a moment to reflect on what that truly means.

The record for history’s largest cocktail belongs to British Lord Admiral Edward Russell. In 1694, he threw an officer’s party that employed a garden’s fountain as the punch bowl.

The concoction? A mixture that included 250 gallons of brandy, 125 gallons of Malaga wine, 1,400 pounds of sugar, 2,500 lemons, 20 gallons of lime juice, and 5 pounds of nutmeg.

A series of bartenders actually paddled around in a small wooden canoe, filling up guests’ cups. Not only that, but they had to work in 15-minute shifts to avoid being overcome by the fumes and falling overboard.

The party continued nonstop for a full week, pausing only briefly during rainstorms to erect a silk canopy over the punch to keep it from getting watered down. In fact, the festivities didn’t end until the fountain had been drunk completely dry.

Think you can hang? Lets hear your story… If you can top it that is?!

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26th October 2007

“Innocent” Observations

Have you ever been to a bar and just observed how men and women operate?  What makes them tick?  What determines their approach toward the opposite sex?

There’s no doubt that personality dictates behavior and confidence.  I’m also sure the amount and type of alcohol consumed plays a major role.

Half the fun of going to the bar is to boost your own ego and watch other people having fun, isn’t it?

Single men and women likely make up the greater population of those who spend time in bars and clubs.  Men and women meet easily and find that a few drinks help boost their confidence with the opposite sex.  If they are single, he might earn himself a nice close slow dance or maybe even a fun little dirty dance with her.  They’ll probably cozy up at a table in the corner and spend the evening smiling at each other and sharing secrets.  He might get her phone number, they might share a few kisses and touches, and depending on their inhibitions or lack of, they might end going home together.

One of the great things about being in a bar or club is people watching.  Don’t you just get a secret little kick out of watching people getting flirty and having fun, regardless of their marital status?  You know you’re secretly cheering for the married guy who is the father of three children, and having had just enough beer to make him feel bold, getting sucked into a lip-lock with a twenty-something tattooed little number who is most definitely NOT his wife! 

And you KNOW that the married woman who suddenly finds a guy’s hand planted on her butt is getting a thrill that confirms to her that she’s still HOT, right?  (Maybe she should be more careful about leaning over that table!)  And you’ve gotta give points to the guy being friendly with a woman, pointing to his cheek and asking for just a little peck.  As she complies, he quickly turns toward her so the kiss lands on his lips, much to her surprise.  She feigns shock, but the quick look to her girlfriend and the giggle that follows proves she enjoyed the attention thoroughly.

It all just goes to show that bars and clubs are a great place to let loose in your free time. And for those needing an ego boost, I highly recommend you put on something sexy, make tracks to the nearest establishment, order up your favorite beverage, and see where the evening takes you.

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26th October 2007

Holy !@#$ The Temperature Finally Dropped

Those of you in the “seasonal” part of the country have probably forgotten by now that Fall weather means a significant drop in temperature come (LATEST) the end of September. Enter global warming… A “political ploy” (Or so some people thought) turned reality… Its now October 26th!! And the temperature has finally fallen into the 50’s… And last year we saw 70 degree weather on into January!

Ok, done with my little rant, onto more important things… More DRINK RECIPES! To keep you warm for the “cold” season:

Almond Coffee Cream:

Ingredients:

– 3/4 Cup Hot Coffee
– 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
– 1 Shot Almond Liqueur (Or almond extract for the kids)

Directions: Just mix together and serve

Gin Toddy

Ingredients:

– 1 1/4 oz Dry Gin
– 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
– 2 oz Boiling Water
– 1 tsp Sugar
– Garnish with a Cinnamon Stick

Directions: Pour into a wine goblet, stir and add the garnish

Ski Lift

Ingredients:

– 1 oz Peach Schnapps
– 1 oz Coconut Rum
– Hot Chocolate
– Whipped Cream
– Shredded Coconut

Directions: Pour all the schnapps and rum into a coffee glass, fill with hot chocolate, top with whipped cream and sprinkle the coconut flakes (Perfect for after a day on the slopes).

These are just a few of my personaly favorites, for more drinks that’ll keep you warm (In more ways than one) click here.

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25th October 2007

For The NYC Wine Enthusiast

For all you NYC Wine enthusiasts out there, and those of you planning to visit the NYC area I have compiled some useful info about various wine bars throughout the different parts of the city.

Upper East Side:

Vero:

Location: On 2nd Ave b/w 77th and 78th St.

Great Service, Wine Selection, and they make a tasty Sangria. Also, try their Brushetta and Panini’s… They’re amazing! Not to mention the outdoor seating, weather permitting of course.

Midtown West:

Park Blue:

Location: 58th St. between 6th and 7th ave.

For all your tourists and theatre goers who want to enjoy all that midtown has to offer try out this gem. Half bottles allow you to try a few different types of wine in one sitting. And try the cheeseburger!

East Village

Bar Veloce

Location: 2nd Ave and 11th st.

This quaint little East Village locale is perfect for the successful 20-somethings with a taste for sophistication and jazz. A big screen TV shows an endless stream of silent black and white movies while you are surrounded by endless wine racks, perfect for endless drinking.

Brooklyn

D.O.C. Wine Bar

Location: 83 N 7th St. in Brooklyn

If you feel like venturing out of Manhattan, or better yet you live in Brooklyn, you will not be sorry you tried out this intimate little hideaway. The wine is affordable ($20-$35 a bottle), not to mention their great selection… As for the food, great breads, cheeses, salads, panini’s and more… Perfect to nibble on while you share a glass, or better yet a bottle.

These are just a few of the better spots I’ve been able to sample while living in this great city… Of course I’m always open to hear about others… Feel free to comment.

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24th October 2007

Due To Popular Demand

RED WINE

Probable Hobby:

Dinner parties, with the finest cheese and crackers, calamari, and Filet Mignon… Discussing American Politics, History, and the new “Hot Stock” of the day.

What Your Drink Says About You:

You make a modest salary and compensate with what you call an “acute” taste in wine… You’ve been, or at least pretend to have been, wine tasting in the vineyards of California, Italy, France, and you like to talk about it.

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23rd October 2007

Life Doesn’t Have To Stop At 40

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…Just check out Terri

I think she can provide some tips to all those married/divorced/single 40 plus women out there who still know how to have a good time!

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22nd October 2007

The “Champagne Brunch”

Ever needed an excuse to wake up Sunday morning, drink Mimosas, and eat Eggs, Pancakes, French Toast, or whatever your personal breakfast choice may be?  Enter the “Champagne Brunch”…

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In college, minimum once a semester, we would host such an event.  Only we didn’t limit ourselves to just Champagne, but instead to a fully stocked bar, and an endless breakfast buffet starting at 10 AM on a Sunday morning. 

How To Get It Done:

  • Create the invite list.  In college things were easy as we would just make it a “dated” event or invite a sorority or two (I mean who is going to turn down such an event??). 
  • Create the menu… All your favorite breakfast foods apply.  Might I suggest a large fruit tray (Strawberries, perhaps chocolate covered are also a great addition), and endless stack of pancakes, perhaps a create your own omelet station (If you want to be fancy), maybe some deviled eggs, the usual sausage and bacon, and of course trays and trays of scrambled eggs.
  • Finally, and perhaps the most important element of the “Champagne Brunch,” the CHAMPAGNE!!!  And whatever other drinks you deem necessary.  Our bar always consisted of a couple handles of vodka (in case you prefer a screwdriver over the Mimosa) and orange juice of course, some wine, and an assortment of beer.
  • The Music – A key element, no brunch should be without.  Depending on what you want to spend and the ambiance you want to create, anything from a stereo, to a DJ, to a live band will do.   If you are going with live music, one cost saving tip of note, check Craigslist or the local colleges in the area for some cheap talent (Just be sure to get a sample, or a few referrals before you hire them). 
  • Key Suggestions to add a touch of class - Renting both a Champagne and Chocolate Fountain (For the strawberries of course) are sure to impress.

Dictating a Successful Event:

  • Did the majority of your guest list spend the hours of 12 PM – ??? Dancing/Drinking/Continually Eating? Did they perhaps blackout this time frame, consequently wondering why they were waking up in some unknown place at JUST 8 PM the same day with a hangover??? If you can answer yes to both, or do not know the answer yourself, than YES, the event was surely a success!

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18th October 2007

What Your Favorite Drink Says About You

I’ve told you how drinks can indicate the personality traits of the opposite sex, but what does the drink you’ve got in your hand say about “you”? Another fun list I found while searching the web, courtesy of Cracked.com:

COSMOPOLITAN

Probable Hobby:

Looking at yourself in the mirror for long periods of time, then going directly back to the gym.

What Your Drink Says:

“I’m totally just out with my girlfriends right now, totally just dancing and having fun, but tomorrow, I will totally weep quietly at brunch through my Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses as I repeat the phrase, ‘so cute’ as many times as I can.”

PINA COLADO

Probable Hobby:

Playing Jimmy Buffet tapes at a reasonable volume on your back porch in the suburbs.

What Your Drink Says:

“Why, yes, I did get these jeans at Wal-Mart.”

SEX ON THE BEACH

Probable Hobby:

Very literally, having sex on beaches.

What Your Drink Says:

“I am [between the ages of 18 and 20/40 and 45], and I order drinks with provocative names because I haven’t experienced sex [ever/in a while]. I am under the mistaken belief that potential sexual partners will [be turned on/take pity on me] upon hearing the word ‘sex’ in conjunction with my drink order. I am [very/extremely/mind bogglingly] lonely.”

MARTINI

Probable Hobby:

Standing next to German cars that aren’t yours, having fake cell phone conversations about the strength of your nonexistent portfolio, and carrying around a tennis racket you have no intention of ever using on a court.

What Your Drink Says:

“Ah, yes. Gore Vidal. The Masters. Mercedes-Benz. Ha, ha! What’s that, old chap? How dare you accuse me of stringing together random words associated with the upper class? I went to Yale School, you rapscallion!”

APPLETINI

Probable Hobby:

You may be employed at Applebee’s, but you also enjoy hanging out there with your other single, high school-educated friends in their mid-30s after your shift’s over.

What Your Drink Says:

“I don’t actually like drinking, I just like the idea of drinking. Similar, in other words, to my feelings for that new guy I’m blowing.”

WHITE WINE

Probable Hobby:

Buying important-looking books at Barnes & Noble, placing them on your bookshelf, never reading them.

What Your Drink Says:

“Not only do I think I’m better than you and therefore too good to drink anything other than this ’98 Pinot at a crowded sports bar, but I would also prefer it if you and your $20 shirt would quietly eat your Jalapeño Poppers and return to the middle-class suburb from whence you came.”

MARGARITA

Probable Hobby:

Attending outdoor summer concerts of ass-awful, washed-up bands like Van Halen and REO Speedwagon. Also, you wear jean shorts there.

What Your Drink Says:

“I don’t have any issues with drinking during the day or experimenting with anal sex.”

BLOODY MARY

Probable Hobby:

Drinking heavily as early in the morning as possible. Also, drinking cold soup out of a glass.

What Your Drink Says:

“I have trouble sitting through late breakfasts and early lunches with other people on account of my crippling dependence on alcohol. Luckily tomato juice-based drinks exist that allow me to get shitfaced as early in the morning as possible.”

RUM & COKE

Probable Hobby:

Lifting weights and, more importantly, doing that “big arms” walk around the gym.

What Your Drink Says:

“I mean, I tried steroids back in college a few times, but now I’m more into cardio. Speaking of which, how about some oral with the Pec-Master [flexes]?”

MOJITO

Probable Hobby:

Despite being 100 percent Irish, you wear organic-chic clothing and talk frequently about world politics. Because, after all, you took a semester each of poli-sci and beginning Spanish at your mid-tier state university.

What Your Drink Says:

“I really feel that the Latina (pronounced La-thi-ah!) population has been underrepresented in Los Angeles (pronounced hah- Loth Ah-hey-leath!).”

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA

Probable Hobby:

Reckless behavior that endangers yourself and others, and is therefore hilarious. Like remember that time Smitty got all fucked up and drove Toddy’s Pontiac around on the highway and shit, and you were like “Duder!” because you couldn’t even believe it? Sick!

What Your Drink Says:

“So, wait-you’re saying that my date-rape conviction is a turn-off? Come on, that was, like, four months ago. I’m real different now, baby. Hey, hey, hey-where do you think you’re going in such a hurry?”

PBR CAN

Probable Hobby:

Looking for change in your couch, reading catalogs, using pay phones.

What Your Drink Says:

“My career is going exceptionally well. So well, if fact, that I’ve made the move from ramen noodles to spaghetti with butter. Can I offer you a handful of these unsalted generic-brand peanuts, m’lady?”

ANYTHING WITH GREY GOOSE

Probable Hobby:

Tip-frosting parties with your Men’s Health-reading buddies from ab class, pointing at people with gun-hands while you dance to Justin Timberlake music, explaining why you totally didn’t want to bang that skank anyway.

What Your Drink Says:

“My penis doesn’t function correctly, and I believe, against all evidence available to me, that 50 Cent is a talented and versatile musical artist.”

JAGER SHOT

Probable Hobby:

Punching people in the face.

What Your Drink Says :

“Man, I could really punch someone in the face right about now.”

TAP WATER

Probable Hobby:

Going to the bar, getting so ass-faced that the mere sight of a beer will bring your dinner back with a vengeance. Also of note: you have a great deal of self-control when it comes to choosing sexual partners.

What Your Drink Says:

“Wait, wait, wait. I’m gonna puke. Seriously, I’m gonna fucking puke”¦ [Unintelligible] “¦ Ugh”¦ hold on, hold on. Lemme talk. That girl/guy with the face rash is kinda hot.”

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16th October 2007

Be Original

Customise your Beer Pong Table!  Create something to be proud of… Lets be serious for a moment, is there really any bigger sense of accomplishment than creating something like this:

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… For the sole purpose of providing yourself with yet another reason to drink???  Sure, you could be lame and use any old generic table, you could even unscrew your closet door and place it on top of a couple chairs (Yes I have done this one and it is perfect in times of desperation), but would it really be as cool as playing on something you yourself created?! I think not!

If you are creatively challenged, or just plain lazy, check out some of these sites:

BJ’s Beer Pong
Pong-A-Long
BingBongTables
BPong.com

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