13th December 2007

Winter storm could dump 12 inches of snow on Northeast

Thats the headline on CNN.com… For most of you this means you’ll be pent up in your houses for the next day or so trying to keep warm in front of the fire… But, Might I also suggest a nice hot cocktail as well? What better way to keep warm?  And in case you aren’t all familiar there are 3 types of hot cocktails, Coffee, Tea, & Hot Chocolate – Obvious I know, but aside from adding the standard Rum or Irish Whiskey there are many, more creative, options!

I give you The Alhambra Royale:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Cognac
  • 1 Cup Hot Chocolate
  • 1 Orange Peel
  • 1 tbsp. Whipped Cream

Directions:

Add Orange peel and warm cognac into cup of hot chocolate, stir and top with whipped cream if you so desire.

If thats not good enough for you check this out That’sTheSpirit.com Hot Cocktail Section for plenty of warm alternatives!

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13th December 2007

Airport Security

Since the events of 9/11 I think we’re all too familiar with the strict security measures at airports worldwide and rightfully so… And as if matters weren’t bad enough, another asshole terrorist had to try and bring a liquid bomb on a plane so now we are prohibited from bringing “large quantities of liquid” onto planes… Which brings me to this delectable little anecdote this morning:

“BERLIN – A man nearly died from alcohol poisoning after quaffing a liter (two pints) of vodka at an airport security check instead of handing it over to comply with new carry-on rules, police said Wednesday.”

Apparently, due to such increased security measures, this 64-year-old man was told he could not bring his bottle of vodka onto the plane.  He could only pay a fee to have it checked as cargo, OR throw it away (God Forbid).  Trying to outsmart security he went with super secret option #3, CHUG, CHUG, CHUG!  Like Bluto in Animal House. 

I would like to be able to say that the man just wore it and got on the plane, but sadly that was not the case as he dropped “unable to stand or otherwise function.” A doctor deemed that he had life-threatening alcohol poisoning… To which I say, NO SHIT! Drinking 1 Liter of Vodka in under a minute = alcohol poisoning, enough said.

(For Full Story Click Here)

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11th December 2007

booze related gifts

So  i’ve been racking my brain for good presents for people and here is my holiday gift guide for the drunk in your life…

Official beer pong glove (www.urbanoutfitters.com) –for the college student

 beer of the month club (www.amazingbeerclub.com)- 12 microbrews delivered to your door each month–for dad

 gravity magnetic shot glasses–anyone!

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free form wine rack (www.satinbox.com)- mom or auntie or that wino you love

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11th December 2007

Facebook Stupidity

MySpace and Facebook, both very useful Social Networking tools…  A great way to keep in touch with friends from HS and College that could otherwise be forgotten, market your business, promote your band, and a favorite of mine, procrastinate! This is how these sites were meant to be used however that last use has lead to an extreme obsession which has created a plethora of groups and profiles that could be detrimental your image & more importanlty your career. 

This morning I came accross the following article on CNN.COM – “Young women drink, party, post” – in which they detail information about a Facebook Group called “30 Reasons Girls Should Call It A Night”.  The purpose of the page… For girls to post the most incriminating pictures of themselves while drunk:

“One young woman dances on top of a bar. Another sits on the toilet drinking a beer. Several vomit. One appears with a bruised and bandaged face (“I just got drunk and fell out of a car,” she writes.). In another photo, two women urinate into a waterfall.”

 

Apparently discression is a thing of the past.  Posts and photos on the page are accompanied by full names and colleges the women attend… I’m sure future employers would love to hire this girl (Below, an example of a picture found in this group):

 

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Maybe This girl should have read this article – “Employers may look for facebook follies” – or many others like it, before starting this “seemingly innocent” group.

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10th December 2007

Anti-Drinking Campaign In The UK

I’m sure many of you are familiar with and often make fun of those anti-marijuana campaigns that fill our airwaves on a daily basis. You know… If you smoke pot you’ll be in some horrific accident, like you will run over a kid on a bike or the kid you were babysitting will drown in a pool cause you were too lazy to get up off your ass, or, one of my personal favorites, the PSA that claims pot is a Hallucinogen with the girl that can hear her dog talk (I just think they got this idea from Half Baked).

Now the UK has their own series of ineffective PSAs geared towards drinking according to an article posted today on PHYSORG.com (“UK Anti-Drinking Campaign Ads May Be ‘Catastrophically Misconceived'”). Apparently these PSAs display a series of drunken incidents, such as being thrown out of a nightclub, blacking out or passing out in a doorway. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a good time to me! Apparently our fellow Brits feel the same way, here’s an example of one such ad posted on youtube:

Now take a look at these comments:

“Nice Punch”
“Good vid! You should check mine out… my friend got wasted and begged me to film her…”

Good work guys! Way to utilize that anti-drug budget effectively!

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10th December 2007

New Booze Busting Device

Penny Suckers beware!  Breathalyzers may soon become a thing of the past.  Engineers have found a way to measure the amount of alcohol in a driver’s skin through the use of near-infrared absorption spectroscopy (No, I don’t know what half these words mean either, but CLICK HERE for the full story at Science Daily).  How it works is the light enters the arm and, based on the reflected light, the machine will be able to tell your BAC level. 

This system is currently being tested by officers in several US cities, and COULD be on the streets by next year.

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9th December 2007

And Cap It With A Shot On Day 12

Its sad I know, 12 Days of Cocktails has come to an end, but, just think, now you have 12 special drinks to share with your loved ones over the holidays! Now for our last drink… No drink list can be complete without the staple shot to cap it all off, so here it is… I think Santa drinks one of these before he “slips” down that chimney:

Slippery Santa Slippery Santa

Ingredients:

1 oz Blavod Black Vodka
1/2 oz oz Cinnamon schnapps
Whipped cream
1 Maraschino cherry

Directions:

Pour vodka and cinnamon schnapps in a shot glass and top with whipped cream and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

So… Lets Re-cap.

On The Twelfth Day of Cocktails My True Love Brewed For Me…

12 Slippery Santa’s

11 Grinches

10 Revival Specials

9 Snow Storm Cafes

8 Egg Noggs

7 Gingerbread Mans

6 Minted Hot Chocolates

FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVVVVVVVVVEE Blueeeeeeeee Blaaaaaaaazzzers!

4 Champagne Punches

3 Gingerbread Martinis

2 Crème Brûlée Martinis

And A Peppermint Paaaaatty!

Enjoy Everyone! Happy Holidays!

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8th December 2007

The Grinch Tried To Steal Day 11

He’s not just for stealing Christmas anymore… Now he can get you drunk too with this martini variation.  Well if you like Midori that is:

THE GRINCH

Ingredients:     

2 oz.  Midori

1/2 oz.  lemon juice  (fresh)

1 tsp.  sugar syrup 

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish this green drink with a red cherry for an even better look.

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6th December 2007

Which Cocktail Would YOU Revive?

Since I was delinquent yesterday in my posting I have decided to make up for it by dedicating Day 10 of Cocktails to not one, but five special drinks that were once the rage and are now on the verge of “extinction” (“5 Cocktails That Deserve a Comeback”).

1.The Bronx - Buried behind the likes of The “Manhattan” back in the 1930s and ’40s, this once popular drink seems long forgotten.

Ingredients:

2 ounces gin, 1/2 ounce orange juice, 1/2 ounce dry vermouth, 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

2The Stinger – A dessert drink with a minty taste made famous by the 1957 movie “Kiss Them For Me” with Carie Grant and Jayne Mansfield.

Ingredients:

2 ounces brandy, 1 ounce white or green crème de menthe (You can substitute fresh mint, but that would just remove the “authenticity” of the drink wouldn’t it?)

3 – The Black Velvet - A beer cocktail layered with goodness (AKA Guinness) and Champagne. 

Ingredients:

1 Part Guinness, 1 Part Dry Champagne

4 – The Rob Roy – This drink was probably stymied by the scarcity of bitters as it was not readily available to the average consumer… I actually had not even heard of Angostura bitters until I studied abroad in Australia. Those Aussies are crazy about their Vodka & Lemon Lime Bitters.  Now that this filler is distributed worldwide maybe this once popular drink can be revived.

Ingredients:

1.5 ounces Scotch whisky, 0.25 ounces sweet vermouth, 1 dash orange bitters

5 – The Hot Tody – I know what you’re thinking…  This drink never disappeared right?  Well no, not exactly, but the original version has been slightly modified.  As the article states, the drink stems from the Scots attempt to disguise the flavor of low-quality Scotch.  Now, to all you undergrads out there, you’ve gotta be able to relate!

Ingredients:

2 ounces Scotch whisky, boiling water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 4 sugar cubes

So… don’t be shy, give these a try and lets hear which one YOU think ought to be revived!

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4th December 2007

More Good Stuff on Day 9

Snow Storm Cafe 

Now, Sac-religious I know… BUT, I’ve never tried this one, nor have I heard of it, but upon finding this recipe in a few locations with great reviews, and… Come On, its called SNOW STORM for Christ-Sakes!  How much more festive can ya get right??? And this is sure to warm you up during just that…

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  • 3 ounces hot coffee
  • 1 ounce Frangelico
  • 1/2 ounce Licor 43 or Navan
  • 1/2 ounce Cognac
  • Dollop of unsweetened whipped cream
  • 3 coffee beans

Directions:

  1. In a mug, mix the coffee with the Frangelico, Licor 43 and Cognac. Top with the whipped cream and coffee beans.

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