I remember fondly the first time I used beer as a mixer. Okay, that’s a lie, but I do believe it was three or four years ago and it involved vodka, Milwaukee’s Best, and a desire to be classy enough for cocktails, but not classy enough for anything that remotely resembled a cocktail (Though I’m sure there was a whole lot of fondness going on). Philistine as my attempts have been — from “vodkabeer” to sake bombs and all the way to my love affair with a little thing called WhiskaliburrÃ‚Â – beer cocktails need not always conjure thoughts of binge drinking, poor choices, and puke. On the contrary, they can be artisanal, technical, and — most surprisingly — enjoyable! In fact, on January 3rd, with the very mission of spreading this message, http://beermixology.com/, went live. A collaboration between a number of mixologists and beer academics, the website aims to share… Read More »
I consider myself a novice mixologist. Of course, by Ã¢â‚¬Å“noviceÃ¢â‚¬Â, I mean Ã¢â‚¬Å“terribleÃ¢â‚¬Â, and by Ã¢â‚¬Å“mixologistÃ¢â‚¬Â, I mean Ã¢â‚¬Å“person to make your next drinkÃ¢â‚¬Â. This is because of my sense of adventure and complete disregard for recipes. For all the bad, hurtful things you can say about my creations, though, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never made one I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t finish myself. So for your reading pleasure, here are seven of my worst: 1. Beer Ã¢â‚¬Ëœn Wine Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Great as a corner store. Terrible as a drink. And just in case youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re giving me the benefit of the doubt, you shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. This was no Black Velvet (A take on the Black and Tan that replaces the pale ale with champagne). WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking one part light beer, one part red wine, two parts grossest vom IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever had. 2. Whiskey Monster Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ooh! This sounds like a fun drink, or at least creatively named! A… Read More »
What’s James Bond’s favorite drink? C’mon, say it with me: Vodka martini. Shaken, not stirred. That line is so famous one could be forgiven for thinking that the world’s best known employee of MI-6 drinks nothing else. Not so. Try 28 other drinks slurped up by Jimmy B. and the girls throughout 23 films. So, why are we talking about this? Well, now there’s an app for that. The Bond Mixology covers them all with recipes, descriptions of the movies and even scenes that feature the drinks. It also provides a shopping list and serving instructions. If you’re into apps, Bond films and cocktails, this is definitely the thing for you. Happy mixing! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I desperately need a beer! doubble oh Cocktails shaken its more than just a shaken martini not stirred James Bonds cocktails revealed in an app
My grocery store sells peeled boiled eggs. I was stunned when I came across these little jewels of ridiculousness and had to inspect them. They come two to a pack and are wrapped in plastic, which means that you have to exert roughly the same amount of effort in getting them out of the plastic wrap as you would have in peeling your own boiled eggs. I would never buy these – I refuse to pay someone to peel an egg – but, I love that I live in a universe where they exist. It’s just some how wonderful for me. To balance that feeling out, I hate that I live in a universe where these two products exist: Cupcake Vodka and Whipped Lightning. It doesn’t take much to explain them. The vodka comes in five cupcake flavors. (We’ll set aside for the moment that there really isn’t such a… Read More »
There’s nothing like a well mixed cocktail to create a memorable evening. If you’re planning an elegant meal or just a quiet evening at home with your lover this Valentine’s Day, cocktails are your key for making an impression. The great thing about mixed drinks is that you can create any flavor or experience that you want. From fruity drinks to dark, decadent libations, cocktails have it all. And talk about elegance! A well made cocktail makes for an impressive presentation. One thing, especially for the newbie, if you decide that you’re going to take the evening in this direction makes sure that you know beforehand what drinks you plan to make. Read the recipes carefully and be certain that you understand them; maybe even take a couple of dry (well, wet) runs before. You don’t want your drinks to fall flat. Okay, so what cocktails to make? Whenever I… Read More »
I seem to become more liberal all the time in my acceptance of what beer can be. There was a time when I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have even considered mixing beer with anything else. Even the black and tan seemed a little wrong. I had this idea that what one found in the bottle or the keg was what the brewer intended and who where we to tinker with that? But that was then and this is now. Now that the summer heat is upon us, I find myself digging on the shandy this year. It started when I grudgingly picked up a sixer of LeinenkugelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Shandy at a local convenience store. I wanted a new beer but their selection was rather limited and I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel like driving across town to the good beer store. The shandy was the only one of the lot that I hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tried. So I took… Read More »
LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s talk egg nog. This perennial holiday favorite is as important to the season as a Christmas tree to some. My wife is particularly fond of the stuff and bottles of the premade variety become fixtures in our refrigerator sometime in mid-November. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always been a why-buy-it-when-I-can-make-it kind of guy but I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t keep up with demand so I save the homemade nog for special occasions. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good basic recipe for 10 or 15 servings depending on what you call a serving: YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll need -6 separated eggs -half cup sugar Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the finer the better, confectioners sugar works well -salt -two tablespoons vanilla -two cups booze Ã¢â‚¬â€œ brandy and whiskey are popular choices but use what you want -one cup milk -nutmeg, to taste Combine the egg yolks, half of the sugar, nutmeg and vanilla in a good sized bowl. Add a pinch of salt and beat the mixture… Read More »
If you were going to have Hillary over for drinks what would you serve? If you wanted to buy Ruddy a drink in a bar what would it be? The Boozin’ Blog is here to help.
WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve all been there. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been out for a few hours. You had dinner with wine or a beer; maybe even a cocktail or two. After that you stop at a club and have a few more. But youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been pacing yourself. You feel fine but you wonder if thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a road-block or if you roll through a stop sign and get pulled over if you will get busted for DUI
Plan your Independence Day drinking festivities with some summertime drinking favorites – from recommended summertime brews, cocktails and wines, be sure to stock up accordingly this year.