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The Happening: French Cocktail Hour Day + America = Thousands of House Parties


French Cocktail Hour, or FCH, is most certainly the real deal. The June 4 holiday is organized by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and will be celebrated in 19 countries and 28 cities around the world. See the full post »

4 comments 03.26.2009 |

Histoire de Mutineer (A Seattle Adventure)


A view from the balcony in Seattle’s Chapel.

The Mutineers rolled into Seattle last night for something of an adventure. We split up to start things off, with 2 of us heading to Elliott Bay Brewing to check out the awesome Elliott Bay Beer we’ve been hearing so much about, and the other two heading to the new Seattle food-Mecca, Purple Café. It should be noted that after something like 15 glasses of wine at Purple Café, my note-taking morale plummeted and I can only report on the vague recollections of the events that followed. See the full post »

2 comments 03.24.2009 |

Dos Lunas Tequila


The fine people at Dos Lunas Tequila sent me a sample of their silver tequila, and I must say it is quite delicious. I’m waiting to try the Anejo and Reposado versions before I write too much about the tequila itself. My contact at “DLT” told me to check out some worthwhile cocktail recipes on the Dos Lunas site, which I can only describe as America: The Website. Imagine a marriage of America and Flash graphics taken way too far, coupled with shredding Guitar Hero music, all leading up to a silhouette of a wolf howling at the moon, and you can start to grasp the epic-ness of this website. If I was in charge of the website I’d keep the America theme, but make the music Ennio Morricone’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and instead of a wolf howling at the moon, I’d have an intense video of a wolf battling a grizzly bear for forest turf. Yes, that is how I would do the website. Did I mention that Dos Lunas is the Official Tequila of the Miami Dolphins? Yes, these people are for real. See the full post »

3 comments 02.17.2009 |

The NBA Changes Its Mind About Liquor Advertising in the Name of Profits


There is nothing like good old American “corporate values”. The great thing about these corporate values is that they are flexible depending on the status of the economy. According to Advertising Age, “The National Basketball Association has voted to rescind its ban on courtside advertising from hard-liquor brands, giving individual franchises a major new category in the search for marketing partners, and potentially opening the door for the league itself to strike a deal with a spirits maker.See the full post »

3 comments 01.26.2009 |

The Groundhog Day “Sweet Vermouth On The Rocks With A Twist”


This is one of my favorite movies ever. Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman and continual a-hole with contempt for everything and everyone. Connors is forced to relive the same day in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania over and over. In an attempt to score with his producer Phil is forced to drink sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist, her favorite drink and a cocktail he obviously detests. According to the director Harold Ramis, Phil has to relive the day for about ten years. So here is a tribute to the ten years of Phil’s imbibing his most repudiated drink. See the full post »

6 comments 01.21.2009 |

Bacon + Vodka = Tasty


Bacon and vodka. Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, I was at a bar the other night talking to the bartender and the subject of bacon came up. One thing led to another and he finally came out and told me that he tried and experiment involving bacon and vodka. See the full post »

5 comments 01.17.2009 |

The Classic Rob Roy


The classic Rob Roy is a cocktail of scotch, sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters with a maraschino cherry as garnish. The origins of this cocktail are shrouded in mystery, mainly because no one really knows where or who invented the thing. Some say that the drink is named after the Scottish folk hero Robert Roy Macgregor, others tell that when Dewar’s Scotch Whiskey was introduced to New York an opera by the name Rob Roy had just opened and prompted the drink to be named such. Regardless, the drink is now part of American culture and has a few variations depending on the taste of the drinker. See the full post »

6 comments 01.16.2009 |

ABSOLUT ICEBAR: Stockholm, Sweden


Forget the ice luge at the local bar, go for the real deal and check out the world’s first permanent ice bar in Stockholm – ABSOLUT ICEBAR. ABSOLUT Vodka, whose home country is Sweden, teamed up with ICEHOTEL to create the ultimate bar experience. Not only are the drinks served in glasses made of ice the interior of the bar is all sculpted ice from the Torne River in the Swedish Lapland. That’s right the entire bar is ice, kept at a chilling 23 degrees Fahrenheit.


There are four other locations around the world for your frigid entertainment: Jukkasjärvi, London, Tokyo, and Copenhagen.

6 comments 01.13.2009 |

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