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Happy Pi Day! (A Mathematical Reason to Drink)

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Today is Pi Day! (March 14 is 3/14 … pi’s first digits are 3.14 … get it?) Even if the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter isn’t the type of thing you’d normally celebrate, Pi Day is another great reason to mix a cocktail.

The fun folks at ThinkGeek came up with this cocktail:

The ThinkGeek Pi-Tini

~ 3.14 ounces of blueberry vodka

~ “Measure the diameter of the glass in centimeters, then … Read more

Killer Halloween Drinking Game

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Staying in with friends and a good (or bad) movie for Halloween? Here’s a Halloween drinking game to accompany your home horror film screening. It works best with slasher films such as “Halloween,” “Scream,” “Friday the 13th” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Since there are more than a few rules to keep track of, you may want to split into two teams and divvy up the “one drink” rules and then all share the “two drink” … Read more

Bodum Pavina Thermal Glasses

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These Bodum glasses are some of my favorites. I may have found the perfect glassware. These hand-blown glasses by Bodum are double walled, which keeps the hot, hot and the cold, cold. The “Pavina” I purchased style feels great in the hand, and no annoying table rings. You need to be careful as they are a bit delicate.

Bodum makes a few other styles of these double-walled wonders. They really work, and are stylish to … Read more

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Beer Chips

It was inevitable that someone would combine potato chips and beer into one über-snack.

With all the exotic flavors of potato chips out there, it was only matter of time before the simple pleasure of beer and chips was combined into one product.

These babies are thick-cut kettle style chips with a serious coating of sugar and salt and to top it off, covered with a major dose of the world’s most perfect beverage beer.

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Gioia Luisa Lemoncello Creme Review

When I first saw the Gioia Luisa Lemoncello Creme bottle, I knew that something delicious was inside. And I was right.

This liqueur is creamy and sweet with a very pleasant lemon flavor.

The milky mouthfeel lends richness without a heavy or syrupy feeling. Without being too sugary, it gives you a pleasant lemon candy flavor with some alcohol punch.

As with other limoncello, there is no tartness since only the zest of the lemon … Read more

SF Cocktail Week

Cocktail week is back again with an opening gala at Le Colonial tonight and after party at 15 Romolo. Tomorrow, Harry Denton’s Starlight Room hosts a US Bartender’s Guild National Competition with a host of celebrity judges, after party at Cantina. Events continue throughout the week, the highlight being Thursday’s Bar School, a series of classes taught t by SF’s best bartenders in their native environment. Saturday, I am looking forward to the North Beach … Read more

Nuclear Testing Identifies Vintage Scotch Frauds

Some people are paying thousands of dollars for vintage scotch. And scientists say a lot of it is fake. (Well, it’s real scotch … just faked to seem old.)

How can they tell? Easy. Scotch made after 1950 has more radioactive particles due to the proliferation of nuclear bomb testing.

“So far there have probably been more fakes among the samples we’ve tested than real examples of old whisky.”

The technique the scientists use is

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Whiskey Brownies

This boozy brownie recipe mixes a creamy chocolatey topping with the bite of whiskey for a dessert that I just can’t stop eating!

You can, of course, make it without the whiskey — but why would you want to?

Whiskey Brownies
Ingredients

¾ cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
2 tbs. water
2 eggs
1 (6 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup … Read more

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