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I’m Talkathon, Part Deux

Quick reminder: The I’m Talkathon is going well. If you haven’t already checked it out, here’s the deal. Chat using MSN Chat and help out one of 10 charities ranging from the Humane Society to UNICEF.

It is really that simple. Read the blog, start a conversation. Click here to get started.

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Three Wise Men

Reader B.C. sent us this smart shot. Tennessee Whiskey, Bourbon & Scotch all blended together in perfect harmony.

Ingredients

    ½ oz Jack Daniel’s
    ½ oz Jim Beam
    ½ oz Johnny Walker

Instructions

Mix gently over ice in a mixing glass. Strain and serve straight up in a shot glass or on the rocks in a highball glass.

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Imbibe: An Homage to “Professor” Jerry Thomas

19th-century bartender Jerry Thomas is known as the father of the American cocktail and most just called him “Professor.” With stints in New York, London, San Francisco and other cities about the globe, he spread cocktail culture the world over.

Imbibe! is Jerry’s story and a great read. The author does a great job of capturing cocktail culture of the late 1800s. Truly a great read.

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X-Rated Summer Brunch Cocktails

Brunch is a time-honored tradition and a must for summer weekends. Who are we to thank this laid-back bonus meal that defies the rules established by the traditional three-times-daily meal plan?

Some claim brunch emerged as a leisurely privilege for wealthy Brits during the turn of the 19th/20th century and point to Guy Beringer’s 1895 essay “Brunch: A Plea,” in which he argued, “By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would … Read more

Less Beer: InBev Gobbles Anheuser-Busch

Belgian-Brazilian brewer InBev has has purchased St. Louis Brewery Anheuser-Busch for almost $52 billion. After giving up a fight, the iconic brewery gave in and agreed to be acquired by the maker of Beck’s, Stella Artois and others. The new company will be called Anheuser-Busch InBev and Budweiser will be its flagship brand. 

InBev to Buy Anheuser-Busch, Gains Top Market Share [Bloomberg]

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Drinkers Earn More

In a recent study, economists concluded that drinkers earn more than nondrinkers.

Woo-hoo!

“Instead of earning less money than nondrinkers, drinkers earn more,” authors of the study, Bethany Peters and Edward Stringham, wrote. More specifically, the study found that workers who drank in a social setting earned more than those who tipped a glass at home.”

The study showed that drinking men earned 10% more than tee-totaling men. Women earned 14% more than their non-drinking … Read more

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Renegade

Who doesn’t like Tequila? From Rock n’ Roll legend Sammy Hagar and his Cabo Wabo Tequila comes this cocktail with attitude.

Ingredients

    1 oz Cabo Wabo reposado tequila
    1 oz triple sec
    1 oz cointreau
    1 oz Southern Comfort
    1 oz pineapple juice

Instructions

Combine all in a shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a tall glass nearly filled with ice.

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Tips on Drinking with Co-workers

“A recent study found that boozing may be a career-building activity. Researchers at San Jose State University say alcohol helps workers “network professionally,” which in turn makes them more valuable employees.

However, it’s important to remember that no matter how relaxed the situation, you’re not out with your college pals. Everything you do or inappropriately blurt out in a slurred rant will have implications for your work life. “

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Is Expensive Vodka Worth It?

Reader Karl writes in about vodka quality:

“In reference to Vodka you stated “you get what you pay for.” Not true. Vodka is a neutral spirit because it is distilled at such a high temperature. It has no natural flavor or odor. So, when buying Vodka you should always buy the cheapest brand as long as it is the same proof as other brands.”

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Independence Day Omakase

Happy 4th. We’ve gathered a few fun links for your enjoyment!

10 Other Things That Happened on July 4th [Mental Floss]
Extreme Grilling [Slashfood.com]
Regional Recipes and Cocktails [Food Network]
Red, White & Booze
More 4th of July Cocktails [The Hostess Blog]

Fun debate on Asylum:

    America rejoins the British Empire
    Britain become the 51st State
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