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This Week’s Drink – Pomegranate Martini

Full of antioxidants, pomegranates have come back into fashion.  Yes, I ate many a pomegranate as a kid in the ’70s. I loved them they could last for hours. They may be a bit tedious to eat, but they’re worth it. So is the martini version, only it’s less complicated because you can buy pomegranate juice in many places these days. This martini may actually be good for you!

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Who Knew – The Little Ice Age

The Little Ice Age that hit the world from 1450 – 1850 is said to have killed a large portion of the grape crop in Europe. As a result of the lack of grapes, Europeans began producing beer and hard liquor. Over the years, these libations became predominant in Northern European countries. As the English, Irish and Germans began settling the original colonies, they brought their beer and booze with them. Thus establishing beer and … Read more

Milwaukee Parties Hardest

Forbes Magazine recently ranked the Nations metros on a five point scale for partying and it turns out Milwaukee, Wisconsin is tops when is comes to drinking and having fun. In fact 4 out of the top 5 are in the Midwest, proving that the heartland rocks. This really comes as no surprise to me, having spent two wonderful, partially inebriated years at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The School is consistently ranked as … Read more

How to Drink Brandy

Q: What is the best way to drink brandy?

A: Brandies, including fine Cognacs and Armagnacs can be enjoyed many different ways. One of my favorites is the classic sidecar, a refreshing blend of brandy, lemon/lime and triple sec.

If you have a cheap bottle (not recommeded) mix it with something, anything. Here’s a few drink recipes made with brandy. In some places, brandy is used instead of whiskey in many drinks. In Wisconsin, Old … Read more

Ice Jacket

This is one of the coolest inventions I’ve seen in a while. The Ice Jacket quickly encases a bottle of vodka or other beverage in a sheet of ice. Once removed from the freezer, it even has a nice stand, which catches the melting ice. Once I get my hands on one of these things I will let you all know how cold the vodka gets!

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This Week’s Drink – Joker’s Tea

Sent in by Rick 5 from Houston, TX, this cocktail is similar to a Long Island Iced Tea, you can adjust the coke for taste. If made correctly, it WILL sneak up on you! Rick named it after the Steve Miller song he like to play while sipping away.

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Diageo Tests Ready-to-Drink Cocktails in 12-Ounce Cans

Diageo, the spirit giant, is testing mixed cocktails in 12-oz cans. These drinks are about the same alcohol content as beer and sport real booze, not clear malt. 

The Tampa-area test involves four brands: Captain Morgan and cola, Smirnoff vodka and lemon-lime soda, George Dickel whisky and cola, and Seagram’s 7 American Whiskey and lemon-lime soda.

So far, sales have been strong and retailers are pleased. Canned cocktails have been popular in Europe and Australia, … Read more

Drinking Pays

Men 10%, women 14%. That’s how much more money people who drink and socialize in bars earn compared to their teetotaling counterparts. Makes sense, alcohol is the great social lubricant.

Social Lubrication = Getting Business Done

Accoding to Edward Stringham, an economics professor at San Jose State University, “Social drinking builds social capital.” This just reaffirms the old saying, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know,” and the people you want to Read more

The Last Real Tiki Bar

Annette Nahinu, owner of La Mariana, sits by the bar area with her dog, Bombay. Everything’s for sale, she says, for $3 million.

GREGORY YAMAMOTO | The Honolulu Advertiser

Long after the other classic Hawaii bars turned off their taps and put away their blenders, the La Mariana Yacht Club has served as the louche outpost for tiki culture mavens and those craving a sense of old Hawaii. In fact, proprietress Annette Nahinu bought up … Read more

Beer Lover’s Bash

The Brewery Collectibles Club of America just had its annual CANvention in Kansas City. Beer Can collectors from all over the work converged on the Midwestern town for Blues, BBQ and of course checking out each other’s beer can collections. This is a serious hobby for some, with a recent can fetching $23,000 on eBay. Over 800 people attended this year’s festivities.

Read the article on Newsvine.

Brewery Collectibles Club of America, http://www.bcca.com

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