Articles Tagged: Drinking Tips

Deck the Halls with Less-Frizzled Hosts

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by J.K. O’Hanlon, author of “12 Happy Hours (Thirsty Jane Guides)” and “3 Ingredient Cocktails”

This is the time of year when the calendar pages for the next few months are red-lined with parties, making December through January look like they’re on fire. It’s a love-hate stretch of time, especially for hosts coming up with new ideas for drinks and food without pulling zombie-marathons in the kitchen.

I always suggest keeping it simple by … Read more

New Years Eve Survival Tips

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New Years Eve is upon us, several nights where we can all let loose and still have a day to recover. I thought we should take a moment to cover the basics for survival of all the drinking to ensue.

First, an article on mixing great drinks at home, not only will this help stretch your drinking budget, but using fresh mixers and premium spirits will help to ease that New Year’s Day hangover. If … Read more

Healthy Drinking for the Holidays

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The holidays are fast approaching! In our humble opinion, one of the best parts of the holiday season is gathering with friends and family. An integral part of the holiday is the drinks. It’s usually during this time of the year that I drink amazing sparkling wine (and a fair share of Champagne) and cocktails. I love going to a party and seeing an inviting punch bowl. The downside to the holidays is that I … Read more

Wine on a Budget – Volume One

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This week represents our foray into the wine business. One of the questions that we receive most from people is how to buy good wine that doesn’t break the bank. To satisfy user demand, we have been working on a weekly series on “Wine on a Budget.”

The local grocery store can be an amazing place to purchase wine on a budget (we have only lived in states with relatively liberal alcohol laws so I … Read more

Choosing Bourbon for Your Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

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With the Kentucky Derby coming up, thoughts are turning to the mint julep. This cocktail has been the signature drink of Churchill Downs since 1938, when they started serving the mint julep in souvenir glasses for 75 cents each.

If you don’t think the word “julep” sounds particularly Southern, you’re right. The cocktail, known as “julab,” originated in Arabia centuries ago. Eventually, it made its way to the US — with little changes along the … Read more

The Glass Makes the Drink

At the recent Nightclub & Bar Conference in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure to attend a seminar lead by Georg Riedel. What a treat, not only did I learn firsthand from a master about fine glassware and how it enhances all types of spirits but I learned how the Reidel family figured it all out. Said Greog to my question, “We’ve been doing this a long time.” And they have the family-run Austrian company … Read more

Gentleman’s Guide to Drinking Tequila

It being Cinco de Mayo, the folks at Asylum.com, with the help of Joanne Weir author of “Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails, and Bites along with a few thoughts from Beam Global Tequila Ambassadors Jaime Rodriguez, Jaime Salas and Eddie Perales — the guys behind Sauza’s Hornitos tequila.

“As Weir stresses the spirit deserves a finer appreciation than it normally receives on the sticky floor of a frat house.”

This is a prefect … Read more

Happy St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It is not all about green beer, we’ve got some links to prove it! Have safe, fun, rollicking day.

    Creating an Irish Whiskey Cocktail
    St. Patrick’s’ Day Recipe Round Up
    iPhone Apps for St. Patrick’s Day
    How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Like an Irishman [via Mental Floss]
    How to Pour a Perfect Guinness
    Irish Drinking Toasts
    Green Your St. Patrick’s Day

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Mixology Monday – First Timers

It is Mixology Monday again and the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, Boston, are hosting. The theme for this month’s party is “First Time” or what to serve a cocktail virgin for their first drink. What are the so-called gateway cocktails that turn one forever? Is it just a group of cocktails? Sure, as I think down my own path, there are the margaritas, gin and tonics and Jack and Coke’s that … Read more

MyOpenBar Shows You Where the Free Booze Is

MyOpenBar is a website that rounds up bar specials, happy hours and free-booze opportunities. There are versions of the site for many major cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Miami.

The tips include things like open bars at public parties, cheap happy hours and free or low-cost “drunk-friendly” snacks. You can get their newsletter by email to keep tabs on keeping your bar tab low. And if you find a free … Read more

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