My first bourbon experience was at a dark bar in New Orleans, where I ordered “bourbon, on the rocks” because I thought it would make me sound cool. I took one sip and started retching, so the bartender put a sympathetic shot of cola in my glass. “Try it like this,” he said, and I did, and started coughing and retching again. “Maybe a little more…” he said, and we continued on like this until finally he just gave me a Coke on the rocks. My dreams of being cool died that day, but now that I’m older and wiser I’d like to try this whole bourbon thing again.
I asked my friends Patrick and Rachel, who run ThereWillBeBourbon.net, to compile a list of ways to enjoy this classic spirit. Whether you’re a seasoned sipper or a bourbon newbie like me, there’s sure to be a suggestion for you (the bourbon chocolate chip cookies sound like just my style). Read on for imbibing inspiration (recipes included!)…
Diddy has his Circoc and Bethenny Frankel has her Skinnygirl Margaritas. And now Ron Jeremy has his own rum, Ron de Jeremy. (Yeah, we’re not sure what the ‘de’ is about either. Maybe it just sounds classier?) The website Oh No They Didn’t! saw Ron promoting the stuff at a college bar late last night. His charming catchphrase for his brand? “Captain Morgan has one leg. Ron de Jeremy has three.” Ick. [ONTD]
Scientists are hard at work on a pill that will limit the effects of alcohol on our brains, so that we can drink more without acting stupid. An experimental “sober pill” was given to a group of mice who, despite being sufficiently sauced, did not act like drunken a**holes. Uh, how do drunk mice normally act? Anyhow, the point is the pill works by shutting down the immune response of certain cells in the brain. Even thought the mice were wasted, this pill made their reflexes sharper and their balance better. “When a mouse gets drunk, it is quite similar to a human that’s drunk. It can’t work its motor co-ordination properly. If you stop these immune cells from working, the animals didn’t get drunk,” one of the researchers explained. How exciting for us. Well, maybe not. Does the thought of a sober pill frighten anyone else? All I can think of are all the possible ways humans will find to abuse this pill. It seems counter-intuitive to shut down our normal brain functions just so we can throw back a few more cocktails without slurring. [Daily Mail]
What do you think? Would you pop a sober pill before a night of drinking?
Today is your very lucky day. Because you can go to your local wine store and ask, “Hey, do you have any bottles of AC/DC?” and they will not look at you like you are crazy. Yep, the rockers from down under have released their own line of vino. Which I find strange because, when I think of AC/DC, the corresponding alcohol isn’t wine— rum and coke or Jagermeister shots seem more fitting for the guys who made their mark rocking out in shorts. But hey, they’ve tried to edge up the product by giving the varieties names like “Highway to Hell” Cabernet Sauvignon and “You Shook Me All Night Long” Muscat. Buying birthday gifts for my guy friends just got a lot easier. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
A test for date rape drugs may soon be available so women can learn in real-time if their drinks have been spiked. All a boozer has to do is dip the test into the drink and the test tells you whether it’s been roofied with either GHB or ketamine. The test works equally well on beer, cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks and allegedly has a 100 percent success rate. Date rape drug tests, created by Israeli scientists, should be commercially available in a year and a half. Keep reading »
As Amy Winehouse‘s album Back to Black climbs back onto the charts and whispers begin about a treasure trove of unreleased songs, Winehouse’s family has a hunch about what we might find in her toxicology report—that she died from alcohol withdrawal. They believe that laying off the alcohol cold turkey may be what caused Winehouse’s sudden death last weekend at age 27. A source close to the family explains, “[Amy's father Mitch] said doctors had told Amy to gradually reduce her intake of alcohol and to avoid bingeing at all costs. Amy told him she couldn’t do that. It was all or nothing and she gave up completely. Mitch said the shock of giving up, after everything she had been through over a bad few years, was just too much for her to take. Abstinence gave her body such a fright, they thought it was eventually the cause of her death.”
So what exactly is alcohol withdrawal? And can it kill someone? Keep reading »
Pink beer is the latest product to be feminized for the fairer sex. Molson Coors, a brewery, is pink-ifying a lager called Animée to be less “masculine” with “clear filtered, crisp rosé and zesty lemon flavors,” according to the UK’s Independent.
Pink beer … sounds like wine. It sounds like champagne, actually. And pink champagne is already a thing. Ergo, pink beer is not something that needs to happen, except in La La La Marketing Land where advertisers think anything “pink” appeals to pretty, pretty princesses women. Newsflash, beer advertisers: maybe if every single one of your commercials wasn’t about T&A your products would appeal to us more! Keep reading »
For those of us who are curbing our spending, but not our appetite for spirits, this handy guide to el cheapo alcoholic beverages will get us loaded for less. Bring on the two-buck-Chuck, bitches! [The Littlest Drunk] Keep reading »
Jonathan Rhys Meyers of “The Tudors” was reportedly hospitalized this week after trying to commit suicide by overdosing on pills, People and The Sun are reporting. The 33-year-old actor, who’s clocked in five stints in rehab for alcohol abuse over the years, was allegedly found slumped over on the ground by paramedics who responded to an emergency call at his London home. Meyers reportedly spent the night at the hospital following the suicide scare and was discharged the next day. This is extremely distressing news, given how he’s such a talented actor. I hope he gets the help he needs. Love ya, Jonathan! [People, The Sun UK] Keep reading »