Ever since we discovered the awesomeness of red wine fudgesicles, we’ve been eagerly gathering up more recipes for boozy popsicles. Sometimes called “poptails,” these sweet, frozen cocktails-on-a-stick are fun, delicious, and super easy to make. Basically they’re the perfect summer food (drink? Whatever). From sangria to bellinis to mojitos to margaritas, here are 10 mouthwatering recipes that will let you have your popsicle and get drunk too!
Breathalyzers aren’t just for the po-po any more: In France, a new law requires every driver to carry two breathalyzers in their car. The intent to decrease the amount of drunk driving accidents by having drivers test themselves with breathalyzers before they decide to drive home inebriated. Keep reading »
We have definitely asked you this question before. (You can read more about the results of that poll almost two years ago here.) But I’m asking you this question again because five new studies out of Denmark assert that having an occasional drink while pregnant is a-okay. Researchers studied children up to age 5 born to light, moderate, heavy, and binge drinking mothers, and found that only the children of moms who drank heavily during pregnancy showed negative side effects, in particular, shorter attentions spans. Those who have read the studies in depth have concluded that they add to growing evidence which suggests the occasional drink while pregnant is “increasingly unlikely to do damage.” That being said, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have no plans to change their recommendation that pregnant women abstain from drinking alcohol entirely. You can read more about the study and the reactions here. [The Week]
First, vote in the poll after the jump and then tell us in the comments whether studies like these have affected your opinions on drinking while pregnant. Keep reading »
Grabbing drinks is pretty par for the course when it comes to dating as a twenty-something. It’s less serious than dinner, more fun than coffee and it can actually tell you quite a bit about the guy you’re spending the evening with. Don’t believe me? Take a look at some of the drinks I’ve listed below. They run the gamut from common orders (see: imported beers, whiskey) to some more…colorful…alternatives (I’m looking at you Tangotini). Whether you want to admit it or not, the guy with the umbrella hanging out of his martini glass is probably more interested in the James Franco look-alike at the end of the bar than he is in you.
Gin and tonic. A classic drink for a classic dude. Anyone drinking a g+t is probably worth your while, or at least will be good for a few laughs (you know, if madras pants and popped collars aren’t your thing). Read more …
Each season, we like to change our drink up. After a spring of sipping tequila and grapefruit, we were thrilled to be reminded of one of our all-time favorite drinks: The Spritz. Spritzes are a favorite in Italy, where lazy late morning espressos on the piazza easily give way to early afternoon Spritz drinking. Spritzes can be made two ways — with Prosecco and Aperol if you prefer it a bit on the softer side, or with Prosecco and Campari, if you like your drink with a bit more bite. We’ve always like the more-drinkable Aperol version, which is why we’re practically ready to marry Mionetto’s new pre-made Il Spr!z cocktail. Perfect when you want a cocktail on the go — say if you’re surreptitiously sneaking one into a movie, or on a picnic at the beach (not that we’re advocating you do anything illegal) — Mionetto’s Il Spr!z comes in individual mini bottles and in a larger size for sharing. Not that you’ll want to, or anything. [Jericho Wines and Liquors, $11.99]
A new study from the University of Illinois should make college students very happy: apparently drinking a couple beers before a test may improve your performance. Researchers administered a brain teaser quiz to a group of 40 men. Study participants who had two drinks before the test –either two pints of beer or two medium glasses of wine–were able to solve 40 percent more brain teasers than the sober participants, and they solved them considerably faster. The researchers say this is because alcohol hinders analytical thinking and opens your mind to creative problem solving. Tipsy test-takers also spend less time second-guessing themselves. Study co-author Jennifer Wiley is quick to point out that these results do not apply to binge drinking, though: “We tested what happens when people are slightly merry — not when people drink to extremes.” So there you have it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get slightly merry and take some online IQ tests. [MSN]