The champagne toast is one of my favorite customs. I’m all about celebrating happy moments with sparkly wine, so hey, what’s not to love? But lately I’ve been thinking that the traditional requirements for what constitutes a champagne-worthy moment are way too predictable (not to mention way too rare). Major milestones like engagements, weddings, buying a house, having a baby, or getting a promotion certainly deserve a toast, but what about the less obvious occasions that may or may not be life-changing, but sure as hell feel like it at the time? Things like paying off your credit card debt, adopting a pet, or finding out you’re STD free. I’ll drink to all that! Here are 30 oft-overlooked life moments that totally deserve a glass of bubbly, AKA 30 reasons we should all be joyously drinking champagne all the time… Keep reading »
Stupid people getting drunk is about to get stupider: powdered alcohol is on the way. A company called Palcohol was inspired to create powdered booze that can then be added to other liquids in order to make drinks. Powdered rum and powdered vodka are standalone versions or you could try powdered Cosmopolitan, powdered Mojito, powdered Lemondrop or the “Powderita,” a powdered Margarita. That totally sounds like some NASA shit right there. The inventor of Palcohol said he came up with the idea because he didn’t want to have to carry heavy bottles of booze around. But so far, Palcohol is staying mum on how they do it: “If we told you, we’d have to shoot you. We are in the process of patenting it and it is currently patent pending.” And despite earlier jokes that brought negative media attention, they also do not recommend snorting the powdered booze. Something tells me that will not stop some people from doing it anyway. But you can add them to sauces or or guacamole for a little extra kick. As tempting as a powdered Mojito sounds, I think I’ll pass on this one. [Palcohol via SB Nation]
Here are a bunch of other stupid ways to get drunk or high that WE TOTALLY DO NOT CONDONE YOU TRYING, you hear?
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All the nightlife, hold the hangover.
That’s the pitch behind a growing number of alcohol-free bars springing up in the U.K. Skyy News reports that the increasing popularity of the establishments, often funded by anti-alcoholism charities, could signal a change in attitude amongst English youth. Read more on Huffington Post…
Red Robin will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the most affordable “fine dining” establishment in the suburb a few miles from my small town high school, which made it the go-to place to celebrate birthdays, volleyball wins, SAT scores, and System of a Down CD releases. I spent many late nights there with friends, eating bottomless steak fries and chicken Caesar wraps while discussing boys who would never love us back. So many of my fondest teenage memories are set in a Red Robin booth. I stopped going there because I grew up, and also because of that one time my mom thought she was biting down on a particularly stringy onion in her Whiskey River BBQ Burger, only to realize it was a large clump of human hair.
BUT Red Robin might have found a way to win me back as a customer with an exciting new menu item: the wine milkshake. Keep reading »
Yesterday was National Drink Wine Day! In celebration, we got drunk, put together this list of our favorite wines under $15 and then passed out before we could post it on time! Typical. Click on for our recommendations…
There are subscription boxes for makeup, snacks, organic dog treats, nail polish, and pretty much every specific interest category under the sun, but there’s finally — finally! — a subscription box with much broader appeal: it’s full of booze. It’s called Flaviar, and here’s how it works:
Flaviar is a curated and membership based service which helps you experience the best spirits from all over the world at a fraction of the regular price, helping to promote a better way of enjoying drinks. Every month Flaviar members receive a hand-picked sample gift pack of five premium flavors (Whisky, Rum, Cognac, Gin, Vodka, Grappa, Tequila, etc) selected by our expert panel and industry professionals.
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Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto is pretty much that douchey frat boy who you never invite to a party, but somehow ends up there anyway , and you wish he would just go somewhere far, far away so you never had to think about all the obnoxious things he’s said. Remember him? He called the military’s effort to eradicate sexual assault a “war on male sexuality.” He’s tweeted that he hoped the young women whose boyfriends died saving them during the Aurora, Colorado, shooting were “worthy of the sacrifice.” So it should come as no surprise to you that he is blaming rape victims for drinking. Keep reading »
While the rest of us were struggling through The Great Gmail Outage Of 2014, Buzzfeed was doing the lord’s work and matching up every single state with a signature cocktail. Their results are mapped out above, but you can read about your state’s ideal libation in more detail here. What do you think of your state’s choice? I’m feeling a bit ashamed that I lived in Oregon for 27 years and never tried a Flaming Ring of Fire, although now that I’ve relocated to Tennessee, a Lynchburg Lemonade sounds miiiiighty fine. May I propose a toast to drinkable geography lessons? Cheers! [Buzzfeed]
The Millennial generation, which includes the youngest legal drinkers, is consuming more wine than previous generations, and they’re educating themselves about it too! Rather than bring a six-pack to the party, and guzzle beers with their college roommates, they’re enjoying fine wine and sharing their love and knowledge with friends. It’s certainly more refined, but is it as much fun? And how can a 21-year-old possibly learn to appreciate wine in the short time it has been made available to them? Keep reading »