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The Easy-Genius Whiskey Tasting Guide

When a person reaches the drinking age, there’s a certain scenario that plays out over and over again. After starting with sips of beer and wine, interests tend to move onto other types of alcohol, such as frozen margaritas, or cocktails made with Coke. From there, individual paths may diverge, but the drinker becomes more and more interested in new ways to imbibe. For some, the next chapter begins and ends with tequila shots. For others, it might be stronger craft cocktails, or dirty martinis. Eventually, though, a drinker arrives at a pivotal moment in life: the decisions to try whiskey.

For many, whiskey is the most daunting of spirits. I mean, even though other types of liquor have a multitude of variations in the way they are distilled, none have the rich distilling history of whiskey. Who’s ever heard of debating potato versus wheat vodka? Not in North America, anyway. Whiskey tasting does require a bit of knowledge, but it’s not necessary to become a scholar before taking your first sip. As whiskey tasting events pop up from coast to coast, and more people start learning how to drink whiskey, the need for a good solid knowledge base becomes more and more important. Here is an easy-to-follow, fun and interesting list of tips to get you ready for the awesome world of whiskey tasting.

How to Choose Your Whiskey

Choosing the best types of whiskey for tasting is the trickiest part of the process. Some people join a whiskey tasting club to guide them, but anyone, when armed with a little bit of knowledge, can drop into a good liquor store and leave with an arm full of great options. In the chart below, we’ve separated out the four major types of whiskey available in the US and Canada. Bourbon is a type of whiskey that’s native to the United States, and distilled almost exclusively in Kentucky and Tennessee. Scotch carries the namesake of its home country, Scotland. Irish whiskey is made right next door to the Scots, and Canadian whiskey comes from that great land between the Arctic Circle and the Great Lakes. Within each region, there are many variations to the ingredients and distilling processes, but for the beginning whiskey taster, those are of minor importance. It’s okay to intentionally buy different varieties, such as one single malt whiskey, one rye, one blend, and so on, but not mandatory. Here is a detailed list of whiskey recommendations, ranked for absolute beginner, to the seasoned expert.

Whiskey Tasting Guide

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Tasting Glasses

If there is a Whiskey Tasting 101 course out there, and I’m sure there is, the tasting glass would be your text book. Whiskey glasses are steeped in tradition, much like the whiskey itself. The most common glass for everyday drinking is the double old fashioned, also known as the whiskey tumbler or rocks glass. Rocks glasses are great for bars and parties, but for proper whiskey tasting, you need something a little different. You need a tulip, or snifter style glass, which is made with a large cavity in the bottom of the glass, and graduates up to a smaller rim. This gives things like single malt Scotch, and young bourbon whiskey room to breath, and absorb the oxygen it needs to reach its full potential. The narrow rim helps keep the aromas inside the glass, enhancing the taster’s ability to notice the full variety of flavors. Glencairn whiskey glasses are high quality, traditional snifter style tasting glasses, especially good for Scotch whiskey tasting.

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

Glencairn Whiskey Glass

If you’re feeling especially enthusiastic, try a whiskey tasting set, many of which provide tasting glasses, a journal, and other fun tools.

Preparing for the Party

A good whiskey tasting party brings together friends and loved ones to enjoy the whiskey tasting experience together. When inviting guests to whiskey tastings, you’ll need to make sure an gather a few things. In addition to finding whisky to sample, you need plenty of ice and water. The water is necessary not only to accommodate the drinking preferences of some guests, but to stay hydrated. Even experienced whiskey lovers know that a drink of water is called for between each sample, to cleanse your palette and prevent you from drinking too fast. A variety of whisky glasses are helpful, so try and have at least 2 for each guests. You want to keep the bourbon glasses separate from the Scotch whiskey glasses, of course, so there’s no risk of the flavors mingling.

Whiskey Tasting Notes

One of the most important, and often neglected, aspects of the tasting process is the taking of whiskey tasting notes. After four or more drams, you won’t be able to remember every single minor detail, so be sure to write it all down. Important things to keep track of are the name, the distillery, and the year it was made. Make tasting notes about the color, comparing it to things such things as honey, straw, and different types of wood. Describe the flavors you taste by thinking about the intensity of sweetness, herbal notes, woodsy fragrances, and any types of fruit you might detect. There are not wrong answers. You are merely keeping track of what you yourself discover, so you can compare, and choose determine with type of whiskey you might want to try again. Here’s a video that dives a little deeper into the process for whiskey tasting.

How to Drink Whiskey

Once you’ve tasted a few whiskies, you’ll start finding your personal preferences and favorites. As you begin to drink whiskey socially, you’ll find that sipping small pours and writing down the flavors isn’t always necessary. When you find a bar that carries the best bourbon, for example, you’ll already know what’s coming. Here’s how to drink whiskey in the four most popular ways: neat, with water, on the rocks, and in a cocktail. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, and try new things. Most bartenders know that the star of any glass should be the whiskey itself, so if you call for something you love, it’s likely a safe bet.

How to Drink Whiskey

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Whiskey Tasting Set

Whiskey Tasting Set

Whiskey Tasting Journal

Whiskey Tasting Journal

Tasting Flight Set

Tasting Flight Set

Will Run for Beer – 11 Best Beer Run 5K Races

There’s something about beer and running that inherently goes together. With other fitness activities, there’s not as much mingling of sweat and stouts. You would never see people lining up for a Wine-and-Spin class, or Tequlia-CrossFit, but when it comes to pounding the pavement on foot while consuming cold, delicious beer, it just feels right. While there are some proven health benefits that have been found between beer and running, it’s the social nature of both that really seals the deal. Drinking beer is more fun among a group of friends, and so is running, so inviting people together for a 5K and a few brewskis makes perfect sense.

What is a beer run? Although the format changes from event to event, it’s basically a standard foot race, about 3 miles, suitable for running or walking, but with a beer twist. Some races have you start by chugging a Guinness, others set up beer stops every kilometer along to route. One thing you’ll always find, thankfully, is a fresh brew after you cross the finish line. I’ve done a few beer runs myself, mostly beer 5Ks, and all have been incredibly fun. There was one occasion where I took a shot of bourbon during mile 6 of a half marathon, and that is less advisable. For your consideration, here are the best beer run 5K races in the US. Find the one closest to you, crack open your coldest beer, and start training today.

Blood Sweat and Beers

Auburn, CA

Blood Sweat and Beers 5k Beer Run

If you find yourself bored with hitting urban pavement, you will want to give the Blood Sweat and Beers Trail Run a shot. Nestled in the American River Canyon, you find plenty of boulders, dirt, hills, and wildlife. Be sure to pick up a pair of trail running shoes for this one. This race includes free barbecue, and beer from Sacramento’s Hoppy Brewing Company. Nature lovers should take note, as this race benefits the organization, Protect American River Canyons, an Auburn-based group dedicated to the preservation of the resources of the North and Middle Forks of the American
River and its canyons.

Tacos and Beer 5k

Long Beach, CA

Tacos and Beer Fun Run 5K

I’d call this race a ménage à trois of running, tacos, and beer, but that would be too many mixed cultural references. The Tacos and Beer 5K is an emocionante race, which includes fiestas and the beginning and the end, finishers’ medals, as well as two tacos and a beer for everyone who participates. There’s also awards for fastest runners, and the best Cinco de Mayo costumes. Guests are encourages to “run, walk, eat, drink and FIESTA.”

Burgers and Beer 5k

Chicago, IL

Burgers and Beer 5K

This beer race has been around for a while (over 6 years, which is a lifetime in beer run years). With a finish line near Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, at the Burgers and Beer 5K, you might even catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan while you run. As with many 5K, part of your registration fee goes to charity, in this case, Special Olympics Chicago. You can pick between a 3 or 5 mile race, and each runner gets free Goose Island beer, and your choice of burgers from an assortment of local restaurants. Somebody hand me a Honkers Ale!
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Craft Beer 5K

Nationwide

Craft Brew 5K Beer Run

The Craft Brew Races are a series of events across the country that celebrate craft brewing, and running around with your friends. All beer is purchased directly from the breweries, helping support the craft beer industry. Each event features a 5k brew run, followed by a craft beer festival with a beer tasting and live entertainment. Hosting beer runs from Portland, OR, to Austin, TX, to Savannah, GA, the Craft Brew races are accessible to nearly everyone who is willing to drive a short distance for some fun.

Shiner Beer Run

Shiner, TX

Shiner Beer Run 5K Race

Hosted by “Cleanest Little City in Texas,” the Shiner Beer Run is your chance to jet through the hills of South Texas, and discover a small piece of history. The historic Spoetzl Brewery is the crown jewel in a tiny town that began as a 250-acre donation to the railroad right of way. This race includes a half marathon, as well as a 5K. Honestly, I have no idea who all these people are running around drinking beer and doing half marathons, but there must be plenty. Race participants get a cool shirt, and if you finish the half, you get a one-of-a-kind bottle opener finisher’s medal. All runners receive entry into the a Shiner-beer-fueled after party with live music, brewery tours, and Texas grub.

Tyranena Beer Run

Lake Mills, WI

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This beer 5K not only starts and ends at Tyranena Brewing Company, but includes routes that give you a beautiful view of Rock Lake. There are two distances, a half marathon and a shorter race, so you get to decide if you prefer more running or more drinking. In addition to the standard t-shirt, your registration includes two free beers and a complete free dinner. The extra special bonus at this beer run is the free tour of Tyranena microbrewery after the race, which hopefully includes a few more free samples.

Runtoberfest

Oklahoma City, OK

Runtoberfest Beer Run 5K

My first beer run was the Runtoberfest 5K. Initially, I just registered because of the awesome name and free beer stein, but ultimately it sparked my love of running for free beer. COOP Aleworks sets up a beer garden at the finish line, and runners line up to fill their custom beer steins with the craft brew of their choice, and stick around for live music. First place male and female runners get engraved glass beer boots as trophies, and best costume gets one as well.

Beer and Bagel Off-Road Race Series

Multiple Regional Locations

Beer and Bagel Race Series

Definitely eligible for credit as one of the original beer runs, with a tradition that goes back 22 years, the Beer & Bagel Off-Road Race Series serves as the go to event for thousands of runners, beer drinkers, and bagel enthusiasts. This USATF sanctioned event gives runners one of the most awesome race shirts we’ve seen, emblazoned with “I’m a drinker with a running problem” along with a free bagel, free beer, and wait for it… free chili! Lots of tailgating occurs before and after the race, so don’t forget to bring your ice chest and some koozies. Don’t be startled by surprise visits from Sasquatch.

Cincinnati Beer Run

Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Beer Run

If you’re just starting out, or just not interested in that much running, the Cincinnati Beer Run is the one for you. At only 2.5 miles, it’s a classic fun run 5K. It’s also great for travelers, as the race starts in Newport, KY, goes across the state border into Cincinnati, and circles back, with festivities going into the night on the Newport Levee. Craft beer is served every half mile, with another pint when you finish. They even offer gluten-free beer, for, you know, those people. For me, the best feature of this beer 5K is partying on a levee, which sounds like what all cool kids should be doing everyday.

Shamrock 5K

Indianapolis, IN

 

Shamrock 5K Beer Run

Held annually around St. Patrick’s Day, this Indiana emerald of a race raises money for, not one, but multiple local charities. Various local breweries bring the goods, including one of my favorites, Upland Brewing Company. The Shamrock 5K Beer Race starts with a toast where everybody downs a few gulps of craft beer. Brilliant. Every kilometer you pass gets you another big shot of brew. When it’s over, runners get a medal and a pint-glass filled with their pick of several local beers. Last year, the race took place on Georgia street, a go-to area in Indy for food trucks, so take some cash and an appetite with you, as well.

Milwaukee Beer Run

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Beer Run

Here’s the beer run that some of you have been waiting for. The Milwaukee Beer Run has not only a 5K course, but a .05K course, for those who like fun 5k races but are ready to get to the finish line and have some beers. An especially full swag bag comes with this race, including a full-zip hooded sweatshirt, custom pilsner glass, free beer from St. Francis Brewery, free professional photos, and a Beer Run Club membership. I’m not sure what the membership includes, but I definitely need to join.

Custom Pint Glass

Custom Pint Glass

Portable Pint Glasses

Portable Pint Glasses

Sports Beer Bands

Sports Beer Bands

11 Best True Detective Quotes About Life That Also Apply to Drunk People

Sometimes, things just make more sense when you’ve had a few beers. Or cocktails. Or whatever drink you enjoy. The True Detective HBO series is known for weaving smarty-pants quotes and philosophy into its down to earth, gritty story lines. Season 1, for example followed two Louisiana homicide detectives, Rust Cohle and Marty Hart, through a seventeen year murder investigation. Throughout the show, Cohle and Hart’s dialogue was peppered with advice on life and the world, inspired by pessimistic and nihilistic philosophies, along with the writings of Robert W. Chambers and Thomas Ligotti. Even though the series is dark, dramatic, serious business, we noticed a lighter side to many of the truisms shared by the show’s characters. In anticipation of Season 2, we rounded up the best True Detective quotes that give insight not only to the meaning of life, but into the minds of drunk people everywhere.

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I’m pretty sure I said this exact sentence to a guy named Bobby at a hotel bar in Chicago:

Well, I don’t use ten dollar words as much as you, but for a guy who sees no point in existence, you sure fret about it an awful lot.

– Marty Hart, Season 1

 

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This is the struggle I have with myself at the end of most drunken nights:

Sometimes your worst self is your best self.

– Season 2 Trailer

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This is the way I feel every time I’m at a bar and a stranger feels compelled to go into their life story:

You know, people that give me advice, I reckon they’re talking to themselves.

– Rust Cohle, Season 1

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Famous last words before being thrown out a basketball game for being too rowdy:

This isn’t me doing this. This isn’t me.

– Season 2 Trailer

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Nothing like a few shots of tequila to help you understand yourself better:

I know who I am. And after all these years, there’s a victory in that.

– Rust Cohle, Season 1

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If you are going to have a drunk conversation with a co-worker, it’s important to remember boundaries:

Stop saying shit like that. It’s unprofessional.

– Marty Hart, Season 1

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Sometimes a few drinks will heighten feelings of intuition & gut instinct:

My strong suspicion is, we got the world we deserve.

– Season 2 Trailer

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 Blaming moments of weakness on too many drinks has a long, rich history:

People incapable of guilt usually do have a good time.

– Rust Cohle, Season 1

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Being drunk has a bad reputation for causing forgetfulness:

There’s no such thing as forgiveness. People just have short memories.

– Maggie Hart, Season 1

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If you want to be good at darts, pool, and team trivia, it’s helpful to stop by the pub every day:

Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.

– Rust Cohle, Season 1

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 Be sure to check what’s hanging overhead before getting up on the bar to dance:

Every time I think you’ve hit a ceiling, you, you keep raising the bar.

– Marty Hart, Season 1

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21 Best Bar Carts – This Year’s Hottest New Trend

Your party is in full swing, and your guests are scattered in every room of the house. People are in the living room, in the bedroom, on the porch, and who knows, if the party is really good, guests are dancing in street. The challenge with a huge, awesome party is to keep every glass filled with the right alcoholic beverage, without requiring guests to give up their party real estate and return to a single serving area. Your secret weapon: bar carts!

The designated portable bar cart first came into fashion in the 1940s. After Prohibition ended, party goers were eager to fill their homes with bottles of store-bought booze. Rolling bar carts allowed hosts and hostesses to mingle and serve, while showing off all of their liquor labels. As the 20th century rolled onward, the bar serving cart was replaced by built-in wet bars, which later gave way to plastic coolers and pre-mixed drinks. Thankfully, bar carts are back, and we couldn’t be more excited. They offer classic style, convenience, and mobile cocktail fixings all in one! We’ve rounded up a list of the best bar carts we could find to help inspire you in your own search for the perfect bar cart. Some are commercially available, and others are one-of-a-kind works of art. So shake up a martini, and let your imagination run wild with these amazing bar cart ideas.

Vintage Suitcase Rolling Bar Cart

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Nothing screams early 20th century louder than a vintage suitcase, with is why we love this rolling bar cart. A weekend project, at least, this DIY bar cart is perfect for folks who love to travel, or those nostalgic for years gone by. You can take the same ideas, and incorporate them into any old suitcase you find. It’s also a great way to take that heavy-but-beautiful luggage that great-grandma gave you, and give it a second life. Be sure to stock with plenty of dark liquors and sherry.

Faux Bamboo Vintage Bar Cart

Vintage Bar CartHave I shared with you my love for faux bamboo furniture? I don’t think I have, but now you know. This beautiful vintage bar cart brings back the sophisticated style of early mid-century America. The gold “bamboo” frame reminds me of watching clips from historic Academy Awards ceremonies, and a sea of celebrities reclining in those ubiquitous chairs with the red velvet seats. This vintage bar cart would fit in well at an upscale West Coast home, or in on an Asian-inspired lanai. I’m sure you can tell this antique bar cart sends my imagination running wild.

Sleek & Chic Mirrored Bar Cart

Mirrored Bar CartIf they ever make a live action version of The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones, they should use this mirrored bar cart. Well, maybe not the Flintstones, but it would totally work in The Jetsons Meet The Ewings. I couldn’t find the origins of this cart, but with the tell-tale signs of acrylic handles and mirrored surfaces, it could easily enter a contest for best bar carts of the 80s. It feels very new, though, and could absolutely pass for an ultra-modern piece today. I could see it paired with leather counterstools, as well as those big plastic chairs in the shape of a giant hand. I’m picturing fizzy drinks and freshly made club soda on this one.

16th-Century Italian Replica Globe Bar

Globe Bar
Italians of the 1500s liked to hide their booze inside a globe bar, presumably giving a stronger impression of culture and being well traveled, as well as hiding their hooch from guests who would simply help themselves. Since globes were made of paper, it’s almost impossible to find the real thing today, and it would be unthinkable to actually use one to serve drinks. These replica globe bars will give you the same benefits, but without the million dollar price tag. It’s also fun to have a few drinks, then make an impromptu plan to travel the globe, shaking on the decision to finally visit the Congo, then promptly having another round and forgetting all about it.

Concord Acrylic Bar Cart

Acrylic Bar Cart
This little gem is the perfect acrylic bar cart for apartments and vacation condos. It’s big enough to hold at least the basics, but small enough to stick behind a chair when not in use. I love the round shape and the frosted shelves. At 36″ high, you could also serve a light lunch for two, and still have room underneath for an ice bucket and bottle of bubbly. I would totally find a battery operated lamp to put on the bottom shelf, and make it glow all night.

Cast Iron Antique Bar Cart

Antique Bar Cart
You can serve up some serious booze with this antique bar cart. Made from cast iron, you want to make sure the floor is reinforced before filling it up with liquor bottles and rolling it to the center of the room. The industrial styling is perfect for all types of decor, from country-French to steampunk. This would also fit in well as a portable kitchen island, or even a poolside bar cart, standing up to all kinds of weather. You might keep it rolled in the shade, though. Cast iron will heat up quickly in direct sunlight.

Tiered Glass Bar Cart

Glass Bar Cart
We found hundreds of glass bar carts out there, but found this one especially cool. The three tier design is reminiscent of a wedding cake, but the back-leaning angle of the handles seems inspired by a European shopping trolley. The round glass shelves are perfectly complimented by the large, clear acrylic wheels, giving this glass bar cart an incredibly unique look. Since the position of the tiers shifts backward as they move up, grabbing your favorite bottle of gin from the lowest shelf couldn’t be any easier.

Tailgate Friendly Portable Bar Cart

Portable Bar CartWho says you have to leave your bartending skills at home? With this portable bar cart, you can go to the beach, the cabin, or the game, and keep the cocktails flowing. This folding cart includes its own carrying case, and three different changeable covers, appropriate for a variety of occasions. My favorite is the tiki cover, because floral print says “fun” no matter where you go. There’s even a folding shelf in the back so you can keep the upper surface clear for mixing.

All-in-One Outdoor Bar Cart

Outdoor Bar Cart
This ingenious outdoor bar cart pushes the boundaries of how much function you can pack into a rolling piece of furniture. There are two gas burners for cooking, a food and drink prep surface, recessed areas to house your glasses, bottles, and even the salt shaker! Who wants a margarita? Another very cool detail is the ability to attach the end of the water hose, turning this outdoor bar cart into an actual wet bar. You’ll never need to go inside again.

Full Service Portable Home Bar

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If you really want to keep up with the Joneses, check out this top-of-the-line portable home bar. It’s outfitted with a wine rack, liquor shelves, glassware holders, serving trays, and, most importantly, a lock. This is definitely way more of a statement than your average cart, but the wheels give it that same portable convenience. An extra cool feature is the inlay game board on the serving trays, giving you the tools to drink, and play backgammon.

Art Deco Brass Bar Cart

Brass Bar Cart
Brass finishes aren’t right for every home, but this art deco brass bar cart is probably the most versatile we’ve seen. It has a great boutique hotel feel about it, and includes several unique features. You can rest an ice bowl in the top shelf without worrying about it tipping over, and the lower level includes a rack for your stemware. A smartly included brass rail is also built in, to help keep your collection of bottles from tipping over. Pop open some bubbly and imagine you’re having a nightcap at The Plaza.

Enamel & Chrome Folding Bar Cart

Folding Bar CartIf you are super cramped for space, then the perfect solution is this slick folding bar cart. When it’s party time, you’ve got a nice large cart with a rack for your bottles under the top shelf. When the party is over, it folds into a tight little package that, get this, still rolls, and can be moved behind a couch or to the back of the closet. It’s available in a few different colors, and would look superb in a retro style kitchen or home with mid-century detailing. These party plates would be a great accessory, too.

Clear Lucite Bar Cart

Lucite Bar Cart

People seem to have a love/hate relationship with lucite, but when it comes to bar carts, there seems to be mostly love. It makes sense, though, because clear lucite blends well with any color scheme, and walks the line between utilitarian and modern aesthetics. This simple lucite bar cart has clean lines and neutral styling, so it’s a great choice for lovers of the chunky clear plastic. There aren’t a lot of frills, but I appreciate the lip around the edge of each level, helping keep objects from rolling off the side as you move from room to room.

Metal Bar Cart with Storage

Metal Bar Cart

Excuse me while I put every single bar tool I own into this breathtaking metal bar cart. This thing is welded together within an inch of its life, and includes generously sized baskets to hold, well, you name it. I would use one for bar tools and necessities like napkins and swizzle sticks, and the other for garnishes and mixers. There’s a nice sturdy shelf on the bottom for your bottles, and plenty of space up top for mixing and serving. Especially perfect if you live in one of those converted warehouse lofts with the big sliding door.

Innovative Wooden Bar Cart

Wooden Bar Cart

The designer of this unusual wooden bar cart certainly knows how to think inside and outside the box. Complete with several wooden bins, concealed drawer storage, and a cool leather strap so you can pull it around the house, you’ll practically be a distraction at your own party. I love that the entire top surface is made up of bins, making it almost impossible to loose anything while you’re rolling. This wooden bar cart would make a great coffee table, too, but furniture this beautiful deserves to be home to a well curated liquor collection.

Catering Style Mobile Bar Cart

Mobile Bar Cart

At the risk of looking like a cater waiter at a wedding reception, I’d like to put up a few points of defense for having your own black plastic mobile bar cart. First, they are designed to last for years of hard use, since they are made for a professional setting. Second, they are build for speed and efficiency, knowing that a good cater waiter needs to keep the line moving. Finally, it feels pretty cool to stand behind a professional looking mobile bar cart and serve up drinks like you are a cool college kid who just “needs some extra cash.” A huge tip jar duct taped to the top is highly recommended.

Triangular Black Bar Cart

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For every super fancy, feature-packed bar cart I find, there’s a simple option that seems just as appealing. I really love the triangular shape of this black bar cart, giving 60s office realness, but with a twist. This modestly sized rolling option is perfect for apartments, or even the deck, because you can role it into a tight corner when it’s time to play Twister. The classic black finish is durable and versatile, although some colorful accessories would help enhance the party feel.

Shiny Modern Bar Cart

Modern Bar Cart
The beautiful thick frame on this modern bar cart make it seem substantial and significant. The metal is polished to an incredible shine, which is a trademark of modern decor. If you’ve got a Jeff Koons sitting around, it would look great on this bar cart. When you fill the top shelf with beautiful liquor bottles and decanters, you’ll want to pour a drink all the time, just so you can be near it. Serve your cocktails in platinum rim glasses, and everyone will want to put on their Sunday clothes.

Tube TV Retro Bar Cart

Retro Bar Cart
Hands down the most innovative makeover for useless TVs I’ve ever seen. Even if you are still a youngster, you’ve seen these now quirky old TVs, with their spiky legs and strange oval-meets-rectangle screens. The outer design is always very appealing, but it’s the guts inside that are full of mercury and a picture tube that won’t even pick up an antenna signal anymore. I’ve seen them turned into fish tanks and hamster cages, but this retro bar cart would make anyone tune in. Although it might not give you a lot of storage space, as TVs weren’t always as big as Fiat, you can squeeze in the basics, and make your guests happy every time you roll by.

Sculpted Silver Bar Cart

Silver Bar CartThere’s no need to hire a bar staff for your parties when you’ve got these two guys to hold up your bar cart. A design by South African artist Carol Boyes, this silver bar cart is actually made of pewter and cast aluminum, with glass shelves and striking good looks. The back wheels on this bar trolley have brakes, so you can keep it out all the time as a prized piece of cool furniture.

Round Wine Bar Cart

Wine Bar Cart

In some circles, everybody just wants wine. This wine bar cart is perfect for those groups of people. There’s plenty of room on top for popping corks, pouring wine, and laying out a spread of cheese and crudités. It’s also sturdy enough to pack with enough bottles of wine to quench the thirst of a fairly large group. The riveted edge and industrial inspired wheels carry the look of an historic vineyard, as well as your best vintage.

Titillating Summer Cocktails You’ll Want to Put Your Face In

Summertime, and the drinkin’ is easy! Beaches are jumpin’ and hemlines are high. When the sun heats up, it’s time to check out the latest refreshing summer cocktails, packed with titillating ingredients and our favorite liquors. We’ve collected a little something for everyone. The best summer cocktails will lift your spirits, and energize you day. These summer cocktail recipes include classics like vodka and rum, and also some liquors that are making a comeback, like moonshine and absinthe. Shake up a few of our radiant summer cocktails, and dive into the best poolside drinks your friends will want to enjoy all season.

Rum & Coconut Water CocktailRum and Coconut Water Cocktails

Without question, rum tops the lists of favorite summertime liquors. It’s the main ingredient in the Hurricane, piña coladas, and the entire list of fruity daquiris. Sometimes, though, all that sugar can become too much when you’re outside in the sun all day. We are big fans of the Rum & Coconut Water cocktail. It’s simple (only two ingredients) and brings classic island flavor without the need for a smoothie machine. The original recipe calls for golden rum, which is a great choice, but there are dozens of flavor options available for your rum cocktails. Pineapple rum was excellent, with orange coming in a close second. The other great thing about coconut water cocktails is they provide a natural source of electrolytes, and keep you hydrated throughout the day.

moonshine-cocktailsSwizzle Me Timbers

Moonshine ain’t just for Pappy anymore. White whiskey, colloquially known as moonshine, is popping up everywhere, from trendy restaurants to four star dessert menus. On New Year’s Eve, I tried some moonshine-soaked cherries that are commercially available, and even added a couple to my champagne glass. Historically, “moonshine” referred to illegally produced spirits, but that’s no longer the case.

One of the most common forms of moonshine available in the US is corn whiskey, which offer up a strong bite but crisp flavor, much brighter than its darker cousins bourbon and rye. One of the easiest moonshine cocktails to try is the Swizzle Me Timbers, created by Denver bartender Kevin Burke. This moonshine cocktail recipe calls for Tuthilltown’s Hudson New York Corn Whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and St. Germain, garnished with mint and cucumber. This summer cocktail is about as fresh as you can get.

First Avenue Cocktailsherry-cocktails

I’ve had sherry a few times, usually at an afternoon receptions, or a cocktail party when the host runs out of vodka & whiskey, and we turn to whatever is left. However, sherry is showing up on bar menus more and more all the time, and with good reason. It’s usually sweet, and relatively mild in flavor. Sherry can be sipped on its own, or mixed into drinks for added flavor and texture.

The First Avenue cocktail is a great choice for summer, especially if you’ve never tried sherry cocktails before. Made with sweet sherry, Cointreau, Campari,, and club soda, you’ll find familiar flavors that balance perfectly with something new. With only four ingredients, this refreshing drink recipe can be mixed up very quickly, with a few splashes into a rocks glass.

Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita

Mezcal CocktailsThe first time I tried mezcal, I was caught off guard. The waiter described it as a sweet and smoky sister to tequila, but when I tasted my drink, I could have sworn it was tequila herself! They two liquors are very similar, with the primary difference being mezcal is made from the maguey plant, but still produced in Central America. Maguey is a form of agave, so the waiter was right in that mezcal and tequila are technically sisters. My new favorite cocktail is the Haterade from Pump Bar OKC, with incorporates Gatorade as a mixer. For my Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita, I combined Sombra white mezcal with Limon Pepino Gatorade, a flavor that incorporates cucumber and lime. Squeeze in a little fresh lime juice as well, and shake before pouring over a ice. This poolside cocktail combines smoky, sweet, and sour into summer perfection.

Grecian Mule CocktailGrecian Mule Cocktail

Here’s another original recipe we came up with that celebrates summers by the Mediterranean sea. The Grecian Mule is a take on the classic Moscow Mule, but adding anise-flavored Ouzo into the mix. We didn’t skip the vodka completely, because too much ginger and licorice flavor floating around together gets mighty strong. To make these Ouzo cocktails, go with four parts ginger beer, one part vodka, and one part Ouzo, poured over ice in a copper mug, of course. Instead of lime juice, garnish with fresh figs, or a splash of blackberry liqueur. Before you know it, you’ll be transported to white beaches and crystal blue waters.

Crysanthemum Absinthe CocktailAbsinthe Cocktails

One of the most historically controversial liquors, at least in the US, absinthe is now a naughty favorite, popular with people who like to take risks and try new adventures. The truth is that the absinthe cocktails served in America today don’t have any psychedelic qualities, other than getting you good-old-fashioned-drunk. The best summer absinthe cocktail we found was the Crysanthemum, made with Benedictine liqueur, dry vermouth, and garnished with orange peel.

You might have a little trouble getting your hands on all the ingredients, but if you are up for the challenge, you’ll be rewarded handsomely. The Crysanthemum cocktail is one of those that make you feel exotic, and to use a term that’s anything but, “fancy.” Save this one for those summertime cocktail parties that happen indoors.

 

vodka cocktailsPears Martini

Years ago, I was having a drink at the Duplex in New York City, and ordered an Absolut Pears Mojito from the menu, and I’ve been in love with this vodka ever since. I’ve gone into at least a dozen bars and restaurants, trying to find someone who can recreate the original deliciousness. Since then, I’ve discovered the Absolut Pears Martini, made with Absolut Pears, simple syrup, lemon juice, and pear puree.

The pear puree does require a little bit of prep, but you can also find thick pear juice at some specialty grocers, and it works perfectly well. The bright sweetness of the pear combined with the vivid punch of lemon juice is beyond compare, and brings an under-represented summer fruit to the cocktail bar.

Chelsea Rose Gin CocktailHendrick's Gin Cocktails

Gin lovers know that not all gins are created equal. Known for their piney, juniper berry infused flavor, gins get a reputation for tasting like a Christmas tree. And some do. However, the best gins combine the signature evergreen flavor with proprietary botanicals that make their batches fragrant and unmistakable. Hendrick’s Gin is made in Scotland, and is known for unusual flavors, such as rose, packed into its small, 500 liter batches. The Chelsea Rose calls for Hendrick’s Gin, cloudy apple juice, raspberries, and fresh lemon. Extra good if your market carries in-house fresh apple juice, with will bring invigoratingly sweet flavor to these delicious gin cocktails. Try serving this delightful mixed drink in a whiskey tumbler to give it an old fashioned feel.

Bourbon CocktailsBourbon Swizzle

For the past couple of decades, it was considered gauche to drink whiskey anyway other than neat or straight, but come on, whiskey should be just as social as other spirits. Cocktails made with bourbon are known for being dark, heavy, and usually brown, but with the right mixers and garnish, you can highlight the sweetness and bring bourbon out into the daylight. That’s where the Bourbon Swizzle comes in. Bringing together summer favorites like mint sprigs and lemon juice, these bourbon cocktails will light up any poolside drink service. Bulleit bourbon is made with rye, corn, and barley, so it comes across as lighter than from other Kentucky distilleries.

You might also try serving this bourbon cocktail in a mint julep glass, getting use out of those things throughout the year, rather than just during The Derby. A few dashes of bitters and a great visual presentation turn the Bourbon Swizzle into a new summer favorite.

Summer HoedownSummer Beer Cocktails

When I found this watermelon cocktail recipe, I almost fell out of my chair. I love watermelon juice, but I’d never thought to mix it into a beer cocktail. Found regionally at the Brew Exchange in Austin, Texas, the Summer Hoedown cocktail is made with fresh watermelon juice, maraschino liqueur, and white beer. It’s a little tricky to get the proportions exactly right, because the flavor of every watermelon is different.

Ever since trying this beer cocktail, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for a watermelon hard cider, so I can make a down-South version of the Snakebite. Until that day arrives, I’ll continue to surprise my friends with watermelon juice and beer, served along side a spread of barbecue and potato salad. If you’re fresh out of mason jars, you’ve got to serve these beer cocktails in pint glasses, with the added bonus of making your craft beer snob friends feel more comfortable.

Champagne CocktailsFizzy Lifting Drink

Bubbles are an icon of summer fun: blowing bubbles outside on summer break, chewing bubble gum in the park, and when you grow up, bubbling champagne. This champagne cocktail, with the Wonka-inspired name of Fizzy Lifting Drink, is a mix of crème de cassis, ginger liqueur, brut Champagne, and garnished with a lemon peel. In place of the ginger liqueur, you can also try berry flavored concoctions, such as Bols, or 99 Blackberries. These champagne cocktails make a great punch,too, because you can blend the other ingredients together before hand, and add them to the bubbly as needed. I served these at brunch a few weeks ago, and they are a great alternative to mimosas. They contain more alcohol, though, so don’t get so drunk you float up to the ceiling, or you might not get the chocolate factory.

Campari Fresh

Campari CocktailsAn elusive bottle on the liquor shelf is Campari, the 150 year old spirit that’s made with dozens of natural flavors in a proprietary blend. We may not know what goes into it, but it’s absolutely tasty, and experiencing a growth in popularity. Because the liquor itself has so many flavors, you don’t need a lot to make Campari cocktails explode with summer richness. The Campari Fresh is made with pineapple juice, Campari, lemon juice, and that’s it. The proportions are, well, negotiable, or as some would say “to taste.” To turn this cocktail into a summer party punch, mix it with club soda or chilled herbal tea. Your guests will love the flavor, and you’ll get to join the party, rather than stand behind the bar all day. Win-win.

Easy Cocktail Recipe: Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita

During the summer, I like to spend lots of time outside. Whether it’s going to a music festival, lounging by the pool, or walking around the farmers’ market, sombra_bottlessometimes I have to make myself go inside. All that time in the sun can leave you dehydrated, but also thirsty for cocktails. What a conundrum! The solution is the Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita.

Margaritas are a symbol of summertime fun, with bright citrus flavors and tangy tequila. Mezcal is a spirit with a close relationship to tequila, and a similar flavor palette. It’s made from the maguey plant, which is similar to the agave plant used in tequila production. It’s known for having a smoky flavor, with a different kind of sweetness that traditional tequila. For this cocktail recipe, I decided to combine mezcal with Gatorade, to create an easy mixed drink recipe that celebrates the flavors of a margarita, and helps you stay hydrated in the sun, as well.

Mezcal Cucumber Gatorita

  • 1 1/2 oz mezcal
  • 4 oz Limon Pepino Gatorade
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim (optional)

In a cocktail shaker, mix mezcal, Gatorade, and freshly squeezed lime juice. If you can’t find the Limon Pepino flavor, lemon lime works just fine. Although I recommend the former, because the cucumber lime flavors blend beautifully with the bite of the mezcal. If you like, salt the rim of your glass, add ice, then pour in the shaker contents.

If you like sparkling drinks, leave room to add a little club soda for a lighter taste. To make the Gatorita into a party punch, simply multiply the proportions, adding a little extra booze to account for melting ice in the punch bowl.

Mezcal Cocktail

Enter to Win The Sizzler Beer Saver – 10 Lucky Winners!

Here at HomeWetBar, we are passionate about beer, which is why we want to give you the chance to win our awesome new Sizzler Beer Saver and Bottle Opener. This awesome piece of beer gear not only opens your bottles with ease, but closes them, too. Able to tightly seal any glass beer or classic soda bottle, The Sizzler keeps your beer fizzy for up to three days. It also works if, like us, you are just trying to save your beer for three minutes. The Sizzler beer saver is easily folded and can be taken with you wherever your beer tasting adventures may lead. The Sizzler is HomeWetBar tested and approved.

 

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While you’re here, check out some of our other cool beer accessories. Here’s three of our latest & greatest:

Custom Beer Tap Handle

Custom Beer Tap Handle

Personalized Beer Mug

Personalized Beer Mug

Wooden Personalized Sign

Wooden Personalized Sign

Funny Anniversary Quotes for Couples Who Drink Together

The secret to a happy marriage is really no secret: laughter. The couple who laughs together, stays together. This is true every day, every year, and anniversaries are no exception. The longer a couple lives together as one, the more they understand one another, and can appreciate a mutual sense of humor. Anniversaries are a time to reflect on the joys of a relationship, and even though it’s an occasion for reverence and romance, it’s the perfect opportunity to make your husband or wife laugh, too. Whether it’s a toast over dinner, or a post to their social steam, here’s our favorite funny anniversary quotes to make the occasion memorable.

First, a Little Poetry

I mean, I love Milton as much as the next guy, but sometimes poetry needs to make us laugh. Here’s a few funny anniversary poems, worthy of a mid-day email or a chuckle over dessert.

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Vodka is Cheaper
Than Dinner for Two

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A day of loving
A week of quarrel
A month of war
A year of marriage
Happy Anniversary!

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A man on his third anniversary
Bought a rose from a hip local nursery
Though the stem was all thorny
His wife thought it most corny
Saying all but fine jewelry is cursory.

Marriage Is…

Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other always needs more whiskey.

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Scottish Wisdom

Prolific writer and famed Scottish Nationalist, Compton Mackenzie, was most well known for his essays and fiction. He also had some advice on romance that’s one of the best anniversary quotes we’ve seen:

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.”

When a Couple Really Works

You know the marriage is working when both are ready for another martini at the same time.

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Traditional Irish Toast

Here’s to the wine we love to drink, and the food we like to eat.
Here’s to our wives and sweethearts, let’s pray they never meet.
Here’s champagne for our real friends And real pain for our sham friends.
And when this life is over, may all of us find peace.

Honesty, Understanding, and…

A good marriage is one that allows for honesty, understanding, and an extra fridge just for beer.

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Anniversary Gifts for Drunk Husbands

We all know the traditional gifts associated with wedding anniversaries, but after 25 years of marriage, some guys really aren’t interested in silver jewelry. Here’s a guide for them.

  • 1st – Paper
  • 5th – Wood
  • 10th – Tin
  • 15th – Blended Whiskey
  • 20th – Bourbon
  • 25th – Single Malt Scotch

Funny Anniversary Quotes for Husband

Okay guys, not all quotes are created equal. Here’s our favorite funny wedding anniversary quotes for husbands, packed with whiskey, shots, and humor only a loving couple could enjoy.

The few things I really like are beer, scotch, bourbon, and my wife.

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  • Marriage is like a friendly bartender: you think that the other is flirting but all they really want is some cash.
  • Marriage is like an expensive bottle of whiskey: it gets better with age, but some people just prefer vodka.
  • Marriage is like having cocktails at Applebees: It’s not exactly cheap, but you never have to drink alone.
  • Thank you for standing by me all these years, and holding me up after the 4th round of shots.
  • Our wedding was many years ago. The hangover continues through today.

Funny Anniversary Quotes for Wife

Now, it’s the ladies’ turn. Guys seem to have no problem making jokes about their wives (ex: every one-liner about bad driving ever), so the husbands deserve a few jabs in return. We thought these funny anniversary sayings would be the perfect ammunition.

The few things I really like are vodka, vodka, vodka, and my husband.

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  • I’m so grateful that all those years ago I found that one amazing person I want to mix my martinis for the rest of my life.
  • I never knew what real happiness was until I got married; then I always had someone to pour my wine.
  • Anniversaries are an occasion to express your love, have an incredible dinner, and then ask for a huge favor after your husband is feeling buzzed.
  • If love is patient, why do we always have shots on our anniversary?

If your wife or husband truly has a great sense of humor, and loves to laugh more than anything in the world, here are a few of our best funny anniversary gifts, ready to bring a smile to their face.

Ceramic Tiki Mugs

Ceramic Tiki Mugs

Tipsy Wine Glasses

Tipsy Wine Glasses

Extremely Large Drink Shaker

Extremely Large Drink Shaker

14 Mind-Blowing Facts from Mother’s Day History

The Information Age has taught us that few chapters from history come without complications, and Mother’s Day is no exception. Today, the biggest drama seems to be the irresponsible son, who wakes up in cold sweats on a spring Sunday morning, and asks, “Wait! What date is Mother’s Day?” While this crisis is easily averted by always remembering the second Sunday in May, when we look back at the history of Mother’s Day, we find a mind-blowing series of events, and a few crazy coincidences. From controversial beginnings to modern mega-holiday, let’s look at some remarkable pieces of Mother’s Day trivia and facts.

History of Mother’s Day

One of the women considered to be a founder of Mother’s Day also wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” In 1870, Julia Ward Howe gave her famous Mother’s Day Proclamation, which begged the entire country to put an end to excessive violence. She hoped to convene a women’s congress for peace in response to the Civil and Franco-Prussian Wars. Celebrity mom Dionne Warwick, would eventually have a similar proclamation, “What The World Needs Now Is Love.”

History of Mother's Day

Anna Marie Jarvis

A generation or so later, in 1905, Anna Marie Jarvis began her fight to have Mother’s Day recognized as a national holiday. Jarvis was the founder of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs, which sought improvements to health and sanitation standards in several major cities. As Jarvis’ campaign for official recognition plowed on, it was met with harsh criticism. Senator Henry Moore Teller described the idea of Mother’s Day as “absolutely absurd” and “trifling.” After a fight from several politicians, Woodrow Wilson signed it onto the official US calendar in 1914. Time to party, right?

It wasn’t always easy sailing for the official Mother’s Day, though. In the 1920s, a man named Robert Spero introduced the idea of Parents’ Day, which would be celebrated on the second Sunday in May, and replace both Mother’s and Father’s Day. When asked what gave him the idea for the new holiday, he said it came from being saddened by seeing all of the fathers who looked like they felt left out during Mother’s Day festivities. He had some success for a few years, especially in New York. After gaining momentum through the end of the 1930s, advocates of Parents’ Day disappeared, and everyone went back to giving moms and dads their own special days. The rest is Mother’s Day history.

Mother’s Day Trivia

On occasion, major (or minor) historical events will coincide with Mother’s Day. Although they may or may not have anything to do with actual moms, it’s fun to remember that everything’s not carnations and chocolates all day long. Here’s a few bits of Mother’s Day trivia you can take to brunch with you, and impress your entire family.

1969

Monty Python

The Pythons

Even though Monty Python’s Flying Circus did not air until October 5, 1969, great ideas have to start somewhere. The guys who made up the comedy troupe, including Graham Chapman, John Cleese, and Terry Gilliam, had worked together on a number of comedy shows before Flying Circus, but the date they are said to have come together to officially form the Pythons was on Mother’s Day, May 11, 1969.

1989

The Keaton Family

The Keaton Family

Mother’s Day celebrations must have been bittersweet in 1989. One of the most beloved sitcoms of its time, Family Ties, finished a 7 season run on May 14, 1989. Though the show primarily explored the politics of the 70s and 80s, it’s that loveable Keaton family that made the show a hit, including that awesome ex-hippie mother, played by Meredith Baxter. On a side note, another famous TV mother, Judith Light from Who’s The Boss, made a guest appearance during season two!

1988

Mike Tyson & his adoptive Mom

Mike Tyson & his adoptive Mom

On May 8, 1988, Mother’s Day, Mike Tyson crashed his $180K Bentley into a parked car in New York City. Hopefully, Tyson’s mother, Camille Ewald, grounded him for hot-rodding, reckless driving, and being late to dinner. “You’re going to bed without supper, Michael Gerard!”

2010

Lena Horne

Lena Horne and Family

Beloved American singer and actress, Lena Horne, died on May 9, 2010, which was Mother’s Day. Horne was mother to two children, Gail and Edwin. Her granddaughter, Jenny Lumet, wrote the screenplay for Rachel Getting Married.

1971

Jean Stapleton with her TV family

Jean Stapleton with her TV family

In a triumph for Mother’s Day history, at the 23rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on May 9, 1971, Jean Stapleton won best actress in a comedy series for All in the Family, beating stars Mary Tyler Moore and Marlo Thomas. TV Moms: 1; Single Ladies: 0.

Mother’s Day Facts

50 countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day each year. Just like the United States and our northern sibling, Canada, the countries of Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium all celebrate Mother’s day on the second Sunday in May.  from SGN Magazine

Every year in America, 4.1 million new mothers give birth. That’s a lot of new honorees each year, so there’s no sign of slowing celebrations.Mother's Day Facts

Traditionally, India celebrates Mother’s Day for 10 days each year during the month of October. No evidence that flowers must be delivered every day, but I know my mom would expect 10 gifts. And she deserves it!

Mother’s Day is the third largest holiday in the US for sending cards. It’s estimated that more than 50 percent of American households send greeting cards to deserving moms, step-moms, and grandmothers. This does not include eCards or Facebook shout-outs.  from SGN Magazine

In France and Germany, matriarchs of large families can receive state-sponsored awards based on how many children they claim. It’s like the child-bearing Olympics, but without bobsleds or pole vaulting. There might be pole vaulting; I’ve never been to Germany.

In the UK and Ireland, “Mothering Sunday” is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Historically, it was a day when master tradesmen gave their apprentices the day off, so they could return home and be with their families. Now they just watch re-runs of Celebrity Apprentice and talk about eating chocolate again after Easter.  from New Orleans Magazine, May 2012

Now that you’ve learned everything you need to know about the history of Mother’s Day, it’s time to return to present day, and do what every self-respecting offspring should do: go shopping. Here’s a few cool Mother’s Day gifts that are sure to make her smile on the holiday, and everyday.

Giant Wine Glass

Giant Wine Glass

Marble Wine Chiller

Marble Wine Chiller

Engraved Bloody Mary Glass

Engraved Bloody Mary Glass

World’s 10 Worst Groomsmen & the Wedding Disasters They Created

The world could be categorized into two types of people: those who dread wedding disasters, and those who live for them. I’ve never been one to shy away from relishing an awkward moment, so definitely place me in the latter group. Wedding horror stories are fairly common. When you bring together disparate family members, friends who don’t speak anymore, and a bunch of children, then cram them into an old building with an open bar and $10K worth of catered food, something crazy is bound to happen. Groomsmen can usually get away pretty clean, dressed in their black tuxes and fading into the shadows of the reception as the night moves on, but from time to time, there’s a groomsman who causes trouble. Whether he breaks someone’s toe using his SYTYCD moves during the funny groomsmen dance, or insults everyone in the room with his wedding jokes, a rogue groomsman is something that must be approached with caution. So until your next wedding, here’s the world’s 10 worst groomsmen, and the wedding disasters incited by their shenanigans.

Weddings Can’t Be THAT Boring

 

Sometimes trouble comes in small packages. Though this groomsman could possibly be a kid, he could also just be the groom’s shortest college buddy, so we’re not giving him any excuses. While standing up before the assembly, this guy gets so tired he falls asleep. Props to him, though, for his mad light-as-a-feather, stiff-as-a-board skills.

Next Time, Hire Security for the Gift TableWedding Gifts

Just because you’ve said, “I do,” that doesn’t mean you are free from wedding day disasters. A groomsman at a wedding in Dayton, OH tried to get away with almost $7,000 in cash, checks, and gift cards during the reception. After tricking the staff at the reception hall by politely asking if he could change clothes in a back room, they discovered that 55 unopened wedding card envelopes had been swiped. The money was recovered later that evening when they found a garment bag that the groomsman had stashed in the bushes outside. Moral of the story: if there’s a groomsman in the bushes, he’s up to no good.

Jump On It! (But Please Not the Cake)

When this bride took her place at the head of the room, she wasn’t planning to have a front row seat to one of the most classic wedding cake disasters on record. As if these dudes weren’t bad enough for picking “Apache” from the Sugarhill Gang as their funny groomsmen dance, their wild moves and lack of awareness for their surroundings caused everyone at the reception to miss out on cake. Hopefully, the crowd rioted.

What Do You Do with a Drunken Groomsman?

Wedding Moonshine
Having a few drinks before the ceremony may be ill-advised, but isn’t uncommon. On his blog, Rev. Glynn Ferguson writes about his adventures from the “wedding front lines!” In one of his stories, he recalls a group of groomsmen who, along with the groom, got drunk as skunks on moonshine right before the ceremony. Incidents include a groomsman greeting him at the hotel room door with no pants, and an unseemly outburst during a moment of silence at the wedding. According to the Rev, ‘All inhibitions aside the groomsman blurted out “Isn’t that the most #$%!n beautiful couple you have ever seen,’ at the top of his lungs. The bride teared up, the groom turned blood red, and I stood there trying not to let my jaw drop open. He then proceeded to tell everyone present how “hot” the bride and groom were and what the sight of them was doing to part of his male anatomy.” Why couldn’t I have been there?

Being a Groomsman is Child’s Play

This is one of those wedding horror stories that you can actually share with your kids. I’m not sure how this guy got himself stuck in a swing, but let’s hope that he wasn’t trying to get a date with any of the bridesmaids. His friends are honestly trying to help him get un-stuck from this children’s park swing, but he should probably spend some time at the chin up bar before he returns to the playground.

They Just Don’t Make Linen Pants Like They Used To

Funny Groomsman
Picture the perfect destination beach wedding. White sands, blue sky, purple hilltops in the distance. The ceremony went off without a hitch. The wedding party changes into their coordinating mint green outfits, and you head to the water’s edge for one more photo shoot. A bridesmaid and groomsman, we’ll call them Jenny and Johnny, set up for their formal shot, and it’s beautiful. Not one single wedding disaster for miles around. Okay, now time for the “crazy” pose. Johnny tries to replicate the a Russian jump from his high school production of Fiddler on the Roof, and “whack!” He kicks Jenny in the eye. He takes a moment to console Jenny and apologize, until he realizes his pants have been ripped right in the crotch. Johnny walks over to a wet rock, and sits down, embarrassed and alone, until a turtle comes over and bites his ankle.

When Flash Mobs Go Bad

Dancing Bridesmaids

Weddings are known for requiring a lot of preparation: music rehearsals, menu planning, visits to the gym, and of course, flash mob practice. Kate, a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding, was excited when towards the end of the reception, the song came on. The song for which she and the girls of the wedding party had worked up some sick dance moves. It seemed weird that no one was clapping, until Kate noticed that a “…groomsman had come up behind one of the girls at the back and started grinding up against her and she turned around and slogged him. I don’t know what happened next but the bride had [him] pinned up up against a wall… I was more concerned with my friend but the next thing I know he was being escorted out of the wedding by his very pregnant wife.”

That Wedding was a Splash

If you’re like me, you roll your eyes any time someone says, “Oh my gosh. My life should totally be a reality show.” The lives of people on actual reality shows aren’t even real, so get over yourself. However, if this bride made that claim, I’d be on board. The video is a bit quiet at first, so I recommend jamming to Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” while you watch. You’ll also notice that this wedding disaster video has it’s own website.

What is it with Groomsmen and No Pants?

Funny Groomsmen Photo
A Washington state bride didn’t know what she was in for when she requested only “serious” wedding pictures from her groom and his groomsmen. She should have realized they would take it as a challenge. Although I can’t figure out the inspiration behind this photo, it certainly doesn’t get more serious than ironing creases into pleated slacks. These guys should also go in the funny groomsmen photos hall of fame.

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Some brides just can’t catch a break from wedding disasters. The day probably started off well, with a wedding on board a riverboat in the peaceful Pennsylvania sun. But then, the groom decided to start hitting on one of the waitresses, and it all went Titanic from there. Well, the relationship, at least. The waitress called her boyfriend, who was ready for a brawl when the boat got back to shore. Her boyfriend and the groom did get into a fight, swapped a few punches, then a trouble-making groomsman decided to get involved. “I’m not clear if he was trying to break it up, or if he was trying to participate in the fight, but whatever happened, his hand went through a window of a parked car, which caused blood to go all over the place,” said a public safety spokeswoman. Oh, and the groom’s brother also punched a police officer. I guess this bad groomsman was in good company.

So there you have it. The 10 of the worst imaginable groomsmen. Even though I love a good story to tell at the bar, I agree that there are certain wedding disasters to avoid. If you have an upcoming wedding, and want to protect yourself from guys like these, here’s a few tips from keeping wild groomsmen under control.  Do you have the best, most well behaved groomsman to ever walk down the aisle? Here’s a few of our best groomsman gifts for your wedding party.

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The 11 Best New Books to Read While Drinking

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. Except curling up with a good book while simultaneously getting drunk. You can sit back in your most comfortable chair, sip on your favorite alcohol, and let the book and the booze carry you off onto a journey to a far away place. Here are the 11 best new books to read while drinking. Only a few of these recommended books are actually about drinking alcohol, but all of them can be perfectly paired with a good strong drink and a few relaxing hours of reading enjoyment.

A Bad Character

By Deepti KapoorNew Book A Bad Character

A stand out in new fiction books, this self-described love story, A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor, is a dark novel about a young girl’s gritty experiences in the shadows of New Delhi. After having her life turned on its head by a series of unfortunate events, she embarks on a destructive journey and love affair. As you can imagine, there’s plenty of sex and intoxication to go around, but best parts of this book are the poetic descriptions of the seedy corners of the city that leave the reader feeling restless, excited, and just a little bit dirty. When the main character, Idha, sits drinking in a smoky New Delhi bar, you’ll want to slide up onto the stool next to her. With vivid descriptions of the underbelly of an exotic city, sipping a strong cocktail and transporting yourself to those same dark places is inevitable. Suggested drink pairing: dirty martini.

The Triumph of Seeds

New Book Triumph of SeedsBy Thor Hanson

At first glance, a book titled, The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History, might not seem that exciting, but Thor Hanson has taken the history and science of these little marvels and drawn out a fascinating account of seed culture. We should not forget the importance of seeds in the liquor cabinet, as well. From rye whiskey, to wheat vodka, to barley beer, it would be a lot harder to get drunk without our friends in the grain world. In the introduction, Hanson makes the suggestion, “So whether you prefer coffee and chocolate-chip cookies or mixed nuts, popcorn, pretzels, and a glass of beer, I invite you to sit down with your favorite seed-derived snacks, and let the journey begin.” I’ll drink to that!

Shadows in the Vineyard

By Maximillian PotterShadows in the Vineyard

Wine lovers, beware; not all books about wine involve romance in the Napa valley. This true crime story is so shocking at times, you might forget to breathe. So don’t forget to breathe! Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine is the almost unbelievable account of Aubert de Villaine, the proprietor of a vineyard that is known for creating the most expensive wines in the world. in 2010, he received an anonymous threat to poison his grapevines unless he paid a huge ransom. He initially dismissed it as a joke, but oh, no, it was no joke. A fascinating examination of this “botanical crime,” the book also offers a wonderful look into the steep tradition of French wine culture. A trove of great snooty wine-related one-liners, as well, you’ll be sure to annoy your friends by quoting gems like, “A book you can read it again. Wine you can only drink once.” Perfectly paired with a full bodied red wine.

Martini Wonderland

Book Recommendation Martini WonderlandBy Seth Schechter

Occasionally, the best new books come from unexpected places. A memoir written by Seth Schechter, Martini Wonderland: My Strange Adventures Inside the Grey Goose Goldmine, recounts the Gatsby-esque adventures of Sidney Frank, creator of Grey Goose Vodka. Schechter gives us a swirling look into his life as one of Frank’s party companions, taking us on adventures that crisscross the US from California wine country to a hotel room in New Rochelle. Even though the stories of martinis for breakfast can serve as a cautionary tale about living a life of excess, they still make day drinking look incredibly fun. The chapters are cleverly named after famous cocktails, so I recommend stocking your home bar, and shaking up the namesake drink associated with each section. Call me when you get to “Slippery Nipple.”

Plus One

By Christopher NoxonPlus One New Book

Hollywood-behind-the-scenes novels are nothing new, but Plus One by Christopher Noxon offers some incredibly funny, and highly specific insights. It’s the story of Alex Sherman-Zicklin, a mid level marketing exec with a famous wife who works in the entertainment industry. When she reaches new heights in her career, Alex becomes connected with a group of Plus Ones, men who have wives with levels of income and notoriety far greater than theirs. Noxon efficiently packs vivid descriptions and hilarity into every sentence, for example: “I’m out of my gourd on cough syrup and malt liquor the night I catch the Germs at the Starwood.” The story is highly entertaining, and presumably autobiographical, since Noxon is married to Weeds and Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan. It’s also a fun look at the inter-workings of marriage, and new definitions of matrimonial roles. Ideal drink pairing: fruit punch wine coolers.

Mermaids in Paradise

Mermaids in Paradise Best New BookBy Lydia Millet

Sure to be one of this year’s most popular books, Mermaids in Paradise brings us the newlywed characters of Deb and Chip, enjoying their honeymoon at a Caribbean resort when a marine biologist announces she’s discovered mermaids in a nearby coral reef. Wackiness ensues as greedy corporate mongers try to capitalize on these mythical creatures, and turn the delicate reef into a theme park. The married couple must join forces with a colorful group of characters to save the mermaids in a truly unique comic novel by Lydia Millet. This new book is filled with plenty of satire, and you’ll love, or at least love to hate many of the colorful characters. The sun-soaked settings make this the perfect choice among our best new books to pair with a daiquiri, or frozen margarita. Extra points if you read it on a boat.

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg

Ramones Book NewBy Marky Ramone

With Ramones t-shirts now being sold at Target, and countless commercials licensing their biggest hits, it’s easy to forget that they are one of the most influential bands in rock history. Marc Bell, a/k/a Marky Ramone, has released the “final word on the genius and mischief of the Ramones,” and the story will leave you reeling. In a chapter titled, “Hell’s Kitchen,” we read about life in a SoHo loft. “The apartment was party central. On any given night, members of the Dolls, the Ramones, and Blondie would stop by.” Um, where’s my invite? The facts of rock autobiographies can be shaky, at best, but details on life at places like CGBG in New York, and the Music Machine in London, make you want to party like a rock star, at least while you read. The book takes us through not only his stint with the Ramones, but the rest of his life and musical career including his friendship with Phil Spector, which is obviously fascinating on its own.  Best drinking buddy: Blitzkrieg Cocktail, of course.

Whisk(E)y Distilled

Books About WhiskeyBy Heather Greene

If you are looking for books about whiskey that contain everything you need to know about the good stuff, Whiskey Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life is a must read. Heather Greene knows her whiskey, and knows it well. Facts about the history and tasting of whiskey are intertwined with insights from her personal journey. The book is also filled with diagrams, charts, and illustrations that distill (see what I did there?) the minutiae of whiskey in to easily palatable shots (did it again). After reading Whisk(E)y Distilled, you can’t help but taste the entire journey of the spirits in your glass when you take a sip. She clearly elaborates on how everything from the way the grains are harvested to the climate where it’s aged has a direct impact on what goes into the bottle. You’ll want to keep an old fashioned glass and a bottle close by as your read, because as Greene describes the flavor nuances of, say, varying wood in whiskey casks, you won’t be able to stay focused without indulging. Recommended whiskey for the journey: Glenfiddich.

Liquid Intelligence

By Dave ArnoldLiquid Intelligence Bar Book

Cocktail instruction manuals might not be your idea of recreational reading, but one of the greatest new book releases, Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail, is quite the page-turner. Filled with detailed instructions, well-researched recipes, and mouth watering drink photos, Dave Arnold has written the definitive textbook for cocktail self education. Arnold dives deep when it comes to explaining the chemistry of mixing drinks, but his passion for tending bar shines bright. Even when he’s breaking down the finest scientific details, it reads more like a power ballad than a master’s thesis. Highlights include a beautiful tribute to making your own apple juice, and mind-blowing details about tonic water. It would be impossible to single out one drink as the perfect companion to this book, so my only suggestion is to start easy and pace yourself. I expect to see a Julie & Julia type experience between this book, and some ambitious drunk person.

Cat Out of Hell

Cat out of Hell Best BookBy Lynne Truss

This book has nothing to do with drinking, except I’m sure that talking cats appear to certain drunk people on a semi-regular basis. Cat Out of Hell, a novel by Lynne Truss, is flat out hilarious, and perfect for a night of drunken reading. Equally appropriate for self proclaimed cat people, as well as staunch cat haters, the story follows the journey of a man named Alec, and a talking cat named Roger. As if a talking cat named Roger isn’t awesome enough already, he also comes with a questionable past and an ice cold stare. Truss gives Roger the cat astute storytelling skills, but he’s more Raymond Reddington than Dr. Seuss. At my house, I only have two dogs, but ever since reading Cat Out of Hell, I look over my shoulder anytime a feline crosses my path. Best drink while reading: Black Cat cocktail

The Martini Shot

By George PelecanosThe Martini Shot Suggested Book

An incredible collection of crime fiction stories, The Martini Shot is great for readers who want to enjoy their cocktails and mystery in shorter spurts. These eight short stories, anchored by the title piece, “The Martini Shot”, explore a wide-ranging group of characters who are fighting against the toughest of odds. The author, George Pelecanos, was a writer and producer on the HBO show, The Wire, so he’s no stranger to pulling the reader into a powerful, brutal world. Many of the stories are reminiscent of the hard-boiled fiction of Dashiell Hammett, and dime store pulp novels. This story collection isn’t for the faint of heart, so you won’t want to drink anything too watered down. Whatever you drink, take it straight, with no chaser. Got it? Good.

 

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