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Oh, Hell Yes! The Sharknado 3 Drinking Game

Tacos shouldn’t be made out of Doritos, but sometimes they are. Sharks shouldn’t fly inside tornadoes, but here they are, again! As the third installment of Sharknado the movie swims blows onto our video screens, we are ready to shake up the cocktails, put on our Shark Week t-shirts one more time, and blow up into full weeknight party mode as we watch. With the first two Sharknado movies, SyFy brought us guilty pleasure TV with the perfect twist of nerdy indulgence, and enough CGI to rival Doctor Who Season 4. This time, Sharknado 3: Oh, Hell No! promises more of the same, with flying sea mammals, stock footage explosions, and lots of gratuitous Tara Reid.

Watch the Trailer

For some movies, you see all the good parts in the preview. The Sharknado 3 trailer, however, does just the right amount of teasing the awesome moments, without giving away the proverbial shark farm. It also does a great job of giving you glimpses of the Sharknado 3 cast, packed with cameo appearances and intense facial expressions.

Sharknado Drinking Game

Everyone knows that a party just isn’t a party without something to keep the room going. For a TV watch party, you need to keep everyone focused, but having fun. That is the goal of our ultimate Sharknado drinking game, which we’ve titled, “Oh, Hell Yes!” in honor of the franchise’s third installment. Please feel free to share with your friends, so all of America can come together as one during the Sharknado 3 premiere.

Sharknado Drinking Game

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Throw a Sharknado Party

Armed with a sure-to-be-talked-about movie debut, and an awesome drinking game, you really don’t need much else, but for fans who want to go to the next level, we collected our favorite Sharknado party ideas. Shark themed snacks are surprisingly easy to find, with shark gummy candies and cupcakes taking the lead as far as popularity.

Sharknado Party Food

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We were especially impressed by the oceanic bean dip, made with cannellini beans, blue food coloring, and a full on school of goldfish crackers.  Other great additions to a Sharknado party might include a surf and turf appetizer spread (Get it? Surf and turf for sharks and tornadoes. Pow!). Dressing up like sharks is surprisingly easy, with shark fin head wear being super easy to make with good old fashioned poster board and a headband. Extra credit if you use craft foam and fake blood.

We hope you enjoy our Sharknado drinking game, and as we anxiously await the movie premiere, we’ll probably end up playing a round or two this weekend, just to practice. Cheers to hoping for an incredible new part of the trilogy. Oh, hell yes!

Bullet Shot Glasses

Bullet Shot Glasses

Captain's Rum Glasses

Captain’s Rum Glasses

Party Ice Luge

Party Ice Luge

13 Coolest Bars You Never Knew Existed

When travelling to a new city, finding cool bars should be a top priority. The trick is, you won’t find a section in the local yellow pages for “coolest bars.” Sure, checking out online reviews is helpful, but just because Lena G. from South Dakota didn’t like the fries, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go there. Everyone has their own list of likes when it comes to feeling relaxed and having fun in a new bar. Some nightclubs are known for their excessive bells and whistles (sometimes literally). Historic bars tend to have a condescending ego that make some people feel at home, but doesn’t resonate with others. We tracked down 13 hidden treasures from across North America, and have crowned them the Coolest Bars You Never Knew Existed. You won’t necessarily find them in the travel guides, and the hotel concierge probably doesn’t have a pre-printed map to their entrance. These cool hangouts run the gamut from awesome dive bars, to newly discovered gems, to landmark neighborhood pubs that fill up with locals every night of the week. Congratulations to the winners, and please leave your nominations for cool but under-the-radar bars in the comments below.

Nob Hill Inn

Denver

Nob Hill Inn Denver

From nutty vintage artwork on the wall, to plenty of oldies on the jukebox, the Nob Hill Inn in Denver, Colorado is the historic bar that all others should strive to be. Situated along the popular Colfax Ave strip of bars, the location is perfect for popping in for a drink and a shot of whiskey during a night of bar hopping. You’ll find an eclectic mix of people, as the vibe here is very inviting. You might have a conversation with a guy who stumbled over from his house across the street, or a local college professor who’s grading term papers in one of the red pleather booths. You never know, and that’s why it’s great.

Low Brow Lounge

Portland

Low Brow Lounge Portland

With a slogan like, “Keeping the Pearl safe for the rest of us since 1998,” we are definitely sold on the Low Brow Lounge. Well known as one of the cool bars in Portland, their #1 claim to fame is tater tots. I know, a bar should usually be judged primarily by their cocktails, but after you taste these tots, you’ll understand. You’ll typically find DJs here, helping to keep the fun vibe going until late. Happy hour specials keep the Low Brow Lounge popular among people who frequent the famous Pearl District, and visitors will enjoy getting a sample of a rebellious Portland institution.

Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge

New Orleans

Snake and Jakes Cool Bar New Orleans

Self-proclaimed as “New Orlean’s legendary dive bar,” Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge is still unknown to many travelers. Sure, people from all over the world have sidled up to the dimly lit bar and ordered a Shlitz, but this Louisiana pub still feels like a big secret, with it’s hole-in-the-wall exterior and address that’s miles from Bourbon Street. A steady stream of local residents and super cheap drinks, along with classic dive bar surroundings, make Snake and Jake’s one of the coolest bars around.

MAFIAoZA’S 12South

Nashville

MAFIAoZAs 12South

Pizza and wine are a classic combination, but not the first things that come to mind when you think of Nashville. That will change after stopping by MAFIAoZA’s 12South. Styled like a 1920s Italian bistro, this upscale bar and restaurant offers over 70 wines and 65 beer options, all hand selected. With cool features like a solid copper bar and chicken wings that can be ordered by the pound, MAFIAoZA’s is a great diversion from your typical, touristy Tennessee fare.

The Matador

Santa Fe

The Matador Santa Fe

Some people describe The Matodor as an underground bar, because it actually is. Although this bar is centrally located below street level near the historic Santa Fe Downtown Plaza, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a rad Manhattan 80s punk bar. Even though it’s surrounded by beautiful adobe buildings, and the rich history of New Mexico, inside you’ll find a shrine to classic alternative, ska, rockabilly, and cult movie favorites. Don’t let the graffiti on the walls fool you– it’s merely another example of the great art that can be discovered in Santa Fe, albeit a little more subversive and way more cool.

Please Don’t Tell

New York City

Please Dont Tell NYC

You might have heard something about Please Don’t Tell, but without ever knowing the name. This speakeasy in New York City is know by many as, “the one with the phone booth,” since entry to this hangout is made through an actual phone booth. This bar is tiny, and it’s so popular among native New Yorkers that you will likely have trouble finding a seat. The place is set up from top to bottom with quirky decor, like random taxidermy specimens and tufted leather doors. The posted rules of ettiquette include keeping your voice at a reasonable volume, refraining from cell phone calls, and turning the light off in the bathroom.  At other places, a posted set of rules would seem really square, but at PDT, it somehow fits, making this one of the cool bars in NYC you should check out.

The Libertine Bar

Dallas

Libertine Bar Dallas

Boasting an incredible menu that puts a Dallas spin on classic American diner fare, The Libertine Bar is a great place to meet for a drink and nibbles on a Tuesday*. There’s an incredible selection of craft beers, many of them brewed in Texas.  You’ll also find over 40 different types of whiskey, and I recommend pairing all of them with the Big Pig pulled pork sandwich. Upping the cool factor at The Libertine is the ability to buy a beer or cocktail for a friend who couldn’t make it, and the bartenders will allow them to stop by and drink it up to 30 days later. Located in the Lower Greenville neighborhood, you’ll also find outdoor seating and Southern hospitality. *Also open every other night.

Volstead Bar

Sandusky, OH

The Volstead Bar

 

For all of you who travel to the midwest, and think, “I really wish there was a great speakeasy in Ohio,” you’re in luck, because we found a great one. The Volstead Bar is an awesome little 22-seat tavern that embodies the vibe of days gone by. The structure that houses The Volstead was constructed in the late 1800s, and was first home to a winery, and later a popular brothel, so people have been having fun here for decades. Although it’s been updated, you can still see much of the original architecture.

Liar’s Saloon

Montauk

Liars Saloon Montauk NY

 

Sometimes the coolest bars pop up in the most unexpected places. The Liar’s Saloon is situated at the back of a boatyard in beautiful Montauk, NY. Comfy and cozy are the name of the game here, unless you stop by on karaoke night when the party crowd shows up in full force. There’s a very loyal group of regulars at the Liar’s Saloon, and many of them have first dibs on a particular bar stool, so respect the arrangement and everything will be fine.

Tough Luck Club

Tucson

Tough Luck Club Tucson

Look no further than the drink menu to understand why the Tough Luck Club is so cool. With cocktail names like, “Nerdface”, “Philosopher’s Burden”, and “Nanu Nanu”, you know you’re in good company. Who doesn’t like a good Mork & Mindy reference? This awesome bar is located in the basement of a pizza place in downtown Tucson. The rock walls and weathered-wood bar make for the best of the best in underground drinking pleasure.

Bar Neon

Toronto

Bar Neon Toronto

One of the best establishments in Toronto’s up-and-coming Bloordale district is Bar Neon. You’ll find brightly colored, whimsical walls on the inside, and a great outdoor patio for drinking under the sun or stars. Menu favorites include “buck-a-shuck” oysters and daily pint specials. If you happen to be there on a full moon, be sure to wear neon colors and glow sticks to join the locals for a bright nighttime celebration.

LONGBAR

Las Vegas

LONGBAR Las Vegas

The claim to fame here is, you guessed it, “the Longest Bar in Nevada.” Located in historic downtown Las Vegas, LONGBAR can be found inside The D Hotel & Casino. Stretching for over 100 feet across the casino floor, you can get a drink, watch the game, and even place a bet from your barstool. They serve frozen cocktails to cool you in the desert sun, or just about anything else you could dream of. With 1000 square feet of bar space, there’s no shortage of liquor.

Saloon

Boston

Saloon Boston Cool Bars

Serving up the best brown liquors and local beers in Boston, Saloon takes drinking seriously. With a family style menu that’s meant for sharing, you’ll dine on classic American favorites in a quintessential American city. Located in the hip Davis Square, you’ll mingle with an eclectic and artsy crowd. There’s no sign to mark the entrance, so look for the unmarked door with cool people going through.

 

Coolest Bars You Never Knew Existed

What is a Monogram?

With the immense popularity of personalized gifts, it’s no wonder that classic monogrammed initials are one of the most popular choices. Even with the seemingly limitless possibilities of laser engravers, computerized embroidery machines, and permanent inks, the personalized monogram continues to be an impressive way to add sophistication and ownership to home accessories. So, what is a monogram? Where did it come from, and why is it so popular? These answers date back over two thousand years.

Monogrammed Initials on Marble

Monogrammed Initials on Marble

Technically speaking, a monogram is a design that incorporates two or more letters that have been connected in some way. The letters might be interlocked, surrounded by a border or unique artwork, or simply arranged in a striking way. A monogram might also refer to a single, decorative letter that appears on an object to add style, and mark ownership.

What is My Monogram?

Although you can create a monogram out of any set of words, it’s most often made from an individuals initials. Custom monograms might appear on glassware, home decor, luggage, personal accessories, or anything, really. The classic three letter monogram places the initial of the person’s last name, or surname, in the center, in a size larger than the other two letters. The first name initial appears on the left, while the middle initial appears on the right. Below is an example using the famous name, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Monogrammed Glass Mug

Monogrammed Glass Mug

The three letter monogram can also be used by engaged and married couples. Although the arrangement of the letters may vary, depending on preference, the standard format is the couple’s shared surname in the center, with the first letter from each of the couple’s first names appearing to either side. Traditionally, items made for use in the kitchen or dining room, such as table linens, are monogrammed with the wife’s first initial on the left. Accessories such as bar glasses, bed linens, and ash trays, put the husband’s initial on the left instead. As a point of etiquette, the Emily Post institute states that brides should never put to use anything with their new, married monogram until after the wedding.

History of the Monogram

Monogrammed initials date back to the 6th century B.C., according to Cynthia Brumback, author of The Art of the Monogram. During this era, coins were stamped with the rulers initials to add authenticity. King Charlemagne is credited with establishing the monogram as we know it today. His military conquests were publicly marked with Charlemagne’s initials to communicate his power to everyone in the land. Other royalty and military leaders then adopted monogram letters as a symbol of wealth and power. According to Brumback, in the Middle Ages, artists and merchants began adopting the monogram initials to identify their works, and distinguish them from others.

What is a Monogram?

Monogram of King Frederik V

The Victorian Era ushered in the use of monograms as a symbol of ownership and social status, which continues to this day. According to Linda Dannenberg in, “The Artful Monogram,” families that had acquired new wealth, but lacked the family coat of arms associated with historically rich families, adopted the monogram for their estates and personal properties. Even families attempting to appear wealthy would hand stitch family initials into their clothing and linens as a sign of sophistication and class.

Today, custom monograms continue to be hallmarks of style. The “LV” logo that appears on leather goods from the Louis Vuitton design house is technically a monogram. Coco Chanel’s uniquely coupled “CC” logo is internationally known, and a staple of high style.

Monogrammed Whiskey Set

Monogrammed Whiskey Set

This rich history fuels what is monogram mania today. Whether you design your own monogram, or prefer a classic version, monogrammed gifts continue to provide the best way to impress a loved one on their special occasion. Whether it’s monogrammed whiskey glasses on the wet bar, or engraved cuff links that you wear every year on your anniversary, when you make your own monogram known to those around you, remember that you are following in the footsteps of kings.

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

Rock Lake

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

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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

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