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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.

Add a New Car Window to the Registry

Smashed Car Window
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.

Engraved Leather Flask

Engraved Leather Flask

Split Level Shot Glasses

Split Level Shot Glasses

Custom Beer Koozie

Custom Beer Koozie

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.

 

What are Whiskey Stones? We’ve Got the Lowdown.

When it comes to drinking trends that can weather the storm, whiskey stones have miraculously floated to the top. They’ve been on shelves for almost a decade now, and though they once occupied only a small space in the whiskey tasting toolbox, they’ve now moved front and center, standing tall alongside crystal rocks glasses and angostura bitters. Lovers of rye and single malts can be picky about the way their drink is poured, and new innovations have created exciting ways for true aficionados to drink. What are whiskey stones? A deceptively simple bar tool that perfectly blends form, function, and a whiskey drinker’s affinity for timelessness.

What are Whiskey Stones?

Whiskey stones are small cubes of clean, cut natural stone used to chill whiskey and other spirits. These stones, available in a variety of sizes, are designed to be stored in the freezer, and added to Whiskey Stones in a Glassstraight shots of whiskey, bourbon, or scotch, in order to chill them without the risk of diluting the drink. While it’s true that different drinkers have varying preferences, including some who prefer to have a little water added to their drink, whiskey rocks create the possibility to quickly lower the temperature, while preserving unadulterated straight-from-the-bottle taste. Since good whiskey is aged over many years, a nice bottle isn’t always cheap. Maintaining the distilleries desired balance for flavors is important, and too much water can lead to a watered down taste. Whiskey stones eliminate any and all danger of too much moisture, and still give you a tasty, chilled beverage.

Redefining “On the Rocks”

Whisky stones appeared in the first decade of the new century, around 2007. They were originally made exclusively from soapstone, a naturally occurring metamorphic rock. Soapstone is the perfect type of rock to make a whiskey stone, due to its soft composition. Once the stones have been cut and tumbled to remove sharp edges, a whiskey stone can be placed in a glass without the worry of scratches or breakage. Throughout history, soapstone has been used to create many types of kitchen ware, from mixing bowls, to fireplace surrounds, to sculpted works of art, so it’s a natural fit inside an Old Fashioned glass of whiskey. Some soapstone whiskey stones feature a semi-polished finish, retaining the muted look of natural rock. Others are highly polished, with a shiny, slick black surface. Both types of finishing work equally well, so it comes down to the individual drinkers preference in looks.

New Innovations

Over the last decade or so that whiskey stones have been around, new ideas have been introduced that offer high levels of style and usefulness. Each drinker now has the option of using a few small Large Round Whiskey Stonewhiskey rocks, or one large whiskey stone to add to their glass. Large, round whisky stones are available, paying tribute to the sister 21st century trend, round ice cubes. Stainless steel whiskey stones are also being made, which offer the handsome look of brushed silver. Many scotch drinkers prefer the stainless steel cubes because of the brightness it brings to their tumbler. Not to be left out, wine drinkers can get in on the action by using stones to keep their white and rosé wines chilled. Today, drink lovers use whiskey stones in a variety of cocktails, since they offer the luxury of zero dilution. When a craft cocktail is made, with just the right mixture of spirits and garnish, the frozen stones maintain a balance of flavor from beginning to end.

How to Use Whiskey Stones

Using this innovative drink accessory is very simple. Simply place in the freezer for 4 or more hours. When you are ready to drink, place your desired number of whiskey stones into your glass (or glasses, as the case may be). Reach for your favorite bottle of bourbon, scotch, or blended whiskey, and pour as usual. Wait a minute or two for the temperature of your drink to go down, and poof! You’re ready to sip. The best whiskey stones will last a lifetime, so it’s worth the investment.

How to use whiskey stones

Whiskey Stones Gift Set

Whiskey Stones Gift Set

Stainless Whisky Stones

Stainless Whisky Stones

Mustache Whiskey Stones

Mustache Whiskey Stones

The Dirty Truth About National Beer Day

Sometimes the best things arise out of the dirtiest of messes. The up-and-coming drinking holiday, National Beer Day, is doing just that. In the United States, our calendar is full of drinking holidays, giving us plenty of reasons to get together with friends and celebrate by throwing back a few beers. Prime examples include St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, Super Bowl Sunday, and the list goes on, not to mention the plethora of craft & niche beer festivals hosted year-round. National Beer Day is sneaking up on the other guys, with more and more people joining the party every year. Recognized annually on April 7th, National Beer Day has origins that date back to the early 1930s, and a sober time in America’s drinking history. Throughout the 20th century, and with the help of the internet, this dark horse holiday is gaining momentum. Whether you only imbibe occasionally, or consider beer drinking your favorite pastime, this holiday is the perfect opportunity to pour a pint of your favorite brew, and honor the freedom to drink beer in America.

Beer: 1, Prohibition: 0

Beer was a dirty word during prohibition. From 1920 to 1933, America went through a rough patch: Prohibition. After nearly a hundred years of the US government adding tighter and tighter restrictions to alcohol End of Prohibtiondistribution, the 18th amendment to the US constitution officially banned the manufacture and sale of intoxicating alcoholic beverages. When the amendment went into effect in January of 1920, thirty three states already had prohibition laws in place. Distilleries and breweries across the country were just down, and many were permanently dismantled. Beer was still being produced, but covertly, in the shadow of the night. Over the next 13 years, due in part to the cost of enforcement and shifting public opinion, support for prohibition faded. Reversing a constitutional amendment is a long and difficult process, so changes came in waves. The first sign of change came in the form of the Cullen-Harrison Act, which legalized the sale of low alcohol beer, and went into effect on April 7, 1933. The whole country celebrated by lining up in droves to legally purchase beer! Many reports were made that people started lining up outside breweries and bars on April 6, and waiting in line through the dark of the night to get their hands on all the beer they could handle. In the first 24 hours after the alcohol amendment was officially changed, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed. That must have been an awesome day in America.

From Heated History to Cool Holiday Growler of Beer

So when is National Beer Day? Although the actual timing is a little beery-eyed, over the years April 6th became known as New Beer’s Eve, with informal drunken celebrations held in homes and taverns across America. In 2003, the Brewer’s Association began promoting New Beer’s Eve as a holiday, in remembrance of all the breweries that closed due to Prohibition, and the lasting changes that it made on the industry. An alternate naming of Brew Year’s Eve was also coined, but the Brewer’s Association stopped formally promoting the holiday a few years later. National Beer Day was actually started by two friends, who were inspired by learning about Iceland’s Beer Day. They discovered that some people were already celebrating the beer days distinguished by other countries, and rightly felt that the United States deserved its own. They started a Facebook group, inviting friends and the public to join in the celebration of a day dedicated to the history of beer in America, and from there, the holiday grew. Today, National Beer Day is ready to fight dirty, and push its way to the forefront of American drinking holidays. Screw you, Prohibition!

To Celebrate? Just Drink Beer!

Though there’s no official rule book for what to do on National Beer Day, there’s been no shortage of celebrations. Local taverns and bars across the country offer drink specials toNational Beer Day give people extra incentive to come out and indulge in a little beer and history. In 2014, the national food chain Cheeseburger in Paradise offered 99 cent domestic drafts, encouraging drinkers to go for good ol’ American beers on April 7th. One year, a New Hampshire state senator celebrated by hosting a tour of Schilling Beer Company in his home state. Leading up to the tour, senator Jeff Woodburn promoted the event, stating, “This is a chance to cheer and celebrate our local brewing industry.”

Keep in mind that you don’t need cheeseburgers or politicians to celebrate; all you need is beer! Use the occasion to try a new American craft beer you’ve been meaning to taste. Revisit your college years with a case of your old canned standby. Find a designated driver and go on a bar crawl to find a new draft favorite. Now that you have read up on the history of National Beer Day, gather a few of your friends and just enjoy a round or two of cold beer. You can even share your new found knowledge as you throw back your brew, and be sure to throw in a patriotic toast to our beer drinking history.

Gold Rim Pint Glass

Gold Rim Pint Glass

Brew House Sign

Brew House Sign

Beer Pilsner Glasses

Beer Pilsner Glasses

Introducing Brussel Sprout Flavored Beer

On the heels of the recent craze surrounding Rogue Ale’s Sriracha Hot Stout Beer, Declan Brewery has introduced a new lager with a surprisingly satisfying flavor. A flavor straight from the farmer’s market, then to the over-priced casual dining restaurant menu, and now in an aluminum can. It’s well known that trendy natural foods, such as kale and quinoa, can be highly successful when co-opted by the processed food industry, and Declan Brewery has done just that.

Weird Beers

Brussel Sprouts in a Basket

Brussel Sprout Lager

Brussel Sprout Beer is the latest in a string of unusual, umami flavored beers. Marked by the unmistakable aroma of pan-seared brussel sprouts, this lager features other subtle flavors, such as hazelnut, goat cheese, and non-stick cooking spray. Bacon flavored beer has become so ubiquitous that Declan Brewery decided to leave out the salty pork fat flavors, even though bacon is frequently paired with brussel sprouts at hip restaurants. According to a post on their Facebook page, that would have been “too obvious.” When you open a can of brussel sprout beer, you definitely smell something. At first, you might think that it’s room temperature shellfish, or possibly some bree left over from a wedding reception, but then you remember that it must be brussel sprouts. The texture is smooth, although it seems they have included actual small bits of brussel sprouts. It’s an interesting choice for sure, but pay tribute to that bristly, coarse texture associated with this fibrous vegetable.

Strange Beer Flavors

Pink Macaron IPA

Flavored Beer Mania

Declan Brewery is one of the leading flavored beer brands in the United States. With other popular offerings, such as Pink Macaron IPA, White Asparagus Brown Ale, and Hard Leek Cider, their interesting craft brews can be found in obscure niche restaurants and intentionally created dive bars that cater to hipsters. The craft brewing craze is currently in full swing, with new, unique flavors of beer hopping up left and right. Rich flavors from chocolate to blueberries can be found inside brown bottles of brew everywhere.

Not Trying to Be Strange

Even though their flavor selection is anything but normal, Declan’s makes it clear that they do not want to be known as a go-to craft brewery for weird beer. Although outside-the-box thinking is common in brewing circles, some are saying that Declan’s has emptied out the box, let their kids write all over it in Sharpie, broken it down, and left it on the porch in the rain. Declan Thornburg, Jr., President and CEO of Declan Brewing, made the following statement in their press release:

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Declan Thornburg, Jr.

“People accuse us of intentionally creating strange beer flavors just to be cool. Yes, we are cool, but the kinds of flavored beer we offer aren’t trying to be. Everyone has the fruit flavored beer, so nobody needs more of that. I’ve always liked Seefurth’s pizza flavored beer, and have been thinking for a long time about creating our own version. I was starving last week at the Portland airport, and got this slice of brussel sprout and goat cheese from a little place next to the Starbucks. It was all vegan and gluten free, so it didn’t taste great, but it got me thinking. If people buy this, maybe they would buy brussel sprout flavored beer.”

 

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11 Springy Easter Cocktails

As the weather slowly starts to get springy, we wanted to take a look at a few tasty Easter cocktails. What’s an Easter cocktail? You’ve been there before. The family has gathered on a lovely spring day. The grass is green and spotted with colorful Easter eggs hidden between blades of fresh green grass. The kids all have their baskets in hand, running to and fro, searching for the ones that grandma has most assuredly put money in. While the kids romp around the yard, it’s cocktail time for the grown-ups.

When you think of Easter treats, it’s classic candies that come to mind first: chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and Peeps Easter candy. For the adults, though, a mixed drink could also be considered a special treat. These Easter themed cocktails incorporate fresh, brightly colored ingredients, including several ubiquitous candies that sprout up around the spring equinox. Inspired by sweet confections and classic recipes, these Easter cocktail ideas will keep you and your guests hopping long after brunch.

Honey Bunny Cocktail

Honey Bunny Cocktail

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This Easter themed cocktail makes use of chocolate bunnies, the fruitcake of spring. I’m not saying the all chocolate bunnies are terrible, but they are always the last thing to be eaten out of the Easter basket, therefore clearly not the favorite candy.  This tasty treat, the Honey Bunny Cocktail, combines milk, chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, and honey into to something that could pass for dessert at a fancy restaurant. Served inside a hollow chocolate bunny, you’ll also enjoy breaking the shell apart piece by piece at the end, and nibbling on the booze drenched nuggets.

Prickly Pear Margaritas

Prickly Pear Margaritas

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If you love tequila, and are up for a challenge, go for these prickly pear margaritas. The recipe requires that you make prickly pear water, which then combines with ingredients like lime juice, Cointreau, and of course, tequila, to come up with a wonderfully tart mixed drink. The bright pink color is perfect for Easter, but the flavor is anything but soft. One of my favorite things about this as an Easter themed cocktail is that the sweetness is minimal, so you can enjoy them along side the candy you swiped from some nephew’s basket.

Easter Peeps Gin Rickey

Peeps Easter Cocktails

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Peeps Easter candy is the classic symbol of the American Easter basket. When I was a kid, they were yellow, and if Mom, ahem, I mean, the Easter bunny, was in a good mood that year, one package of pink Peeps might make an appearance. This Peeps cocktail is a spin on the classic gin rickey, incorporating top-shelf gin with grapefruit flavored club soda. You don’t need a lot of sugary mixers, because the Peeps candy adds plenty of sweetness.

French 75 Punch

French 75 Punch

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On Easter, like any other holiday, you might end up entertaining a crowd. If you aren’t in the mood to play bartender all day, try the French 75 Punch. Combining fresh juice, sparkling wine, gin, and a handful of other ingredients, this is one of the best Easter cocktails on our list. It’s flavor is light and bright, and the citrus slice garnishes make it feel appropriate at breakfast and lunch time. The basic recipe makes 8 servings, but it’s so simple to make, you can mix up several batches before hand for refills. This cocktail is also a close relative to the mimosa, making it one of our favorite Easter brunch ideas.

Rose + Rosé Bourbon Cocktail

Rose Bourbon Cocktail

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We couldn’t do a drink round up without a whiskey cocktail. The Rose + Rosé bourbon cocktail is a true beauty, combining two of my go-to drinks: rosé and bourbon. Highlighted by a floral rose syrup and a squeeze of grapefruit juice, this drink reminds me a lot of an old fashioned, but fancy enough to drink at noon on a holiday. You might consider serving this on the rocks as well, and keeping some extra sparkling water around for anyone who finds these Easter cocktails a little too strong. For the true whiskey lover, though, make the recipe exactly as suggested and you’ll have no complaints.

Melon Ball Punch

Melon Ball Punch

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This party punch recipe doesn’t call for booze, but the first time I read it, all I could think about was how great this could be with vodka. And it is. You start with balls of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. Soak them in a sweet white wine, like moscato, for a few hours, then mix the whole batch together with lemon lime soda, some vodka, and if you want, a little lemonade. The melon balls are reminiscent enough of colored eggs that people will get the Easter cocktail reference right away. When you’re done drinking, grab a straw and have your own Easter egg hunt for liquor-soaked balls at the bottom of your glass!

Jelly Bean Martini

Jelly Bean Martini

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If you have a serious, serious sweet tooth, then this Easter martini cocktail is for you. It couldn’t be more simple: cotton candy vodka, jelly beans, and citrus liqueur. Use some jelly beans to add color and flavor to the vodka, shake it over ice, and abracadabra. It’s like a rabbit out of a hat. Word of advice, though. Check your jelly beans before, and separate them out by color. Since they soak in the vodka for awhile, the colors will mix, and you can get a murky purple color very easily. Be especially sure to remove the black jelly beans, unless you like licorice. If you do like licorice try our next Easter cocktail.

Easter Mule Cocktail

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Honestly, this one is more of an idea than an actual recipe. We’ve all seen the variations of the Moscow Mule, like the Mexican Mule with tequila, and so forth. In honor of Easter, I did some creative thinking. In the region surrounding modern day Jerusalem, licorice spirits are extremely popular. Why not try a licorice spirit, such as Arak or Ouzo, instead of vodka, to create the Easter Mule? I mean, it’s a holiday, so you might as well bring out the copper mugs.

 

Cadbury Creme Egg Cocktail

Cadbury Creme Egg Cocktail

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My personal favorite Easter candy as a child was the Cadbury creme egg. Mostly because it was messy, but also because I’ve always been fascinated with food made to look like other food. When I started looking for Easter drink recipes, I immediately searched for cocktails that included creme eggs. This Cadbury creme egg cocktail incorporates crème de cacao, chocolate liqueur, Irish cream, and whipped cream vodka. Garnish with a real creme egg and you’ll want to start Easter dinner with dessert.

Creme Egg Jello Shots

Creme Egg Jello Shots

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Finally, for only the spirited Easter celebrators, we have the Easter Jello shots. Though they don’t actually contain a Cadbury egg, they give the jiggly fun of a gelatin shot, inspired by the look and taste of Easter candy. These bite-sized Easter cocktails also look great on the serving tray. For fun, sit them right next to Aunt Shirley’s deviled eggs, and see how long it takes Grandpa to discover there’s booze in them.

Looking for even more easter cocktail recipes? Checkout these adventurous peeps cocktail ideas at gizmodo

 

Easter Peeps Gin Rickey

This delectable Easter cocktail was created with classic Easter treats in mind. It was inspired by the classic gin rickey cocktail, which combines gin, lime juice, and club soda. Though the typical “rickey” is unsweetened, we wanted this Easter cocktail idea to represent well known sugary fun found at any egg hunt. This mixed drink recipe is very simple, and we recommend that you mix them, and serve them right away. The sugar in the Peeps candy and jelly beans will start to dissolve as soon as it comes in contact with water. This adds color and flavor, but the colorful presentation will be best when the cocktail is freshly made.

Easter Cocktails Ideas

 Easter Peeps Gin Rickey Cocktail

  • 1 part Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 part jelly beans
  • 2 parts grapefruit sparkling water
  • ice
  • Peeps Easter candy
  • colored rim sugar

Take a double old fashioned glass, and wet the rim with water or grapefruit juice. Roll the edge of the glass in colored rim sugar until the entire lip of the glass is covered. Carefully drop in one part jelly beans, about 1 ounce. It’s best to limit the mixture to fruit flavored jelly beans only, and remove any strong, unusual flavors, like licorice or buttered popcorn. Fill the glass to the top with ice. Add one part Hendrick’s gin, then top off with grapefruit sparkling water. Just before you serve, float one Peeps candy chick on the top.

 

Peeps Easter Candy Cocktails

A Five Minute Guide to Rosé Wine

Just when you thought the rules of wine tasting were as simple as red and white, life throws you a curveball: rosé wine. Being knowledgeable about types of wine has always been an area of discomfort for some people, but with the proliferation of Food Network and boards full of infographics, being an amateur sommelier was starting to become easier. Then everyone started talking specifics about rosé wine. It’s not that rosé wines haven’t been around for years, in the form of a random zinfandel or blush, but we really didn’t know what we were drinking. To help bring anyone and everyone up to date, here is an easy-to-digest five minute guide to rosé wine, and a few simple ideas for food pairing.

What is Rosé Wine?

Glasses of Rose Wine

Simply put, rosé is a pink wine that possesses some of the qualities and flavors typically associated with red wine, but lighter and fruitier in character. Rosé can be still or sparkling, and range in taste from sweet to dry. Rosé can be made with almost any variety of red wine grape, with the lighter color and flavor being achieved by certain fermentation techniques. Usually identified as pink by the consumer, the actual color can range from pale orange, to magenta, or even a bright purple.

How is Rosé Wine Made?

Kindergarten logic would state that rosé is simply red and white wine mixed together to make pink, but that is incorrect unless you are running the wine shack at the county fair. When a good rosé wine is made, the juice is allowed to stay in contact with the dark red skins for a short period of time, from a few hours to a day or so. The skins are then removed before the juice has the opportunity to take on all of the characteristics of red wine. Thus, a pink, rose-like color is achieved. Alternately, some French rosé is create through the process known as the Saignée method, where a small amount of the juice is separated early during fermentation, and reserved for rosé, while the rest remains in contact with the skins to become red wine.

What is the Difference Between Rosé and Blush Wine?

The term “blush wine” has appeared on labels in the U.S. for decades, and for all intents and purposes, is interchangeable with “rosé.” Sweet wines, such as white merlot, pink moscato, and zinfandel wines carry the blush description most often, but all three would be considered rosé, as well.

Types of Rosé Wine

Rose Wine Pairing

Dry Rosé Wine

Smarty pants wine people will tell you that good rosé wine is always dry. If you are inclined to agree, start with pinot noir. Other dry rosés include sangiovese, syrah, and the occasional cabernet sauvignon. Some merlot rosé wines can be dry, but if it’s French, it could also be semi-sweet.

Sweet Rosé Wine

This is pretty easy to spot. Basically anything with the word “zinfandel” on the label will be sweet or semi-sweet. This includes old vine zinfandel, which can be sweet, but with more tasting notes than young vines. Other common sweet rosés include white merlot and pink moscato. If you are looking for bulk or inexpensive table wine, anything with the word “blush” on the label will most likely be sweet. Looking to get fancy? Find garnacha rosado.

Sparkling Rosé Wine a/k/a Rosé Champagne

Almost every wine region in the world produces sparkling rosé. Certain real housewives might even purport that all rosé in life should be sparkling. Your best bet is to go with the pink version of whatever white bubbly you prefer. Sparkling pink moscato is pretty common, although a brut rosé cava has much more complex flavor at a moderate price.

Rosé Wine Pairing

There’s no need to worry too much about how to serve rosé wine. Going back all the way through recorded wine history, pink wines are known to be incredibly compatible with all kinds of food. However, we have created a handy guide to rosé wine pairing, indexed by color. Simply match the color of pink in your bottle to the suggested cuisine, and you’ll surely see wine and food pairings through rosé tinted glasses.

Rose Wine Food Pairing

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Beer Humor Round-Up: Beer Jokes & Funny Beer Gifts

Sit around any neighborhood bar long enough, and you’re bound to overhear guys swapping their favorite beer jokes. That’s because beer is like a magic potion that makes people want to share a good laugh as they throw ‘em back. It’s also a well known fact that beer makes all jokes funnier. We love great beer jokes just as much as the next guy, so we’ve collected a few of our favorites from around the web. From drunk one liner jokes, to funny beer gifts, crack one open and enjoy. Feel free to share your favorite beer humor in the comments.

One Liner Beer Jokes

It’s easy for drunk people to remember one liner jokes because, well, you only have to remember one line. Plus, if you say something boisterously enough, everyone at the bar will laugh at even the stalest joke.

Beer T-Shirts

Nothing says casual cool like a witty beer t-shirt. I like to wear them in any number of public places so everyone thinks I’m one of those rebels who is sneaking booze into my 32 oz. cup.

Beer T Shirt

Wasn’t that a song in the 90s?

Beer T Shirt

My all time favorite beer t-shirt.

The Beer Drinker’s Food Pyramid

Beer and infographics aren’t exactly synonymous but…

Beer Food Pyramid

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Funny Beer Signs

No man cave wall should be without a funny beer sign. For that matter, every single wall needs one, if said wall wants to be cool.

Funny Beer Signs

An always satisfying meal.

 

Funny Beer Signs

This happens to me every time.

Funny Beer Gifts

There are two types of beer drinkers: those who have lots of funny beer gifts, and those who want lots of funny beer gifts. You can’t go wrong with something that celebrates the awesomeness of beer consumption, while serving even a slightly functional purpose.

Funny Beer Glasses

Doctor’s orders!

 

Funny Beer Bottle Opener

Touch my beer and I will bite you.

 

TVs Best Loved Drunks

There’s nothing quite like getting home after a long day at work, kicking your shoes off, procuring a hearty serving of your alcoholic beverage of choice, and sitting down on the couch for a few relaxing hours of television entertainment. The benefits, such as comfortable furniture and private restrooms, are hard to argue. Even though the television waves are packed with plenty of likable characters that are perfectly suitable to spend an evening with, everyone needs a good drinking buddy. Drunk characters have had a home on television since the dawn of broadcasting, and every year, a few new drunk people move into TV land. From classic TV, to 90s TV sitcoms, to drunk cartoon characters, we wanted to pay tribute to 12 of TVs best loved drunks. Tell us about the drinking buddies on your favorite television shows in the comments below.

Randy Marsh from South Park

One of the most prominent citizens of South Park, CO is Stan’s dad, Randy Marsh. A geologist, discount store employee, and mall security guard by trade, he’s also one of the best drunk cartoon characters on TV. Whether he’s performing music, setting world records, or protecting fellow citizens from angry shoppers, Randy does it with panache, and usually a little vino. Here’s a great clip of Mr. Mash hosting his own simultaneous beer and wine tasting, which sounds totally awesome.

Lucy from I Love Lucy

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So many times I’ve wanted to adopt a cat and name her “Lucy,” just so when she got into trouble I could say, “Luuuuuccccyyyy!” Although Lucy Ricardo, from the classic TV series I Love Lucy, was by no means a lush, it was pretty hilarious when she got inadvertently drunk while she and Ethel were executing their shenanigans for the week. The best example is the classic episode where Lucy gets booked for a TV commercial selling Vitameatavegamin. This fictional health drink, and predecessor to The Master Cleanse, was purported to contain, “”vitamins, meat, vegetables, and minerals,” but also a healthy dose of alcohol. Over continued re-takes, as Lucy swallows shot after shot of what I can only imagine would be something like a savory 50 proof schnapps, and gets hilariously intoxicated in an innocent manner that only old television shows can get away with.

Tom & Donna from Parks and Recreation

Tom and Donna

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Clothes. #treatyoself Fragrances. #treatyoself Massages. #treatyoself Mimosas. #treatyoself. Tom Haverford and Donna Mingle from the sitcom Parks and Recreation, are two drunk and incredibly funny TV characters. These Pawnee, IN citizens, played by Aziz Ansari and Retta, respectively, have become synonymous with living life to the fullest. Their self-created holiday, Treat Yo’ Self Day, is dedicated to indulging with absolute selfishness in everything from luxury accessories to fine cocktails. Their love of nightlife also makes them two of the drunk characters I’d most want to take with me on a Vegas weekend. With only a few episodes of Parks & Rec left before the series finale, it’s time to mix up a drink and treat yo’ self to a night of Tom & Donna binge watching.

Detective Rustin “Rust” Cohle from True Detective

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Who hasn’t thought about how fun it would be to get drunk with Matthew McConaughey? If you haven’t, please take a moment and do so right now. Seems fun, right? However, getting drunk with his cable TV persona from the series True Detective might be a little more intense. As he takes swig of Lone Star Beer, or dips into his well-worn leather flask, the character of Rustin Spencer “Rust” Cohle is a force to be reckoned with. As his alcohol consumption increases, so does his intensity. Even though we love watching Rust get drunk on our flatscreens, we’d pass on meeting him for drinks at the local bar. We’d rather not get trapped in a bar stool conversation about The Conspiracy Against the Human Race.

Homer Simpson from The Simpsons

The patriarch of Springfied’s favorite family, Homer Simpson is another drunk cartoon character that cannot be forgotten. Homer’s love of beer is second only to his dedication and love for his family. Whether he’s headed down to Moe’s Tavern for a cold one, or stopping by the Kwik-E-Mart for a six pack of Duff on the way home from the nuclear power plant, Homer rarely goes an episode without imbibing. And who can forget that loving musical tribute, “It Was a Very Good Beer.” When drunk people, like Homer, sing an ode to booze like this, you just want to reach through the screen and give them a well deserved, “cheers!”

Norm Peterson from Cheers

Norm From Cheers

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If you don’t have a bar where everybody knows your name, you might want to go watch an episode of Cheers. This classic TV series only had one customer that appeared in every single episode, and that was Norm Peterson. Norm was exactly the kind of guy you want to pull up next to at a bar. Friendly, honest, and always with an open tab. Played to perfection by George Wendt, Norm was loyal to his favorite bar, his favorite restaurant, and his favorite people, even his ex-wife, Vera. So the next time you’d like to get away, start up an old episode of cheer, and have a beer for Norm, and put it on his tab.

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Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

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Although Chelsea Handler isn’t fictional, she’s definitely a drunk television character. Even after watching just one or two episodes of Chelsea Lately, you learn that her favorite alcohol is vodka, and her favorite thing in the world to do is drink it. Whether you actually believe that she drinks as much as she claims, you have to admit that a life filled with that much boozing sounds like an awful lot of fun. Her tastes have changed over the years, from Ketel One to Grey Goose, for example, but she stays true to vodka through thick and thin. Although we’ll have to wait until 2016 to see more Chelsea on a weekly basis, there’s no doubt that there will still be vodka in her glass when she returns to the air, ahem, cyber waves.

Don Draper from Mad Men

Don Draper

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Mad Men ushered a number of things back into the cultural spotlight, but arguably the biggest was whiskey. Now, whiskey never went anywhere, and it was always a staple of liquor cabinets from coast to coast, but its cultural influence has definitely taken a surge since Don Draper first walked onto our TV screens. Some would say that Don, played by Jon Hamm, is hardly loveable, but you have to have some respect for a broken man who (mostly) keeps himself together in a fractured world. The world of Mad Men was a different time, where drinking at work was one of the reasons people actually wanted to go to work. Where instead of free coffee, the office sprung for free booze! Don sipping on a cut crystal glass of fine spirits exemplifies the utmost in drunk sophistication. Plus, I’ve still not been able to get through an episode of Mad Men without mixing up an Old Fashioned cocktail. Also, be sure to check out the Mad Men drinking game, but add on our special HomeWetBar.com bonus rule, where you drink twice every time Don pours a fresh dram.

Karen Walker from Will & Grace

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TV has seen many changes through the years, and 90s TV sitcoms absolutely deserve their own category. Karen Walker was the first TV drunk of her kind, unapologetic in her consumption of alcohol, with the bank account and personal designated driver to pull it off. With classic one-liners like, “Honey, I’d suck the alcohol out of a deodorant stick,” and “As long as I’m drunk, what’s the difference?” Dressed in impeccable clothes from top to bottom, with her signature up-do and mini bar for a purse, Karen brought proud public drunkenness into the national spotlight. Whether seated at a four star restaurant, or lying flat on a cold kitchen floor, Karen Walker always reached for the top shelf.

Edina and Patsy from AbFab

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Classic pairings include peanut butter & jelly, Samson & Delilah, and, of course, Edina and Patsy. The gin-soaked best friends from Absolutely Fabulous are two of the most recognizable characters from British TV shows. Though the series began more than 20 years ago, these two have been drinking it up ever since, and still look fabulous. Whether scrambling to adopt the latest fad, searching for the ever elusive fountain of youth, or enjoying a little bubbly with breakfast, Edina and Patsy are supremely loveable drunks. With rumors swirling that an Absolutely Fabulous movie is in the works, you can be sure that these two lovable lushes will be swigging their way through retirement, too. Not that they did that much work in the first place.

Fun Bobby from Friends

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90s TV sitcoms were definitely a sweet spot for drunk TV characters. A brief, but unforgettable example was “Fun Bobby,” from Friends. Fun Bobby, played by Vincent Ventresca, was a guy that Monica dated, who was loads of fun when drinking, but mind-numbingly boring when sober, bestowed by Chandler with the new nickname, “Ridiculously Dull Bobby.” Although not everyone can be the life of the party all the time, we maintain hope that somehow, somewhere, Fun Bobby was able to reclaim his prior glory.

Spuds Mackenzie

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Few drunk stories match the fun and whimsy of household pets consuming alcohol. The college freshmen with a dog that loves Schlitz. Aunt Shirley’s cat who sips pinot grigio right from the glass. But the granddaddy of all drunken TV pets is Spuds Mackenzie. Introduced in the 80s as a mascot for Bud Light, Spuds was always close to the beach, surrounded by girls, and epitomized value-priced beer coolness. Spuds as actually played by a female dog named Honey Tree Evil Eye, but hey, this is TV, and commercial advertising at that. You didn’t really think that a male dog named Spuds was getting drunk on Bud Light and then going on camera. This isn’t I Love Lucy.

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