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If I’ve learned one thing from many trips to Vegas for various debaucherous weekends, it’s hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The hot and dry climate ensures that all those yard-long margaritas and Fireball shots take even more of a
If I’ve learned one thing from many trips to Vegas for various debaucherous weekends, it’s hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The hot and dry climate ensures that all those yard-long margaritas and Fireball shots take even more of a toll on your body than they do here in God’s Country. Once you allow yourself to get dehydrated, it’s next to impossible to catch up. You’ll end up feeling like you have a walking case of the flu, exactly when you and your buddies want to rage at full strength. Don’t be the party-pooper; drink a bottle of water every hour if it’s summertime and at least every couple hours if it’s another season. (Even winter in arid Las Vegas will suck the H2O out of you quicker than you realize.)
If I’ve learned two things from my Vegas vacations, it’s to always trust Friend-of-Dipsomaniac Sin City cocktail expert Xania Woodman when it comes to advice. Not only does she know more than your average bear about the history and culture of spirits and the best spots to enjoy a craft cocktail in Las Vegas, but she also lives what she preaches. Girl throws down!
Her recent column for VegasSeven proves that she’s willing to put her money where her liver is. For all of our benefit, Xania took a visit to Hangover Heaven, a specialized clinic dedicated to the prevention and treatment of nasty hangovers. Run by the piercingly-dark-eyed-Dr. Jason Burke, Hangover Helper offers treatments like the Rapture treatment ($239), which Xania reports “includes 30 minutes of oxygen, a suped-up vitamin B shot and IV delivery of a proprietary blend of fluids, antacid, antinausea medication, anti-inflammatories and other goodies, such as the antioxidant glutathione.”
I can’t remember the last time I had enough glutathione in my system. Hangover Heaven even offers a team of paramedics which they send out to hotels to administer treatments to the poor bastards who can’t even roll out of the rack to make it to their clinic location behind the Fashion Show Mall. Apparently, the franchise is looking to expand, so maybe the “It City” of Nashville will have our own Hangover Heaven soon.
If you’re near my age (read:old), you might recall a Ronco product that allowed you to cut the top off of bottles to make custom glassware. It was important to remember to sand down the
If you’re near my age (read:old), you might recall a Ronco product that allowed you to cut the top off of bottles to make custom glassware. It was important to remember to sand down the edges or else you’d end up with a face that looked like Heath Ledger as The Joker. Yeah, I bought one of those K-Tel Bottle Cutters and cut the top off of every stray piece of glass in our house. Then we never used the heavy, dangerous sumbitches since we were drinking out of jelly jars and the free glasses that came in boxes of Biz Detergent.
Now it appears that the wheel has spun around and crafty folks are taking advantage of Nashville’s mediocre glass recycling program to repurpose those bags of wine and liquor bottles hanging around the house waiting for a trip to the big dumpsters behind Hillsboro High. (Seriously, they should be open at night so that we could make the embarrassing offloading of the evidence of our drinking prowess under cover of darkness.)
Actually, “hanging around” is a good word for what you could be doing with those bottles and jars. There’s a new Kickstarter campaign for a combination bottle cutter pendant light kit called the Firefly. With these tools you can convert bottles into attractive hanging lamps that serve the dual purpose of lighting up your space and reminding you of that particularly memorable bottle of wine you shared with someone special. Or with yourself while watching “The Bachelor” alone in your sweat pants. Whatever.
If you want to get all crafty and cut down on your inventory of dead soldiers, head over to the fundraising site and help these kids get their money to start production. You might find the experience to be illuminating.
Water is abosultely a key ingredient to the drinking lifestyle. You can’t make good beer, wine or spirits without good water, not to even mention ice. A little bit
But water can also be dangerous. WinetoWater is a charity that seeks to raise awareness about water safety and security. Primarily, WineToWater builds wells: today, nearly 1 billion people lack access to clean water, and every 20 seconds a child dies for this reason. Famous bartender Gary Regan, who goes by the sobriquet gaz regan, seeks to activate his network of over 20,000 social network followers and bartenders all over the country to raise funds for WinetoWater thourgh a program called “Just One Shift.” The idea is that bartenders will donate their tips from a single work shift to help the cause.
In 2013, its inaugural year, 327 bartenders in 34 countries participated, raising $40,000. The charity reports this amount can save 40,000 people from death due to water-borne illness for a full year. Specifically in Uganda, $40,000 can provide 10,000 people with clean water for 10 years.
This year the goal is to raise $100K, and if America can do it, gaz will shave his head! I’d like to be a part of that, plus it is a great cause.
According to the event website, the only local participating bartender is Done Ogelsby at The Cave at 600 9th Ave S. Done’s money shift is this Friday May 16 from 7:30 until 2:00 am.That’s just down the block from Peg Leg Porker if you’re not familiar with that particular watering hole (and I’m guessing you’re not), it’s a about a block from Peg Leg Porker. But don’t worry, just tell them that you’re there for “Just One Shift” and I’m sure they’ll be hospitable. Cheers!
We taste a lot of spirits here at Drink Music City headquarters, but we hardly ever spit. So after about 5-6 samples, we tend to like everything! At the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, they take their jobs a
We taste a lot of spirits here at Drink Music City headquarters, but we hardly ever spit. So after about 5-6 samples, we tend to like everything! At the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, they take their jobs a little more seriously than we do. Founded by master liquor taster, F. Paul Pacult, the panel samples and scores hundreds of spirits over the course of a few days, and there is no chance that they swallow all of that.
All products entered are rated on the 100-point scale by the judges that include award-winning authors, spirits buyers, journalists, educators, bar owners and consultants. This year’s judges were: Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, James Conley, Dale DeGroff, Jim Meehan, Dan Nicolaescu, Steve Olson, Andy Seymour, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, MW and David Wondrich.
“Interest in Ultimate Spirits Challenge has never been greater,” says Pacult. “Companies enter because they want brands to be evaluated against their peers by the world’s best judges. USC provides the most trusted, sought after testimonials that help distillers and importers build their brands.”
This year, the panel awarded 37 Chairman Trophy winners, the highest award, along with 218 Finalists, 171 “Tried & True” Awards and 89 Great Values. For the second consecutive year, a perfect 100 point score was given by multiple panels to a whiskey. This year’s 100-point recipient is Redbreast 21 Years Old Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey.
The “Tried and True” Award goes to brands that can be relied on to provide unfailing quality and superb taste to consumers year after year. To be eligible, brands that entered USC 2014 must have scored 85 points or higher in this year’s Challenge as well as in at least two previous Challenges.
Here is just a sampling of the highest-scoring winners to add to your shopping list for your next trip to the liquor store:
Flavored: Belvedere Lemon Tea
Linie Aquavit (Tried & True Award)
Tanqueray No.Ten (Tried & True Award)
Rum: Don Q Gran Añejo (Tried & True Award)
Rhum Agricole: Clement Canne Bleue
Flavored Rum: Selvarey Cacao Flavored
Spiced Rum: Lemon Hart Navy Spiced
TEQUILA 100% AGAVE
Blanco: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)
Reposado: Blue Nectar
Añejo: Siete Leguas (Tried & True Award)
Extra Añejo: Herradura Seleccion Suprema (Tried & True Award)
Del Maguey Iberico
WHISKEY – USA
American: Wild Turkey Forgiven
Kentucky Straight Bourbon: George T. Stagg
Rye: Bulleit 95 Small Batch
WHISKEY – IRELAND
Blended: Tullamore D.E.W. Special Reserve 12 Years Old (Tried & True Award)
Irish Pot Still: Redbreast 21 Years Old
Single Malt: Bushmills 16 Years Old (Tried & True Award)
WHISKY – SCOTLAND
Blended Malt: Big Peat
Blended: Ballantine’s 17 Years Old
Single Malt: Glenmorangie Quarter Century 25 Years Old
Armagnac: Chateau de Laubade 1959 Bas-Armagnac
Calvados: Pere Magloire 20 Years Old
Cognac: Delamain Pale & Dry
Grappa: Bocchino Riserva Carlo Bocchino
Pisco: KAPPA (Tried & True Award)
Spanish Brandy: Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real Brandy de Jerez
American Brandy: Osocalis Heritage
Pineau des Charentes: Jean Fillioux Vieux
Cointreau (Tried & True Award)
For a complete list of results visit www.ultimate-beverage.com/usc2014results
Steeplechase is now just a few days away. A rule that has always been there but plagued a few too many people is no glass in the infield. To help you out,
Steeplechase is now just a few days away. A rule that has always been there but plagued a few too many people is no glass in the infield. To help you out, I have hand selected a few no glass products that are perfect for steeplechase.
Here is the Top 7 glass-free products for Steeplechase weekend.
1. Jim Beam Traveler- Nothing speaks to a horse race more than Kentucky Bourbon. Keep to the traditional one of choice – Jim Beam. It’s light on the wallet too.
2. Old Charter 8 Year Old Traveler- Get a little classier and kick it old school. This stuff is unbelievable – Ask your dad about it, I am sure he knows what I am talking about
3. Old Charter 101 Traveler- Same as above but will get you feeling good a little quicker – Crunkfest 2014
4. Fireball Traveler- The Official Nashville Necessity – Do not leave home without it – I heard a rumor that they weren’t letting people into the infield without a bottle. My suggestion is a bottle per person – Keep it Classy
5. Gilbey’s Gin Traveler- Cause you need to drink some G&Ts and you aren’t about to bring in a handle of SKOL
6. Big House White & Red Wine- Franzia is soo 2010 – This is the new age of box wine and to celebrate drink something that is good and also comes in a box
7. Irish Dog Bloody Mary Mix- The unbelievable Bloody Mary mix supports a local charity - The Brown Dog Foundation, an organization that bridges the gap between the cost of medical for the family pet.
These next two are glass but can be premixed before the event!
8. Skyy Vodka(Glass) – The perfect complement to a Bloody Mary. Also try some of the real fruit infusions – they are spectacular. The coconut one is my favorite – Can you tell?
9. Pimms (Glass) – The official cocktail of English horse races – this has become one of my favorites and Pimm’s Cups are SO easy to make