Ziggy played guitar Jamming good with Weird and Gilly, And the spiders from Mars . . .
Hey Bitches, check out this beer I found at the new Trader Joe’s that just opened two blocks from the Chickpad! Weird & Gilly (named for two members of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust-era band, The Spiders from Mars) is a single cut, double dry hopped IPA whose flavor is described as “soft, doughy and slightly tangy malt, [with] bright citrus, pine resin hops, and tropical fruit.”
I was told that it “tastes pretty good.” A four-pack of 16-ounce cans sells for $14.99! We’ll excuse the fact hat the label font is actually modeled after of the lightning bolt across Bowie’s face from the cover of Aladdin Sane, because nobody seems to get that right.
On St. Patrick’s Day (especially) we know that our readers are big fans of Beer, but just how knowledgeable are you about the amber nectars ? Do you have any idea what the world’s strongest beer is, for example? Or which president had his very own private brew house? Find out the answer to these fascinating beer facts and more, in this amazing infographic! Enjoy!
A couple of weeks ago, my friend Mark threw a fabulous brunch party, where I was introduced to a delicious alcoholic beverage called Maven. An entirely original cocktail, Maven is created by the infusion of fine wines with premium vodka — two beverages which I love on their own, but would never, ever have thought of combining. Can I just tell you that the result is a great-tasting cocktail that kind of blew my mind a little.
At the brunch, I also met Maven’s creator, Stephenie Harris; a terrifically charming lady who really knows how to talk about her product. The thing is though, once you taste Maven, it really sells itself. Committed to making a top-shelf product, Maven uses the best all-natural ingredients, resulting is a truly high quality, ready to drink cocktail. By combining gluten-free vodka, which is distilled 6 times, with super premium Chardonnay from the Edna Valley, or Pinot Noir from Sonoma, Maven has perfected the proprietary blend that is used to create their cocktails. And the proof is in the tasting. You would probably not think that Wine and Vodka would blend into such a smooth, delicious tasting cocktail, but once you try Maven you will be won over.
One of the things I love about Maven Cocktails is its single-serve, frosted glass bottle with a reseable cap — gorgeous, and also smart design! Not only does glass help to maintain the integrity of the natural flavors, but the cap is super convenient. Say you are in a club and want to hit the dance floor between sips; you can just reseal your drink and drop it in your bag or purse without fear of spillage. The cap is also a good security measure that reassures you no one has slipped anything into your drink. No one likes to think about that, but it happens!
Also, not that I ever think about this, because I don’t, but for the calorie conscious: a full (6.8 ounce) bottle of Maven is just 171 calories (6.3 carbs), while the average mixed drink, such as a Cosmo or Mojito, is over 200 calories and over 10 carbs. Mostly, Maven is just a great tasting cocktail that I will be drinking again, and encouraging others to try, in the future. For more information about Maven Cocktails and to find out where to purchase Maven in your area, visit Maven Cocktails Dot Com.
Drinking and Holidays; they go together. The Kraken Rum is imported black spiced rum from the Caribbean which is named for the sea beast of myth and legend made famous by film, The Clash of The Titans. The base rum used in Kraken – distilled from molasses made from local sugar cane – is aged 12 to 24 months and is then blended with a proprietary mix of 11 spices, including cinnamon, ginger and clove. Tasty! All added ingredients are natural, and The Kraken is gluten-free and vegan.
Here is a selection of festive cocktails featuring The Kraken Rum that you can make for all of your holiday entertaining activities! Enjoy responsibly!
The Perfect Storm
1 part Kraken Rum
2 parts ginger beer
– Mix all ingredients into a tall glass with ice and stir!
The Kraken Cider
1 part Kraken Rum
2 ½ parts Hot Apple Cider
Cinnamon Stick Garnish
– Mix all ingredients into a mug and stir!
1 part Kraken Rum
1 part Butterscotch Schnapps
4 parts Hot Chocolate
– Mix all ingredients into a mug and top with whipped cream!
The Buttery Kraken
1 part Kraken Rum
1 part butterscotch schnapps
Splash of cola
– In a rocks glass with ice, mix rum and schnapps and stir, top with splash of cola!
Do you like making cocktails at home? I sure do. But sometimes I am too tired to do much more than put ice in a glass, pour a shot over that and then fill the glass with juice or soda. Bar tending is often best left to professionals. But a while back, Cascade Ice sent me an assortment of their one-step cocktail mixers and flavored sparkling waters, which make home mixology so easy!
One of many great things about Cascade Ice is that it is a super low calorie mixer — most of their flavors have zero calories! Using Cascade Ice Margarita Mixer, which has just 10 calories per serving, can knock down the calorie count of a standard Lime Margarita from around 600 to just 55 calories! That is so crazy! And yet, it is true.
Of course, my cocktail of choice is the lovely pink Cosmopolitan, and Cascade Ice makes a Cosmo in a Bottle that only needs the addition of your favorite Vodka to make the magic happen! Above, you will see all of the ingredients and tools needed to make a refreshing, delicious and perfectly mixed Cosmo at home using Cascade Ice.
Other than the absence of a lemon slice — which I did not have in my home at the time — to add a dash of tartness and of course as a garnish, this drink is perfect! Of course, the Pink Palm Tree Cocktail Stirrer didn’t hurt!
If you follow any kid of restrictive diet, it is helpful and encouraging to know that all flavors of Cascade Ice are gluten free, sugar-free, sodium free, caffeine-free and have zero carbs. Visit Cascade Ice Water Dot Com for recipes and to find out where to purchase their products in your area!
Seagram’s Escapes is an amazingly delicious line of flavored Malt Beverages (Read: Fruit Flavored Beer) that reminds me of those Bartles & Jaymes Wine Coolers I used to get so wasted on back when I was in College.
The brand has been around for years, but they introduce new flavors every so often to keep things lively. Earlier this year, they sent me a four pack of their recently introduced Blackberry Breezer flavor. These tall, slender bottles of tasty beverage have been chilling in my fridge, while I waited for the weather to get warm and sunny enough that I could take them out to my front porch and photograph them. But I was also awaiting the seasonal onset of summery weather that inspires one to lounge hedonistically by a pool and drink fruity beverages. That day came today.
Blackberry Breezer tastes like Blackberry and Pear juice mixed together and it goes down very smooth. Unless you weigh less than 100 pounds, it takes at least two to get a decent buzz, but they taste so fruity, light and refreshing that maybe this will not be your go-to beverage to get slammed. Maybe save that for the vodka and cranberry juice.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Preferred Adult Beverage for the Summer of 2013 is Here.