Man, what a crummy week for our country. Our thoughts/prayers/positive vibes go out to everyone affected by the horrifying events in Boston, and to those left disappointed by a certain legislative body’s inaction/capitulation to special interests in DC.*
* Ex-Boyfriend loves and supports all 27 Constitutional Amendments. Please don’t be a troll.
So what’s the best thing to do? Pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, have a nice drink (alcoholic or otherwise), and get right back on the horse — once you’re fit to ride again, of course!
Thankfully, New York Magazine has got us covered, libation-wise: earlier this week they published their 50-state cocktail travelogue — a perfect pairing for those brave souls that each year attempt to visit all 30 Major League Baseball parks in a single summer.
As I went through the list, I was surprised by how many cocktails from the Midwest appealed to my palate compared to the ones on offer from the coastal states. Of the 51 cocktails profiled (no taxation without representation, amirite DC?!), the following states offered the most-delicious sounding (in terms of ingredients) & looking ones:
• New Hampshire
• New Jersey
• New Mexico
• North Dakota
• Rhode Island
• South Dakota
• Washington, DC
• West Virginia
Also, no offense to Rye in Baltimore — I’ve had some nice cocktails there — but seriously, Bad Decisions deserves any and all cocktail love bestowed upon Charm City from out-of-town media. John Reusing started the cocktail renaissance that Baltimore has been enjoying the last few years, and all drunken high-fives are owed to that dude and his stellar staff of mixologists.
Anyway, I think my favorite drink of the 51 that were featured might be the Maridel, from the Parlor Market in Jackson, Mississippi:
In a shaker, muddle the cucumber-infused simple syrup and 4 or 5 leaves of basil. Add 2 ounces Cathead honeysuckle vodka and 1/2 ounce lime juice. Shake with ice and double strain through a sieve into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and basil leaf.
(Via TheKitchn.com, by way of Adj! Special legal shout-out to photographer Melissa Hom and drink stylist Ian Knauer — please don’t sue me!)
p.s. – Denver & Vegas fans! Don’t forget to let me know, either via the comments section here on the blog, our Facebook wall, or our Twitter feed, which bar to meet you at when we’re in your respective cities on the nights of the 29th (Denver) and 30th (Las Vegas)! Your first round is on me if you show up wearing Ex-Boyfriend gear, and we’ll have free swag for folks at the bar whether you’re wearing our fly styles or not!
If you have a habit of overdoing it when it comes to drinking science might have a solution. MIT graduate student Dhairya Dand has created ice cubes that let you know when you’re drinking too much.
Dubbed “cheers”, these cool ice cubes contain a circuit inside an edible jelly mold. The circuit monitors the number of sips you take and determines how drunk you are getting with a timer clocking the rate you’re knocking back those cocktails. As you start drinking too much the ice cubes change from glowing green to orange and then red.
If you keep drinking despite the warnings, the ice cubes can send a text message to a designated contact to let them know you’ve had a few too many.
I couldn’t decide whether to share this find on WTF Wednesday or Thirsty Thursday, but since it’s gin-related, here goes:
Some Brits decided that worms in booze shouldn’t be just the province of tequila, so they decided to add the creepy crawlies to this gin. As far as I can tell, there’s no case for worms making gin more delicious. The story simply seems to be that worms are cool. Yes, they’re cool in my garden but not in my cocktails, thankyouverymuch. I’ll stick to Hendricks.
Don’t let your boozy over-indulgence get in the way of your next Las Vegas vacation. The folks at Hangover Heaven bring hangover therapy to you.
Their Duke-trained physician can come right to your hotel room and fix you up in under an hour. Treatment does involve getting an IV (ouch), but it still might be a more attractive alternative to spending the day with your head in the toilet.
It got cooold here in Baltimore all of a sudden. I’ve been hibernating in my office with hot drinks and my sketch pad because it’s finally design time! Before I started selling Ex-Boyfriend products to stores I put out new designs willy nilly. I admit, it was more fun that way, but nowadays I mostly work on seasonal catalogs, releasing new art in December and July. So if you were wondering why I haven’t done anything new lately, don’t worry, there’s a ton of new stuff coming before the end of the year!
Don’t believe it? Here are some actual shots of me working on new art today!
As you can see, Oliver is hanging out to give me his critiques. Don’t let the reaper scare you, we aren’t going all death metal over here. He’s part of a larger piece but you’ll have to wait a couple more weeks for the final reveal. In the meantime, stay warm and drink up!
I’m currently loving this Mexican Hot Chocolate. It’s so spicy and boozy and chocolatey, plus it’s a hot drink! What’s not to love? Bonus points for creative tequila use, a spirit I don’t drink often that tends to sit on the shelf for too long around here. Mr. Cuervo will be so pleased to be out when it’s not even margarita weather!
To our fans in the areas affected by Sandy: stay strong. Our thoughts are with you. To those that aren’t, please help if you can. Canned goods are great, but they’re generally not accepted as legal tender in exchange for blankets & such. You know things are rough when we’re operating within a soup-based economy. I mean, it could be worse…but you don’t wanna know about it.
City Envy, n. – Acute jealousy experienced by visitors in cities that have cooler stuff to do than back at home.
One of the fun aspects of what I do is the travel involved in going and vending my stuff around the country. This year alone, Ex-Boyfriend has been in Las Vegas, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Next year we’re anticipating the addition of Orlando, San Francisco, and possibly even Toronto! And as much as we love Baltimore and miss it while we’re gone, there are certain things about these new metropolises that we just go ga-ga over and wish were waiting for us back home.
Now, I’m not much of a gamer. I play Scramble With Friends and Words With Friends (feel free to start a game with me; username: Bearadactyl) and occasionally Baseball Superstars on my phone when waiting around outside of changing rooms or watching TV, but that’s about it. I haven’t seriously played video games since I was 19, which was…longer ago than I am willing to reveal to YOU people.
But a video game tournament involving alcohol consumption at a bar, with the prize being a fully-subsidized bar tab for the evening? I am ALL ABOUT IT. Especially given that my heightened tolerance and pairing with an equally-rusty or inexperienced gamer is the only hope I’d have of advancing to the second round. Maybe they assess bonus points for competing in a Tanooki suit.
I admit that sometimes I can get suckered in just by awesome photography and food-styling, but how can this not be wonderful? Fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs, fresh peppers, and yummy yummy vodka in my tummy? SOLD.
What’s even cooler is how utterly basic and easy this recipe from The Realistic Housewife is; your only equipment is a mason jar, a knife, a strainer, and a cutting board.
Here’s what you’ll need and what to do:
3 Large Tomatoes (ed. note: fresh from your or your friend’s garden is best. Conventional hot-house tomatoes are pretty watery and flavorless.)
2 Cayenne Peppers (or any chili peppers) (ed. note: there’s a lot of potential to ruin this if you go with something too spicy. Maybe start mild with a jalapeno and step up to the hard, habanero-y stuff)
Handful of Peppercorns
Handful of Basil
Handful of Cilantro
A Few Shakes of Red Pepper Flakes
4 Cloves of Garlic
750 ml Good (Enough) Quality Vodka (ed. note: “good enough” quality vodka? I mean, yeah, sure, you’re flavoring it yourself, but let’s not cheap out too much, huh?)
Place all ingredients in the jar and add vodka to cover
Store out of direct sunlight for 3-5 days, give it a shake here and there
Add tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce to taste.
Just in time for the tastiest craft beer season of them all, Brew Gene is a handy app that allows beer aficionados to track and rate their favorite brews, and then uses those personal ratings to offer suggestions based on what you’ve liked in the past! It’s like TiVo, but for your liver!
I just downloaded this today, and it’s pretty new, and thus a little buggy — users are automatically logged out if your phone goes dark, and I’m having difficulty logging back in after my initial sign-up.
That said, there’s a lot of potential here. In addition to just rating the beers you’ve tried, you can also take notes on taste and color — how wonderfully, wonderfully nerdy!
The app also suggests a “Beer of the Day” each day, and has a “Random” function to populate a list of random beers for you to rate in case you’re too lazy to actively use the “Search” feature — and let’s be honest, if you’re drinking beer, you’re probably not too inclined to type keywords into your phone, especially as the night wears on.
If you’re of-age and like beer and obsessively documenting every aspect of your existence, Brew Gene is available for free download in the iTunes app store. And as Gary Thorne, play-by-play man for the Baltimore Orioles likes to say, “Please drink……..responsibly.”
Every single part of this video of Nekrogoblikon’s “No One Survives” is hilarious, but here are some highlights and Easter eggs:
• The bartender at Carlito’s Way is Jon Lajoie, aka Taco from FX’s The League
• The object of the goblin’s affection is, errmm, adult film star Kayden Kross
• If you go to the YouTube page, you can read the full lyrics. They are pretty typical for metal, but here’s a wonderful taste:
We used to laugh, we used to cry,
Now the only thing we do is die!