May 10, 2012
I love baseball. It is, bar none, my favorite sport. And let’s face it — it’s tough to reconcile my love of sports, baseball in particular, with my “public persona” as an artist with a predilection for kittens and girl-drinks. These things do not really mix.
Or do they?
For all its blue-collar history as a day-time escape for night-time factory workers and kids playing hooky from school, baseball is EASILY the most artist-friendly sport there is.
Baseball is nerd-heaven because it is entirely about stats. Mathematics.
20 years ago, most (non-playing) people working for baseball teams didn’t need much more than a high school diploma and an “eye for spotting talent”. Now, at LEAST a BS (preferably an MBA) in economics, mathematics, or statistics is required. Bruce Springsteen wrote ‘Glory Days’ in 1983-84 before all this. Good thing, too, or he may have ended up singing about nerds giving washed-up jocks wedgies at the 10-year reunion while screaming about standard deviations from the mean. Science & wedgie retribution!
So the next time your sports-obsessed significant other/best friend/person you lost a bet to drags you to a 3-4 hour long baseball game in the oppressive heat of mid-summer, don’t suffer more than necessary by spending $7.50 on a Bud Light. Fill up your flask with this refreshing bit of baseball booze!
The Golden Glove*
- 2 oz White rum (Flor de Caña 4-Year-Old Extra Dry)
- 1 tsp Cointreau
- .5 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp sugar
- Garnish: Lime half-wheel (unless flasking it — don’t stuff a lime wheel in there)
- Glass: Rocks (or flask filled with crushed ice)
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lime half-wheel.
* The Gold Glove is an annual award presented by the Rawlings sporting good company to the best defensive position players in Major League Baseball. The more you know!
(Via Liqurious, by way of Liquor.com. Recipe courtesy of Allen Katz)
March 29, 2012
Sakebii is a new social drinking app for the iPhone that allows users to invite friends out to get crunk. Now, there are already a lot of apps like this out there, but it seems like Sakebii is trying to set itself apart by keeping things small.
Sakebii limits the number of friends within your network to 30 people — which still seems like a lot to me. If I walk into a bar and see more people than there are seats, it’s too full. But it’s still a decent concept that insulates you from potentially annoying acquaintances from popping in and crashing the party.
It’s still in development, but once it’s launched, I might try it out — if only in the hopes that the user interface is as adorable as the images on the “how to” page make it out to be!
January 19, 2012
I actually had a really cramazing Thirsty Thursday post lined up for today, but it’ll have to wait until next week — I have an exciting announcement to make (well, two actually):
First up: my Diver Riding Shark shirt was worn by Jimmy on FOX’s Raising Hope this week!
The full video won’t be up on Hulu until next week, but rest assured, it will be embedded ASAP (provided Congress doesn’t destroy the internet between now and then). There’s something vaguely satisfying about Jimmy passing his GED test while wearing one of my tees…
But even MORE exciting than this teeny-tiny step up the ladder of fame is the addition of ART PRINTS to the Ex-Boyfriend product line! While a limited selection to start, I hope to be able to add to the collection of available art prints in the future. Each 11″ x 17″ print is digitally reproduced on 100 lb. glossy cover stock, ships for FREE in sturdy cardboard shipping tubes, and is guaranteed to get you mad high-fives & fist-bumps at your next dinner party (if your dinner parties are typically held at the Jersey Shore. And if they are, the high-fives might be for your delicious rum-ham.)
January 5, 2012
I am a man, and thus inherently lazy. So anytime I can kill two pigs with one angry bird, I’m excited.
You see, we threw a NYE party on Saturday, and one of our trays was filled with these delicious little bite-sized Asian summer rolls served with a ginger-sesame-miso dipping sauce that was pretty out of this world. However, ginger (being the kick-ass root that it is) is insanely potent — you don’t need much to give something a ginger-y kick.
Unfortunately, it’s sold in its raw, natural state, and we always end up with way more than we need, and struggle to come up with ways to use what’s left. Man cannot live on stir-fry alone.
Thank goodness for this cocktail recipe, though! Courtesy of Nick at CocktailRemedy.com, it features a lot of stuff I like. However, I’d probably make a couple substitutions:
Pear Ginger Smash
(makes 1 drink)
1/2 pear, wedged and cored
.5 oz. lime juice
1.5 oz. whiskey (Ed. note: Because I’m a wuss and can’t man-up enough to enjoy whiskey, I’d probably use a nice mid-priced cognac or brandy instead, or some dark rum in a pinch.)
.5 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur (Ed. note: See Nick’s comment below re: ginger syrup — I’d use that instead since I’m trying to get rid of this ginger!)
Ginger Ale (Ed. note: I’d have to make two of these: one with ginger ale, and one with ginger beer. I ordered a Dark & Stormy once that was made with ginger ale, and it was abyssmal, so I’m inclined to use ginger beer instead since I can control the sweetness by adding as much or as little ginger syrup as I want, rather than taking what the corn lobby gives me with their dreaded high-fructose corn syrup. Corn; I say thee, nay!)
Muddle the pear and lime juice until the pear is pulverized. Add the rest of the ingredients, ice and shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Strain with a julep strainer over ice. I like the julep strainer because it has larger holes and tiny bits of fruit can escape into the drink. Which I love. If you’d rather a smoother drink, a regular cocktail strainer will do. Then, top with ginger ale.
The Domaine de Canton is a nice way to add ginger flavor to your drink, and an interesting alternative to ginger syrup. Though, they’re probably somewhat interchangeable here.
(Ed. note: I was just thinking that dropping in 2-3 small pieces of candied ginger might also be a nice touch, but between the ginger ale/beer and ginger syrup, be careful not to kill that delicate pear flavor!)
November 3, 2011
When it comes to cocktails, Fall is a great season for drinking them. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, apple—it’s all just so delicious!
In the spirit of the season, I present to you Pumpkin Punch w/ Cinnamon-Infused Rum, courtesy of Kelly Carámbula and Serious Eats.
For the cinnamon infused rum:
1 750-mL bottle of dark rum, like Flor de Caña, Gosling’s Black Seal, or Myer’s Dark
3 cinnamon sticks
For the punch:
10 ounces pumpkin purée
10 ounces cinnamon-infused rum
10 ounces sweetened condensed milk (vegan? Just melt some vanilla soy ice cream—but not that Soy Delicious Coconut Milk stuff. The coconut flavor will overpower the delicacy of the pumpkin)
10 dashes Angostura bitters (seems a bit excessive, but keep in mind it’s for an entire punch bowl)
Freshly ground nutmeg (for real—fresh nutmeg is not that expensive, and you can totally tell the difference)
Ice block or cubes
Infused rum: Combine the cinnamon sticks and rum (keeping the rum bottle) in a large ball jar (or any wide-mouthed jar.) Seal and place in a dark area for 3 days, gently shaking daily. Once the cinnamon flavor is bold enough, remove the cinnamon sticks and pour back into the liquor bottle.
In a large punch bowl, combine the pumpkin purée, rum, condensed milk and bitters. Gently stir until fully combined.
Sprinkle freshly-grated nutmeg over the entire punch bowl.
(Check out Kelly’s blog Eat. Make. Read. for more of her recipes!)
September 1, 2011
This isn’t really news, but back in July the Rickey was declared the official cocktail of Washington, DC. Which is funny, because I feel that to live and work in the nation’s capital or root for their sports teams, I’d need way more than one cocktail to keep me sane (I should know; I’m a big ‘Skins fan). The good news is that the Rickey is a pretty basic drink that lends itself to a fair amount of variation. While I doubt I’d be a fan of the original “Joe” Rickey that uses bourbon in lieu of gin, I do like me some gin. So I scoured the webz for something awesome, and there is not much in this world that’s as awesome as booze and fire. Behold, the Rosewater Rickey:
Created (and photographed) by Jamie Boudreau at Vessel in Seattle, this is how it’s gonna go down:
Brulee in the bottom of a mixing glass:
5 pitted, brandied cherries
bar spoon of sugar
Angostura mist* (see below)
Fill with ice and add:
3 oz gin
1 bar spoon of rosewater
½ oz fresh lime juice
shake and strain into an iced Collins glass
top with soda water
*For Angostura mist, place equal portions of Angostura bitters and Lemon Hart 151 rum into an oil mister/sprayer.
To brulee the cherries, place them in your mixing glass, add the sugar, and mist the Angostura mixture through a flame.
Flame until sugar caramelizes.
As per usual, feel free to sub your own favorite spirit—I’d probably go with Hendrick’s for the gin, and since Lemon Hart 151 is extremely hard to come by, you may want a nice El Dorado (maybe the 8 year old?) or, in a pinch, Gosling’s Black Seal. Also, rosewater can usually be found in fancier groceries like Whole Foods or Fresh Market. Also-also, fire is awesome, but also hot. Be careful!
(Via Liqurious, as usual)
August 11, 2011
July 14, 2011
Smirnoff? Absolut? Seagram’s?! NO, Michael Bay. No.
I get that you need to offer parents some way to dull the pain of sitting through your lump of childhood-ruining waste, but this is not the way. In fact, I cannot think of a WORSE way to add another $8 on top of a $12 ticket than being forced to drink “Michael Bay’s X-Plode Juice” while losing two hours of my life. $20 to be trapped in a life-sucking machine? Talk about a Pit of Despair.
(If this Youtube analogy causes Michael Bay to re-make Princess Bride, I will jump right out my f@#king window.)
May 5, 2011
In honor of today being Cinco de Mayo, I’ve created some free downloadable beer charms to help you keep your drinks straight as the night wears on (a tricky endeavor, to say the least.) Just click on over to my freebies page and download one (or all) of the three themed sets so your fiesta guests remain cootie-free this afternoon and evening! Each printable set includes six charms (perfect for that six-pack you’re picking up on the way home) featuring fun Ex-Boyfriend characters from my designs, including kawaii guys, cute critters, and adorable monsters!
April 7, 2011
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