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How To make a shoe, kill a bear, and mix a Widow's Tears

Mental Floss links to free How-To guides from a hundred years ago that are still helpful if you need to mesmerize someone or name a baby
posted by The Whelk on Jul 28, 2014 - 34 comments

In a not too distant cocktail lounge, about 5PM A.D

A tumblr collection of cocktails inspired by Mystery Science Theatre 3000 episodes
posted by The Whelk on Jul 26, 2014 - 43 comments

Transportation planning and alternatives to drunk driving

What If the Best Way to End Drunk Driving Is to End Driving?
posted by desjardins on Jun 4, 2014 - 81 comments

I hope they all get ripped apart by wild animals.

This is a collection of Francisco "Puree Tomatoes" Taccir's blog posts from Myspace and Friendster from 2005 – 2010. Tomatoes was a writer, artist, and addict who was born on February 26. 1977. He died on October 10, 2010 from a heroin overdose. [more inside]
posted by item on May 20, 2014 - 7 comments

strawberry-rosemary-gin peach-thyme-tequila raspberry-lavender-champagne

Three bartenders in a backyard teach you how to make three classic summer drinks on a budget: the daiquiri, the gin & tonic, and the mint julep. Not simple enough? How about the only summer cocktail recipe you will ever need?
posted by Juliet Banana on May 19, 2014 - 105 comments

Within Sight And Gunshot

This indignant map exposes the seamy underbelly of 1890s Washington, D.C., naming and locating “saloons” and “bawdy-houses” in the so-called Murder Bay neighborhood, located east of the White House. The Library of Congress, which holds the map, tells us that it’s a newspaper clipping from the 1890s, without a known author or publisher. (Slate.com)
posted by The Whelk on May 15, 2014 - 14 comments

The Egyptian Military's War on Alcohol

The Egyptian Military's War on Alcohol Just before the Ahmed Hamdy tunnel, which links Egypt's main bulk of land to the Sinai Peninsula, there are two consecutive checkpoints. One of them is run by the military, and the other by the Ministry of Interior. This weekend, on a trip to Sinai with a group of friends, we were stopped at the military checkpoint. The conscripts insisted on searching us, and a mere inquiry as to what the purpose of the search was made them adamant on going through every bag.
posted by modernnomad on Mar 12, 2014 - 20 comments

Please lick responsibly

I realize that it is only Monday. I also realize that it is still very much Winter in much of the Northern Hemisphere. But I also realized today that the word "Poptails" has never before been mentioned on the Blue. Time to change that: Booze + Popsicle Recipe = POPTAILS ! What's your poison? Dirty Pirate Popsicles, Corona Beer Popsicles, Three Musketeers Poptail, Bourbon Butterscotch Latte Popsicles & more, much more. Or just invent your own. (Keep in mind that if you use too much alcohol it won't freeze. (Worst case scenario: SLUSHIE!) Just how much alcohol to use for a poptail.
posted by spock on Feb 24, 2014 - 25 comments

Wash down those pretzels with a big frosty mug of anecdata

Burt Likko is a lawyer who used to handle litigation arising from bar fights. He's learned a bit about how and why they happen.
posted by Cash4Lead on Jan 26, 2014 - 73 comments

It's almost that time again

Pairing wine with Girl Scout Cookies.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 16, 2014 - 44 comments

Why I Feel OK About Falling Off The Wagon After Years Of Sobriety

My elevator pitch for ending sobriety had been “moderate social drinking without ever blacking out again.”
posted by Kitteh on Jan 3, 2014 - 217 comments

Shaken, not stirred.

The BMJ analysis of 007's alcohol consumption.
posted by pjern on Dec 24, 2013 - 57 comments

Think you're an alcoholic?

Think you're an alcoholic? Not by the standards of great artists and writers! "As for Balzac, he was definitely a coffee kind of guy – he sank 60 cups a day. Samuel Beckett slurped red wine every night til 5am. Pablo Picasso liked opium (he claimed opium has the “least stupid smell in the world”). Across Paris, Jean Paul Sartre guzzled four pints of Burgundy for lunch, liked his barbiturates, and was addicted to Corydrane, a mix of aspirin and amphetamine. The recommended dose of this now-prohibited tablet was 1 a day, Sartre took 20."
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Dec 12, 2013 - 72 comments

"Doing the 'hezza', which is believed to be slang for heroine"

In case you were starting to miss the daily insanity that is Rob Ford, Toronto's admitted crack-smoking, tax-cutting, drunken stupor of a Mayor, your wait is over. Newly-unredacted wiretaps from the police investigation into attempts to retrieve the infamous video of Rob Ford smocking crack, calling his football team "a bunch of fucking minorities", and Justin Trudeau a "fa**ot", have re-ignited the inquiry into the Mayor's actions. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Dec 4, 2013 - 147 comments

Cheap Bourbons, Ranked

A Timely Ranking of Cheap American Bourbon in Time for the Holidays
posted by Renoroc on Nov 25, 2013 - 107 comments

Inspiration for Imbibation

Some genius realized two great tastes that go together are Motivational Phrases and Alcohol Posters.
posted by symbioid on Nov 5, 2013 - 35 comments

Nightmare in Maryville

Nightmare in Maryville - The Kansas City Star investigates the backlash against the victims family after rape charges were brought (and dropped) against local atheletes. The pattern of victim blaming and local indiference have brought comparisons to the Steubenville, Ohio case (previously) and anger on the internet.  Meanwhile the Grand Jury investigation into Steubenville has brought it's first charges against an adult involved with the cover-up.
posted by Artw on Oct 15, 2013 - 168 comments

Your face might melt before the popsicle.

Dean Martin used to make a joke in his stage shows: "I don't drink anymore. I freeze it and eat it like a Popsicle". But how exactly does that work? It's not exactly as simple as whipping up some Koolaid, poring it in a mold and sticking it in the freezer. And though summer is over and autumn is here, that's no reason not to indulge in a Tequila Lime Margarita Pop or a Havana Mojito Popsicle. And if you're feeling really daring, how about some Absinthe Pops?
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Oct 2, 2013 - 19 comments

Cocktail historian is a job? How might I qualify?

Lawyers need bartenders more than bartenders need lawyers. When it comes to cocktails and the names they’re given, a recipe can’t be copyrighted and a name isn’t usually trademarked, and there’s no governing body, no law of the liquor land that stops the duplication of a recipe or a cocktail name. Which makes cocktail naming—shall we call it mixonymics?—special among naming practices in the modern world: It’s the bartender tribe, not the law, that defines prior art.
"Swizzle Me This," Michael Erard, The Morning News (single link)
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Sep 18, 2013 - 20 comments

Beer googles: the studies

‘Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder’: People who think they are drunk also think they are attractive (full-text PDF) is a study that just won the IgNobel Prize for Psychology. Previously, bar-hopping researchers had demonstrated (paywalls, abstracts only) that the "beer goggles" effect affected men and women equally, could last as long as 24 h (for men rating women) and was not selective for opposite-sex faces, that the reduced ability of inebriated people to perceive asymmetry was a potential culprit, that beer goggles were no excuse for having sex with minors because even heavy alcohol consumption does not interfere with age-perception, and even that the effect did not exist at all.
posted by elgilito on Sep 15, 2013 - 23 comments

Drunk vs Stoned

"Anything else you want to add? Don't do drugs kids?" "Yeah That's a good one." In a highly (un)scientific experiment, BuzzFeed video producer Andrew Gauthier spent one night drunk and one night stoned while performing identical tasks. He filmed the results for our entertainment education..
posted by quin on Aug 27, 2013 - 26 comments

"And Lincoln wasn't a douchebag. He was like, ok, I'll meet with him."

Do you like history? Do you like drunk people? If you answered yes to these two questions, you may like Drunk History, where you get to see what happens when a drunk historian explains what happened. The original web series was previously discussed twice on metafilter. Now there's more: [more inside]
posted by medusa on Aug 26, 2013 - 24 comments

Like everything else, cocktail menus have grown decadent...

Make way for the $21 Long Island Ice Tea: The trshy summer cocktail goes upscale (The Awl)
posted by The Whelk on May 24, 2013 - 101 comments

Like a beer? Find its family members.

Put in your preferred beer style, and Beer Viz will tell you about similar beers using data collected from Beer Advocate.
posted by shivohum on May 15, 2013 - 73 comments

My Bucket List...

America's 10 most alcoholic beers
posted by Renoroc on Apr 17, 2013 - 91 comments

Probably not really safe for... anywhere.

Turn empty water bottles into alcohol fueled rockets. [slyt]
posted by quin on Apr 17, 2013 - 34 comments

In a sea of whisky, we‘re castaways and who can find us

Eurovision, the annual offering of musical culture from the continent to a sometimes bewildered world, approaches. Greece have decided that they can now afford to send an entry to the finals in Sweden this May, using private sponsorship. Their entry, winning the national selection contest, is the Rebetiko-infused "Alcohol is free", an anti-austerity song performed by Koza Mostra and Agathonas Iakovidis. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Mar 1, 2013 - 34 comments

Why a Smokeless America isn't Desirable

The Case Against a Smoke Free America "Tobacco is viewed as pure vice by public health officials. Surgeon General Everett C. Koop famously hoped for a smoke-free America by the year 2000. Koop echoed Lucy Page Gaston, the early twentieth century prohibitionist who campaigned for 'a smokeless America by 1925.' This impulse was revived by Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who testified before Congress in 2003, 'I see no need for any tobacco products in society.'... In Elizabethan England, the then novel act of smoking was described as 'dry drinking.' The metaphor is apt: Neither alcohol nor tobacco is essential to life, but both offer pleasant flavors while enhancing mood and sociality. And, of course, both are harmful when consumed in excess."
posted by bookman117 on Dec 25, 2012 - 230 comments

I could really go for a blue blazer right about now

How to Mix [Old Timey] Drinks with David Wondrich (slyt)
posted by special-k on Dec 20, 2012 - 18 comments

291 diseases and injuries + 67 risk factors + 1,160 non-fatal complications = 650 million estimates of how we age, sicken, and die

As humans live longer, what ails us isn't necessarily what kills us: five data visualizations of how we age, sicken, and die. Causes of death by age, sex, region, and year. Heat map of leading causes and risks by region. Changes in leading causes and risks between 1990 and 2010. Healthy years lost to disability vs. life expectancy in 1990 and 2010. Uncertainties of causes and risks. From the team for the massive Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010. [more inside]
posted by hat on Dec 14, 2012 - 11 comments

Drink-*hic*-ing Through History

Darcy O’Neil’s “Art of Drink” blog examines temperance images from the 1800s, the meaning of temperance, historical drinking and driving ads, and a couple of bitters labels for good measure. [more inside]
posted by Revort on Dec 13, 2012 - 15 comments

They can't serve it premixed because it's against the law.

I am fairly sure of these: Ginger, orris, galengal, lovage, chiretta, angelica, elecampane, hyssop, pomerance, camomile, lavender, coriander, pepper, cloves, star anis, allspice, nutmeg, cardamon, fennel, bitter orange, rose hips, quinine, licorice, tumeric, mace, saffron.

These are possibles: marshmallow, yarrow, burdock, curcuma, grains of paradise, cubeb, wintergreen, cassia, betony, purslane, borage, sandalwood.

Deer blood is a myth. Caramel is used as a sweetener. Your real problem is getting the proportions right.

And don't mix it with Red Bull. Drink it straight and cold.
posted by 256 on Nov 26, 2012 - 88 comments

Put That In Your Scorpion Bowl & Suck On It

I f*ckin love girly drinks! / Don't give a f*ck what what you think! / I f*ckin love girly drinks! / I f*ckin wanted that pink!! / I F*CKIN LOVE GIRLY DRINKS! (Generally NSFW-ish, unless you work in a bar)
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Nov 20, 2012 - 88 comments

Last Call: Vertical Integration and England's Drinking Problem

England has a drinking problem. Since 1990, teenage alcohol consumption has doubled. Since World War II, alcohol intake for the population as a whole has doubled, with a third of that increase occurring since just 1995. [...] The United States, although no stranger to alcohol abuse problems, is in comparatively better shape. A third of the country does not drink, and teenage drinking is at a historic low.
How a vertically integrated alcohol industry is to blame, and why the US could find itself in the same position soon.
posted by spiderskull on Nov 20, 2012 - 96 comments

Maker's Mark bourbon whisky

If you're ever in Loretto, Kentucky, you're welcome to pay a visit to the Maker's Mark bourbon distillery, a National Historic Landmark. Until then, why not pour yourself a taste and watch this video? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Oct 13, 2012 - 19 comments

Clam and tomato? Brilliant!

Often hailed as Canada's favourite cocktail, the Caesar is a combination of vodka, Clamato, Tabasco, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce served in a glass rimmed with celery salt. It is almost unheard of outside of Canada. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Oct 6, 2012 - 119 comments

Drinks you should never order in a bar. (Maybe?)

Writing for the Globe & Mail's "Wine & Spirits" section, Beppi Crosariol interviews some bartenders and suggests that there are some drinks you should never order in a bar. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Oct 4, 2012 - 106 comments

Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly"

Roger Ebert on the set of Barfly. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Sep 14, 2012 - 21 comments

Lucy got some 'splaining to do

Ever had one of those nights that made you think about giving up drinking? Lucy Spraggan says it leads her to Beer Fear. (DLYT) [more inside]
posted by notashroom on Aug 31, 2012 - 20 comments

‘… So why were you doing it?’ I don’t even remember what I answered.

I Was A Teenage Narc. (via Unfogged)
posted by Elementary Penguin on Aug 23, 2012 - 54 comments

In heaven there is no beer, that's why we drink it here

Even in the grips of the Great Recession, one industry's profits are bubbling up, pouring forth, and experiencing growth in market share, dollars spent, and profit: craft beer! [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 22, 2012 - 80 comments

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Martini* (*and we're glad you asked)

Q: OK, I'm ready for the long answer now. A: A highly vocal minority of Martini drinkers, the Prescriptivists, insists that the short answer is in fact the only answer...
posted by gauche on Aug 13, 2012 - 135 comments

...smashed-trashed-bashed-mashed-muzzy-fuzzy-dizzy-merry-screwed-and-glowing-and-nuked-and-blowing-a-two...

Ali Spagnola's Synonyms for Drunk is a remarkably catchy song featuring 91 words for "Drunk" in less than one minute. [slyt]
posted by quin on Jul 7, 2012 - 20 comments

Two and a half minutes to improve your drinking experiences

ASAP Science presents: The Scientific Hangover Cure. [slyt] [via]
posted by quin on Jun 29, 2012 - 85 comments

What just happened?

Get drunk, for a second. The “Wahh Quantum Sensations”, a gadget invented by David Edwards and designed by Philippe Starck, contains 21 sprays which pulverizes each 0.075 ml of alcohol in your mouth, the minimum amount to stimulate your brain. A single spray provides a very short feeling of intoxication.
posted by davebush on May 9, 2012 - 80 comments

Tattoos, Piercings, and Alcohol Consumption

According to research recently published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research[DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01711.x], tattooed people drink significantly more than their peers (as well as other risky behaviours).
posted by wilful on Apr 19, 2012 - 63 comments

It's not called a shout for nothing

If you can't talk you'll drink more, or, why the UK government would do better to lower the noise level in pubs rather than raise the price of alcohol. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 13, 2012 - 39 comments

Physical violence is the least of my priorities.

Arrested drunk guy sings Bohemian Rhapsody.
posted by cmoj on Mar 29, 2012 - 91 comments

Ritualized vomiting was simply part of brotherly life.

I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beer poured down fellow pledges' ass cracks... among other abuses.
A sobering look into the world of Dartmouth College's fraternities. Single page view.
posted by Rumple on Mar 29, 2012 - 232 comments

Dateless Drosophila Drown Dating Dejection in Drink

Sexual Deprivation Increases Alcohol Intake in Drosophila (the original paper, and a précis, are both behind paywalls; the précis notes "anthropomorphizing the results from flies is difficult to suppress, but the relevance to human behavior is obviously not yet established")
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 15, 2012 - 42 comments

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