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
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Sep 18, 2013 -
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 -
New Year's Eve is fast approaching, and for lots of folks that means... drinking. Plenty of drinking. And since there's no shortage of singers and songwriters who've had a little something to say about that particular topic, maybe some of the following tunes can serve as an appropriate soundtrack to your own joyous (or not?) imbibing of spirits. For example, there's... Jimmy Liggins with his succinct rendition of Drunk
, and there's... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Dec 30, 2011 -
The Iditarod is the famous long-distance race in which yelping dogs tow a sled across Alaska. Our Idiotarod is pretty much the same thing, except that instead of dogs, it's people, instead of sleds, it's shopping carts, and instead of Alaska it's New York City.
posted by thanatogenous
on Jan 20, 2005 -
"Not My Head!"
Drinking games based on movies or television shows are legion
, but surely the most epic, erudite, witty, and hangover-inducing is "Not My Head": the "I, Claudius Drinking Game"
! Whether or not you've ever seen the 13 part BBC series
on which it's based, the rules
are quite simple—and since every episode
contains plenty of banishments
, and orgies
, you can be sure you'll be working through those bottles of red wine pretty quickly. Dress as your favorite character
for extra debauched realness - and remember, you can't tell the players without a scorecard
! (Especially when you're drunk.)
posted by contraposto
on Dec 27, 2004 -
weight loss and exercise... Those who like their booze also like their nicotine. People who drink to excess also tend to be chronic smokers, and a new report suggests the combination of the two might prove more toxic than either one alone. a small study found chronic smoking + alcohol dependence = increased severity of brain damage. The frontal lobes (short-term storage sites) turn out to be the most damaged. A separate study used rats to show that alcoholism and excessive food intake may share the same chemical pathways in the brain.
has the HealthDayNews report that focuses mainly on the smokes, MSNBC
looks more at the eats. They also have an interesting Addictions Sections
. Could it be that some folks are just prone to addictions and everyone settles on something different?
posted by Blake
on Dec 17, 2004 -
The Dittohead Guide To Adult Beverages
can be read in its entirety (abt. 250Kb) on the Web. (For those of you in Rio Linda, a dittohead is a Rush Limbaugh fan.) But Britt Gillette has also self-published his book and wants you to make his dreams come true by buying it on Amazon. It's got hilarious drink names in it, like "Caller Abortion
" (a stunt Limbaugh used on his show -- complete with the sound of a vacuum cleaner), "Feminazi Frazzle
," and "John F-ing Kerry
." The recipes look like they'd make tasty drinks, but I think I'll pass on the purchase. Who really needs a novelty, right-wing drink recipe book?
posted by tbc
on Aug 13, 2004 -
It's time to send the team home:
"England has bred a contemporary culture of immoderation at every level, with particular reference to drinking and fighting. The recent Panorama
programme on weekend binge-drinking in city centres provided a wake-up call, as should the novelist Andrew O'Hagan's admirable essay
on current British attitudes to masculinity, reprinted in yesterday's G2." (via The Guardian)
posted by n o i s e s
on Jun 17, 2004 -
How much alcohol have YOU consumed in your life? Take the "drink-o-meter"
test. (Flash) I rated a "Homer Simpson", which means I could fill a few bathtubs, but haven't quite spent the Ferrari money. Something tells me that many of MeFi's finest will bury my score...via the Sporting Press.
posted by vito90
on Dec 11, 2003 -
Poor, Much-Maligned Alcohol Gets A Good Word: It's quarter to three, there's no one in the place/Except you and me,/So set 'em' up Joe, I got a little story/ I think you should know...
And the story is something, if you're a drinker, you probably already know. (I was so surprised by this article I wondered if it was sponsored by the booze industry. But then I mixed myself another drink; read the wonderfully-named, probably Guinness - and poteen-fuelled - Dublin Principles and drank its health anyway!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 3, 2003 -
The Spirits Of The Times: Whatever's Next?
In an unstable marketplace, good old spirits have been undergoing an extraordinary renaissance since 1988, with 2003 the best year yet. And growing. With summer over and thoughts turning
to the more warming libations, I wonder what the next big drinking craze will be. My bets are on the wonderful, underrated fruit brandies
, distilled directly from fruit juices with nothing else added: kirsch
. Mmmm... The best eaux-de-vie
, in my experience, are those from G. E. Massenez
and above all (though they're quite expensive and alcoholic) from the Swiss Paul Morand
distillery. (Flash req.
) An ice-cold Williamine
, served in a shot glass surrounded by an old-fashioned tumbler full of shaved ice: oh what bliss on an autumn night, after a late dinner with old friends!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 27, 2003 -
You've Come A Long Way, Baby:
Unfortunately, you picked the wrong one, dear old Old-Fashioned
, dean of cocktails. Robert Hess's
definitive essay on the ever-changing ways of making one shows just how contentious a cocktail recipe
can be. It also bears sad testimony to how the great classics are being fruited up, iced up, fizzed up, shaken till obliteration and generally girlied, dumbed and boozed down. So how do you stand on the cherry, the pineapple and the orange? And don't even bother commenting if you're a seltzer fan! ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 21, 2003 -
The end of a stereotype?
Ireland's Prime Minister wants to limit advertising and slap warning labels on alcoholic beverages in an effort to curtail teenage binge drinking. It doesn't seem to work too well here in the U.S., can it work in Ireland, the punch line of most drinking jokes?
posted by MediaMan
on May 19, 2003 -
Modern Drunkard has posted a handy guide for the alcoholic in us all, a set of gestures to communicate your needs when it's too loud to hear, or just because, as the site says, "when words come out, whiskey can't get in."
posted by jonson
on Dec 16, 2002 -
Water for thought.
Is 8ouncesx8glasses a day a myth at best or a beverage industry conspiracy at worst? "I did 43 years of research on that system -- the osmoregulatory system. That system is so precise and so fast that I find it impossible to believe that evolution left us with a chronic water deficit"
..just drink enough to slake thirst -- and this includes coffee, tea, and even beer
posted by stbalbach
on Aug 10, 2002 -
Man and his family booted off airplane after asking if pilots were sober.
Hans von Schweinitz, on his way to go fishing in Canada, asked one of the flight crew whether the pilots had taken a sobriety test. They hadn't. A blood alcohol test kit was sent for. Two and a half hours later, with the plane sitting there on the tarmac, the pilots were found to be clean. Then they ordered von Schweinitz and his family to get off the plane, while the other passengers cheered.
posted by RylandDotNet
on Jul 16, 2002 -