Fall has fallen people, that means finishing off your summer ales and chilled white wines and drinking your booze hot.
The Internet abounds with many ways to make these classic drinks that will suit any palate. What I’m providing, though, is a time-intensive way that will be prettier and taste better, and a lazy way that will get booze to your mouth faster.
Choose a fruity, full-bodied red wine, like a merlot or zinfandel; it should be decent, but with heating and spice additions it’s pointless to use a really good bottle to make mulled wine.
In cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter, put in some cinnamon sticks, anise, cloves, and nutmeg. You can play around with whatever spices you prefer, like adding vanilla beans or orange zest. Tie your spice bag together with a twist tie or kitchen twine.
Heat a pot that won’t impart a metallic flavor, e.g. non-stick or enameled cast iron, on medium-low heat. When the pot heats up, add the spice bag and wine; you can add slices of apples or oranges, as well. Heat the wine until it’s barely steaming, and then maintain that temperature for about 15-20 minutes. Take the wine off the heat and let stand for a few more minutes to further infuse it. You can add a couple tablespoons of honey or brown sugar if you want your mulled wine sweet.
Serve warm in mugs; you can add a splash of Calvados if you want a stronger drink.
Buy a bottle pre-mulled wine, like Leelanau Cellars Witches Brew. Heat it on the stove in a pot or gently nuke it in a microwave safe vessel. Don’t heat it past boiling, though, or the alcohol will burn off.
On the stove, mix together about 2 quarts of apple cider, 1 ½ cups of orange juice, and about ¼ cup of brown sugar; include a spice bag similar to the one for mulled wine. Let the juices and spices simmer for an hour or more. While that’s happening, dot 5 baking apples with cloves (about 3 cloves per apple) and bake them at 375 degrees until in a shallow water bath until they’re tender. Add baked apples and the peel of one orange (no white pith, which is bitter) to your simmering juice. Remove the spice bag and add 2 cups of Calvados or regular brandy. Serve warm.
(Adapted from this recipe.)
Heat up a mug of apple juice/cider (even powdered packets will do), add a dash of cinnamon, and add a shot of brandy/preferred amber liquor.
The beauty of the hot toddy is its simplicity: 2 parts hot water and 1 part bourbon, plus a splash of lemon juice, a touch of honey, and maybe some spices, then you’re done. However, there are a number of ways to dress up a hot toddy. You can mull whatever juice, cider, or tea you prefer, add fancy booze, a touch of bitters, citrus peels and zest, etc. That said I believe the hot toddy shines when the whiskey, not the additions, are the highlight.
Lazy way: Make a mug of lemon flavored tea. Add honey, cinnamon and/or allspice, and whatever amber booze you prefer.
11 products that make drinking way too easy
Need to smuggle your booze? Here 19 products that will make it ridiculously easy.
Drinking. As Homer Simpson says, it’s “the cause, and solution, to all of life’s problems.” But these products make it way too easy to get drunk. So you can have the best time you’ll never remember. So Check out our slide show of the products that mkae drinking way too easy.
Fake Tampon Flasks
These fake Tampons are used to smuggle a few shots worth of booze into events in your purse. Seems like it would work pretty well, since no security guy is going to want to investigate tampons.
And this guy had a pretty awesome comment that’s worth sharing:
By A. Wolf
This flask is designed to sneak booze into places in the guise of an iPhone. It also includes an integrated bottle opener on the back. It’s a good answer to the question of how can I get hammered for free in a bar?
Not only do you have to wear a tie at work, but you can’t even get drunk. Well, now you can change that, thanks to this flask tie which can hide up to 8 oz of liquor, conveniently stashed.
Do you look at most of these flasks and say, “Sure, it looks great, but there’s no way that’s enough to get me drunk.” Well don’t worry, there’s a flask for you too. This giant steel flask can hold up to a gallon of booze. Of course, the fact that it’s impossible to stash discreetly means that it kind of defeats the purpose of a flask.
Ring Bottle Opener
Do you have a friend who can pop open a beer bottle with a ring, and try as you might you can’t seem to replicate it? Well, these rings with a built-in bottle opener might make it a little bit easier, and give you some beer related versatility.
The Wine Rack
Just in case you’re still having trouble sneaking booze into sporting events, the winerack is yet another option. It uses two refillable bladders inside a bra you can fill with the beverage of your choice and suck it down through a hose though people around you might wonder why your bust is mysteriously shrinking.
Corckicle is a device that you slide into a beer, chilling it from the inside, delivering ice cold beer much faster than sticking it in a cooler. It’s how James Bond cools his beers before he drinks 10 of them.
Are you a man who likes the idea of the fake, wine smuggling bra, but worries that suddenly appearing in public with ample breasts would mean answering a bunch of awkward questions about when you decided to transition?
Well, the Beer Belly is your answer. Simulating the effects of the cirrhosis that accompanies morbid alcoholism, the Beer Belly lets you sneak 80 ounces of booze into dry events. Honestly, I’m tempted to mock this, but as far as smuggling large amounts of alcohol around, this is absolutely brilliant.
Fake Sunscreen Flask
You know how those prudes at the waterpark won’t let you bring in booze in the “interest of public safety”? Lame. Show them who’s boss with this sunscreen bottle that is secretly a receptacle for undercover booze smuggling.
The Chill Pack lets you smuggle booze under the guise of one of those artificial ice packs. It’s pretty convincing, so the odds of anyone catching you with it are pretty slim. The only downside might be that it’s kind of small.
Margaritaville Frozen Drink Maker
This drink maker from lets you make three mixed frozen drinks pitchers at the same time. You can even set the dial for the consistency so you can make daiquiris, margaritas or even smoothies. Pretty versatile and great for parties.
How to pace your drinking and still have a good time
This guide will provide some tips to pace your drinking, so you can stay in the jolly zone without slipping into the embarrassing, sloppy zone.
I’ve written a lot about various alcoholic beverages and their charms, but enjoying yourself responsibly is more important than whatever you’re drinking. Yes, having a couple drinks can lead to a pleasant buzz or feeling more comfortable in a social setting, but sometimes a third drink seems like a fantastic idea and a fourth even better and so on, leading you to be the drunk who needs to be put to bed like a child.
This guide will provide some tips to pace your drinking, so you can stay in the jolly zone without slipping into the embarrassing, sloppy zone. But before I get started, if you have issues with alcohol moderation, find help from a doctor, not from a stranger on the Internet.
A Full Stomach
I don’t care how much light beers and Skinny Girl drink mixes tout their low calories, if you’re drinking, you are committing to ingesting a lot of calories because before you drink, you need to eat. Not like a side salad or a cup of yogurt, like a burger or, I don’t know, a big quinoa dish. The point is, when your stomach is empty, booze hits hard.
Having a full stomach won’t prevent you from getting drunk, but it will slow down the alcohol absorption into your system, making it easier to pace your drinking.
Drinking water won’t sober you up, only your body metabolizing alcohol over time, sometimes hours, will do that. However, drinking water will help you pace yourself. In general, it takes about 30 minutes for the full effects of an alcoholic beverage to be felt. Having a glass of water between every alcoholic beverage will give you a chance to fully feel your last drink before starting on another one.
Drinking plenty of water will also help prevent or lessen the symptoms of hangovers. Now that’s a reason to pace your drinking.
Avoid Cocktails and Shots
Technically, one serving of alcohol should have the same amount of intoxicant whether it’s a wine cooler or a Long Island Ice Tea. But with enormous glasses and friendly, heavy-handed bartenders (potentially yourself), it’s a lot harder to make it through a booze-saturated evening with your dignity drinking cocktails than if you go with something pre-bottled.
If you stick to something like bottled beer or wine in small glasses, you have a better chance of keeping your intake steady.
As for shots, I’ve met one person in my entire life who does them responsibly, and it’s not you. Everyone else is trying to get smashed. If you don’t want to be smashed, don’t do shots.
The Mental Check
Before you reach for another drink, take a moment to check-in with how you’re feeling. Look for typical signs of lessening sobriety like a desire to ride mechanical bulls, tell embarrassing, personal stories, or complain loudly about your boss who is also at this party. If you’re not an experienced drinker, there’s no harm in excusing yourself to the restroom to see if you can walk a straight line. Yes, it’s kind of odd, but who cares as long as you’re taking care of yourself?
Maybe you feel barely buzzed, you know you’re not driving that night, and you have another. That’s fine! But it’s worth taking a couple seconds before having the next drink to consider whether it’s a good idea or if you’re about to start senselessly guzzling.
Drinking should be enjoyable, not a weird dick measuring contest about whose liver will take the most abuse. I know Americans have made binge drinking both a sign of manliness and a social bonding agent, but trying to drink as much as the other guy for the sake of it is juvenile.
People who aren’t jerks will accept that you don’t want another drink or even anything to drink. But if someone gives you shit, tell them to fuck off with their 24 pack of Keystone Light and crappy attitude.
The Buddy System
It’s your own responsibility to drink in moderation, but a buddy can be a lifesaver when you’re drunker than you think you are.
If possible, when you’re at a boozy shindig, have someone there who won’t pressure you to have another round and give you a reality check when you need to layoff. You two don’t have to be mother hens about it, but when you get water, bring your buddy a glass and vice versa. You and your buddy can agree to order food if necessary. Plus, having someone else there to tell the drink competitor to shove it is helpful, too.
There’s a Keurig for cocktails now so let’s party
A Keurig for cocktails! Meet the Bartesian, which uses pods to infuse your booze into a perfect cocktail.
A Keurig for cocktails! Meet the Bartesian, which uses pods to infuse your booze into a perfect cocktail. It really is basically a Keurig for cocktails. The Bartesian will debut in March of 2017 but you can pre-order one now for $300. That may seem like a lot of cash to throw down for an appliance, but think of all the credit card debt you won’t be running up on bar tabs when you start ordering shots for strangers. Plus, it’s a Keurig for cocktails. What took them so long?
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