There are plenty of reasons people go out for drinks on a first date. It’s less intimidating than having dinner. It’s sexier than grabbing coffee. You can easily cut things short or go a little longer, because each round of drinks is another chance to cut your losses or buy back into the game.
One fateful night in San Francisco, I stepped up to the bar and ordered a gin gimlet. My bartender nodded, shook up the cocktail, poured it into a chilled glass… and then topped it off with a float of Jack Daniel’s. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me — that is, until my […]
If you haven’t noticed, boozy video arcades are a growing phenomenon across the country. Some are hip, grungy haunts focused on craft beer and vintage games. Others buzz with dance-club neon lights and feature funky cocktails next to new multi-player machines. But the one thing they all share is a common Grandaddy, the grown-up Chuck […]
You’ve come across fortified wines before. They have names like sherry, Port and vermouth, and they’re supposed to be sipped by candlelight while you discuss 18th-century literature. But there’s another class of fortified wines you may not know about called vin doux naturels. These are the oldest fortified wines of all, and although they’ve fallen […]
What in the world is cochineal? If you answered: “a natural red dye,” you would be correct. If you answered: “the original red coloring in Campari,” you would be correct. If you answered: “a tiny bug that all of us have been eating and drinking without realizing it,” you would also, in fact, be correct.
Drinking games and performance art are not a likely combination, and yet that is precisely what was on offer at UglyRhino Productions last Friday night, at an event called ”Ugly Shots.” Walking in, I was handed a program plus a ticket for my first drink.
Lately, it seems the web has been bubbling with praise for Topo Chico, an extra-sparkling mineral water from Mexico. It’s been touted as a favorite of Austin musicians, a San Pellegrino slayer, and the perfect espresso sidecar. It’s also the quiet darling of bartenders who want to pump up their sparkling cocktails (and, not unrelated, […]
If you’ve ever felt the need to claw your way through an alleyway full of couches, locked in a primal battle, fighting for a chance to quench your thirst on a “fully loaded citrus soda with carbos,” you’re not alone. People have always had an intense urge for Surge soda. And they’ll go to great […]
It’s pretty hard to argue with the awesomeness of Ghostbusters. Whether you’re getting nostalgic over the classic original,or flipping out over the new all-female reboot, you have to admit: blasting ghosts with proton packs and driving around in a gadget-laden hearse just plain rules.