Thursday, December 20, 2012

Timing is everything...

Sorry all, this latest bout of the flu was much worse than the previous one I suffered through just a few months ago.  Unfortunately, even while sick I had quite a bit of year end stuff going on at my real job and I could not do both.

I am getting better but I fear my full recovery will coincide precisely with the end of the world as we know it!  Be that as it may, look for some new posts this weekend!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cures for the flu - none. Cures for a hangover worldwide - many.

I am still battling the flu, at least the fever is gone for now.

Until I return to being able to walk in sunlight, something I came across regarding hangover cures from around the world - with art!  Who knows - you may just need one of these in the coming days!

An Illustrated Guide To Hangover Cures From Around The World

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

and what are these orange blotches on my skin...

Still fighting the flu, and the fever, and the slight delirium, and the hallucinations.

Hopefully, will have a post for tomorrow.

Feel free to look through some of the favs on the homepage or stroll through the archives.

Be back soon.

Monday, December 10, 2012

The third time is the charm and Human Rights Day 2012, be heard

Logo Human Rights Day 2012: My voice counts

I can't believe I've gotten my second horrible cold of the new Flu Season, but that is how it goes.
Still trying to put up a post, but in the meantime:

What if I told you that there are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history.  Would that surprise you?

A Must Read:

A World Enslaved

Sunday, December 9, 2012

It's all fun and games, until someone gets hurt...

This blog is about drinking. Well history and drinking, but mostly about drinking. I enjoy drinking with friends and family as much as I enjoy the holidays and I would like all of my readers to do the same - this year AND next. 

Let's not repeat the history of over 15,000 Americans who died in alcohol related accidents last year.

If you plan a night of drinking (plans are always good), plan where you will all meet up, plan on drinking extra water, plan on having something to eat, and most importantly - plan on how everyone will get home safely!

I want to be able to wish all of you a Happy and Safe Holiday Season Next Year too!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Drinking Soundtrack of the Week

As we enter into this Holiday Season of innocence, goodness and kindness..... I say - plenty of time left for that, this weekend - Let's burn down the house!

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals perform "Ah Mary" - not the virgin.

 As you make your rounds tonight my friends, may you each find your own "Mary"

She's skilled at the art of deception and she knows it
She's got dirty money that she plays with all the time
She waters the garden but maybe she just likes the hoses
She puts herself just a notch above humankind

Ah mary
She'll make you cookies
Then she'll burn your town
Ah mary
Ashes ashes but she won't fall down
She's the beat of my heart
She's the shot of a gun
She'll be the end of me
And maybe everyone

Call her a bully she'll blow up your whole damn playground
Pour her a drink and watch it go straight to her head
She'll take you so high up and cover her eyes as you fall down
Then in the morning don't be surprised if you're dead

Ah mary
She'll bake you cookies
Then she'll burn your town
Ah mary
Ashes ashes but she won't fall down
She's the beat of my heart
She's the shot of a gun
She'll be the end of me
And maybe everyone

The Historical Inebriant: The Mary Pickford Cocktail


1 1/2 ounces white rum
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/4 ounce grenadine
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add all ingredients and shake vigorously until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Día de las Velitas, La Quema del Diablo, Fire has many Uses, and The Saints and Sinners Cocktail

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Today in Columbia, South America they will celebrate Día de las Velitas or Day of the Little Candles. The tradition first started on December 8, 1854, when Catholics, while waiting upon a decision by Pope Pius IX whether to define as dogma the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary - lit candles and paper lanterns to show their support and belief in this idea.

In Columbia the tradition continues to this day, but now it is celebrated on December 7th, the eve of the Catholic holiday the Immaculate Conception, and marks the height of decorating in preparation of  Christmas.


Today in Guatemala, South America they will celebrate La Quema del Diablo or The Burning of the Devil. In anticipation of the holiday season, houses are cleaned out of dust, old newspapers and assorted rubbish that tends to gather (and makes a great hiding place for the Devil) and brought out into the yard and set fire to. Effigies of the Devil himself are burned as well to cleanse the household of evil.

Tonight, if viewed from space, the entire country of Guatemala will appear as if it is on fire.


Every Saint has a Past,
and Every Sinner has a Future
Oscar Wilde

The Historical Inebriant: Saints and Sinners* Cocktail


1 1⁄2 oz Demerara Rum,  El Dorado 5
1⁄2 oz Cognac,  Camus VS
1⁄2 oz Don's Mix**,  B.G. Reynolds
3⁄4 oz Grapefruit juice
2 ds Grapefruit bitters,  Bittermen's Hopped Grapefruit
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Grapefruit twist garnish.

*A more popular drink is the Sinners and Saints cocktail which we featured on our
February 10th post (funny post if you care to read) The St. Scholastica Day Riots.

**Don's Mix is a blend of two parts grapefruit juice and one part cinnamon infused simple syrup, invented in 1934 in Donn Beach, a.k.a. Don the Beachcomber for use in his Zombie Punch.



 No matter which side you are on tonight, stay thirsty my friends.

As always, have a great and safe weekend!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Meanwhile, in Finland

Sorry about the short post, but yesterday was the anniversary of the repeal of alcohol prohibition in the US, which I celebrated about 25 times last night.

On this day in 1917, Finland declared independence from Russia. At one time part of Sweden, the country was invaded by Russia and would become part of the Russian Empire in 1809. In the civil war of 1917 the pro-Bolshevik forces were defeated by the pro-conservative independence forces and shortly after that Finland became a republic.

The Historical Inebriant: The Finnish Passion Cocktail

4 cl Finlandia® vodka
2 cl Monin® passion-fruit syrup
4 cl orange juice
6 cl sweet and sour mix

Shake all ingredients, pour into a longdrink glass. Garnish with a boat of orange and red cherry.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Remember, Remember the 5th of December or... "The end of an Error"

Remember, remember, the 5th of December
The Alcohol Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Alcohol Treason
Should ever be forgot.

The act of Prohibition - was the intent
To sober up men by the Government.
Thousands of barrels of beer poured out.
The future of drink left gravely in doubt!

Only by protest did we survive,
To toast those brave souls who could not imbibe!
Only by those votes on December Five,
could we drink to the end of a thirteen year dry!

My apologies to those who originally wrote the 5th of November (Guy Fawkes) poem for my total bastardization of it.

And so the idea of the Noble Experiment ended with a vote on December 5th, 1933. The State of Utah voted wet and became the 36th in the union to ratify the 21st Amendment ending Prohibition in the United States. That day, President Roosevelt signed the repeal into effect stating "I think this would be a good time for a beer."

What can I say? Prohibition started on January 16th, 1920 and ended December 5, 1933. That is a very long time between refills my friends. Some though, were still able to partake, the writer H.L Mencken celebrated the repeal of prohibition on December 5th with a glass of water — “my first in 13 years.” Although not everyone's drinking was effected, the country would never be the same.

Prohibition offered up the chance to organized crime to reap huge profits on the transportation and sale of illegal alcohol. Distilleries and breweries were closed, and the nation suffered from years of gang violence.

While drinking in bars was almost always a men's activity, the speakeasys, or illicit drinking establishments were not so provincial and by the time prohibition ended, women stood with men at the bar, waiting for that first drink.

Today is a day to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Today is a day to celebrate your freedom - your freedom to celebrate!

What to drink?  Check out the Huffington Post's 5 Cocktails For Repeal Day

For me, it's Beer for Breakfast!

For my Connecticut friends,
Did you know?

Connecticut and Rhode Island were the only states that did not ratify
the 18th Amendment!

The Black Duck (as in the bar in Westport) was a famous rum running vessel
that supplied New England with booze during prohibition.

The Great Captain Island Lighthouse in Greenwich was used as a depot for
illegal drink before being brought onto the mainland.

For more information on demon alcohol and the drunkards who drink it, visit here:

Enjoy your day and have a great and safe Repeal Day!!!

People should not be afraid of their governments,
Governments should be afraid of their people.  V.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I Scoff at Your 18th Amendment, Repeal Day, Beer for Breakfast and The Scofflaw Cocktail

On January 15th, 1924 the word Scofflaw came into being. The result of a contest held by
The Boston Herald newspaper to come up with a word describing someone who illegally drank alcohol during the period of US prohibition (1920-1933), two people came up with the combination of "scoff " (to speak to someone or about something in a scornfully derisive or mocking way) and "law".

The mere fact that they needed a word to describe the many people who were drinking four years after the 18th Amendment went into effect says something about the Noble Experiment called prohibition.  It was the first time in the history of the country that an amendment to the constitution actually limited personal freedoms rather than guaranteeing them.

Europe was quick to honor those in the US still drinking.   Harry's New York Bar in Paris came up with a new drink (purportedly by a bartender named Jock).  I think it's fitting to have this drink today, for tomorrow is the anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th and ended prohibition.

The Historical Inebriant: The Scofflaw Cocktail


2 oz Bourbon or rye whiskey
1 oz Dry vermouth
.25 oz Fresh lemon juice
.5 oz Grenadine
2 dashes Orange bitters
Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, & strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The article where this drink originates is an interesting one if you want to visit.

Also, as we remember the final day of prohibition take a quick look here:
What To Drink While Watching A PBS Doc About Prohibition: The Scofflaw

If you have not yet seen Ken Burns documentary on the Great Experiment please do.
You can visit the site here, but please see it in it's entirety.

So, what about tomorrow - which is Repeal Day.  How will you celebrate the day and exercise your 21st Amendment rights?  Occupy a bar, have a quiet beer at home, attend a Repeal Day party?

If you live in the DC area - you will want to check this out:
For Repeal Day, party like it’s 1933

San Francisco:
5¢ Beer Day: 1930s “Repeal Day” Prohibition Party

In my own home state of Connecticut:
"Repeal Day" Parties Celebrate Anniversary of Prohibition's End

The point is, as Americans,  we all have a duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Please take a moment to visit Repeal Day.Org created by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, it's a great site with links to his excellent blog and well worth the trip - for as Jeffrey says:

The Freedom to Celebrate - Celebrate the Freedom.

I propose that December 5th should be a national holiday celebrated by Beer for Breakfast*. 
That is what I will be doing tomorrow.  I hope to see you on a bar stool near me soon!


*While prohibition ended in 1933, it would be years until distilled spirits would be available. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Drinking Soundtrack of the Week

In honor of the anniversary of the passage of the 21st Amendment in the US (which ended prohibition on December 5th, 1933) The Kinks perform their song "Demon Alcohol" live.

To view all Drinking Soundtrack of the Week posts, click here and scroll down.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Drinking Soundtrack of The Day

I have been doing the Drinking Soundtrack of The Week for a while, and more recently focusing (tongue in cheek) on the coming apocalypse. I really think the only interesting thing to come out of all the apocalypse discussions on the social media pages is how many different misspellings there are for "Apocalypse" but who knows... on December 21st I may be proved wrong.
Today is World Aids Day (see the previous post for today for more info) and while getting some info for that post I was thinking of the continent of Africa which is truly suffering from that disease.  It also made me think of Darfur, where a different fight continues, which made me think of Syria where the fighting is again happening, or Gaza... the list goes on and on and it influenced my search for the DSOTW choice.

A different type of Zombie Apocalypse is happening as we speak, The Cranberries sing about it in their song originally written about Ireland, but it's truth is universal.

Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence caused such silence,
Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it's not me, it's not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying...

Another mother's breakin',
Heart is taking over.
When the violence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they're still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are dying...

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What's in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?

Stop the hate
Stop the violence
Stop the killing

In my world, we should drink until we can no longer scream,
or carry a stick,
or load a weapon,
or even think of building a bomb.

The Drinking Soundtrack of The Week returns to the Apocalypse tomorrow with "Highway to Hell" - a great song to drink to.

World AIDS Day

According to The World Health Organization (WHO), in 2011 there were 2.5 million new HIV infections worldwide.  An estimated 1.7 million people would die from the disease that year.

60% of young people who are infected with HIV are not even aware of it.

63% of young people who are infected with HIV are women.

We can all do something very simple to help reach the zero goal:

Get Tested - Stay Protected

Great article from the Huffington Post:

Friday, November 30, 2012

International Computer Security Day, Hélène Boucher, The Hodges Meteorite and The Southern Bound Meteor Shot

Today is International Computer Security Day.  I would post more about this day but the organization's site: has not been updated since 2009.  I'll go out on a limb and say that your virus software should be kept a bit more up to date than that.  And change your password once in a while too.

For simple computer safety tips:


On this day in 1934, the French aviatrix Hélène Boucher, holder of the women's airspeed and altitude records, would die in a test flight crash at the age of 26. She was posthumously named a knight of the French Légion d'honneur.


In the "odds similar to winning a 500 million dollar Powerball Lottery" category:

On this day in 1954, Eugene Hodges, was struck by a meteorite while napping in her home in Sylacauga, Alabama. The Hodges Meteorite crashed through her roof, bounced off a piece of furniture and struck Hodges while she napped on her sofa.  It remains as the only documented incident of a person being struck by an object from space.

For an interesting article:

The Historical Inebriant: Southern Bound Meteor Shot


1 cherry
1/2 oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1/2 oz Goldschlager® cinnamon schnapps
1 splash 151 proof rum
Use a large shot glass. Remove stem from cherry and drop in glass. Pour in Southern Comfort and Goldschlager. Carefully float in a splash of 151 Rum. With a cigarette lighter ignite 151 Rum on fire and serve. Put out fire before drinking.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Seoul, Soju and The Femme Fatale

Apologies,  my internet was down this morning and that's usually when I write the blog.
Excuse the condensed version today.

On this day in 1394, Korean king Yi Seong-gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, would move the capital of Korea from Kaesŏng to Hanyang, today known as Seoul. A exciting city of over 10 million, Seoul boasts beautiful Eastern palace architecture,

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with a culture that is now one of the most tech savvy on the planet. Korea is one of the most cell phone dense countries in the world with a 98% usage rate among its population. Home to Kpop and Kdrama there is one more product making its way West.

Soju is a beverage that is similar to saki in that it is primarily made from rice, however it is distilled so it really is more like a vodka. You are starting to see it pop up in restaurants and some liquor stores.

The Historical Inebriant: The Femme Fatale


3 oz Jinro Soju,
1 oz Monin Pomegranate Syrup,
1/2 oz sweet and sour,
Float of champagne
Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds.  Serve straight up

Before there was "Halo" or "Grand Theft Auto" or "Madden NFL" or "Call of Duty"...

On this day in 1972, Atari announces the release of their newest video game Pong.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

33 1/3, These Three Ships, The Rach 3, The Rachmaninoff Cocktail and The End of the World as We Know It.

Today, is the 333rd day of the year with only 33 days remaining till the end of the year.
Unfortunately, there are only 25 days left till the end of the world.


On this day in 1520, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, travelling across the Atlantic Ocean to find a new spice route, would navigate through a strait at the southern end of South America that would later bear his name. The three ships under his command would carry the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

Of the five vessels to begin a voyage to circumnavigate the world, only one, the Victoria, would travel the whole distance.  Magellan himself would be killed in the Philippines.


On this day in 1909, Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff would debut the performance of his Piano Concerto No. 3, considered to be one of the most technically challenging piano concertos ever written. Referred to simply as the Rach 3, and made popular by the movie "Shine" the piece remains as a dividing line between the truly talented and the truly gifted (or the truly crazy) pianists .

While his personal life was turbulent and haunted by demons, his professional life was indeed blessed.  Born to amateur pianists, Rachmaninoff's teachers would include his cousin, Alexander Siloti, who had been one of the most promising of Franz Liszt's pupils. He was also a friend to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, to Alexander Scriabin and the famed pianist Vladimir Horowitz.

A masterful composer and a truly gifted pianist, Rachmaninoff also had two physical attributes that aided in his success. He possessed a remarkable memory, and was able, upon hearing a piece of music once, to replay it, the next day or the next year, note by note exactly as performed and he also had extremely large hands, large enough to be able to play the cord C Eb G C G with his left hand.


The Historical Inebriant: The Rachmaninoff Cocktail


1 oz. vodka
1 oz. cherry vodka
½ oz. maraschino liqueur
½ oz. heavy cream
½ oz. absinthe
Dash orange bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker half-full with crushed ice. Add the vodka, cherry vodka, maraschino liqueur, heavy cream and absinthe to the cocktail shaker. Cover the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the orange bitters to the cocktail and garnish the rim of the glass with a fresh lemon wedge. Serve while ice cold.

25 Days Left!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Paperback Writer, What Papa Drank and Green Issac's Special

November is National Novel Writing Month. Begun in July of 1999 by freelance writer Chris Baty NaNoWriMo had 21 participants. In 2000, the project was moved to November, doubtless a better time of year to stay at home and write.  This year, over 300,000 will participate.

With the goal of simply getting people to write, the project's rules are simple: write a 50,000 word novel between Nov 1st and Nov 30th. Even the description of what is considered a novel is simple according to their website, "If you believe you're writing a novel, we believe you're writing a novel too."

To complete NaNoWriMo, participants must write an average of roughly 1,667 words per day to achieve the 50k word mark and while that number seems high, it's actually on the low side for a full novel.

There are no official prizes for the winners, but anyone who reaches the 50,000 word mark is declared a winner and receives a printable certificate, a nifty (Winner) web icon and the satisfaction of calling themselves a novelist. If you've always had that on your bucket list, next year may be the time to cross it off.

Participant 180x180 (2)


As a side note there was an interesting article in the NYT about Philip Greene’s new book, “To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion.  If you're a fan of Hemingway or his characters, you will want to check out this article:

Per the publisher Penguin website:

In To Have and Have Another, Ernest Hemingway enthusiast and cocktail connoisseur Philip Greene delves deeper into the author’s drinking habits than ever before, offering dozens of authentic recipes for drinks directly connected with the novels, history and folklore, and colorful anecdotes about the man himself. With this cocktail companion, you will be able to fully enjoy Hemingway’s works beyond the limits of the imagination—pick up this book and taste how “cool and clean” and “civilized” Frederic Henry’s martini was in A Farewell to Arms, or sip a Bloody Mary, a drink rumored to be named by Hemingway himself!

and a recipe from the book...

The Historical Inebriant: Green Issac's Special


2 ounces London dry gin
4 ounces coconut water (not milk)
Juice of 1 lime
2 to 4 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake all ingredients well with ice, then transfer contents of shaker into a Collins glass, adding more ice as needed. Garnish with a lime wedge or peel.


For all of this year's NaNoWriMo participants!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dracula Returns, Party tonight at Kappa Alpha, We Come in Peace, and The Spaceman Shot

On this day in 1476, Vlad III Dracula (aka Vlad the Impaler or just Dracula) defeats Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great (Stefan the Great and Holy) and Stephen V Bathory to become the ruler of his homeland Wallachia for the third time.

It was to be a short lived rein, for two months later he would be assassinated. While he would remain a hero in many countries for his defense of Christianity in Eastern Europe, Dracula's name would be immortalized as the main character of Bram Stoker's vampire novel "Dracula".


On this day in 1825, the first college social fraternity Kappa Alpha Society, would open at Union College in Schenectady, New York.


On this day in 1977, an entity known only as 'Vrillon', would take over the audio signal of Britain's Southern Television station during it's nightly news broadcast. Claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', Vrillon would broadcast a message warning those who lived on Earth that "All your weapons of evil must be destroyed" and "You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace."

When the message ended, normal programming could again be heard on the station (a Looney Tunes cartoon was just finishing up).


For a quick listen to Out Of Control
from the album We Come In Peace by Radio Galaxy:


The Historical Inebriant: Spaceman's Shot


1 1/2 oz Cabo Blanco Tequila
3 dashes Tabasco Sauce
Cover the bottom of a shot glass with Tabasco sauce and fill the rest with Tequila. Finish with a lime wedge.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Jameson's First Shot Contest

Are you a filmmaker in South Africa, Russia or the US (not California)? Do you have a short film script of up to seven pages in length that would fit into a theme of either ‘legendary’, ‘humorous’ or ‘very tall tale’ that you would like to see up on the screen portrayed by some of the finest actors in our time? If so, Jameson wants to hear from you...

jameson first shot

Don't meet any of the criteria, not to worry.  Enjoy this short film titled "The Envelope" done by Russian filmmaker Aleksey Nuzhny and starring Kevin Spacey.  It's a wonderful short film.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Drinking Soundtrack of the Week

In another tribute to the 2012 Apocalypse (occurring in less than a month), 

Jolie Holland performs "Old Fashioned Morphine" because as the
song goes..."the world is almost done."

What better way to honor the end of the world than with a flaming shot cause, I say the world will end by fire.

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost

The Historical Inebriant: The Morphine Drip Shot


1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 splash Bacardi® 151 rum
Pour 1/2 shot butterscotch schnapps into shot glass. Top with 1/2 shot of amaretto, splash with 151 rum and light on fire. Put out fire and drink.


To view all Drinking Soundtrack of the Week posts, click here and scroll down.