Tuesday, May 26, 2015

For your Boozy Book Club: You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart

You Deserve It

You Deserve a Drink by Mamrie Hart

When the introduction to a book informs you that said book has a written-in drinking game, you know you're in for trouble... and a good time. Youtube star and avid drinker, Mamrie Hart's "You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery" (released today by Plume Books and available at Amazon.com for $12.57) clearly takes its title seriously. Before delving into the collection of drinking and hangover stories, readers are instructed to take a drink whenever Hart references an old television show, talks about a food product that could be purchased at 7-Eleven or uses a slang term for a reproductive organ (consider yourself warned. She does a good amount of all three). Additionally, each tale comes with its own cocktail recipe. (Either take small sips, or be prepared for drunkenness around page 12.)  Here are our top 5 reasons to start  a boozy book club and make YDAD your first book to read (in no particular order and typed while sipping a bloody mary):

  1. The lesson in Chapter 1: After a drunken night leads to a chipped tooth and a life wake-up call. Hart comes to the hard realization that hard-partying friends may not be her best bet. "Sometimes, the person you've got to protect yourself from the most is yourself."
  2. Topless Tuesdays: Mamrie had always wanted to start some kind of club. After any failures, she finally got it right in college with Topless Tuesdays. They eventually had their own official membership acceptance protocol. First thing about this: a club that encourages a liberation from social constructs is crazy cool. Second, the idea of a group of folks gathering once a week to enjoy the act of learnign something new is totally kick-ass.
  3. The writing is pun-in-a-million. (Mamrie, we hope we did you proud with that one.) Seriously, though, if you love a good pun the way the SNB squad does, you will get a kick (or 5) out of this book. Seriously... all types of pun envy over here. Mamrie Hart is the queen of puns.
  4. Quickshots!: No complex cocktail recipes. Only instructions to take a reader's-choice shot- straight and a few abbreviated anecdotes. Call it drinkers' digest.
  5. No need to read in sequential order. Seriously, with this book you can jump around. (90s music reference. Pretend I'm talking about TV and take a drink!) Since the stories aren't in sequential order, you (and your book club) can litterally skip from chapter 1 to chapter 10 and back to chapter 4 (depending on what cocktail ingredients are readily available on when you meet on Topless Tuesday). See what we did there?
Now that you have our top 5 reasons, please excuse us while we chat with Mamrie for a bit.

Mamrie, first off, we can't wait until we can swap troll stories with you... actually we can't wait until we actually have trolls instead of just spammers. (You're nobody 'til somebody hates on you, right? Secondly, do we drink when there are references to old movies as well as old TV shows? Lastly, in the first "Quickshots" chapter, you instruct us to take a shot, and then two lines down, you insert a trigger word. For that, dear friend, we are tempted to affectionately call you a trigger word. All jokes aside, dear, thanks for sharing your debacles with us. They help us see we're not alone, and if we keep a sense of humor about things, they might just turn into a dope ass book.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Monday: Converse All Star Wedges & Tequila Cabeza Cocktails

A Toast to Fallen Soldiers

Barbecues, parties, drinks and the unofficial start of summer. These are the things that come to mind when many people think of Memorial Day. How many stop to consider that the holiday was actually created to honor those died while serving in our armed forces? No matter one's opinions about war and this country's practices therein, I hope you'll take a moment and express gratitude to those who have perished so that you and I may enjoy those freedoms and privileges we do have. Now... what to wear and drink today.

On Your Feet:

Converse Chuck Taylor Wedge Sneakers

It's the last day of the long weekend, and you're probably ready to go pretty low-key. Nonetheless, there are day parties and rooftop celebrations to attend. Flats? No. Wedge sneakers are the move... even better if they look patriotic like this Chuck Taylor All Star Lux sneaker by Converse ($70.00 at Converse.com)

In Your Glass:

Tequila Cabeza red El Diablo Cocktail

It is possible to be grateful for soldiers and their sacrifices while believing that war is something of the devil. So today, when it's time to have a drink, have an El Diablo

El Diablo

13⁄4 oz Tequila Cabeza
3⁄4 oz crème de cassis de Dijon
1⁄2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz ginger beer
1 lime wheel, for garnish

Build the drink in a collins glass over ice. Pour the tequila, lime juice and ginger beer and finish with crème de cassis. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Booze Clues: 5 Cocktails to Serve at Your Memorial Day BBQ

To Long Weekends...

You're the one in your crew who always knows what to drink (because you read this blog, of course). That's why you're in charge of cocktails at today's barbecue. If you're still wondering what will wow the crowd, here are a few suggestions. From sweet, girly drinks to complex ones that even the guys will love, we have you covered.

Sandra Lee Cocktail Time Strawberry Lemonade (Makes 1 cocktail)

Sandra Lee Cocktail Time for Memorial Day

Ice cubes
2 ounces strawberry lemonade
1 ounce ginger ale
Sliced lemons
Sliced strawberries

In a small mason jar, combine Sandra Lee Cocktail TimeTMKey Lime Margarita, strawberry lemonade, 1 ounce ginger ale, sliced lemons, ice, and sliced strawberries.

Basil Hayden's Spiced Blueberry Punch 

Created by Debbi Peek (Louisville, KY) (Recipe serves 4-5)

Basil Hayden's Bourbon Memorial Day Cocktail

4 parts Basil Hayden's® Bourbon
8 parts Blueberry Juice
8 parts Passion Fruit Juice
Sparkling Wine or Club Soda
15-20 Fresh Mint Leaves
1 bag Frozen Blueberries, for ice ring 

Add Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, blueberry juice, passion fruit juice and mint leaves to a medium sized punch bowl and stir. Add blueberry ice ring*. (See recipe below.) Serve in a cocktail glass and top with club soda or sparkling wine. 
*Blueberry Ice RingFreeze one bag of frozen blueberries with water in a bundt cake pan.Dip frozen ring into hot water for a few seconds to unmold.Place in punch bowl with blueberry side up.

Deleón Platinum Pina

Deleon Platinum Tequila Memorial Day Cocktail

1 oz. fresh pineapple juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 dash of jalapeño syrup

Shake and strain over the rocks in a rocks glass. Garnish with a slice of jalapeño.

Knob Creek Rye Blackhawk

Knob Creek Rye Memorial Day Cocktail

2 parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey
1 part DeKuyper® Sloe Gin
1 maraschino cherry for garnish

In a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes, combine the whiskey and gin. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Captain Morgan Palomaloha

(serves 1)

Capain Morgain Grapefruit Rum cocktail for Memorial Day

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum
Juice of ½ lime
Grapefruit soda to top

Fill tall glass with ice. Pour in Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum, lime juice and grapefruit soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Shoes Clues: Wear These to Memorial Day Barbecues

Jelly. No Roll.

You've got your Memorial Weekend barbecue schedule lined up perfectly so that you get this friend's divine bbq chicken right when it comes off the grill and that friend's delicious pie before her greedy relatives arrive. You also know where to be as the sun starts setting (because that's when #baewatch starts). Here's the question, though: what are you wearing on your feet? Flats are cool, but do you REALLY want to blend in THAT much? If you wear heels, and it turns out that you're walking in grass or near a pool, it could spell disaster (ankle roll, anyone?). Enter the wedge sandal (and its cousin, the chunky heel) — sturdy, versatile, and just the right ratio of laid-back to glammed-up. If you opt for jellies, it's even better... think spilled sauce, splashed drinks and possibly puddles near the pool. Here are a few we're crushing on this weekend:

Steve Madden x Iggy Azalea Hi Top Jelly Sandal

Steve Madden x Iggy Azalea Hi Top Jelly Sandal

Whether you're channeling 90s cool or rocking a festival-inspired look, this jelly sandal is the option for you. The heel is 4.5 inches, but there's a 1 inch platform, so your foot is at an incline that allows for nimble steps. ($109.95 at Amazon.com)

BCBGeneration Casper Wedge Sandal

Wedge Sport Sandal Steps up the style of Tevas

Going for a patriotic look? A red shoe makes a great finisher, and this one ups the ante of the ubiquitous sport sandal trend. (Teva, who?) Yeah, it has a 4.9 inch heel and a 1 inch platform, but it also has grips on the sole to ensure steady steps. ($89.99 at macys.com until 5/25, after which they're back up to $110.00)

United Nude Apollo Hi Wedge Sandal

United Nude mixed-media wedge sandal

If you're into modern minimalism, this sandal captures your aesthetic perfectly with its futuristic vibe. You may want to reserve this option for locations with paved surfaces, though, because the 2.2 inch platform can make it a little more difficult to steady your steps on uneven turf. On the other hand, that platform almost neutralizes the 5 inch heel, making this shoe a stand-all-day, dance-all-night style. ($239.00 at unitednude.com)

Bamboo Jelly Wedge Sandal 

Bamboo Jelly wedge sandal

Punctuate your look with a bit of shimmer in this glittery gold sandal. The coolest thing about it? The glitter won't rub off because it's embedded in the rubber. The simple styling of this wedge means you can dress it up with something frilly or go lowkey with cut-offs and a tee. I don't see nothin' wrong with a little up & shine, do you? ($21.99 and available in lots of other colors at amazon.com)

Melissa Flip Sandal

Melissa rubber wedge sandal

Mostly matte with a little shine and an architectural look, this semi-wedge is probably the most grown-up option. For a chill vibe, wear with cuffed jeans. For something more refined, slip into your favorite maxi dress. ($77.50 at Melissa.com)

What will you be wearing on your feet this weekend?