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All I know about Mexican Mezcal

All I know about Mexican Mezcal

You all might know now that I love mexican drinks. I lived there some years and I have a genuine fascination for them. Now I would like to tell you what I know about the mezcal. I took some information from this mexican travel website. I hope you like it!

The Mezcal is another name for the maguey plant. In addition, Mezcal is the generic name for all distilled spirits of agave, and the name of a regional drink, similar to tequila, but usually produced and consumed in the state of Oaxaca. Please note that Mezcal is not the same as the Tequila. Technically, tequila is a form of mezcal, better known as "Tequila's mezcal".

Unlike Tequila, Mezcal can be made from 11 types of endemic agave from Oaxaca, as quishe, PASMO, tepestate, Tobala, Sprat, LARGO, pulque, Blue, White, ciereago, and Mexican. This diversity creates a range similar to varieties of grape flavors. About 90% of mezcal is made from the agave ESPADIN. Mezcal is native to the states of San Luis Potosí, Michoacán, Jalisco, Durango, Morelos, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas.

The fermented agave juice goes back to pre-Columbian times, when the booze was declared "a gift from the gods" by the chief priests and only consumed during sacrificial offerings to the gods and for medicinal use.

When the Spanish conquistadors arrived 400 years ago distillation techniques of the native inhabitants of Mexico were taught and thus was born the first distilled spirit in the Americas: Mezcal.

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Zane's New Drinking Jacket

Zane's New Drinking Jacket

Zane Lamprey, host of several traveling-drinking shows (including Three Sheets, Drinking Made Easy and Chug, which airs Monday nights at 7:30pm on the National Geographic Channel) has begun a campaign for an accessory no drinker should be without - the Drinking Jacket.

The Drinking Jacket is a hoodie that the Swiss Army would likely wear, while drinking. Which would be often, since we're not entirely sure what the Swiss Army does besides enjoy schnapps and use their knives for anything imaginable.  Incorporated into the Drinking Jacket is a bottle-opener zipper, a neoprene-lined koozie pocket, drinking mitts, a hidden flask pocket which holds the optional metal-detector-proof flask (for this innovation alone we've come up with 3,274 uses) and a sunglass holder (which may be the tipping point, since this author has lost several pairs of sunglasses when day-drinking has turned into night-drinking and outside-drinking has turned into inside-drinking).  It also has everything that you'd want in a hoodie, like deep pockets and a zipper cover (to keep the bottle-opener zipper from hitting you in the face).

Most appealing is that it just looks like a nice hoodie, and the incorporated gadgets are not readily visible.

The campaign ends 12/22/14 so visit thedrinkingjacket.com for more info!

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Five of the Best Ways to Avoid Impaired Driving this Holiday Season

Five of the Best Ways to Avoid Impaired Driving this Holiday Season

The holidays are the best time to party, relax, and enjoy time with friends and family—which means that there are a lot of people out on the road traveling. According to a Winchester personal injury attorney, police departments across the country step up their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement around this time of year because of the increased number of families on the road. Although general public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving is at an all-time high, some people continue to drive impaired. According to MADD, "In 2012, 10,322 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 51 minutes - and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes."
No matter what your plans are this holiday, you’ll want to plan to avoid impaired driving at all costs. When you set a plan in place, it is easy to avoid intoxicated driving and still have a good time with friends and family. Keep reading to learn about the easiest ways to avoid impaired driving this holiday season.

Host a Holiday Sleepover Shindig

This holiday season, consider hosting a sleepover for a small group of friends or family. Everyone can enjoy the night without worrying about how they're getting home. You can throw a holiday-themed party and get a few air mattresses for guests to crash on at the end of the night. Play games, string popcorn and enjoy serving your loved ones a few guilt-free holiday cocktails, safe in the knowledge no one will be driving home impaired. With a special holiday sleepover, the party doesn’t have to stop when the night ends!

Arrange a Designated Driver

When it comes to having a designated driver, plan ahead so no one feels slighted. Don't wait until last call to decide who is least impaired. As a holiday gift, you might offer to be the designated driver for friends or family. This idea costs you almost nothing, yet shows how much you care. Even if you won't be joining them at the party, offer to pick them up when they call.

Hire a Limo

Using this approach, you can feel free to bar hop or hit up multiple parties without racking up on-the-meter taxi fees or worse, driving impaired. This is a popular trend for New Year’s Eve. Christmas parties are often family-oriented, but New Year’s Eve might be your time to go out and party with friends. Class things up with a limo, and your crew will look fresh and stay safe no matter where the night takes you.

Try a Ride-Hailing App

If the budget doesn't allow for a limo, try something new and use a ride-sharing app to order a ride right when you need it. With Uber and Lyft, smartphone apps connect paying riders with drivers. Be aware, these are ride-hailing services, so someone will pick you up in their own car and transport you. These services perform background checks on their drivers, and are sometimes cheaper and faster than a taxi.

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Wine, Beer & Christmas Cheer! A holiday drinking guide!

Wine, Beer & Christmas Cheer! A holiday drinking guide!

This infographic was sent to us by Brian O’Shea who is the Director of a company called HomeBrew West in Ireland.

The infographic entitled Wine, Beer & Christmas Cheer! A holiday drinking guide! highlights the perfect pairings for Turkey, Ham, Duck and a range of other Christmas dinner options. Discover the secrets to choosing a dessert wine, and some top tips on enjoying a glass of bubbly during the festive season.

We hope that this holiday drinking guide will help you find the right food & alcohol pairings this holiday season. Download the Holiday Drinking Guide Now!

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Five Non-Liquid Gifts to Buy Your Drinking Buddies for the Holidays

Five Non-Liquid Gifts to Buy Your Drinking Buddies for the Holidays

Ladies and gents, the holidays are here! Wait until you see all of the amazing beverage-related ideas in store to make home parties, office parties and every party the place be. This holiday season is all about thinking out-of-the-box for fantabulous gift solutions. Whether you are getting a nice gift for your closest drinking buddies, or you just want to liven up the party, these creative items will quench your thirst for the perfect gift.

Wine Glass and Bottle Combo

Give the gift that keeps on giving with this conveniently crafted wine glass and bottle combination. Reduce holiday kitchen traffic by reducing glass refill trips to the fridge. This handy, all-in-one decanter-style bottle and glass extravaganza is the perfect design to keep hosts, hostesses and guests in the spirit. Plus, it is a fun piece if any of your friends are wine aficionados.



Wine Label Couture

Today's top recommendation is all about adding creative holiday flair to favorite wine bottles. Be the hit of the party with custom designed and personalized wine labels. Design labels around favorite holiday themes, celebrations and personal festivities. Check the internet for several sites that can help you design the perfect wine bottle labels for the most memorable holiday cheer.

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For Ohio State University, Power Hour is the Best Drinking Deal Going

For Ohio State University, Power Hour is the Best Drinking Deal Going

If you’re looking for the biggest parties, the top DJs and the best drinking deals in the Columbus area then look no further than the IAMLYFE, DrinkedIn and Ivanabitch sponsored parties near Ohio State University in Columbus.

Every Friday for the next four weeks IAMLYFE is offering everyone the chance to enjoy "Power Hour". Saving $10 on the entry fee which covers both cover and all your drinks couldn't be more of a no-brainer:

  1. Download DrinkedIn mobile app from Google Play or the Appstore
  2. Go to the BarDeals screen and download the EndZone's Power Hour coupon

This means that from 10pm – 11pm you get unlimited drinks. You’ll make back your money by just having a couple of drinks, but you could easily make your way through at least 10 absolutely free!

The "Power Hour" covers the Ivanabitch based cocktails, there are 10 different flavored vodkas and at least several will be featured at the EndZone... and you can try them for just $10. Find out which ones you like, come back the next week pay another $10 and drink a load more. Then do it again the next week, and once more after that.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic deal, every Friday night at the EndZone you can party with 3000 people and make it a weekend to remember. This weekend the party is hosted by Jay Davi, DJ IQ and DJ Masha and stars DJ E-V... and they’ll be sure to keep the party going all night long. No better way to prepare for a Buckeyes game the next day, eh?

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Tips for Saving Money While Drinking

Tips for Saving Money While Drinking

Drinking can be an expensive habit—unless you know how and when to save a buck or two. Here are eight tips for saving money while drinking.

1. Go to Happy Hour

If you shop around, you can find some really great happy hour specials. Take advantage of those.

Start your night early. Do the bulk of your drinking during the early (AKA inexpensive) hours. If you are already buzzing by the end of happy hour, you won’t have to spend much money once prices go up. Or, you can go home and drink when the happy hour specials wear off.

2. Drink at Home

If you don’t want to go out so early, have your own happy hour at home. We all know drinking our own booze is way less expensive than buying (and tipping) at the bar.

3. Take a Road Trip

Does your state have an insanely high alcohol tax? Consider a little road trip across the border. Venture across the state lines and reap the rewards of low taxes.

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The Research is In: Drink Alcohol and LOSE Weight!

The Research is In: Drink Alcohol and LOSE Weight!

For years we’ve been told that drinking encourages weight gain. In fact, that’s why so many beer companies created light beers. They cut the calories to entice weight conscious beer lovers to continue consuming their products.

What if we told you that there’s a possibility that alcohol actually assists in weight loss? We’d definitely have your attention, wouldn’t we?

Previous Beliefs

In years gone by, alcohol has been demonized by researchers and nutritionists worldwide. In fact, we’ve been told that a slice of cake includes a similar amount of calories as a glass of wine. We’ve heard that a couple of beers is like drinking a glass full of cream. Indeed, we’ve been instructed that the immense caloric content in alcoholic beverages of this nature will destroy our livers and our waistlines.

Therefore, it’s no wonder that those of us concerned with calorie counts and numbers on the scale tend to veer from beer. Perhaps this new research will shed some light on the subject and give us the approval for an appletini. Let’s find out…

New Research

Apparently, the guy that discovered the link between alcohol consumption and liver disease in the 70s, also believed that alcohol could contribute to weight loss. In fact, he was so convinced of this opinion that he started doing additional research in the 90s to support his theory. Let’s take a look at what he did.

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Think You Might be Coming Down with Something? Take a Drink!

Think You Might be Coming Down with Something? Take a Drink!

Proponents of alcohol’s health benefits go farther back than most people realize. In fact, the Apostle Paul, in the Bible, tells Timothy to take some wine for his stomach. So, it’s little wonder that researchers are starting to discover the medicinal value found in the fermented vine.

Monkeys and Margaritas

Researchers trained monkeys to drink alcohol before giving them a vaccination. The control group enjoyed sugar water at its leisure while the test subjects had access to the hard stuff. Then, they studied the results.

Everything in Moderation

The research doesn’t necessarily tell us whether there were Goldshläger shots or Jäger bombs, but it reveals that some monkeys liked to get tipsy.

Apparently they reacted the way some people do; if it was there, they chose to drink it. Others made better decisions and drank in moderation. 

While Paul recommended that Timothy take a little wine for his belly, he was direct in the quantity--a little. His suggestion was a smart one because excessive drinking, on the monkey’s behalf, didn’t positively affect the results. Speaking of results, you’ll be amazed!

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Don’t Get Scammed While Drinking!

Don’t Get Scammed While Drinking!

It doesn’t get much better than enjoying a beer at our favorite bar. But trying a local brew at an exotic pub in a foreign land is pretty exciting too.

However, any time you venture out of your comfort zone, you increase the risk of getting scammed. If you are traveling abroad, be on the lookout for potential scams while drinking.

No One Can Scam Me!

These days, most of us are on the lookout for online scam. We know about the Nigerian prince who need money, fake emails that ask for our Social Security Number, and the scam websites that offer counterfeit products. And most of us know how to report an internet scam.

Rarely do we think twice about fraudsters who might personally throw the scams in our face. But those guys are out there, waiting for some vulnerable sucker to take the bait.

Here are two examples of drinking scams that are taking place right now in bars all over the world.

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Oktoberfest - Where 7 Million Litres of Beer is Acceptable

Oktoberfest - Where 7 Million Litres of Beer is Acceptable

It’s nearly time for one of the highlights of the beer drinking year, Oktoberfest. Famous the world over for copious amounts of beer, Bavarian food and dirndl wearing women, Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival established in 1810 and this year will run from 20th September to 5th October.

Oktoberfest takes place in an area called Theresienwiese near Munich’s centre. Last year about 6.4 million people came to the festival and between them consumed 114 oxen, 58 calves and 6.7 million litres of beer!

While Oktoberfest is a wonderful exposition of Bavarian culture, for those reading this article I expect the main draw is the beer. There are actually very strict rules over which beers can be served at Oktoberfest; they must conform to the Reinheitsgebot, otherwise known as the “German Beer Purity Law” or the “Bavarian Purity Law” which states that only water, barley and hops may be used in brewing. Beers must also be a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze; this is a measurement that is used to express the amount of extract in the pitched wort (the liquid extracted from the mashing process).

Furthermore, the beers must be brewed within the city limits of Munich. As such there are only six breweries that can produce Oktoberfest beer. They are: 

• Augustiner-Bräu

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The Biggest Beer Festivals in Europe

The Biggest Beer Festivals in Europe

Coming to us from HomeBrewWest is the following infographic that shows the biggest beer festivals in all of Europe.

Click on the thumbnail to view the full sized infographic.

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Magazines with Spirit

Magazines with Spirit

These days, it seems the internet rules all forms of information acquisition. If you want to know it, the internet will provide it.

Some people have gone so far as to claim print is dead. Fortunately, that isn’t true. Print is alive and well—which is a good thing. While the internet does have its uses, nothing can replace tried and true publications like magazines.

Magazines with Spirit

If you are an honest to goodness alcohol connoisseur, you’ll be happy to hear there are several magazines created with you in mind.

There are plenty of publications devoted to six packs (abs, unfortunately), fashion, beauty supplies, cars and other nonsense, but the alcohol publications are harder to come by.

That’s why we consulted the magazine professionals at Priority One Clearing. Priority One Clearing is a magazine subscription clearing house. Therefore, they know allll about the good publications to buy—no matter the industry.

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This Beer Might Cause Erectile Dysfunction?!

This Beer Might Cause Erectile Dysfunction?!

Alcohol is good for your sex life, right? It gives you the confidence you would otherwise lack. Chatting up that hot blonde at the bar is way easier after a drink or two.

That may be true, but that’s where the positive side effects end. In general, booze is bad for your sex life.

Alcohol Causes Erectile Dysfunction

We all laugh at those commercials advertising little blue pills for old guys. But sadly, erectile dysfunction doesn’t just plague the older population. Many men as young as 30 struggle with impotence.

There are many things that can lead to erectile dysfunction—poorly executed exercises, low testosterone, obesity, heart problems. Some of the causes of erectile dysfunction are psychological or stress-induced. However, one of the most common instigators of ED is alcohol.

We all know alcohol affects our brain. But did you know it affects your penis too?!

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Drink Alcohol? You’re Going to Need a Vitamin B12 Injection!

Drink Alcohol? You’re Going to Need a Vitamin B12 Injection!

Alcohol often gets a bad rap. In some cases, it’s well deserved. If we drink too much, we do stupid things – and our body suffers quite a bit.

But not all alcohol consumption is bad. Most people won’t go running through the streets naked after drinking a single glass of wine. Your liver won’t shrivel up and die if you drink a beer at the ball game.

While its true alcohol isn’t as terrible as some people make it out to be, it is wise to take a few precautions. Just like you plan ahead and arrange for a designated driver, you must also make arrangements to keep your health in check.

One of the best things recreational drinkers can do is use vitamin B12 injections.

What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient. It is part of the B vitamin complex (along with several other nutrients). Like all essential vitamins, B12 plays an important role in your health.

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Drinking on a Budget

Drinking on a Budget

We all love to have a few drinks now and then. For some, it is a trip to the local bar with a group of friends for a couple of cocktails. For others, it is a stay-at-home thing with a couple of buddies. Either way, most of us like to be economical about it, which means, we like to keep it on the cheap side. Lucky for you, here is a guide to doing just that.

The first thing to consider is that cocktails are quite a bit pricier when out at a restaurant or bar. If you insist on getting your drink on in such places, do so during happy hours. Most bars in larger cities will have designated times during the day and night in which drinks become half price. This is the time to buy your favorite mixed drink. You might even consider barhopping for this very reason. Bounce around several bars in order to get your fill of martinis and at half the price.

One of the best ways to save money is to drink at home. This allows you to obtain your alcohol in bulk from a liquor store. Look up the cocktail recipes you want to drink and make a list of ingredients. Head over to your favorite liquor store and pick up the items needed. It may seem like more money at first, but you are going to get a lot more drinks for the money than if you are buying them by the drink at a bar. Also, it is a great idea to split costs with friends. Have some friends pick up the vodka, and others pick up the orange juice for your at-home Screwdrivers.

If you decide to go with the at-home option, plan ahead. If you plan the events ahead of time, you can shop around for the best deals at liquor stores. Some stores may have specials and that would be the time to stock up. Also, collect different liquors throughout the year. Having a stash gives you the flexibility to drink the night away whenever, wherever.

Another great way to drink on a budget is to attend free events with free liquor. In larger cities, there are often free networking events that offer free drinks. This is an excellent way to get some free booze while meeting other likeminded individuals. Never pass up an event with free drinks (or free food for that matter). Nothing can be friendlier to your budget than being free!

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Top 5: Manhattan Bars that Freelancers Work From During the Day

Top 5: Manhattan Bars that Freelancers Work From During the Day

In this digital age, freelancing is no longer the exception. One survey has estimated that by 2020, 40% of the USA's workforce will be going it alone. Many of these freelancers are in New York City – a city with no lack of Wi-Fi-equipped venues to and work from. Traditionally, these havens-away-from-home have been coffee shops, but now there's a new preferred hangout for the Manhattan freelancer – the bar! Here, we pull up a chair at five of the hottest 'Boffices' on the Island.

Wine Spot

An initial glimpse at the Wine Spot on Macdougal Street will lead you to think it's the perfect stage for a date. Indeed it is; there's an extensive wine list, a mouth-watering selection of cheese and cured meat platters, and plenty of dim corners, which lend themselves to the whispering sweet nothings. In the middle of the day, however, the Wine Spot is not full of lovers, but freelancers. The only sounds you're likely to hear at this time is the rattling of laptop keys, and the odd mumbled order at the bar. Don't feel you have to drink wine; tea and coffee are on the menu. You can always treat yourself to a glass of Sangiovese at the end of the workday.


In case you're wondering about the derivation of the name Epistrophy, it's jazz standard by Thelonious Monk and Kenny Clarke. During weekdays, the music at this Mott Street bar in New York – if any – is considerately quiet, creating a calm atmosphere that lures freelancers here in their droves. The comfy sofas, sensible tables and chairs, well-priced cocktails and grown-up ambiance all do their bit, too. Just like many 'real' workplaces, Epistrophy 'shuts down' at 5pm every weekday (that is, the Wi-Fi is literally switched off at this point). In many ways, this spurs you to work all the harder before then, so you can be up at the bar at five on the dot for a beverage.

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Drinking Etiquette: It Depends On the Drink & the Place

Drinking Etiquette: It Depends On the Drink & the Place

The rules of drinking and the expected behaviour while drinking, can vary wildly depending on where you are. For example, you wouldn't act the same drinking wine at a Michelin starred restaurant as you would having a beer at your local Wild Wings watching the game. Knowing the drinking etiquette by situation and place can save you from committing social suicide, or the very least, an embarrassing night out. These are some of the most common drinking situations, and the rules to follow when doing each.

Drinking rules are much more lax when out with your friends.


Football season means it is time to pull out those mega coolers, and fill them with as much beer and ice as they can hold. If there is ever a time when drinking rules go out the window, a good tailgating party would be it. Still, even in the heat of pre-game fever, there is indeed a few tailgating drinking rules to follow.

What to Do:

  • Wear the same team colours of your hosts.
  • Bring extra beer and snacks to share.
  • Obviously if you are tailgating and drinking from a countertop keg cooler, the atmosphere is pretty relaxed. Keep this in mind with your attitude and dress, manners are appreciated.

What Not to Do:

  • Never under any circumstance start heckling the opposing team.
  • Never crash a tailgating party you weren't invited to.
  • Don't get wasted, nobody wants to take care of the drunk guy when it is time for the game to start.

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For Beer Lovers Only: The D.C. Craft Beerfest and D.C.'s Best Bars for Beers

For Beer Lovers Only: The D.C. Craft Beerfest and D.C.'s Best Bars for Beers
DC Craft Beer Festival

D.C. is quickly on its way to becoming a hub for hops. Events dedicated to the consumption of brew have become a staple of the spring/summer scene, and this March the city will play host to The D.C. Craft Beerfest!

The spring celebration will showcase 150 seasonal beers from around the country. Visitors will enjoy unlimited 2 oz tastings and VIP ticket holders will be given an access to a private hour of sampling. Workshops and demonstrations will also be available for patrons.

The festival will run for two sessions during the early afternoon and evening on March 8th 2014 at the D.C. Convention Center. If you truly love beer, you won’t want to miss this. Get tickets here.

Keeping in line with the topic of beer, it’s only right to highlight some of the best places to grab one!

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5 Super Bowl Dishes You Need To Have This Year

5 Super Bowl Dishes You Need To Have This Year

In most cases, snacks are pretty easy. I mean c’mon, how hard is it really to walk down the aisles of your nearest supermarket and just toss whatever looks good to snack on in your cart? But while buying snacks may be considered child’s play when you’re only shopping for yourself, snacks for the Super Bowl are a whole other ball game; and with that in mind, following are five Super Bowl dishes that will make your house or apartment the place to be this year.


It’s a Mediterranean food that’s been creeping across the U.S. for the past five years or so, but hummus is getting a big push this year from PepsiCo (who owns Sabra, which the NFL has officially dubbed “the official dip of the NFL.”) Some may say that’s a ridiculous appropriation of Mediterranean/Arab culture, but the truth is that hummus is a delicious dip made of chickpeas, oil, garlic, and other ingredients that ultimately make it a taste sensation — no matter if it’s inherently American, or not. Plus, the fact that PepsiCo wants so many people to buy their hummus all of the sudden means there are likely a lot of tasty competitors as well. So get out there, and see what hummus has to offer this year!

Chicken Wings       

Chicken wings are an old standby, and for good reason: They’re delicious and they’re fun to eat. What’s better than watching the Super Bowl over a big ol’ chicken wing you’re about to bite into? Most would answer that rhetorical question with a resounding “not much.” Also, there isn’t a chicken wing shortage this year like there was in ’09 (or was there?), so we can all rejoice while we’re stuffing our faces with the most expensive part such a glorious bird!

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