Saturday, November 30, 2013



Lee Harvey's

Great dive bars are a bit like cockroaches. 
They tend to be out of sight, able to survive while others fail, and nobody is quite sure where they came from in the first place. 
That’s not to say that dive bars and cockroaches share everything.
Some might turn up their noses at dive bars, but anyone worth his weight in pitchers of Bud Light knows that a great dive bar can be the most beautiful oasis in a desert of high-concept pubs, clubs and other money-draining, culturally destitute outposts.
The classic dive bar, to which this article is devoted, is timeless. 
It exists now as it existed when your ancestors were getting lit. They are steadfastly genuine; no respectable dive bar needs to admit to outsiders that it is a dive. 
They offer the perfect location for drunken epiphanies and offer umbrage for any and all thirsty travelers. 
There are few rules other than to keep your shit together, but even then exceptions are allowed.
Although dingy watering holes of speculative provenance are not unique to the United States, they represent that halcyon American dream in which a melting pot of peoples, ideals and attitudes are thrown together with the hope that, by the end, everyone will be better off than when he started. 
But that’s probably just because dive bars are ideal for getting drunk.


If you are person who consider alcohol as your best friend, then you have some good news in your plate! Moderate drinking of red wine can turn out to be a healthy option for your brain. 
There are numerous reports published on the benefits of red wine with every passing day. 
The recent findings say, that red wine has a great role to play with brain health. 
According to a recent study, red wine not only helps in improving heart health but also makes your brain strong. "Red Wine Study"c conducted at the Georgetown University Medical Center shows that red wine can stop the progression of Alzheimer's. 
A compound called resveratrol reportedly found in the red wine is found to be beneficial for brain health. 
Drinking of red wine not only keeps your brain healthy but also your heart, your heart is precious!


A Bloody Mary may be America’s tried-and-true hangover cure, but the morning after a 7-hour Thanksgiving dinner and countless drinks may require a stronger concoction. On Friday morning, take some cues from around the world—if you can stomach it. Just be glad you didn’t wake up in ancient Rome, where the traditional cure was a deep-fried canary, eaten whole.
After a night of too much sake, the Japanese rely on a type of dried sour plums calledumeboshi. To dilute the bitterness, the less-than-brave steep them in green tea.
The Germans have a word for everything, even hangover breakfast: katerfrühstück. It features a pickled herring wrapped around pickled cucumbers and onions, and sometimes includes a beer.
Poles down a glass of brine from sour pickles or sauerkraut to ease the vodka-induced morning doldrums.
Russians believe the best way to dry out from vodka saturation is with a sauna session and a beating with birch branches. Another cure is Kvass, a slightly alcoholic beverage made by soaking dried rye bread with sugar and yeast.
Perhaps this is meant as a way to induce vomiting? Mongolians bravely swallow a glass of pickled sheep eyeballs mixed into tomato juice to chase away their morning-after blues.
Mexico, Turkey and Romania
These seemingly disparate countries count on a tripe soup to ease the pain of a hangover. In Turkey, it goes by the name iskembe corbasi and has a tangy vinegar or lemon base. The Romanian version is ciorba de burta, a salty dish of root vegetables. In Mexico the cow stomach concoction is called menudo and is made with garlic and onion. There’s another Mexican cure, vuelva a la vida, or “return to life,” which is a seafood cocktail mixed with tomato juice and pico de gallo.
A traditional mix of buttermilk, corn flour, salt and pepper dubbed “The Highland Fling” has been known to do the trick in the homeland of whiskey. But nowadays the Scots swear by “Irn-Bru,” a carbonated orange beverage, to revive them after a big night out.
Pub-weary Brits soak up the pints with a heaping bacon sandwich. They’re taking the scientific approach: in 2009, a Newcastle University study found the combination of bacon and bread really can cure a hangover by providing amino acids.
Leche de tigre is the leftover marinade from ceviche. The combination of lime juice, lemon juice, fish stock, fish scrap, garlic, and ginger is thought to ease that throbbing pain in your head and also serve as an aphrodisiac.
Taking the old “hair of the dog” saying to heart, Namibians drink a mixture of clotted cream, dark rum, spiced rum cream liqueur, and whole cream. It’s deceptively named “buffalo milk,” but is more alcohol than milk.
Though it sounds more gag-worthy than helpful in keeping your stomach settled, a dried bull’s penis is apparently the traditional snack of choice for hung-over Sicilians.
Though trading rhino horns is illegal, ground rhino horn soaked in hot water has been considered a remedy for not just hangovers, but also cancer. The mythic properties of the sought-after horn mean each one can sell for as much as $300,000.
Eggs have been thought to ease the next-day pain of overdrinking, but Filipino sufferers are advised to eat a poached, fertilized duck embryo called balut—if they can bear swallowing a partially formed bird with beak attached.


Friday, November 29, 2013



Why join the crowds at big box stores opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving and Black Friday when you can patronize local retailers and support mom-and-pops shops on Small Business Saturday instead?
Let's face it: holiday shopping can be exhausting! Does Dad really need another tie? Will Grandma wear this scarf? What do you get the cat who has everything?
After navigating the aisles, why not relax with a drink (or two)? We've rounded up ten of our favorite spots to savor a cocktail after a long day of shopping.



Could a diet made up of two components: beer and sausage, not known for being low calorie foods, actually help you to lose weight? 

For the past 3 years, one Phoenix man has followed the beer and sausage diet for the entire month of October. 


The Hoodlum

So L.A. is allegedly America's best new food town, with its star chefs and the country's best pizza

And we almost hate to say it, but the craft cocktail scene is looking mighty impressive these days, too. 

So after you've inhaled one of America's best lobster rolls from Santa Monica, wash it all down with one of the city's finest libations, as recommended by L.A.'s top cocktail bloggers.


In search of a literary cocktail, we eased into chairs around the bar at the Hotel Monteleone, a Crescent City fixture since 1886 and a longtime haunt for Southern writers.
William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams stayed at this hotel — located at 214 Royal — when they visited the city. Truman Capote liked to brag he was born at the Hotel Monteleone. He wasn’t, though his mother lived there while she was pregnant with him. (And surely, that counts for something.)
“Do you have any cocktails named after authors?” I asked hopefully, still adjusting to the Carousel Bar, the 24-seat merry-go-round where customers rotate slowly and bartenders stay put. Installed in 1949, it takes a little getting used to.
Our bartender, Marvin Allen, thought for a moment and directed us to one item on the menu: The Classic Hemingway Daiquiri.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


AlcoDroid is an alcohol consumption tracker, drinks diary and blood alcohol content calculator. 

Drink responsibly.  Don't drink & drive.


Mercy Nutraceuticals, Inc., the maker of functional products for health-conscious consumers, is pleased to announce the preliminary results of a clinical study showing that its hangover-prevention supplement Mercy reduces symptoms associated with alcohol consumption.


TOASTING work mates and colleagues with a glass of bubbly is a well-worn social convention at Christmas, but how do you get through the season without a festive hangover in your Santa stocking?
"Hangovers occur when our already overburdened liver struggles to clear the toxic and chemical load from alcohol," says naturopath Rachel Hulme of Manly Natural Health.
"Dehydration and low blood sugar are often the cause of your hangover symptoms."
Eating something before heading out will prevent a hangover by slowing the absorption of booze into your bloodstream and making sure blood sugar levels are balanced.
Similarly, alternating alcoholic drinks with water or sparking mineral water will keep the body hydrated and reduce the overall amount of alcohol you consume.
"But don't alternate alcoholic drinks for sugar loaded drinks such as soft drinks or virgin cocktails as these sugary drinks will only dehydrate you further," Hulme says. "Alcohol is a diuretic so you lose water-soluble vitamins such as the B group vitamins and vitamin C."
Taking a multivitamin before bed will help to replenish these vitamins, while taking it with a glass of coconut water to top up your electrolytes (minerals) and blood sugar levels.
A tablet of St Mary's Thistle before drinking, before going to bed and upon rising can also help enhance detoxification pathways.
"Or try a glass of warm water with a half a lemon squeezed into it, a pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt and one teaspoon of honey," Hulme suggests. "This will rehydrate, flush the liver and balance blood sugar levels."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Thanksgiving is a time of year to break out time-honored recipes that have been passed down for generations. 

Wine, cider, and eggnog are most frequently paired with alongside these ancient family recipes. 

This year, spice things up a bit by pairing fun Thanksgiving cocktails with your grandma’s stuffing from the 1800s. 

Here are a few different ideas for Thanksgiving drinks that will leave your guests thirsting for more.

Kick off your Thanksgiving feast with a festive toast to the friends and family who’ve gathered for the occasion. 

These well-balanced cocktails are inspired by the best of the season’s ingredients, infused with fresh herbs and fruit. 

As we gather around the table with our friends and family this Thanksgiving and share all of the good things in life we are thankful for, serve some tasty cocktails for every generation gathered.



Professor David Nutt

A drug that mimics some of the (desired) effects of alcohol but lacks its harmful properties -- now that sounds exciting! 

Candidate molecules have already been identified and tested, and a leading scientist now argued to bring them to market to achieve a massive benefit for public health.


Calling all cereal and cocktail fans, alike – it seems that cereal-infused cocktails are officially a thing.


Playboy recently shared its colorful history of correspondence with gonzo legend Hunter S. Thompson. 

Amongst the letters and other notes in the collection was a wild cure for a hangover that suits the over the top writer's uninhibited style. 

The note reads:

P.S. -- inre: Oui's request for "my hangover cure" -- it's 12 amyl nitrites (one box), in conjunction with as many beers as necessary.



IT SOUNDS too good to be true - a drink that provides all the positive effects of alcohol but none of the negatives.

Sunday, November 24, 2013



‘Tis the season … to overindulge at office parties, holiday soirees and long overdue get-togethers with those near and dear. 
Since social calendars tend to be over-packed at this time of year, it’s impossible to spend the morning after in bed or loafing on the couch battling a raging hangover. 
Here are ten cocktails designed to help you recover and get you geared up for the next stop on the party circuit.



  • Tony Edwards is a science journalist and writer
  • He has brought together leading research on the effects of alcohol
  • Found that, far from being harmful, drinking could prevent illness
  • Red wine is best, but must still be drunk in moderation

Red wine may well be one of the most effective ‘medications’ in history. 


There is an Irish drinking toast, Sláinte, which translates literally as “health,” and can be slightly modified to mean “good health.” 
Promoting good health while drinking alcohol may seem counterproductive, but there are ways to sneak some health benefits into cocktails.
Take superfoods for example. 
In general, superfoods are versatile, containing vitamins, minerals, proteins, or fiber. 
There are superfoods for every season, and the term has become a huge marketing hit for people wanting to create a healthier lifestyle. They’ve even infiltrated the previously mentioned cocktail realm.

Friday, November 22, 2013




"Like most anyone these days, I can’t help but associate ginger with medicine. It has many uses and is known for its cleansing and healing properties. Thinking about ginger in cocktails always brings one neo classic cocktail to mind: the Penicillin. I took my inspiration from this perfectly balance and medicinally crafted masterpiece. Keeping the palate appropriate for fall, a crisp rye and ginger flavor profile with lemon to balance and a dash of peated California single malt as a nod to the original. Sam Ross, creator of the Penicillin left out one key ingredient for those with ailments... Fernet! Making this cocktail a true reviver, I give to you, The Kings Medicine."

The King’s Medicine
1.5oz The King’s Ginger Liqueur
.75oz lemon juice
.5oz Luxardo Fernet
.25oz BenRiach Curiositas Single Malt 10 YO
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake furiously, fine strain into chilled coupe, garnish with a lemon twist.  Let the healing begin...


"Isn't anythin' Ah got whiskey won't cure." 

William Faulkner: The Mint Julep 

Faulkner's Mint Julep recipe, as seen in Rowan Oak, the estate where William Faulkner lived from 1930 until his death in 1962, consisted of whiskey, 1 tsp sugar, ice, and a sprig or two of crushed mint, served in a metal cup.

This cocktail is a perfect way to enjoy a good bourbon, but a lack of mixers apparently never put Faulkner off. “There is no such thing as bad whiskey,” he once said. “Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others.”


Otherwise known The Graveyard Shift
By Thomas Van Stein

The American love affair with cocktails was born the late 1800s when a New Orleans pharmacist named Antoine Peychaud first mixed brandy and bitters together. 

The Stateside cocktail scene has known rocky moments – Prohibition and the advent of the soda gun among them – but today, the classic cocktail is fully restored to a place of honour and the contemporary creations here are among the best available in the entire world.