Most recently published stories in Proof.
For the Night and the House: How To Meet the Parents
I remember the first time I met a girl I was seeing's parents, and it wasn't good (in hindsight). I believe I must've been 16 at the time, and I didn't quite have a grip on how to keep my identity while still portraying myself as someone that wasn't nearly as hormone/heartbreak-driven as I was (am).
Drinking Like a Champion
For those of us who drink, we usually either tend to go to a full extreme or not partake at all. There are a small number of people who actually use that weird little word some of us know as "moderation", and it's those people who tend to do hold themselves better. But in the end, we should just face the cold hard truth. If you are going to drink, then you should drink like a champion and be smart at the same time. And most people think "Oh! I get hangovers and whatnot when I drink" but trust me about this one, there is a way around most of this but we will get to that later. (It's most certainly worth the wait.)
Malbec from the Land of Dreams
In the central area of the arid, southern reaches of Argentina, there is a rare oasis: the Río Negro Valley. An ideal place for growing grapes of great concentration, given the low humidity which goes all year round (to a 30% max!) and barely 7 inches of rain a year. Sounds hard and uninviting, yet its nickname would never give that away: "Land of Dreams." That is the nickname it goes by at Bodega Noemía.
Best Big Batch Cocktails Made with Vodka
During the summer, most people love entertaining and relaxing with cocktails, but it can be stressful to figure out which drinks to make. Big batch cocktails made with vodka are the perfect way to have a good time with friends or family and feel refreshed without having to man your backyard bar. With these simple recipes, you can quickly make delicious big batches of vodka cocktails for upcoming parties.
A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers asked me if I was going to be bringing Zima back. The topic of Zima had been brought up months prior, during a conversation between said coworker, our boss, and myself as an alternative drink to beer. As a current 26-year-old, Zima did not mean a whole lot to me. To be honest, it sounded like a virus carried by mosquitos, let alone something thirst quenching. Then again, as a youth, I swigged back the strange, green liquid known as Surge.
"Is that vodka?" Margarita asked weakly.The cat jumped up in his seat with indignation."I beg your pardon, my queen," he rasped, "Would I ever allow myself to offer vodka to a lady? This is pure alcohol!"- Mikhail Bulgakov, "Master i Margarita"
A Guide to Professional Drinking
So, you think you can drink. The real question, can you drink anything and still remain coherent? Can you out-drink your friends, wake up without a hangover, and make them think you're a god? If your answer is no, or not really, then I am here to help you. There are MANY myths on how to drink and have no hangover, and I have tried them. None of them truly work. Yet, through conditioning myself, and learning some basic biology, I figured out how to drink, really drink, and wake with little to no side effects.
Gastropub Food to Pair with Beer
Gastropubs are one of the hottest trends in the food industry, and while the trend may be slowing down slightly, the truth is that there are still tons of new gastropubs cropping up throughout the country.
Amazing DIY Bar Setups That Are Easy To Build
For many people, having a bar at home is something that they always wished they could get — but never fully were able to afford. After all, most people can't just plunk down several thousand dollars for their own in-house bar.
Best Big Batch Cocktails Made with Rum
Rum is one of the best party liquors you can buy. It gets people drunk fast, works well with cocktails, and basically helped invent the whole tiki party movement that you end up seeing every summer. It's sweet enough to work for a dessert drink, but strong enough to work in aperitif cocktails.
Cool Ways To Serve Whiskey
Whiskey is one of those drinks that most people either love or hate, depending on how it's served. One of the biggest issues that whiskey seems to have, at least in terms of reputation, is the misconception that there aren't many cool ways to serve whiskey.
Weird Ways to Get a DUI
Drunk driving is a leading cause of fatal car crashes, so it only makes sense that police criminalize drinking and driving. However, not all DUI charges are the same.