On an innocent night out, you’re having fun, partying with friends, having a drink here and there. You’ve worked hard all week and you deserve this. What could possibly go wrong? The next morning, your alarm clock chimes in to remind you of the very possible thing that could go wrong. “Oh yeah, I could get a terrible hangover...,” you think as you realize your head may or may not explode.
Energy drinks and alcohol are a very controversial combination, with much of the worry focused on the alleged health problems that energy drinks can have.
My husband and I love to entertain guests at our apartment. It's actually become our hangout spot when we aren't at events. The thing is, my husband's circle isn't always the same as mine—and that means that I often end up with his guyfriends toting along girls I've never met.
Have you ever done a detox? I mean any kind of detox. Maybe like a body detox by juicing or trying to give up caffeine? How do you usually feel while going through it? With anything that we are physically or mentally addicted to, when we decide to stop "using" that thing, it usually comes with some detoxing side effects.
Making moonshine is an art. Dating back to thousands of years ago, moonshine originated in the Appalachian Mountains as a secret for commoners to avoid high taxes or outright bans on alcoholic drinks (think the Prohibition era). It was a way for people to come together and create something special for their community, and to enjoy together.
It makes sense to learn how to make limoncello if you love the drink. It's not always easy to come by, so why not have it on hand? You have full control over the ingredients, not to mention the strength of the booze. Besides, there's some cachet attached to making your own limoncello. The brew takes a while to mature, however. Getting that potent lemon taste is no overnight job. It's time-consuming, but that's time well spent. Just bear in mind that it doesn't hurt to have a jar (or five) of the lemony liquor seeping at all times. The odds are high that your family members and friends are going to start making requests once they catch wind of your homemade concoction.
Let's be honest, it's always in your best interest to avoid going to wild parties and grabbing hold of any of the number of sharp objects laying around when somebody asks you, "Yo, you want to shotgun a beer?" Don't think that we don't get it, either. Traditionally, people use a sharp object to poke a hole in a beer to shotgun it. What good is that really though if you're camping in the wilderness or sneaking beers into a movie theater?
When I first started drinking, I bought a bartending book so I could learn how to mix drinks. It was very effective at teaching me great wine cocktails as well as a number of my favorite low-calorie vodka cocktails. It also gave me awesome bartending tips to help me up my mixology game.
Whether you're channelling your inner college student or you actually are a college student, Jell-O shots can be a fun and surprisingly tasty addition to any party. While the traditional recipe calls pretty much just for vodka and Jell-O mix, there are a number of ways we can elevate the Jell-O shot to suit your needs. One of my personal favorite practices is to recreate some of my favorite classic cocktails in Jell-O shot form. Made properly and with some tasteful garnishes, these Jell-O shot recipes are just the thing to bring your next party to the next level.
I love making cocktails for my friends, but things can get a little out of hand at birthday parties and other large gatherings. Between measuring and pouring ingredients, slicing limes and lemons, getting ice, cleaning out the shaker, and everything else that goes into running even a small home bar, it is all too easy to let bartending obligations overtake the fact that I actually want to spend time hanging out with my friends! When you have a dozen people, all of whom will be having at least two or three drinks, take my advice and skip the made-to-order cocktails by making a delicious punch instead. You can make it ahead of time, it is just as delicious and impressive as a single serving cocktail, and there's even some interesting history that you can use as a conversation starter!
Amaretto is a classic Italian dessert liqueur that tastes phenomenally good when mixed with coffee or just on its own. Its deliciously nutty-spicy taste makes it a favorite for chocolate pairings, not to mention delicious dessert cocktails, too.