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DRIZLY – A cold beer on your doorstep

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Have you heard about this? Drizly will deliver LIQUOR to you doorstep. And yes they call themselves the “Amazon of Alcohol”.

First launched in Boston in 2013, Drizly currently operates with local retailers in L.A., Chicago, NYC (including Brooklyn and the Hamptons) and Denver this smartphone app will deliver, beer, wine and sprits to your doorstep.

In Chicago Drizly delivers to the South Loop, Loop, West Loop, River North, Gold Coast, Streeterville, Wrigleyville, Old Town, LIncoln Park, Wicker Park and Bucktown. Hmmm. Well they are just getting started. There is a $5 delivery fee and a tip is automatically added for the delivery person. Minimum order is $20.

ChicagoInno recently reviewed their services along with four other apps. READ MORE

But keep in mind just like your local bartender, the driver/delivery person can “cut you off” if you are already intoxicated.

This Cooler Brings 21st Century Amenities to Camping

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The only problem with the great outdoors is the distinct lack of the kinds of stuff you can do in the great indoors. What if you want to enjoy a freshly made smoothie as you and a bear watch the sunrise together? What then? Well, thankfully, here’s a cooler that lets you do that and more.

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We’ve got big (ice) balls

Their words, not mine. Great read.

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DISCLOSUREIt is Cocktails, 365′s policy that it always disclose when we receive samples of liquor to review for the Website. As we tell those who offer samples: we will accept the liquor for review, but that does not guarantee a positive review. Listed below are the opinions of Cocktails, 365 and no one else. And always, thanks and drink up!

Ice. Rocks. Diamonds. Snow Miser Testicles. Call frozen water by any other name, (we’re at least 75% sure no one has called it the third one) that beautiful bit of glass-like cold is one of the pillars of cocktail creation.

Snowmiser74shawn Try to not think of this guy next time you’re mixing it up.

However, much like anything else that quickly gains a following among the culinary élite, the question of quality comes down to not just the spirits, mixers, and ingredients, but ice as well.

Now, there’s a lot…

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Basic Glassware for the Home Bar

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The top five glasses you must have for your home bar Rocks, Highball, White Wine, Cocktail, and Beer Mug.

Rocks – also known as lowball and old fashioned glass. This is an glassware_rocksextremely versatile glass and is a must have in a bar. Most commonly you will find Double Rocks glasses in public bars, which holds 8 to 10 ounces. I would recommend the use of the traditional Rocks glass size of 5 or 6 ounces at home.

 

 

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Highball – this essential piece of glassware looks like a taller version of the Rocks glass. This glass is used for most of your tall drinks that use juices and mixers. It is typically between 8 to 12 ounces.

 

 

glassware_whitewineWhite Wine – the white wine glass is actually a very versatile piece of glass. In a pinch it can used in place of the Cocktail, Cordial, Shot, Red Wine, Flute, Sour, and Snifter. There is a wide variety of sizes in this glass, but I recommend a smaller size.

 

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Cocktail –  a stemmed  with an invented cone bowl.  Not to be confused with a “Martini” glass. A 6 ounce Cocktail glass is the perfect size.

 

 

 

glassware_beerBeer Mug – the typical mug with a handle can be used for beer, all beer based cocktails, most frozen cocktails, and coffee based cocktails. Beer Mugs usually hold about 12 to 16 ounces.