Why Should I Drink Tonight? April, 7th : National Beer Day

nationalbeerdayNot exactly a celebration of beer, National Beer day is a celebration of the Cullen-Harrison Act. Allowing us to buy, sell and drink beer. All thanks to President Roosevelt, who ended Prohibition a couple of weeks earlier.

Today, as most of us have forgotten the true meaning of National Beer Day, all of us must teach the others about the significance of this day. If it wasn’t for the Cullen-Harrison Act you wouldn’t be drinking that beer you’re currently holding. You’d probably still be in the bathtub trying to make gin.

Celebrate today by knocking back a few beers, whie telling everyone about the Cullen-Harrison Act.

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? March, 24th : Harry Houdini’s Birthday

402px-Houdini_in_Handcuffs,_1918It’s funny cause I always thought that Harry Houdini had a mustache. Turns out he didn’t. But this article isn’t about the facial hair of Houdini, but it could be, if he wasn’t always clean shaved.

Houdini’s most memorable escapes include the Chinese Water Torture Cell, The Mirror Challenge, Milk Can Escape. He was even buried alive, thrown overboard in a wooden box. In 1909 Houdini decided to start acting and starred in a handful of films, before he decided it wasn’t worth it.

To celebrate Houdini’s birthday we’ll have a cocktail that is named after him. Sure it isn’t too popular at the moment, but we’ll enjoy it regardless. The Houdini drink.

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Lean Machine, Recovery Ale

lean machineWe might finally have a good reason to go to the gym. Not so much for the workout, but for the energy drink afterwards. Lean Machine Ale, produced by Vampt, contains 7 vitamins and 7 grams of protein and 0.5% alcohol. Sure, it’s not a lot, but you’re building muscle, or something to that extent. Did we mention it’s gluten free?

0.5% is really low, considering they could have made it 2.3% alcohol and get the same results. Beer is naturally made by hops, barley and yeast. It contains the same carbohydrates and electrolytes as a bottle of Gatorade, minus all the sugar and chemicals.

While it will take us more than a promise of a very light beer to get us to go to the gym, we  would rather be at a bar using a regular beer bottle as our dumbells. How many reps you do depend on how many beers you drink.

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? March, 13th : William Herschel Finds Uranus

490px-William_Herschel01Looking through his telescope, on a cool March night, Herschel was searching for double stars. But he noticed something else. He thought it might be a comet and jotted it down in his notebook. After seeing it again a couple of days late moved from it’s former position he was pretty sure it was a comet.

When he presented his discovery to the Royal Society, he started comparing it to a planet. Although he still said it was a comet. It was confirmed that it was a planet on April 23rd. All he had to do was name the planet and everyone would be happy. He wanted to name the planet Georgium Sidus, after King George, but this name was not popular outside of Great Britain. They finally settled on the name Uranus.

While we couldn’t find a drink named after Uranus, we found one that is named after King George. Crown Royal, Pineapple Juice, Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup. Sounds like a win to me. Here’s the link to the recipe.

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Dunkin’ Donuts – Mint Oreo Donuts

mint oreoLooks like everyone is getting ready for St. Patty’s Day. While this is nothing new and pretty much the same old everywhere you look. Mint Shakes, Corned Beef Sandwiches, Irish Coffee, Guinness beer and so on. Dunkin’ Donuts decided to make a Mint Oreo Donut. Double checked and well I’ll be on my way to Dunkin’ Donuts soon enough. Luckily there’s one right across the street from me. Easier said than done,  because I am lazy as hell. True Story.

“For a sweet treat this St. Patrick’s Day, Dunkin’ Donuts has the new Mint OREO® Donut, featuring a yeast ring frosted with pastel green icing and crumbled mint OREO® cookies, as well as the new Mint OREO® Creme Donut, featuring a vanilla flavored buttercreme-filled yeast shell frosted with pastel green icing and crumbled mint OREO®. Finally, mint returns to Dunkin’ Donuts’ lineup of delicious, smooth and creamy hot chocolate flavors. Guests can once again enjoy Mint Hot Chocolate, which puts a spin on the classic Hot Chocolate with a cool, invigorating minty flavor.” Taken from the Dunkin’ Donuts website.

The real question is should I go right now? I’ll wait till tomorrow. If not than the day after that, but I will get my hands on them before March 17th.

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Butterfinger Cups

butterfinger cupI finally found some of these Butterfinger Cups. I would have taken some photos, but I munched away while I was driving back. They were pretty good, nothing too crazy about them, other than the fact that they were a bit crunchy in the middle. Nothing to write home about.

True I was excited when I found them at the store, and grabbed the last three that were in the box. Just the thought that it was something new, and maybe they would knock my socks off. But after a couple of bites, it was clear that Nestle wasn’t trying to re-invent the wheel. My guess is that they just wanted a share of all those Peanut Butter Cup sales. They did a good job at that, but is it enough to topple Reese’s. I think not.

Looking back at a list that I made a couple of years ago. That list is right here. It seems like I would have rated the Butterfinger Cups just under Reese’s.

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? February, 11th : National Inventor’s Day

HamRadioIt is Inventor’s Day today. We look back upon the great inventors of all time. Men like Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb. No longer will we fumble through a dark bar looking for that small bottle of bitters that we forgot where we placed it.

If you’re up to it you can try your luck at inventing something. If not you can always read up on others inventions, like the cocktail shaker. It can be traced back to 7000 BC hailing from South America. Who invented it? Can’t reall say as there are no records on who invented it. Or maybe try and figure out who invented the blender. There’s a handful of people who can lay claim to that one.

To celebrate today, it’s time to try your luck at inventing a new drink. Not sure if you can call yourself an inventor for makng a new drink, but for today, we’ll say you can.

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? February, 9th : Toothache Day

toothache dayAnother holiday spent on awareness, or so we think. And, that’s pretty much all we can come up with. Sure, if you have a toothache you’re suppose to head on over to the dentist, but that’s not the only way to get rid of that toothache. Permanently, it is, but temporarily we have a better solution. More on that later.

Well since we couldn’t find the creator for this holiday, and we tried. Searched a couple of websites who also claimed they couldn’t find the inventor. So, that’s enough for us. We’re guessing that it was probably some dentist. Who else would decide on February, 9th, which also happens to be the day that the Hershey’s Candy Corporation was founded.

To celebrate Toothache Day we’ll be temporarily relieve the pain of our toothache by drowning it in Ouzo. Sure it’ll only mask the pain, but at this point, who cares?

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? February, 8th : The Devil’s Footprints

devil's footprints“It appears on Thursday night last, there was a very heavy snowfall in the neighbourhood of Exeter and the South of Devon. On the following morning the inhabitants of the above towns were surprised at discovering the footmarks of some strange and mysterious animal endowed with the power of ubiquity, as the footprints were to be seen in all kinds of unaccountable places – on the tops of houses and narrow walls, in gardens and court-yards, enclosed by high walls and pailings, as well in open fields.”

Well that was the news report back in 1855. If they really were Old Nick’s footprints, no one can really say. Some people said that they were just animal footprints seen after heavy snowfall. Others say that it was just a hoax. Whatever it was, we’ve decided that this should be a day to remember the footprints. Cause they were discovered today.

To celebrate this day we’ll be drinking Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cut.

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Why Should I Drink Tonight? February, 6th : W. Axl Rose’s Birthday

Axl RoseBorn in Lafayette, Indiana under the name William Bruce Rose Jr. He moved to L.A. when he was 20. After that hopping around from band to band. He became the front-man of a band named Axl. He was so excited about this band that he started introducing himself as Axl. After the band Axl disbanded, he joined Rapidfire. They recorded a 5 song demo that still hasn’t been released.

After that band was no more he ws part of the first L.A. Guns line-up, and went on to form Hollywood Rose with his friend Izzy Stradlin. Now guess what band came next? Haven’t got a clue? Well, a little known band under the name of Guns N’ Roses was next. And the rest is history.

Axl has been able to stay out of the public eye, for a long long time. So, long that when he reappeared on Mtv, he looked different. Owning the rights to the name Guns N’ Roses, Axl can do whatever he wants with the band, and we’re all currently waiting for the follow up to Chinese Democracy. Sure it won’t be the same as Appetite For Destruction, but we do know that Axl is a perfectionist.

To celebrate today, we’ll drink “The Axl Rose”, a cocktail that was available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, during their Las Vegas residency. All this drink is, is Champagne,Belvedere Vodka and Cranberry juice.

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