2013 was a good year for drinkin'. We investigated boozy superstition, we traveled the earth to see how your favourite spirits are made, and we drank cognac out of a bone. We had a great time, and we were glad you came with us. Here now are our favourite booze episodes from 2013, including some you might have missed.
There's a lot of nasty, virulent bugs going around this year. Colds and flus are putting people out of commission for weeks on end. This means that by now one of your friends has told you to drink some whiskey because that'll knock the cold right out. Some people swear by it. But is there any scientific evidence to support that (admittedly fun) hypothesis? Let's see.
"Fire is cool," quoth Beavis, and yea verily, Butthead did agree. And, honestly, so do we. There's a little bit of a pyro in most of us, and a flaming drink is certainly a spectacle. That said, there's a right way, and a whole lot of wrong ways to do it. Here's the red hot skinny.
If there's one thing the Gizmodo crew agrees on, it's bourbon. Sweet liquid gold. It's pretty much the classic American spirit, and it's experiencing a massive boom at the moment. Whiskey producers are going to great lengths to keep up with demands. So we thought it was high time we took a look at how this delicate and beautiful creature is made. (Play the sexy music.)
There's a phrase people like to repeat in Denver: "Be careful when you drink here." The claim is that the altitude (elevation 5,280 feet) makes one drink between 1.5 to 3 times as potent. If you visit the area to ski this winter, the city officials will even warn you about it when you get to town. Is there any thing to it?
Do you want a beer, or do you want a cocktail? The answer is yes. You want both. Right now. Simultaneously. In a single glass. Today we're going to show you how to turn your old favorite beer into your new favorite syrup, and how to use it in a cocktail.
Think you can only make whiskey from rye or barley? Think again. At least at Brooklyn's Kings County Distillery, they've made the spirit with some crazy components. When Gizmodo stopped by for a visit, we spent a fascinating day with co-founder Colin Spoelman as he pulled some transubstantiating magic and turned Coca Cola into whiskey.
In the dog days of summer it's brutally hot, and the air has the consistency of bath water. You need something refreshing. The Greenhound is that something.
As the name suggests, there are really only two components to a gin and tonic (unless you count the lime), which means only two ways to screw it up. It's easy enough to avoid a bad gin. Bad tonic water, though, is the rule, not the exception. Look at a label and you'll see cheap high-fructose corn syrup is the first ingredient in almost all of them. There's a better way.
Tequila is a much-maligned spirit. Most of us think of it as something so nasty you need to do it in a shot with salt and lime so that you’ll taste it as little as possible, or take it mixed into an over-sweet margarita. All of that is changing.
There's a growing trend among North American boozers: sucking down shots through beef marrow bones. Yes, the Bone Luge sounds macabre, savage, and disgusting, but don't let the name fool you. It's a high-end (read: expensive) affair, but all the pomp isn't just for show. It's actually, you know, good.