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Raise Your Glass for the Dragon Slayer

Around the world, but especially in America, the feast of St. Patrick—the patron saint of Ireland—on March 17 is celebrated with a pint (or several) of Guinness. Meanwhile, St. George's Day on April 23, when we could be raising a glass to the dragon-slaying patron saint of England, tends to pass by without a mention, let alone a drink. Read More >>

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Is it a Good Idea to Vaporise and Inhale Alcohol?

Vaporising, and then inhaling alcohol has gained a lot of attention lately. In the 1950s it was introduced as a treatment for excessive fluid in your lungs, called pulmonary oedema. It's now gained popularity as a way to quickly become intoxicated. Proponents of this process-to-become-plastered, tout several benefits compared to drinking it. Many claim you get drunk without any calorie intake. Some state, because you bypass the liver, you can eliminate the alcohol quickly and avoid the dreaded alcohol hangover. Read More >>

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A Weekend of Dark Beer With the World's Greatest Stout Glass

It's just not fair: every single grape varietal and wine style, including some that no one has ever even heard of (Kalterer See Auslese, anyone?), has its own specially designed glass. Even Coca-Cola now has one. But, for beer, your standard mouth-delivery vehicle is the same, whether you're drinking the wateriest Bud Lite or a limited edition, quadruple-hopped, barrel-aged brew: either a shaker pint glass (so-called because it was designed for making martinis), or, if you're super classy, the bottle itself. Read More >>

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Want the Most Booze per Calorie? Skip Liquor and Go for Champagne

In surprising booze news, Wonkblog's Christopher Ingraham gives a surprising (and classy) spin to conventional drinking wisdom: if you're looking to get the most alcoholic punch per calorie, don't reach for "the hard stuff." You're better off drinking champagne or sparkling wine. Read More >>

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These Brand New Bitters Bring Biodiversity to Your Cocktail

By day, Rachel Meyer is a plant evolutionary biologist researching crop genomics at NYU. But, by evening and weekend, she is on a mission to get more botany into your cocktail—and she's shared an exclusive new drink recipe with Gizmodo to show how. Read More >>

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The Best Whiskey Stone According to Science

Cold whiskey is great, but ice tends to melt and muddle the flavour. Whiskey stones are generally supposed to be the best of both worlds, but what kind of whiskey stone should you use? Cool Material decided to run some tests and find out. Read More >>

booze
If You're Going to Have an Alcoholic Drink It's Best Not to Inhale It

All the joys of that drunken, tipsy feeling, without a bloated, beer-filled stomach or the need for constant trips to the toilet? Where do we sign up, right? Alcohol inhalers are expected to be all the rage at clubs and festivals this summer, but officials are warning that vaporising booze may be a serious fire hazard. Read More >>

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Booze Exploding at High Speeds Looks Like a Beautiful Brain Scan

These ephemeral pics capture alcohol exploding at high speeds. They look like the mushroom clouds of atomic bombs or scans of the human brain. And to think, these are substances we put in our bodies on a regular basis. Read More >>

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Scientists Built a Fake London Pub to Film Strangers Drinking Alcohol

At London South Bank University's shiny new pub, the drinks are free but they, uhh, may or may not actually contain alcohol. And it's not a real pub, actually. Oh, and there are little cameras all over the place tracking your every movement. Read More >>

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Reimagining the Home Bar of the Future

Take a look at this video. It's a concept from Pernod Ricard called Project Gutenberg, and it's what the home bar of the future could look like. We've definitely seen plenty of robot bartenders in the past, but this is something different. This is something you actually might want prominently displayed in your living room. Read More >>

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Woman Rides Horse into Tesco as Neknominate Trend Hits the Mainstream

The dumb neknominate trend continues to spread across the planet like an unwanted idiot-zombie invasion, with a woman from Bishop Auckland managing to out-do her local clown competition by riding a horse into Tesco to impress internet drunks. She only necked a Pepsi, though, so wasn't drink-riding. Read More >>

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Why Astronauts Were Banned From Drinking Wine in Outer Space

The story behind NASA's brief embrace of extraterrestrial sherry is a curious one. In the early seventies, the agency's focus was shifting from short, Moon focused missions to possibility of longer term inhabitation of space. A revamped menu was among the most pressing challenges: food on the Gemini and Apollo programs came in dehydrated cube form, or squeezed from a pouch, and was universally regarded as inedible. Read More >>

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How Two Big Brand Boozes are Moving Forward by Going Backward

Original recipes are one of those things coveted most in marketing. Remember how excited everyone was about Coca-Cola Classic after the New Coke fiasco? Well, sometimes spirits-makers want to get in on that action as well, whether that means a limited-edition release like Beefeater is doing with Burrough's Reserve, or whether it's a complete replacement of the brand's main product, à la Pernod Absinthe. We recently spent some time with both of these new/old products. Here's the skinny. Read More >>

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The 20 Weirdest, Coolest Liquor Bottles in the World

Generally speaking, it's what's inside a bottle that counts. It could come out of a yak udder just as long as it still tastes like a fine, single-malt Scotch. Still, there's nothing wrong with a little creative packaging. And booze bottles come in some of the most creative, decadent, and just plain bizarre designs you can imagine. Read More >>

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Fire, Punching, Toilets and Bikes all Part of "Neknominate" Binge Drinking Trend

Unruly boozers from Australian and New Zealand have launched an exciting new way to get too drunk too quick, with the concept of "neknominating" mates to drink in weird ways and filming the results appearing to catch on. Read More >>

science
Hungover? Look on the Bright Side: Drinking Alcohol Doesn't Kill Brain Cells

Myth: Alcohol kills brain cells. Now, to qualify that title, pure alcohol will absolutely kill brain cells and many other types of cells, which is why it is used as a disinfectant. However, recent research has shown that the quantity of alcohol you could possibly take in, without killing yourself, does not introduce enough alcohol into your bloodstream to kill brain cells. Read More >>

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