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  • Passion in a Glass - Wine X Magazine
  • Can you spot the onset of Intoxication? - by Robert Plotkin
  • Search the Drink Recipe Database
  • Keep it simple - Win or down 3 shots!
  • ABSOLUT gets in the Mood
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    Passion in a Glass - Wine X Magazine

    Drinking habits are as much a slave to fashion as hemlines and tie widths. Just when you get used to sipping a beer, throwing back a shot or tippling a chic chardonnay, these products are likely to become as outdated as that useless 486-computer console sitting on your desk. While there's nothing wrong with respecting a strict barley- or grape-derivative diet, it's a good idea to keep an open mind when pouring things into your open mouth. Because if you're a slave to trends, you'll always want to try the next new thing.

    It's tough to predict what'll be the next alcohol and spirits "taste du jour," but if you want to hop on a swelling wave of trendiness, Aliz offers two unique new drinks that have gained a tremendous following in recent years.

    The original Aliz was introduced in 1986 as a completely new drink category -- an innovative blend of cognac and passion fruit juice striving to combine the elegance of France with the essence of the tropics. This unique combination coincided with the growing popularity of exotic fruits and the resurgence of classic drinks. Cognac was revitalized with the interest in cigars and after-dinner drinks and when tropical fruit flavors began appearing in juices, teas, sodas, yogurt, ice cream and even beers and liqueurs. Combine the two and you have the original Aliz, a blend of cognac (16 percent, 32-proof) and passion fruit juice. This mix of prestige spirit and exotic fruit flavors struck a chord with status-conscious drinkers seeking to sample something different. Fruit isn't just for breakfast any more, and cognac isn't just for hanging out in dank rooms in your smoking jacket. This new concoctions put a fresh, hip '90s spin on the timeless allure of Cognac -- sophistication with a dose of vitamins from the real fruit juice.

    The original Aliz is a light pastel-orange-colored pre- mixed cocktail that should be chilled and served over ice. It can be mixed with sparkling water, and it also works as the perfect addition to a Mimosa. It's also made an appearance on many of the new eclectic martini menus. Aliz attracted a dedicated cadre of followers that vaulted the blend from sales of 20,000 cases in 1991 to nearly half a million cases annually by 1996. (That's more than 3.3 billion gallons for those of you who're counting.) And it's continued to experience a 110 percent increase in annual sales since. The original drink was very popular with women and many ethnic groups, and it's even been mentioned in songs by Queen Latifah, Keith Sweat and Dr. Dre. As popular as it was, the taste remained a bit syrupy-sweet for some palates, which prompted the new addition -- Aliz Red Passion.

    The Red Passion flavor retains the same healthy dose of cognac and passion fruit juice but includes splashes of cranberry and peach juices. These additions combine to make a deep ruby-red drink that cuts down the viscous sweetness of the original. Specially blended to put passion on your lips, this "less-lollipop-sweet" concoction works well as a tropical apritif or as a splash of something refreshingly different for your post-prandial cocktail. It's probably not what you'd order on a macho, posturing drinking binge. But it's as tasty as a cognac, and its blow-pop fruit flavor boasts proven popularity with the ladies. So if you're seeking a fun, innovative new libation, give in to the passion.

    Since this article was written, Aliz has introduced Aliz Bleu. Powered by vodka and cognac, but fueled by passion, the Aliz mix masters have stirred up the traditional Aliz by creating a brand new formulation that combines premium French vodka, cognac, passion fruit, cherry, ginger and other natural exotic fruit juices.

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    Wine X is a young adult lifestyle magazine with wine and other beverages grafted on to it. With regular features on music, fashion, videos, books, travel and other relevant young adult culture, it's specifically designed to create a comfortable forum in which young adults can learn more about the tasty juice without the usual intimidation. In no other publication will you find a more concentrated effort to inform, entertain and enlighten a new generation of wine consumers with such a fresh, cutting-edge approach. At Wine X Magazine we believe that wine is not a lifestyle, its part of one.


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    Can you spot the onset of Intoxication? - by Robert Plotkin

    Our latest Rober Plotkin article. Learn to recognize that customer who's had a little too much. Robert is the founder of BarMedia.com

    For the past 17 years, Robert Plotkin, has been working to provide beverage operators with the right career tools they need to attain success. He has created the best management systems, tools, software and books available in the hospitality industry. His nationally acclaimed products are in the offices and behind the bars of the most successful hotels, nightclubs, restaurants and hot spots worldwide.

    Can you spot the onset of Intoxication?

    It doesnt take an advanced degree to spot a drunk at ten paces. The indications are fairly obvious loss of coordination, articulation and the ability to think coherently.

    If youre a server of alcohol, however, you face a significantly more challenging task. Its your responsibility to spot the initial signs of intoxication, the tell-tale evidence that someone is starting to "feel the alcohol." If you wait until a guest is obviously impaired before refusing further service, itll be too late. A persons blood alcohol concentration doesnt reach its highest level for 15-30 minutes after he or she stops drinking. In addition, the impairing effects of alcohol will continue to increase roughly 25% during that hour.

    Certain physiological factors affect intoxication. The bigger and trimmer a person is the less affected he or she is by each ounce of alcohol consumed. Women are more adversely affected by alcohol than men. What a person is drinking also plays a role. Distilled spirits cause blood alcohol levels to rise faster and higher than will an equivalent amount of beer or wine.

    The Visible Indicators of Intoxication

    The practical reality surrounding the service of alcohol is that the only viable means a server or bartender can employ to determine the level of a patrons alcohol-induced impairment is through direct observation, making note of the recognizable signs of intoxication. The effects of drinking alcohol impairs a persons judgment, ability to concentrate, coordination, neuromuscular functions, sensory perceptions, and reflexes. As a person continues to drink, the gradual effects of the alcohol become increasingly more apparent. These alcohol-induced affectations are easily identified, and in many cases, glaringly obvious.

    While alcohol will affect people differently, there are four identifiable stages someone passes through when becoming intoxicated. It is imperative that servers and bartenders recognize these observable indications associated with each stage of alcohol- induced impairment. It may be the only viable means of gauging a patrons level of intoxication.

    1st Stage of Impairment Noticeable Alteration of Behavior

    As alcohol gradually begins to affect the physiology, a person may begin to lose his or her inhibitions. A person may become noticeably emotional and demonstrate sudden and unexpected mood swings. Essentially, in this initial stage there is a general relaxation of behavior patterns.

    Visible indicators of this first stage of intoxication may include:

  • Reversed personality behavior; uncontrolled emotional displays or outbursts; sudden, unexpected mood swings; displays of immaturity; excessive profanity; acting in an annoying and irritating manner; crude or rude behavior

  • Becoming increasingly louder, boisterous, animated, agitated or entertaining; overtly friendly with other customers or employees; excessive touching

  • Brooding, detached, solitary or anti-social behavior; leaving a group to drink alone; somber or melancholy appearance

    2nd Stage of Impairment Temporary Dissociation

    Alcohol will almost immediately begin affecting the higher brain functions, such as clear thinking, logic, learning, remembering and judgment. As an individuals blood alcohol concentration steadily increases, sensible action and rational thinking will steadily diminish.

    Visible indicators of this second stage of intoxication may include:

  • Increased rate of consumption; ordering more- potent drinks; careless with money, leaving money unattended for long periods; offering to buy drinks for total strangers

  • Diminished alertness; inability to make fine discriminations; making irrational, unsubstantiated statements

  • Complaining about drink strength, preparation or price; displays of bravado, confrontational, argumentative, aggressive or belligerent behavior

    3rd Stage of Impairment Impairment to Normal Brain Function

    Alcohol has an adverse effect on brain activity and will diminish reactions and impair normal brain function. As BAC increases, activities which normally require no conscious thought, such as lighting a cigarette or speaking clearly, gradually become more difficult.

    Visible indicators of this stage of impairment may include:

  • Loss of concentration and sequence of thought; digressing or trailing off and not finishing sentences

  • Lessened eye contact; eyes glassy and unfocused; pupils dilated

  • Slurred speech; exaggerated or deliberate speech

  • Difficulty handling cigarettes; lighting the wrong end of a cigarette

  • Drowsiness; drooping eyelids; excessive yawning

    4th Stage of Impairment Loss of Dexterity and Muscle Control

    As the alcohol in the bloodstream gradually affects the central nervous system, a persons coordination will steadily deteriorate and diminish to the point where simple tasks become challenging. Hand/eye coordination, dexterity, and motor functions are severely impaired.

    Visible indicators of this fourth stage of intoxication may include:

  • Increased clumsiness in handling small objects like coins, lighters and cigarettes

  • Spilling drinks; inability to find mouth with the glass

  • Difficulty maneuvering around furniture; loss of balance; lessening ability to stand or sit upright

  • Unsteady gait; weaving, swaying, stumbling, staggering

    If you have any question as to a persons sobriety, dont serve him or her more alcohol. The adage "better safe than sorry" applies here. When in doubt, dont serve.

    Tact and diplomacy are the two strongest attributes you can possess. When refusing further service, it is important to avoid using inflammatory language or assume a judgmental, disapproving attitude. Telling someone under the influence that he or she is drunk or intoxicated will likely provoke an incident.

    Make a concerted effort to avoid embarrassing the patron by keeping their voice quiet and remaining sensitive to the customers feelings and predicament. However, remain firm about refusing the individual further service of alcohol. Your tone should be authoritative without being overbearing or condescending.

    Regardless of what is said when "cutting off" a customer, the simpler the approach the more comfortable youll be when youre obliged to refuse a patron further service.

    Robert Plotkin is a well established writer. You can enjoy his work in print as well. Below is a book that may help you manage, or learn to manage your bar.

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    Keep it simple - Win or down 3 shots!
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    Shot Tac Toe is a simple way to go head to head with your buddy and make him pay for stealing your girlfriend.

    Everyone knows how to play Tic Tac Toe, the only twist in this game is the loser takes a 3 shots for his or her efforts.

    Make the shots tasty or a little more interesting, we'll leave that up to you. Search Bar None Drink Recipesfor a huge list of shots to try for your game.

    The complete set includes 9 game piece shotglasses and the playing board.

    ABSOLUT gets in the Mood

    ABSOLUT Vodka celebrates the 2005 summer by creating seven distinct moods for summer socializing based on the affects of its flavor ingredients. From free spirited to passionate and intense, this summer ABSOLUT tempts consumers with a variety of cocktails and flavors to help get them in the mood for fun during the time of year they are most socially active.

    According to industry experts in the field of flavor and sensory science, flavors and fragrances affect daily experiences and can trigger certain moods and reactions. Each member of the ABSOLUT family, APEACH, RASPBERRI, VANILIA, MANDRIN, KURANT, CITRON and PEPPAR contain natural ingredients that evoke individual feelings and sensations that contribute to seven stimulating moods for summer socializing.

    Our flavors are as diverse and dynamic as the people who drink them, said Tim Murphy, brand director of the ABSOLUT portfolio, The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc. Each flavor has an individual taste and feeling that encourages nightlife patrons to experiment with new drinks and find the flavors that suit them, their moods and the various occasions that they socialize around, he continues.

    This summer, ABSOLUT has partnered with hot venues across the country to feature seven innovative cocktails inspired by each of the seven ABSOLUT flavors. The distinct taste of these flavors inspires the creation of smart, exciting and diverse cocktails while reflecting the seven hottest moods for summer socializing.

    APEACH (Free spirited temptress)

    Real peaches are proven to create a relaxing effect. For a calming cocktail, try the tempting Bellini Martini.

    APEACH BELLINI MARTINI - Balthazar, New York

  • 2 parts ABSOLUT APEACH
  • 1 part Peach Puree
  • 1 part Peach Liqueur
  • Splash of Champagne

    Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain and pour into a chilled champagne flute. Add a splash of champagne and garnish with a fresh peach slice.

    This drink is essential for getting tickled peach during a mellow afternoon with friends.


    RASPBERRI (Urban intensity)

    - Raspberries, natures most passionate fruit, contribute to an intense flavor that encourages drinkers to embrace the moment and unleash their wild side. For a cocktail that will keep you partying like a rockstar this summer, try the ABSOLUT Drue Drop.

    RASPBERRI DRUE DROP - Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

  • 2 parts ABSOLUT RASPBERRI
  • 1 part 7-Up
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Sweet & Sour

    Build ingredients over ice in a collins glass.

    
    
    
    

    VANILIA (Chilled lounge)

    The natural properties of vanilla help create a calming and soothing sensation, making it the ultimate flavor pick for a relaxing afterwork encounter. To keep it simple, try the VANILIA COLA.

    VANILIACOKE - Kellys Mission Rock, San Francisco

  • 1 part ABSOLUT VANILIA
  • 2 parts Cola

    Pour vodka over ice in a collins glass. Fill glass with your choice of cola.

    
    
    
    

    MANDRIN (Juicy nightlife)

    Mandarin oranges create a feeling of happiness and excitement. To get in touch with the blissful feeling of summer, try a MANDARIN Crush.

    MANDRIN SUMMER CRUSH - The Old Monk, Dallas

  • 1 part ABSOLUT MANDARIN
  • 1 part ABSOLUT CITRON
  • Triple Sec
  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • Fresh Lime Juice

    Mix ingredients together in shaker with ice. Serve straight up in a martini glass.

    
    

    KURANT (Baroque industrial)

    Currants, proven to create a refreshed feeling, dare you to break out of your normal routine. This summer, channel your adventurous side and try an eclectic cocktail.

    The ABSOLUT Metropolitan.

    KURANT METROPOLITAN Mynt, Denver

  • 4 parts ABSOLUT KURANT
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice
  • Splash of Triple Sec

    Shake with ice and strain into a well-chilled martini glass.

    
    
    
    

    CITRON (Sun and surf)

    Citrus fruits promote happiness and evoke the carefree spirit of summer. For a taste that captures these sweet and fleeting moments, try the CITRON Mojito.

    CITRON MOJITO MARTINI - Akairo, Miami

  • 1 part ABSOLUT CITRON
  • 3 Sprigs of Mint
  • Dash of Sugar
  • Dash of Lime Juice with Sugar Cane

    Muddle the mint leaves with CITRON, sugar syrup and lime juice in a collins glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes and top off with soda water. Garnish with a mint sprig.

    This drink will take you away faster than you can ask your boss for a three day weekend.


    PEPPAR (Stimulating heat)

    Pepper, a natural stimulator helps energize an evening. To add some spice to your nightlife try the ABSOLUT Salt & PEPPAR at Cinch LA.

    SALT & PEPPAR MARTINI - Cinch, Los Angeles

  • 1 part ABSOLUT PEPPAR
  • Dash of Olive Juice
  • Salted Rim
  • Pepper
  • Olives

    Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with pepper and olives.

    
    
    

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