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  • Bar Couture - Wine X Magazine
  • Best of Bar Trivia - by Robert Plotkin
  • Search the Drink Recipe Database
  • Remedy for Your Hangover
  • Get wicked this Halloween. No broomstick required.
  • Wyborowa Vodka: Turew-tini
  • Happy Halloween
  • Article Suggestions
  • Dear Fine Beverage Drinker,

    Hi and welcome to the BarNone Drinks Newsletter. We'll be collecting facts, reviews, articles and other features to send to you once a month. We hope you enjoy it.


    Dan Hutchinson

    Bar Couture - Wine X Magazine

    So what's your drink saying about you?

    Trends in the fashion world -- be they lurid 80s colors, retro swing chic or conventional classics -- have direct and telling counterparts in the cocktail hour. In the homogenized dot.com culture of the 00s, the most socially revealing accessory is not the ubiquitous Kate Spade bag, the Jimmy Choo mule or the sleekly chic Nokia 8860 cell phone: it's your beloved drink du jour. And the libation you choose provides clues as to where you live, what you do and how badly you need to advertise it. You're stereotyped for your clothes, your hair, the color of your skin.

    The following are utterly unscientific observations gleaned while navigating this pink, blue and dry world, where the size of your glass is definitely not representative of anything else.

    On the pages of fashion magazines, campy colors have exploded onto the scene like some bad Dynasty- Dallas loop. Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the house, the 80s are back with a feathered vengeance. In the beverage world, the electric blue lemonade, the neon green Midori sour and the alarmingly named purple hooter are once again rearing their ugly heads. And continuing its reign as the most popular drink to hit the color parade is the rosy-hued cosmopolitan. Sipped by label-conscious princesses proclaiming their animal magnetism, the cosmopolitan is drunk by those wearing python pants, carrying cow hide clutches and donning pony hair shoes. Sex In The City wannabes, the line starts here.

    Perhaps pink's not your color. Perhaps you detest adults dressed in garanimals. You dress in the antithesis: khakhi. Let us now address the wearers of chinos. We've seen the Gap ads; we've smacked our foreheads for humming the catchy tunes; we've lived through the 90s resurgence of swing and the plethora of old-fashioned drinks that went along with it. Is the martini the counterpart? It's basic enough. And since it seems unlikely that the revival of the martini has anything to do with the actual taste of the drink--if you can imbibe without flinching, you must be cool.

    But your trying too hard.

    And that vintage suit has mysterious/disturbing stains on it. What we need is a drink that embodies the sophisticated and cultured person within us all.

    That drink is not the fuzzy navel. Any drink with a silly name is bad news. Any drink that causes your bartender to smirk and roll his eyes is trouble. Peach schnapps is not your friend. When fads and colors betray you - when your contemporary choices disappoint - return to the classics. A gin and tonic, a vodka and cranberry, a whiskey and soda. Drinks whose ingredients are contained within their names will not let you down. This, and the vast profusion of fine wines and tasty microbrews, make it possible to drink copiously and retain a little mystery.

    There are many things that define one's self, that distinguishes one's self. That exotic perfume bought in Paris, a certain smile, a flirtatious wink, a clever pun. After hours, we seek a little respite, some liquid living. A chance to socialize and unwind. But out in the social word what defines you most is your happy hour accessory. Remember, if it's retro, it might have fallen out of favor because it tasted bad. Just as with the favorite pieces of your wardrobe, it's vital to have a simple core to build upon. Flirt with the trends, try on that poncho, those Earl jeans, that Hussein Chalayan dress. But remember no one drinks wine coolers any more.

    Maintain loyalty to the alcoholic equivalents of basic black and your favorite jean jacket - cabernet is always lovely, vodka is friendly, whiskey makes you happy.

    *****

    This article has been submitted by the great people over at Wine X Magazine. It was written by: Lise Rehanek. Wine-X has agreed to bring you a new article every month from one of their amazing writers. If you like living out on the edge and feel the Gen X isn't well represented in the world, have a really good look at Wine X magazine. They've also given us an offer you can't refuse if you're looking to subscribe: $15 for 6 issues. To experience the full magazine, Subscribe Here.

    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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    Best of Bar Trivia - by Robert Plotkin

    Our latest Rober Plotkin article. Brushing Up On Your Product Knowledge. 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?

    Being a bartender at a busy bar is similar to being the captain of a cruise liner, only you don't get the snazzy uniform and people rarely salute. Other than that, the similarities are many, including a reserved parking space and a comprehensive dental plan.

    Another significant similarity between the two career paths is that in both positions you need to know what you're talking about. If a guest asks a bartender, for example, what the difference is between Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam, he or she needs to know, convey the information in a bit-sized nugget, or face losing credibility. It's the difference between working the bar and being an order taker.

    To that end, we've devised a little quiz to test your knowledge of many of the spirits on your back bar. Pair up each spirit with the definition of what it is.

    1. Armagnac
    2. Brandy de Jerez
    3. Caacha
    4. Calvados
    5. Eau-de-vie
    6. Grappa
    7. Jenever
    8. Kirschwasser
    9. Mead
    10. Ouzo
    11. Pineau des Charentes
    12. Poire William
    13. Ricard
    14. Sambuca
    15. Slivovitz
    a. An eau-de-vie distilled from cherries.
    b. A Greek liqueur flavored with anise.
    c. A South American spirit distilled from sugar cane.
    d. Either a young or unaged brandy.
    e. An anise liqueur; a type of pastis.
    f. An eau-de-vie made from pears.
    g. A high-proof, Hungarian plum brandy.
    h. A brandy made from the remnants of winemaking.
    i. A brandy made in and around Gascony, France.
    j. A wine fortified with cognac.
    k. A French apple brandy made in Normandy.
    l. A liqueur flavored with elderberry berries.
    m. A brandy made in the south of Spain.
    n. A wine made from heather or clover honey.
    o. A type of gin distilled in Holland.

    Answers: a-8, b-10, c-3, d-5, e-13, f-12, g-15, h-6, i-1, j-11, k-4, l-14, m-2, n-9, o-7

    Robert Plotkin is a well established writer. You can enjoy his work in print as well.

    1001 Questions Every Bartender and Lounge Lizard Should Know How to Answer

    Which side of the bar are you on? It doesn't matter when it comes to perusing the 1000+ questions and answers in this all new trivia masterpiece by Robert Plotkin. Some questions are intriguing, some obscure, there are even specialty tests throughout, but most are vital to any bar aficionado who wants to have a high "IQ" factor. So whether you are managing a bar and want to make sure your employees are well- trained and knowledgeable or know someone who needs to be at a bar stumping whoever is behind it, this is a must have for the beverage expert.

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    Remedy for Your Hangover
    ru21

    RU-21 is an all-natural supplement that has been clinically proven to regulate alcohol metabolism in order to prevent alcohol-related damage to the vital organs of the body. RU-21 was developed by the scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences in the course of a 25 year-long research project studying alcohol metabolism.

    As seen in ROLLING STONE on October 2, 2003 - written by David Swanson

    THE 2003 HOT LIST. In the late 1908s, with the Soviet Union on the brink of collapse, KGB scientists sought to developer a drug that would allow their agents to drink any foe under the table, without the agents getting bombed themselves. Problem was, the KGB pill didn't stop the drunkenness. But it did prevent hangovers - not much use to spies but a boon to all the lushes clogging Moscow's bars. Now available stateside as RU-21 these pills neutralize acetaldehyde, a toxic byproduct that's been linked to cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, brain damage - and hangovers. Just pop a few and kiss mornings of splitting headaches and turbulent bowels goodbye.

    As seen in Men's Health (Us) in January, 2005 - written by Leigh Cole

    Hangover Helpers. Drinking is a buy-now, pay later proposition. Here's how to cut your interest rate.

    THE CLAIM "It slows down the creation of a nasty by- product - the one that causes headaches and nausea - while speeding up the destruction of others."

    OUR TEST "Success. I woke up to a group of clearheaded people.There was no groaning, no puking, and no handing out asprin," said our tester. THE VERDICT "Works, but only to a point. 'Your metabolism is already running as fast as it can,' says Dr. Swift. But if it's effective for you, go for it."

    We'll leave it up to but it appears that RU-21 is the real cure for that future Christmas hangover.

    Get wicked this Halloween. No broomstick required.

    ABSOLUT Wicked Witch of the East

  • 2 parts ABSOLUT MANDRIN
  • 1 part Triple Sec
  • 1 part of Lime Juice
  • Splash of Cranberry & OJ

    Shake and strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a slice of orange.

    Now being served at Bar East, NYC

  • Wyborowa Vodka: Turew-tini

    Turew-tini

  • 1 part Wyborowa Single Estate
  • 1 part Zubrowka Bison Vodka
  • 1 part Honey Vodka
  • 1 part pressed (cloudy) apple juice

    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled 6 oz. martini glass. Garnish with 2 apple slices (Cox or Bramley)

  • Happy Halloween

    I hope you all have a great time celebrating Halloween. Last year we featured the Bloody Brain recipe, this year, check out some Slime....

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