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The Kindness of Cocktails

Thursday November 13 is World Kindness Day. While one doesn’t need a specific day for us to be kind to each other, it’s good to have a day where we can pamper each other and be pampered.

If coming home after a day at work and being greeted by a cocktail isn’t your usual practice then World Kindness Day is a great way to get the ball rolling.

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Martini
For a while, the Martini was the in-drink and it’s very Mad Menesque to commence your evening by drinking one. Containing gin and vermouth it was made famous by James Bond and his catchcry of shaken, not stirred.

Bloody Mary
If you prefer things a bit spicier, than the Bloody Mary may be the drink for you. The basic ingredients are vodka and tomato juice followed by seasoning such as Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, pepper, lemon juice and horseradish. Often there will be a celery stalk sticking out of the glass.

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Kamikaze
If your night is only beginning you may like to kick things off with a Kamikaze. With vodka, triple sec and lime juice it is just the drink to get the ball rolling.

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Gin and Tonic
For someone who hasn’t had the best of days and is in need of somewhat of a pick-me-up, there is no better way to do this than a Gin and tonic. You can drown your sorrows and deal with the pain via this classic drink. Following a couple of these, everything is going to feel better.

Tequila Sunrise
For those of you in the southern hemisphere, November 13 is in the spring and it will still be sunny outside when you get home. If you want to take advantage of the remaining daylight hours, the Tequila Sunrise may be just the drink to do it with. Containing tequila, orange juice and grenadine, it is a drink that feels very summery.

When it comes to cocktails, there is going to be some preparation involved. When one goes out to a bar, one doesn’t appreciate how much mess is involved in cocktail preparation.

You need to cut things up, squeeze them, pour and shake and blend. It is important to clean up after yourself so the person isn’t greeted by the mess of cocktail making. Clean up after yourself so those surprised by the cocktails can be greeted by a spotless kitchen.

If there are leftovers, you can pour them into the nearest flask.

Halloween Costume Ideas that Include a Flask: 2014 Version

Halloween is arguably the best holiday. Costumes, candy, and alcohol – what could be better?

As a follow-up to last year’s post about Halloween costume ideas that include a flask, we decided to update the list to include the hottest trends from this year.

George Clooney

George Clooney, well-known for his love of the flask, recently got married again after years of bachelorhood. Mr. and Finally Mrs. Clooney makes a great his-and-hers costume, just be ridiculously good looking, stylish, and suave.

Heisenberg

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If there were one person who would be drinking out of a flask it would be the creator of the iconic blue stuff on Breaking Bad, Heisenberg. Get yourself a pork pie hat, shave your head, grow a goatee, throw on some killer shades, and everyone will be on their way to saying your name.

Emmet Brickowski

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The Lego Movie is one of the biggest of the year. Its star, Emmet Brickowski, wears a construction vest that makes a great place to stick your flask in. The flask is sure to make everything awesome!

Orange is the New Black

One of the hottest shows right now, Orange is the New Black, screams “Halloween” just from its name. Orange, black, and prison has all the makings of an easy, excellently scary Halloween costume. All you need is an orange jumpsuit, some tattoos and a flask and you’re good to go!

Frozen

Frozen was the highest grossing film of 2013 and is still going strong. Dressing up as one of the characters from the film is still legitimate, especially as it came out after last year’s Halloween. It gets pretty cold in Arendelle and nothing would warm you up like a swig of gin from a flask.

Game of Thrones

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Speaking of which, there isn’t one Game of Thrones character you can imagine not having a flask on them. Cersei Lannister has one to deal with the stress of running the kingdom and having Joffrey as a son.Varys would have a flask up the sleeve of his robes. Daenerys Targaryen takes a swig in between looking after the dragons while Tyrion Lannister is definitely a giant among men when it comes to holding his liquor.

Whatever you’re dressing up as this Halloween, the best accessory you can rock is a holiday-themed flask filled with your favorite liquor!

Autumn Alcohol: Freeze-free Hot Cocktails for Fall

It’s officially October and with it comes the season of school, sniffles, sweaters, and spiced-pumpkin everything. Yes – Thanksgiving isn’t that far away! But don’t let the drop in temperature get you down. Cold season and sweater weather have their benefits too, namely, the chance to diversify your beverage options by adding a heated element. Alcohol already has a longstanding relationship with cold weather, it definitely makes you feel warmer, but these delicious warm beverages will literally turn up the heat so you can cozy up with a cocktail in your favorite knitted sweater. And don’t worry, we’re leaving the pumpkin-spice to Starbucks.

No ice, no problem! Try these hot fall-themed cocktails to get you through the season!
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Warm Indian “Summer is Really Over?” Cocktail

Apples and cinnamon are already an autumn staple, adding alcohol to the mix makes this beverage a must-have.

Pour 6 ounces of hot apple cider with 2 ounces of your favorite apple liqueur into a cinnamon-rimmed glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, for added fall flair.

Hot Butter and Bundled Up Rum

Butter makes everything better, including rum.

Muddle/Cream together 1 pat of butter, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, cinnamon, a dash of vanilla extract and nutmeg at the bottom of a glass. Pour in 2 ounces of dark rum followed by hot water.

Honey, It’s For My Sore Throat Toddy

Honey + bourbon + hot water + lemon = sore throat remedy quadfecta. If anyone asks, this recipe is purely for medicinal purposes as the seasons change and the sniffles wreak havoc on your sinuses..

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of honey into hot water. Add 2 ounces of bourbon and a twist of lemon over the glass. Stir with a cinnamon stick.

Kahlua Koffee

Sad about the weather being too cold to suck down iced coffees? There’s a kure for that.

Pour two parts Kahlua (or any coffee-flavored liqueur) per three parts coffee. Add milk or cream as desired. Boozy Bonus: Drizzle in a cream liqueur like Bailey’s for an added kick.

Whiskey Warm Chocolate

Okay. It’s not that cold yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a “warm” hot chocolate while waiting for it to get snowy enough for eggnog and peppermint hot chocolate.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon sugar, and a hint of salt together; add in 3/4 cup of milk, 1 ounce of milk chocolate chips, and 1 ounce of bittersweet chocolate, stirring constantly until mixture is well-blended and hot. Remove from heat and whisk together with 1 ounce Irish whiskey and 1 ounce Bailey’s. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Once the snow comes and its freezing outside, nothing like some fire water from a flask to keep you warm. Don’t underestimate it’s medicinal values!

Happy Drambuish New Year

Wednesday evening, September 24th, marks Rosh Hashanah, aka the Jewish New Year. Jews all around the world will be celebrating the start of the year 5775.

As with most Jewish holidays, there are a number of food-related traditions and customs attached to the day. There’s matza on Passover, challah on the Sabbath, and bagels with lox on Sunday-Friday. The foods most associated with Rosh Hashanah are apples dipped in honey, bread dipped in honey, pomegranates drizzled with honey, and more honey. All this honey and sweetness is consumed in hopes for a sweet new year. And what could make for an even sweeter New Year celebration than honey-infused cocktails?

Let’s make a l’chaim to the New Year with these Rosh Hashanah inspired drinks that can be enjoyed by everyone!

Sazerac and Cider

Two weeks ago we mentioned Sazerac, well here is a drink that combines Sazerac and apple cider.

Combine some sugar cubes, rye, Absinthe, apple cider with some Peychaud’s bitters and the upcoming year is already looking like a great one!

Pomegranate Cocktail

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The truth of the matter is that maybe Grenadine deserves its own blog post. When it comes to cocktails, it is massively under-appreciated.

Due to its rich flavor, the pomegranate is a great ingredient when it comes to cocktail and makes the drink a ruby red color.

The Pomegranate Cocktail contains 2 cups pomegranate juice along with 1 cup grenadine. Combine it with 1 1/2 cups vodka, some orange and lime juice and you have the makings of a happy new year indeed!

Rusty Nail

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When talking about honey and cocktails, look no further than Drambuie. And when you are talking about Drambuie and cocktails look no further than the Rusty Nail. There are some amazing named cocktails but Rusty Nail would have to be one of the best.

Just mix 2 oz. Scotch with 1/2 oz. Drambuie. No shock if you start singing “Shalom Aleichem” after drinking this.

Beet It

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Beets are part of the Jewish New Year and if you don’t like the taste of them in borscht, there’s nothing better to wash them down with than this beet cocktail.

Take Beet-Infused Gin and combine it with ginger liqueur, Honey-Tarragon Syrup and lemon juice and you will be able to beat whatever the new year throws at you.

Get your holiday flasks ready, enjoy these four cocktails and have a wonderful, sweet new year!

National Ice Cream Month Cocktail Recipes

Photo Credit: Kristen Taylor

Photo Credit: Kristen Taylor

Ronald Reagan is well known for his stint as POTUS and telling Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” But what you might not know is that this same man inaugurated July as National Ice Cream Month!

What’s even better is that the third Sunday of the month is designated as National Ice Cream Day, often celebrated by ice cream shops around the country with many happy people chowing down on some cold cream products. National Ice Cream Month offers fun for children, sure, but adults can also join in the excitement while maintaining their maturity by making up a cocktail or two that incorporates ice cream. Luckily, there are alcoholic drinks out there that use ice cream as a base. Here are five recipes that pair ice cream with alcohol to get the National Ice Cream Month celebration started.

Grasshopper Cocktail

This alcoholic ice cream cocktail is like a mint milkshake with a kick. A combination of creme de menthe, creme de cacao and vanilla ice cream complete this creamy concoction. This is the perfect cocktail to serve during the dessert course.

Strawberry Shortcake Cocktail

Fruit lovers will like the hint of strawberry in this frosty drink. Strawberries, vanilla ice cream and amaretto are combined to make a cocktail that is reminiscent of the classic dessert. Top this drink with whipped cream to make it even more like the iconic shortcake.

Frozen Mudslide

The mudslide is the one ice cream cocktail that everyone has heard about before. A mixture of vodka and Kahlua is paired with vanilla ice cream in the frozen version of this drink. Irish whisky and a bit of heavy cream kick this cocktail up to the next level.

Banana Colada

The banana colada is like a cross between a banana split and a piña colada. Rum, fresh bananas, vanilla ice cream and pineapple create the unique flavor combination in this drink. Ice can be added to thicken it up a bit, but freezing the bananas before adding them to this cocktail can achieve the creamy effect without watering down the drink.

Ice Cream Eggnog

Ice Cream Month may be in the middle of summer, but whipping up this frozen eggnog cocktail lets partygoers dream of and look forward to Christmas. Vanilla ice cream is the base for this particular drink. Add cream, bourbon, orange liqueur, orange zest and a hint of nutmeg to get that warm, fuzzy feeling while cooling off in the middle of July.

National Ice Cream Month is not just for kids! Alcoholic ice cream cocktails serve up classic dessert flavors with a unique, grownup twist. These creamy treats are the perfect addition to the dessert course at any adult gathering this July. So, Mr. Reagan we salute you! You alone had the insight and understanding to establish a whole month dedicated to ice cream, which holds a dear place in the heart of people around the world. So go out there and get a tub of your favorite ice cream. Make some ice cream cocktails and let us know how they turn out. Happy National Ice Cream Month to you all!

Which Founding Father Drank Booze For Breakfast?

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Independence Day is coming up and, as our Founding Fathers would attest, nothing says America!” quite like an ice cold adult beverage. This July 4th be sure to raise your flag flask proudly and honor their achievements, most notably, being able to write and sign our Declaration of Independence while in an ostensible state of inebriation.

Here’s a rundown of some our patriotic papas’ favorite poisons:

  • Known at the time for his bountiful wine, rum, and brandy consumption, George Washington loved booze so much that he operated his own distillery, where he famously brewed rye whiskey. As owner of the largest distillery in America at the time, Washington produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey in 1799 before his death. You can actually buy and drink Washington’s original whiskey recipe if you can make your way to his reconstructed Mount Vernon distillery and snag one of the 600 limited-edition bottles.
  • A renowned viticulturist, Thomas Jefferson spent much time corresponding with French, German, and Spanish winemakers in search of new recipes to experiment with in his Monticello vineyards. In his time as president, Jefferson would host plenty of booze-filled dinner parties where he served guests $11,000 worth of wine in his eight years in office. Allegedly, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence while sipping on spirits at his favorite Philadelphia pub.
  • Another wine fiend, Benjamin Franklin (along with Jefferson and the rest of the fathers, not to mention most of colonial America) was quite partial to Madeira wine. The Portuguese wine was touted as “healthy” at the time, and Franklin drank it regularly leading him to famously write the oft misquoted: “Wine: a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” As a testament to the ferocious drinking of the time, Franklin is credited with penning The Drinker’s Dictionary, where he invented 200 phrases to describe ‘drunkenness.’
  • Admitted to Harvard at age 15, John Adams is also the founding father of college binge drinking. Known to regularly drink beer for breakfast (and spend most days at breweries and nights buying rounds for locals at taverns), Adams showed no signs of easing up on the alcohol as he ascended in politics. Observed to drink a tankard of hard cider nearly every morning, Adams famously wrote to his wife following the blockage of his favorite beverage: “I would give three guineas for a barrel of your cider.”

Bonus Fact: With all their rampant boozing (here’s the actual bar tab from George Washington’s farewell party, hosted for 55 men, just days before the constitution was signed), America’s patriarchs solidified quite a reputation for themselves as boozehounds. So rampant was the alcoholism of the time that lesser known founding father Benjamin Rush, a physician, was one of the first in his field to develop the concept of alcoholism as a disease and raise awareness about its affects when abused.

Three Reasons Why a Flask Is the Best Mother’s Day Gift

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One way to get through to your mom this Mother’s Day, possibly benefit her health, and bring her some intoxicating joy is to consider purchasing an unconventional Mother’s Day gift: a flask! It might sound like an odd choice at first, but the more you explore this option, the more a concealable alcohol canteen may seem like the perfect item for your special lady’s special day.

Liquor the Elixir 

Scientific studies have repeatedly demonstrated that people who periodically drink alcohol in moderation reduce their risks of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Note that moderate alcohol consumption for women amounts to no more than one drink per day.

Alcohol offers a wide array of other benefits for the mind and body. The ethanol that it contains protects neurons; thus, it helps ward off dementia. In addition, the antioxidants in wine can supply extra energy, and red wine can increase levels of healthy cholesterol. Further, alcohol often eases anxiety, making people feel more social and more comfortable in unfamiliar situations.

So suggesting that Mom partake may not be such a bad idea after all!

Flasks: Ideal for Drinkers on the Go

It’s likely that your mother may not want to carry a full bottle of alcohol around all day. For that reason, flasks — many of which are specifically designed for hiding and transporting adult beverages — are very handy. They are small and thin enough to fit in pockets or easily into pocket books and fanny packs. They’re also highly durable, being made of stainless steel. Furthermore, modern flasks frequently look stylish and come in attractive colors. And some are disguised as everyday objects such as lipstick tubes and packages of cosmetics.

You can even have a flask engraved with your mom’s name, the date, a brief Mother’s Day message, and/or your own name. With an engraved container, Mom will no doubt think of you whenever she takes a refreshing sip of alcohol. And she rightfully deserves a drink after all the trouble you put her through as a child!

Cheers to all Moms out here! Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Flasks.com!

5 Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in NYC

One of the best places in the country to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is New York, with plenty of fun events planned throughout the city. With Cinco de Mayo falling on a Monday this year, several of these events will take place on the preceding Saturday or Sunday.

Cinco de Mayo Parade

The Cinco de Mayo Parade is scheduled for May 4, and it will take place at Central Park between West 92nd and 106th Streets. This impressive celebration of Mexican culture will feature dancing and musical performances. Tasty Mexican food will be available as well, and celebrities are expected to make appearances.

Cinco de Mayo 5K

Those who want to experience this fun holiday weekend in a healthy way are encouraged to participate as a runner or walker in the Cinco de Mayo 5K. The Mexican Athletic Club of New York will play host to this event at the beautiful Prospect Park in Brooklyn. It starts at 11 a.m. on May 4. Its children’s races are especially popular.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Although there will be several Cinco de Mayo Fiestas taking place in New York on May 5 and throughout the preceding weekend, one of the most popular ones will be on East 116th Street between 2nd and Lexington Avenues. This fun event begins at 11 a.m. on May 3 and runs until 8 p.m. Beautiful costumes, dancers and mariachi bands will be featured.

Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl

Cinco de Mayo in NYC would not be complete without a pub crawl, and the official one provides participants with an opportunity to visit some of the East Village’s best bars on May 3 and 5. Another option would be to embark on your own pub crawl as plenty of the city’s bars will be celebrating this holiday.

Cinco de Mayo Cruise

Above All Cruises will offer a cruise from 6 to 10 p.m. on May 5. It will depart from Skyport Marina at 2430 FDR Drive, and adult beverages will be served. This is sure to offer a nice, classy evening of festivities.

All in all, NYC seems to be one of the better places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. So if you plan on going out, take our advice and hit up one of these 5 awesome Cinco de Mayo parties in NYC. And, as always, Flasks.com has just the right accessory to adorn your festival atire 🙂

Cheers!

Bring Your Flask When Invited to Your Nephew’s Sixteenth Birthday Party

If you didn’t already know, you should definitely bring your flask when invited to your nephew’s sixteenth birthday party! The time has come for another family-oriented birthday party. Your wife’s sister’s son is now sixteen, and the family is gathering at your sister-in-law’s home for a Saturday afternoon… cookout/pool party/birthday party and of course….a family complaining session. We all know what that means…some female cousin of your wife will go on and on and on about her recent “procedures” to keep young, or at least her vain attempt to “try to keep looking young.” Sounds like you could use a drink.

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Let’s not forget that your wife’s folks will be there too, and are sure to criticize you for no reason. And if that’s not bad enough, a niece of yours who is eight years old, will annoy you and keep asking you to show her a magic trick, because you showed her the one trick you learned in high school, two years ago when she was six. There will be other kids and relatives there, oops, but wait a minute… your sister-in-law and brother-in-law are now on this “church kick” and they don’t drink any more. In fact, they do not even have anything in the house except soda, juice, weak coffee, and something that resembles iced tea, but does not taste like iced tea. Is this bad enough?

Yikes, you almost feel like crawling back into bed, or you’re wishing they would call you into work to help with an urgent situation! At least then you wouldn’t have to deal with family and complaining.

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Credit: Flickr (Username: Joris-Jan van den Boom)

So, what is a guy to do? I think we know where this is going. Well, if you take my advice and plan ahead, you can bring your Jack Daniels in your hip flask, and when no one is looking, you can have a shot, or two, or add some to your plastic cup filled with the store brand cola, which you do not like even when you’re drinking soda by itself. Oh, that’s right, your sister-in-law is a lousy cook, but does not know it, so the food won’t be much better. Plus, Jimbo gets distracted and always burns the hot dogs and hamburgers, so you really need your hip flask to help you get through the day!

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You do remember, though, that for the boy turning sixteen, it is a big deal, and you will be the hero of the day, because you did manage to get him the best gift he will receive at the party, through your connections and astute planning, so that will make it all worthwhile. Obviously, you can’t buy him a flask (he is under 21!). Unless you make him swear that he won’t drink any alcohol until his big day. But the real reason that you will get through the day is the fact that your flask filled is with “Old #7”….cheers!

Why You *NEED* Your Flask For New Year’s Eve

If there was ever a night made for bringing out one’s flask, then New Year’s Eve is it. Tons of parties, long lines, expensive drink “specials”, and a lot of hanging out in the street. To go out on New Year’s Eve without a flask is like tailgating at a football game without beer. Yea, it could still be fun, but think about how much BETTER it would be with beer. Or even a flask for that matter. 😉

Party Hopping

Depending on your location or schedule, you may be inclined to party hop, especially to different house parties. Unfortunately, save for the champagne that is served at midnight, drinks might be scarce. I have been to many parties plenty of people show up without alcohol, and a party can certainly suffer without enough drinks. The beauty of a flask, however, is that you can waltz into any party, sit on a couch, chill with people, and take occasional swigs from your flask. And if there is plentiful alcohol at a party, you can even fill up your flask! Although I would recommend to do that discreetly.

Photo Credit: Darren Wood

Photo Credit: Darren Wood

Another good aspect to party hopping with a flask is drinking along the way. If you’re in a cab, on the subway, or walking, you have your portable alcohol whenever you feel like drinking. It doesn’t get better than that.

Drink Specials

Many venues have drink specials for New Year’s Eve. Obviously, they know people want to party hard, and they make sure to get the most out of that. Many places will offer an all you can drink deal, which is great- but you absolutely pay for everything you drink. I’ve found it better to avoid the all you can drink deals for this reason, as most venues charge extra on New Year’s (in excess of $50). Also, most of the all you can drink deals involve one type of drink, and you can be sure the drinks will be watered down. If you have your flask, however, you can walk in without paying a dime for any drink special. You can order a few drinks, drink from you flask, save a TON of money, and get just as drunk, or even more so than most people. Also, because everyone else will have unlimited drinks, you can be sure you’ll have plenty of swigs of free alcohol.

Photo Credit: Luciano Closs

Photo Credit: Luciano Closs

In The Street

Many New Year’s parties end up spilling out into the street. And in big cities like LA or Manhattan, the streets will be packed with people the whole night. Of course, it is against any bar rule to take a cup of alcohol into out into the street, even if you paid for it. And, drinking from a bottle in the street is illegal. If you have a flask, however, you can certainty skirt both of these problems. Granted, drinking from a flask is technically illegal, but it is much less obvious, and rather easy to hide, especially if you are among throngs of people. What’s more is that the people with you and around you will be dying for a drink- your flask will make you very popular, hopefully around midnight!

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Photo Credit: Flickr.com (bouncinglime)

So, if you plan to head out for New Year’s Eve, make sure you plan well. Dust off your flask, fill it up with something hard, and go out and have the time of your life. Happy New Year’s!