Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
So, you're going to work. But what about that pulsing in your stomach and those "rum" eyes that scare even you when you turn on the bathroom light? Hangovers aren't only just a personal endeavor, but can become public humiliation (don't wear your sunglasses to the office). With that, I have made a list of 10 of Big Mama and Uncle Bubba's top 5 Anti-Hangover remedies. Some might work better than others. And yes, I have tried them all.
- The logic behind this old school phenom is that bad is "hydrated away" and replaced with the good. We'll get to the good part of this first. The good is that rehydration is very important to countering ethanols effect on the intestinal system and "getting it out of your system". Now on to the bad. If you get hammered, and your stomach is feeling a little heavy on the "low" side, then you're probably already too late. Wikipedia says: Consumption of alcohol affects the body's capability to absorb water - this is often a symptom that accompanies a hangover after a binge drinking session. The alcohol itself is absorbed in the intestines and as the intestinal cells absorb it, the toxicity causes these cells to lose their ability to absorb water. This leads to an outpouring of fluid from the intestinal lining, which is in turn poorly absorbed. Yes dear friends, the 'chunky trunks is in your immediate future. But how do we avoid this in the first place? I use a method that is most popular for averting the effects of dehydration in the first place; it is called Oral Rehydration Therapy, and it works wonders for me if taken right after a few too many drinks. An inexpensive home-made solution consists of 8 level teaspoons of table sugar (sucrose) and 1 level teaspoon of table salt mixed in 1 liter of boiled water. Keep in mind that I am no expert and I don't know what the long term effects of this are, but I know it works for my hangovers.
Eat lots of food
- This is the most popular method I have heard. Food intake is supposed to "sop up" all of the junk in your system and shorten your hangover. This is true to a point. All the alcohol that has not been digested, and is still lingering in your stomach will get "sopped up", however this does nothing for the alcohol that has already been digested. I would suggest this for beer and wine drinkers because of the low alcohol content However, for those gin, vodka, rum and absinthe hounds looking beleaguringly into their shot glass, this is pointless. Those Wild Turkey and Bacardi hits have already been digested by the time you hailed that cab (dude, you did get a cab right?).
- This was my all time personal favorite. Milk contains an amino acid called Cysteine. Cysteine has been proposed as a preventative or antidote for some of the negative effects of alcohol, including liver damage and hangover. After a long night of philandering the populace I would usually down a glass of mother natures nipple juice. I have got to say that it not only works for hangovers, but I feel almost instantly void of any intoxication. However, over time irony started to work its course. My stomach can no longer taste the sweet nectar of the "moo dew" any longer. It seems that milk alone, gives me a hangover of sorts, the likes of which will never be written about by this author.
Take anti-hangover pills.
- The traditional method was to take Advil, Tylenol, Laxatives, etc. However, this is not a good idea. Alcohol combined with aspirin can damage your stomach so much that they named it: Gastric Mucosal Hemorrhage. I don't know what this is, but "hemorrhage" sounds familiar. What I have tried that works is Chaser which is sold at most GNC stores. You will feel normal the next morning, however if you drink to excess you may still have an upset stomach. Just a side note from a friend of mine who was embarrassed at a pharmacy the next morning, Chaser is not to be confused with the Morning After pill. Bad times bro, bad times. The only problem with Chaser is that you must take 2 pills with your first drink, 2 more every 4-6 drinks or ever 2-3 hours. Now I'm not that smart but after I've had about 6 beers, I'm not going to remember what pocket I left the pills in, let alone how many I should take.
- To the chemist reader, I salute you. Yes, baking soda suspended in a glass of water when consumed deals very effectively with the nausea, and indirectly with 'the shakes' associated with a hangover. I recommend that you do this before you go to bed, if possible.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Little Bar, as it is named sits a block south of La brea and Wilshire and is a rarity in that they provide a wide array of [Korean]Soju* based beverages. What makes Little Bar somewhat unusual is that the Korean theme is not carried over into the atmosphere at all. If anything the atmosphere echoes that of an Irish pub, where a dartboard and an Irish flag hang in defiance of a centralized theme. I believe that this lack of a glorified niche is what brings in such a diverse array of people into this "little pub that could".
If you happen to drop by the Little Bar, be sure to try the Scorpion Bowl for Two; which consists of Soju, Agave, Triple Sec, Coral Reef, Pineapple and Orange Juices, with a hint of Grenadine. The prices are reasonable and the staff is excellent. Cheers!
757 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
*Soju is a liquor native to Korea whose taste is comparable to that of Vodka.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Get your own chart!
Notice the Spike around Christmas, and New Years Day. Cheers!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Numerous artists and writers living in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries were noted absinthe drinkers and featured absinthe in their works. These include Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Arthur Rimbaud, Guy de Maupassant, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Verlaine. Later authors and artists would draw from this cultural well including Pablo Picasso, August Strindberg, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway. Aleister Crowley was also noted for his habitual Absinthe use.(Source: Wikipedia)
The Mystique and illicit qualities of Absinthe from theater, movies and television, often applying dramatic license to depict the drink as everything from aphrodisiac to poison.
This drink is VERY rare in the United States, and is mainly consumed in elite social circles. It is becoming popular again in Europe and the United States will most likely catch up with this re-popularity of this historical drink.
Here is one of the most popular Absinthe brands in the U.S. and England:
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Served: "Straight up"; without ice
Standard drinkware: Cocktail glass
Commonly used ingredients:
* 1 part fresh Grapefruit Juice
* 1 part Grand Marnier
* 2 dashes Rosewater
Preparation: Shake well, strain into wine glass and top up with champagne.
Created in 1969 to mark the first moon landing. The cocktail was the first drink the American astronauts had when they returned to Earth. A letter of thanks was later sent from Neil Armstrong to Joe Gilmore.
Alcohol is produced by yeast during the process of fermentation. The amount of alcohol in the finished liquid depends on how much sugar there was at the beginning for the yeast to convert into alcohol. In beer, the alcohol is generally 3% to 12% (6 to 24 US proof) and usually about 4% to 6% (8 to 12 US proof). Depending on the strain of yeast, wines top out at about 14% to 16% (28 to 32 US proof), because that is the point in the fermentation process where the alcohol concentration denatures the yeast. Since the 1990s, a few alcohol-tolerant 'superyeast' strains have become commercially available, which can ferment up to 20%. 
Fortified wines, such as sweet and dry vermouths become fortified by adding alcohol. These added alcohols are typically distilled wines such as brandy, port, sherry, marsala, and madeira. This second source of alcohol is added before the wines are finished fermenting, as the added alcohol kills the yeast in fermenting wine, leaving an abundance of sugar.
Stronger liquors are distilled after fermentation is complete to increase their alcohol content. This way, the alcohol content can be raised up to a maximum of 95.6% (191 US proof), the concentration of the water/alcohol azeotrope. When 100% ethanol (absolute alcohol) is required for scientific, commercial, or industrial purposes, other methods must be used. 100% ethanol is hygroscopic, and if it is left open, it will absorb water out of the air, reducing the concentration.
8 Popular Vodka Cocktails
|Black Russian||1oz Vodka||Stir well with ice||None||Rock|
|Bloody Mary||1.25oz Vodka||Pour over ice adding||Lemon & Celery Stick||Rock|
|Tomato Juice||sauce last|
|Bull Shot||1.25oz Vodka||Pour over ice adding||Lemon||Rock|
|Beef Bouillon||salt & pepper and sauce|
|Harvey Wallbanger||1oz Vodka||Pour vodka and orange||Cherry & Orange||Collins|
|.25oz Galliano||over ice and add Galliano|
|3oz Orange Juice|
|In The Pink||1.25oz Vodka||Shake with ice and strain||Cherry & Orange||Brandy Balloon|
|3oz Cranberry Juice||into glass, add soda|
|1oz Lemon Juice|
|Long Island||.25oz Vodka||Pour over ice and add coke||Lemon Slice & aspirin||Collins|
|.25oz White Rum|
|.25oz Triple Sec|
|.5oz Lemon Juice|
|Martini||1.25oz Vodka||Stir with ice and strain into||Olive||Cocktail|
|Dash of Dry Vermouth||glass, add twist of lemon|
|Moscow Mule||1.25oz Vodka||Pour over ice & stir||Lemon slice||Rock|
|Dash of lime|
|Screw Driver||1.25oz Vodka||Pour over ice & stir||Cherry & Orange||Rock|
|White Russian||1oz Vodka||Stir with ice||None||Rock|
|White Spider||1oz Vodka||Stir with ice||None||Rock|
|.25oz White Crème de Menthe|