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These Boozy Chocolates Are What You Need To Get Through The Holidays

Christmas is fast-approaching with retailers being swarmed by mobs of holiday shoppers. If you’re like me, you probably wait until the last minute to grab gifts, wrongly assuming a strategic edge. No matter your approach, finding the perfect presents can be a tad stressful. New babies tend to pop out yearly and shoe sizes grow quicker than heavy snowfall. It’s worth it of course, few things bring more joy than the smile on a loved ones face after receiving the perfect gift. 

Furthermore, along with joy, the holiday season always offers treats to help take the edge off. Spiked eggnog is an obvious favorite. Rum cake is another. For true sweet and slizzard spirits, boozy confections are definitely this year’s go-to. These clever creations contain enough alcohol content to give your Santa hat an extra lean. Below are a list of boozy chocolates that are sure to get you through the holiday hooplah:

1. Cognac Pine Cone

andSons’ Cognac Pine Cones are crafted to be the perfect balance of French Delamain and 61% dark chocolate ganache. Two pieces come in each box at a retail price of $15.50. 

2. Eggnog Snowmen Box

Hand-painted with care, andSon’s Eggnog Snowmen Box offers a fun take on a holiday confection. Each snowman is made with Tahitian vanilla eggnog white chocolate ganache, nutmeg and a touch of rum. Try taking a bite of one and saying that three times fast. You have the option of purchasing a box set of 6 or 13 at $19.50 and $39.50 respectively.

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3. Anthon Berg Liquor Bottles

Featuring a wide selection of premium liquor brands like Remy Martin, Cointreau and Grand Marnier, there’s no better companion for your holiday sweet tooth. These miniature bottle shaped treats are made with delectable dark chocolate and have an alcohol content that ranges from 2.5%-5%. A box of 16 bottles will run you just under $25.

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4. The Cocktail Menu by Butler’s Chocolates

These cocktail inspired chocolates are sure to leave you shaken, not stirred. Including 8 varieties of popular cocktails like Espresso Martini, Classic Gin Martini and Whiskey Sour. You can be the life of the mixer with this Great Taste Award winning box for just $20.  

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5. Guinness Liqueur Chocolate Pints

What better way to show your love for beer than with these pint-sized Guinness liqueur-filled candies? Crafted in Ireland, each piece is 2.29oz and made with delicious dark and white chocolate. Grab a round at your local World Market for under $10. 

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6. Baileys Irish Cream Fudge Sauce

This 10 oz jar of creamy delight comes packed with Dutch cocoa, sweet butter and Baileys. It’s the perfect topping for holiday desserts like ice cream and cake. True chocolate fiends can enjoy it by the spoonful for $12.95.

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7. Poire Williams Pear Chocolate Liqueurs

Why dip your fruit into chocolate sauce this holiday season when you can have fruit shaped chocolate with a saucy interior? This pear-shaped dark chocolate is filled with Poire Williams Brandy which is distilled from Bartlett pears, a unique pear liqueur known for its intense flavor of sweet, ripe pears. Each gift box is just $17.95.

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8. Jack Daniels’ Chocolate Bar

This chocolate bar is pretty self explanatory. Made with Swiss milk chocolate, you can have your syrupy choice of Jack Daniels’ Black Label or their sweeter Tennessee Honey for $10.95.

As you can see, your sweet tooth is covered this holiday season. If you’re still trying to figure out a holiday gift for those special someones, look no further than these selections of boozy confections. Getting chocolate wasted will take on a whole new meaning this Christmas.

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Costco Is Selling Egg Nog with a 13.9% ABV

Costco isn’t fooling anyone. While the gargantuan $10 pizza and bulk amounts of, well, everything are nice, the chain clearly excels at being the alcohol plug. Where else can you get a 48 pack of beer for $23? Well, nowhere, now that the chain discontinued their beer last fall. Thankfully it seems as if a new contestant has approached the arena— er, warehouse — with the introduction of their new Egg Nog Wine Cocktail.

As with everything at Costco, the drink only comes in one size (absurdly large) and one price (absurdly cheap). The Instagram account @costcobuys, who initially reported the discovery, says that the drink is available at their Costco in 1.5L bottles for only $9.

 

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Nine dollars! Now, granted this isn’t that premium stuff. At the end of the day, this is alcoholic eggnog that comes in a plastic bottle. But still! That’s a lot of… value… for your money.

The one concerning part of this is that, according to the label, it’s a “wine cocktail.” Usually, eggnog is paired with a dark liquor, like rum or brandy — never wine. 

This reddit thread throws a couple suggestions out, namely that this might be the result of state alcohol sales and taxes laws. From prior experience, and some preliminary reporting, this could be true. The new bottle seems to be a rebrand of the eggnog liqueur that Costco has sold for years, as the imaging, labeling, and wording of the bottle all remain the same. The only things that have changed is the switch to “wine cocktail” and a minor reduction in alcohol percentage, as the new one comes in at 13.9%.

Whatever the recipe may actually be, Costco is trying to make alcoholic eggnog easy, and holiday parties that much more palatable. Cheers to that.

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Bar Recreates One Of George Washington’s Favorite Drinks By Sticking A Red Hot Poker Into Beer

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Everyone has a drink they like to unwind with at the end of a long day, even a Founding Father. In case you ever wanted to experience what a prolific figure like George Washington would order at a bar, one of his beverages of choice is now being recreated in the 21st century.

Porterhouse Brew Co. is offering the historical drink known as a Hot Ale Flip for a month at the New York Bar, located in the Financial District.

Made with molasses, egg whites, rum, and ale, the drink is completed by sticking a red hot fireplace poker straight into the concoction to warm it up. Though, as health precautions changed over the past few hundred years, the fireplace poker has since been replaced with an ale warmer loggerhead.

Originally served at the iconic Fraunces Tavern, sister restaurant to Porterhouse Brew Co., Hot Ale Flips were believed to be one of George Washington’s favorite orders back when he visited the Tavern and a was also a popular sailor’s drink that was served during the Colonial era.

Not sure how I feel about warm ale quite yet, but my curiosity is piqued.

The Hot Ale Flips will be available now through March 19 for anyone hoping to experience a taste of history to enjoy.

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Here’s What To Cook With Your Leftover Christmas Party Booze

After hosting Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, you’re probably going to have a lot of alcohol leftover.

At that point, the easy thing to do is drink yourself into oblivion, or you can challenge yourself to use all that alcohol to enhance your cooking.

With help from Barilla executive chef Lorenzo Boni, here are some practical, and useful ways to use all that leftover alcohol.

Champagne and Red Wine

These are already commonly used as cooking enhancers. Chef Lorenzo said to use the champagne for salmon or oysters, and the red wine for crispy prosciutto and risotto-style pasta with red meat.

“You’ll want to ensure your boozy post-holiday brunch doesn’t taste like a meal soaked in champagne overnight. Instead, reduce the alcohol so it cooks off leaving behind the sweet, acidic or aromatic flavors.”

You can also go the marinade route, pouring that red wine (with garlic) on red meat and leaving it overnight for extra flavor.

Whiskey

If you’re familiar with TGI Friday’s Jack Daniels menu, you know how good whiskey can be when applied to food. Chef Lorenzo suggests using your leftover whiskey to add a sweet and smoky flavor to shrimp and a scampi sauce. Combine with linguine for a really good time.

Beer

Yes, that leftover beer can be useful since it acts as a natural tenderizer.  Chef says it is ideal for stewing meats and making marinades. Keep the dark beer with red meats, and the lighter beers with poultry. Easy peasy.

With the weather cooling a bit, beer can also add “deep, rich flavor” to your soup.

Hard Cider

It’s damn near unethical to drink flat hard cider, but you can definitely still use it in the kitchen. Cider acts similarly to white wine, and can be used in any recipe that calls for it. Chef Lorenzo suggests using it for mac and cheese, or mushroom dishes. Just make sure the cider doesn’t have added sugar, that’ll just end in disaster.

Rum


The most logical cooking idea here is tiramisu. It’s not the easiest thing to make, but channel your inner Cake Boss, turn on that oven and put that rum to good use. Or just get wasted with it. Whatever. It’s your life.

 

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The World’s First Beer-Themed Hotel Will Have a Brew-Filled Hot Tub

Start planning your next vacation. The world’s first beer hotel is opening soon in Columbus, Ohio, courtesy of Scotland-based BrewDog — yes, the same brewery that gave us the beer stuffed inside a dead squirrel. Forget Disneyland — this is the Hoppiest Place on Earth.

This tipsy resort is set to have an IPA hot tub, minibars in the shower, beer on tap in each room, and beer pairings with every meal. It will be a brewster’s paradise — that is, if the project can raise enough crowdfunded money on Indiegogo. (Right now, they’re only $13,000 short of the $75,000 goal.)

“This hotel will provide a complete experiential environment in which to truly immerse yourself in the world of craft beer,” the Indiegogo campaign reads. “From waking up to a view of our sour beer foeders and the smell of freshly mashed malt, to hop-infused spa treatments and beer breakfasts, and even amazing craft beer on tap in your bedroom — this hotel will have it all.”

If crowdfunding is successful, the hotel will open sometime next year.

Original post written by Joanna Fantozzi for The Daily Meal

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Get Lit With Saint Nick Using This Booze-Dispensing Holiday Stocking

While Christmas is the time to spend with your family and loved ones, being in a confined space with all your relatives can sometimes lead to some stressful conversations. You’re gonna need a little liquid courage to help get you through the holiday.

Enter: Santa’s Flask.

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The custom-made Christmas stocking has a built-in tap that dispenses alcohol at your Yuletide whim. Made of BPA-free food grade plastic, the stocking holds up to 2.25 liters of alcohol — the equivalent of three bottles of wine.

You can purchase the item for $9.99 directly here.

We’d love to fill this bad boy up with some spiked egg nog and get an early start on the Christmas festivities.

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Countdown To The Holidays With This BEER Advent Calendar

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The holidays are practically at our doorsteps and the majority of us are scrambling to find the perfect last-minute gift for our loved ones. A new novelty item from Quebec might be the most considerate thing we’ve ever seen this holiday season: a BEER ADVENT CALENDAR.

Consideration, after all, is to be expected from our brothers to the North.

Around this time of year, Advent Calendars are the perfect gift to keep track of the days of December, eventually leading to Christmas. Inside the calendar is a little treat you can consume each day (usually chocolate) to help you get hyped for the end of the month.

Coming from Canadian beer retailer DBSQ, the ‘calendar’ is essentially a box with the 24 days before Christmas labeled on it. Under each number is a different Québécois microbrew from the retailer. Simple and brilliant.

Now if they only made a mega box that had 365 days on it. Maybe in a perfect world.

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This Guy Just Crushed The Beer Mile World Record, Twice


This man might be the world record holder of one of the weirdest (or at least one of the drunkest) sports in the world. And he didn’t just do it once.

Corey Bellemore, a 21-year-old Canadian man, broke the beer mile record running a speedy 4:39.56. The objective of a beer mile is relatively straight forward, run a four lap mile, drinking a beer between each lap.

Rather than take a few days off and relax with his new record he kept going like a champ.  Competing just three days later, he set ANOTHER record, this time for 4:34.25.

These also were just his third and fourth beer miles ever, not to mention a lot of adults can’t run this fast sober. These will be the top two fastest records, as long as they are officially approved. His records are still pending official approval by the beermile.com experts.

Attempting the beer mile isn’t easy.

The event may sound fun, but the actual beer mile rules are actually fairly specific, especially considering the blood alcohol level of its participants. They even recommend that anyone going for a record tips the empty bottle or can to prove it’s truly empty. The most basic rules specify that the beer must be at least 5% alcohol by volume, at least 355 ml, and consumed before the lap is begun.  If a participant pukes at all during the competition they are given an extra lap.

Could you finish this boozy run?