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Nobody Puts Gin In A Corner

At some point in time, gin became a grandmother’s drink. Except that grandmother was probably a flapper in the 1920s who’d drink bathtub gin and dance the night away with some really cool cats. Even if that’s not the case, grandmas tend to be badass people, so why are we knocking them and gin?

Gin Can Be Lethal And Magical

It’s not as though gin doesn’t pack a punch; in order to even be considered gin worldwide, the liquor needs to be at least 37 percent alcohol. We’re so serious about the stuff in America, that the minimum is set at 40 percent.

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I mean, are there any vodkas out there made from unicorn tears? Nope, just gin. How could you possibly need more proof that this is a magical substance than it blending perfectly with unicorn tears?

Gin’s Got Your Back…And Liver…And Kidneys

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From the extra antioxidant kick it gets from juniper berries to its diuretic ingredients that help your liver and kidneys get rid of bacteria, gin is hard to accuse of malice. You hardly find gin that packs more than 110 calories per shot, no matter how many ingredients they infuse it with.

Very few gins have the poor manners to be completely awful and most good gins are between $30-40. You either taste nothing or flowers, which is definitely the least scary way anyone’s ever explained alcohol to you.

Blame It On The Queen, Gotcha Feelin’ Mean

No, not Beyoncé; she’s still flawless. Gin likely gets its matronly rep from its British roots. Because, obviously, there are only old women in the UK and they all drink tea, sherry, and a bit of gin, if they’re feeling nasty. (If you read that sentence to the tone and image of Queen Elizabeth II, try it again with Dame Helen Mirren; it should keep the nightmares away). While the latter might be a little more accurate, albeit stereotypical, we need to erase this image of old biddies throwing shade at each other over gin and tonics.

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Gin can be young, fun, and even supernatural. It can serve as a base for light summer drinks or take the front seat of a warming winter cocktail with the same ethereal elegance. There’s nothing stopping you from giving gin a chance to sweep you off your feet.

Even if you don’t, at least stop putting vodka in your martinis. James Bond barely gets away with it and even he’s been switching back to gin.

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Saudi Arabi Seizes 48,000 Cans Of Beer Disguised As BEBSI COLA

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There’s a pretty firm law in Saudi Arabia that completely bans alcohol. Even though the law forbids it, there are a fair amount of folks who still find a way to get their hands on some booze. One guy in particular had a pretty creative plan to sneak some beers across the border.

According to the Washington Post, the smuggler was caught with 48,000 cans of Heineken disguised as Pepsi. The cans were carried in a truck which was stopped for a standard starch and inspection. It quickly became obvious that there were simply stickers over the beers.

This incident was one of the many attempts at smuggling beer into the country, according to customs officers. The penalty for smuggling alcohol can be as severe as a prison sentence.

 

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Sweets

What is Yuengling’s Ice Cream and Why Everyone is Excited It’s Back

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Established in 1829, D.G. Yuengling & Son is the oldest brewing company still operating in the United States. During the prohibition, many brewers were forced to turn to other markets in order to stay in business. Looking to take on the ice cream industry, Yuengling’s survived by selling “near beers” with a 0.5% alcohol content, opening dance halls in Philadelphia and New York City, and (most deliciously) creating ice cream.

After the 18th Amendment was repealed in 1933, the beloved ice cream was later discontinued in 1985. Now, nearly three decades later, Yuengling’s ice cream is set to hit shelves in a few short weeks. The flavors will include Black &  Tan (sadly sans buzz), chocolate fudge, and root beer float, among several others. At the moment, the new frozen treats will be available in select locations on the East Coast.

Nothing like sticking it to the man with a pint full of creamy ice cream.

H/T + Picthx Cool Material

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Sweets

Channel Your Inner Southern Spirit with These Sweet Tea Moonshine Cupcakes

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You guys, I just really need a typewriter, like right now.

I don’t know what it is, but something about these Sweet Tea Moonshine Cupcakes by Stef over at the Cupcake Project just fills my imagination with all things Prohibition-Era South – you know, sprawling estates, courtly Southern manners, bootleg distilleries. And while I don’t have a clue if any of those things even really existed in the P.E.S., I am a sucker for a good bout of drunken writing, especially when done on a perfectly old, perfectly beat-up typewriter. Sigh.

But I digress. Cupcakes, wasn’t it?

Perfect for late night walks around the plantation or out by the bayou (or I guess, just around the neighborhood, if you’re into that), these scrumptious little darlings feature something called “tea butter” and a whole 1/2 cup of Strawberry Midnight Moon. I’d bet it tastes so good, it must be illegal.

Check out the full recipe and photos, here.

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H/T + PicThx Cupcake Project