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Drunken Irish Coffee Macarons Are All The St. Patrick’s Day You Need

A little over a week ago we graced the site with these gems: Mimosa Macarons with Champagne Buttercream.

We’re back with the same partner in crime, Ashley Khawsy of Smash Bakes, to once again prove your supreme baking reign to your loyal subjects. This time it’s combining your favorite caffeinated vice (coffee), with your favorite alcoholic vice (whiskey) AND still finding a way to integrate a second alcohol with these Irish Coffee Macarons stuffed with a Bailey’s Buttercream.

We seem to be semi-obsessed with alcoholic sweet treats (see Drunken Oreos), but can you really blame us? The full recipe instructions are in the video, and again you’ll find measurements in grams because you’ll need to be precise, aka use a scale.

Boozy Irish Coffee Macarons

Irish Coffee Shells

-144g Egg Whites (no yolk!, room temperature, aged 1 day)

-115g Almond Meal

-230g Powdered Sugar

-72g Granulated Sugar

-15g Favorite Ground Coffee

-Pinch of Cream of Tartar

Bailey’s Buttercream

-1 Stick Unsalted Butter

-4 Cups Powdered Sugar

-4 Tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream (at least)

-Pinch of Salt

Clutch Equipment to Have

-Food Processor or Blender

-Stand Mixer

-Piping Supplies

Silpat Macaron Mat

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Hit-Or-Miss

There’s Literally a River in Scotland Flowing with Whiskey

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More than 6000 liters of whisky was let loose into Scotland’s River Ayr. Apparently, a road tanker carrying 27, 500 liters of the spirit was ordered via computer to pump into the wrong vat, resulting in an overspill into the roadway by the river.

Before you book a one-way flight to Scotland or assume this is the next destination for Holy Ship (!!!) — oh, we know you –environmental groups are already on deck making sure this doesn’t happen again. Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Limited was fined £12,000 (US $20,000) for the mishap and polluting the river. Procurator fiscal Sara Shaw chided the company, telling STV News: “The risk of pollution of the river should have been one of the considerations at the forefront of the company’s policies.”

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Everything You Need to Know About Bourbon vs Whisky [Infographic]

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For those of you sipping your bourbon neat in a velvet smoking jacket, it’s about time we set the record straight. More often than not, even the most avid whisky drinkers make the faux-pas of confusing bourbon and whisky with one another. That being said, WARNING: Hell hath no fury like a whisky snob scorned.

In order to avoid having having your ear lectured off by self-proclaimed whisky connoisseurs, check out this quick guide on “Bourbon vs Whisky.” The infographic below breaks down all the subtleties between the types of whisky, from flavor profiles to distillation differences.

You’ll be enjoying that finest-reserve-limited-edition-quintuple-aged whisky and  waxing poetic in no time.

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PicThx Maker’s Mark

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80,000 Bees Create Beautiful 3-B Bottle-Shaped Hive


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To promote their new Highlander Honey Whiskey, Dewar’s, a brand of Scotch by Bacardi, has created unexpected and un-BEE-lievable pieces of artwork with their new campaign. (I’m so sorry, but I couldn’t resist.)  In a project called 3-B printing, they placed 80,000 highlander bees into a clear plastic mold and let them do what bees do best.

When the plastic mold was later removed, a bottle-shaped hive of honeycomb was left behind, strangely beautiful, if slightly terrifying.  It’s an innovative project, and we definitely give it kudos for appreciating the greatness of nature and all, but we hope that Dewar’s closeness with their bees won’t lead to an uninvited guest in our drink later on.

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Now please fly far far away from my nice whiskey.

To see more about how the bottle and (bonus!) a creepy human bust were made out of the honeycomb, check out the production video below. Just be prepared for some very close and personal shots with the little honey-makers.

H/T + PicThx Visual News

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Ancient Isn’t Always Better: How Old is Too Old for Bottled Spirits?

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Expensive alcoholic beverages are supposed to be one of the few things (like George Clooney or The Doctor ) that actually improve with age, but it turns out that even the finest spirits might have an expiration date. Hint: ancient isn’t always better, and that bottle of bourbon your dad waited two decades to drink with you on your twenty-first birthday might have gone south by the time you got your driver’s license.

According to Hillrock Estate Distillery’s master distiller Dave Pickerell, the ideal taste window for rye is at about nine to eleven years, bourbon is best after six to ten years, and scotch usually hits the sweet spot around twenty years. After that, all three spirits can go downhill in terms of flavor.

These aren’t hard and fast rules, of course (Pickerell points to Pappy Van Winkle as a delicious twenty-year-old bourbon) but for the average consumer it would be good to keep in mind that, in Pickerell’s opinion, “sometimes older is better — but sometimes it’s just older.” If you’re looking to buy a bottle of truly ancient alcohol but don’t want to worry about having missed the ideal flavor window, just pick up something that’s 80-proof. If it’s been stored in a cool and dry environment for the past few decades, it’ll keep pretty much indefinitely. Happy drinking!

H/T + PicThx Slate.com

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This Fancy-Shmancy Typeface Looks Exactly How Whisky Tastes

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It’s not exactly “scratch and taste” but this whisky-themed typeface by Scottish illustrator Steven Bonner gets pretty damn close.

Designed for Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky, the illustrator transformed the liquor’s flavor profile into a series of letters characterizing each unique note, as noted by Design Taxi.

Check out the oaky “O,” vanilla-y “V,” creamy “C,” and honey-y “H,” below and just try not to lick the screen.

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H/T + PicThx Design Taxi

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Ever Gotten Drunk Off a Whisky Tornado? Yippee Ki-Yay, Muthaf*ckas!

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We’ve seen vaporized alcohol before, but this is something else entirely.

Using an encasement of whisky vapor, powerful humidifiers and SCIENCE!, a design group from the UK has created the “world’s first whisky tornado” that gets you drunk just by breathing.

By entering the body through the lungs, the “Whisky-nado” works kind of like a bong and allows alcohol to enter directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the user’s stomach and liver and thereby assuaging all guilt associated with beer belly and liver damage.

Of course, with all this wonderful booze just flying freely around, I’m willing to bet it’s tough to know when enough is enough. Then again, you are drinking right out of a whisky tornado. Yippee ki-yay.

H/T + PicThx Design Taxi

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The Macallan x Oakley New Armored Flask is Sleek, Practically Indestructible and Kinda Looks Like a Grenade

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It’s a flask fit for Bruce Wayne, and with an SRP of $900, he’s probably the only one who can afford it anyway.

Laser-welded and encased in a sleek, black carbon fibre composite, The Macallan | The Flask is a new creative collaboration by the makers of Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Oakley, and was designed to be “the definitive solution for the industrious and active gentleman.” AKA Batman, obvs.

Perfect for dropping out of helicopters or stringing behind moving cars – no really, that’s exactly what the press release says – the new flask is available on its own for $900, or as part of a limited edition set which includes Macallan’s first-ever single cask, 22-year old American Oak Scotch Whisky; a secured aluminum funnel to prevent spillage while filling; and a matte black steel and carbon fibre metal case to store it all in — all for the low, low price of $1,500.

So go ahead and drink on the job, all you crazy caped crusaders. Your new favorite crime-fighting toy can definitely take the beating.

The Macallan | The Flask: $900 @ Macallan

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