Cocktail Hour

Pretty things for your viewing pleasure

Monday, November 23rd, 2009 | Bloggity goodness, Cocktail Hour | No Comments

Spent the whole day online, but it was work-related. I made a little visit to Coudal Partners’ site over lunch, though. Found you some pretty things to look at.

Space Images: The Best of Hubble’s Shots
I’m gonna cry when they send Hubble to burn up in the atmosphere. *sniffle* (I know — it’s 5-10 years off, but I’m sad about it already.)

The Dieline’s 50 Favorite Liquor Package Designs
Not quite as pretty as the Hubble stuff, but still nice, especially if — like me — you’re a packaging junkie. Ok, and a booze hound.

Related aside: Every time I see the 10Cane Rum logo, I immediately think “Iocane.” Now maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think I’d want my liquor associated with a poison, even if it is fictional.

Also: Ok, Dieline. We get it. You like Absolut’s packaging. But did you really need to put six of them in your top 50 list? I can think of many other more interesting bottles.

I’ll give it a whirl

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 | Cocktail Hour | 1 Comment

U.S.-made absinthe? Huh. Hey, as long as it’s not as bad as the Czech stuff, I’ll give it a try.

Plus you’ve just got to love things with monkeys on the label, especially monkeys that confuse and disturb the government.

Last call…kind of

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 | Cocktail Hour, You Call This News? | 4 Comments

If you’re a fan of Art Altenburg’s Concertina Bar, you’ll want to get over there in the next couple weeks. Sure, the bar will still be there after that, but Art won’t be and the new owner’s letting in accordians. (Are there no standards any more? Sheesh.) (Kidding. I really don’t care.) (But for those of you who are wondering what the difference is: concertina vs. accordion.) (Ok. I’m done with parentheses now.) (Or maybe now.)

I haven’t been to Art’s in ages, but I think I’ll need to make a stop in before Art leaves. Just won’t be the same without him.

Overheard at the pub this weekend

Monday, October 2nd, 2006 | Cocktail Hour | 6 Comments

Guy: It’s tacky to order an Irish Car Bomb in an Irish pub, right?

Bartender: Generally, yeah. But we do serve them here.

Drunken Girl with Guy: It’s still tacky, though. That’s like going into Iraq and asking for a ‘War on Terror’.

Guy (ignoring girl): I’ll take 3 Irish Car Bombs. **watches bartender pour the shots** Ok. So I’ve never had one of these before. What’s in ‘em?

This was all followed by about 5 minutes of confusion as they tried to figure out if they just drop the shotglass into the Guinness or pour the shot into the Guinness. Eventually, the bartender had to go over and explain it to them. Then they complained it was too strong. Then they ordered another round of them. Then super-drunk girl kept pointing at things in the bar and asking if she could buy them. (“How much for those coffee mugs? I’m totally gonna drop my stepdad’s name. He knows the owner. Ooh. I want this monkey. Maybe they’ll sell me that. Wait — how much for this Guinness glass?”)


I went back to attempting to ignore them, but about 10 minutes later I heard the following: “Do you serve beer in cans here?” followed shortly thereafter by “How about flaming shots?” (Answer to both: No.)

Hey, kids, you’re looking for Water St. It’s about 2 miles west and south of the bar you’re in. No, wait. On second thought, you’ve had enough. Just go home.

We’re #1!

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 | Cocktail Hour | 4 Comments

Milwaukee ranks as the “hardest-drinking city in America” according to (who we can totally drink under the table).

Our mothers must be so proud.

Seriously, though — they couldn’t find anyone besides Lips Labelle to interview?

(Tip o’ the hat to Mr. Stefaniak for the link.)

Cocktails all around

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 | Cocktail Hour | No Comments

An oral history of the cocktail, as told by New Orleans bartenders, complete with drink recipes.

“Because, as I say again, [when you make a drink,] if you don’t put the love and tenderness in there with that, it’s not going to taste good. So you take your time—I mean, you’re rushing. You’re doing that, but—but you take your time, and you make it right.”

– Floria Woodard

Amen, sister.

I am so going home and making myself a Pimm’s Cup.

(via The Morning News)

Mmm. Cocktails.

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2002 | Cocktail Hour | Comments Off

Know what I could really go for? A nice Negroni. (You can just give me a regular orange slice though, m’kay? Thanks.)