You’re going to be the best dinner guest ever when you bring over one of these bottles.
The limited edition Star Trek wine is a 2009 red blend from Sonoma. It includes Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Tinta Cao, and Tempranillo. Each bottle contains the same wine, but has one of three commemorative labels created by Juan Ortiz. The labels showcase artwork inspired by three classic Star Trek episodes: The Trouble with Tribbles, Mirror Mirror, and The City on the Edge of Forever.
At $24.99 a piece, this is a great holiday or host gift for the Star Trek and/or wine lover in your life!
Find the Star Trek wine at Vinport.com.
I discovered a new show yesterday, and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t know it existed until now.
“William Shatner’s Brown Bag Wine Tasting” is a show in which William Shatner interviews an interesting person, and then the two of them taste a “mystery wine” from a brown paper bag. That’s it. Simple and genius.
The above episode features Stryder, a cosplayer known for his “Hip Hop Trooper” character. Other episodes include Shatner talking to a magician, marijuana dealer, butcher, musician, and even Alton Brown.
You can find all of the episodes of William Shatner’s Brown Bag Wine Tasting at Ora.tv.
When summer hits Seattle, everyone suddenly changes from anti-social Seattleites to extremely friendly neighbors. You say “Hi” to people on sidewalks and in elevators, everyone’s smiling, and everyone wants to get together for impromptu gatherings.
I like to be prepared with food and drink when people come over, so I’ve learned to keep some fun items stocked throughout the summer that are easy to prep and don’t involve an oven. My pantry/fridge/freezer isn’t complete without:
- Chips and salsa (a nice, easy snack)
- Fresh summer fruit (a great alternative to my usual baked goods)
- Ready-to go cocktail, like Teagaritas (a fun alternative to beer or wine)
Teagaritas, if you haven’t heard of them, are a combination margarita and iced tea. It takes Jose Cuervo margaritas, mixes it with orange liqueur and iced tea, and puts it all in a bottle ready for you to serve over ice. I had my friends Kristina and Justin over on a beautifully sunny afternoon to give the cocktail a try (and enjoy some snacks and good company), and the consensus was that Teagaritas are delicious (even to those who don’t normally love iced tea!). It’s a super refreshing drink, and I love that it’s pre-prepared and ready to go. I need to re-stock, but once I do, I plan on giving one of the recipes from Jose Cuervo’s Pinterest a try.
What items do you keep on-hand in the summer? Have you been having a lot of impromptu gatherings? And have you tried Teagaritas?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
ThinkGeek recently reached out to me about showcasing some of their Star Wars items, and my mind went in overdrive on what I could do. I decided to throw a Star Wars Cantina-themed potluck, and to use some ThinkGeek items to inspire and create themed drinks. I’ll show you the party soon, but for now, let’s make some geeky drinks!
The Death Star
What do you make when you have a Death Star ice sphere? A Death Star drink, of course! “The Death Star” is an actual cocktail, I found out, that’s pretty similar to a Long Island Iced Tea. It’s POTENT . As it should be. (And seriously, whether you want to make the drink or not, the Death Star ice sphere is one of my new favorite things. It’s super easy to fill, looks amazing, and really classes up a glass of whiskey.)
Death Star Recipe
- 1 oz Jagermeister
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz whiskey
- 2 oz sweet and sour mix
- 2 oz (or more) cola
- Place all ingredients into a glass with a Death Star ice sphere in it.
- Stir to mix ingredients.
You can’t have a Star Wars party without blue milk, right? I decided to make a drink that was a bit more fun: a blue milkshake! R2-D2 helped me out with measuring the ingredients. (Aren’t the R2-D2 measuring cups the CUTEST?)
Blue Milkshake Recipe
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream (the whiter the better!)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tsp blue Jell-O powder
- blue food coloring (optional)
- Mix the milk and Jell-O powder together.
- Pour the milk/Jell-O mixture and ice cream in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add a few drops of blue food coloring to heighten the color, mix until even.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
The Sith Lord
I received the lightsaber ice pop maker and instantly knew what I was going to do with Luke’s lightsabers: Mountain Dew. Duh. What else. But What would be fitting for ol’ Darth Vader’s? It hit me in the soda aisle: Mountain Dew Code Red. The dark force of the Mountain Dews. I placed a tsp of cherry vodka in the ice pop mold and filled the rest of it (approximately 1/3 cup) up with the Code Red. A bit of vodka makes it a bit more “naughty” without preventing it from freezing. Creating the ice pop made me decide to make the drink form as well. It’s super easy and quite tasty!
Sith Lord Recipe
- 1 shot cherry vodka
- 1 can Mountain Dew: Code Red
- Fill a highball with ice.
- Pour in the vodka shot, fill the rest of the way with the Mountain Dew.
Just be careful when you’re eating those ice pops. REMEMBER: IT’S A LIGHTSABER! THAT’S A LIGHTSABER IN YOUR MOUTH!
What’s your go-to Star Wars drink? Will you be trying any of these?
(And a big shout-out to ThinkGeek for supplying the amazing tools to make these drinks! Check them out at ThinkGeek.com!)
Everyone’s excited for tonight’s season premiere of Game of Thrones, and that includes Jägermeister. They’ve created Game of Thrones cocktails that’ll be the star of your premiere party!
The Wildling Toddy
- 2 part Hot Apple Cider
- 1 part Jägermeister
- 1/4 part Grand Marnier
- Sugar Cube
- Apple Slice for Garnish
Add the sugar cube, grand Marnier, and Jägermeister. Add the boiling hot cider and stir until the sugar cube dissolves. Garnish with the apple slice.
Tyrell Bed of Roses
- 2 part Jägermeister
- 1/2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 part Grenadine
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake well, strain into a martini glass and serve.
The Imp’s Revenge
- 1 1/2 part Dry Vermouth
- 3/4 part Jägermeister
- 3/4 part Benedictine
- 2 dashes of bitters
Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve.
Don’t have the time/ingredients to get that fancy? Then go for “Dany’s Deer and a Beer,” which is a shot of Jäger followed by Ommegang’s Fire & Blood Red Ale. I have mine ready to go!
What will you be drinking/serving at your Game of Thrones viewing party?
I love that the homebrewing community and geeky community so often overlaps. And while I haven’t homebrewed myself, I’ve gotten to try a few and it’s so much fun to see how people’s tastes and personalities fuse into their brews.
Thanks to Northern Brewer, you can now brew beer like Wil Wheaton! The first of many kits they’ll be teaming up to produce is the VandelEyes PA, named after Anne Wheaton’s “Vandal Eyes” project that I’m a big fan of. The finished product is “a wonderfully balanced IPA that has a noticeable caramel malt backbone, and a fresh citrusy hop profile with a huge, in your face aroma.” The base kit, which makes 5 gallons, starts at $45.45.
Have you homebrewed before? Planning on doing it anytime soon?
For those that may not be aware, HBO teams up withBrewery Ommegang to create Game of Thrones beers. They sell out super quick, and the third beer, Fire & Blood, is coming out at the end of March.
HBO, however, is already making plans for the fourth beer in the series, and they want your help. Visit the Game of Thrones Facebook page and vote for which of these Belgian beers should be made for the Fall:
1) Valar Morghulis – Dubbel – Valar Morghulis is an Old Valyrian saying closely associated with the desire for vengeance. Thus, a Belgian-style Dubbel was chosen to capture the sweetness of revenge as well as the dangerous consequences that come with it.
2) Hand of the King – Quadrupel – The responsibility of running a kingdom can only be matched by the complexity of a Belgian-style Quadrupel ale. Rich in flavor and dark in color, a Quad is the perfect companion for waging war, brokering peace, or enduring a Small Council meeting.
3) Seven Kingdoms – Tripel – The golden Tripel is the universally agreed pinnacle of Belgian brewing achievement, making it the perfect beer to represent the legacy of the Seven Kingdoms. Though supremely drinkable, the Tripel comes with a spicy character that represents the sordid events of the history of Westeros.
4) Khal – Quadrupel – The Dothraki people, like the Belgian-style Quad, are the strongest of the strong and Boldest of the bold. Quads rest atop the pyramid of Belgain beer because of their strength, so this style makes a fitting tribute to the men that rule the mighty Khalisars of Essos.
I’m voting for the Valar Morghulis myself. What are you voting for? (Vote soon, it’s only open for 2 days!)
For my birthday, I wanted a low key night where I watched Hocus Pocus (my favorite Halloween movie) with some friends. Apparently low-key to me means fall foods, pumpkin spice cupcakes, and three specialty cocktails inspired by the Sanderson sisters (and based on the color of their robes). The cocktails are all pretty easy and fairly low maintenance during a party. Just set them up right before and you won’t have to worry about it while you watch a movie or dance until you’re dead. Without further ado:
Sarah: Bubbly, sparkly, and purple. This drink attracted all of the men.
Pour a little bit of Chambord into the bottom of a champagne glass. Fill the glass with champagne. Top with a few Pop Rocks.
Winifred: Traditionally witchy, strong, and has a pretty big bite.
- Jolly Rancher Green Apple Jello
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Cinnamon Whiskey (I used SinFire)
Heat one cup of water on the stove until boiling. Add in the Jello mix and mix until fully dissolved. Add in 1 cup of Cinnamon Whiskey and a couple ice cubes, mix. Pour into Jello shot containers and let chill in the fridge for four hours.
Mary: Fruity, fun, and reliable.
- 1 Part Raspberry Vodka
- 2 Parts Pomegranate Juice
- 2 Parts Cranberry Sprite
Mix together in a large pitcher with ice and pour into individual cups.
Which Sanderson sister is your favorite?
It’s Fall. Time for apples, spices, cozying up with a good book, and relishing in a little bit of evil. I was inspired to create a “Poison Apple” cocktail by these dried Apple slices from Simple & Crisp. They were craving to be used as a garnish on a cocktail and I wanted to do something a bit more than just your average “appletini.” Combine my love for fairy tales and the season and you’ve got a Poison Apple Cocktail! The drink has apple, a bit of spice, and a hint of fizz. The perfect drink to give to the person you think is the “fairest of them all.”
- 1 ounce Cinnamon Whisky (I used Sinfire)
- 1.5 ounces Apple Cider
- 1 ounce Ginger Ale
- Cinnamon Sugar (for rim)
- Simple & Crisp Apple Slice (for garnish)
Pour cinnamon whisky and apple cider into a mixer with a couple ice cubes, shake.
Add in ginger ale and give it two shakes just to gently mix together.
Lightly wet a martini glass rim and dip it onto a plate of cinnamon sugar until the rim is evenly coated.
Pour drink in the glass.
Top with an apple slice.
What’s your favorite fall drink?
I recently had the opportunity to try Black Box Wines, and luckily that opportunity came the day before my Arrested Development party. I was considering picking up boxed wine as “Lucille’s Juicebox” but was dreading picking up your standard Franzia or other boxed wines that are known for being cheap but not much else. Black Box wine is decent wine that just happens to be boxed. But still–what’s the benefit of having Black Box, or other boxed wine, at your parties?
- It’s inexpensive. One of these boxes holds 4 bottles of wine, and at around $25 each, that’s a cheaper price per bottle than you can normally get.
- It’s low maintenance. You don’t need to worry about opening up multiple bottles throughout the party. Just put one of these guys on your table, and you’re ready to go.
- It lasts longer. If you don’t go through the whole box at one party, it’s not a problem. One of these boxes will last a month. We didn’t finish all of the Merlot at the party, so I’ve been able to enjoy a small glass of wine here and there with dinner or use some when cooking without worrying about opening and finishing an entire bottle of wine. This is actually my favorite part of these boxes!
My friends seemed skeptical at first, but a couple of them had heard of Black Box and knew they were decent. They seemed to enjoy it–the Sauvignon Blanc didn’t make it through the night!
So how can you use these? Try any of these ideas:
- Minecraft party
- Pixelated/nostalgic games party
- Arrested Development party
- Wine tasting party (Keep it in the kitchen and pour it along with a few bottled wines into different glasses. Hold a tasting and see what people like best!)
If you want to learn a bit more about Black Box Wines or pick some up for yourself, visit blackboxwines.com. They’ve also got some cute little tetra packs that hold 3 glasses of wine that are perfect for picnics.
Are you a boxed wine drinker? Would you get boxed wine for a party you’re hosting?