Gin with distilled wood ants

Each bottle of Nordic Food Lab's Anty Gin contains formic acid distilled from approximately 62 wood ants. Read the rest

Beer cap maps

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This is a great way to save the caps of your favorite craft beers. You can pick from each U.S. state and various boozy countries; all are $39.99 from Beer Cap Maps.

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Home Bartending: Celebrate July 4th with these 1776-era cocktails

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Although the word "cocktail" wasn't coined until the 1800s, mixed drinks were all the rage when America got its independence. Many were made with rum or whiskey, and punch was the term du jour. Both refreshing and timeless, why not toast the weekend with these 3 smashing cocktails of yesteryear? Read the rest

Chicago brewery renames their Donald Trump beer 'Chinga Tu Pelo' ('Fuck your hair')

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We'll drink to that.

Cross-sectioned brain sample drink coasters

Thinkgeek's Brain Specimen Coasters come in a set of ten, stacking to form a 3D brain. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Beer to be named after Joe Paterno, late coach who enabled Jerry Sandusky sex abuse

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For fans of beer honoring a sex-abuse enabler, this one's for you.

A tiki-bar for hamsters (and hedgehogs)

From the tiny pu-pu platter to the miniature cocktail umbrella, Tiny Hamster and his hedgehog pal are living the good life. Read the rest

One-handed bottle opener preserves caps for your collection

The Gropener is a one-handed bottle-opener designed to lift off caps without bending them (to preserve them for your collection); the anodized aluminium body has a rare-earth magnet to keep the cap from falling after it's removed. Read the rest

Lights and chandeliers made from booze bottles and books

The Moonshine Lamp Company makes beautiful lights out of booze bottles, such as the Crystal Skull Sconce and the eight-bottle chandelier; but they also make lights out of hardcovers, including one made from Jeremy Scahill's superb investigative 2007 book Blackwater. (via Neatorama) Read the rest

Booze shoes

High-end shoemaker Oliver Sweeney offers a pair of shoes with a compartment in the sole that holds a Johnnie Walker miniature (or you could put better booze in there), and features a clear panel that reveals the bottle when you shoe someone your soles. Read the rest

Shiny shiny booze-flask

Areaware's Liquid Body Flask is a polished, stainless steel flask (6.5" x 3.4" x 0.8") that looks like it's formed from mylar. (via Canopy) Read the rest

House of Lords demands its own caterer because Parliament's Champagne isn't good enough

A move to save money by merging the Lords' and Parliament's catering has come under fire because some Lords fear that the quality of the free Champagne will decline as a result. Read the rest

Angel's Envy

I enjoy bourbon but don't know much about it, so I ask bartenders and other knowledgeable people about it when I get the chance -- over and over again, I was counselled to look for "Angel's Envy." Read the rest

Found planetscapes: macro photos of dried up single-malt whiskey

Photographer Ernie Button noticed that the sediment from dried up single-malt at the bottom of his glasses was extraordinarily beautiful and set about creating a set of gorgeous, interstellar-looking photos documenting the residue from different whiskies. Read the rest

Sailor Moon hip-flask

The 8 oz stainless steel flasks are $27.50 and sport an etched Sailor Moon logo -- they come with a free funnel that the seller will etch with your name (or, presumably, any other pithy thing) at no added charge. Read the rest

Booze flasks that look like NES cartridges

I bought one of these at New York Comic-Con this weekend -- it's a surprisingly good facsimile of an old NES cart; and the rubber stopper (rated to 10psi) performs better than it looks like it would. My only complaint is that it's a bit awkward to nip from directly, though it'd be fine with a straw. Read the rest

10% of Americans have 10 or more alcoholic drinks every day

The eye-popping stat comes from Philip J Cook's 2007 booze-economics book Paying the Tab. Read the rest

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