Escape your racist relatives with this aptly-named Thanksgiving cocktail

Dealing with family drama at the Thanksgiving dinner table isn't fun. So I was amused to see that a friend of mine, mixologist Jared Hirsch, was asking folks to help him name his new mixed drink — one he crafted for "when you can’t take another word out of your politically-opposed relative this Thanksgiving." I've written about Jared before, he's the co-purveyor of a line of craft cocktail syrups.

His original request:

I need help naming a cocktail. I'm designing a Hot Toddy that uses Nickel Dime Cocktail Syrups' Caged Heat and Crimson Smoke. I want to evoke escaping to the kitchen to make yourself a drink when you can't deal with your bigoted uncle. Go.

The original name he came up with: Racist Relative Remedy (which I love).

Others quickly chimed in. In total, there were 275 comments in the thread.

The suggested names were fun. Here's a few:

Family staycation Relative Reinforcement Toddy, Take Me Away... Me Time Ear Smokin' Mad Archie Bunker Mentality Hot Disembody The Amway Uncle The Oh Brother The Factual Reply The Quick Kitchen Getaway No Smoke Without Fire ? Crimson Tide, or Wave Let me get your coat Red Hot Ambivalence Red Hot Honey Badger A Sticky Situation Fire Escape Hold that Thought The mute button Relative relief Cry Uncle Can't Relate Only Joking and, so many more!

Hivemind FTW!

The winning name...?

The Turkey Time Out

Recipe by Jared Hirsch, Name by Camper English

Ingredients: Any aged spirit. Be it bourbon, rye, anejo tequila, dark rum, or Calvados.

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"Obscure" podcasts worth checking out

On Facebook, my friend Joseph Pred asked his pals to recommend their favorite "obscure" podcasts, "Feel free to share even if it’s on a niche topic or something weird. I like weird." He got some great responses, so I asked everyone if it was cool to share with you all. Here's some of what they offered up:

Joseph himself recommends: Damn Interesting "...Besides having fascinating stories has fantastic sound design."

Todd E. recommends several: Blank Check with Griffin & David "A podcast about auteur directors who are given a blank check for their movies. Sometimes great art is made and sometimes the check 'bounces.' They tend to do a director's entire filmography, one episode per movie."

WEDWay Radio "A great historical Disneyland podcast. The format has recently changed but the back catalogue of episodes are fantastic."

American Hysteria "A fantastic new podcast about public panics."

The Sweep Spot "another Disney-themed podcast done by two former custodial cast members. They have a slightly unpolished 'aw shucks' vibe that I like and talk in-depth about the behind-the-scenes cast member culture."

CTP (who is a magician) recommends: "Obscure? Two friends of mine do one called Shezam" and the co-hosts "get way better at it as they go."

Co-hosts and professional magicians, Carisa Hendrix and Kayla Drescher attempted to finally answer the question… “What is it like to be a woman in magic?” But since the answer is too long, and too important, they made a podcast! Shezam is not only a podcast, but a full resource for the magic community to empower women to empower themselves.

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