Thirsty Thursday: Apple Cider Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • 3 oz bourbon
  • apple slices for garnish, optional
  • 4 ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a glass add the sugar and bitters, stir to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Pour in the apple cider and bourbon. Add ice cubes, stir to combine. Garnish with fresh apple slice(s) if desired, and enjoy

Cheers! Craft Beer Contributed $67.8 Billion To The U.S. Economy Last Year

The Brewers Association today released its biennial (every two years) analysis of the craft beer industry’s economic impact, and the numbers are pretty impressive. The not-for-profit trade industry of “small and independent American brewers” calculates that for its 2016 Economic Impact Report, craft beer contributed a whopping $67.8 billion to the U.S. economy.

This number represents a 21.7% increase from 2014, the last time that data was collected, showing the growth of small and independent breweries regardless of whether growth may have stalled on some level at larger regional and national craft breweries. The figure is derived from “the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves through the three-tier system (breweries, wholesalers and retailers), as well as all non-beer products that brewpub restaurants and brewery taprooms sell.”

The report also takes job creation into consideration, tracking the number of people employed by the craft beer industry, which rose to 456,373 “full-time equivalent jobs” in 2016. This is a 7.5% increase from 2014, with 128,768 of those jobs being directly at breweries and brewpubs, including serving staff at brewpubs.

The BA, which will soon host the annual bacchanalia known as the Great American Beer Festival, also noted the top five states in terms of economic output. Unsurprisingly, they tend to be where the most beer is brewed. You can see the full impact by state, and per capita, at the BA website.Ideally, these statistics would be collected every year, so we could see the change between 2015 and 2016, but the numbers still point toward significant industry growth.

Top Five States (2016)

California
$7,344,502,000

Pennsylvania
$5,787,811,000

Texas
$4,539,628,000

New York
$3,439,441,000

Florida
$3,074,261,000

Thirsty Thursday: Lemon Basil Gin & Tonic Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 2 oz gin
  • Tonic
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Instructions:

  1. In the bottom of a cocktail glass, muddle together basil leaves and lemon juice. Add gin and stir.
  2. Fill the glass with ice. Top with tonic water.
  3. Give it one final stir before serving with a lemon twist.

Thirsty Thursday: Pineapple Mojito Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp raw sugar
  • 8 to 10 mint leaves
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 4 oz soda water
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Muddle the diced pineapple, pineapple juice, lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves together in the bottom of a glass. Add rum and fill the glass with ice. Top the drink off with soda and garnish with extra mint leaves and pineapple.

Thirsty Thursday: Blue Hurricane Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Spiced rum
  • 2 oz. Orange juice
  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz. Lime juice
  • 1 – 1 1/2 oz. Simple syrup (depending on how sweet your fruit is)
  • 1/4 Cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Add the rum, orange juice, blue curacao, lime juice, simple syrup and blueberries to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Muddle the blueberries well with either a cocktail muddler or a wooden spoon. Fill with ice, shake well and pour through a strainer into a chilled hurricane glass. Garnish with a wedge of orange and a maraschino cherry, if desired.

Thirsty Thursday: Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup Blood Orange Liqueur
  • juice from 3 limes
  • 1/2 cup juice from blood oranges
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • ice

Optional: salt for rim

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the ice into a shaker. Shake it up really good and pour in a salt-rimmed glass over ice.

The Best Hangover Cures For When You’ve Had A Little Too Much

So you’ve just spent a fun evening of drinking, revelry, and shenanigans with your friends. The drinks were being poured faster than you could down them. Before you knew it, your buzz got a little sloppier than you expected. That’s when you saw the writing on the wall decided to wrap up the evening with a few pints of good ‘ol H2O. But, you still wake up the next morning to the worst pounding headache you’ve ever felt in your life. It feels like someone is slowly pounding a railroad spike into your skull to the beat of Aha’s “Take On Me”. What can you possibly do to get rid of this awful hangover? Here are a few options.

Sleep

One of the easiest ways to overcome a hangover is just to go back to sleep. According to Raj Dasgupta, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a fellow at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, while you’re sleeping, your liver is working overtime to cleanse your body of all of the harmful alcohol you put into it. But, he doesn’t guarantee that your drunken sleep will be restful.

“Sleeping does help out in that it gives your liver time to do its job, but there’s multiple awakenings throughout the night, so you’re not getting good, refreshing sleep,” he told Mel Magazine. Now you know; so if you wake up hungover and wonder whether it’s chill to go back for another visit with the Sandman, follow your instincts and pass out.

Plus, you won’t feel the terrible, earth-shattering headache when you’re in dreamland frolicking with unicorns and your middle school crush. Just make sure that before you hop back in the sack, you gulp down some more water and maybe take some aspirin or ibuprofen and definitely eat something containing thiamine. “In order for the liver to do its job, essential enzymes such as thiamine are needed to metabolize the alcohol,” Dasgupta said. You can get this buy eating eggs and steak.

Hair of the dog

Hair of the dog is a reference to the act of applying the hair of a dog that bit you to the wound. At some point, people actually believed that you could cure the wound by literally applying the hair to the area and then wrapping it up. Obviously, that didn’t work well and probably actually caused more infections.

The modern-day version actually might work though. It’s a widely held belief that hangovers are caused by dehydration. But, some people think they are actually caused by Methanol poisoning. According to Adam Rogers, author of Proof: The Science of Booze, if you’re suffering from methanol toxicity, you can alleviate it by imbibing more alcohol.

“The notion is if a hangover is methanol toxicity, you’re going to have another drink and the ethanol displaces the methanol off the enzyme and you will feel better,” Rogers told The Independent. Doing this will likely get rid of your hangover for a little while, but you need to be careful. If your plan is to slam Bloody Marys until you can no longer feel pain, you need to reconsider. Instead, a little alcohol (to get you out of withdrawal), followed by water and (maybe) an aspirin is the way to go.

Get Paid to Drink Whiskey and Travel the World

Grant’s Whisky is looking for a global brand ambassador, which is a fancy way of saying they’re looking for someone who will travel the world convincing people to drink their whisky. Which means the traveler is also going to be drinking a lot of whisky. The application process has three parts, the first of which is easy. Simply make a three ingredient cocktail that uses Grant’s whisky and post a picture of it with the recipe on Instagram or Facebook. The second part is a whisky mixer in Speyside, Scotland, where the distillery’s 20 favorite applicants will come and bump elbows with Grant’s higher ups. If you make it through that, you’ll be sent off on one of three separate global treks involving three different destinations to help the company plan events and sell whisky. Each of the destinations will net you a suitcase of Grant’s, so even if you don’t get the job, you’re going home with one hell of a souvenir.

Thirsty Thursday: Sun Seeker Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 tbslp honey
  • 3 oz ginger beer (refrigerated)
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Grater or microplane
  • Sprig of rosemary

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing glass pour bourbon and add honey. Stir until honey is dissolved and fully incorporated. Add ice and shake to chill. In a copper mug or lowball glass, pour ginger beer and strain bourbon honey mix into glass. Grate cinnamon over the top. Press rosemary to release oils, and rub around rim of glass (counter clockwise to reverse negativity) and place sprig in glass for garnish. Sip and feel the refreshing warmth deep through you and enjoy!

Whiskey for fire, rosemary for the sun, cinnamon for the warmth of summer, ginger for its healing and deep roots.