Three Sips to the Wind

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Lately in the afternoon when I feel the onset of boredom approaching, I reach across my desk for the bottle of Brugal 1888 that sits with other the liquors I’ve accumulated during a cold winter of booze hoarding… or was that hard boozing? I open the bottle, and from the cabinet behind me take the Match italian crystal rocks glass that I bought at Freeman’s with a gift card from an ex-girlfriend who thought I needed a haircut. I showed her who’s boss. Into this glistening piece of nostalgia I pour myself about two fingers of the aged Dominican rum. By giving the alcohol time to settle and breathe, I provide myself space for some grand moments of reflection. Being of dirty mind, this usually goes dark fast and ends with a chuckle. Isn’t it always amusing that we can vividly remember our failures, but the details of being awesome are relatively hazy? As my mind returns to the glass, I do the necessary and take a first sip. Always tiny, the initial taste is just something to wet the whistle, and after 30 seconds the second sip happens, massive, almost more of a pull. With the oaky rum having sufficiently warmed my face, I move the glass back behind the keyboard and look out the window to the north, where the profile of the UN glows rosily in the falling day. It is in these moments that often I wonder whether other people take pleasure in having a drink sometimes in the late afternoon at their desk, or if they’re even allowed to. I then look back at the monitor in front of me, my monitor, and curse the fact that I’m chained to a desk and not to a bar in the Caribbean. The third sip though, takes me there, and with a warming glow I finish the day on island time.

Lunchtime Laughter

Charles, the human hangover

“A problem with the way South Koreans drink is that they drink fast to get drunk fast”

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And the award for country that drinks the most goes to South Korea, who as a whole average 13.7 shots of booze per week. Americans in comparison average a paltry 3.3 shots per week.

The New Standard for Year-end Bonuses

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One boss in China has figured out a new way to determine how much of a year-end bonus each employee will receive. It involves drinking him under the table. An employee of the unnamed company explained that at the beginning of their year-end banquet, the man-in-charge “placed a pile of banknotes on the table before announcing workers would receive bonuses based on how much they could drink.” Now you’d think this would be weird and unfair to lightweights, however the boss explained the reasoning, and it’s more for conditioning than anything else; “much of the company’s business success was rooted in employees being able to hold their liquor with clients.” So, there you go.

 

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Mogwai’s Single Cask Scotch Whisky

Party Animal

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Sixpoint has created something akin to a “Super-IPA.” Available this week.

Soviet-Era Anti-Drinking Propaganda

Nobody listened.

images via rio wang

Printables

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Doomed Love at the Taco Stand by Hunter S. Thompson

TIME asked HUNTER S. THOMPSON, a former copyboy here who went on to an even more exciting career as a gonzo journalist, to report from the set of the movie being made of his 1971 book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in which Johnny Depp plays Thompson and the author appears in a cameo role. Thompson, who this year published a volume of collected letters called The Proud Highway, ended up taking Depp’s car and checkbook on a romantic adventure. Fasten your seat belts…

Janopause

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Someone actually gave a name to the act of drying out after the new year.

Benefits include lowered cholesterol, weight loss, improved sleep patterns and alertness, as well as liver recovery. There are some drawbacks though, such as annoying friends by talking too much about how you’re not drinking. Talking too much in general because you have so much more energy and clarity. Making your friends think that maybe they shouldn’t be drinking. Obtaining a year-long gym membership only to stop using it by March. The choice is yours…

Just Make Sure Your Drunk Ass Doesn’t Slice Anybody Up Tonight

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How to properly saber a champagne bottle.

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Game Changer

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Alcohockey

Nothing Quite Like 6 Drunk Santas Brawling on a Street Corner

SantaCon all over the place.

via, deadspin

92 Drinks Per Week

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Someone had a bunch of time to do a tally, and they found out that James Bond was “The Man with the Golden Liver.”

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The Parting Glass

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In Tullamore D.E.W.’s new short film, “The Parting Glass,” four friends meander through the rolling green hills of Ireland. Dressed in dapper suits with details—a flower on a front pocket, tattoos peeking out of a sleeve—the friends pour glasses of Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey, reflect on life, and quote poet James Joyce. The friends stop at a graveyard and, surrounded by headstones, sing the 1770 ballad, “The Parting Glass.” They toast to Jerry, a friend who we assume has passed—but the end has a smart and surprising twist.

The film was produced by New York agency Opperman Weiss, as part of Tullamore D.E.W’s “Irish True” campaign, and AdAge wrote that the “short should be envy of other booze ads.” We agree: The film tells a simple and beautiful story, which captures the true spirit of Ireland—just like Tullamore D.E.W. Whiskey.

View “The Parting Glass” and other short films on Tullamore D.E.W’s YouTube channel, and friend them on Facebook for updates.

 

10 Business Days Until Christmas

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Counting down one business day at a time with presents under $100 to help make this season the most gifted one yet. See our full gift guide here

Whiskey And Rum Making Kit ($70)

“I will not get drunk at a wedding and go steal the naked picture of a woman on a cigar over the urinal in the Citizen Hotel.”

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An apology note is much better than a day in court

Is it better to have a politician who is an alcoholic or a drug addict?

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The Economist looks at functional addiction

Soft Power

Eddie Huang visits Moscow in full tiger gear

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