Nightmare in Qreamland

Uh oh: AllStarHipHop got an exqlusive on the Qream-related lawsuit that Pharrell's filing against the drinq's distributor. (If you're not familiar with Qream, it's a cream-based liqueur that Pharrell qreated in 2011, and which is, in his words, "a truly elegant experience for the modern day queen and her court of friends." This site was an early supporter; here's Qream's best and seemingly only qommercial.)

Pharrell's asqing Diageo North America for $5 million in eqchange for what he sees as a failure on their part to marqet Qream as the "high-end, leisure class" drinq he'd intended it to be, and beqause a lot of the bottles were apparently [...]


Wassail, Wassail

"And therein lies the beauty of wassail: more than just another nice-tasting drink, it’s part of a long (if largely forgotten) tradition of celebrating the life that winter can seem determined to snuff out. It’s a fragrant, warming concoction mixed in bulk and set out for sharing, all but demanding that you call in a crowd. There’s really no such thing as wassail for one." —Speaking of seasonally appropriate drinks, the always excellent Rosie Schaap has a lovely piece in the Times on the history and mini-resurgence of Wassail, which reminds me of the tradition I grew up with, which is that after every Christmas Eve [...]


Wine Babies

If 1,600 Danish schoolchildren are to be trusted, and who ever knows with those guys, "A Daily Glass of Wine Is Okay During Pregnancy." There's also something called a "Last Blast," for which there must be a better name. Unknowing … pre-showing. Post-conception … [20 minutes pass] Most-ingestion? I don't know.


The Cantaloupe Pimm's

If it were possible to dissolve into the internet like The Little Mermaid dissolves into sea foam, a good option today would be Serious Eats' end-of-summer cocktail slideshow. I am a drift of peach-champagne foam, and I have no thoughts or concerns.


Drynuary Halfpoint Check-In

John, how's it going? Are there any questions that came up in the comments of the first Drynuary post that you'd like to address?

John Ore: Fourteen days (and two weekends of NFL playoffs and Downton Abbey) in, it's going swimmingly. The odd bump in the road (more on that later), but still riding high and mighty and dry.

Our first Drynaury chat reminded me that, while I'm old hat at this, we're welcoming more newcomers into the fold each year. And that perhaps begs a quick review:

1) It's called "Drynuary." Say it quickly, it sounds sort of like "January." Some folks out there hate the name. [...]


Size Didn't Matter, Auntie Mame Was Still Hung

FOR TOO LONG, COCKTAILS have been too big. A benchmark is the Martini: Consider the prewar versions favored by Mame Dennis, the chic Manhattanite of "Auntie Mame." We're told in the 1958 movie version that she abjures an olive garnish because it takes up too much room in such a little glass—which, in that era, might have measured anywhere between 2 and 4 ounces. By contrast, in modern glasses of 8 or 10 ounces (or more), there's so much space that three overstuffed olives have become the norm.

Trust us, Wall Street Journal: there's not a thing about Mame we haven't considered.


Garnish With Seeds

Pumpkin vodka: not that you would, but you could.


Drynuary: What and Why

Edith Zimmerman: John Ore, Drynuary leader and expert, let's talk about Drynuary. Which, for the unfamiliar, is not-drinking for the month of January. Although everything besides booze is fair game, right?

John Ore: Correct. Drynuary centers on booze-fasting, so other vices are certainly fair game during the month. Although I've heard of folks using Drynuary to abstain from other things, like smoking the reefer. But I feel like you need to tailor the nomenclature if you're going to do that. "Drynuary" has a connotation that's very specific to booze.

Participating in Drynuary last year helped me make my brilliant decision to become a smoker. So if you're easily tempted [...]


What Is White Wine Good For?

You've seen the surfeit of reports that tell you red wine is THE BEST EVER for you, right?

Red wine strengthens your bones, gives you glowing skin, and helps stave off early aging of your brain cells.

But what about white wine?

White wine will take up space in your refrigerator, just chilling out. It will also make you use up your monthly text allowance on your cell phone ("When can I c u xoxoxoxo?").

White wine pairs great with chicken and light fish, because it hates ruminants. White wine was once quoted as saying, "Cows are ruining the planet with methane, and bison are the juicebox versions of cows; [...]



Healthy-living website Hella Wella made a Periodic Table of Cocktails that it'll distribute tomorrow via newsletter, but it's viewable early here.

The little numbers in the corner match up with the drinks' calories and sugar content and all that, and the icon is the glass they're supposed to be served in. The PToC also has a picture of a vintage cash register in the middle that looks like it might do something interactive, but I can tell you with great certainty that it is just a picture, and the little buttons are also just pictures.

In sadder alcohol-related news, bag-in-a-box wines are not always as perfect as they [...]