May 14th, 2008

beer

I am not a beer snob

Drink of choice for flip cup, bowling, and diet purposes?  Miller Lite.

If I can find that 64 calorie Beck's Light, though...

(Random post for the day thanks to a night of bowling.  Next post has more meat in it, I promise!)
gamersinfo

video game drinks

Since my "other unpaid second job" is a video game reviewer for GamersInfo.net, I spend at least a bit of time each day perusing sites such as Kotaku. Today on there I saw this post listing out the drinks EA came out for the EA Games Spring Break 08.

I was even more amused to see this after instantly recognizing the reference to a video game in the punch drink from Monday night's dinner. Let's see what my initial looksie here has me feeling...

Battlefield: Bad Company: Herradura silver tequila, cointreau and fresh squeezed lime served on the rocks.

Battlefield: Bad Company got some bad press initially due to the fact that it was going to give an advantage to players who paid more by giving them better weapons.  The basic concept of the game is much like Kelly's Heroes, the classic Clint Eastwood movie where soldiers basically go AWOL to go after a cache of gold.  This game is set in the modern day as an FPS and seems a bit grimmer given the descriptions, so having what is basically a margarita without simple syrup seems like an appropriate choice - though not necessarily one I'd drink.

Battlefield: Heroes: Hendrick's gin, fresh rasberry, cucumber, shaken and strained, served up with a splash of kumquat dry soda.

Unlike the other Battlefield game, Battlefield: Heroes is a more cartoon-ish game, a third person multiplayer-only free to play online game set between two sides, the Royals and the Nationals, who are having a dispute over the Olympics.  It's more of a casual, have fun, almost kind of care-free killfest from what I've seen, and thus the combination of light, fruity tastes in the Hendricks and its companions in the drink sound quite refreshing.  I'd just be careful of having too many while playing, but outside (gasp!) in the summertime I'd be all over this drink like grenade spam from a newbie.

Left 4 Dead: Fresh muddled lime wedges, mango puree, cachaca, shaken and poured over rocks.

I'd say that the Left 4 Dead cocktail reminds me of the caipirinha, or the classic cocktail of Brazil, but honestly, that's probably just due to the cachaca, as this one has no mint in it.  Still, it's another fruity drink, this time named after a first person shooter slash survival horror game that emphasizes teamwork for the humans and 28 Days Later-esque "Infected" zombies on the other side, some with grotesque powers, others who will curbstomp you while you're down.  Like the zombies, I'd bet this drink would pound your head into the curb if you're not careful.  Cachaca can be dangerous stuff.

Warhammer Online: Oronoco rum, freshly squeezed lime, simple syrup and muddled cucumbers, shaken hard poured over ice.

Ya see, we get into a game I'm really, really looking forward to and from a company that's local here to me (EA Mythic, over in Fairfax, all of whom are nice guys and gals the times I've met them) and it has a drink that I'm a bit confused as to how it relates to the game.  Warhammer Online is the upcoming PvP-focused MMORPG based off the legendary Games Workshop IP.  It's grim but with a sense of British black humor (would that be humour?) to it, and given Mythic's experience with Dark Age of Camelot it should be a lot of fun - and it has been the times I've tried it.  Somehow, though, the background, to me, doesn't say "rum", with what almost ends up being kind of a tiki drink here.  I'm not saying it'd be bad, though I may have to leave this one for tmfiii to try out.

Dead Space: Maker's Mark, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, Disaronno amaretto, served up with a cherry.

What happens if you rip a planet apart and there's something in there?  That's the basic premise of Dead Space, the space-horror game that keeps making me think of the ancient ICE title from the 1980s.  I'm still up in the air on this game from what I've seen - the big thing being the sci-fi background to it, it seems like they're going for a more hard sci-fi background but then you have a whole premise of mining entire planets by destroying them and a serious lack of natural resources which seems hard to justify (to me).  I will admit I haven't seen the whole background story yet but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.  The drink, on the other hand, looks really good to me, a variant of the Manhattan with amaretto added.  We used to sometimes add amaretto to our bourbon and cokes in college, but I do have to admit that I'm wondering if they added bitters to this drink.  If not - for shame.

And it better not have been one of those fluorescent red "maraschino" cherries that any good reader of the Den would know isn't a true maraschino cherry.  Maybe that's the "horror" aspect of it if it was a fake cherry...

Rock Star: Drink like a rockstar, Skyy citrus, fresh lemon and lime, served sparkling in a tall glass.

If you haven't played Rock Star you're really missing out, it's a heck of a game.  Up to four players, with lead guitar, bass, drums, and a singer, it's a great party game.  I'm leaving this as quoted from the article because I'm really hoping that they didn't add that horrific "Rockstar" energy drink to the drink.  I'm not a huge Skyy fan, and I'm assuming that by sparkling they're adding club soda or seltzer water or something, but as a light drink this doesn't seem like it'd be overly bad unless you're an anti-vodka fanatic like Marshall.

Skate It: Jameson, fresh lemon, ginger beer, a touch of blood orange bitters and pomegranate.

I'm going to be honest here.  I'm not a skateboarding fan.  Sure, I have a long sleeved Tony Hawk t-shirt garnered from E3 one year, and I always seem to end up covering those games at E3 even though I don't like or really understand the appeal to them, but there you go.  So I know nothing about Skate It.  I don't know if Irish whiskey would really be "skater" but actually I like the idea of this drink a lot.  I'd have to think the Irish will be rather subtle when coupled with the ginger beer but this is another one that I might have to try to make sometime soon.

Mass Effect: Fresh basil, Lotus vodka and fresh lime juice served straight up.

Bioware's RPGs have always been a lot of fun and Mass Effect really sucked me in.  I've even read the novel twice and will probably buy the sequels.  At first glance, a combination of basil, Lotus vodka (I've never heard of Lotus vodka - but according to its website it has a "vitamin vodka" and an "energy (drink) vodka" though the article doesn't say which is used), and fresh lime juice seems a bit weird for the game, but the more I thought about it the more appropriate it seemed, especially for the more "biotic" characters.

So hey - at least one drink in here listed bitters.  I'm betting it was the Stirrings Blood Orange bitters.  If anyone out there got a chance to try one I'd love to hear how they are, and as I said, I might try to make one for myself.  I just wonder if EA would get mad if I drank an unauthorized one while playing GTA IV...