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Monday, March 17, 2008

manhattanite – easy does it libra

manhattan2.gif rick from KAISER PENGUIN (no we’re not related) is hosting MXMO this month with the insane theme of LIMIT ONE. as in, too high an alcohol content in a tipple, necessitates the consumption of no more than one of those tipples. i’m a lightweight, so this topic is way out of my bar cheffing realm.

i’m always amazed at how someone can derive pleasure from imbibing a manhattan. in my eyes that is akin to sipping gasoline. i wish i could be that cool under fire to nonchalently order a manhattan… the fire i speak of is the one running all the way down your chest after you take a sip. i’m not cool! in an attempt to make this high octane classic more palitable, i used cherry-infused whiskey, compliments of sweet venus’ delectable cherry. sugary venus also rules the easy-going sign that is symbolized by a scale… dear libra, take it easy with this deadly drink!

(as this is a variation on the true MANHATTAN, this is called the MANHATTANITE.)

MANHATTANITE

2 oz cherry whisky (PHILIPS UNION CHERRY WHISKEY) or infuse your own*
1 oz sweet vermouth
few drops orange bitters
cherry or two (never use store bought maraschino, those are unhealthy!!! make your own, or use sour cherries like moi)

add all ingredients to shaker with ice. stir, do not shake! strain into martini glass.

* cut 30 sweet cheeries in half and place in 750 ml bottle whiskey for a few weeks. store in cool, dark place. agitate to expediate process. strain out cherries to store.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

cocktail shaped dog bisquits

dog-bisquits2.gifthis is too cute! green beer dog cookies and pink cosmo dog treats. just perfect to serve the pooch in their new cocktail shaped food bowl! and don’t forget the DOG BEER! product127_lg.jpg
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VIA HAPPY TAILS PET BOUTIQUE
cookies from POSITIVELY PETS

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

cubaland – libra’s decisive beverage of choice

pear-moj2.gif if you’re looking for green this weekend, don’t forget the mojito! cuban irish? why not! this green-hued libation is pure heaven, like most of venus’ progeny. for she bears all things sweet, succulent and savory. that would be mint and pears. delic…

i’ve recently been chastised by my libran friend for harping on the scale’s cliche indecisiveness. in my defense, i pointed to the fact that my dialogue concerns strictly sun signs, and that is a very general topic! so libras everywhere, hear this: if i offended you with my triteness, please accept my apologies. my friend went on to explain that he always orders the same drink every single time he steps foot in a pub. there is apparently not an ounce of hesitation behind any of his beverage decisions. i was really taken to task here! so i say to dave, and any libras like him, you must have an earth rising sign (like say capricorn, virgo, or taurus) to be so fixed in your bar menu…

dear zodiacal intoxicants, remember, you’re sun sign is a generalization of the real you. most of it’s correct, but sometimes it’s not. and that’s due to other planets in your chart that are influencing your personality. get a free birth chart here, or get one professionally done here.

CUBALAND (PEAR MOJITO)

- 1 1/2 parts white rum
- 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 parts freshly extracted pear nectar
- 1 part simple syrup
- 4 sprigs mint
- seltzer

Add rum, simple syrup, lime juice, pear nectar and 3 sprigs mint to shaker and muddle until desired mint flavor is achieved. Strain into footed glass filled with ice. Top with seltzer. Garnish with sprig of mint and slice of pear. (recipe by Gwen)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

it’s never too early to study the stars – zodiac onesie, bib & tee

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well astrology is getting just that little bit trendier every day… when THE GAP starts selling zodiac onesies you know astrology’s appeal is universal. $12.50; size runs only as far as 2T. BUMMER, i wanted to get one for my 4T niece. but then i found this website (probably the one that the GAP knocked off)…bib.gif5072701770804.jpg
tee.gifonesie.gifOBEY THE BABY where they offer onesies, bibs and tees in the coolest distressed motifs. AND, they have the decency to go all the way up to size 4T! ($9-$15)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

it’s legal. now what? absinthe…

fontainetra.gifif you read trendy mags, frequent nice haunts, or have hip friends, you’ll likely know that absinthe was recently legalized in the US. and in case you couldn’t tell, we’re exited about it!
spoonfeuilled_absinthe-arg-leaf.jpgbut what to do? where to buy? how to make? when to drink? seems everyone’s getting in on absinthe’s act, and there is a plethora of websites selling absinthe and its related wares. what originally started as a medicinal healing tonic two centuries ago, grew into a feared libation, causing it to be outlawed in many countries. the US only legalized it again late last year (thanks to some very dogged absinthe enthusiasts)! with such a dramatic and colorful past, we just can’t help but be more than a little curious. the person behind the infamous ban was 18th century french druggist henri schmidt, who said absinthe lead straight to the madhouse or the courthouse. thujone, the hallucinogenic ingredient derived from wormwood, is what’s to blame. commonly referred to as the “green fairy,” there is a type of absinthe made from white herbs known as the “white fairy” as well. vintage-2.jpg thujone can be found in many other plants too. sage, various varieties of lavender, cypruss and juniper, tansy, mugwort, yarrow and white cedar all contain this mind-altering substance. while absinthe originally contained large amounts of the psychoactive element thujone, today it contains only the legal limit, which is said to cause no side effects. so fear not, explore absinthe in this blog. ready to taste forbidden fruit of the spirit world and go buy absinthe? do it right, and hold a proper dégustation. for those of you not fluent in french, that means, a careful, appreciative tasting.” yup, go all out – get the cool absinthe set and the funky spoon to go with it… enjoy and buy absinthe.

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shaken in Tipple Talk


Saturday, March 8, 2008

intoxicated zodiac’s revealing tell-all interview

ferment3.gif it’s not everyday intoxicated zodiac gets a good blogging… so when it happens, why not flaunt it? check out FERMENTARIUM’S exclusive interview with the creator of IZ… which tipples are her favorite? what really makes gwen smile? whose idea did she swipe for this blog….! what does she do for fun (hint: it involves yellow cabs). you don’t want to miss this! check out FERMENTARIUM’S revealing tell-all here…

(oh, and yes, gwen knows she’s speaking in the psychotic third person)

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Friday, March 7, 2008

are you a drunkorexic?

i hope not. keep in mind, when following THE COCKTAIL DIET, one must indulge in a sensible breakfast and lunch. dinner may be replaced with one cocktail. sure fire way to lose the poundage fast. add the MARTINI WORKOUT and you’ll be a super model in no time. but replacing dinner with five cocktails, and not eating breakfast or lunch period at all… well, that’s a problem! and it’s called DRUNKOREXIA. yup, the lastest eating disorder doesn’t involve literal starvation or pukey rainbow showers… THE NEW YORK TIMES reported last weekend that “self-imposed starvation or bingeing and purging, combined with alcohol abuse is the latest entry into the lexicon of food-related ills.” hmmnnn… here i thought that was just called partying hollywood-style.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

plastic puzzle wine rack

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ok, ok, it’s not recycled, upcycled, reused or repaired… and it’s not made by handicapped midgets, rescued monkeys or battered husbands… but it is regardless, still pretty cool… a jigsaw puzzle wine rack. they say doing puzzles staves off alzheimers… i wonder if this counts? VIA WRAPABLES

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shaken in Bar Accessories


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

how to recycle anything, anywhere!

glasses.gifhonestly… i hate picking up other people’s crap. but i am compelled to stop – totally embarrassed, mind you – and rescue perfectly good stuff from the trash on a regular basis. sometimes i merely carry it in my car from the originating driveway to the thrift shop’s door step. but honestly, most of the time my sloth or shame gets the better of me… and off to the landfill it goes. (the glasses in this photo were all rescued from various bins.) it’s sickening what we throw out! last month, i happened across the most exquisite china cabinet in NYC. it was 9pm on a sunday night and garbage pick up was the following morning. that cabinet would have cost $1000 easy in an antique shop. to make matters worse, it was starting to rain. i almost started crying myself. what is wrong with people? it would have been so easy to find that beautiful object a loving home. perhaps it is that they are unaware that there are actually options than to simply throw it away? i’ve compiled a list to refer to the next time i wanna unload some crap. i’ll keep it posted permanently… feel free to peruse the next time you’re clearing your clutter!

GWEN’S DIRECTORY OF CRAP UNLOADING SOURCES

if you take the time to look, you will likely find a nearby thrift shop. or, throw an ad up on CRAIGS LIST in the free section. i’ve never been disappointed… i always find a taker. no matter how awful i thought my garbage was- someone always wanted it. FREECYCLE, THROWPLACE and IREUSE are also resources for unloading stuff. alternatively, place an ad on CRAIGS LIST announcing the time you will leave it at a certain location (end of your driveway), and watch it disappear! it helps if you put a free sign on the stuff too, as it makes people feel less like driveway burglars!

if you have bedding, towels, rags, unused pet prescriptions and pet products, newspaper, bleach, ect… bring them to your local animal shelter. they are always desperate for supplies.

recycle INK CARTRIDGES at PETSMART to benefit homeless animals. STAPLES will also take back laser and ink jet cartridges.

pay someone to unload your crap at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? they donate and recycle everything they can.

Your local pack-and-ship store will likely accept FOAM PEANUTS for reuse. Or, call the Plastic Loose Fill Producers Council to find a drop-off site: 800/828-2214. For places to drop off foam blocks for recycling, contact the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers who will direct you.

compost your XMAS TREE HERE.

recycle your PLASTIC BAGS at WALMART and STOP N SHOP

donate BUSINESS ATTIRE at DRESS FOR SUCCESS

donate EYEGLASSES at GIVE THE GIFT OF SIGHT. also, try your local LION’S CLUB, eye care chain or post office.

swap EXERCISE VIDEOS at VIDEO FITNESS

resell or trade SPORTS EQUIPMENT to PLAY IT AGAIN SPORTS

recycle OLD SNEAKERS at NIKE. or if they are still GOOD SNEAKERS, donate them to ONE WORLD RUNNING who will send them to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America, and Haiti.

give & take BOOKS at BOOK CROSSING

buy, sell, trade your STUFF at BUFFALO EXCHANGE

donate STUFF to the SALVATION ARMY

donate use PRESCRIPTION MEDS to THE STARFISH PROJECT

donate & purchase surplus CARPET at CARPET RECOVERY

unload your STUFF to the charities listed on UNIVERSAL GIVING

donate CELLS & CARTRIDGES to help schools & non-profit groups at FUNDING FACTORY

recycle VIDEO TAPES & FLOPPIES – while helping the mentally disabled – at ACT

recycle all your GADGETS and GADGET PARTS (too many things to list) at GREEN DISK

donate CELLS at DONATE A PHONE

donate SINGLE LINE PHONES at RECLAMERE

recycle your DELL

recycle your APPLE

recycle your HEWLETT-PACKARD

recycle at BEST BUY (cells, rechargeable batteries, appliances, tvs, ink jet cartridges)

recycle your TOSHIBA

recycle COMPUTERS, SOFTWARE, PERIPHERALS – and help disabled – at NATIONAL CRISTINA FOUNDATION

recycle all your BATTERIES at BATTERY SOLUTIONS

recycle rechargeable BATTERIES & CELLS at RBRC

recycle your CELL at COLLECTIVE GOOD

recycle your CELL at DONATE A PHONE, who give them to domestic violence victims

recycle compact FLUORESCENT BULBS, ENERGY EFFICIENT bulbs & non-rechargeable ALKALINE BATTERIES, paper & plastic bags at IKEA

donate STUFF, including good appliances, to GOODWILL

recycle old or BROKEN APPLIANCES at THE STEEL RECYCLING INSTITUTE

donate & buy used MOVING BOXES at USED CARDBOARD BOXES. or give them away on FREECYCLE, CRAIGSLIST. also, call local women’s shelter who always needs them.

Send scratched CDs, DVDs, and PLAYSTATION or NINTENDO VIDEO GAME DISKS to AURALTECH for refinishing, and they’ll work like new.

get paid for your old CARTRIDGES at RECYCLE PLACE

recycle your old MOTOR OIL at RECYCLE OIL

purchase your CARBON OFFSETS LIVE NEUTRAL, NATIVE ENERGY, CARBON FUND

green your website at CO2 STATS and DREAMHOST

TOOTHBRUSHES & RAZORS: Buy a recycled plastic toothbrush or razor from ToothbrushRecycline, and the company will take it back to be recycled again into plastic lumber. RECYCLINE products are made from used Stonyfield Farms’ yogurt cups.

TYVEK ENVELOPES: Quantities less than 25: Send to Shirley Cimburke, Tyvek Recycling Specialist, 5401 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Spot 197, Room 231, Richmond, VA 23234. Quantities larger than 25, call 866/33-TYVEK.

find a charity in the directory at NETWORK FOR GOOD

EARTH 911 is a great recycling resource.

how exactly does a landfill work anyway? find out…

state directory on where to ecycle

ecycle directory by state EIA

EPA ECYCLE general ecycling directory

recycle your food stuff…COMPOST 101

get rid of your junk mail: GREEN DIMES

LOWES will take old batteries from your power tools for recycling.

OFFICE DEPOT
will take any kind of “tech trash” for a small fee.

via the WEATHER CHANNEL… take the water from your humidifier or the wait for it to warm up so you can wash you face, and use it to flush the toilet… how smart!

WHAT’S IN AMERICA’S TRASH???

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

OPRAH bought URANUS & AQUARIUS – SHE’S a zodiacal intoxicant!

oprah_3.jpgi’ve always had a soft spot for oprah. me and the rest of america, right? ever since oprah’s exposure of the beef industry, i’ve respected her for taking on the hugely powerful business of cattle, while also being a compassionate and successful businesswoman. GO GIRL.

glass1.jpglast summer, i attended the NYIGF, a trade show in new york city. i spied a mammoth-sized martini glass and had to make it mine. ALL MINE. nothing would stop me from aquiring this awesome piece of plastic. except OPRAH that is. i made an appointment to return to the exhibitor’s booth at the end of the show and pick up my huge martini glass… i was so exited!!! however, i arrived to be told that the OPRAH peeps had beat me to the punch and swiped it right out from under me. i was astonished… how could they possibly think they would benefit more from giving it to OPRAH, than to me. the nerve. life is so cruel… oprah, how could you? (i finally did get myself a mammoth martini glass. it took a few months of incessant nagging, but all worth it : )

images.jpegok, fast forward to now… i just found out that OPRAH has purchased – yes, paid for lock, stock and barrel – her astrological constellation and ruling planet (for an undisclosed 8 digit figure). hell, i didn’t even know they were up for sale! to repeat, OPRAH owns AQUARIUS and URANUS. the latter of which she likes to refer to as MYANUS®. whada sense of humour, that OPRAH.photoaquarius.jpg in january 2006, she unveiled her “birthday present to herself” in front of an all-aquarian audience that was later presented with AQUARIAN gemstone bracelets and horoscopes written by OPRAH’S personal astrologer, Steadfast. (who knew?) so between her love of large glassware, expensive planets and fruity tipples, OPRAH is a serious zodiacal intoxicant!


here are some of OPRAH’S favorite liquid things:
OPRAH’S FAVORITE POMEGRANATE MARTINI RECIPE
OPRAH’S LEGENDS LEMON DROP MARTINI

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