Words, Words, Whisky

A turn of phrase,
a dram of whisky,
& a bit of pop culture.

Booze-Infused Gummy Bear Recipes [Serious Eats]

Ridiculous…ly awesome.

the Addison Recorder

A few fellow Windy City writers and I started an online magazine (blogzine, reader, etc), wherein we string together a lot of words to talk popular culture. Naturally, my first few scheduled posts will be about alcohol & board games.

Rhubarb Bitters Recipe [imbibe]

If I had to pick a favorite for ‘hot new flavor of bitters’ this spring, I’m going to go with rhubarb. Here’s another recipe for rhubarb bitters, this time from Imbibe online. Technically, I think they’re closer to a tincture than a bitters (as there are no bittering agents in the recipe), but they still look rather tasty.

Compare them to the other rhubarb bitters recipe I linked to earlier this month. Very, very different recipes, but both termed ‘rhubarb bitters.’




Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people.

Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

And it is distributed under a Creative Commons license, meaning it is not only free to play, but remixing, and changing the game are more than just encouraged.

The official hard copy has been sold out for a while now, but a PDF of all the cards, and instructions distributed by the creators for making your own deck can be found here.

You’re welcome, and enjoy!


I love this idea and I want this very badly.

Best game ever. I cannot recommend it enough.  



(Source: dontpanic-789)


The Double Shadow Episode #4: The Maker of Gargoyles

Thanks to Night Shade Books, we’re very excited to announce our show’s first giveaway! We’re giving away copies of The Miscellaneous Writings of Clark Ashton Smith, Book of Cthulhu (short stories) edited by Ross Lockhart, Best Horror of the Year v.4 edited by Ellen Datlow (pub. 2012), and Laird Barron’s The Croning. To enter, submit your 1-2 sentence synposis for an unwritten Averoigne story. You can submit the entry to our Twitter, our Facebook, our Google + page, or as a comment on this post (note, private Twitter accounts should choose an alternative method, unless we follow you back). If using Twitter, please limit your synopsis to 2 tweet maximum.

Winners will be determined in 2 ways. First, as a group, we’ll pick our favorite synopsis. That person will win a copy of Miscellaneous Writings and one other book of their choice. The other three books will be given away randomly to participants. So even if you’re not sure your idea is the absolute best, give it a shot! If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out the Averoigne story links in our intro post and read ahead a bit.

This week’s show is about “The Maker of Gargoyles,” the third story in the Averoigne cycle. It was first published in August of 1932, by Weird Tales. You can download the episode here, or subscribe in iTunes, by RSS, or on Stitcher. This week, we’ve had to issue our first of a (thankfully) few warnings for sexually violent stories. Each podcast containing sexual violence will begin (or begin after something like the contest announcement) with a warning that contains further info on the situation.

Since it’s come up enough, the difference between aspergillus, which Smith keeps saying, and an actual aspergillum. Fun fact, Ruth was sprinkled by an aspergillum just a couple days ago and did not burst into flame, disappear, etc. She is probably not a lamia. Probably. Ruth tries to avoid aspergillus, because that’s disgusting.

Stories mentioned in the podcast were Guy Davis’s “The Marquis” and China Mielville’s Perdido Street Station.

Thanks to Kevin MacLeod for the music in this week’s episode. Also, apologies for Ruth’s mic. It switched from her good one to the basic internal one without anyone noticing until after the podcast was recorded.

Our next episode will be the first half (sections 1-4) of “The Colossus of Ylourgne.”

(Source: thedoubleshadow)

When I found out about BadHappy Poutine Shop




Really need to check this place out…

(via fuuuuuuuckthis-deactivated20140)

DIY Rhubarb Bitters [seriouseats.com]

A friend sent me this link over Twitter, from the Serious Eats website. The recipe looks tasty, especially if one is a fan of floral gins. It also allows some nice flexibility for anyone looking to tailor it more to his or her own tastes.

(Were I to tweak it to my own nefarious ends, I might take out the juniper & fennel, add peppercorns & maybe lemongrass… change the bittering agents to gentian root & black walnut leaf… replace the rum with an eau de vie).

The author has also found a nice balance between a labor-intensive process (macerating everything separately, then combining) and an overly-simple process (put everything in a jar & wait).

Y’know, this actually gives me an idea for my own rhubarb bitters…

One of my friends wondered aloud this past Friday: how is there not a tumblr mash-up site combining the words of Community with the images of Doctor Who?
She has since rectified that oversight. Enjoy.
My wife was at a book store, saw this, and picked it up for me. I think it’s safe to say she knows me pretty well.

Sipping the Spirit of the North [wsj.com]

Nice little write-up on one of my favorite spirits, aquavit. It also gives a shout-out to North Shore’s damned fine aquavit.