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Armory Review: Fred & Friends Polluted Glasses

Over the years, I’ve accumulated an eccentric assortment of glassware. It seems to be the standard fallback gift for me (besides LEGO sets). So over the holidays one of my friends got me a set of glasses that is absolutely toxic.

Roll out the barrel and you’ll have a barrel of fun. There’s no better way to get wasted than our Polluted glasses and your favorite brand of poison. Totally intoxicating.

Like most of Fred’s products, the Polluted Glasses are a perfect gift for the person who won’t grow up (not for actual children). Shaped like toxic waste barrels and etched with a radiation symbol, I can’t guarantee drinking out of these will give you super powers, but it can’t hurt. Each glass is 10 ounces, making them a smidge too small for a bottle of beer but fine for a mixed drink.

But there are two issues I see with the glasses. First, they are thin. I’ve grown accustomed to drinking out of hearty pint glasses lately and find myself concerned about how fragile these are. They are also hand wash only, but that’s just me being lazy.

A toxic themed drink recipe is included as well, giving you a neon green that is disgustingly fun (and guys, if you really like appletinis, you can drink them out of these without any ridicule). I really like these glasses, but oddly, I find myself wishing they were made of plastic.

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Castles and Cooks Holiday Gift Guide

Buying gifts for gamers can be a real challenge. They are constantly picking up the newest games, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering might as well be foreign languages. So the Castles & Cooks brain trust joined forces to come up with 25 fantastic holiday gifts in a variety of price points.

Chocolate Dice – $8
If you need a stocking stuffer for any tabletop player, get them a delicious treat in the shape of a set of dice. It’s cheap, adorable and delicious. Available in white, 6o% and dark chocolate.

Bag O Zombies – $10
This is a bag of 100 zombies for $10, how is that not awesome? Any self-respecting DM can find a reason to use these, but when don’t you need a bag of zombies? It doesn’t matter if you play ZOMBIES or not – and they come in regular zombie gray or glow-in-the-dark!

LEGO Gandalf Arrives – $13
Lord of the Rings holds a special place in almost every geek’s heart, but as a desktop decoration, they don’t get more perfect than this. Gandalf’s cart is adorable and full of fireworks and a LEGO Frodo may be the cutest thing in the world.

Hogwarts Acceptance Letter – $15
Even if it didn’t arrive on your 11th birthday, getting a personalized acceptance letter to Hogwarts will bring a smile to any wizard’s holiday.

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Drinking is Coming: Game of Thrones Inspired Cocktails

To say that we’re horribly jealous of the girls over at Inn at the Crossroads would be the biggest understatement. With their phenomenal book, A Feast of Ice and Fire, they’ve become the greatest culinary experts on Game of Thrones inspired cooking – surpassing even Tom Colicchio! But I’ve got to say, while I love their recipes (over 200 of them), sometimes you don’t want to eat – you want to drink.

Mulled wine is delicious but hardly in season year around, so Tom and I tasked ourselves with crafting a series of drinks inline with our other attempts to remind everyone that winter may be coming, but you should cool off while the summer still lasts. Unlike most of our drinks though, many of these manage to have non-alcoholic varieties as well. Just omit the alcohol.

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Cryomancer & Mixologist Recipe: Coffee Stout Milkshake, an unlikely alliance

Lunging at one another, the Mixologist chucked a flaming flask while the Cryomancer countered with a heaping avalanche of ice. But they both realized too late that their attacks were just going to counter each other. What they didn’t realize at the time was how delicious the outcome would be.

Two weeks ago, Tom came up to visit and finally managed to smuggle a bottle of the exceptionally rare Imperial Stout Trooper. To call it an excellent beer would be an understatement, but the beer originally debuted in late winter, so it isn’t exactly designed for the late spring/early summer pallet. But not one to let it go to waste, I knew the best way to drink it was by adding two things: more alcohol and ice cream.

The end result is a concoction that would make both the cryomancer and mixologist proud to clink tankards on a warm day.

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Mixologist’s Recipes: Hunger Games Shots & Mixed Drinks

In honor of the Hunger Games movie launching tomorrow, I was tasked with seeing if lightning can strike thrice after the massive success of our Harry Potter Sorting Shots and Harry Potter shots. So taking inspiration from the characters in the books and my liquor cabinet, I set out to make four drinks worthy of surviving the Hunger Games.

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Mixologist can mix that too: Ghostbusters: Chicago Division crafts Hi-C Ecto-Cooler

Through some deal which I can only assume is with the devil, the Ghostbusters Chicago Division has managed to craft a replica of Hi-Ci Ecto-Cooler!

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Mixologist’s Review: Celestial Seasonings Perfect Iced Tea Southern Sweet Black Tea Brew Over Ice K-Cup

I’ve always been a huge fan of iced tea. With my mom being from Maryland, sun brewed tea was always made daily on the porch and it’s one of those drinks I’ll always associate with summer. But I grew up with unsweetened tea and tend to avoid sweet tea because I don’t like the idea of my skull rotting out of my skull. But after wandering the streets of Boston during the Fourth of July weekend, Green Mountain Coffee provided me with some free samples of their “Brew Over Ice” brand.

Now, I’m guessing that “Brew Over Ice” is the same as the regular coffee, but the concept behind it is genius. K-Cups and Keurig machines are something I still find odd even though I have one at home and at the office. I find them excessively wasteful but given that an iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts (when I’m not inflicting bodily harm on myself) is a couple bucks, K-Cups almost seem like a bargain.

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Mixologist’s Recipes: Harry Potter Shots – The Dark Mark, the Rubeus Hagrid, Fire Whiskey & the Golden Snitch

With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II coming closer and closer, I figured it was time to revisit my shots after the astounding popularity of the Harry Potter Sorting Shots,  Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice. So finally here are the latest rounds of drinks inspired by the series!

The Rubeus Hagrid
“Technically, I’m not allowed to do magic…”
—Rubeus Hagrid

Ingredients
3 fingers of Scotch or whiskey
A drop of pink food dye
A pink umbrella for garnish

Pour three fingers worth of scotch (either neat on on the rocks) into an old fashioned glass. Add a drop of dye to make it pink and garnish with with a pink umbrella.

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Mixologist’s Review: Dunkin Donuts Captain America the First Avenger Tri-Cup Coolatta

After the glowing responses of the Frozen Hot Chocolate and MTN Dew Coolatta, I decided to take one in the taste buds by returning to Dunkin Donuts after discovering their were teaming up with Captain America. Toss in that it’s almost the 4th of July and I’m left questioning what it means to be an American.

I went all-out and ordered what I’m calling the Captain America Meal – a First Avengers Tri-Cup, a Captain America donut and a Stars and Stripes donut. It’s a sickening display that I can’t even bear to finish.

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Mixologist’s Recipe: Harry Potter Sorting Shots

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II is coming out soon and that means reason to celebrate (or mourn) so down a flagon of homemade butterbeer! Throw back some fire whiskey. As the fandom continues to get older though, there seems to be more of a reason to celebrate in adult ways. So I’ve taken it upon myself to craft four shots, one of each house, that embodies the colors and spirit of each house!

The shots need to be layered otherwise they will look rather boring. Each shot is two layers. Don’t know how to layer shots? Check out a guide over at WikiHow. Each recipe is sorted with specific gravity so you don’t have to worry about that.

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