Category Archives: Drinking

Excuse me, sir, could you spare some gin? I seem to have misplaced my gin.

Grasshopper Hot Cocoa

Hot_chocolate_(2)Finding the right warm cocktail to sip next to the fire while you watch Christmas Vacation for the 1000th time is a bit tricky. I’m a sucker for simple things and mity things, though. As such, this quick GRasshopper Hot Cocoa is perfect.


  • Your Favorite Hot Chocolate
  • Creme de Cacao
  • Creme de Menthe


  1. Make your favorite hot cocoa.
  2. Stir in Creme de Menthe and Creme de Cacao in a 3-to-1 ratio to taste.
  3. Top it all off with whipped cream or foam and chocolate sprinkles or shavings if you’re feeling like it.
  4. Drink!

Enjoy the warmth of all things as your family slowly becomes more bearable and the movies become just a bit funnier.

The Drink Like the Panda Countdown

Over the years, we have covered a lot of things about drinking. Here is a simple countdown of some of our favorites, so you can drink like the rest of us.

4 Drink Recipes

  1. The Cucumber Caipiroska
  2. Simple Wine Jello
  3. Vodka Nutella Shot
  4. Classic Mulled Wine

3 Drinking Games

  1. The Very Mary-Kate Drinking Game
  2. The Buffy Drinking Game
  3. The Community Drinking Game

2 Drinking Guides

  1. Don’t Drink that Box of Wine By Yourself
  2. Drinking Culture

1 Warning Against Thinking Wine Makes All TV Good

  1. There isn’t enough wine in the world to make Splash watchable.


Please enjoy any alcoholic beverages responsibly.

The Cucumber Caipiroska: Perfect Summer Party Cocktail

Every spring and summer ins Athens, I would always head to Highwire Lounge for their signature cocktails. My favorite of which was the Cucumber Caipiroska. This recipe isn’t exactly the same, but it’s pretty great. The only thing missing is the smell of the booths make from unfinished wood.

Took this picture, in Highwire, on a Palm Pre. The drink closest to me is mine. It is almost definitely a cucumber caipiroska. 


  • 1 Cup caster sugar
  • 1 Cup lime juice
  • 3 Stalks of prepared lemongrass
  • 4 Cucumbers, peeled and deseeded
  • ⅔ Cup white vodka
  • 3 Cups soda water
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Lime wedges

To Do

  1. Make a lime/lemongrass simple syrup. Place the sugar, lime juice and lemongrass in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil for 2 minutes or until thickened slightly. You can do this in the microwave if you’re careful with it.
  2. Serve it up. Allow to cool completely. Strain. Place the cucumber, white rum and lemongrass syrup in a blender and process until smooth. Pass through a sieve into a 1.5 litre-capacity jug.
  3. Finish it off. Add the soda water, extra cucumber and ice and stir to combine. Squeeze in extra lime, if desired. You can do this park all together or per cup, depending on how fizzy you like it or quickly it’s being drank.

Makes 1.25 litres (5 cups)

Mulled for the Gods

Mulling wine for the good of Thanksgiving was the best idea I’ve had in a while. Here’s a very precise recipe that I used. Sorry for the lack of real pics… but you can imagine, right?

If not, you can imagine it looks a little like this minus the star anise because it’s my least favorite spice of all time—I mean, who really needs a spice that tastes vaguely of licorice and/or fennel? 😠

I paired the picture of mulling wine with one of my sister passed out after consuming most of said wine. Recipe after the jump. Continue reading Mulled for the Gods