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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)

Vodka Nutella Shot

Ingredients & Measurements:

  • 1 cup ice
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons Nutella
  • 1 shot Baileys
  • 1 shot Vanilla Stoli


This one’s a blender recipe. That’s OK, though. Just toss everything in and blend until smooth. Done. Drink!

Also, I would suggest trying this one as a milk shake. It’s quite tasty that way. Just replace the milk and ice with a few scoops of ice cream. Mmm… yeah.

(via my Evernote notebook from forever ago.)

Fine Cuisine from Foreign Places (Part 1)

*Thing they don't really do in Chile
*Thing they don’t really do in Chile

Today, we’re going to take a magical (imaginary) journey to the furthest corner of the world. Oooh, chilly. No, darling, it’s Chile!  But it is freezing here, so it works. We’re in Punta Arenas, Chile in the 12th district, also known as the Magallanic Region.

I know what you’re thinking: “WE PASSED THE WINE REGION! TURN AROUND, TURN AROUND!” It’s okay, sweetheart, we have some regional wines like Carmenére that are delicious and $4 a bottle. Also, it’s 2012. They do ship wines.

Man, traveling is awesome. Nothing’s worse than eating Chick-fil-A, Zaxby’s, and Dairy Queen five times a week. Finally, we’re here, far away from American-style foods. We’re experiencing culture! This is how real people eat! These kind folks aren’t rushing from job to job or working 70 hours a week in order to “get ahead” financially. They eat all of their meals together at the table (how quaint!). The only fast food here is at the tiny mall’s food court, and even then it’s mostly ice cream shops. We’re going to come back so thin, you guys!


Meal 1:

  • Un Completo: a hotdog with avocado, onions, and tomatoes. Also called un Italiano, because of the colors.
  • Rice
  • Argentine beer


  • This is a typical Chilean food. That doesn’t seem right.
  • Maybe they’re trying to acclimate me. Grown-ups don’t eat hot dogs, do they?
  • These hot dogs are not Oscar Meyer’s by a long shot. They’re not even like New York hot dogs. I can’t tell what’s different, but they’re much saltier and almost tangier than their American counterparts.
  • The toppings are nice, though, and I never thought of putting any of them on a hot dog before.
  • B+

Meal 2:

  • Pizzas! One with tomatoes, onions, black olives, and hot peppers, the other with chorizo, beef, hot dog slices, and corn.
  • Corn served with mayonaisse
  • Diet Coke


  • Man, that’s one gringo-looking pizza. I wonder why we never thought of putting hot dogs on pizza.
  • Oh, THAT’S why.
  • The vegetarian pizza was good.
  • Corn with mayonnaise tastes exactly how you’d expect it to. I think it’s supposed to be like the poor man’s creamed corn.
  • Coca-Cola products here taste exactly the same as they do in the States, which I’ve never experienced before. They’ve always been drastically different.
  • Vegetarian pizza: A- / Hot Dog-Corn Pizza: C-

Meal 3:

  • A stew made with spinach, black beans, pinto beans, shredded chicken, and hot dog pieces.


  • You’re fucking with me, aren’t you?
  • After picking out las sanchichas: A


Thanks for traveling with me! It was mostly fun. Sorry about the food. Next time, we’ll go to Italy or Peru!