Vodka, Gin, Rum, Grain Alcohol, more Vodka: The Hand Grenades of New Orleans

Vodka, Gin, Rum, Grain Alcohol, more Vodka: The Hand Grenades of New Orleans

So, you’ve ventured to New Orleans and you’re having a nice quiet night snuggled up in a blanket, reading your favorite book in your hotel room. You hear the drunken laughter of the stumbling hooligans on the street below. “Ha, what fools, spending their New Orleans vacation in a drunken daze”, you think to yourself. You cut the light off at 9PM, leaving yourself ample time to wake up at 5AM for morning aerobics down by the bayou. This, ladies and gentlemen, is NOT how you do a New Orleans vacation. If you were thinking to yourself “wow, that’s my kind of vacation” while reading the above, please close this window now.

maxresdefaultNew Orleans is a city rich in history, vibrant in culture, and buzzing with nightlife. When Jess and I ventured to New Orleans, we were on a mission. A mission to experience everything the “Big Easy” had to offer. During the day, we saw the sights, did a ghost tour, and some other stuff that I’m sure Jess will talk about on here at some point. I’m not here to discuss the sight-seeing stuff though. I’m here to talk about one thing and one thing only. A beast of a drink so strong it’ll put you on the midnight train to black-out town faster than you can say “I love cajun food and Mardi Gras”. This, my friends, is the infamous New Orleans Hand Grenade. To find these, you’ll want to venture to Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. Since the actual drink recipe is a secret, only Tropical Isle and Funky Pirate are the two “official” places to get 19962196-tropical-isle-neon-sign-in-french-quarter-of-new-orleans-louisianathe Hand Grenade, but plenty of places sell Hand Grenades, and we couldn’t tell the difference on our trip (sorry).

Hand Grenades are served in souvenir cups that you get to keep, which is always a fun little perk right?  In addition, a cute plastic grenade is placed on the top, which many bars will have you throw into baskets or netting draped from the ceiling.

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That all sounds like a blast right? Innocent enough? Well, don’t be fooled by those stupid looking faces on the cup. These things are delicious pure evil (that’s a flavor). Here’s the ingredient breakdown:

  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Grain Alcohol
  • Melon Liqueur

If you’ve heard of a “Hurricane” cocktail before, you might think you’re fully prepared for the Hand Grenade. The Hurricane is like the Hand Grenade’s weaker baby brother, trying to grow up to be like big bro. Although the Hand Grenade is incredibly strong, the Melon Liqueur adds just the right sweetness to hide its powerful punch. If you can endure the hangover from consuming more than one of these, I absolutely recommend riding this roaring river of a drink down to flavor town. Jess and I found out the hard way that these things will sneak up on you, I’d love to go into the details but my mom might read this.

  • Drink Score:
    • Strength: 8
    • Flavor: 7
    • Cool Cup: 9
    • Final Score: 8

If this seems like to much for you… I also recommend the Huge Ass Beers.

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How it All Began: The Story of Our Long Distance Relationship

How it All Began: The Story of Our Long Distance Relationship

“So, where did you guys meet?”

This is a typical question asked of most couples, and there’s always a story to tell. Some met on a rainy afternoon in a coffee shop; others met on a sticky dance floor at 4 a.m.; some have known each other so long they can’t even remember, and others simply swiped right (the Tinder gods can be good!). Continue reading “How it All Began: The Story of Our Long Distance Relationship”

Can You Skip the Small Talk Phase in a Relationship?

Can You Skip the Small Talk Phase in a Relationship?

As a psychology guy, I love any articles that dive into the confusion behind why we do what we do, especially in relationships. When you first meet someone you might be into, you inevitably have to go through the awkward “small talk” phase before jumping into a relationship. I personally would argue the small talk phase is one of the best parts of a relationship, exploring someone’s personality on your own and deciding whether or not you’re on the same wavelength. However, I may have found something that’s cracked the code to skipping the awkward stuff and getting right down to business. Continue reading “Can You Skip the Small Talk Phase in a Relationship?”

Setting Expectations: Communication in a Long Distance Relationship

Setting Expectations: Communication in a Long Distance Relationship

Before we dive into setting the expectations in your LDR, seriously ask yourself, am I willing to put in the love and care this relationship needs? Remember Todd? Todd wasn’t ready for a long distance relationship, and sure as hell wouldn’t have been a good communicator in one. So, think you have what it takes? If your answer is yes, you’ll need to put in the work, and the first step is communication. Continue reading “Setting Expectations: Communication in a Long Distance Relationship”

Long Distance Relationships: Can You Do It?

Long Distance Relationships: Can You Do It?

Long distance relationships are hard. They’re also incredibly confusing. I’ve been with Jess for three years, living 3,655 miles away for all three of them, and no, it hasn’t gotten much less confusing. Why the hell would I choose to befriend, date, and then marry someone across the Atlantic Ocean? I’m not sure, but if I had to guess I’d say it’s because I like the exotic things in life. You know, spicy Indian food, Italian sports cars, fried tarantulas, Bora Bora, that kind of thing Continue reading “Long Distance Relationships: Can You Do It?”