Welcome to Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk, WSO's new blog about all things alcohol related. It's a celebration of alcohol, a veritable treasure trove of recipes to be tried out, a collection of useless facts, tips and suggestions to survive the next day, an education on more than just what it is your drinking and an excuse to drink. This entire concept came about at last year's WSO Conference and, after a whole lot of planning and lack of education, came up again at this year's Pre-WSO Conference Happy Hour.
Last year, Patrick and I discussed this as we had dinner at Strip House after the WSO Conference. He was impressed about how eloquently I spoke about Rye versus Bourbon versus Scotch and that I pointed him in the direction of a rather nice Rye to try (Michters if you guys are wondering) before we sat down to eat. Needless to say, we discussed the idea at length but nothing ever took off. After toying around with some ideas, nothing really stuck, so the project was pushed to the wayside.
This past weekend, at the Pre-Conference happy hour, I was drinking my Boulevardier, drawing attention to myself because I'm drinking a fantastic pink hued drink, and Patrick and I got into the same discussion again about needing to fill the void on an often unfilled topic on WSO, how to drink and be knowledgeable about what your drinking, and offer some insight into the vast world of everything out there. We joked about the few new posts on booze showing up, as they randomly do every so often as well. After giving it a lot of thought, the final push was something Gene Rubio during his speech at the WSO Conference, about having met someone, then met them again and the finally a third time because fate has a funny way of making things happen. It makes you realize...
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. ~Rick Blaine (Played by Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca
...the odds of Ilsa walking to Rick's Cafe American are so small there is definitely a reason for it to have happened. And Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk's reason to hang around is to fill that void of alcohol related information on WSO.
So welcome to a brand new corner on WSO, one where instead of deals and buyouts, we talk gin and juice. Instead of trades and settlements, we talk PBRs and Pliny the Elder. Instead of the, we're talking bourbon, whiskey, scotch and gin. Instead of trusting others to pick for us, we read the wine list ourselves. A bottle of White. A bottle of Red. Perhaps we talk about Rose instead. Consider this a new guide to drinking for the modern monkey. Welcome to WSO's new take on being BSD... being Blitzed, Smashed, And Drunk.
Mod Note: Best of WSO, this was originally posted July 2014