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What Your Drink Says About You
PBR: Low maintenance and will go for anything. Looking for something quick, easy deal, and cheap–maybe even in your women as well. Not cool.
Craft Beer: A man who knows what he wants/someone who is not cheap. Likes to try new things. Adventurous. Beer comes in many variations, styles, and brands. So when a man orders a local/craft beer at a bar, any bar, it shows good taste. There’s almost nothing worse than a man who drinks Natural Light or PBR at a nightclub or restaurant.
Whiskey, up/on rocks: A man’s man. Rugged. Tough. A confident, no fuss, laid back kind of guy. It’s alright if it’s mixed with a little coke too, but it’s always better if you can handle the scotch/bourbon/whiskey straight up, with no fluff. Sip slowly. Can be followed/mixed with a light or craft beer.
Vodka with mixer: A lady’s man. You’re in the clear. Stay away from too many garnishes (cherries, oranges, limes, etc) and fancy straws. Other than that, you’re good.
Gin with mixer: An “old world’ kind of guy. Older gentleman. Stuck in the 1930s. Debatable. We’re still trying to figure out who this Gin guy is…
Martini (vodka): You’re questionable. If it’s a Gin martini, it can be appropriate on a date. A martini, for a gentlemen, is never acceptable at a dive bar or a local restaurant spot. It is okay if you’re at a lounge, an upscale restaurant/bar and are possibly wearing a tie. Seeing a guy in jeans, at a dive bar, drinking a martini with extra olives is just…wrong.
Wine: Either a Snob or Worldly. Wine is suitable for men on a date under limited circumstances. The first one is you must or should be eating a meal with this wine. White for a fish (white meat, pasta, etc) dish, red for a steak (red meat) dish. It signifies that you are a classy, well-rounded, worldly man who knows how to enjoy his food and get the best out of his meal. It is not, however, recommended that you drink wine alone or order it while sitting at a bar stool, unless you are at a wine tasting. Also, when the cork is presented to you and you are to sample the first sip, do not go overboard on the swishing, gurgling, and aromatic gesturing–it’s just obnoxious, not to mention a major turn off.
Soda/Coke/Ginger ale alone: You’re a recovered alcoholic, drug addict, reformed party-er. If not, what are you doing at a bar? And more importantly, why don’t you drink? If it’s because of religion, maybe you shouldn’t be a bar in the first place…
Times are a’ changing. Thanksgiving is not just about the women in the kitchen, slaving over the stove, while the men enjoy football and a six pack. (Well it can be like that, but we’re recommending you do your part too. That’s where we come in to help.) It’s time to step up and help gentlemen! Even if that means just whipping up quick appetizers for your guests and looking good while doing it, you’re in the “I-Helped-On-Thanksgiving-So-Give-Me-A-Break-Zone.” If you’re not comfortable cooking a turkey and peeling potatoes, we have some inventive appetizers to share with you. Don’t worry, we’ve got a few tips, easy recipes, and ideas to make the day enjoyable for all and keep you looking extra “turkey fly fresh,”* giving you extra time to enjoy the afternoon game. Time to break out the Easy Bake Oven!
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
This recipe is super easy and only takes 15 minutes! Plus it will be a great appetizer for pre-game/pre-dinner festivities. Half of the “cooking” takes place in the microwave! Courtesy of Food Network:
1 cup thawed, chopped frozen spinach
11/2 cups thawed, chopped frozen artichoke hearts
6 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Don’t forget your napkin and handkerchief for this recipe! Who mixes food with fashion? WE DO.
Boil spinach and artichokes in 1 cup of water until tender and drain. Discard liquid. Heat cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute or until hot and soft. Stir in rest of ingredients and serve hot.
Easy Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
For the shrimp:
- 2 pounds (12 to 15-count) shrimp (pick it up on your way home from work?)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Top it off with your Salt and Pepper Cufflinks:
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup chili sauce (recommended: Heinz)
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and de-vein the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Place them on a sheet pan with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and spread them in 1 layer. Roast for 8 to10 minutes, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Set aside to cool.
For the sauce, combine ingredients and serve as dip!
Brie with Apricot Topping Recipe
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Dash salt
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1 round Brie cheese (8 ounces)
- Assorted crackers
- **TIP** Add some Champagne Cufflinks to your sleeve to make this dish even more festive!
- In a small saucepan, combine the apricots, brown sugar, water, vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in rosemary.
- Remove rind from top of cheese. Place in an ungreased ovenproof serving dish. Spread apricot mixture over cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is softened. Serve with crackers. Yield: 6-8 servings.
- Serve with Champagne!
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
- 6 water chestnuts, peeled and halved
- 6 slices bacon, halved crosswise
- Preheat broiler. Place 12 toothpicks in a shallow dish and cover with water; let stand 10 minutes.
- Wrap each piece of bacon around each water chestnut half; secure with a toothpick. Place on a baking sheet and transfer to oven. Broil, turning once, until bacon is crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer bacon-wrapped water chestnuts to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain before transferring to a serving platter.
**Yes, we made up the phrase Turkey Fly Fresh. If you wish to use in general conversation, please be sure to cite and quote CufflinksMan for the innovative phrase. Happy Holidays.