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August 12, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The makers call it a "party in a pouch." Critics say it's more like an alcoholic candy bar. ShotPak is a line of alcoholic beverages that come in shot-sized, laminated-foil plastic pouches that are reminiscent of the drinks children pack in school lunches. Purple Hooter is one of the drinks, which sell for 99 cents to $1.50 in liquor stores and for more in some nightclubs.
December 30, 2007 | Jenn Garbee, Special to The Times
Idrank my first cocktail in New Orleans in my youth, downing fuzzy navels on Bourbon Street with my cousin Caroline Brady. Back then, I was content with cheap booze and plastic cups. Times have changed. Recently, while visiting Caroline and her family, I found a city with a renewed appreciation for serious cocktails.
November 16, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Here's a sobering thought: Hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey, some of it almost 100 years old, might be unceremoniously poured down a drain because authorities suspect it was being sold by someone without a license. Officials seized 2,400 bottles late last month during warehouse raids in Nashville and Lynchburg, the southern Tennessee town where the whiskey is distilled. "Punish the person, not the whiskey," protested Kyle MacDonald, 28, a Jack Daniel's drinker from British Columbia.
November 5, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- After two weeks of civic togetherness forged by fire, the San Diego City Council today returns to regular business with an issue that has bitterly divided residents for years: Should drinking be allowed on city beaches? Virtually alone among Southern California cities, San Diego allows the consumption of beer and spirits on most of its beaches. But a booze-fueled Labor Day brawl at Pacific Beach has led to a call for San Diego to ban beach drinking altogether.
October 10, 2007 | Betty Hallock
Easy to use, with fun shapes, silicone ice cube trays are great for making edible cocktails. They're generally less expensive than silicone candy molds and more widely available. Brands such as Tovolo, Silicone Zone and Lekue produce trays that make hearts, fruits, penguins, you name it. But simpler shapes make for easier jelly-shot removal. Silicone ice cube trays, about $5.95 to $9.99 from various manufacturers, available at some Target stores and online at
October 10, 2007 | Betty Hallock, Times Staff Writer
YOU have every reason to throw a party. There are signs of diplomatic progress in North Korea, America's Team is undefeated, and both the Sex Pistols and Spice Girls are getting back together (though not to form one band). But the best reason of all is to show off edible cocktails -- gorgeous jiggly cubes or slices or pyramids that you serve like hors d'oeuvres. They're making a splash at bars and restaurants and on the party circuit. Everybody's doing it.
July 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Beginning today, everyone will be required to show identification before buying beer in Tennessee stores -- no matter how old the buyer appears. It will be the first state to make universal carding mandatory, says the National Alcohol Beverage Control Assn. However, the law does not apply to beer sales in bars and restaurants, and it does not cover wine and liquor. Supporters say it keeps grocery store and convenience store clerks from having to guess a customer's age. Democratic Gov.
May 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Attorneys general in California and 26 other states urged Anheuser-Busch Cos. to issue warnings about mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks, such as its new Spykes flavored malt beverage drink. In a letter to the company Thursday, state officials accused the beer company of marketing Spykes and other products to underage drinkers and failing to deter minors from using them.
April 20, 2007 | From Reuters
A fruity cocktail may count as health food, U.S. and Thai researchers said Thursday. Adding ethanol -- the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits -- boosted the antioxidant nutrients in strawberries and blackberries, the researchers found. Any colored fruit might be made even more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol, they reported in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Dr.
March 15, 2007 | From Reuters
How about a glass of wine to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? That might not sit well on the stomach of many residents of Ireland's capital Saturday as they mark the year's biggest party with copious quantities of Guinness, the rich, dark beer with a creamy head that is the national drink.
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