DIY: Old Fashioned Glasses

(studiodiy/palmspringsstyle)

Step One:
Gather materials-
-Glasses
-Printable Starburst Motif (printable pattern template here, or design a stencil yourself), Printed on Cardstock
-X-Acto blade
-Cutting mat
-Liquid gold leaf
-Blue painter's tape
-Paintbrush

Step Two:
"First, cut out a rectangle shape around the starburst pattern. Then use your knife to carefully cut out the starburst shape from the rectangle, leaving you with a stencil. Rip off a piece of painter’s tape and tape it to your cutting mat. Place your stencil over top and carefully cut out the starburst shape from your tape."

Step Three:
"Peel your stencil off your mat and adhere it to your glass where desired, and then repeat the above steps until you have as many starbursts as desired on your glass. It is so so so important to run your fingernail over all the little cutouts of the starburst once it’s taped on the glass to ensure it is sealed on there well! This will prevent the gold leaf from leaking through the stencil."

Step Four:
"Open your liquid gold leaf and while working in a well-ventilated area, stir it well with your paint brush. Paint a thick but even coat over the starburst shape. If you find you need more than one coat, go ahead and add a second coat."

Step Five:
"Let dry thoroughly, then remove your stencils and you are done! If you do find that any starbursts didn’t turn out perfectly, you can use a toothpick or a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to remove any unwanted gold leaf."

 

Now fill your glasses with your most favorite cocktail and you are ready to party, mid-century style!

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DIY: Tiki Torch Bottles

(sugarandcharm)

Step One:
Gather supplies-
-Tiki torch tips
-Liquor bottles
-Tiki torch liquid
-Matches

Step Two:
"Wash the bottles with water."

Step Three:
"Fill the bottom of the bottle with water, just below the wick, don’t let the wick touch the water." 

Step Four:
"Then fill the bottle with tiki fluid."

Step Five:
"Drench the wick in tiki torch fluid and then place it back in the bottle."

Step Six:
Light it up and enjoy!

DIY: Wine Rack

Wine Rack DIY from The Merry Thought

(themerrythought)

Step One:
Gather your materials-
-1/2″ x 12″ x 24″ Birch Plywood
-Scroll Saw
-Three 5/8″ Dowels
-Drill
-5/8″ Forstner Drill Bit
-Wood Glue
-Four 1″ x 20″ pieces of Leather
-Sewing Machine

Step Two:
"Draw line across the board at 11 5/8in from one end (this gives an extra 3/8in to the back side of the stand) Use the saw to cut along this line."

Step Three:
"On the top half, (the one with the extra 3/8in) measure 1.5in down from the top and make a mark at the center of the board and then a mark at 1in in from each side. Also mark 6 1/4in down from the top at the center and 1in in from each side. (These are for the dowels.)"

Step Four:
"Drill a hole most of the way through the board at each mark. Cut six 12in pieces of dowel."

Step Five:
"Screw the base piece of wood to the back of the stand. Glue dowels in place."

 

Step Six:
"Fold each piece of leather in half. Stitch across, giving enough room for dowel to fit through. About 1in." 

Step Seven:
"Now fold about an inch on each end and sew along the edge. 
Slide the leather on the dowels once they are completely dry and fill it up with your favorite wine!"

Drinking Hacks

It's a new year and it's time for new habits. Here are some great drinking hacks to make booze fun, healthy and not break the bank. 

Healthy Hops

60 Healthier Drinks for Boozing

Here are some healthier alcoholic options, or healthy twists on your favorite drinks to try:

Bombay Magic
(health)
Squeeze 1/2 lemon. Pour 1/2 shot glass of Cointreau, 1/4 shot glass of either tequila or vodka. Top it off with club soda. Use a mint leaf for garnishing.

Bloody Mary
(delish)
"Start with ¾ cup of no sugar-added, low-sodium tomato juice and add the juice of ½ lemon, a dash each of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce, fresh ground pepper to taste, and 1 shot of vodka. Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stick." (greatist)

Mojito
(glamour)
Combine a shot of rum, mint, limesoda water and 2tbsp simple syrup over ice. (You can buy low calorie simple sugar, just add 2tbsp sugar, or 2tbsp honey)

Fruity White Sangria
(health)
Slice up the fruit (pineapples, oranges, cherries, etc.) Pour a 12-oz. can mango juice, a 12-oz. can pineapple juice, 1 liter bottle of seltzer, 1 bottle white wine into a serving pitcher and add ice. Stir and refrigerate so the flavors blend.

Rum and Coke
(glamour)
Substitute regular Coke with Diet Coke or Coke Zero for a healthier take on a classic drink. Mix with your favorite rum

Seabreeze
(glamour)
Mix 4 oz. of grapefruit juice, 1½ oz. of cranberry juice, and 1 oz. of vodka over ice and garnish with a slice of orange

Spiked Strawberry
(health)
Combine 2 oz. strawberry vodka, 2 oz. light lemonade, splash of fresh lemon juice,  in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry. Optional: For a more intense strawberry flavor, a splash of stained strawberry puree may be added.  

Vanilla Vodka and Diet Ginger Ale
(glamour)
1 shot of vanilla vodka mixed with diet ginger ale, garnish with lemon peel.

Skinny Arnold Palmer
(health)
Fill 1 glass with ice, pour 1 shot of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, fill glass with light lemonade, and garnish with lemon wedge

Slim Screwdriver
(health)
Fill a glass with ice, then add a shot of Stoli O or Skyy and a splash of orange juice. Fill the rest with diet 7-Up. Mix. Also can be garnished with a slice of orange

Best of the Beers

Here's a small list of the "healthiest" beer choices you can make the next time you're looking for something new to try:
Pacifico
Guinness Draught
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Samuel Adams Light Lager
Abita Purple Haze
Left Hand Good Juju
Yuengling Lager
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
Deschutes Chainsbreaker White IPA
Beck's Premier Light
Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale
MGD 64
Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat Beer
Michelob Ultra
Amstel Light
O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye
Heineken Light
Porterhouse Oyster Stout
Coors Light
iKi Yuzu
Corona Light
New Planet 3R Raspberry Ale
Tangerine Wheat Fruit Beer 
Fentiman's Traditional Ginger Beer
18 Healthiest Beers
The 10 Healthiest Beers
Beer vs Wine

Hacks

Tips and Tricks

Hangover Cures:

How to Detox Your Body by RehabCenter.com
Hangover Cures and Prevention
Hangover Cures That Actually Work
Hangovers: 6 Easy Ways to Cure Your Symptoms
12 Chefs Reveal Their Secret Hangover Cures
>Drink at least two bottles/glasses of water before bed
>Eat something greasy (french fries are your friend)
>Get plenty of sleep
>Take a multivitamin before drinking

Make your $10 bottle of wine taste like at least a $45 bottle:

>Blend in a blender for 30 seconds to aerate it
>Pour the wine into a container with a "wide mouth" and let it sit for about 10 minutes
>SWIRL!
>Mull red wine
>Make sangria
>Add some fizz with seltzer or club soda
How to Make Crappy Wine Taste Good and Good Wine Taste Better
How to Make a Cheap Bottle of Wine Taste Better
10 Hacks to Make a Box of Wine Taste Amazing

Accessories and More to Make Drinking Easier:

>Wine Bags

These are really useful, cute and important. They not only keep your wine safe and cold, but more often than not make really fun gifts for people.
Tube Socks as Wine Bags
(buzzfeed)
10 Homemade Wine Gift Bags
(SheKnows)

>Use frozen or chilled fruit to chill your wine or mixed drinks. This way, you get a bit of extra flavor, a cool drink and it won't get watered down by ice. Grapes, strawberries, blueberries are the best.
(imgur)

>Rapid chill bottles of beer, wine or liquor by wrapping the bottle in a cool, damp towel and then placing it in the freezer for about ten minutes.
(cremedelacraft)

>Fun for parties, gifts or a Saturday evening, flavor mini bottles of vodka with Skittles. You can even select flavor vodkas to compliment the Skittles flavors (vanilla, mandarin, citrus, etc.)
(complex)

25 Booze Hacks Ever Drinker Needs to Know

>Filter cheap vodka through a Brita Filter to make it taste better.

>Infuse fruit with vodka to make a nice boozy snack. Cut a hole inside of the desired fruit and insert a bottle of vodka. Keep the bottle in there until the bottle is empty. Keep the fruit in the refrigerator overnight and then enjoy the next day! 
(brainjet)

>Revive the fizz in a bottle of champagne by dropping a raisin in your glass and waiting a few minutes.

Let's Get Drunk! The Healthiest Ways to Drink Alcohol 

>A Red Solo Cup has measurements built in
(diply) 

21 Essential Drinking Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

18 Ingenious Drinking Hacks You Wish You Knew Earlier

Drinking on a Budget:

>When going out for drinks try and aim for Happy Hour or ask what the drink specials for the day are. This way you save yourself a few bucks and get to try something new.

>(bourbonbanter)

Pre-Drinking on a Student Budget

Drinking on a Budget: 10 Ways to Save Money on Booze

 Please drink responsibly!

 

DIY: Mason Jar Cocktails

Step One:
Gather your materials-
-Mason Jar
-"Slim" soda can
-Mini liquor bottle
-Ribbon

Step Two:
Place the soda can in the mason car. Now, you can put some tissue paper or stuff on the bottom if you'd like.

Step Three:
Tie ribbon around neck of bottle of liquor.

Step Four:
Wrap ribbon around lip of jar and screw on the lid to keep in place.

This makes for the perfect gift! Mix and match mixers. Take a photo of your rad December DIY and don't forget to tag us on IG @redneckcouture! 

St. Patrick's Day Drink Recipes

Shamrock Juice:
(mixthatdrink.com)

Ingredients:
1/2oz gin
1/2oz white tequila
1/2oz light rum
1/2oz vodka
1oz Blue Curacao
4oz fresh squeezed orange juice

Fill a hurricane or parfait glass with ice. Pour in the liquors and top off with the orange juice. Garnish with an orange wheel and cherries.

Honeydew Martini:
(mixthatdrink.com)

Ingredients:
3oz vodka
1/2oz Midori
1/2oz triple sec

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice. Pour all your ingredients in with it. Shake it up well and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Irish Hammer:
(mixthatdrink.com)

Ingredients:
1 part Jack Daniels
1 part Irish Mist
1 part Bailey's Irish cream

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the liquors, and shake until chilled. Strain the mixture into a shot glass.

Irish Car Bomb:
(mixthatdrink.com)

Ingredients:
3/4 pint Guiness stout
1/2 shot Bailey's Irish Cream
1/2 shot Jameson Irish Whiskey

Pour the Bailey’s Irish Cream into a shot glass, followed by the Jameson Irish Whiskey. Next, pour your Guinness into a beer mug. Let the foam settle. Drop the Bailey’s/Jameson shot glass into the Guinness. Drink fast.

Everybody's Irish Green Martini:
(cocktails.about.com)

Ingredients:
1 part Irish Whiskey
Creme de menthe
Chartreuse

Green Beer:
(cocktails.about.com)

Ingredients:
Your favorite light colored beer
Green food coloring

Pour beer into glass, drop in a few bloops of green food coloring to make as green as you like!

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!