At drinkstuff we always like to test our products before selling them and what better way to try out our new Cocktail Fish Bowl than with real fish! Despite not having a name yet, the newest recruits seem to be settling in well, enjoying regular lunchtime breaks and enjoying the scenery.
There’s been some office debate over the names of our two fishes, ‘Big’ and ‘Brother’, ‘Sharkey’ and ‘George’ or ‘Fish’ and ‘Chips’, we’d welcome your ideas and suggestions! While we love the novelty of having fish in a fish bowl, we’ll soon be re-homing our little friends into a bigger tank, before training them to answer the phone!
Our Fish Bowl will hold a little over 6 pints, just enough to hold a fish, but we’d recommend making an extra large cocktail punch for you and your friends instead! You could try making a Blue Lagoon and adding some Gin and Titonic Ice Cubes, maybe try a Disco Fizz with some carefully placed Indoor Sparklers or even a Paradise Martini with some Palm Tree Straws and Paper Cocktail Umbrellas. It’s the ultimate party piece!
We’d love to see some photos of your cocktail creations in our giant fish bowl! Here’s a recipe for a Blue Lagoon to get you started...
How To Make A Pitcher Of Blue Lagoon:
Lots of ice
500ml Blue Curaçao
1800ml (1.8 litres) Lemonade
Fill the bowl with plenty of ice, fine or crushed ice works well too. Then pour in the Vodka and Blue Curaçao before filling to the brim with lemonade (approx 1.8 litres) and giving it a very good stir! Garnish with fruit slices and fill with plenty of cocktail decorations and straws. Remember, this is a cocktail pitcher, designed to be enjoyed by a group of people, so don’t try drinking it all to yourself! Enjoy!
If you’re looking for a new way to impress your party guests this summer, why not try making completely clear ice cubes. It brings a subtle, but interesting difference to your drink and provides a talking point amongst your more observant friends. The best part is, there’s no fancy hundred pound machine involved, you just need your basic kitchen equipment and your ice tray.
If you’ve been waiting to actually see (rather than just taste) the difference your fancy Brita Water Jug can make, this is the perfect example. The filtered water is much more pure and clean and is free from the dust and extra minerals that make your tap water so cloudy.
This might sound like an obvious next step, but there’s more to this process than you might think. You boil the water once, let it cool and then boil the water again. Boiling the water twice eliminates the dissolved air in the water and decomposes minerals in the water that make regular ice so cloudy.
Above is an example of the difference between regular cloudy ice cubes and the crystal clear ice you can make using the above instructions.
Why not try mixing up some icey cocktails at your next garden party? Cocktails with clear ingredients work best, such as a Mojito or Moscow Mule.
To make a Mojito use:
1oz Lime Juice
6-8 Mint Leaves
2oz Light Rum
4oz Club Soda
In the bottom of a hiball glass, muddler together the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves until the sugar is completely dissolved. Try not to shred the mint leaves as you are only extracting the juices. Add rum, your special clear ice and top with club soda, before garnishing with a mint sprig and slice of lime.
Alternatively, shake all the ingredients, (barr the club soda) in a cocktail shaker before pouring straight into a glass and topping with the soda.
Here at Drinkstuff we’re getting all geared up for World Cup fever and all things football themed. We’ll be glued to the screen on 12th June and we’ve already booked our afternoon off for the England v Slovenia match, we'll see you down the pub!
To make watching the footie even better, we’ve got some great entertainment ideas and all the drinking gadgets any footie fan could ever need. Show your support for Capello’s boys in style with our fabulous new range of England glasses, including a Traditional Glass Tankard with the three lions logo and our Subbuteo Pint Glasses, which reminds all the doubters that football is ‘more than just a game’!
For maximum viewing comfort, you can’t get much better than our Home Cinema Seating with reclining option, internal massage and lumbar heating system. Available as 1, 2, 3, 4 or even 5 seater, there's also an optional storage fridge for snacks and drinks and are perfect for relaxing and watching the game. To keep you and your guests entertained before the game, create your own Mini Football pitch with the indoor football posts and put your skills to the test.
Enjoying an ice cold beer is all very well when watching a game, but there’s a chance that you might miss Rooney’s winning goal when you get up to the fridge. Why not kit out your living room with the Budweiser Mini Fridge or Guinness Inflatable Can Cooler so you can keep your bottles and tins of brew by your side, chilled to perfection. Or if you have a lot of guests to entertain, the Giraffe Beer Tower will hold 6 to 7 pints, ready to dispense when you feel that quench come on. No match is complete without an England Thirst Aid Beer Helmet to keep in the theme of things and ensure you don't miss a moment.
As soon as the sun comes out, we naturally start to feel pretty lazy, and strangely enough the more beer we drink the less we feel like doing. The Beer Launching Fridge might be the perfect solution to this problem. Featured on the Late Show with David Letterman, this one of a kind remote controlled fridge will propel your can of beer through the air for you to catch. As you can see in the video below, you don’t even have to leave your seat! While we’d love to see this in manufacture, it probably violates several health and safety rules and you’d end up with a pretty fizzy brew!