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The Halloween Drink Guide

halloween drink guide
Halloween is on the way, and you’re likely rocking the celebrations all month long. From featuring ghoulish treats and dishes on the menu all month long to running promotions and celebrations, this month leading up to the holiday and festivities can be a chance for creativity in the kitchen. You can try to be a bit creative with your drinks as well, offering limited run, Halloween-themed drinks in your restaurant. What do you need to do to take advantage of alcohol and liquor sales in your restaurant?

Stock up on Fall Seasonal Beers

It’s not just that local Atlanta beers are apparently the only beer in the horror-themed The Walking Dead, with Terrapin, Jailhouse, and SweetWater making appearances in the season four premiere; there’s a host of fall-focused beers that work perfectly for your restaurant (and if you want to do an “As Seen Next To The Shambling Corpses of Zombies On The Walking Dead” promotion, all the better for entertainment sake). Check with your beer distributors to see what pumpkin flavored, fall themed, and hearty drinks you have available to you for the colder months.

Get Creative with Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Tequila, and More

There’s a special world inside each bottle of vodka you stock, and it’s one that brings out best and brightest flavors of your favorite candies. Serious Eats has a guide to infusing vodka with the flavors (which is a good usage of mason jars you may want to stock up on). The guideline is largely simple and up for experimentation; pour your liquor into a container, toss a few candies that may pair well with it in, and let it sit until the flavors are dissolved into the mixture, adding into it. Once the mass of candy has dissolved, take out the solid remains, filter, and have some Milky Ways-infused rum or Hot Tamales-infused vodka.

Make a Smoldering Cauldron with Dry Ice

Restaurants can get a bit creative with dry ice, giving the illusion of smoke and steam coming off of a fresh bowl of drinks. Making a punch for all ages (or going alcoholic for adult crowds) can be a good start, and safely adding dry ice to the concoction can add a memorable effect for drinkers. Make sure to handle the dry ice carefully, using tongs and gloves; the danger of dry ice comes from the intense cold of the bricks. Still, don’t let anyone ingest dry ice or touch it directly.

Creepy Crawly Surprises

Add some gummy worms to drinks and cocktails; with a bit of worm sticking out of a tumbler, customers can use it both as a swizzle stick and as a little treat at the end of the drink. Frozen gummy candies can also work as substitute ice cubes, with little chance to melt. It’ll put a whole new meaning to “drinking the worm” when it comes to tequila!

Get creative and scary with the holidays, just remember to keep it safe as well.

Why You Should Spill Some Cash For Liquor Pourers

liquor-pourerFirst off, you may be asking what a liquor pourer is. As plainly stated, it’s a device for pouring liquor, or at least doing so neatly. It’s a small attachment that you secure onto the top of a bottle of liquid, such as a bottle of vodka or olive oil. It reduces mess, promotes a consistent and easy pour, and also increases efficiency in the kitchen. Chances are if you’ve ever seen a bartender make a drink that wasn’t beer from the tap, you’ve seen these little devices in action.

Spill Stop

Many liquid pourers use a “spill stop” technology, meaning the liquid from the bottle will not come rushing out all at once. It’s a good thing for the most part, as you don’t want olive oil all over your counter, but it does slightly delay you getting to your delicious alcohol (rum being my personal choice). If that’s an issue, you might as well just take the top off and start drinking from the bottle.

These devices range in flow level so that you can decide what use you want it most for. For example, a high flow liquid pourer would be perfect for a party where the bartender needs to serve numerous drinks (or the aforementioned person needing a lot of alcohol quickly), and the low flow option would work for dripping red wine vinegar into a salad dressing.

Cost Benefits

Liquor pourers are great for anyone who is concerned about saving costs because they help to reduce the waste of spilled or over-poured liquid. Also, they form a great seal around the bottle so bugs will not get into your product, which is great for outdoor events. If the bottle contains something sweet or something that needs a tight closed seal over night, it’s wise to replace the liquid pourer with the original bottle cap to ensure freshness once the event is over, though. The pourers can be easily washed with warm soapy water. If you try something unique like Skittle Vodka, the excess sugar will definitely need to be wiped clean.

Liquor pourers are often sold in packs of three to twelve; you might think you only need just one, but they can be used for so many different things that you will be glad to have extras. They can be made from chrome, which is more expensive than the standard plastic-made device.These handy attachments are great both for parties and for your home. You can pour a different flavored syrup into your morning coffee every day, or a different alcohol each day if you want to really have fun mornings.

Dangerous Foods For Your Pet – Part 2

dangerous-food-for-petsLast week, we provided you with a list of foods that are unsafe for your cat or dog. This week, we continue the list with several foods that you should also avoid. Some of these may even surprise you!

Raw Fish – Like milk, raw fish is commonly associated with cats. A freshly caught fish contains a large amount of Thiaminase, an enzyme that destroys vitamin B1. The cooking process destroys Thiaminase, erasing the potential dangers of B1 deficiency. It’s true that cats love fish, but you should always make sure that it’s thoroughly cooked before you feed it to your pet.

Walnuts & Macadamia Nuts – Walnuts are unique in that they sometimes carry a certain type of mold that can be deadly to small animals. Store-bought walnuts do not pose much of a threat, but fresh walnuts that fall from a tree can be far more dangerous. Macadamia nuts, on the other hand, contain a toxin that can make your pet extremely ill. Symptoms of poisoning from macadamia nuts include muscle weakness, paralysis, increased heart rate, and vomiting.

Meat Scraps – Leftovers and scraps from the dinner table create a less obvious risk for pets. While it may seem perfectly safe for a dog to eat a bone or two, hundreds of dogs die each year by choking on cooked bones or by receiving internal injuries from bone fragments. Chicken and turkey skin, as well as other high-fat meats, can lead to pancreatitis.

Nutmeg – High levels of nutmeg can cause seizures, tremors, and death in animals. Chefs typically use ground nutmeg seed, but the stems, roots, and leaves of the nutmeg tree are also just as toxic to dogs and cats.

Raw Egg Whites – Avidin, the protein found in raw egg whites, creates issues with vitamin B absorption in cats. Vitamin B deficiency can result in various skin and coat problems.

Avocados – This unique fruit contains Persin, an acid derivative that has been known to cause breathing and heart issues in dogs and cats. You should definitely avoid sharing your leftover Mexican takeout food with your pet, as guacamole consists primarily of avocados.

Liver – How can liver be dangerous for pets when it’s used in so many dog foods? Liver is actually fine in small amounts, but it contains a very high percentage of vitamin A that can cause long term bone and joint damage.

Alcohol – The Ethanol that is found in alcoholic beverages is especially toxic to small animals. Dogs and cats can become intoxicated just like humans, but Ethanol poisoning can actually lead to slowed respiratory rates, cardiac arrest, or death.

What To Do In A Food Emergency – Contact your veterinarian with specific details regarding the exact food and how much was ingested by your pet. If you are unsure of the food that was consumed, make note of the symptoms that your pet is displaying and seek immediate help. You can contact a local veterinarian or animal hospital as well as the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.