I’ll come clean, this post is a total self-pimp. Wendy told me I had to write it at some point, so given that my deadline fast approacheth and I don’t seem to have another idea in my head, I’m just going to give in to peer pressure and abject show-offiness.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around as regularly as some of the other fine BABbers. (Or you might not have noticed that at all, in which case, you can just continue ignoring me completely.) I have a really good excuse for my absence. I’ve been drunk.

Okay, not exactly, but I have been working hard on a bunch of projects and there’s one in particular that I’m thrilled to announce has finally come to full fruition: CocktailSmarts. It’s the latest cool product to come from the ladies of SmartsCo and guess who wrote it? Moi! Look there, you can see even my name on the spine if you look really hard — so very thrilling. When explaining CocktailSmarts to people, I’ve described it as a “book-game-thing,” but it’s really a cocktail trivia game you can use to test your cocktail IQ, as well as a resource of lots of new and classic cocktail recipe.

But hey, this isn’t totally self-serving! Buy up oodles* of CocktailSmarts for everyone on your holiday gift list and look as suave as James Bond doing it. Funny I should mention James Bond, because you can learn cool stuff about him in CocktailSmarts as well. For instance, did you know he didn’t only drink shaken not stirred vodka martinis? It’s true! To quote myself:

Though moviegoers associate 007 with a specially prepared martini, the licensed-to-kill ladykiller drank many things between the pages (and sheets) of Ian Fleming’s novels. Bond has been known to drink a Black Velvet (Champagne and Guinness stout), and in Casino Royale, he sips a cocktail of Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water — code name “Americano.”

See how a little knowledge is a drunk thing?

CocktailSmarts‘ sleek Art Deco design really dresses up a coffee table, it’s a great holiday party game, and it makes a great stocking stuffer. For…really wide stockings. And here’s a little bonus for suffering through this shameless post, if you order it from SmartsCo and enter “Stephanie” as coupon code when you check out, you get 15% off the entire order. So, even if you want to get WinePassport or WineParty or any of the other fun products at SmartsCo, you will get that same discount. See how generous I am when shilling my book-game-thing?

*Technically, an “oodle” is more than five but less than fifteen. Over fifteen and you’re in the “scads” territory.

Drinking Game: CocktailSmarts 14 December,2006Stephanie Lucianovic

  • sean

    And you can win a copy of CocktailSmarts by bidding on the cocktail kit at ThisNext, for Menu of Hope!


  • Sean

    Let’s try that with a link that works …

    Feed the hungry, quench the thirsty

  • Mare

    Is it possible to try that with a link that works that does not encourage DWI.

    (This follows too closely on the heels of the Bar Crudo post – where there wasn’t even a suggestion of alcohol, to my knowledge – for my Northern comfort. But maybe that’s just me.)

  • Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

    None of the reports on Bar Crudo suggested alcohol was involved at all.

    Furthermore, nothing here is “encouraging” DWI. Drinking cocktails does not automatically imply driving after drinking.


Stephanie Lucianovic

A former picky eater, Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is a writer, editor, and lapsed cheesemonger in the San Francisco Bay Area. A culinary school grad with an English lit degree, she has written for CNN.com, MSNBC.com, Popular Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Additionally, she has been writing for KQED’s Bay Area Bites since its inception and is the website editor for KQED’s Emmy-award winning show “Check, Please! Bay Area.”

Stephanie was an original recapper at Television Without Pity and worked on a line of cookbooks for William-Sonoma as well as in the back kitchen of a Jacques Pépin cooking show. Her first book, SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate (Perigee Books, 2012) is a non-fiction narrative and a heartfelt and humorous exposé on the inner lives of picky eaters that Scientific American called “hilarious” and “the perfect popular science book for a reader that doesn’t think he or she wants to read a popular science book.”

Stephanie lives in Menlo Park with her husband, three-year-old son, assorted cats, and has been blogging at The Grub Report for over a decade.

Follow her on Twitter at @grubreport

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