This is part III in a mini-series of Harry Potter snacks from the books brought to life ( part I is on Honeydukes treats, part II is all about the cauldron cakes, and part IV showcases decadent butterbeer cupcakes). Last August, my family made the two thousand mile journey to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Orlando has always been one of my family's favorite vacation destinations. Add in my love (and obsession) with Harry Potter and we all knew that once the park officially opened I couldn't be kept away for long. On the big day, we woke up at an obscene hour to a bright dawn.
Me again. Here to convince you that you need yet another trendy, insanely-flavored bottle of booze. I do what I can. I know what you’re thinking.
Photo: Michelle Oddis Once in a while, a party trick comes along that grabs our attention. Food blogger Michelle Oddis of That's So Michelle loves making caramel apple shots we can't imagine anyone would turn down. Using, wait for it, real fruit and time-tested formulas for tasty, jiggly shots that stay put in their edible "shotglasses," Michelle's gotten Food Republic on the gimmicky Halloween bandwagon we've been resisting so fiercely. Try out these irresistible boozy apple treats (and don't hold your breath for a candy corn cocktail on our end).
This one might be a little tricky for spontaneous partiers, since it tastes best after sitting overnight. With nearly 70 mL of alcohol per 16-oz. serving, the Jungle can be a scary place, indeed. 1 L Everclear Alcohol 5.25 L (3 1.75L bottles) vodka 1 bottle peach schnapps 1 pint Bacardi 151 rum 1 bottle 99 Apples apple schnapps 10 L Sprite 1 L Sunny Delight orange juice 1 L triple sec 1.75 L bottle gin 1 bottle DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker schnapps 4 bottles Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill wine 8 L Hawaiian Punch 2 containers orange juice concentrate fresh fruit (up to your discretion) Use a large container—like a cauldron or cooler—and allow the fruit to soak in all the alcohol for about four hours.
Face it, on their 21st birthday, most people celebrate by going out and having a few drinks. Shots, inevitably, will be part of that. While the trend of drinking 21 shots is dangerous and not recommended, having one or two commemorative shooters can be fun. However, the urge to stick newly of-age friends with a disgusting or bad shot is common, and can lead to some good stories, but many bad memories.
While it's not something I'm proud of, I've got plenty of hangovers under my belt. See, despite all of my healthy practices—yoga, deep breathing, clean cosmetics, brown rice and kale eating—I'm just not that great at saying no to that third or fourth drink once I get going. Bless those of you who are—and damn those of you who are immune to hangovers altogether! Apparently you exist, and you are lucky. But while I am working on my to-don't list (new rule: don't drink before dinner), I've also concluded that the only thing worse than a hangover is the guilt and self-loathing that can come with it.