Grilling Up a 5-Star BBQ – Pulse Picks the Drinks

Mint Julep
A minty bourbon drink.

4 Fresh mint sprigs
2 ½ oz Bourbon whiskey
1 tsp Powdered sugar
2 tsp Water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve in frozen silver goblets, or the nicest glasses you have, with a straw.

Banana Mudslide
Learned on the shores of the Dominican Republic

1 part Vodka
1 part Baileys
1 part Kahlua
1 whole Banana

Fill blender with ice (or even some ice cream) and add vodka, Baileys, Kahlua and banana (peeled obviously). Blend until smooth and pour into a chilled glass with chocolate syrup drizzled on the inner sides of the glass.

They brew right here.

Craft beer is all the rage these days, so be creative in your beer choices and find something you’ve never heard of in your local beer mart. Skip the Budweiser and get something different. But if you do need to make a quick beer run, just get a couple Blue Point Brewery 12-packs at almost any Long Island grocery store or beer distributor. Or stop by their place in Patchogue. It’s craft beer at its finest and they’re all over the Island.

Red Devil
“Tastes like fruit punch.”

1 ½ oz Vodka
1 ½ oz Peach Schnapps
1 ½ oz Southern Comfort
1 ½ oz Triple sec
½ oz Amaretto
½ oz Sloe gin
2 oz Orange juice
1 splash Grenadine syrup

Fill cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add all ingredients and shake. Serve in highball glass.

Hangover Remedies
There is a blur of sensory impressions from the night before, along with a sustained euphoria. You got ripped. And now the next day you feel ripped in half with throbbing pain. Congratulations! You’re suffering from what science calls veisalgia—a hangover.

A hangover is caused by alcohol dehydrating the body. Alcohol prevents the pituitary gland from generating vasopressin. Without this chemical, the body does not absorb water, it passes right through. The headache is from the brain shrinking as major organs steal water from it as well as from the loss of electrolytes, which also causes fatigue and nausea. The effect of alcohol on the liver causes a major loss of energy. So now what?

Anything with carbohydrates and proteins are good. Try eggs, bananas or pickles.

Water, water and more water. Sports drinks like Gatorade and believe it or not, pickle juice.


Hair of the Dog.
Some say the answer to curing alcohol related symptoms is just more alcohol.
Try a Bloody Mary.

It may seem impossible, but it will increase circulation and allow the toxins to leave your body quicker. Sex also counts as exercise and releases endorphins as well.

B Vitamins, especially B6 help the body metabolize alcohol. Vitamin C and zinc are also helpful.

An amino acid that helps counteract the harmful byproducts of alcohol metabolism.

The alcohol will eventually leave your body completely. Pull down the shades, pull up the covers and hide out (if you can).