Three day weekends were made for booze, but there's a catch. Baseball games, parks, concerts, and bars: none of them allow you to bring in your own booze. We're not saying you should break the rules and bring clandestine beverages into such locations, but if you wanted to, here are some great ways to do it.
It's Friday afternoon, you've made it through the long week, and it's time for Happy Hour, Gizmodo's weekly booze column. A cocktail shaker full of innovation, science, and alcohol. Raise one for our fallen brothers and sisters.
Let's start with an easy one that doesn't require any special equipment. Jello shots are great, but if you put them in little individual shot cups you're going to get caught. So here's what you do: Follow your normal jello shot recipe, but just pour it into a big, wide tupperware container. Once it solidifies, add a little whipped cream to the edges, and then with frosting write "Happy birthday, Christopher!" and draw a smiling toy car. If anyone asks you about it, you're meeting your nephew at the game (or concert, or whatever) and you made him a jello cake, which is his favorite thing. Then dig in with a spoon and try not to pass out before the 7th inning stretch. (Image credit: Shutterstock/pixshots)
When you want to bring in a lot of booze and you really, truly, deeply, profoundly don't care how you look, consider the Beer Belly. It fits a whopping 80 fluid ounces under your shirt, and a little Camelback-style hose pops out so you can drink directly from your gut (disturbing?). Personally, I wouldn't put anything carbonated in there, because you wouldn't be able to move without shaking it. The deluxe version comes with an ice pack to help keep it cool, but if it's pressed up into your chest, it's going to get warm anyway. Might as well just fill it up with 80 ounces of hard liquor and be everybody's best friend. (Also, Annelise who works there is a person, and not a chatbot.) $35
Forget that this is a pun you want to hate but can't. The Wine Rack is made by the Beer Belly folks, except that it's for women, and instead of making you look fat and dumpy like the Beer Bell, it just gives you a large, booze-filled bosom. Sounds like a lovely combination to me. The Wine Rack can supposedly boost someone from a A-cup to double-Ds (with what I'm sure is a totally natural look), it can hold up to 750ml of your favorite beverage, and it has the same drinking hose as the beer belly so you don't have to take it off to enjoy it. Boobs + whiskey = marry me. Kathy Lee likes it, too. $30
Who could forget our second episode of Happy Hour, alcoholic gummy bears? You did? For shame. Not only are they tasty and innocent-looking, they pack a surprising wallop. They're also really easy to make. Basically just soak some gummy bears in vodka for three to five days in the fridge. Put 'em back in the bag, and close it tightly (because them things are gooey).