Monday, April 26, 2010

Mothers Day

Mothers day falls on Sunday May 9th this year, so why not do something different for your mother. Instead of the boring card, why not give her an edible arrangement? Or cook her a Sunday brunch. Does your mother love a good cocktail? WHy not whip her up a few of these delicious mother inspired cocktails.



  1. Rub a wedge of lemon around the rim of a martini glass and dip the glass into a plate of coarse sugar. Set it aside.
  2. Pour the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and strain into the garnish martini glass.


  • 3 oz Folonari Pink Pinot Grigio
  • 1 oz Peach Schnapps
  • splash of cranberry juice
  • maraschino cherry for garnish


  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Drop a cherry in the drink for a garnish.
or if your mom isn't a hard alcohol drinker, why not stick with the classic mimosa.

Anything you do for your mother is sure to garnish her love, so have fun and don't be afraid to try new things. Its a holiday all for moms so why not make her feel special!

Being a Responsible Bartender

Many alcoholic drink recipes have been suggested throughout Wazzupolitan's posts, but what if our readers do not wish to drink an alcoholic beverage? Or what do you do when people drink too much? As a blog offering many drink recipes, Wazzupolitan decided it's a great idea to make a post about how to be a responsible bartender.

It is very important that you keep your company safe while making drinks. Numerous stories have been heard about drinking and driving, and even stories about overdrinking. As a bartender, or even party host, you are responsible for how much your guests consume.

Here's some tips on how to be responsible when serving and taking care of your guests:

First, always keep a great supply of non-alcoholic drinks available for your company. These are provided for those who are the designated drivers, or those who just prefer to not drink. Many virgin drinks can be offered as well so those do not feel singled out. Sodas and punch are a great idea for serving to your party.

Also, if a guest asks for a drink with light alcohol, make sure you comply. You are responsible for their safety and it does not do you any good by supplying them with an overly loaded alcoholic beverage. Besides, do you really want to clean up after them when they are sick in your own house? If you want to avoid the mess, avoid loading their drink with alcohol.

A great idea is to offer plenty of food with your drinks. When having a party, get-together, or simple friends date, offer a selection of chips, breads, and appetizers. Although most individuals should be responsible for avoiding getting overly drunk, it is not completely possible for some. By offering food, your guests can have a great filler, with plenty of laughs. Breads and chips will coat the stomach for those who forgot to eat before arriving... or even those who just love to eat. Who doesn't like to have some appetizers while having a cocktail?

One thing that is hard to do for college towns is avoid the parties whose main purpose is to get drunk. Do not throw a party that is all about the booze. This is highly unsafe, and could lead to many unknown guests showing up who are under your responsibility. The safety of your guests is your responsiblity and Wazzupolitan cannot stress that enough. If anything happens to your guests as they leave your party pad, you are responsible. Throw a party with friends and fun and drinks, and don't focus mainly on the amount of alcohol. You want your guests to have a good time, not drink the night away and forget it the next day. Offer board games and cards, tv and music, and plenty of friends and laughs.

Lastly, if any children are present, which is probably unlikely for college parties and get-togethers at Washington State University, but make sure the alcohol is safely away from children. Keep the cabinet locked, or keep the alcohol up high. Children and pets as well get into everything close to the ground. When having pets, act as if they are children, keep the booze up high. Alcohol is very toxic to pets and will quickly end your companion's life. So be responsible with children and pets.

Having a successful party is extremely fun. But if your party leads to dangerous drinking and driving, or even those drinking to excess, it can quickly leave a great party in ruins. So be responsible when serving alcohol to your guests. Remember-you are in charge of their safety, and also in charge of their fun. Make it a great night by being a responsible bartender!

Cinco De Mayo


When celebrating Cinco de Mayo, one can often feel very overwhelmed if they are the party planner. Here are some tips to stay on track and keep the good times rollin this 5th of may.

Instead of going all out on array of different liquors or even spending a boat load on expensive tequila, trying limiting yourself to two or three liquors and look for the less known tequilas. This way you stay more authentic and you don't have to buy as many mixers to accompany your liquors.

Also try sticking to two beers and adding soda, juices, and water to your beverage choices. This way everyone is happy.

When it comes to food, try creating a taco bar with different meats and ingredients such as salsa, guacamole, and cheese. This gives you a more laid back atmosphere as well as allows your guests to tailor their food to their own liking.

You should also try to choose music that fits with the theme of Cinco de Mayo. So incorporating upbeat music as well as mariachi sounds is a good idea. Create a playlist that also fits your personality too. Selecting artists such as Shakira, Paula Rubio, Enrique Iglesias or Carlos Santana are a few mainstream options for music selection.

All in all Cinco de Mayo is a celebration so make it one. Have fun and your guests will to. Try not to overdo things and micro manage too much. Things are bound to go wrong, but if you keep a positive attitude your party will end up a hit.


Here are some alcohol related facts to take into consideration the next time you are out drinking.

• Alcohol-impaired driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the U.S.
(NHTSA, 2003)

• On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.(NHSTA 2008)

• In 2007, nearly 13,000 people were killed in drunk driving related crashes (NHTSA,

• Each year, approximately half a million people are injured in crashes where police
reported that alcohol was present—an average of one person injured approximately every
minute. (Blincoe, Seay et al., 2002)

• An estimated three of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic
crash at some time in their lives. (NHTSA, 2001)

• Research shows that alcohol-related crashes cost the public an estimated $114.3 billion
annually—this includes an estimated $63.2 billion lost in quality of life due to these
crashes. (Taylor, Miller, and Cox, 2002)

• The societal costs of alcohol-related crashes average $1.00 per drink consumed. People
other than the drinking driver paid $0.60 per drink. (Taylor, Miller, and Cox, 2002)

• Approximately 1.46 million drivers were arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence
of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the
United States. (NHTSA, 2008)

I'm sure at one point someone we know or even ourselves has been effected by alcohol one way or another. If you or someone needs help there are many places to go to find help such as AA meetings or even rehab centers. There are people out there willing to take the time to save your life and they do care. Know that you have options.

Having fun while staying safe

With all this talk of drinking and things to attend on graduation night. It is important to keep in mind the consequences of our actions. Drinking in excess can land you in the drunk tank or even worse the hospital, while choosing to sit behind the wheel can have even worse consequences. "Every year, over 11,000 real live people die in drunk driving crashes"-MADD website so lets make smart decisions when we choose to drink. Its ok to have, it becomes a problem when you make decisions that effect not only your life but those around you.

Graduation Party!

Whether you are graduating, or you have friends graduating, chances are you are bound to attend some graduation parties this season. Here is a video describing what some people will be doing this graduation season.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Celebration Drinks to Happy Holidays

While we all know that champagne toasts to New Year's Day is a common party tradition, many holidays don't get the celebration they need. Some holidays, nobody even knows of. This post came from an idea in a book I own by Robyn Feller, called The Complete Bartender.

Seasons and holidays alike both deserve a special treat. While most of our posts on Drinks of the Week, and our Drink of the Month, cover some of these treats, here are some holidays that might not have crossed your mind. These recipes can be looked up on any search engine.

Leap Year --- February 29th --- This day only comes once every four years, so make this day a good one by celebrating with a Leap Year Special (found at Super Cocktails Dot Com).

Mardi Gras (of course, how could you forget!). Try drinking a New Orleans, or a Hurricane (a toast to those lost in Hurricane Katrina).

Ground Hog Day -- Help that ground hog find his shadow, by drinking a delicious Mudslide.

Memorial Day (coming soon at the end of May). Celebrate with a Big Blue Sky.

Midsummer's Eve: May Blossom Fizz, Midnight Sun, Strawberry Shortcake (yummm).

Canada Day: Canadian Cocktail (this recipe was already posted by Katy at our own Wazzupolitan, check again at Wazzupolitan Canadian Cocktail).

Independence Day. Let's all celebrate fireworks with a Rainbow Sherbert Punch (made with red, white, and blue sherbert). This is a perfect drink to sit on the porch and watch some fireworks while sipping on some punch.

Halloween. This is such a spooky night, why not celebrate with a sip of Zombie (made in a punch bowl to celebrate with friends). This recipe can be found at I Drink Dot Com.

Thanksgiving -- Add a Turkey Shooter to your plate of Turkey. Or maybe some Cranberry Vodka Punch.

Christmas (Best day of the year!). Number one greatest drink for the holiday... Eggnog, no explanation needed.

New Year's Eve: Champagne Maraschino Punch, Champagne Cocktail... Bring in the Champagne, and bring in the New Year!

Numerous Holidays happen every month. Check the calendar for future holidays to plan a toast to the big day. Any day can be a holiday!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Friday Night Fun

Friday night is a day to look forward to for most college students. Check out what Friday is like at the college town of Washington State University!

Try changing to either 480p or 720p for better quality (after hitting play it will pop up saying it is only in 360p). I haven't decided which quality is better (480p or 720p), but at 360p it is really blurry. By minimizing the video to fit the blog it's a little fuzzy but you get the idea.

PSA for alcohol abuse prevention

By Jennifer Kennedy

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo...contrary to popular belief it is NOT Mexico's day of independence. (which was the 16th of September) It is, however, the celebration of the unlikely victory over the French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is an important holiday many Mexicans, but it has also turned into a celebration that many Americans also celebrate (maybe not knowing the reason) Here are a couple things you can do to make your celebration worth while.

DRINKS (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Agua de Jamaica

2 cups (2 ounces) jamaica flowers (dried hibiscus flowers)
3/4 cup granulated sugar (or more as desired)
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil then add the flowers and the sugar and stir continuously while the mixture boils for one minute. Pour into a noncorrosive bowl and steep for 2 hours. *Note: this flower will stain so don't use a bowl that will stain.
Strain the mixture through a sieve pressing on the flower solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Taste for strength and sweetness. If it is too potent, add water or if too tart add more sugar. Cover and refrigerate until time to serve.


Strawberry Sangria Spritzer

7 ounces frozen sliced California Strawberries in syrup, partially thawed
4 ounces lemon juice or sweet and sour mix
2 ounces brandy
2 ounces orange-flavored liqueur
1 quart prepared sangria
8 ounces chilled sparkling water
Orange, lemon and limes slices
Whole fresh California Strawberries

1. In a blender combine sliced berries, lemon juice, brandy and liqueur; blend smooth. Mix with sangria. Cover; chill. Strain into pitcher over ice. Add sparkling water. Garnish with citrus slices and whole berries.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.



Try making paper laterns, or colorful paper flowers (made of tissue paper). And a pinata is ALWAYS a must! Red, white and green are the colors of the Mexican flag. So decorate with these colors, or make the theme of the party to dress in those colors.

And SAFE and have FUN! =) vamonos!

Cooking: A Holiday Must

Check out this video about why cooking is so important to every holiday (especially Easter)! For recipes go to! Enjoy! Special thanks to Kim Dela Cruz, Starr Gacula and Chelsey Nakama for making this possible!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fashion Show Aftermath

Remember Mom's Weekend Fashion Show last Friday? Did you go? If not, Wazzupolitan forgives you. Plenty of activities filled our days with our beloved Mom's. From the craft fair, to winetasting, Jay Leno, to busy restaurants, the weekend was packed with much to do. So we forgive you for not getting the chance to go. But in case you missed it or in case you missed out on the Daily Evergreen today, here's a story, at the bottom of this blog, about what a success it was.

More than 2,000 people attended the event in Beasley Coliseum last Friday. Can you say supportive? Pullman truly knows how to support its students. Pullman's got style yes we do, Pullman's got fashion, how bout you?!?

Check out the online Daily Evergreen story to read more about the awesome turnout of the 27th Annual Mom's Weekend Fashion Show!

Daily Evergreen -- Fashion Show Frenzy

Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm on a Boat!

This weekend, I attended the 16th annual Northwest Filipino American Student Association Conference (NWFASA). After a long day of workshops and networking, it was time to socialize. This year the 'social event' was on a boat. So here are some reasons why you should you should or should not party on a boat:

1. You get to sing the 'I'm on a Boat' song!

2. If you feel queasy, there's no need to find the bathroom...just lean over the edge of the boat!

3. Saying you're going to a boat party is way cooler than saying you're going to a house party

4. Enjoy the beautiful night sky...or dirty river depending where you are

5. You'll have a cool story to tell if you fall over board

6. You get to take the Jack and Rose Titanic picture

7. Orange life vests are the new little black dress...everyone looks good in orange!

8. BUT beverage prices are going to be higher

9. You can't run from the creeper stalker guy because there's nowhere to go

10. If you get car sick you may get boat sick

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Drink of the Week: Strawberry Margarita

While my previous post mentioned having a perfect exotic cocktail party, one might want to add a Strawberry Margarita to join the party. Summer is just around the corner, so start your summer off right with an amazing Strawberry Margarita. This may be a no-brainer for some, and maybe the easiest recipe for others, but for those readers who don't know how to make one, Wazzupolitan will explain how to make an amazing and fresh Strawberry Margarita. Yummm!

Wazzupolitan greatly appreciates for providing this recipe, as well as thousands of other recipes.

  • 6 fluid ounces tequila
  • 2 fluid ounces triple sec
  • 8 ounces frozen strawberries
  • 4 fluid ounces frozen limeade concentrate
  • 6 cups ice
Simple directions:

First blend the ice by crushing in blender adequately. This should take less than 30 seconds. Next add the strawberries and blend with the ice until smooth. Add tequilla, triple sec and limeade. Blend well, pour into margarita glass and drink up!

This is usually easier to make by buying pre-made margarita mix. With this, all you add is the ice and alcohol and blend together. This mixture is usally slightly sweet, or sour, so adding a few teaspoons of sugar will make the perfect Strawberry Margarita.

Also, for those wanting a virgin margarita, it is easy to do with a mixture. Just add the mixture and ice and blend well. For a virgin, you may also want to add some limeade to make it not so sweet. Test it out and decide what is the best for your taste buds!

These mixtures can be found at most grocery stores. In the Pullman area, try Dissmores, Safeway, or Winco in Moscow, Idaho. Many other stores also carry this mixture so check around.

With that, I will leave you with your amazing and delicious Strawberry Margarita. Enjoy your week, and enjoy the change of spring into summer.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mom's Weekend Fashion Show

This weekend is the 27th annual Mom's Weekend Fashion Show. The theme: Roots to Fashion. It is on Friday April 9th at 7:30 p.m. Bring your mom to a night of fashion and fun!

Every year, Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles students put on this fashion show along with the sponsor, the WSU student chapter of the International Textile and Apparel Association. The event features fashion lines designed by Apparel Design students and promotions of Merchandising students. This event is an annual project that helps students gain both personal and professional experience in the field of fashion. Come support their creativity and hard work!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Exotic Cocktail Party

In relation to Wazzupolitan's previous post yesterday on making a Fresh Vegetable Dinner Party, here's some ideas to make cocktails using fresh local ingredients. These will make a wonderful addition to your dinner party, or even a great addition to sitting by the pool this summer.

Whatever the occasion, here is a video on hosting an Exotic Cocktail Party.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


My baby cousin just had her birthday. She turned one year old and her family had an extravagant birthday party...they had a lu'au for her! This party theme is great for all ages (even babies enjoy it!) Good food, good theme to dress up to, and beautiful decorations! This Mom's Weekend at WSU, Hawaii Club will be hosting their annual Lu'au. So if you need to get inspired to hold your OWN Lu'au party, attend this Lu'au party this weekend with your Mom!!

Fresh Vegetable Dinner Party

Despite the cold chill I feel when I bitterly make my way through WSU's Glenn Terrell mall, I know it deep down. Spring has sprung, and it is time to embrace the new, reject the old, and do a little bit of cleaning. Well, perhaps no cleaning for perpetually filthy little ol' me. But, as I still want to celebrate the changing of the season and squeeze all the joy I can out of spring, I have decided to cook. Spring is a time like no other. Scorned by all the cold and dread of the winter season, vegetables are hard to find fresh, and to eat fresh and local would mean to consume winter squash soup monotonously.

So what better way to celebrate the season anew than by hosting a dinner party, with meals made of fresh vegetables. As a vegetarian, fresh vegetables are like crack to my soul, and I eagerly await the time of year when I can head to my local farmer's market or co-op and buy delicious vegetables to put into some of my favorite recipes (or eat raw). In fact, the picture above is one I snapped at a beautiful local market. So, in this post, you will find some of the best vegetables of the season, as well as some great recipes to showcase these veggies. Almost all of these fresh vegetables can be found at your local co-op or farmers market, to find one in your area, visit

Vegetable in Season: Asparagus

Recipe: Grilled Asparagus
This delightfully simple recipe will brilliantly showcase the heartiness and taste of your fresh asparagus. This recipe was taken from

1 1/2 pound medium asparagus
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt

1) Prepare the grill
2) Divide asparagus into 4 bunches and align these bunches in a flat row, skewering each bunch crosswise. Brush asparagus with olive oil and salt
3) Grill asparagus on an oiled rack set 6 inches over glowing coals. Grill each side 3-5 minutes, or until tender

Vegetable in Season: Spinach

Recipe: Spinach salad with Mushrooms and Parmesan
This recipe, like the asparagus recipe, is simple enough that the flavors of the fresh spinach (and mushrooms) can really stand out. This recipe, from, asks you to bake your own croutons, but you can just use pre-made croutons

2 slices rye sandwich bread, cut into cubes
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
5 ounces baby spinach
5 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 ounces parmesan cheese shaved with a vegetable peeler
course salt and ground pepper

1)Make croutons: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and on a baking sheet, toss the bread with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until bread is golden, about 10-12 minutes.
2)Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a separate bowl. Add spinach, mushrooms, and cooked croutons. Top with parmesan.

Vegetable in Season: Artichokes

Recipe: Steamed Artichokes with Tarragon Butter
This recipe is, again, simple, to showcase the decadent, buttery flavor of artichokes. This recipe was taken from

4 large artichokes, rinsed
coarse salt
1 fresh tarragon sprig, and 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon leaves
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 lemon cut into wedges, for serving

1) Using kitchn shears, trim the sharp tips of the artichoke leaves, and remove an small leaves from the bottoms of the artichokes. Trim the stems and cut off the top quarter of each artichoke.
2) Fill a 10 inch steamer with enough water to come up about 2 inches up the sides. Add a pinch of salt and the tarragon sprig. Bring to a boil. Place artichokes upright in the steamer. Cover, and reduce heat, simmering until the bottoms of the artichokes are very tender when pierced with a butter knife. About 35-50 minutes.
3) Before serving, melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, and stir inchopped tarragon, and season with salt. Serve artichokes with lemon wedges and warm tarragon butter for dipping.

So go forth, and seize all the flavors spring has to offer. Nothing is more quaint and intimate than a dinner party serving only the freshest vegetables, hand-picked by the host. This will prove an experience guests will truly enjoy. Bon appetit!

A Man Walks Into a Bar...


haha. ok, not the most creative joke ever but I still like it. Here are three more 'bar jokes'! Bottoms up!

An Irishman walks into a bar in Dublin, orders three pints of Guinness and sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more. The bartender asks him, "You know, a pint goes flat after I draw it; it would taste better if you bought one at a time." The Irishman replies, "Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in America, the other in Australia, and I'm here in Dublin. When we all left home, we promised that we'd drink this way to remember the days when we drank together." The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.

The Irishman becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way: ordering three pints and drinking them in turn. One day, he comes in and orders two pints. All the other regulars notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, "I don't want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your great loss." The Irishman looks confused for a moment, then a light dawns in his eye and he laughs. "Oh, no," he says, "Everyone's fine. I've just quit drinking."

A seaman meets a pirate in a bar, and talk turns to their adventures on the sea. The seaman notes that the pirate has a peg-leg, a hook, and an eye patch.

The seaman asks, "So, how did you end up with the peg-leg?" The pirate replies, "We were in a storm at sea, and I was swept overboard into a school of sharks. Just as my men were pulling me out, a shark bit my leg off."

"Wow!" said the seaman. "What about your hook"? "Well", replied the pirate, "We were boarding an enemy ship and were battling the other sailors with swords. One of the enemy cut my hand off."

"Incredible!" remarked the seaman. "How did you get the eye patch"? "A seagull dropping fell into my eye," replied the pirate.

"You lost your eye to a seagull dropping?," the sailor asked incredulously. "Well," said the pirate, "it was my first day with my hook"

Two vampires, Kill Wish and Drill Wish, went to Dracula Bar.
Kill Wish ordered: "I'll have a glass of blood."
Drill Wish ordered: "I'll have a glass of plasma."
Bartender: "Okay," "that'll be ... one blood and one blood lite..."

(Thanks to

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Drink of the Week: A Fresh Taste of Spring

What more to represent spring than Strawberry Lemonade?

For those looking for a fresh non-alcoholic drink, fill your fridge with the taste of happiness and fresh Strawberry Lemonade.

Things you will need:

  • 10oz package of frozen strawberries (thawed makes them easier to blend)
  • Can of pink lemonade concentrate
  • 1 cup of water
  • 16oz of ginger ale
  • Fresh lemons
  • Blender
How to:
  1. First-- Put your thawed strawberries into the blender along with pink lemonade concentrate, ginger ale, and water. If the strawberries are not thawed, they will not blend well.
  2. Second-- Blend until everything is well mixed. If the liquid is not thin, blend with added water until thin.
  3. Last-- Pour over ice, and drink up! Add fresh lemons to make it even more fresh.
  4. If it is too sour, sugar may be added to dull the taste, but use a small amount. Sugar goes a long way.
Enjoy the sweet taste of spring!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bring in the Springtime

With fun spring centerpieces you must add fun spring décor! In addition to Wazzupolitan’s last post on sweet spring centerpieces, these ideas will help bring the spring in… even if the spring weather hasn’t arrived yet. These decorations can apply to spring parties, get-togethers, or everyday enjoyment!

Bring the spring inside with some Easter Lilies. These beautiful, fragrant flowers are the symbol of the Easter season, and they always fill your home with the joy of spring. Tulips also bring in the spring air. These bring bright colors and happiness to your home.

Get rid of the dull winter colors and fill your home with light colors like baby yellow, orange, pink, and green. Spring pastels symbolize playfulness, light, creativity, warmth, peacefulness, harmony, and much more. They fill your mind with the hope for the summer and long days in the sun.

What better excuse to buy new things for the kitchen? Go out and get a new tablecloth to freshen up your dining area. Maybe some spring colored napkins to go with!

Currently, at every store around, spring fever has taken over! It is not hard to find cheap plates and cups full of spring. In the Pullman area, Walmart has cheap spring dining sets at a few dollars a piece. Plastic is what it’s all about in the springtime!

Spring décor is everywhere! Help bring in the sunshine by spreading your spring colors and flowers. Before we know it, spring will pass on to summer, and sunshine will fill the air! Until then, enjoy your pastels, lilies and tulips!


What do you get when you add a little fun into spring?

One yummy centerpiece!

Check out these colorful centerpieces!


Strawberry Magarita


Experiment making your own flower arrangement or visit!