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The NC Double Shot

Submitted by on May 14, 2011 – 10:40 PM11 Comments

We've crowned kings in the snackets for cheese, ice cream, cereal, and candies both chocolate and non-. Now it's time for yet another series of face-offs — but this one's at the bar, as the Bunkler Snacketology Clinic puts the "sis" back in "cirrhosis" with The NC Double Shot cocktails bracket!

TN food-bracket vets will remember how the tourney works, more or less — Keckler and I build the bracket, then post commentary on the match-ups; you vote in the corresponding polls; everyone involved talks trash about cream drinks (hew) and gets in fights over whether garnish is considered a separate ingredient.

One change this time around: we had so much trouble narrowing down the entries to 64 that we opened the polls early in a qualifying tournament — and you decided which drinks would make the bracket cut.

Watch the front page of TN,, or the TN Twitter feed (that's @tomatonation) for updates.

You can also find updates and instructions on this page throughout the tournament.

Questions? Interested in sponsoring a round with an ad or a prize? Drop an email to bunting at tomatonation dot com.

Where do we vote?

Right here on TN. Look for the "NC Double Shot" tag; that will lead you to the current polls. If you can't find a poll, that means we'rebetweenrounds.

How could you leave off [drink I love] and include [vintage cocktail that sounds nast]?! YOUR SNACKET SUCKS AND I HATE YOU GUYS!

With only 64 slots in four areas, we can't include everything. There is a considered rationale for inclusion and exclusion; we don't do it to piss you off. And remember, this time, you have a say!

Why is [x] in one category but [y] in another?! SUCKS! HATE!

Again: 64 slots; 4 flights of 16 each. We do our best to classify everything correctly within the limits of the bracket structure, but the bracket structure…has limits, and we won't be able to please everyone. Inevitably, some folks will feel like their favorite drink got shanked in the draw, or that we aren't scientific enough, but we encourage you just to have fun with it.

You should absolutely email me if you spot any mistakes, but please understand that "I think your ranking of Buttery Nipples is BULLSHIT!!!1!" is more of a difference of opinion than an error.

Also, you said "nipples." Enjoy that.

I don't drink/usually stick to beer. What's the next bracket?

Probably cookies, if we don't all end up in Hazelden first. By which I mean "especially if we all end up in Hazelden first." In the meantime, the NC Double Shot bracket is here.

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  • Elena says:

    Sars, where did you get the picture of the bird on the glass? It's heaps cute and I'd love to have it on a shirt or something, if that's available.

    Thanks for running another bracket – especially one that's so close to my heart. And liver.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    @Elena, I think I searched "martinis public domain" and that's what came up.

  • attica says:

    Geez, I think a local adult-beverage establishment(s) might make want to sponsor Bracket Nights to encourage high-information voting. (Get it? High?)I sense a franchise…

  • Erin in SLC says:

    As someone who recently introduced a whole cocktail-party-full of Utahns to the Dark 'n' Stormy, I am, how you say, stoked.

  • cayenne says:

    You guysh, thish ish teh besht bracket ever!

  • Jen S 1.0 says:

    God, I wish I drank. The taste of alcohol just rubs me the wrong way. But this sounds like fun and I'll be watching–maybe even gird the ol' loins and try the winner!

  • ElizabethA says:

    Yay! This is the one I've been waiting for!

    Also: new computer = I don't remember which Elizabeth I am. Which seems entirely appropriate, given the nature of the tournament. If I step on Some Other Elizabeth's toes, please advise, and I will pick a new name.

  • Tulip says:

    Looks like big fun! A lot of my favorites are up against each other so it will be tough. I can't decide if it's a bad sign that I've drunk almost all of the drinks at least once. I'm going to go with in 20 years of drinking it's inevitable I would drink a lot of different things. Right?

  • ferretrick says:

    IN order to be an informed and responsible voter, it's necessary to have sampled all the drinks in question, correct? Because "Sars and Keckler told me to" is a great excuse.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    Yes! Unless you develop alcohol poisoning, at which time I have no idea what is a ferretrick.

  • Sandman says:

    I love how that's a "when" and not an "if." ::hic::

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