March Madness Drinking Game

For those of you watching March Madness (anyone catch that Duke upset?), we found a great game you may want to play. This game is courtesy of www.drinkinggamezone.com.

  • Rules for scoring baskets
    • (1) Drink: When the team you bet against hits a 3-pointer (beer)
    • (1) Shot: For every pretermined amount of points the team you bet against scores [you decide]
  • Drinking rules for fouls
    • (1) Drink: When a player from your team fouls someone
    • (1) Shot: When a player from your team fouls out
    • (1) Shot: When a technical foul is called on a coach, everyone drinks!
  • Drinking for cool stuff occurring
    • (1) Drink: For a good block or steal
    • (2) Drinks: For slam dunks
    • (3) Drinks: for each deep or clutch 3-pointer made
    • (3) Drinks: When players score through a foul (and-one)
    • (1) Shot: For a buzzer beating shot
    • (1) Shot: if someone shoots an air ball or gets rim checked on a slam dunk
  • Drinking when ridiculous sh*t happens
    • (3) Drinks: When an athlete does his bests soccer imitation and flops
    • (3) Drinks: if Dick Vitale rants about anything
    • (1) Shot: If a fight breaks out! (this isn’t hockey but pick a winner)

As always, get the best deal for the liquor or beer used for this game using Nowcado for  Android or iOS.

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Meet Nowcado

In a world devastated by shopper complacency, Nowcado stands alone against the storm…

Whether you’re familiar with Nowcado or not, be sure to check out our new video below. It reintroduces our vision and highlights the power of Nowcado’s signature feature, the Cart, which optimizes your shopping trip. All of this is wrapped in a 94-second whirlwind of drama set to the soothing sounds of a Don LaFontaine-esque voice, pop culture allusions, and an app walkthrough that we hope will be entertaining as well as informative.

Behold the magnificence that is Nowcado for yourself on Android or iOS today!

Nowcado Sign Up: Via Facebook

Today we explain how the Facebook Omniauth sign up process works for Nowcado (get it for Android or iOS). You will see this process is just as secure as the standard one (all transactions with both the Nowcado server and Facebook server are performed over a secure, encrypted SSL channel) , yet even simpler for you to do!
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  1. A user signs in to Facebook using their Facebook credentials. Note that this is the only step the user must perform.
  2. Facebook responds with a Facebook authentication token which enables the holder to access your email address and Facebook username.
  3. The app sends the Facebook token to the Nowcado backend.
  4. Nowcado queries the Facebook server using the Facebook token in order to retrieve the user’s email address and Facebook username.
  5. Nowcado creates an account using the email address, permutation of the Facebook username (as a default – you can edit it later from the user page if you like), and a randomly generated secure password.
  6. Nowcado responds to the user with credentials that are used on subsequent requests. The same security on these credentials that applied to standard accounts still applies here.

Despite what Facebook may say when you are prompted, we do not use any information from Facebook beyond your email address and username. The email address is used if we need to communicate with you about your account (e.g. emailing your cart results) and the Facebook username is used as a basis for generating your Nowcado username. We cannot write any posts on your Facebook wall and we don’t see anything else about your Facebook account whatsoever.

If you wish to create an account unaffiliated with the email listed on your Facebook account, you can still use the standard sign up method.

Nowcado Sign Up Process: Standard

This post may be a bit geeky, but we wanted to explain what Nowcado (get it for Android or iOS) is doing in the background when you sign up so you know how secure this process really is. Note that all transactions with the Nowcado server are performed over a secure, encrypted SSL connection.

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  1. A user sends account details (email, username, and password) to the Nowcado servers.
  2. Nowcado creates a provisional account in the database. The password is uniquely salted via a 1 way hash and peppered (e.g. the password in the database might look a long nonsensical string of characters that is mathematically impossible to reverse, and that same password for a different user would be a different string). No trace of the password is seen in any server logs or the database itself. Until the user confirms the account, it cannot be used to sign in.
  3. Nowcado sends an email to the user to confirm his or her identity.
  4. The user confirms his or her identity by clicking the email confirmation link.
  5. Nowcado marks the account as confirmed, allowing the user to sign in.
  6. The user signs in.
  7. Nowcado responds with credentials (not your password!) that are used by your device on subsequent requests. This is secure because you are using an authentication token which has no correlation to your password (salted or otherwise), and there is logic which can lock down your account if hijacking attempts are detected using fake tokens.

As you can see,  you must do a lot here to confirm you are who you claim to be.  Stay tuned for tomorrow where we walk you through the Facebook sign in process that eliminates those steps!

Spring Break! Part 3: London

Today’s recipe hails from Sky Lounge in London, England – Mother’s Ruin.

MOTHER’S RUIN

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup chilled club soda
  • 1 1/2 cups gin
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh grapefruit juice, plus 3 thinly sliced grapefruit wheels, for garnish
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sweet vermouth
  • 2 1/4 cups chilled Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large pitcher, stir the sugar with the club soda until dissolved. Stir in the gin, grapefruit and lemon juices and sweet vermouth and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  2. Transfer the punch to a large bowl. Gently stir in the Champagne and float the grapefruit wheels on top. Serve in punch glasses over ice.

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Spring Break! Part 1: Aruba

We know many of you are on spring break right now and enjoying your favorite drinks in different parts of the world. We will be featuring some of our favorites over the next few days. To kick things off, here is a mojito recipe from the Divi Phoenix resort in Aruba.

MOJITO

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1.5 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 cup club soda

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler (or a fork if you don’t have one) to crush the mint and lime together.
  2. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice.
  3. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired.
  4. Garnish with an additional lime wedge.

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