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21 Ways to Sneak Alcohol During the Holidays

The holidays offer the perfect opportunity to get together with your family, but you might not always be feeling the holiday cheer when dealing with your tío’s conservative rants or being constantly pestered by your nieces and nephews. We all know how hectic latino family gatherings can be, and you may want to turn to alcohol to make you merrier. However, not everyone wants to drink in plain sight during a holiday gathering, especially in more conservative families, so we put together this list of stealthy ways that you can sneak alcohol during the holidays.

1.  Cut out a soda can sleeve to cover your beer.

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You can either DIY a can cover by cutting up an empty bottle or buy a pre-made cover that’s made just for this purpose. Depending on the size of your drink, this is a foolproof way to hide your booze. Just make sure you hide your stash so no unassuming relatives accidentally drink it.

2. Use tampon flasks.

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While the idea of drinking out of a tampon even if it’s fake may seem unappetizing, nobody will suspect a thing. Just excuse yourself to the restroom, grab your “tampon”, and take a swig.

3.  Hide it in a Starbucks cup.

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Did you know that you can fit a whole bottle of wine in a Starbucks “Trenta” cup? Red wine looks close enough to coffee, and the holidays are the perfect excuse to grab yourself a cup of joe. If you’re looking for something even more discreet, use a styrofoam or paper coffee cup and chug away.

4. Make alcohol-infused gummy bears. 

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Buy a pack of gummy bears and put them into a ziplock bag, then fill the bag with vodka and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. The gummy bears will soak up most of the alcohol. This trick will make your family think you’re just a candy addict, but be careful if there are kids around – they might want to try some of your boozy gummies. If this inevitably happens, you can use the excuse that you’re trying to prevent the childhood obesity crisis.

5. Get a phone flask.

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Everyone’s on their phones these days and a phone-shaped flask is a perfect way to sneak booze around your family. Just pretend you’re texting someone and pour some liquor into your glass.

6. Use a garter belt flask holder.

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If you’re a lady, chances are you’ll be wearing more formal attire involving skirts or dresses during the holidays. A garter belt flask makes it easy to lift your skirt and take a swig when you get a moment alone.  

7. Hide alcohol in a gift bag. 

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This will only work during an event involving presents, but it’s a foolproof way to get tipsy during Christmastime. Put a bottle of your favorite booze in a gift bag and surround it with tissue paper. You can address the gift to yourself so nobody else will open it. Whenever you find yourself near the gift table, you can grab a quick swig and hide it again.

8. Use a hairbrush flask.

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When it’s time for a family holiday photo, you can use your hairbrush to grab a quick drink. Excuse yourself to the bathroom to “brush your hair” to look picture-perfect, and take a swig. Nobody will think twice about your need to look good.

9. Use a flask scarf. 

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There is no better time to wear a scarf than during the holidays. With a flask scarf, you can keep warm and secretly sip your favorite adult beverage.

10. Use a lipstick flask.

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If you wear lipstick, the lipstick flask is the perfect way to hide your booze. Just step away for a touch-up before a family photo and drink. This can also work for any other type of makeup. If you’re really dedicated, you can empty a makeup bottle, clean it well, and fill it with your favorite booze.

11. Hide alcohol behind the Christmas tree.

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One of the best things about Christmas trees is how easily they can conceal things – and you, when you’re looking for a private place to take a swig. Before a family gathering begins, stash away your booze behind the tree. When it’s time to take a drink, you just say that you’re taking a look at the ornaments.  

12. Use a collapsible booze bag.

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Booze bags are small bag-like flasks that can hold just about any type of beverage. You can store them almost anywhere to allow for quick access to your favorite drink when you need a little holiday pick-me-up.

13. Or just go for a classic hip flask.

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Nothing beats tradition, especially during the holidays. Go old school and bring a hip flask to your holiday gatherings. You can discretely take a swig whenever you manage to get a moment of solitude.  

14. Use a flask tie.

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If you like to dress up for the holidays and are a fan of ties, you can buy a flask tie to secretly get tipsy during your family gatherings. Your outfit might look a little weird, but who cares when you’re drunk? 

15.  Use a fake beer belly. 

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Chances are, you’ll be seeing relatives you haven’t seen in a while during the holidays. Use this opportunity to claim that you’ve gained weight in recent months by slapping on a beer belly flask under your favorite holiday sweater.

16.  Use a flask wallet. 

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This is sure to be discreet. Just slip your “wallet” in your back pocket and nobody will suspect a thing.

17. Hide alcohol in your spare film cases. 

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If you’re the family’s designated photographer, you likely have some spare film cases lying around. This offers the perfect chance to smuggle some booze into your holiday gatherings.

18. Opt for a wine rack.

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The wine rack is a sports bra that can discretely hold your favorite adult beverage. Your relatives probably won’t notice that you’ve gained a cup size.

19. Bring a smuggle mug.

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Tell your family you want to lose weight for the new year and you’re trying out a special weight loss drink. That will explain away your reluctance to drink soft beverages and nobody will want to touch your special drink – more liquor for you!

20. Stash away airplane bottles. 

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There are endless possibilities to where you can hide an airplane-sized alcohol bottle. Turn it upside down and stuff it in your sock, stash some in your pockets, or hide them near your junk. When you get creative, there’s no limit to what you can do with these. 

21. Nothing beats pregaming.

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If all else fails, there’s no easier way to secretly get buzzed at a holiday gathering than to drink beforehand. Nobody will suspect a thing – just stay safe and enjoy!

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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