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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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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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