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In this age of artisanal everything , it’s no longer enough to make your own mixologist-quality cocktails. Now you have to make your own gin. You could go the Roaring Twenties route…but if you’d...
Once upon a time, computers were heavy, bulky items permanently rooted to our desks…but today, smartphones essentially act as personal computers and are barely bigger than a cassette tape (those were...
Pop quiz: What do a Major League baseball game, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather , and a debate with your radical-minded uncle have in common? For starters, they’ll each consume about three hours...
The craft of aging spirits in oak casks is nothing if not romantic; after all, the technique goes back hundreds of years and has remained mostly unchanged over time. It’s a practice that requires...
Remember how, when you were a kid, you couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel? Go-karts and dune buggies were the closest things you had to replicate the sensation of driving a car. If you’re like me...
I’ll just come right out and say it: We are entirely too tethered to our phones and tablets. Human-to-human interaction has suffered since smartphones emerged. Given that stance, it would stand to...
Neapolitan pizza. It’s the sexiest carb, and one that we could eat every day. To do so—and to make a traditional Naples pie the right way—requires a pizza oven. Pizza aficionados with a spare-no-cost...
For some people, roughing it means campfires and sleeping bags and destinations far removed from the comforts of settled living. You know the type—they’re the crunchy granola folks who would trail...
The problem with wine is its immediacy. Not in its production, of course—there’s nothing immediate about growing grapes and making fine wine. It’s the consumption of wine that always feels...
There are times, while attending or hosting a house party, when behind the bar is the best place to be—you get to converse with everyone at the party, and best of all, the conversations come to you...
Unless you’re located in year-round boat-shoe environs like Florida or Southern California, winter is that brutal time of the year during which most outdoor activities lose their luster. Skiers,...
It wasn’t long ago when the latest advancement in mass-produced razors was a disposable, three-bladed cartridge. Four blades soon followed, and now we have five blades, along with battery-powered...
While many dishes and drinks are considered comfort fare, the greatest comfort of all may be the knowledge that your favorite things are always within reach. If one of those favorite things happens...
If you’re resolved to eat and drink better in 2015, you’ll need Tipsi . While there are many wine-related apps on the market, this one is noticeably different. Most wine apps are created to help you...
These gift ideas are sure to please the vineyard and olive-grove enthusiasts on your list this holiday season. Olives All Your Own Jason Gibb and Cathy Rogers left their Los Angeles careers in...
The Nicholas Brawer Gallery on East 72nd Street in Manhattan may be known for its antique sporting equipment, but it’s equally committed to vintage cocktail shakers and barware. And while these...
Looking for that perfect gift for a spirits or cocktail aficionado on your list? Consider the following three ideas. Confidence in Cocktails Mention New York City’s Death & Co. to any cocktail...
Beyond its ability to artfully display the contents of a bottle of wine, a decanter serves a functional purpose for vintages both young and old. Decanting any bottle, regardless of its age, will...
Just as top chefs travel with their own set of cutlery, master mixologists often take their personal tools with them for work behind the bar. Fortunately for aspiring home bartenders, those same...
In the wide world of sports, there is one game that requires athletic prowess, a steady hand, a calculating mind, and deft hand-eye coordination. Better yet, this game is best enjoyed with a beverage...
One school of thought holds that the purpose of a flask is to sneak alcohol into places where it’s not supposed to be. Because of that, many flasks are designed to look like something else, be it...
If you’re a bourbon lover, you already know that getting a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle is beyond difficult—we’re talking quantum-physics hard. Thanks to James Broyhill II, getting a barrel is a little...
Frank Sinatra’s career as an entertainer lasted six decades, and it seems that Ol’ Blue Eyes rarely took a day off. That’s one of the best perks of being a Sinatra fan—there’s always something new to...
The Japanese city of Seki is located in one of the country’s few prefectures that don’t border the coastline. Yet because Seki is in close proximity to abundant sources of freshwater thanks to fast-...
Ernest Hemingway once offered the advice that we should all do sober the things that we said we would do when we were drunk. That, he said, would teach us to keep our mouths shut. Of course,...
Some people excel at foosball. I am not one of them.
Shaped like a dinosaur egg and constructed usually of ceramics, terra-cotta, or lava rock (think tandoor), the kamado grill has served as a trusted cooking apparatus for thousands of years. It’s...
Last year, almost 40 million people visited the City of Sin, and we’re willing to bet that many of them spent time counting stacks of chips at a few of the casinos on the strip—there are close to 30...
In a world of limited fashion accessories and jewelry options for men, the wristwatch is an important element of style. But luxury timepieces are also significant investments. Some may love the idea...
Grant Vollmer has balls of steel and he wants to share them with you. Before you go anywhere, let us explain. Vollmer is the founder and CEO of Balls of Steel , a producer of whiskey and spirit...

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