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Oct 31, 2013

Back to Basics: How to Make a Perfect Bloody Mary

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These days, the Bloody Mary game is all about oneupsmanship. The goal in bars and brunch spots has become to add as much savory complements to the drink so as to turn it into both a snack and a cocktail: spears and spears of pickled veg, whole shrimp, fried bacon, charcuterie, chicken wings, antipasti, mini cheeseburgers, firecrackers, tiny pizzas, everything.

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Which is fine, and fun, but takes away from the essence of the drink. Sure, it's a canvas for complementary flavors, but that canvas isn't blank in the first place...it's actually a perfectly balanced cocktail.

So, since it's Halloween, and since holiday season is coming up, and since it's an essential skill that every guy should know, here are the basics on the Bloody Mary. If you're not one to drink vodka, well, then it also makes a darn fine amped-up… read more

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Jul 09, 2013

ManMade Summer Guide: How to Make the Perfect Ceviche

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Ce·vi·che: A Latin American dish of marinated raw fish or seafood, typically garnished and served as an appetizer, or, in my mind: the best summer dish one can make at home! 

How to make the perfect ceviche. Photo by Gabriel Cabrera

Ceviche has this rep of being a complicated dish, and it's "raw" preparation can be intimidating. Except: It's not complicated, and it's not raw, just unheated. So, follow this guide to master the basics, and you can adapt and rock it like a pro. Let's get (not)… read more

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Jul 02, 2013

How to: The Simple Trick for Making a Perfect Fried Egg

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It's the most important meal of the day, and as far as the perfect breakfast, it's hard to beat an egg. If you ask many of the world's greatest chefs what the ultimate mark of someone who knows how to cook, they'll say, "have them make me an egg."   

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See, on the one hand, eggs are simple: there's the white, there's the yolk, you heat it, and you eat it. But on the other hand, an egg's unique two-part structure means there's a lot going on, and plenty to mess… read more

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Jun 24, 2013

ManMade Guide: How To Make the Best Cold Brew Coffee at Home

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You can buy cold brew coffee at a coffee shop. But, if it happens to be from a certain Seattle-based java-serving monolith named after a Melville character or an pink and orange East Coast chain known for selling fried rings of dough for, uh, placing into your coffee, then what you're actually getting is cold coffee...that is, hot coffee that's been iced down.How to make the best cold-brew coffee

Cold brew is an entirely different beast… read more

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Apr 24, 2013

How To: Make the Perfect Homemade Salsa

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Though it's the way most of us consume them, salsas are not just for chips. That limitation is a shame, because these Mexican table sauces can be so much more than watery blend of canned tomatoes and vinegar intended for scoping.I was born in Mexico, so fresh, bright and bold salsas are close to my heart. 

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So, join me on a virtual south-of-the-border trip, and learn the basic techniques of making the perfect homemade… read more

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Apr 16, 2013

How to: Make Your Own DIY Smoked Cocktails

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Some anthropologists argue that just one dominant feature separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom: we use fire and heat to cook our food. Like salt, smoking has long been a means of preserving food, and over time, we've learned that it also tastes pretty awesome as well. Those flavors are why we're still willing to use the grill and light fires when we have access to electric heating elements: the taste just can't be matched.

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Many drinks and spirits come with smoky qualities - lots of teas, coffee, beer, and whiskeys. But you can also smoke entire cocktails or mixed drinks to add a whole other level of flavor and complexity. As my friend Mike remarked after trying one of my smoked Old Fashioneds, "I don't know if I can ever drink a regular one… read more

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Mar 21, 2013

How to: 5 Easy DIY Bicycle Tune-Ups Every Guy Should Know

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A bicycle is an amazing machine. Easy to ride, but full of all sorts of moving parts that work together smoothly when everything is aligned, just so. As an active cyclist, I advocate for making friends with your local shop - they'll likely give you basic adjustments for free. But there's plenty of tune-ups you can do at home to keep things running smoothly, and save the trip.

created at: 03/21/2013 So, as riding season seems to finally be poking its head in and cyclists of all types are getting prepped to ride regularly, here are five easy tune-ups you can do to get your bike ready for spring.  … read more

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Mar 13, 2013

10 Highball Recipes Every Man Should Know

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A cocktail is a mixed drink that contains at least one base spirit and a modifier (liqueurs, bitters, fortified wines) mixed with something to give the cocktail a little flavor, such as another spirit, fruit juice, etc.

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A highball, on the other hand, is much more basic. It's a single spirit and a non-alcoholic mixer, and rather than being built in a shaker or a mixing glass, they're typically assembled in the very vessel in which you'll drink… read more

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Feb 17, 2013

The Magic Highball Formula: How to Memorize One Recipe, and Make Dozens of Drinks

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 They say if you learn just three chords, you can play a million songs...

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And? They're right. Any musician can tell you the I-IV-V permeates the majority of popular music, and knowing that progression is the trick for picking up an instrument and playing along with a song you've never heard before.

The same is true for the class of mixed drinks called a highball. Many of these classic combos are just known by the name of the ingredients - gin and tonic, rum and Coke, and the like. They're a huge hit at get-togethers and parties, because they can be easily built without any special tools barware (i.e. no shaking), and folks can stick with the same spirit and change up the mixer for a little variety throughout the… read more

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Jan 15, 2013

How to: Care for and Protect Your Leather Boots and Shoes for Winter

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This time of year, footwear choices can be a gamble. Overthink it, and you're stuck in snow or hiking boots all day. Under prepare, and your socks and feet stay wet, cold, and covered in  road salt. 

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The answer, of course, is to opt for the middle, and choose a natural weather-resistant material that's stylish no matter what the season:… read more

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Nov 08, 2012

How to: Polish Your Shoes - The Quick, Easy, No-Fuss Way

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Everytime I have a layover at the airport, I like to walk around the terminal and watch people...guess where they're going, why they're traveling. And everytime, I inevitably walk by the shoe shine stand, sometimes occupied, and sometimes not, and I think to myself, "Someday, I'm gonna own a pair of shoes that deserve to be shined for $14 in the airport.

And, really, someday...I… read more

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Nov 02, 2012

How to: Sharpen an Axe (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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Like kitchen knives, scissors, and most things designed to cut solid material into smaller pieces, an axe is only as good as its… read more

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Sep 20, 2012

How to: Make the Ultimate Martini at Home

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You don't find too many recipes that begin with, "First a note about substituting ingredients or tools. Don't. This method has been exhaustively tested and retested for excellence and the smallest variation can result in catastrophic and unintended consequences."

Somehow, that deserves to be respected, and when the blog post is entitled "Perfect"… read more

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Aug 28, 2012

How to: A Quick and Easy Way to Reattach a Book or Notebook Cover

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Last week, the unthinkable happened: the pages of my notebook separated from the cover.

Okay, well, it's not really unthinkable...I'm pretty tough on it. It goes everywhere with me, falls off the workbench daily, gets covered in sawdust and paint, regular interacts with power tools and sharp things, and I'm pretty sure this is the one I threw across the room when I just couldn't get the math right for a project.I've had this one for nearly two years, and it's spine has been covered and reinforced by layers of duct tape for more than half its life. So, unthinkable? No, but discouraging, nonetheless. This thing still has at least 20%… read more

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Aug 14, 2012

How to: Make the Ultimate Old Fashioned...The Old-Fashioned Way

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Two years ago, I posted a basic recipe for making classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned, during ManMade's inaugural Cocktail Month festivities.

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And two years ago, I was wrong. Quite wrong, in fact. I was just learning about cocktails, and was operating with the notion of the Old Fashioned I'd had in bars and… read more

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Jul 31, 2012

How to: Five Commandments for Making Great Burgers at Home

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We're nearing August, and the whole northern hemisphere is well into prime grilling season. By this point, your grilling game is at its peak - you're well seasoned, and so are you grates. You've been trying a few recipes you've never done before, learning how to better control your fire, so now it's time to revisit a classic, and perfect the burger.   

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If you're gonna go through the effort of making burgers at home, make them amazing.

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Apr 13, 2012

How to Start a Fire: By Hand, No Matches

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Honestly, it just seems like something a guy should know how to do.

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You can imagine the scenarios: extra-minimalist camping… read more

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Apr 10, 2012

5 Commandments of Making Great Sandwiches

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You've heard the worn-out phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread." But, really, this overused comment only highlights a deeper observation; that being, why sliced bread is such a great invention in the first place.created at: 04/10/2012
It is, of course, because sliced bread leads to sandwiches. They are, perhaps, Western culture's greatest culinary achievement, named after an aristocratic gambler, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who requested that his valet bring him his meat tucked between two slices of bread so that he could continue to eat while playing cards, without getting his cards greasy or put them down to dine.

Whether that story is true or not, no one can deny the magic of combining baked grains with other food stuffs to create a portable, all-in-one-bite package. Nearly every Western culture has its variation: the pizza, the taco, the flatbread wrap, so one thing's for sure: the combo of a grain-based dough, some meat and veggies, a little sauce, maybe a bit of cheese, is better than simply sliced bread. It's the greatest thing in the world.  … read more

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Mar 27, 2012

How to Tie a Bow Tie: A Gentleman's Guide

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Unless you're Orville Redenbacher or a member of the Nation of Islam, you're more of an occastional bow tie wearer rather than a daily guy. Or perhaps you've never worn one, and have no idea what you'd look like in a real, hand tied deal rather than that ribbon-y thing from the tuxedo rental place.

Either way - you likely don't remember exactly how to… read more

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Mar 02, 2012

How to Make Your Bed in 30 Seconds

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I wasn't always a bedmaker. It wasn't until I was living in the dorms in college, and my bed also had to serve as the sofa, chair, desk, laundry-folding area, and dining table that I got in the habit of the daily bedclothes readjusting. And my bed needs it, cause I sleep like a freaking tornado and things end up in impossible places.

It's a habit I'm glad I've held onto. Research shows that people who make their bed are actually happier. And… read more

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