May 17, 2010

ManMade Giveaway: Everything You Need to Make Great Cocktails At Home!

created at: 04/19/2010

ManMade wants you to throw your own cocktail parties, and we'd like to help.

So, during the two weeks of May 17 - 30th, we're giving away a Home Bar Essentials gift kit that includes over $100 of great tools to make it happen. All you'll have to do is grab some glassware and bring the spirits.

created at: 05/17/2010

The goodies include EVERYTHING on ManMade's Top Ten Essential Bar Tools, plus plenty of extra stuff thrown in for fun. If you win, you'll recieve:

  • Professional-grade Boston shaker set
    •   28 oz metal beaker
    •   16 oz mixing glass
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Long bar spoon
  • Bartender's bottle opener
  • Two refillable squirt bottles
  • Jigger/Pony
    • 1 oz and 1 1/2 ounce sizes
  • Hardwood muddler
  • Waiter's-style corkscrew
  • Citrus zester with channel knife
  • Small cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • Enameled citrus juicer
  • Glass rimmer
  • Margarita salt
  • Five terrycloth bar tools


To learn how to best use these tools, check out our videos: Stirring the Perfect Martini, and Shaking a Perfect Margarita.

To enter, simply say at least ten words in the comment section below. You can tell us about your favorite mixed drink, your local friendly spot, your rarest bossa nova record...anything you want to share. Then, just make sure you provide a valid email address, and you're entered. And you can increase you chances of winning by sharing the contest on your own blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Just add that in the comments as well to let us know.

created at: 05/17/2010


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created at: 05/03/2010


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Denis on May 30, 2010:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog To go make it self a great cocktail!!!

sunnie on May 30, 2010:

its a beautiful sunny day in la and my thoughts are on ramos gin fizz' and mimosas and lounging by the pool!!!

Christie on May 29, 2010:

I'd love to invite my friends over to enjoy my new patio and cocktails.

Brandy C. on May 27, 2010:

this would be absolutely excellent to get my home bar started. also, i have a small addiction to margarita salt.

lao-ocean on May 26, 2010:

If you're in Portland, Oregon, "The Screen Door" has one of the best brunches and Bloody Marys around.  I always ask for a second helping of the pickled okra.  :)

Shaina on May 26, 2010:

My parents just built a bar in the basement, and this would be a great addition!

Christopher on May 26, 2010:

I love a perfect "up" Manhattan from R Bar in Kansas City. This place is notorious for their cocktails and award-winning barkeeps! Cheers!

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Anonymous on May 24, 2010:

I think my all time favorite cocktail is a well-made Sidecar. Refreshing and smooth, a pure classic!

Josh on May 24, 2010:

A night of drinking can be one of the best cures towards boredom.  A weekend of it can give enough happy memories/thoughts to get through a few doldrums .  Anyone down to grab a Moscow Mule in LA?  (smile)  I hope to catch you at Bar Lubitsch or District.  Maybe a few beers at Birds or Father's Office?  I'm game to hear your recommendation(s).  Let's go and have the libations flow.  To great moments!

brooke on May 23, 2010:

Hey, I love having cocktail night at my house!! It's always a theme...like a song, band, or era! Can't wait to win this!

Hendrixn on May 22, 2010:

Huh, what a coincidence, I was just thinking about buying a set of mixing tools. Maybe I wont have to buy one now.

Karen on May 21, 2010:

We are just breaking ground replacing our disaster of a deck and adding a bar to fancy it up a little. This would be perfect to make awesome cocktails during all our summer bbqs!

Heather on May 21, 2010:

Hmm, I love the Lemon Drop, and any flavor of Margarita! This would be fantastic!

Maria on May 21, 2010:

We are redoing our dining room and adding a bar.  What a treasure of goodies to win and get us started on our quest for the ultimate cocktail party! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

staci on May 21, 2010:

kristin~ oh you and your fancy drinks! :D

Kristin on May 20, 2010:

I just had a delicious champagne cocktail at a local bar.  It was champagne with peach bitters--very much like a bellini but without all the sweetness.  Very refreshing on a sunny afternoon.

Loopy on May 20, 2010:

I just had the most amazing/weird Bloody Mary recipe:  They added Old bay seasoning, a fried prawn, some celery and candied bacon! The candied bacon was the topper and this alcoholic's spicy dream come true!

Anonymous on May 19, 2010:

I have been desperately searching (and having fun experimenting) for Mr. Mikes green appletini recipe! Since I can't find it, I guess I'll need to keep on experimenting for myself.

Jason on May 19, 2010:

This would be a great wedding present for myself and my bride-to-be for our June wedding.   And we're building a new house where I will have a bar to enteratin.

Nicole on May 19, 2010:

The best historical restaurant still serving South Florida, hands down, is the Mai Kai.  Their drinks are inspirational and have challenged me to make mine as good as theirs.