02853

Jan 22, 2014

Winterize Your Whiskey Cocktail: Make a Chai Honey Old Fashioned

ManMade team member Gabriel  has been experimenting with some serious cocktail mixing, and sought out to give that non-season-specific classic, the Old Fashioned, a winter-y update. 

Continue Reading

02843

Jan 20, 2014

New Year, New Beer: Favorite Brews You Gotta Try in 2014

created at: 01/20/2014

For Christmas a few weeks ago, I gave my wife a collection of home brew equipment. (That's right, she's awesome.) It was too big to slip under the tree, so I stuck it in the garage under an old drop cloth and then snuck it in while she was fiddling with the stockings. Over the weekend, we cooked our first batch (more on that soon), but

Continue Reading

02799

Dec 05, 2013

Let the Holiday Entertaining Festivities Begin! [Sponsored]

created at: 12/04/2013

The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers have been polished off, the bombardment of black cyber deals are (hopefully) over, and it's time to settle in to the real grooves of the holiday season, and use it as a special occasion to spend time with the people you like best.   

Continue Reading

02792

Nov 22, 2013

How to: Saber a Champagne Bottle

If there was ever a time for opening a champagne bottle with a sword, the holidays is that time. You don't actually need a sword - a chef's knife will do - but I figure this is just one of those things a man should know how to do. And since this is also the season of fizzy, corked bottles of sparkling cider and grape juice, you can snag a few more affordable bottles to practice without having to waste any bubbly. 

Continue Reading

02785

Nov 19, 2013

The Bourbon Family Tree... and What You Can Learn from It

GQ shares this fascinating chart excerpted from the new book The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Drink and Make Whiskey by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell. 

Continue Reading

02727

Oct 15, 2013

How to Step Up Your Whiskey Sour: Make a Bourbon Renewal

A sour is one of the original families of cocktails, and, done properly, is pretty straight forward: base spirit, an acid to create complexity and brightness, and a little sweetener to tame the sourness and round things out. Which means: a whiskey sour is a perfect cocktail to make at home, without any need to buy an overly sweet commercial sour mix.

Continue Reading

02659

Aug 26, 2013

The Coolest Beer Cans of All Time

With beer being sold in cans since the mid 1930s, and with countless thousands of breweries producing since, you better believe there have been some pretty amazing designs over the years. 

Continue Reading

02641

Aug 15, 2013

How to: Make the Ultimate Cuba Libre

created at: 08/15/2013

This Friday - August 16th - is National Rum Day, so to celebrate the summer, give one of the original rum cocktails a try: the Cuba Libre. It's delicious, dead simple to make, and perfect for enjoying all weekend long.    

Continue Reading

02633

Aug 12, 2013

How to Entertain Like a Modern Gentleman [Infographic]

created at: 08/12/2013

A few weeks ago, the team at Gascón wines invited ManMade to share some of our favorite guy-friendly entertaining tips. So,

Continue Reading

02513

Jun 13, 2013

ManMade Guide: Step Up Your Homemade Cocktails with Your Own DIY Infused Spirits

Studies have shown that a well-stocked liquor cabinet increases the chance of feeling awesome (studies conducted by ourselves over the weekend). This includes having several custom, home-infused spirits: one bottle suddenly has multiple options and flavor profiles.

How to infuse your own spirits

And? It's

Continue Reading

02502

Jun 04, 2013

How to: Build an Outdoor Bar Cart

This summer, move beyond cans and a cooler of ice, and create a sturdy, portable bar cart for your outdoor cocktail parties and grill-filled get-togethers. This option is made from cedar dimensional lumber, so it can not only stand up to the elements, but it's a great project for those without a table saw and a bunch of fancy woodworking tools.    

Continue Reading

02490

May 30, 2013

Have You Tried Your State Cocktail? 50 Drinks from 50 States

 This weekend, why not toast with a little regional flair?    

Continue Reading

02457

May 14, 2013

The 10 Best Whiskey Bars in America

Maysville's beautiful back bar via [http://www.gq.com/food-travel/wine-and-cocktails/201305/10-best-whiskey-bars-may-2013]

Sipping whiskey went from being something utterly boring that only certain retired folks would do while smoking cigars to being a hip, full-fledged trend that is taking over the best bars in the US of A.

Continue Reading

02437

May 01, 2013

The Ultimate Beer Cocktail: How to Make a Perfect Michelada

The Perfect Michelada

Tastes like sunshine and feels like an ocean breeze. What is it? An all-inclusive vacation?

Nope. It’s a Michelada, a mouth-watering beer cocktail that's perfect for the weekend (or any sunny day, really). Today, I'm sharing my go-to recipe to make a classic Michelada. Start chilling your Coronas!

Continue Reading

02411

Apr 19, 2013

3 Books That Will Turn You Into a Cocktail Connoisseur

There comes a time in every man's life when, offering a rum and coke to your guests simply doesn't cut it. You may be able to fake your bar knowledge with a few recipes from Google, but that can only last so long. Like a scout needs a map to wander the world , a true modern connoisseur needs some solid cocktail books to guide his journey.

This roundup will take your bar skills to a whole 'notha level. Let's get to it!

Continue Reading

02415

Apr 16, 2013

How to: Make Your Own DIY Smoked Cocktails

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.

created at: 04/16/2013

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 again."   

Continue Reading

02399

Apr 09, 2013

Pick Your Poison Coasters

Designer Ross Moody of 55 Hi's, who last year brought us the birthday card that turns into a shot glass, now shares this cool typographic coaster set dubbed "Pick Your Poison." 

Continue Reading

02335

Feb 11, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Leather Wrapped Flask

created at: 02/11/2013

There's nothing wrong with a classic stainless steel flask, but in my experience, a basic, clean-faced model is sorta hard to come by. Instead, I frequently see flasks with printed phrases, weird iconography, or overt brand names. Which is just fine, with this easy project that shows you how to customize them in a classy way with some basic leather scraps.   

Continue Reading

02306

Jan 22, 2013

The Best Affordable Whiskey: 6 Top Shelf Bottles Under $40

These cold winter months, with their insane wind chills and 5:00 p.m. sunsets, are the season of curling up with a tumbler of, as Don Draper says, "something big and brown." No mixers, shakers, or bar tools required - just a heavy glass, and a quality whiskey that can stand up on its own for some serious sipping. And if you know what you're looking for, there's no reason you have to spend more than $40 a bottle. Single malts included.   

Continue Reading

02298

Jan 10, 2013

Beertone: A Beer Color Reference Guide

Inspired by the Pantone color matching system, an international team of designers have created Beertone: the beer color reference guide.    

Continue Reading