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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. 

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Dec 30, 2013

How To: Make Sugared Cranberries

sugared cranberries recipe

My oh my, what to do with all of those cranberries in the fridge left from Christmas dinner? Sugar them!

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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.

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Oct 01, 2013

How to: Make DIY Barrel Aged Cocktails At Home (No Barrel Required...)

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The tradition of barrel or cask aging distilled spirits, wine, and beer goes back thousands of years. Letting the liquid mature within wood is what gives them their distinct flavors, aromas, and colors...when spirits are distilled, they're as clear as vodka; it's spending time with charred wood that develops the brown color of whiskeys, aged tequilas, brandies, and the like. The alcohol and the wood continue to interact, pulling out flavorful compounds known as vanillins and tannins, further distinguishing the product. 

Over the last few years, some creative bartenders and cocktail experts have been experimenting with aging entire drinks

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Aug 15, 2013

How to: Make the Ultimate Cuba Libre

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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.    

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Jul 23, 2013

Roundup: 5 Great Summer Recipes Using Tequila

Paloma cocktail. Photo by K&K Test kitchen [http://www.kandktestkitchen.com/2013/03/the-paloma.html]

When most of us think of tequila, a huge headache and a bad hangover come to mind. But this spirit is one of our faves, and has a lot more going for it than shots and salty wrists. So, here are a few ideas to use tequila in different recipes, all headache and hangover-free...kinda.

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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

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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.    

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May 30, 2013

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

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

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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!

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Apr 24, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: April 24, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 

A fun and informative flow chart that details the various ways that time travel works in film.    

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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!

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Apr 17, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: April 17, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Remember Dippin' Dots? They're kinda fun, but also taste mostly icky. In which case, we introduce DIY Alcoholic Dippin' Dots: The Hangover from the Future.   

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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.

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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 again."   

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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." 

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Apr 08, 2013

Whiskey 101: A How-To and Primer For Beginners

Recently, I was invited by DIY and creative lifestyle site Brit + Co to create an introduction post for those who were interested in learning more about tasting and enjoying whiskey, but never quite knew where to start. Since Brit + Co has a largely female readership, I wrote it in the style of "a woman's introduction to whiskey" (hence the lipstick), but it works equally well for any novice who'd like to have a little more info.

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Mar 13, 2013

10 Highball Recipes Every Man Should Know

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 it.

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Dec 05, 2012

Gift Guide: 20 Unique Bottles to Give this Holiday

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For those who appreciate well-crafted spirits, a bottle of something new (or old, as the case may be) always makes a great gift. It gives the recipient a chance to try something else, an opportunity to entertain, and if your timing's right, an instant way to thank you by uncorking that guy and sharing a pour. Whether it's your boss, your new in-laws you want

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Oct 31, 2012

How to: 3 "Dexter"-Inspired Blood Splatter Cocktails to Make for Halloween

Whether you've a fairly stocked bar to draw on, or you need to make a pit stop at the store before the Trick-or-Treaters arrive in a few hours, make sure whatever you'll be enjoying tonight is seasonal, tasty, and just scary enough to be festive...like these three "blood splatter" cocktail recipes that can be as eerie as you want 'em. A "Trinity" of Dexter-inspired drinks, if you will. (Get it?)

   

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Oct 22, 2012

The 6 Best Whiskey Drinks for Fall

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The leaves have fallen, and the season of margaritas and Tom Collinses and anything with tonic water is now hibernating until spring brings its thaw. Now? Now is the time for settling into the season of warmth and spices. And, most importantly...whiskey.  

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