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Jun 05, 2013

Recipe: How to Make DIY Whiskey Hot Sauce

Know why foods like chili, Buffalo wings, tacos, or Southeastern Asian street foods always seem to taste better with beer, even though it does nothing to tame the heat and actually seems to make it worse?   

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May 29, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: May 29, 2013

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

Just to be clear, what you're looking at right there is an actual 1953 Volkswagen Beetle that's been morphed into a perfect sphere. (!!!)    

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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.

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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 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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Mar 13, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: March 13, 2013

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


Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner creates this stunning images by

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Feb 06, 2013

How to: Make Whiskey Sriracha Candy at Home

My friend and collaborator Capree sent me this recipe for whiskey and sriracha-flavored homemade candies, with the comment, "some sorta ManMade somethin'." I was seriously intrigued, and followed up with "even though they're heart-shaped?"...mostly just to see what she'd say. I expected some kinda Valentine's Day comment, but she came back with:   

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Jan 31, 2013

A Rare Historical Scotch, Back on the Rocks

In 1907, Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out to reach the South Pole, taking all the gear, food, and fuel necessary to keep the team alive in the extreme climate. The Antarctic explorer also brought something else with him, cases 

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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.   

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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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Nov 19, 2012

The Whiskey Advent Calendar

There's only one thing better than opening tiny little doors that contain candy and quarter-machine toys. 

That being...opening tiny little doors that contain whiskey.    

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Oct 29, 2012

Crafting the 1608: An Electric Guitar Designer by Bon Iver and Built from Whiskey Barrels

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Irish whiskey producers Bushmills teamed up with musician Justin Verson of Bon Iver and luthier Gordy Bischoff to create the 1608 - an electric guitar made from spent charred white oak Bushmill's barrels.  

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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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Oct 12, 2012

Scotch: A Pronunciation Guide with Brian Cox

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Whisky fan, consummate actor, and proud Scot Brian Cox shares a intro guide to pronouncing more than forty-five different Scotches. Though it's possible the liquor store owner might not know any better, a good bartender certainly will, and perhaps you'll get a few extra drops for pronouncing it correctly. Maybe.  

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Aug 15, 2012

Jack Daniel's Meets the Signpainter

Tennessee-whiskey juggernaut Jack Daniels (their Old No. 7 is the best selling whiskey in the world) is creating a new annual tradition where they team up with independent artists and craftsmen to create poster artwork and an ad campaign around the theme of "independence." 

They collaborated with Derek McDonald,

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Aug 14, 2012

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

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 restaurants,

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Jun 06, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: June 6, 2012

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

Guitar Pee is a musical urinal that allows you to create music while...at the urinal. It's kinda like that Les Paul Google doodle, except you pee on it.

Watch this video to see how it works:  

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May 15, 2012

How to: Make Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders

It's the sort of post that needs no introduction: it's a burger, on a mini bun, with barbeque sauce, and whiskey. And! The pre-pattied meat in the process photo looks like a brain:  

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May 10, 2012

The Birthday Card that Turns into a Shot Glass

Designer Ross Moody has turned the well-wishing birthday card into something the celebrated can actually use: a shot glass. As the card itself says, " No seriously. This card turns into a shot glass. Get to it."

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