Winespeak. It’s for waiters and the ex-wives they wait on. All you need to appreciate wine is a mouth but this book can get you a few steps further along in understanding what you’re drinking. Written without winespeak, master sommelier Richard Betts adds insight and humor (gasp) to help you identify and appreciate your wine. Yes, it really is a scratch-n-sniff book.
This season you can play the starring role in your own rendition of Bad Santa with this advent calendar that features 24 sweet 3cl sample drams of fine whisky instead of stupid chocolates. And when the whisky is spelled without an E, you know it’s top shelf. Happy holidays indeed.
Booze billionaire Sidney Frank created Grey Goose vodka & 7 years later sold the brand to Bacardi for a cool $2 billion. Instead of disappearing on the permanent vacation most of us would take, Frank turned his attention to developing American Harvest. Made with all organic ingredients, AH vodka is handcrafted in small batches with wheat from a family-owned sustainable farm, then distilled & bottled in Idaho. Smooth, crisp, & yes, 100% American made.
Hall-of-fame Chicago Bulls power forward, 5-time NBA champ, crossdresser and wannabe diplomat Dennis Rodman is now adding Booze Purveyor to his résumé. His “tough and edgy, yet “smooth and classic” Bad Boy vodka will be available at the end of July for 20 bucks-a-bottle.
After 30 years as the frontman for Iron Maiden, it’s safe to assume that Bruce Dickinson knows a thing or two about beer. But in creating their signature Trooper ale, the band didn’t just license the logo for a beer label. Dickinson actually worked to develop the classic English Ale with the experts at Robinsons, a 175 year-old UK brewer. Available late summer in the USA.
Even the world’s best coffee is not its best when served in a paper, foam, or plastic cup. The reusable glass coffee cup from Joco not only makes the taste of your brew better, it reduces waste. Bonus features include a thermal silicone sleeve, a spill-proof lid and a “cyclonic” cup base that evenly disperses your sugar as you stir.
Your neighbors sure are crafty, with their cruelty-free beekeeping & the organic herb garden they never shut up about. But when you ferment your first batch of homemade mead (that ancient honey wine consumed by dragon-slaying knights in the middle ages) you’ll be the new champion of Who’s Craftiest. This kit includes everything you need to make 5 1-gallon batches.
A pack of science lab lushes created a smartphone-controlled liquor-slinging robot that can accurately and efficiently mix hundreds of cocktails. We just hope this team of geniuses didn’t forget to make the robot a good listener and a heavy-handed pourer. And what about tips?
The Green Revolution is real. It must be, right? How else could a blend of super-caffeinated coffee called Death Wish that’s 200% stronger than a regular roast, actually be Fair Trade & certified organic? This would seem to suggest that having a Death Wish is actually a good thing.
If you want your whiskey or beer diluted add water but if you want to keep it pure, drop in a couple of 100% soapstone Whiskey or Beer Rox. After sitting in the freezer for awhile, these stones will cool your beverage of choice perfectly without diluting it or adding an unwanted freezer burn taste that ice cubes often do.