Whether you drink aged, fine wines or supermarket table wine, well-designed wine tools are kitchen essentials. The Blade series includes a waiter’s corkscrew, an ergonomic twist corkscrew, a vacuum pump and an aerating decanting pourer. The design of the pourer adds 430% more oxygen to the wine as it pours, making even mediocre wine taste fine.
Sam Adam’s has developed and produced some amazing barrel-aged beers over the last decade. A series of experiments led to their potent “Utopias” brews, which, due to unusually high alcohol content, they won’t call “beers.” This year’s batch, at 29%, will really lube you up but Sam insists the Utopias are all about complex taste. Available at select specialty beer and liquor stores.
Forget about outfits for every occasion, the luggage you really need for that holiday trip back home is this Italian leather bar-in-a-box from luggage maker Tumi and the distillers of Ketel One. The Traveling Mixologist holds two bottles, two martini glasses, an ice bucket, ice tongs, an ice scoop, a zester, and everything else you need for a well-lubricated holiday season.
Coffee fanatics take it black. This stuff, which is cold-pressed and steeped for 16 hours in an oxygen-free wine tank is about as pure as it gets—hence the name, Pure Black. It’s a full-flavored cold brew guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.
Whisky. It’s the perfect way to start every day of the holiday season. Enclosed in this adult advent calendar, you’ll find a different little sample-size bottle of whisky for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas—yes, 24 refreshing surprises & somewhere stashed inside is a 50-year old single malt.
What the hell is a Zagat anyway? When it comes to reliable restaurant recommendations, rankings by anonymous experts are as useless as Yelp. To guide you to the goods, this book applies the expertise of master chefs. From bargains to fine dining, 400 of the world’s best, like Heston Blumenthal, René Redzepi and David Chang will show you where to go.
You’re not just some wild college kid anymore. You’re a professional. And at this stage in life, your Pong skills are highly advanced. To keep your favorite game challenging, you should probably step up to Lil’ Reds. These bullseye-size Pong cups definitely separate the men from the boys.
In reading his books, it’s obvious Hemingway was a lover of food and drink but it’s hard to imagine he put down the pen in the middle of For Whom The Bell Tolls to jot down recipes. Fact is, he didn’t. This book of 125 recipes is assembled from old Hemingway’s haunts, period cookbooks and “other sources” but includes passages from his works as well as family photos, etc.