You’ve been talking about brewing your own beer since college. Maybe the simple home systems from Synergy will finally turn you into the brewmaster you need to be. The Oregon-based metalworkers at Synergy make complete, handcrafted, stainless steel home brewing systems. Their simple, durable and hygienic systems make learning the craft of brewing almost as fun as tipping back a cold one. We said almost.
With age comes wisdom and brutal hangovers. Unfortunately, the former does not preclude the latter. And, when you get one of those man-sized whoppers: the 500-pound skull, blurry vision, please-kill-me hangovers – you need relief. Some Mercy. Renowned celebrity bartender and mixologist, Alex Ott, is a master of homeopathic drinks and their various effects. He formulated the natural ingredients in Mercy – things like chamomile, milk thistle & B vitamins to help you feel better. You hope. Photo courtesy Michael Falco for The New York Times
Hard as it is, proper whisky etiquette demands restraint. But who wants to watch their portion size when it comes to quaffing a nicely aged Scotch? Seriously. Maybe the hole in the glass will help keep you within your legal limit. Designed to give the Scotch more air in the glass, this unique serving set turns a simple drink into a worthy ritual. The kit includes a carafe, 3 glasses, a metal serving base, and of course a bottle of Ballantine’s Aged 12 Years.
When you’re in the supermarket buying fresh lemons and searching for a jar of capers for this recipe, you’ll realize you’re starting to learn how to cook. This is a good thing. You’re on your way to a great meal. But hey, if you find out what a caper actually is, please hit us up we’d love to know, too.
It’s a party on wheels. This rolling grill and cooler system is perfectly portable. With 7-inch rubber tires you can take it on off-road adventures like beach barbecues and camping. The compact gas grill features Char-Broil’s Infrared technology for higher, more consistent grill temps resulting in juicier steaks, burgers and brats. Beneath the grill are two detachable, 30-quart coolers for your sport-sodas. Pack it up & roll out.
You’re a man cooking meat over an open flame; get the right tools for the job. Do you really need titanium or Scandinavian design to make your steak just right? Didn’t think so. Try this forged, hand-hammered steel BBQ tool set: each spatula, fork & steak turner is one-of-a-kind.
Mastering the art of a properly cooked pork chop will not cost you much time or effort, as it’s all in the details. There’s no flavor quite like the savory richness of a juicy, spice-rubbed chop. Learning to do them right, adds another gourmet option to your repertoire of home-cooked meals.
Wanna get your smoke on? This stainless steel mini smoker from Williams-Sonoma will do it. It fits right on your outdoor grill and will fast become your favorite grilling accessory. Just preheat the box on the grill, insert meat, cover with lid and wait anxiously, while the aromatic spice of real wood chips turns your grilling into gourmet.
Leave it alone for as long as you can. This age-your-own-whiskey kit will really test your self-control. How long can you wait it out? Lucky for you the micro-barrel accelerates the aging process, so it only takes 3 to 6 months. The kit includes two 750 ml bottles of 110-proof White Dog un-aged whiskey, a 2 liter aging barrel, pouring funnel, two tasting glasses & step-by-step instructions. Tapping the barrel after 180 days reveals a brown, flavorful, complex whiskey. Drain it and refill up to 5 times.
You don’t have to be a heavy drinker to appreciate these wooden palette coasters from Barcelona-based, Labyrinth. Made from real wood, these stackable coasters carry your “fragile” cargo safely from the bar to the coffee table without incident. As long as you keep “this side up”, your drink will reach its destination—your liver—in perfect working order. Shipping & Handling not included.