Traditional processes and heritage craft are turning back the clock on everything from fashion to food. Booze, too. In the roaring ’20s Prohibition era everyone drank bathtub gin, they had no other choice. Fact is, bathtub gin is just grain alcohol infused with flavor. And no, it’s not actually made in a bathtub. You can probably handle it as long as you don’t jump behind the wheel of your model-T after imbibing.
It is because of products like this one that it’s called the “Dirty South.” Mixing Southern Comfort and Tabasco sauce is a powerful pairing of southern spices. The Fiery Pepper blend is meant to be sweet and a little hot, which sounds good if you sip responsibly but for the frat boys who shoot it out of their noses, this stuff will be lethal.
After a long, hot summer it’s time to slow your drinking down a bit. Delivered to your door, the complete, idiot-proof beer making kits from Craft a Brew are a good way to bench your liver while learning the fundamental secrets of the brewer. Follow the simple instructions and in a few weeks your first gallon will be ready.
Look, we know as well as you do that beers can be opened with almost anything. A toothpick, lighter, seatbelt buckle, or any of the real versions of the tools these beer openers are fashioned after. But it takes technique. If you have a friend or loved one who actually requires a special implement to open a beer bottle, get them one of these hand-forged mock tool beer openers, it’ll make him or her feel a bit better about their sad self.
Unless you wear a white chef’s coat at your day job, lamb is not an item on most guys’ grocery list, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be. Lamb is as easy to prepare as any of its four-legged fellows. This recipe for lamb kebab sliders turn the somewhat exotic meat into certified dude food while a simple but savory coriander mint mayo adds gourmet flair.
Here’s a great idea that actually happened. Instead of pitching used bottles into the landfill or running them through the energy-intensive loop of recycling, they’re simply cut, refinished and used as tumblers, thereby significantly tightening the loop and reducing the footprint, two amazing reasons to tip one back.
Nobody eats chicken fried steak because it’s healthy. We eat it because it’s fried in boiling oil and this age-old technique makes just about everything taste amazing. Equally amazing is how simple chicken fried steak is to prepare. And if you’ve never fried beef, give it a go.
If you’re the traditional meat and potatoes type, you should probably try Cherkees. They’re potato chips loaded with chunks of beef jerky. The good news: they’re not fried plus they’re low in fat and pack 12 grams of protein per serving.
Yes, making your own homemade salsa is a bit more involved than pouring it out of a jar, but not much. In terms of difficulty and prep time, it’s on par with making a sandwich, so why not give it a shot? You’ll eliminate preservatives, loads of sodium, and come off like a real pro when the chips get dipped.