Gear: There’s nothing worse than bourbon that has been diluted with water. OriginalBOS is putting an end to that problem while making a difference in the world. Balls of Steel are bourbon chillers with a cause. Place these stainless steel balls in the freezer for at least 90 minutes and then drop them into your drink to enjoy chilled bourbon with zero dilution from ice. OriginalBOS also donates a portion of its proceeds to testicular cancer research. Grab your pair of Balls of Steel and enjoy perfectly chilled bourbon! Available here.
Books: Want to learn to make the perfect cocktail? The Curious Bartender is a great read that will help you on your quest, showcasing a selection of classic cocktails, and explaining their intriguing origins, author Tristan Stephenson introduces the colourful historical characters who inspired or created them. Moving on, he reinvents each drink from his laboratory, adding contemporary twists to breathe fresh life into these vintage classics. Get it here.
Gear: Old whiskey barrels serve many purposes and people are using them to make a lot of awesome products these days. Today we feature whiskey barrel headphones, a collaboration between Bushmill’s & Grado Labs. Handcrafted from recycled white oak that was used by Bushmill’s. Available in limited quantities here.
Books: Whiskey is the drink of choice. Drink it neat, on the rocks, in a cocktail it is simply delicious. In these easy read, Whiskey A Global History you will learn about this fine spirit. This book provides a history of the spirit with a focus on three nations, Ireland, Scotland, and America. It is a simple read with a lot of great information and even a few recipes. So pour a glass of your whiskey of choice and give it a go.
Recipe: Spice up your next cocktail with a special treat you can make yourself. Bourbon soaked cherries are easy to make and are a delicious addition to numerous recipes from desserts to cocktails, especially old fashioned’s. They are sweet and full of delicious whiskey flavor. Click here for the recipe.
Gear: Well we are about simplicity and drinking in style is not that important to us, it’s definitely about the quality of the spirits. What if there was a way to combine both? There is with the Alexander Wang Shot Glasses, made from 100% stainless steel with a pale gold finish these shot glasses easily stack together and fit in a carrying case. They are simply a great product that can be packed and taken anywhere. All you need is a few friends and some great juice. Get them here.
Food: So you like Victory Beer, yes we do to, it’s great stuff. They have now released their beer ice cream for your enjoyment at home. Currently available in three flavors Storm Drop, Hopped-Up Devil, and Triple Monkey all are wort infused and made with locally sourced milk. Grab a tub and satisfy your late night sweet tooth craving. You’ll be glad you did. More information here.
Gear: Yeti are known for making some amazing and tough coolers and there newest product is no different. Perfect for those times when you can’t haul around a big cooler the Yeti Hopper is one you can easily load, throw over your shoulder, and head out. It’s a soft sided cooler with a 5.2 gallon capacity and the ability to keep ice solid for several days. We’ll have a drink on the rocks to that. Available October 2014.
Gear: So if you’re like me your significant other probably sees your large bourbon and whiskey collection on a daily basis, they may even be alright with it now. What about a secret stash? Maybe a rare offering? Or something you don’t want to advertise you have on hand. That’s where the Hip Flask Book Safe comes into play. This hollowed out book is a great place to stash that special juice. The books are readable to around page 200. So go ahead and get one and get on with your sneaky life.
Drink: Inspired by ‘Coffee and Cigarettes’, the series of short films from Jim Jarmusch, Stolen Coffee and Cigarettes Rum is a great smoke flavor filled rum. The distillation and ageing process takes place in the Caribbean where the rum matures in ex-bourbon oak barrels for a minimum of two years, before it is carefully blended by hand. The rum is unique and definitely a great conversation starter. With flavors of molasses, toffee, wood smoke, and butterscotch this will definitely be a great addition to many cocktails. More information here.