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filson vermonter flask


file this under things you don’t need because it’s way too expensive ($325) to treat yo self, but if someone gave it to you as a gift, you would be really excited to receive it because it’s awesome.  you are looking at a filson flask, but it’s not just any flask.  it’s made out of copper and according to filson it’s leakproof.  it’s also wrapped in tin cloth and bridle leather for “durability and added grip” – which you will probably need after consuming 3/4 of its contents.

belle meade bourbon

my job every thanksgiving is to bring the alcohol.  this year i’m picking up a bottle of belle meade bourbon.  it’s quickly become my bourbon of choice over bulleit and makers.  brothers andy and charlie nelson revived their great great great grandfather charles nelson’s legendary brand late last year using his original recipe.  (side note: nelson’s greenbrier distillery was added to the national register of historic places in 2008 i.e. there’s a lot of history in every bottle).  i had an opportunity to visit with them this past summer and hear their story.  you can read more about the two of them and their bourbon here.  i’m not a bourbon expert, but i do know what i like and this stuff is the real deal.  don’t show up to thanksgiving empty handed.  grab a bottle of belle meade bourbon.  cheers.

fawc: friday afternoon whiskey club

at the end of last summer, i had lunch with a friend who told me he had started making drinks as a hobby.  he invited me over later that afternoon to try out a new drink he found in a magazine.  i can’t remember the name of said drink, but it was excellent.  we moved on to a traditional manhattan and then another one.  before i knew it, i was an hour late to dinner and had a pretty good buzz going.  when the next friday rolled around, we got together again and made a different drink.  it’s now a somewhat weekly thing (when our schedule’s are both free).  we’ve been trying out different whiskeys and different cocktails and inviting whoever wants to show up.  there’s no better way to wrap up a tough week at work than with the friday afternoon whiskey club.

jeff’s set-up: he has a whole bookcase full of liquor, but we’ve mostly stuck to whiskey.

i handled the drink duties last week and went with the valet mentioned whiskey smash.

the finished product.

what are you planning on drinking this afternoon?  suggestions welcome.

holiday gift idea: bulleit bourbon

bourbon is always a good gift idea.  i can’t remember who turned me on to bulleit bourbon, but thank you.  it’s currently my bourbon of choice.  bulleit rye is phenomenal as well.  if you can’t find bulleit in your liquor store, then a bottle of pappy van winkle or maker’s mark will suffice.

the perfect summer cocktail: the moscow mule


as I mentioned in an earlier post, i’m at the beach this week which means rest, alcohol, and good food. last night for our first anniversary my wife and i went to fish out of water at the watercolor inn. while scanning the drink menu, i noticed plenty of beach-inspired, sugary cocktails to please the ladies, but nothing for the men, so I enlisted our waiters help. his first recommendation was the moscow mule (something i had passed over due to the name). he assured me it was exactly what i was looking for: a no sugar, old-school cocktail served in the “traditional” copper tin. how could i argue with that? i’m glad i took his advice. it was the most refreshing cocktail i’ve had in a long time.

the moscow mule is made with vodka, fresh lime juice, ginger beer and – as stated above – served in a copper tin. the drink was invented in new york in the 1940’s and taken to los angeles by one of its creators, john “jack” morgan of sunset boulevard’s cock ‘n’ bull tavern. according to a 1942 insider hollywood article, the drink became the “craze in the movie colony.” and i’m glad it did. it’s easy to make, easy to order, and easy to drink – the perfect summer cocktail. cheers.

not your dad’s first

i love this ad.  i believe it was for canadian club whiskey and titled “your mom wasn’t your dad’s first.”  it’s ads like this one and shows like mad men that make me think the 60’s were so much cooler than the early 21st century.  bull roar.  i’m sure every generation looks back on generations past and says the same thing.  for example, vietnam was not that cool.  i’m glad i missed that.  regardless, this ad is amazing.