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Cocktail Glasses Explained

Cocktail Glasses Explained

Why is a rocks glass a rocks glass? And why do foo-foo drinks go in a V-shaped martini glass? Mike Rugnetta of PBS Idea Channel stops by Brooklyn cocktail bar Leyenda to get the skinny on the reasoning behind glassware selection from award winning bartender Ivy Mix.

Best Damn Cherry Cola

Best Damn Cherry Cola

Think Dr. Pepper with a buzz. Best Damn’s latest hard soda has a zesty cherry cola flavor, with just a hint of the underlying ale that carries 5.5% ABV. Tasty on the rocks, or try it with some scotch, simple syrup, lemon, egg white, and a dash of black pepper.

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Blue Label Lunar New Year

Blue Label Lunar New Year
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Johnnie Walker celebrates the Year of the Monkey with a very special limited-edition of its premium Blue Label scotch whisky packaged in an artful blue and gold bottle, symbolic of the Chinese Zodiac.

The Ice Ball Cocktail

The Ice Ball Cocktail

While serving fancy ice spheres and cubes in cocktails is a pretty popular trend these days, this is the first time we’ve seen a cocktail served from inside an ice sphere. Cocktail Chemistry shows us how to prepare this very special drink.

Tipsy Glasses

Tipsy Glasses
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Loris & Livia refire off-the-shelf 250ml Duralex Picardie tumblers in a kiln to give them playfully warped forms that make each glass unique. Available in clear, amber and blue. The clear glasses are also available in 90ml size.

Misconceptions about Beverages

Misconceptions about Beverages

Sports drinks are only better than water after prolonged and intense physical activities, bottled water might be worse than tap water and no, drinking soda while eating Pop Rocks will not kill you. All that and more in Mental Floss’ video.

Elmer T. Lee Whiskey

Elmer T. Lee Whiskey

Another brilliant single barrel Kentucky whiskey from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Elmer T. Lee is smooth and fragrant, with notes of spiced vanilla, and a lightly honeyed note throughout. At 90 proof, it’s eminently drinkable, and you should always keep a bottle in your cabinet.

Fizzics Beer System

Fizzics Beer System

Fizzics gives bottled or canned beer a fresh, draft-like taste. It pressurizes the canister and uses sound waves to agitate the beer and generate a foamy head at will. It fits up to a 64oz growler. CNET says it works best with sweet beer.

PB&J Old Fashioned

PB&J Old Fashioned
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Combining the delicious flavors of peanuts, raspberry jam and bourbon, with a hint of rock salt, this drink is sure to endear itself to lovers of the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Ready to drink – straight up or on the rocks.

Rolls-Royce Cocktail Hamper

Rolls-Royce Cocktail Hamper

This extravagant $45,000+ trunk is filled with handcrafted drink making supplies and glassware fit for royalty on the road. Each hamper is handmade from walnut wood and the same natural grain leather found in Rolls-Royce interiors.

Pickle Juice Sports Drink

Pickle Juice Sports Drink
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Are you an all star on the field (or at the bar)? Since the all natural drink from The Pickle Juice Company has 10 times more electrolytes than the average sports beverage, your muscle cramps (and hangovers) are squelched way more quickly – so go out there and get it.

Best Damn Root Beer

Best Damn Root Beer

Anheuser-Busch joins the alcoholic root beer revival with their own take on the trendy, but tasty beverage. Best Damn Root Beer really does taste like the spicy and vanill-y soda pop, but with a hint of hops, and a kick that’ll surprise you – especially after 2 or 3 or ’em.

Gin & Tonic: 2005 vs. 2015

Gin & Tonic: 2005 vs. 2015

Andre Sousa presents an amusing comparison of the way simple way that cocktails were once made, and the “artisanal” cocktails are made at bars these days. The only thing they got wrong was the modern drink needs to be 1/3rd the size for 3x the price.

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Beer Flight Set

Beer Flight Set
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Serve your friends a setup of your favorite brews with this pub-style beer flight tasting set. Includes a solid oak wooden serving paddle that holds four included 5oz. glasses. Available in The Awesomer Shop.

Deal: The Original Whiskey Ball (2pk.)

Deal: The Original Whiskey Ball (2pk.)

Step up your whiskey game with some spherical ice cubes. These silicon rubber ice molds create a 2.5″ ice ball that will help keep your drink chilled for a long time, and looks cool doing it. The set makes two ice spheres in about 4 hours.

Deal: iFlask Smartphone Flask

Deal: iFlask Smartphone Flask
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What’s that you say? You need to step away and take a call? It may look like a smartphone, but it’s actually a flask for your favorite spirits. The iFlask holds 5oz. and doubles as a bottle opener for those times when you prefer beer to whiskey. It’s 46% off in The Awesomer Shop.

Nick Offerman Drinks Whiskey

Nick Offerman Drinks Whiskey

Don’t have a drinking buddy? Scotch whisky maker Lagavulin and Nick Offerman will keep you company. Here’s a 45-minute video of the actor silently sipping whiskey by the crackling fire, with a degree of restraint diametrically opposed to his Fargo character.

The Macallan Rare Cask

The Macallan Rare Cask

A very special single malt scotch whisky, The Macallan Rare Cask is a drinkable essay in complexity. We love the wonderfully sweet and spicy balance of flavors like chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla, held together with a bold, yet incredibly smooth body of dried fruits.

The Famous Grouse + Owl’s Brew

The Famous Grouse + Owl’s Brew
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Scotch whisky maker The Famous Grouse partnered up with Owl’s Brew to create special teas to complement to their spirits. The Smoky Earl works beautifully with the peaty Black Grouse, while The Famous Mint Tea balances with the fruity notes of The Famous Grouse.

BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron

BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron
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A wonderfully flavorful and smooth premium white rum with oak, pear and honeysuckle notes, created through a special double-aging process in white oak barrels. Try with lemon, sugar and soda for a fantastic Maestro Collins.

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Blade and Bow Whiskey

Blade and Bow Whiskey

Blade and Bow offers up two award-winning Kentucky straight bourbons – a wonderfully easy to drink whiskey with a hint of pear and a spicy finish, and a smokey, oaky and wintry 22-year, both of which leverage heritage batches from the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery.

How to Make a Root Beer Float

How to Make a Root Beer Float

After making a sandwich and a suit from scratch, How to Make Everything host Andy George shows us how to create a soda fountain favorite from raw ingredients. It only cost him $900 and took days of work, but at least he can call it “handcrafted.” Watch every step here.

Yeti Rambler Lowball Cup

Yeti Rambler Lowball Cup

A double-wall insulated 10oz. cup to keep coffee hot and whiskey cool. Like the taller Rambler Tumblers, the Lowball is made of durable stainless steel, won’t make rings or sweat, and has a smooth curved rim for easy drinking.

Heritage Spirits Advent Calendar

Heritage Spirits Advent Calendar
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The holidays can be stressful. Take the edge off the days leading up to Christmas with this sweet advent calendar loaded with 24 individual 50ml Heritage Distilling vodkas, gins, and whiskeys for your tasting pleasure. Save $10 if you order by 11/1/15.

Gran Patrón Piedra Tequila

Gran Patrón Piedra Tequila
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The best sipping tequila we’ve ever let pass over our tastebuds – this exclusive Gran Patrón is a 3-year aged extra añejo, which gives it a rich agave flavor that’s balanced by vanilla, mushroom and oak. Well worth the price tag for special occasions.

Captain Morgan Cannon Blast

Captain Morgan Cannon Blast

Beloved readers, if you want a shot with a citrusy kick and a hint of warmth at the finish, go get yourself the newest libation in the coolest bottle from Captain Morgan – which they’ve just released with an explosive launch (literally).

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