The National Shot of Hungary since 1790, Zwack ($20) is now available in the U.S. Made with a bold blend of over 40 herbs and spices, this super-premium liqueur is aged in oak casks for at least six months, giving it a dark amber color, a smooth bite, and a citrus finish. For added points, mix it with an energy drink and enjoy what's known as a "Mad Hungarian."
You haven't had real tea until you've tried it in its natural, loose-leaf form. A world apart from the tea-bags sold at your local grocery store, loose leaf green tea is refined and subtle when harvested and prepared properly, and delivers a slow, more mellow dose of caffeine, as well as a handful of health benefits. Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea sells only the best loose leaf tea ($9/2oz) in retro-collectable tins. They feature three limited-edition varieties including Ceylon, Nepal, and Dragonwell (this editor's long-time favorite). When your tea arrives, just heat the water to 160 degrees, steep for about 2 and a half minutes, and enjoy. You can thank us later.
A lot of companies are talking about "going green" these days, but here's one that's actually doing it. Boxed Water Is Better ($TBD) discovered that it was actually kinder to the environment to box rather than bottle the water. Turning to the century old milk-style beverage container for inspiration, 90% of the boxes are made from renewable resources, shipped flat, and filled on-demand with great tasting water. And you can feel even better knowing that 20% of Boxed's profits are spent on planting new trees and creating new forests. Plus, the black-text on white-background boxes will look cool in your fridge, like something out of the Dharma Initiative.