If you're the type of person that starts your day off with eggs and Tobasco, why don't you give yourself an extra boost and replace the latter with DoubleKick Caffeinated Hot Sauce ($10). This flavorful condiment combines Asian and Southwestern chili sauces for a flavor all its own while packing the one-two punch of ginger and caffeine to get you going. With a rich taste that's both savory and sweet, it tastes great on nearly everything — and for added bonus points, put a spoonful or two into your next Bloody Mary and enjoy the results.
One of the great things about small distilleries is their ability to try out new flavors that the bigger outfits can't. Take Kings County Distillery Chocolate Whiskey ($20) for example. This unique, limited edition spirit is made by infusing Kings County Distillery Moonshine with the leftover cocoa husks from Mast Brothers Chocolate, craft chocolate company that's not too far from Kings County's own distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The resulting drink is rich, with a nice mix of sweet and savory flavors, and at 40% ABV, quite stout, as well. [Scouted by Kenneth]
Uncut and unfiltered, Booker's Bourbon ($50) is a must have for any true bourbon lover's liquor cabinet. Created by 6th generation Master Distiller Booker Noe — also known as Jim Beam's grandson — this drink is bottled straight from the barrel, and comes in at 121-127 proof. Yes, that's quite strong, but thanks to the oaky, smoky flavor and intense, complex finish, odds are you'll be sipping on each glass for as long as you can.
Whether you're fearing an end-of-the-world food crisis or just want to get a head start on next year's garden, the Survival Seed Vault ($40) has you covered. This hermetically-sealed waterproof container holds resealable packets of seeds for a variety of heirloom vegetables, including peppers, carrots, broccoli, tomato, peas, cucumber, onion, and zucchini. And not to worry if you've never planted a garden before — detailed planting, harvesting, and seed-saving instructions are included.
Have a fantastic drink of coffee, no brewing required with Secret Squirrel Cold Brew Coffee ($20-$30). Brewed over 18-24 hour periods using nothing but filtered water and ground beans, this coffee concentrate can be mixed with hot or cold water or milk — whatever you like — and produces a smooth, rich coffee flavor. Available in two- or three-bottle packs; each bottle makes between 4-7 drinks, depending on the size and strength.
New to the world of absinthe? Get a jump-start on your green fairy education with these Absinthexplore Kits ($35-$80). Included in each set is either three or six 50ml vials of various high-end absinthes, as well as at least one spoon, all packaged in a handsome black box. The six-vial sets include two spoons while the three-vial sets include one; if you don't see a set that interests you, you can also build your own, with as may as three spoons packed in.
If you're going to smoke, you might as well do it in style — and it's hard to look more stylish when lighting up than when you're doing so with one of these Alfred Dunhill Turbo Lighters ($700-$1,125). Available in five different styles, all of the lighters are made from premium materials, sport a turbo gas mechanism, and sport a shape reminiscent of Dunhill's sports lighters of the 1920s.
Add the lovely flavor of bacon to your next meal with Empire Bacon Mayonnaise ($9). Arriving in a 4 oz. jar, this specialty condiment is made from canola oil, pasteurized egg yolks, vinegar, salt, and bacon that was chosen to provide just the right amount of sweetness, smokiness, and rich flavor. The company suggests using it as sort of a bacon replacement, but if you ask us, it probably wouldn't hurt to go ahead and use it alongside the real thing.
Anyone who's ever had some hot Thai peanut sauce knows that the chilis and peanuts can live happily together — as they do in Instant Regret Peanut Butter ($12). This surprisingly spicy spread is made with King Naga chilis, peanuts, oil, and a little Habanero chili extract. How hot is it? Well, it measures 12 million SHU on the Scoville Scale, or way hotter than the ghost chili, and approaching pure capsaicin — which is pretty much the hottest thing on Earth.
Say hello to the iPod of vaporizers. Pocketable and sleekly designed, the Ploom Pax Vaporizer ($250) is the perfect way to get your fix on the go. The mouthpiece retracts into the anodized aluminum body when not in use and serves as the on/off switch while an LED indicator light on the outside lets you know when your next puff is ready — in as little as 30 seconds, depending on the conditions. To recharge the internal battery, simply drop it onto the included dock — which also makes it easy to find next time you're heading out the door.
We've heard of bathtub gin before, but luckily this Homemade Gin Kit ($40) doesn't require you to set up a distillery in your bathroom. Instead, it has you grab a bottle of vodka and let it steep with the included juniper berries and carefully selected, hand weighed spices, botanicals, flowers, and aromatics. Roughly 36 hours later you'll have your very own small batch gin, which you can keep in the included 500ml bottle for your own purposes while gifting away the other 250ml in the other included flask.
Ever see one of those war movies where the battle's either finished or inevitability going to end in fatal defeat, leaving the heroes nothing to do but smoke a stogie? Pretend you're one of them with the Combat Humidor ($50). Crafted from M13 7.62x51 linked ammo cans, these portable humidors have been lined with Spanish cedar and create an airtight environment to keep your cigars in great conditions even on extended missions, whether they be into enemy territory or simply around 18 holes.