The salty, flavorful brine that is left behind from a jar of pickles has always had a special appeal for some, and now the folks at Gordy's Pickle Jar have finally made it a standalone product called Gordy's Fine Brine. Gordy's filter's and cans the brine from their hot chili spears and it's great in cocktails, as a pickleback chaser, or sipped straight from the can. And each can comes with a cocktail recipe developed by Adam Bernbach of the cocktail bar 2 Birds 1 Stone.
It's not just cold tea, it's Twig Tea. Cold brewing tea draws out different flavors than you're used to with hot brewing. You get fewer bitter catechins and caffeine, which makes the drink a little sweeter and smoother. Twig uses no herbal or fruit infusions, no sugar, and no teabags, just filtered water and loose-leaf tea. Choose from Darjeeling from India, Keemun from China, Oolong from Taiwan, and Bocha from Japan.
It takes some serious intestinal fortitude to open up a Brandy distillery in the middle of bourbon country. Copper & Kings did just that, setting up shop and then having the gall to distill excellent brandy as well. Copper & Kings Craftwerk Brandy is their latest experiment, taking their American Brandy and then aging it for 12 months in craft beer barrels. The line includes brandy aged in Oskar Blues G'Knight & Deviant Dale's Double IPA barrels, Against the Grain Peated Scottish Ale barrels, Sierra Nevada Smoked Imperial Porter barrels, and barrels that once held Three Floyds Dark Lord Imperial Stout. You might not think you need a bottle of brandy, until now.
You don't need to be an expert to find and drink great wine. Club W brings terrific wines right to your doorstep without all the research. They work directly with growers and winemakers to bring members some of the best small-lot wines from around the globe, with bottle prices starting as low as $13/each. They'll introduce you to wines by making personal recommendations each month, based on your very own Palate Profile. Inside each shipment, you'll find information about each bottle, including pairing ideas and recipes, so you still get to look like an expert. And every selection also comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, ensuring that if you don't love your wine, it will be replaced at no cost to you.
A great bottle of wine is the perfect gift - but it can be hard deciding what to give to send the perfect message. Luckily, you don't have to do it on your own. Give Wine has your covered, from the incredible wines that hail from the most coveted regions in California and the custom jewel-box presentation to the carefully thought-out parings and the amazing attention to detail in each box. And that's not all: each package is delivered with care, thanks to a dedicated delivery service that handles your gift from order to drop-off. Boutique wines, unbeatable presentation, and first-rate delivery. And the best part is that your better half will give you all the credit while Give Wine does all the work.
Many are calling it the new super drink, packed with minerals like potassium, zinc and magnesium. Tapped Birch Water takes the precious water from birch trees in the forests of Finland that is only available for a short period of time each year, and packages it into these great looking containers. Traditionally used for its medicinal ingredients around the globe, Tapped comes in regular, Apple Root & Ginger, or Bilberry & Ligonberry flavors and is organic with no added sugars or sweeteners.
No matter how hard you try, you usually can't make an Old Fashioned like those that trained mixologists crank out. That's where Watershed's Pre-Mixed Old Fashioned comes in, combining the company's 90-proof bourbon with orange and aromatic bitters, raw cane sugar, and Ohio cherry juice. All you really need to do is serve it over ice and you've got a cocktail that's way better than whatever you were trying to throw together in your kitchen. Tip: Hide the bottle, then add an orange twist and some harmless lies before serving to impress guests.
Whether it's a picnic or middle seat in Economy Class, it's easier to find a beer on the road than it is a good stiff drink. Cocktail Kits 2 Go make the latter possible by packing all the ingredients needed for an old fashioned or daiquiri — sugar and bitters or sugar and lime, respectively — into a package roughly the size of an Altoids tin. They include a spoon for mixing, so all you need is a glass and a small bottle of whiskey or rum to enjoy a couple drinks.
Among the many brands that saw their future forecasted in Back to the Future II was Pepsi, as Marty orders one up at Cafe 80's only to be served a Pepsi Perfect. In honor of the date when Marty, Doc, and Jennifer arrive in the future, Pepsi will be releasing 6,500 bottles of the futuristic drink online. The beverage inside isn't new — it's just Pepsi Made with Real Sugar — but the bottles are sure to become collectors items, and will likely sell out quickly once October 21st rolls around.
Using a cuvée from only the best grapes, the Bollinger Spectre 2009 Champagne is a drink inspired by and sure to be a favorite of James Bond himself. Bollinger has been featured in Bond films since 1979, and Spectre will be the 14th time that 007 has made it his champagne of choice. To celebrate, this limited bottle features embossed silver 007 branding and comes in a sleek black cool-box designed to mimic the gun grip on Bond's Walther PPK, while the bottle is kept cold for up to two hours en route to your next secret mission.
A rich, smooth coffee liqueur that tastes more like coffee than dessert, Mr. Black Cold Press Coffee Liqueur intends to change the way you think about flavored liqueurs. Made in Australia, the blend took nine months and hundreds of iterations using their cold-drip method before the perfect balance was struck. Ideal in a cocktail but also great straight up, its taste is only matched by the appeal of the bottle, which displays artwork on the back after each pour.
If the cloying sweetness of most of the mass produced ciders on the market right now have turned you away from this historic beverage, a taste of Farmhouse Cider from Shacksbury might bring you back around. It's crafted in Vermont using apples from their home state as well as Herefordshire, England and is light, effervescent, with a slightly dry finish. It's also been lightly barrel-aged in bourbon and rye barrels, and slow fermented. Great during any season, but ideal as fall approaches, it's time to back away from that pumpkin beer and reach for this memorable hard cider.
Our American forefathers learned how to make Root Tea from Native Americans, a drink that was at the time considered a tonic. Root from Art In The Age in Philadelphia is inspired by that same Root Tea, using 13 organic ingredients and pure cane sugar. And while it's most easily associated with root beer, this isn't a sticky sweet liquor, and can be enjoyed as a shot, over ice, or you can unlock its full potential as a cocktail mixer. A classic American recipe resurrected and ready for your home bar.
As most wine drinkers know, one of the most versatile drinks on the planet can be enjoyed anywhere, but sometimes toting around a corkscrew, bottle, and glassware can be a bit of a hassle. Available year round, but made with summer in mind, Underwood Wines In A Can are the perfect choice for wine lovers who want to bring their beverage of choice camping, to an outdoor cook out, or poolside. Choose from Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, or Rosé all just as tasty as the bottled versions but ready for any environment.
Your crumpled pack of Swiss Miss from the office kitchen, this is not. Founded by a former cacao farmer, Treehouse Drinking Chocolate aims to do justice to the craft and spirit of the plant. It's available in four flavors: Original, Camp (which blends the chocolate with organic coffee), Cherrywood (which mixes in cherrywood-smoked Oregon sea salt), and Nectar (sweetened with coconut nectar and a bit of organic coconut milk for good measure). No matter the variety you choose, you'll be getting a drink that's 72% cacao and crafted in small batches using cacao sourced from a farmer-owned coop in Northern Peru. And no, they don't have a variety with the mini marshmallows mixed in — you'll have to add those on your own.
Homemade country wine, herbs, spices, and moonshine. It might sound like some sort of redneck death punch, but in fact, it's really tasty — as the original red Spodee showed us. Now White Mule Farms is back with Spodee White, a lighter, more tropical version of this 36-proof hooch. In addition to the wine and moonshine, this unique drink is made with pineapple and toasted coconut, giving it a fruity flavor that's great with a fizzy mixer like ginger ale, in a Tiki cocktail, or just served chilled over ice.
The Mojito, the Whiskey Sour, the Sazerac, and the Mint Julep all have something in common — and no we're not talking about the booze, though they certainly have that — we're talking about simple syrup. It's that critical ingredient that pervades so many great cocktail recipes, and its ingredients are simple as the name suggests: just water and sugar. With the Simple Syrup Kit, you can make this crucial ingredient at home, instead of wasting your time and money buying it from the store. This kit makes it dead simple to make simple syrup, with measurements indicated on the bottle, a convenient funnel, and an innovative pour spout and cap that won't gum up or over sweeten your drink.
When it comes to classic cocktails, there aren't many as popular and tasty as the Old Fashioned. But it can be pretty difficult to replicate the perfectly mixed version of the drink you get at your favorite bar. Mr Lyan's Bonfire Old Fashioned is trying to change that, by taking the famous recipe and bottling it for you to enjoy at home. A pioneer with bottled cocktails in London, Lyan uses their whiskey, some cola bitters, and a rare black tea called lapsang souchong, which adds a smoky bonfire to the cocktail. Just chill the bottle, pour, and enjoy at home without the help of a trained mixologist.
Whether you're looking for the perfect addition to your morning coffee, or you just want to take your ordinary cocktail or fruit sorbet to the next level, you owe it to yourself to try One Night Stand Potion. Crafted from 100 años tequila, agave, mixed-origin South American chocolate, and Valrohna cocoa powder, this stuff is far from your ordinary chocolate sauce. Available in either four or 16-ounce bottles, and completely dairy free, this sauce is perfectly at home sitting on your bar, just waiting to upgrade your standard beverage with some chocolatey, boozy deliciousness.
If you've kept abreast of cannabis culture lately, you know well that smoking isn't the only way to catch a buzz — there's a whole array of edibles, extracts, and drinkables out that are just as effective (if not more so). And with Mirth Legal Beverages, you get all the benefits in the form of several tasty drinks. Choose from cold brew coffee, cold brew with milk and sugar, sparkling cherry, sparkling lemon ginger, and sparkling pomegranate — all infused with Washington-grown cannabis extract. They promise a powerful body buzz, uplifting euphoria, and head highs that will get you through the day. And while it might not be legal yet in your state, it may just be the best reason to take a trip Northeast.
Give dull Bloody Marys the boot and start fixing yours with Little Devil Bloody Spice. Hand-made in small batches, this delicious mix combines with vodka and chilled tomato juice to make nearly perfect drinks, adding heat, spice, citrus, seasoning and umami. Like many Bloody Mary mixes, it includes Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, Original Louisiana Hot Sauce, lime, lemons, celery salt, and black pepper, but adds a hint of Japanese wasabi, as well as a few other secret ingredients. The result? Ideally spicy, incredibly flavorful drinks with little to no work on your part.
Miles away from home (whether in the wilderness, on the water, or on the road), there are plenty of luxuries you can do without, but a good cup of strong coffee in the morning isn't one of them. With the Poler x Stumptown Camp Coffee Kit ($125) you'll never have to. This kit includes an AeroPress coffee maker with filters, two enamel coffee mugs, a Porlex Burr coffee grinder, a 12-ounce bag of Holler Mountain coffee beans, and more — all packaged in a custom carrying case perfect for travel.
What is arguably the best summer cocktail, the gin and tonic, just got a little bit better, thanks to the Gin Wheel ($500). This Lazy Susan-style cabinet houses everything you need to mix up a proper drink — the center cutout holds your gin, doors on the top open to reveal an ice reservoir, a cutting board lifts off uncovering a garnish tray, and the side slides away revealing glasses, coasters, and bar tools. Includes four specialty glasses, four wood coasters, stainless steel ice tongs, a paring knife, a jigger, and a stirring spoon.
Making good coffee on the go can be a tough, messy process — hotel coffeemakers are some of the filthiest things on the planet, a french press is a pain to clean, and instant coffee is often pretty gross. With Caffe Borsa Hand Drip Coffee ($18), all you need is hot water and a mug to enjoy fresh drip coffee. Simply tear open the package, rip the top off the filter bag, and use the built-in supports to suspend it over your cup as you pour in hot water. Available in Colombia Supremo, Guatemala Antigua, and Sumatra Mandehling.
Most of the ciders you come across here in the states tend to be sickly-sweet affairs, making them less than ideal for pairing with food — or for drinking more than just one. Soon, however, you'll be able to escape that sad fate by picking up some Stella Artois Cidre ($TBA). Launching May 13 in four-packs and 24 oz. bottles, this new drink is drier and crisper than your normal cider, made with hand-picked apples grown in wine-friendly regions, and design to complement foods like chicken, fish, many cheeses, and even Asian foods.
Just because they have "breakfast" in the name doesn't mean you need to guzzle them before Noon. Although, on second thought, the flavors of Mama Walker's Breakfast Liqueurs ($13) are so perfectly suited to the waking hours that we might have to rethink our first statement. Coming in at a healthy 70 proof, these specialty spirits come in three IHOP-friendly flavors — Maple Bacon, Blueberry Pancake, and Glazed Donut — and are sure to liven up your morning, afternoon, or night.
It's been called a precursor to all fermented drinks, and there's a reason for that: it's easy to make. So easy, in fact, that you can do it at home. This Homemade Mead Kit ($60) includes everything you need to make your own honey wine, including a one-gallon fermentation jug with a metal lid, a temperature strip, a hydrometer, an airlock, a stopper, a siphoning tube, and enough yeast for five one-gallon batches. So everything but the honey, and the 4-6 weeks it takes to go from throwing stuff in a jug to tasty goodness.
When it comes to unusual spirits, it's hard to top Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau de Vie ($46). Inspired by the rare Alsatian distillate Eau de Vie de Bourgeons de Sapin, this unique tree spirit is crafted by infusing hand-picked Douglas Fir buds into clear brandy, which gets re-distilled and re-infused before being strained and bottled. Said to smell and taste like the woods, you'll find notes of juniper, wood, vanilla, and Christmas tree in each sip. In other words, it's as close as you can get to drinking Pine-Sol without making a call to poison control — and we mean that in the best way possible. [Scouted by Eric]
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.