Made by the good folks at Heineken, Kalik ($8-$10/6-pack) is an amazing, award-winning Caribbean beer that's brewed only in Nassau. Up until recently, the only way you could enjoy this perfect-for-the-heat-of-summer brew was by visiting the Bahamas (we first indulged at Atlantis) and packing your suitcase full on your way back. If you can bear to pay the crazy prices and crazier shipping costs, you can now order it online. And if you're lucky, you might be able to talk your local liquor store into special ordering you some. Take your pick — Kalik (5% alcohol per volume) and extra-strength Kalik Gold (7%).
Long hailed for the quality of their craft beers, Sixpoint's offerings have, up until now, only been available in draft-only form to those lucky enough to live close to a bar where they were being served. But no longer. The full line of Sixpoint Craft Ales ($TBA) is now available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans — chosen due to their ability to maintain freshness and block out light — letting you enjoy The Crisp, Righteous Ale, Sweet Action, and Bengali Tiger where ever you want.
Unless you're a design geek or a Coca-Cola fanatic, odds are you don't realize that the fizzy stuff's iconic contoured bottle wasn't released until 1916, over twenty years after it first appeared in bottles. The Original Coca-Cola Hutchinson Bottle (£2, roughly $3) celebrates the drink's 125th anniversary by bringing it to you in its original bottle, complete with a special anniversary box. Drink up, or don't — it's up to you whether you want to be "that guy" with ancient bottles of unopened soda laying around. [Thanks, Eric]
There's a reason why flasks are the most popular alcohol transportation system for outdoorsy-types: bottles and cans simply aren't much fun to carry. Pouches, on the other hand, aren't too bad. Which is why we're digging Climber Pouch Wines ($17). Available in surprisingly tasty Cabernet or Chardonnay varieties, these affordable wines arrive in imminently portable 1.5L resealable pouches with an integrated spigot that ensures you won't be needlessly providing nearby ants with an alcoholic water park.
If you're busy slaying the rabid possums that are messing up your grand championship of cornhole, you probably don't have time to waste mixing your own Jack & Coke. Enter the Jack Daniel's Ready-to-Drink ($10) offerings. These perfectly mixed beverages, which come in aluminum-bottle four-packs, give you instant access to Jack & Cola, Jack & Ginger, or Jack & Diet Cola.
Just in case you're not up on your NASCAR history, the sport has its origins in bootlegging during Prohibition — and so did one of its earliest stars, Junior Johnson. Now Johnson's family recipe is being followed to create Midnight Moon Moonshine ($TBA). Handcrafted in small batches, it's made from corn in a copper still, and is ready to stand up against even higher end vodkas. We've been downing the fruit flavored ones all week, and they're mighty tasty — not to mention potent.
Need a way to pass the time while you're stuck at the house this winter? Why not brew your own beer? The Northern Brewer Starter Kit ($80) includes most of the tools you need to get started, including two six-gallon buckets — one for fermenting, one for bottling — a fermentation lock, tubing, a bottle filler, brush, and capper, 144 bottle caps, a hydrometer, sanitizer, instructions, and a tutorial DVD. All you need are ingredients, a 2.5-gallon or larger kettle for brewing, and a whole bunch of empty bottles — and if you're considering buying this, we're guessing those won't be too hard to come by.
Turn any drink into a bacon-flavored treat with these Effervescent Bacon Drink Tablets ($4). Arriving in an handy portable tin, these wonderous cousins of Alka-Seltzer start dissolving the second you drop them into a glass of water, juice, soda, booze, or milk (gross), filling your goblet with the succulent flavor of bacon. Also great as a stocking stuffer, or for freaking out your vegetarian friends.
If, for whatever reason, you don't want a big bottle labeled Moonshine at your sister's volleyball game, you can go incognito with this Spike Your Juice ($10) kit. Simply grab yourself a 64 oz. bottle of juice, dump in one of the six included yeast packets, pop on the airlock, and wait. In 48 hours or so, you'll have your own homemade hooch with an alcohol content of up to 14 percent. Great for parties, fooling in-laws, or as a holiday gift for buddies doing hard time.
We'll admit to having sipped on illegal hooch more than once or twice, but if you'd rather not roll the dice with your eyesight — or possibly your life — then grab yourself a bottle of Original Moonshine ($TBA). This 80 proof clear whiskey is charcoal-filtered and distilled four times in a Prohibition-era copper pot still for a drink that's all-natural and gluten-free, with a flavor that's smooth, mellow, and surprisingly mixable. Drink out of a Mason jar with whole fruit chunks for extra authenticity points.
Wash down your bacon with bacon. Like a refreshing liquid pork god sent down directly into your mouth, Bacon Soda ($10) is everything you need as part of a complete breakfast. Made by the Frankenstein-flavor geniuses at the Jones Soda Company, the salty soda comes in a gift pack with a bag of J&D's Cheddar BaconPop bacon and cheddar flavored popcorn, J&D's Bacon Lip Balm, and a package of J&D's Bacon Gravy (!).
After a long, hard day of watching your little hellion, relax with your own glass of cold chocolate milk. Made with a top secret vodka-filled recipe, Adult Chocolate Milk ($24) is 40-proof dairy goodness that we imagine The Dude would approve of. Other alcohol-spiked classics from the same company are coming soon — Adult Orange Cream, Adult Fruit Punch, and Adult Limeade.