My previous post regarding candles wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the new Easy Rider candle, a Collaboration between The Motley and JOYA.
The scent, developed by JOYA and hand poured at their Brooklyn studio, was inspired by a trip The Motley took up the California coast, with notes of Siam Citron, Orange Flower, Saddle Leather, Birch Tar and Woodsmoke. The artwork was designed by Caleb Owen Everitt, an Austin based Designer/Art Director with clients ranging from J.Crew to Deus Ex Machina.
A true coast-to-coast collaboration…and a perfect stocking stuffer.
The Scottish are drinkers….but beer? Not so much, they’re known for the hard stuff.
since 2003, Edinburgh, Scotland based Innis & Gunn has been brewing oaked beers matured in Bourbon barrels. Discovered by accident when the founders, who originally set out to produce a Scotch whiskey with ale flavors, realized the previously discarded beer used to soak the barrels was like nothing they tasted before. The company has since expanded into a full range of beers.
Innis & Gunn received some criticism when they produced a beer with 18.2% alcohol volume, they responded by producing a line of beers with up to 55% alcohol volume…nice work lads.
Image from Flickr
Technically Fall has been here for a few weeks, but it hasn’t felt like it in NYC until this evening. The cardigan came out, which means fall cocktails are officially appropriate.
1.5 oz. Bourbon
.5 oz. maple syrup
.5 oz. fresh lemon juice
shake with ice in cocktail shaker.
Serve in cocktail glass
Try typing “How to find Old New York” or “41 reasons to visit Brooklyn” into Google Maps, and you’ll either get no answer or the wrong answer. No doubt most folded paper maps are completely useless these days, but the folks over at Herb Lester are giving you a reason to buy them again. Not only are they awesomely designed, but with guides like “It’s Nice To Be Alone In Paris” and “An Uncle’s Guide To London”, they give you an insight into cities that technology simply can’t provide. So the next time you’re strolling around Greenwich Village looking for a good cup of New York coffee, don’t consult Google, pull out your “Truly Greenwich Village” map by Herb Lester.
The guys over at Huckberry are currently offering Herb Lester sets on the cheap. Get at them here.
For years, Restoration Hardware was lost somewhere in the middle of Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, they were always “the other one”. Over the past few years, however, the brand has really set themselves apart from the competition by taking inspiration from popular tastemakers and making those items available to the masses (a la J.Crew). Today, they’re less Pottery Barn and more Modern 50…and I’m down with that.
It seems the company is taking their rebrand one step further by shortening their name to simply RH…not sure if I’m down with that.
Check out their full Fall 12 catalog here.
Unhappy with the available options, Taylor Huber and Brooks Reitz set out to create the perfect tonic, and thus, the perfect Gin & Tonic. Handcrafted in South Carolina (and named after the founders grandfather) Jack Rudy uses ingredients like lemongrass, orange peel and quinine. Add to your next cocktail for a proper kick.
Find recipes here
Eternal awesomeness from Michael Bastian.
Started in 2009 by brother and sister Tyler and Kari Morris, Morris Kitchen is a hand crafted syrup company based in Brooklyn, NY. Their signature and original product, Ginger Syrup, makes a damn fine Dark & Stormy. The brand has since extended into a range of syrup offerings perfect for cooking and cocktails such as Lemon, Apple Cider and Rhubarb.
They hit the mark on every aspect…I see them expanding into other categories very soon.
See additional recipes here.
Dark & Stormy Cocktail
- 2 oz dark rum
- ½ oz Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup
- 1 oz lime
- 3 oz seltzer water
- Pour seltzer, syrup and lime over ice
- Stir and let drink settle
- Slowly add rum on top
- Serve over ice in a highball glass
- Garnish with a lime wheel
Buckler’s Camp Blend
There are brands out there trying to market candles to men with scents like “Basketball”, “Bacon”, or the most offensive “White Castle cheeseburger” scent. It goes without saying that this is not what a guy should want his place to smell like. What you should be looking for are masculine scents like oak, leather and musk.
Here are some options worth burning.
The Blind Barber
Le Labo Sental 26
The Mason Jar is having a moment.
Developed in 1858 by Landis Mason as a food preservation device, The original Mason Jar was a marvel of home economics. It allowed people to easily preserve food and see what they stored thanks to the transparent manganese-bleached glass, which wasn’t common at the time.
Today, the Mason Jar is still being used for food storage, but they’re also being re-purposed in every way possible from a cocktail glass to a picture frame. Not only do they look cool, but they sell for about $2 a pop.