Nothing fancy here, just a simple, refreshing cocktail well suited to take you through the warmer months of the year. Though I love whiskey, I’m not a fan of drinking it as much once the mercury begins to rise(mercury was in these things called thermometers back in the olden days young bucks). What this means is once it’s warmer out comes the rum(distilled from molasses) or rhum(distilled from sugar cane). I prefer rhum because of the taste and lately I’ve been enjoying Rhum Barbancourt(pictured above) which is one of Hati’s oldest distillers of the pirate’s drink of choice. There are many well written articles about rhum and it’s place in history but this isn’t of of them. This is a simple cocktail recommendation that I think just about anyone will enjoy. No specific measurements(this ain’t Mr.Boston’s), no craft ingredients(not your local “speakeasy”). Just the stuff I grabbed from the corner store and what was already laying around. I like Fentiman’s ginger beer but Bundabergs or Cock N’ Bull would be suitable as well, maybe even better, I’ve yet to try it. You’ll want a since tart lemonade, not one of the overly sugary one you’re likely to find in Whole Foods being sold as “healthy”. I’d never seen Cabana brand until I stopped into the corner store but it was there, I grabbed it and I like it. Wish to hell Snapple still made it’s lemonade like it used to, that stuff was killer. So start with as much rhum as you think you should have and then half that amount of lemonade. Squeeze in half a lime, muddle two or three sprigs of mint leaves, toss em in a shaker with ice and have at it. While you’re shaking away, slowly realizing how out of shape your arms are, think about what type of glass you want to put this concoction in. According to mixologist types, the drink is only as good as the vessel from which it’s served. I call bullshit on this unless of course it’s whiskey in which case an old fashioned tumbler is the only acceptable option. In this instance I’ve opted to go with my large Tervis tumbler because I can fill it to the brim with ice and still get plenty of drink in there. Also they’re just big plastic cups so it doesn’t matter if you over serve yourself and drop it. As always I encourage you all to experiment with ratios, ingredients and see what you come up with. The worst that happens is you have a beverage that doesn’t taste very good but you still get a buzz. At that point you’ll know how it feels to drink at The Cheesecake Factory.
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Tagged barbancourt, cocktails, fentimans, ginger beer, haiti, lemonade, rhum, rum, snapple, summer 2013, tervis tumbler
For the past four years I’ve headed to Lake Tahoe around the end of March or early April to get in some spring time snowboarding and for the past four years I’ve been met by a late season blizzard. Don’t get me wrong, I love surfing the powder but that’s more of a January/February type of thing for me. This year, mother nature was on the same page with me and that meant it was game on for one of my favorite pastimes, PARTYBOARDING! Click the pic and enjoy our edit which will probably make you wish you’d rode more this winter and/or have you counting the days until you can get to Mt.Hood this summer.
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Tagged 3Lapparel, adventures, bataleon snowboards, david abarta, dragon optics, lake tahoe, nice life, northstar at tahoe, partyboarding, quicksilver, Snowboarding, springtime, tom pelley
The Raleigh Vest allows for full range of motion and provides excellent core warmth. Two vital components of a proper spring blizzard cleanup outfit or in my case, enjoying spring snowboarding outfit.
What you see above is just one of the many fine pieces that you’ll find at a discount over on the Carhartt WIP site. If you’re not familiar with the Work in Progress division of Carhartt I humbly suggest you change that straight away. You’ll find familiar looking pieces from Carhartt’s past have been slimmed down and toughened up in the right places. Currently the deals department is really on point. There’s a whole lot to go through, especially since most items still have full size runs but here’s what you really consider picking up.
Not just A chore coat, THE Chore Coat.
A wise man from Peru,VT once said “extra pockets, extra beers”.
No it ain’t a hoodie, it’s the Active Jacket and it’s a no excuses piece. As in, “I know it’s hailing but the wood needs chopping, grab the Active Jacket or perhaps more appropriately, “I know it’s drizzling but I need my fresh pressed juice honey.”
No snarky comments here, these pants fit absolutely perfectly. Slim, not skinny with a straight leg. At $45 a pair you should consider grabbing a few while you can.
Just because you play golf, doesn’t mean you have to dress like an asshole. However if that’s your thing, the Duck Polo does come in “go fuck yourself Orange” or Cadmium Heather as Carhartt calls it.
Ok, it’s not on sale but it’s too cool to ignore. If you’ve got $50 to blow, this is a good way to do so.
Make sure to browse the rest of the WIP site and try not to fall down the “camo” rabbit hole. Odds are that you’ll just look like a jackass wearing it around whatever trendy neighborhood you live in.
What the heck is that? I’ll tell you what it is, the coolest thing to happen to mobile beverage cooling since Burton dropped the beeracuda. What you see above is Wisconsin Products’ “Stump Cooler”. This beauty holds a dozen cold ones plus ice and it’ll keep your chosen refreshments cold for up to 5 days. 5 days, that’s like 4.5 more days than how long the average cooler will keep your stuff cold! Pop on over to Made Collection to get yours and while you’re at it, check out all the other made in the U.S.A. products they have to offer, you’ll be glad ya did.
Just finished reading this amazing work of non-fiction by Carrie Hagen. Chronicling the first kidnapping for ransom in America, Hagen’s book paints a vivid picture of a newly industrialized America in 1874 in which people are still struggling to come to terms with the lasting psychological damage of the Civil War. I won’t go into further detail about the story(you can read the Amazon bio for that) but what I will say is that I found myself completely immersed in this book. Not to sound cliche but it’s a hell of a page turner and don’t be surprised if you find yourself cranking through it in a day or two. It’s always nice to pick up a book, read the sleeve, think you might like it and when you’re done have been reminded why books are awesome. Hit up your local bookstore or if it’s gone out of business Amazon has it.
The New York Public Library wants you to have some fun with it’s massive archive of historical photographs. Click HERE to get started.
WARNING: Making GIFs is fun at first but you may soon find yourself addicted to making them if you’re not careful. GIF addiction is a serious problem, mostly amongst “hip” young people. It can lead to thinking you’ll be an overnight internet sensation, apathy and in some cases an inexplicable desire to grow a mustache. If you or some one you know exhibits any of these symptoms, please contact the GIF Addiction offices at 1-800-ITS-2FUN.
If you didn’t appreciate the classic Disney animated features before, I’m sure you will now. Painstaking process they went through to make these films, makes me want to go back and watch them all again. Damn, you and your archival marketing Disney.
I know the national attention span is very short but we’re only two weeks out from when Hurricane Irene rolled through Vermont leaving a trail of destruction on a scale of which Vermont has never seen. People are just beginning to really get a handle on where to go from here. Please help the many families in need back in my home state by clicking the photo above. You’ll get two die cut stickers designed by native Vermonter Tim Benasich and the proceeds from your purchase go straight to the VT Red Cross. The Love 4 VT stickers just so happen to fit perfectly on the back of an I-Pod Phone, look great on a car window or perhaps on your fridge. Show love for the Green Mountain State as we show love for everyone(even you New Jersey) year round. Cheers.
Work hard and dreams can come true, just ask Dave Grohl. Now, go out and enjoy your Labor Day with a little Led on the brain. Bonus video after the jump
Of the many places effected by Hurricane Irene, Southern Vermont got hit particularly hard. Rarely in our landlocked states history have we had to deal with flood damage on such a large scale. In my hometown of Pawlet, the banks of the Flower Brook gave way, letting loose a torrent water that swept through the town effecting local businesses and families. We can be thankful that physical injuries and loss of life are not making headlines this morning but make no mistake about it, Vermont communities need our help. In a state that is primarily small business owners and farmers, flooding on such a scale as this has a massive effect on the livelihood’s of almost everyone. So now when you purchase a VT Seal tee from us a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Vermont Flood Relief. Click the pic to hit our web store and help a neighbor keep living nice. I’ve complied a gallery of images below shot by friends and family to give you an idea of how much your help will be appreciated.
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Video by Bill Muench