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Gin Over Neckties: Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin for Father’s Day

I strongly believe that this is the Fathers Day to say goodbye to the same old go-to’s for dad.  Has he really worn that tie yet? Does he even need a fragrance set with five items he doesn’t use anyway?  Will he ever try to synch that gadget to his phone…I mean it’s been almost a whole year already.  Perhaps what dad needs is more realism and less projecting. Projecting is one thinking that dad has a yen to learn how to keep his coffee warm with his own mug warmer.  Realism sets in when one discovers that the only drink dad really relishes in is that stiff cocktail at the end of a crazy work day. Maybe one made with Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin.

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Well if you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone on Sunday and thereafter then may I suggest a gin I tasted recently that kinda wowed me. Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin is a small batch produced gin with flavor and character produced in Buffalo, New York. When you think small batch, think a more controlled center of flavor where ingredients don’t get lost in too big a fold.  This is what you have with this spirit.

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Tommy Rotter Gin has recently won awards at the San Francisco World Spirits and Denver International Spirits Competitions due to its unique flavor profile that involves a blend of herbals, fruits, roots, and flowers.  The result is a surprisingly smooth gin with a beginning of the soothing herbals and earthy spicy roots and a fresh finish of the pleasantly sweet fruits and aromatic cleansing flowers.  I tried Tommy Rotter Gin in a classic G & T with a twist of lime and the tasting just became a pleasing rush of freshness as the citrus played nicely off of the seasoned notes of the spirit.

Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin classic G & T

Is it apropos to give dad a spirit on Father’s Day?  I say with Tommy Rotter it is when you know he’s a man who enjoys a nicely executed cocktail.  It’s sure to go faster than a questionable bottle of designer cologne.

Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin is available now at your finer spirits, wines, and alcohol retailers and as always please remember to drink (and gift) responsibly.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift of Holiday Spirits

As fans of delicious cocktails and spirits that entice us, it’s natural that we should do a holiday gift guide of the most giftable liqueurs and spirits. Giving the gift of holiday spirits during the season of celebration is a given. Whether you’re a fan of rum, vodka, tequila, or liqueurs, we’ve got a list of alcohol brands everyone will be beyond thankful to receive this holiday. From such brands as Punzoné Organic, Fernet-Branca, Crystal Head Vodka, Templeton Rye, Zaya Gran Reserva (okay, it’s really our wishlist of what we want), we’re getting you and yours in the holiday spirit with the gift of holiday spirits.

PUNZONE ORGANIC 

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They say variety is the spice of life, so here’s a variety of holiday gift sets from Punzoné Organic. Whether you want to gift all three spirit varietals in an ultimate gift set, the ultra-premium Punzoné vodka, Punzoné “Blood Orange” Originale, or the Punzoné “Sicilian” Lemoncino. Select from these four newly crafted baskets and spend the holidays with these organic spirits. The Ultimate Punzoné Gift Basket, which features all three spirits, comes packaged in an oversized silver embossed ice bucket and includes Punzoné Organic Vodka, Punzoné Originale, Punzoné Lemoncino, and a variety of sweet and savory crackers, cheese spread, cookies, chocolates and more.

FERNET-BRANCA 170TH ANNIVERSARY 

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Know someone who prefers their cocktails to have a distinctive flavor? Then gift them a bottle of Fernet-Branca, a bitter, herbal Italian liqueur, founded in 1845, that features a variety of 27 herbs and spices sourced from four continents. This dark, oily alcoholic drink is said to boasts health benefits and is usually enjoyed after a meal as a digestive aid. It is also said to make an excellent hangover cure when mixed with coffee. This year marks Fernet-Branca’s 170th Anniversary and the brand is honoring the spirit with the above festively decorated tins, which retails for $29.99 each, and can be found wherever wines and spirits are sold.

CRYSTAL HEAD VODKA

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Know someone who is a Vodka fan? and maybe a bit of a badass? Make their holiday with the skull-shaped Crystal Head Vodka gift set. There’s much to love about this ultra premium vodka: Crystal Head’s pure, clean and smooth taste, its lack of additives, glycerol, citrus oils, and sugars, that fact that it’s quadrupled distilled, and triple filtered through Herkimer Diamonds, it’s awesome packaging, and of course its founder, Actor Dan Aykroyd. The Crystal Head Vodka Gift Set features the iconic skull-shaped bottle and a silver Boston cocktail shaker decorated with the Crystal Head Vodka bottle. The gift set retails for $49.99, and available where wines and spirits are sold.

TEMPLETON RYE WHISKEY

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We very recently highlighted this Templeton, Iowa-based Rye Whiskey, so we know you’re familiar with the subtle Christmas notes, and the caramel, butterscotch and toffee flavors of this herbal grain-like whiskey that is aged at least 4 years in charred white American Oak barrels. This festive gift set features a 750ml bottle of Templeton Rye Whiskey and a wide mouth, no funnel Flask, the perfect gift for any whiskey lover. get this gift set for $39.99 wherever wines and spirits are sold.

ZAYA GRAN RESERVA

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We recently discovered, and wrote about this Trinidadian rum and fell in love at the first sip of the decadent Zaya Gran Reserva sipping rum that boasts a blend of 12 aged rums. This divine dark amber-hued rum, with its smooth and sultry full-body, will soothe your soul after any stressful day. This wonderful holiday gift set comes with the delicious rum, and two Zaya-branded rock glasses, and is affordably priced at $34.99, get it wherever wines and spirits are sold.

We promise the cocktail lover on your holiday gift list will love receiving all of these as gifts. You can’t go wrong with when giving the gift of holiday spirits. what are you favorite spirits and liqueurs to enjoy during the holiday season?

From Dad To Tastemaker: Manhattan Moonshine

You may meander into your local Macy’s this week trying to make that dad in your life all the more cooler but the answer may not lie there. Peruse through the tie section at the local haberdasher and you may not find the result you want either. Spy inside that swanky mens groomer and momentarily ponder a great pampered shave for him, but then consider thinking deeper than skin. The modern man today is more in touch with his sense of style, why not appeal to his sense of taste with Manhattan Moonshine, a Prohibition-Style Whiskey.

So while you can always move along the lines of the more traditional this Father’s Day, why not move that dad down that pathway towards the life of an attuned tastemaker. Good style and great tastes are what an attuned tastemaker enjoys. So with its strong, familiar and classic looks along with its clean, smooth and crisp taste, Manhattan Moonshine is a spirit for the great tastemaker to be.

When you think moonshine you may tend to think illegal swill and 20th Century Prohibition. A common misconception is that moonshine was birthed in bathtubs and served up in mason jars during Prohibition. However, during that time moonshine was distributed by high class distilleries and secretly made its way into reputable speak-easies all across the U.S. Another misconception is that moonshine is a grade away from gasoline or rubbing alcohol. While it has gone through experimentation over the years from self-made alcohol ‘enthusiasts’, quality moonshine today is typically referred to as any un-aged whiskey.

When thinking tastemakers and now the taste and look of Manhattan Moonshine, think perfect blending. Take the make up of Manhattan Moonshine, which is free of all the colors and heavy flavors imparted by the barrel during the aging process as part one. This part makes it the perfect drink to make superb cocktails by infusing as clean yet bold alcoholic element on which to build everything from familiar classics like a ‘White Manhattan’ to new tasty mash-ups like the ‘Bessie Smash’ named after pioneer blues singer Bessie Smith. Part two of the Manhattan Moonshine appeal is the bottle. Classic as Manhattan’s definitive Art Deco architecture and tasteful as a posh bar’s elegant decanter, the chiseled bottle of Manhattan Moonshine is just as beautiful to behold as the taste is to savor.

I sampled this superb spirit over ice with a touch of ginger beer and a bit of fresh lime zest and was very pleased with how the texture almost seemed to enhance the flavors put into the drink while giving me that nice warm buzz of a mature relaxing cocktail. This is a great gift for any dad, modern or traditional, on Father’s Day or any day for that matter.  The universal blending ability of Manhattan Moonshine makes it a perfect addition to any man’s bar for that after work wind-down drink or that necessary weekend turn-down shot. Happy Father’s Day indeed!

Manhattan Moonshine is now available at their website here and at select liquor stores in your city. Please visit Manhattan-Moonshine.com for cocktail recipes, liquor store and restaurant locators in your city and always remember to drink responsibly.

Father’s Day Gifts to Keep Dad Looking Good

Finding your dad the best gift on Father’s Day can sometimes be a bit challenging. Even if you decide to ask him what he wants, you may still find yourself even more confused. Take the lead and show him how much you really care and invest in his grooming and skin care regimens, and something a little extra. We bring you great skincare products from LAB SERIES Skincare for Men, and MicroTouch, that will totally upgrade his daily routine and make feel great, plus the perfect accessory to top his complete look from Ted Baker Watches.

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MAX LS Luxury Solution Kit ($160.00) is perfect for the dad who is always on the run and doesn’t want to carry around a lot of stuff. He likes to keep his routine simple and appreciates quality over quantity. This works well for all skin types including oily skin. In addition, it helps protect skin from razor burn and keeps it feeling soft and smooth all day long. A little goes a long way.

Age Rescue Essentials Kit ($103.00) is ideal for any dad that is looking to energize his morning routine and wants to minimize the signs of aging. With the power of ginseng, these products boost the skin’s appearance and help free skin of wrinkles, stress and keeps it looking refreshed. This will be his new go to for younger looking skin.

MICROTOUCH SWITCHBLADE

MicroTouch Switchblade ($19.99) this 2-in-1 switchblade is both a micro trimmer and a full body groomer, allowing you to trim hair anywhere – eliminate neck, ear, and back hair, and keep eyebrows, and hairlines neat. The MicroTouch Switchblade is powerful enough for the toughest of hairs, yet is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. Snap-on guides and a built-in light make it safe and easy to use.

TED BAKER WATCHES

Looking good requires paying close attention to detail and staying consistent.
Ted Baker’s Men’s Dress Sport, Men’s Smart Casual, and Men’s Sport Watches (starting at $155.00) represent classic, innovative British style at its best. Wearing one of these exclusive watches will compliment any man’s wardrobe no matter what his lifestyle is. They offer an array of contemporary styles fit any dad that understands that first impressions are the most lasting.

***Thanks to our Men’s Grooming Contributor, Randy Reed of I am Mister Fresh for this Father’s Day story for My Life on and off the Guest List. Make sure to check out his blog.

Holiday Gift Guide: Stylish Spirits from Disaronno, Moet & Chandon, and Dewar’s

When one thinks of stylish things, they tend to think of fashion, accessories, people, or footwear. We’re adding another addition to under this umbrella – alcohol. We’re not talking cocktails, although we know that there are cocktails that are very stylish. Today we’re highlighting the very stunning holiday packaging from Disaronno, Moet & Chandon, and Dewar’s that will brighten up everyone’s holiday. You already know how delicious these three spirits are, and anyone would be more than happy to receive them as gifts. We know we’d love to be gifted with any of these beautiful bottles. If you’re looking for a special and fabulous gift for that very stylish person in your life, look no further than these fab finds.

FOR THE FASHIONISTA – DISARONNO wears VERSACE

DISARONNO, the world’s favorite Italian liqueur, and fashion house Versace have teamed up to launch the ultimate holiday gift for the stylish spirits lover – the DISARONNO wears VERSACE bottle (suggested retail $27.99). The bottle, which launched last month, will be available through the holiday season while supplies last at www.ReserveBar.com/DisaronnoWearsVersaceand at high end retailers nationwide.
The fashion house takes its inspiration for the bottle from the famed Versace Home Collection print, Tresor de la Mer. Glamorous and decadent, this keepsake beautiful bottle is the most fashionable accessory to any home bar, making it the perfect holiday gift. This partnership is not just fashionable but philanthropic too as proceeds from the sale of this limited edition bottle will support the charity Fashion 4 Development, a global campaign sponsored by the United Nations, using fashion to tackle issues in Africa.

FOR THE HOSTESS – Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut

In addition to this newest vintage release, Moët & Chandon is once again The Official Champagne of New Year’s Eve in Times Square. As the official drink of the world’s biggest, most momentous New Year’s celebration, Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut will lead the country in its first toast, shared by over 1 BILLION viewers worldwide. Known for making ANY moment an occasion to remember, the world’s most beloved Champagne, will enliven the party at the Crossroads of the World, as well as any home celebration by adding a special sparkle to the moment. The stunning bottle is decorated in an elegant “Golden Sleeve”, a brilliant, sparkling wrap that will add elegance to the New Year and your holiday parties, bringing gold shimmer to the table to elevate any celebration.
Moet Imperial is adored for its bright fruitiness, seductive palate and elegant maturity, and is widely available in all 50 states for a suggested retail price of $41.00. The Limited Edition, Golden Sleeve Moët & Chandon is available throughout the US and on www.sherry-lehmann.com.

FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE – DEWAR’S 15

Sweep your man off his feet with DEWAR’S limited edition, premium marque for the holidays: DEWAR’S 15 The Monarch. This 15 year aged blended whisky is not only a new marque for the brand, but is also one of the only 15 year aged blended whiskies available in the US. DEWAR’S 15, which retails for $45.00, was created by DEWAR’S master blender Stephanie Macleod. This exquisite blend has matured in sherry and bourbon casks and, once blended, put back into specially selected oak casks to marry for greater smoothness and a longer, lingering finish. The blend features tasting notes of honey, golden toffee, warm and complex, along with rich succulent exotic fruits with hints of coconut and vanilla aromas including citrus and green apple notes and lest we forget the delicate and exquisitely scented floral aromas with a smooth, well-round and long and warming finish.

Have we wet your appetite with these amazing gift ideas? Find yourself jotting these down for yourself as well? Add these to your holiday shopping list and your gift recipients, as well as your budget, will thank you this holiday season.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Dinner & One Heck of a Show from Hard Rock Cafe and Yankee Stadium

For those of you who think there’s nothing going on at Yankee Stadium during the off-season, you’ll be happy to hear how very wrong you are. There’s much more to Yankee Stadium than just attending a game. How about your own private tour of the famed stadium, followed by a delicious meal at an affordable price? The Hard Rock Cafe, conveniently located inside Yankee Stadium teams up with the famed ballpark to bring you five amazing Yankee Stadium tour options – Classic Individual Tour, Classic Group Tour, Gold Pregame Tour, Platinum Pregame Tour, and Party City Birthday Bash Tour. Adding a stadium tour with and lunch/dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe makes the perfect holiday, birthday, or anniversary gift for the baseball fanatic in your life. what’s even more amazing, proceeds benefit the New York Yankees Foundation, so while you’re enjoying this wonderful experience, you’re also doing good.

We had the honor of experiencing one of the Yankee Stadium tours and even though we’re not diehard baseball fans, the experience was such an amazing one, we want to experience it again. We imagine diehard baseball fans will describe it as magical, especially being on the field. End your tour with a great lunch or dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium with one of their two prix-fixe menus – Hard Rock Cafe Voucher #1 – $39.00 or Hard Rock Café Voucher #2 – $46.00.

So what can you expect from the tours? See below:

Classic Individual Tour – this tour may be purchased for 14 people or less and begins every 20 minutes primarily from 12 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. You can get your tour tickets online for only $20.00, if you purchase at the Yankee Stadium Ticket Windows: Adults: $25. Children (14 years and younger): $23, Senior Citizens (60 years and older): $23, Children 3 and younger are free.

Classic Group Tour – need to entertain a group of 15-35 people or maybe your fantasy baseball league is looking for a fun night out? The Classic Group Tour is perfect for you. The Classic Group Tours are booked based on availability from 9 a.m.-11:40 a.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. daily and must be reserved in advance. Cost per person is as follows: Adults: $18.00, Children (14 and younger)/Seniors (60 and older): $16.00, and up to 4 children younger than 4 are Free.

Pregame Tour – already going to the game and want to add a unique experience to enhance your ballpark fun? If you already have a game ticket, try a Pregame Tour. The Gold Pregame Tour costs $35.00 and gets you access to the legendary Monument Park before the gates to the Stadium open up to the public. The Platinum Pregame Tour costs $40.00 and allows you visits to the SAP Suite Level, Monument Park and the New York Yankees Museum Presented by Bank of America (when available). The tour is for a maximum of 10 guests and begins at Gate 2.

Party City Birthday Bash Tour – looking for a cool way to celebrate your birthday? You will love the Party City Birthday Bash Tour. Get a tour of Yankee Stadium, a group photo for the birthday celebrant, goodie bags for all children, and New Era baseball caps for all guests. After your tour, you can tour concludes, you may continue your celebration at the Hard Rock Cafe with lunch and birthday cupcakes. The bashes can accommodate up to 35 guests, with a maximum of two (2) children younger than four (4) years old admitted at no charge but you must book at least two (2) weeks in advance. Included with this party tour:

  • Line Drive – One (1) 13’x19′ commemorative group photo for group to sign, goodie bags for all children and New Era baseball caps for all guests
  • Home Run – One (1) 13’x19′ commemorative group photo for the group to sign, 5’x7′ commemorative group photos for all guests, goodie bags for all children and New Era baseball caps for all guests *
  • For smaller groups, birthday bashes can be celebrated on public tours for $30.00 per person. Each guest receives a New Era Yankees baseball cap and each child receives a goodie bag.
  • Gift Add-On:
  1. Laser Engraved Louisville Slugger Bat (Ash or Maple): $125.00 each
  2. Custom Home Jersey: $175.00 each
  3. New York Yankees top hat logo baseball: $5.00 each

Located at Gate 6 on the corner of 161st Street and River Avenue, the Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium is open year-round to ticket holders and non-ticket holders. It features a world-famous collection of Hard Rock memorabilia with an emphasis on New York-area musicians and artists, as well as Yankees-related pieces. The restaurant seats 165 people, the bar seats approximately 32 people, and is a great place to relax after your tour. Our meal was amazing. The prix-fixe meal comes with an entree, drinks, and dessert, a filling meal to sate even the most insatiable appetites. We decided to try the Half-Rack of Hickory Smoked Ribs and Original Legendary Burger with a colossal Ice Cream Sundae for dessert, needless to say, we were gleefully stuffed.

Even today, several days after our tour, we’re still on a high from the experience. We’re still sharing stories and showing off our photos to friends and family, so we know any baseball fan will cherish this experience forever. So what are you waiting for, give them the gift they’ll really get excited about. To book your tour, call the Tours Department at 646-977-TOUR (8687) or email tours@yankees.com for information.

GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer, Skrillex, Designs Limited Edition UE BOOM

Ultimate Ears announced the Skrillex Edition UE BOOM, a limited edition, custom UE BOOM designed by the Grammy Award-Winning Music Producer/Singer/Songwriter/DJ himself. The one of a kind, red and white portable speaker features Skrillex’s own quirky, hand-drawn characters, taking his beloved artwork from album covers and transfers them onto an entire new canvas.
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Through this collaboration, Ultimate Ears brings that canvas of vibrant self-expression to life through the speaker, creating the ultimate piece of musical art that you can take with you anywhere.  “UE BOOM is awesome because it’s small, portable and powerful,” Skrillex said. “They get so loud! I listen to them all the time on tour – from the bus to backstage. They’re the best little speakers you can get, which is why I’m pumped to have my own artwork covering a custom edition.”

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The UE and Skrillex collaboration is a perfect marriage as the renowned underground artist uses technology to give audiences a new way to experience music and UE BOOM being the absolute symbol of how people experience and interact with music today. With the creative methods, Skrillex utilizes technology, using a variety of computer programs to write, record and mix his tracks, this makes pairing with UE a no-brainer.

The Skrillex Edition UE BOOM makes a great gift for any music or tech lover; actually, this incredible speaker makes a great gift for anyone and is available in the U.S. and in select countries in Europe now for a  retail price of $199.99. For more information, head over to www.ultimateears.com, and www.skrillex.com.

Zippo Introduces #ShareThePain Virtual Support System for Owners of Lost Lighters

It’s a fact that some items collected throughout our lives become keepsakes and hold great sentimental value. Sometimes it’s obvious items but then there are those surprising and extraordinary items like Zippo Lighters, that strike a cord. Zippo is the iconic symbol for the American male and is known for their flip-top lighters that may just be lighters for some of you, but for many, they are “treasured gifts, mementos, keepsakes and symbols of American history”. With a history that includes fan mail from some famous military generals and other military personnel, along with appearances in some of the biggest blockbuster movies as well as several Oscar nominated and winning films, it’s no surprise that Zippo leaves a lasting and personal impression. That impression can be tested if you lose your lighter…..and unfortunately many have. For this reason, Zippo presents the #ShareThePain virtual support system for owners of lost lighters.

This virtual support campaign came about after Zippo continually received thousands of messages from heartbroken lighter owners who lost their cherished Zippo lighters. A recent survey by Zippo found that the average American spends 54,180 minutes, or 903 hours, of his or her life searching for lost belongings*. Did you know the U.S.’s top 5 most commonly lost items are:

  1. Pen
  2. Money
  3. Lighter
  4. Car keys
  5. Jewelry

The study also showed that 68% of Zippo lighter owners in the US have lost their lighter and of those respondents, nearly 20 percent noted that they were “devastated”. As Zippo lighters can be personalized and made unique with engravings, personal photos (you can now upload personal pictures and have them printed on a lighter) or favorite sports teams and brands, losing one can take an emotional toll on the owner. take a look at some tweets below:

Now despondent owners who lost their lighters can log on to www.ShareThePain.com to share their pain of losing their treasured Zippos, interact with the brand and Jax McFlame, the ultimate Zippo man and all-American tough guy, receive his words of wisdom, and start the healing process.

“We’ve been receiving letters, calls and e-mails for decades from Zippo fans sharing their sadness at having lost a cherished lighter,” said David Warfel, global marketing director, Zippo. “These run the gamut from matter-of-fact messages about a fisherman dropping his Zippo overboard to heartfelt notes from American war veterans whose military-issued Zippos disappeared during combat.”

Zippo Lighters make great gifts year’ round but are especially great as Father’s Day gifts, especially if someone you know has lost theirs. Just make it unique and personal to the intended recipient, be it your Dad, brother, uncle, etc. To  bring the sharing full circle, www.ShareThePain.com will also act as a forum to promote stories of “found” Zippo lighters.

*The Zippo study into lost items was conducted in January 2014 amongst 11,117 people across 10 countries and three continents. 1,030 Americans were surveyed as part of the study.