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Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the Union, yet as visitors and locals alike know, it's not short on culture, heritage or tradition. Two of those traditions are Narragansett Beer and the state's official beverage (yes, states have official beverages...
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Alquimie: Edition Two
As a companion to their engaging website, which explores drinks of all kinds found around the world, Australia's Alquimie has released the second edition of their quarterly print publication. Like their equally impressive inaugural edition, the latest...
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Corkcicle
Few products are entirely explained in their name like Corkcicle, a wine chiller that replaces the bottle's cork, resulting in consistently chilled white wine (or room temperature red wine) for up to an hour. A non-toxic cooling gel (surrounded by...
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Normann Copenhagen Tea
Best known for their smart, minimal home furnishings, Denmark's Normann Copenhagen recently took a step into the drinkable design category with the introduction of a line of 12 teas. Contained in colorful, reusable tins with graphics by designer...
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Switchel
While learning how to properly brine and prepare a Thanksgiving turkey during a cooking class at the new Prospect restaurant in Brooklyn we also had the pleasure of discovering Switchel, an "American heritage" beverage from Vermont. The restaurant...
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Mariposa Agave Nectar
From Heaven Hill Distilleries, makers of Elijah Craig whiskey and Rittenhouse Straight Rye, comes Mariposa, the first agave nectar liqueur on the market. Mariposa, which is concocted from 100% agave tequila and premium vodka, is named for the Spanish...
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Natural Sodas
Channeling the flavors of childhood without the sugary side effects, natural sodas keep the fizz while eliminating harmful preservatives. Instead, these sustainably sourced drinks call upon organically grown ingredients for the freshest in flavor...
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Koval Distillery
Just a few blocks from Hollywood Beach in Andersonville is Koval, Chicago's first boutique distillery since the days of prohibition. Robert and Sonat Birnecker, the husband-and-wife team behind Koval, handcraft vodka, whiskey, brandy and liqueurs...
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Brugal 1888
If how quickly our bottle of Brugal's 1888 Ron Gran Reserva Familiar went is any indication, you'll keep this tipple within easy access at the front of the liquor cabinet. The perfectly-balanced 1888, one of the smoothest rums we've tasted, is the...
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Seven Independent Coffee Roasters
Thanks to coffee culture spreading far and wide—from Portland's Stumptown to Chicago's Intelligentsia—the appeal of independent micro-roasters over corporate coffee houses is starting to catch on not just among connoisseurs but mainstream...
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Three New Beverages
For bored palates, finding a delicious new drink with all the health benefits you want can be a tricky task. When plain water just isn't cutting it and you've had all the pomegranate juice you can drink, give one of these a try. Blk Water Some things...
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The Modern Picnic
When the weather complies, a picnic represents near ultimate sensory satisfaction. Snacking and sipping, mingling with the beauty of the great outdoors, and basking in the warm seasonal glow—the tradition has all the romance of camping without...
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Summer Sailing
To celebrate summer the CH team recently ventured out on a boat trip hosted by our friends at Atlantic Yachting. Cruising down the Hudson River, we enjoyed a series of cocktails as refreshing as the breezy weather. Below are the three recipes, expertly...
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Summer Drinks
After a great week in L.A. working with Gap's 1969 denim design team last month, we decided to celebrate with the perfect topper to any hard day's work with a round of delicious drinks. From Campari to Cachaça, below are four recipes sure to...
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Hario vs. Toddy
Cold brewed coffee is smoother, less acidic and exceptionally more tasty than dumping ice into a steaming hot cup of coffee. By relying on time rather than temperature the results are much more concentrated. To see which of the more well known cold...
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Govino Glasses
Nothing kills the buzz of a drink outdoors more than the chunky rim of a plastic cup at your lips. Refining the concept with a few Dieter Rams-worthy design principles, Govino's reusable wine glasses and champagne flutes, made from BPA-free, shatterproof...
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Middle West Spirits
You may know that a few big brands (The Limited and Abercrombie & Fitch) call Columbus, Ohio home, but more recently small-batch operations (Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and Homage) have been helping get the Midwest some of the recognition it deserves...
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South African Raw Green Bush Tea
Just when you thought herbal tea couldn't get any healthier, The Republic of Tea's Raw Green Bush Tea is the USA's first unoxidized version of rooibos tea, lending an even bigger dose of vitamins and antioxidants. Keeping the plant in its raw form...
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Citadelle Gin
As the current gin revival continues to play off its speakeasy roots, the latest premium example departs from the French label Citadelle Gin. Distilled using historic techniques and a bevy of flavorful and aromatic botanicals from around the world...
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Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Like a gourmet Slurpee on wheels, Kelvin Natural Slush Co. recently took to the streets of NYC offering up their all-natural summertime cool down. Beginning with a base (on the day we visited they had ginger, iced tea or citrus), you add various...
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Ritrovo Ingrid Granita
The place to go for a secluded Mediterranean holiday is Aeolian archipelago along Silicy's northern coast. An active volcano, Iddu (“him” in a Sicilian dialect), rumbles and fumes, lending a supernatural air to the island's atmosphere...
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Mr. Q Cumber Soda
Balanced with just the right touch of tang and sweetness, the cucumber taste of Mr. Q Cumber soda has been making a buzz around CH HQ. Over ice, the carbonated drink is a satisfying summer-in-the-city thirst quencher. As our mixer muse of the moment...
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New Fruit-Flavored Drinks
Overpowered, chemically flavored and HFCS-sweetened sodas more and more seem like relics of our clueless food past. A new generation of drinks flavored with real fruit, naturally-sweetened or relying on fruit juice alone provide a range of options...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Dom Pérignon 1990 Rosé Oenothèque
by Michael Tyburski Having had the chance to meet Dom Pérignon's Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy when the label invited us to a dinner at Versailles last fall, we thought we'd share a rarely-seen side of his approach to making one of the world's best...
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