Archives for 2013

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10 Strong Spirits Perfect for the Holidays

When you were a kid, you looked forward to running down the stairs on Christmas morning and ripping open presents. These days, you just wonder what booze you've got handy help you deal with all the chaos of relatives, mall crowds and awkward office holiday parties. Enter these 10 tasty liquors, as curated by Patrick Dacy, owner of Brooklyn-based artisanal liquor shop Duke’s Liquor Box. Thankfully, …

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Backstage Pass: supperclub LA

The hotspot known as supperclub is a restaurant, cocktail bar, club, gallery and experimental free state all rolled into one. To find out more, visit supperclub.com/html./losangeles.

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Cooking With Booze: Chocolate Bourbon Balls

We’ve been fans of the bearded, Brooklyn-based chocolate makers Rick and Michael Mast and their handcrafted Mast Brothers chocolate bars for quite some time, so we were thrilled when they published “Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook” this fall. Everything we’ve tried has been fantastic, including these super-boozy, no-bake Chocolate Bourbon Balls. If you need to make something for a ho …

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Friday Drink Special: The Interpreter

Nelson Mandela’s memorial service may have been the week’s biggest event, but the news that came from it was less than somber. First, a photo of President Obama posing for a selfie with UK and Denmark officials went viral. Then, we learned that, yep, the sign language interpreter was totally just nonsensically flailing his hands around — a much more egregious offense than a funeral selfie, as far …

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Cooking With Booze: Beer Bread (Easy!)

You may not consider yourself a baker, but you’re just a few steps away from pulling a warm loaf of homemade beer bread out of the oven. There are very few ingredients in this recipe. In fact, if anyone has ever baked anything at your place, you probably already have them on hand. The magic ingredient, of course, is beer. Because it’s fermented, you don’t need to use yeast or wait for the dough t …

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Alex Day’s Next-Level Cocktails

Our final Man of the Moment is the driving force behind the progressive mixology at NYC’s Death and Co. and LA’s Honeycut. He shows us how he’s embracing technology and innovation to whip up brand-new drinks that will blow your mind.

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Friday Drink Special: Nuts and Berries

The holiday season is here — which means it’s time to eat and drink the things you might not let yourself consume the rest of the year. For me, that means anything sweet and creamy, like this Nuts & Berries cocktail. Nuts & Berries tastes like it sounds. Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur adds nuttiness, while Chambord, a black-raspberry liqueur gives it fruity notes. Cream liqueur adds, we …

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Cooking With Booze: Spicy Bourbon Ketchup

These days, there's no excuse for using artificially colored, mass-produced condiments. Drunkenly eating fast food is one of them, of course. But the rest of the time, there are too many great small-batch products to choose from, and even better, condiments like ketchup and mayonnaise are easy to make at home. Case in point: this Spicy Bourbon Ketchup. Don’t get too psyched—the alcohol pretty m …

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Six-Pack Cocktails: Holiday Edition

The world's top mixologists have crafted specialty winter drinks just for Made Man readers. Each is warming, hearty and under 200 calories.

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Cooking With Booze: Beer-Braised Brisket

Beer and meat were made for each other. Usually, the two usually don’t meet up until they reach mouth or stomach, but this beer-braised brisket makes the introduction sooner: In the oven, or in our case, the Big Green Egg (which doubles as an outdoor oven). Because it cooks all day, it’s a perfect project for a cold Sunday at home; it'll keep the kitchen toasty and make the house smell like carniv …

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How (and How Not) to Deep Fry a Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s the greatest artery-clogging hit since turducken, but just because you can flip a burger doesn’t mean you can easily deep-fry a turkey. Made Man’s experts serve up plenty of advice to keep your Thanksgiving delicious rather than deadly.

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Friday Drink Special: Pumpkin-Spiced Bourbon Soda

Full disclosure: This pumpkin-spice cocktail doesn’t have any pumpkin in it. But neither do most “pumpkin spice” items that are everywhere around Thanksgiving. Still, it’s full of the wonderful flavors that make those seasonal treats — including pumpkin pie — taste and smell so good: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. It also has bourbon. As with Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll want …

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Eats: AKASHA, Comfort Food for Carnivores

AKASHA fea­tures New American cui­sine with big fla­vors and sustain­able ingre­di­ents, for car­ni­vores and her­bi­vores alike. To find out more about AKASHA visit akasharestaurant.com.   This video about healthy living is part of Made Man's celebration as proud partners of Movember. For more programming and events, check out Mo Central at mademan.com/movember.

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Cooking With Booze: Beer-Can Thanksgiving Turkey

When it comes time to stuff the turkey this year, there’s only way to go: beer. Beer-can chicken is an undisputably manly dish, and a staple at our dinner table in the summertime. You shove a can full of beer up inside a whole animal and let it cook to perfection on the grill — the skin gets brown and crispy and the inside stays juicy and amazingly flavorful. After an hour or so, you have a bea …

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Friday Drink Special: The Rob Ford

Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor under fire for an ever-growing list of shenanigans — including smoking crack, sexual harassment, and public drunkenness — could probably use a drink right about now. I mean, anything to make him shut up about his sex life, eh? But Rob’s probably pretty well covered in the booze department. So, this Canadian-themed cocktail is for us and our neighbors to the north — w …

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Eats: Real Food Daily, Making an Impact

Antithetical to the dreary perceived notion of a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, Real Food Daily's décor of blond wood, clean lines, cozy counter space and eclectic art perfectly complements the innovative style of chef Ann Gentry's gourmet whole food. To find out more about Real Food Daily visit realfood.com.   This video about healthy living is part of Made Man's celebration as proud …

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Cooking with Booze: Beer, Cheese and Bacon Soup

Now that it’s getting cold out, we’re warming up with a big pot full of our favorite things: beer, cheese, and bacon. It’s a soup that’s easy to make, but easy to mess up if you don’t use quality ingredients. We always use Boulevard Brewery’s Pale Ale. It’s our hometown brewery’s flagship beer, and still one of its most popular. Since Boulevard recently announced a partnership with Duvel-Moortg …

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Friday Drink Special: Health Care Hot Toddy

If your health plan has been canceled, or the idea of navigating healthcare.gov is making you sick, I recommend self-medicating with a hot toddy. Made with tea, honey, lemon, and whiskey, this age-old tonic was originally thought to help relieve the symptoms of a cold. While modern medical professionals may advise against healing with hooch, it always makes me feel better (at least temporarily). E …

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Eats: M Café, Ying and Yang Energy

M Café introduces Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine — featuring balanced, nutritious, creative cooking which can be enjoyed daily by everyone, not just vegetarians or people with dietary restrictions. To find out more about M Café visit mcafedechaya.com.   This video about healthy living is part of Made Man's celebration as proud partners of Movember. For more programming and events, che …

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Friday Drink Special: The Boston Flip

It was hard to tear my eyes away from the TV on Wednesday as the Red Sox clinched the World Series. To celebrate, I adapted a classic cocktail, the Boston Flip. And by “adapted,” I mean “doubled.” Because you can’t really party with only two ounces of booze, you know? I like to imagine Boston fans sipping this old-timey drink in 1918 — the last time the Red Sox won the world series at Fenway Pa …

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Eats: Alma, Creativity and Sustainability

Chef Ari Taymor's Alma serves seasonal, chef-driven cuisine with natural, biodynamic wines, beers and ciders in downtown Los Angeles. To find out more about Alma visit alma-la.com. For more of our Movember-inspired programming and events, check out mademan.com/movember.

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16 Keys to Tailgate Greatness

Hosting a tailgate party? From scheduling and supplies to apps, beer and burgers, a hit gastro-pub’s star chef reveals all you need to know to turn your guests into super fans...