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Cocktail Culture

Cocktails are hot again. Here are some gifts for the mixologist in all of us!

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  1. Bespoke Bitters Kit

    Colbrook Kitchen Bespoke Bitters Kit

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    Why It's Cool: Coolest gift of the season with Free Shipping in the US! Craft your own bitters with minimal effort and maximal results!

    For years we have loved bitters: both as an essential and wonderful additive to many cocktails and, when mixed with soda, to make us feel better when we’ve over-indulged with food or drink. Bitters started their life as remedies for all sorts of ailments, because they’re basically infusions in alcohol of all sorts of roots, barks, herbs, spices and other botanicals, many with claimed curative effects.

    Now bitters have re-emerged as the hottest trend in the re-invigorated cocktail culture, and there are literally dozens on the market. But the real mark of the budding mixologist in all of us is to make your own. The process isn’t difficult, but assembling all the herbs, roots and paraphernalia is. So that’s the part that we’ve done for you.

    The Colbrook Kitchen Bespoke Bitters Kit comes with everything you need to make two Recipes of Bitters: Aromatic and Citrus GInger … all you add is the alcohol, the time and the love (and maybe some other handy ingredients, if you want to make something truly and uniquely your own). The easy-to-use Instructions also are included in the Kit.

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  2. fusionbrands CitrusZipper

    fusionbrands CitrusZipper

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    $5.95

    Why It's Cool: Everything you can do with a citrus (except juice it) in one compact Cool Tool!

    IOHO (In Our Humble Opinion) nothing brings a dish alive better than a touch of citrus: either from juice, or zest, or, very often both. And almost every cocktail (from a martini, to an old fashioned, to a cosmopolitan) benefits from a little citrus. That’s why we are always on the look-out for great citrus tools that make adding (or accessing--see the part of this tool that helps you peel an orange) fresh citrus that much easier. And we’ve found one that is compact (only a little larger than a stick of gum), effective (we were wowed by how it accomplished each of its tasks), and very reasonably priced!

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  3. HIC Stainless Steel Cocktail Mixing (Bar) Spoon

    HIC Stainless Steel Cocktail Mixing (Bar) Spoon

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    $8.49

    Why It's Cool: Long, sleek, one-piece 18/8 sturdy stainless steel construction

    Whenever you see a bartender/mixologist at work, they have a Bar Spoon nearby … the essential tool, for mixing (stirred, not shaken) a drink, and more … so your home bar very definitely needs one of these. And we’ve spent some time finding the one that we think is best of breed ….

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  4. Joie Citrus Squeeze and Spray

    Joie Citrus Squeeze and Spray

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    $6.99

    Why It's Cool: Juices, sprays and stores your citrus to make it easy to brighten your dishes with a dash of citrus.

    We’re big fans of the way that a little bit of citrus juice can brighten the flavors in almost any dish. But sometimes getting a little bit evenly distributed throughout the dish is a challenge. You can squeeze the citrus over the dish, or pour it on after you’ve juiced it, but that just doesn’t get the subtle result you want. So how do you get just a hint of lemon on your kale chips or just a hint of lime on your homemade tortilla chips?

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  5. Lekue Citrus Press

    Lékué Citrus Press

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    $11.99

    Why It's Cool: Both stores and squeezes citrus and prevents seeds from getting into your food

    We love finding good designs that help us save money.

    We have lemon trees, but lately there has been so much killer frost that we have had to buy lemons.  I realize many of you are saying, “Join the real world”, and yes, we have been spoiled with tree-ripened fruit.  But now the idea of using half a lemon and not finding a way to protect and preserve the other half is unthinkable.  Plastic bags don’t work all that well, plastic wrap is hopeless, and it seems silly (and a waste of space) to use a plastic container for half a lemon.

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  6. Lekue Citrus Sprayer

    Lékué Citrus Sprayer

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    $14.99

    Why It's Cool: Turn your citrus into sprayers that spritz of fresh juice

    OK, this really is one of the things we wished we’d invented...and then been smart enough to do it right! The next best thing is to find one that works so well that you stop trying to figure out how to do it better...and then be able to offer it to you. This is it!

    So what this does in a nutshell is to turn any lemon or lime into a spray bottle of fresh juice. How many times have you just wished that you could spray a little citrus juice on something, whether it’s to add a touch of flavor, or to use the power of citrus to stop fruits and vegetables from turning brown?

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  7. Mastrad Ice Ball Molds

    Mastrad Ice Ball Molds

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    $20.00

    Why It's Cool: Makes wonderful large round ice balls that melt slowly and don't dilute your drink...they look cool, too

    It's cocktail time, winter or summer, and you need ice for everyone.

    OK, but  how do you know how much you need? ... how much can your refrigerator  produce? ... how quickly? or if you buy it, then where do you store it?  ... and how do you replenish late in the evening when the local  convenience store has closed, or run out? ... And those fussy cocktail  people will get catty if their drinks don't stay cold or get diluted, or  both ... What's a host to do?

    Special Price: 15% off (discount taken at check-out).

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  8. Norpro Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer

    Norpro Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer

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    $39.99

    Why It's Cool: Squeezes the maximum amount of juice out of the citrus

    Every kitchen needs a hand juicer: to extract as much juice as possible from each half of a piece of citrus, to carefully add that last drop of juicy flavor to any dish, and above all to do all of this without leaving behind those annoying pits, with their flavor-distorting tannins and crunch.

    And we all have them, sometimes in base metals, and others in specially-sized fruit-color codes. But all of these have their deficiencies: from chipping paint - who knows what’s in that? - to acid-induced stains that never seem to wash away. And can you really bear-down on that larger piece of fruit? What to do?

    It’s time for Stainless Steel ...the Norpro 18/10 Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer ...in one size only. A very Cool Tool.

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  9. Oggi Stainless Steel Non-Skid Serving Tray

    Oggi Stainless Steel Non-Skid Serving Tray

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    $24.99

    Why It's Cool: Keeps your glasses and drinks from sliding around

    It’s a beautiful day (hey, spring is just around the corner ...Yay!) and your guests are enjoying the outdoors, whether it’s a springtime lunch or a balmy summer evening. But how do you get cocktails or glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres from your kitchen to your guests, while still looking cool and being the perfect host?

    The answer, of course, is a serving tray--that wonderful “tool” that expands the capacity of your two hands to carry more… and to do it with style. But once you focus on the need for a serving tray, you need pick the serving tray that’s right for you. The right size and shape that will work best - or most versatiley - for your needs may vary. Transporting multiple plates or serving dishes and utensils, from kitchen to table [especially if that table is outdoors!] will require your tray(s) to have greater surface area - a large rectangle, for example. But carrying cocktail glasses and a cocktail shaker, or wine glasses and 1 or more bottles of wine, requires a more stable serving piece. And THAT is where the OGGI Stainless Steel non-skid Rubbergrip™ Tray meets your needs, in several, highly-effective ways!

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  10. OXO 3-Piece Ice Bucket Set

    OXO 3-Piece Ice Bucket Set

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    $29.99

    Why It's Cool: Keeps ice (and garnish) cold for a really long time

    The concept of an “Ice Bucket” covers a lot of possibilities: … from a simple - or not so simple - bowl, to a double insulated, triple covered thing of beauty …. But the real test is very simple: does this thing we’re calling an ‘Ice Bucket” keep the ice cold/mostly frozen, for a significant period of time, under the most trying circumstances? The Good Grips 3-Piece Ice Bucket Set from OXO provides affirmative answers to all all these questions, and more ….

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  11. OXO Steel Double Jigger

    OXO Steel Double Jigger

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    $8.99

    Why It's Cool: Precise measurement, comfortable grip, and 2 measuring containers in one handy Cool Tool

    Do you remember the old Western movies and TV series, when one of the actors would walk into the saloon and say "gimme a shot!"? ... do you recall ever hearing the line "gimme a jigger!"? I don't ... because there is a fundamental distinction, that makes a real difference. A "shot" was what was poured into that small glass - regardless of the actual quantity of liquor in the glass - and a "jigger" is an actual measurement: an exact 1.5 ounces/44.36 ml. And since it was often in the saloon keeper's better interest to pour less liquor for the same price, the "shot glass" - in often widely varying capacities - became the measure of a quick drink.

    But when you’re making a cocktail, you often need to be precise in your measurements, so your beautiful old shot glass is not necessarily the correct tool for the task of carefully and accurately measuring small quantities of ingredients, like the multiple liquors and other liquid ingredients in a cocktail. For that, you - like every bartender/mixologist you may have an opportunity to observe up close - need a true “Jigger” measure. The best form for your bar is a two-sided Double Jigger that measures up to 1.5 ounces, in small increments, and the Steel Double Jigger from OXO is a beautiful example that meets all these requirements, while also looking good on your bar.

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  12. OXO Steel Juicer/Measurer

    OXO Steel Juicer/Measurer

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    $14.99

    Why It's Cool: Easy to read measurements, effective reamer, hand-friendly design

    Many cocktails and other recipes require an amount of fresh citrus juice - usually lemon or lime - and beyond the rudimentary “to taste” instruction, the amount and quality of that juice requires some precision: no seeds or pulp, no oil from the peel, and precisely the correct amount for each drink. This is not as simple a task as it may appear: to perform all these tasks well, you need more functionality than the basic Hand Juicer, or more precision than the Lemon & Lime Squeezer, … you need the Steel Citrus Juicer from OXO!

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  13. OXO Steel Press & Pour Shaker

    OXO Steel Press & Pour Cocktail Shaker

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    $29.99

    Why It's Cool: Easily mixes and pours cocktails with push-top ease

    Unless you’re a well-trained professional bartender, using a traditional cocktail shaker can be a messy exercise: keeping a seal while shaking, pouring while straining, and even the simple act of setting the shaker down on your table or countertop can create an unfortunately sticky reminder to you and your guests that … you are not a well-trained professional bartender!

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  14. Highlands Whiskey

    Riedel/Nachtmann Bar Glasses (Set of 4)

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    $34.99

    Why It's Cool: Beautiful German-made cocktail glasses at a wonderful price!

    One of the last, but certainly not the least, important details about serving your cocktails is the glassware: after the effort you put into making your cocktail, it should be shown and served in a beautiful glass! Your guests will appreciate your thorough thoughtfulness and you’ll be proud to serve them!

    The bar glasses from Riedel/Nachtmann - Nachtmann is the “life style” division of the world famous Riedel Glass Works - will become your favorites!

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  15. Tappi Champagne Stopper from AdHoc

    Tappi Champagne Stopper from AdHoc

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    $12.99

    Why It's Cool: Preserves the bubbles, looks great, takes up very little space in the drawer or fridge

    There are at least 2 major issues with Champagne stoppers: they take up too much space in use on your refrigerator shelf, or out of use in your drawer, and they’re awkward to use. Often they simply don’t work, because they cannot withstand the pressure from the bottle. And many are just plain ugly.

    Now you can banish all those issues from your bar!

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  16. Blue

    Tovolo Perfect Cube Silicone Ice Trays (Set of 2)

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    $14.99

    Why It's Cool: Freezes a variety of things in perfect cubes, from ice to herb nuggets and more!

    If you’re like us, then you may think: why do I need an ice cube tray? My freezer makes all the ice I need without human intervention. That’s what we thought until we saw the video below from Team Chefsteps in Seattle. Making flavor nuggets seemed a good reason to have an ice tray. Then we pureed some tomatoes from our garden (but farmers’ market tomatoes are just as good), cooked them down, and froze them in the ice cube tray. Now we have another kind of nugget that adds a wonderful flavor note to so many dishes. (And the tomato puree never discolored the trays!)

    Next we saw just how pretty square cubes could be, and even prettier if you freeze fruit, flowers or herbs in them.

    Then there’s the idea of freezing coffee to make non-diluted iced coffee, or tea for the same purpose. How about freezing cubes of fresh citrus juice, when citrus is plentiful and cheap to use later? We’ve all become accustomed to time-shifting - think DVRs and their equivalents. Now we can season-shift: save special fruits and vegetables when they’re readily available, to enjoy in the off-season when they’re not!

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  17. Precision Cutting Mat

    Tovolo Precision Cutting Guide Mats

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    Why It's Cool: Mats provide more than a cutting surface, they're a mini cooking lesson.

    Has this ever happened to you: you’re chopping away, prepping for dinner, and you wonder, “Are we there yet?” Have you chopped enough of the ingredient so that you can stop and move on to the next one? Of course you can stop, put all your chopped ingredient into a measuring cup, and then add or subtract as necessary. But wouldn’t it be nice to have guidance right where you’re chopping?

    And what about when you want to get your “Top Chef” on, but are uncertain about the difference between a batonnet and a brunoise, or unclear about the angle of a cut. Or how about figuring ou equivalents on the fly (how many cups in a quart?)

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  18. Trudeau Maison Individual Citrus Slice Squeezer

    Trudeau Maison Individual Citrus Slice Squeezer

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    $4.99

    Why It's Cool: Elegantly squeezes more juice out of less citrus (saving money, squirts and sticky fingers)

    One of our favorite things to brighten almost any dish or drink is a small squeeze of citrus, usually lemon or lime, sometimes orange. And when it’s missing, you may not know what’s missing, but you know that something is...think about iced tea without lemon, vodka & tonic without lime, or fresh oysters without a splash of citrus. And in many applications, you and your guests do the squeezing to taste, at table or bar.

    So now that we’ve established that you and your guests at table will likely squeeze some citrus on something, what’s the most elegant way to do it? We’ve found a very clever answer….

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  19. Salsa/Bruschetta Spoons

    Vineyard Table Serving Pieces

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    $14.30

    Why It's Cool: Beautiful Hand forged hors d'oeuvres-sized serving pieces at a great price to elevate your entertaining.

    One of the things that transforms a serving of food into a work of art is the presentation, and that’s often as simple as adding an interesting utensil or plate. It’s pretty easy to find interesting full-sized serving pieces, but small interesting pieces are a bit more of a challenge. I personally spent countless hours online looking for small cocktail or butter knives for our house that came in an assortment, and finally bought some that are less than ideal from a store in the UK.

    Imagine my excitement when one of our vendor reps showed us a line that he is importing himself that not only had my ideal butter knives but an assortment of other wonderful small hors d’oeuvre-sized serving utensils...all at really good prices. We have tested them and loved them, and now we can bring them to you!

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