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3 Bourbon-Themed Date Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

If you’re coupled up, then you can’t ignore Valentine’s Day. But avoid the pitfalls of a lazy date and plan something your bourbon-loving partner will actually look forward to doing (or consuming).

Here are three can’t-fail ideas for your bourbon babe.

Old Ezra 7 Makes Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 List

When we created Old Ezra 7, we knew it was something special. Although we’re not in it for the awards, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t proud that Whisky Advocate recognized Old Ezra 7 in its Top 20 Whiskies of 2019. In fact, it ranked No. 7 — a happy coincidence considering we age the Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey in new charred oak barrels for seven years.

French press coffee

5 Things in Life Worth the Extra Effort

French press coffee

In our high-speed, short-take, 140-character world, we’ve put cutting corners on a pedestal. We plunge in. Don’t read instructions. Make an early exit. Honestly, we’re lucky when we don’t wind up a winner of the Darwin Awards.

If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably figured out that we’re going to tell you take your foot off the pedal. We’re going to have the audacity to assert that, sometimes, easy isn’t always better. Even a guy like gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson knew that “anything worth doing is worth doing right.”

Omega Speedmaster 5

5 Ezra-Approved Men’s Watches for Any Situation

Omega Speedmaster 5

When it comes to watches, there’s no lack of choice, and men can covet a variety of watches for a variety of situations. It is our main form of jewelry, after all.

Styles are seemingly infinite, and prices range from dirt cheap to laughably off the charts. To wit: You can have a Patek Philippe 5016R Minute Repeater Tourbillion Perpetual Calendar Retrograde in rose gold on a black leather strap and a black dial for a neat $650,000.

We’ve come up with five excellent timepieces that work for different purposes and won’t require a bank loan to strap onto your wrist. Prices are approximate.

Holiday Dinner Party

The Modern Man’s Holiday Etiquette Guide

Holiday Dinner Party

You’re staring down the gauntlet of holiday party invites, from work and charity shindigs to friend gatherings to maybe even a fancy dinner or two.

How can you be the guest that everyone wants on their list? Let us help.

Ezra Brooks Holiday Cocktail Roundup

3 Bourbon Cocktails for Spreading Holiday Cheer

The holidays are upon us, and with that comes parties galore. All good hosts have a few special cocktails up their sleeve. The following three sippers cover all your needs — from a warm and cozy hot toddy and season-appropriate bourbon-spiked cider to a festive sparkling bourbon drink perfect for ringing in the new year. …

Man grooming his beard

13 Grooming Essentials Every Man Needs

Man grooming his beard

There was a time when a man could head out for a potential overnighter with nothing but a toothbrush in his pocket. If that.

We know better now. Among other things, we’re aware of the dire effects of excessive sun exposure. The appeal of the leathery Marlboro Man look is long gone, and for men who want to maintain a healthy — not to mention handsome — exterior, a few grooming essentials are in order.

Bourbon Truffles

4 Recipes for Bourbon-Infused Desserts

Bourbon Truffles

Bourbon straight is a classic; in a cocktail, it’s sublime. But sometimes we crave more ways, unexpected ways, to enjoy our bourbon. Like bourbon for dessert.

The idea of pairing spirits with sweets is not new. But bourbon and dessert is a game-changer. For starters, bourbon is not as sweet as the liqueurs you commonly see drizzled and doused on cakes and such.

Men's suits

The Modern Gentleman’s Guide to Buying a Suit

Men's suits

As our old friend Shakespeare notes in Hamlet: “The apparel oft proclaims the man.” In other words, it’s time to step up to an adult suit that wasn’t picked off the rack for you by Mom.

Rancourt & Co. Shoes

Honestly Good Stuff: Rancourt & Co. Hand-Sewn Shoes

Rancourt & Co. Shoes

What does it take to keep a family business going? Dedication, perseverance, and — perhaps most important — timing. That’s what the Rancourts learned not once, but twice, over the decades while hand-making moccasins.