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3 Bourbon Cocktails for Spring Sipping

Warmer weather calls for friendly get-togethers — and lighter sippers. These three bourbon-infused cocktails are full of spring cheer and perfect for any gathering, from a backyard barbecue to a romantic date-night dinner. …

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.

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.”

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. …

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.

Cocktails made with Ezra Brooks bourbon and bitters

Bourbon and Bitters: A Primer (With Recipes)

Cocktails made with Ezra Brooks bourbon and bittersBitters are some of the bartender’s most powerful ingredients. These potent extracts serve as super-concentrated shots of flavor: Just a drop or two is all you need to give a cocktail that extra something.

How to Make a Bourbon-Glazed Turkey

If there’s one thing a modern man should know how to do, it’s make a turkey for holiday entertaining. You can prove your kitchen prowess by serving this bourbon-glazed turkey for Thanksgiving or any other holiday dinner — forever sealing your fate as master of the bird.

If you’re feeling plucky, you can spatchcock* your turkey before roasting. Yeah, we went there.

Cigar 101: How to Light Up in Style

Whiskey and cigars — it’s a pairing right up there in the manly pantheon with spaghetti and meatballs, bread and butter, beer and pizza. But while enjoying cigars can be just a basic satisfaction, the various shapes, styles, flavors, and rituals involved can also be as bewildering as trying as to understand the rules of cricket.

If you’re new to the game, here are some basics that will add to your gentlemanly poise: