Cocktail Recipe: Apple Cider Manhattan

With fall in full swing and the holiday season fast approaching, its time to start thinking festive cocktails. Since my holidays are spent in New York, I decided that this drink should pay homage to their crazy delicious apples, so naturally that meant using apple cider. I also decided to use Tuthilltown’s delicious Manhattan Rye to use a local spirit, as well. After a solid afternoon of tinkering, a perfect fall cocktail took shape: the Apple Cider Manhattan.

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Review: Zippo Butane Lighter Insert

Zippo lighters are damn near ubiquitous, and the attractive design can be customized to meet any style. All of which makes them popular among smokers, but because the lighter fluid used in their standard mechanism can easily taint the flavor of a cigar, they have remained basically unusable for us cigar smokers. There are aftermarket inserts available to convert Zippo lighters to use clean and tasteless butane, but Zippo itself has never offered them as an option. Until now.

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Review: Twenty Boat Spiced Rum

Now that my parents are nearing retirement, they’re getting ready to move to their house in Cape Cod full time. On the one hand, that makes it significantly more difficult to get home and see them, what with the hour long drive from Boston or the expensive hop to Provincetown… but it does have one silver lining: it means I get more opportunities to head to Truro Vineyards and stock up on their delicious spiced rum.

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Whisky Review: Lismore Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whsky

I’m not made of money, and not every night is a Lagavulin night. Sometimes I just need something that I can mix in a cocktail without feeling regret about wasting a “good” spirit. But I’m also not interested in something bland or poor quality, either. To fill this void of a reasonably priced yet consistently delicious scotch whisky, one of my go-to brands has been Lismore.

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