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How to Choose the Perfect Cigar For You

Cigars – along with martinis, brown liquor and BBQs – are a staple of manhood.

Whether you’re moving out on your own, joining the military, getting married or having a baby, a cigar is the ultimate way to celebrate.

But how do you choose a good cigar? For the uninitiated, selecting the right cigar for them can be daunting.

Fear not . Like beer, everyone has their own preferences… and in this post we’ll examine how to find that perfect smoke for you.

The 4 Parts of a Cigar

#1. The head: This is the side you put in your mouth. It’s also the side you’ll need to cut (assuming the guy at the shop hasn’t already).

There are three ways to cut it:

  • A guillotine: Simple, effective and cheap. Buy one at the cigar shop. It’s worth it.
  • A sharp knife: Doable, but not as good as a guillotine.
  • Your teeth: This will make you look like a schmuck. Don’t do it.

#2. The foot: This is the side you light. Usually, the foot is already cut for you.

#3. The filler: The inside goodness of the cigar. Filler consists of both dried and fermented tobacco, which helps bring out different flavors and aromas.

#4. The wrapper: The outside of the cigar (duh). Surprisingly, most of a cigar’s flavor comes from the wrapper, which is a major reason why Cuban cigars are held in such high regard (more on Cubans in a minute).

Now let’s talk about…

Choosing the Right Cigar For You

How to Choose CigarsYour first stop should be the local cigar shop. Here you’ll find a variety of well preserved cigars and a professional tobacconist who can help answer your questions.

Once there, you’ll enter the humidor (named for the constant level of humidity) and browse their selection of cigars.

Why the humidity? Simple. Too much moisture will rot cigars, too little will dry them out.

Now it’s time to choose a cigar. As I mentioned before, it’s all a matter of taste. Here’s what you need to consider:


“Body” in this case refers to the strength of flavor. While experienced smokers enjoy full-bodied cigars (usually with dark wrappers), beginners should try a mild or medium bodied cigar to start with (lighter wrappers).


Size refers to two measurements: the length (measured in inches) and ring gauge (circumference), which is represented in 1/64ths of an inch.

For example, a cigar that is 7 x 48 means it is seven inches long and 48/64ths of an inch.

Size does affect flavor. Larger ring gauges allow for a more complex blend of tobaccos, which can enhance the flavor.


Like most good things in life (beer, wine, scotch, etc.) cigars have independent ratings. The most popular rating is from Cigar Aficionado, which ranks cigars on a scale of 1-100.

Here’s how they describe their rankings:

95 – 100: Classic

90 – 94: Outstanding

80 – 89: Very good to excellent

70 – 79: Average to good

Below 70: Forget about it.

How to Inspect a Cigar for Quality

The first thing to inspect is a cigar’s construction. Roll it between your fingers and note any bumps or empty spaces. The more evenly distributed the tobacco, the better.

Why? Because it affects the smoothness of the cigar. Any empty pockets or rough textures will result in a harsher smoke when you puff.

The second thing to consider is the tobacco quality. Unfortunately, it’s near impossible to judge just by looking at it, so this is where the rating system (and a brand’s reputation) comes into play. When in doubt, ask a tobacconist for help on this.

Lighting a Cigar the Right Way

Be sure to use wood matches or a butane lighter. Paper matches or gas lighters produce chemicals which negatively affect the flavor of your cigar – avoid them!

Before you light your cigar, run the flame under the foot (the end you light) and rotate the cigar a few times. Don’t actually touch the flame to the cigar; at this point, you just want to warm up the tobacco first to ensure it will burn smoothly.

Then, hold the flame in front of the cigar (but again, not actually touching it) and gently rotate the cigar while inhaling a few times.

And that’s it!

Now before we close, I’d like to touch on a very important debate which is…

Cuban Cigars: Are They Really That Good?

In a word: yes.

The Cuban government takes cigar making very seriously, and stringent regulations ensure they’re of the highest quality. Plus, Cuban cigar rollers – called “torcedores” – are possibly the best in the world. Many roll cigars for their entire lives.

But if you’r e in the US, the 1962 embargo pretty much prevents you from buying them. And if someone is offering “Cuban” cigars in the US, they’re probably fake (and you’re getting ripped off).

So if you do want to smoke a real Cuban, you’ll need to head to Canada or Mexico first.

Got any extra cigar tips? Let us know in the comments below! Find the perfect cigar accessories for your smoking hobby over at our men’s gifts website GreatGiftsForMen.com.

An Ode to Television Manly-Men…Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Bad guys on television and in movies are almost always the most compelling characters. The all-time classic bad guys have a way of justifying their actions to themselves with noble causes (i.e. – taking care of family), but they are ultimately truly driven by one thing – power. Hailed by critics and viewers alike as one of the best tv dramas of all-time, AMC’s Breaking Bad has one such “bad guy,” Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston.

Walter’s story, up to a certain point, could be that of anyone’s – he is a high school Chemistry teacher working two jobs to support his family. When faced with his imminent mortality, Walt makes an extreme decision (supposedly) to secure the financial well-being of his family after his death by manufacturing and selling crystal meth before he dies. For viewers, this drastic switch from law-abiding everyman to illicit-drug-producing criminal could come across as far-fetched. However, Walter White is played by actor-extraordinaire, Bryan Cranston, whose gritty, tough, and heart-wrenching performance on the show has hooked viewers for five seasons and made this Dr. Jeckyl-into-Mr. Hyde transformation completely believable. As we head into the fifth and final season of Breaking Bad, we at HomeWetBar want to pay tribute to manly-man actor, Bryan Cranston, by profiling the career highlights and notable quotes of this intense dramatic actor who has had us all clamoring after “the blue stuff” for over five years.

Career Highlights

Before hitting it big with Breaking Bad, Cranston played a number of smaller dramatic roles on television shows, including CHiPs, Airwolf, Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Baywatch, Jake and the Fatman, Matlock, L. A. Law, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Murder, She Wrote.*

One of his most memorable recurring roles was as Dr. Tim Whatley on the television comedy Seinfeld. Dr. Tim Whatley’s character famously had dirty magazines in the waiting area of his dental practice and dubbed Jerry an “anti-dentite” after hearing Jerry tell a dentist joke.

Cranston’s longest role came as Hal, the loveable and goofy father in the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. Actor and comedian W. C. Fields once said, “Never work with children or animals.” What Fields meant by this was that children and animals will only upstage a grown-up actor or will create a blooper by doing something unscripted. Cranston’s ability as a comedic actor, however, overrode that sage advice, as he not only worked with one child actor, but a grand total of five (or six if you count the baby in later seasons)! His ability to switch from bumbling dad to serious father and sometimes to fun-loving mischief maker in the role of Hal helped show that Cranston had some amazing acting chops!

Notable Quotes from Bryan Cranston

What’s great about well-written material is, if you can shock with justifiable actions, that’s the best.**

You know, this business is pure luck. It truly is. There is a tangible amount of luck that is necessary for a successful career, and the only way that luck happens is if you’re prepared for it and you stick with it. If you drop out of the scene, your opportunity for luck diminishes greatly. No one’s going to say, “Hey, you’re an insurance salesman. Come and do this movie.”*

I think the best written films or television series have a measure of the opposite of what they are. We have some darkly comic moments sprinkled throughout “Breaking Bad,” as we hasd some sweet sentiment or serious drama sprinkled throughout “Malcolm in the Middle.” I think any good movie does that, any good play. You have to break it up. You can’t have one train going in one direction all the time. Audiences are more sophisticated than that.*

A lot of people think, “This guy does that really well. Here is a role just like that for him.” When I left “Malcolm in the Middle,” I got two offers to do television pilots and they featured fun, goofy dads. I said no, and one of the producers said, “Why would you say no? You’re perfect for it and it’s exactly what you do.” I said, “It’s exactly what I did for seven years, but I am not going to help anyone put me in a pigeonhole.” So I won’t be looking at scripts about a teacher who becomes a drug dealer for a while.*

Walter White’s Most Memorable Quotes***

We are going to make a good product that does what it is supposed to, as advertised. No emulsifiers, no baking powder, no bleach, no chili powder. Season 1, Episode 1 – “Pilot”

I’m sorry, what were you asking me? Oh, yes, that stupid plastic container I asked you to buy. You see, hydrofluoric acid won’t eat through plastic; it will however dissolve metal, rock, glass, ceramic. So there’s that. – Season 1, Episode 2 – “Cat’s in the Bag…”

It’s kind of funny. When I got my diagnosis – cancer – I said to myself, ‘Why me?’ And then, the other day, when I got the good news, I said the same thing. – Season 2, Episode 10 – “Over”

Name one thing in this world that is not negotiable. – Season 3, Episode 6 – “Sunset”

The universe is random. It’s not inevitable. It’s simple chaos. It’s subatomic particles in endless, aimless collision. That’s what science teaches us, but what is this saying? What is it telling us, when on the very night that this man’s daughter dies, it’s me who’s having a drink with him? How can that be random? – Season 3, Episode 10 – “Fly”

Why am I the only person capable of behaving in a professional manner? – Season 4, Episode 4 – “Bullet Point”

I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me? No, I am the one who knocks. – Season 4, Episode 6: “Cornered”

What is going on with me is not about some disease. It’s about choices. Choices I have made. Choices I stand by. – Season 4, Episode 4 – “Cornered”

It’s over. We’re safe…I won. – Season 4, Episode 13 – Face Off

Walter White is complex and dark, which is one of the reasons Breaking Bad has become one of the best TV dramas of all time. Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of the meth-making chemistry teacher is spot on, earning him this ode to TV manly-men! How do you think this final season of Breaking Bad will end? Share your thoughts with us!

*For more information, visit imdb.com
**For more quotes, visit brainyquote.com
***For more Walter White quotes, visit amctv.com/show/breaking-bad

Types of Beer Glasses 101

Beer is one of the oldest beverages developed by civilizations, so we can only imagine the types of drinking vessels that were first created for beer. Traditionally beer glasses, were made with a specific purpose. For example, the German beer stein was developed with a lid to keep flies out of it during the Black Plague. Another example is the pint glass, which was produced to prevent breakage when storing beer glassware by stacking them.

It also has been said that the reason there are so many types of beer glasses available in this time is due to typical marketing schemes by beer breweries. This could be a true statement, there are just about as many beer glasses as there are types of beer. But would the beer breweries go that far for a marketing scheme if there wasn’t a benefit to this? Of course not! Like wine, beer glasses each have many attributes in which improve the flavors in different types of beer. Beer contains volatiles which are compounds that evaporate from it to create a beer’s aroma. Choosing the right glass for the type of beer you’re drinking can enhance these volatiles when pouring your brew. With so many choices, choosing a glass for your beer can be overwhelming. That is why we put together a short guide to the various types of glasses along with beer recommendations below.

Common Types of Beer Glasses

American Pint Glasses

Pint GlassThe American pint glass is just about the most common type of beer glass. These are the best beer glasses for use at local restaurants and most homes because they are easier to store by stacking them. They are constructed in a cone shape that tapers slightly toward the bottom of the glass and usually holds 16 ounces.

  • Use with These Beer Styles: Good all around glass, goes well with American Lagers, American Pale Ales, and most other beers


English Pint Glasses

englishpintThe British pint glass (also called a Nonic Glass) is similar to the American pint glass, but the difference is a slight bump along the top of the glass and it holds 20 ounces. The bump also adds the benefit of grip so your beer glassware won’t get stuck when stacking them. Another benefit this small bulge adds is head retention when pouring your beer which adds to the great aroma of your beer. Traditionally darker beers are served in these types of beer glasses.

  • Use with These Beer Styles: Mid-Dark beers, American Stout, English Porters, English Stout, English Ales, and other dark beers


Beer Mugs

Personalized Beer MugBeer mugs are a popular type of glass which feature a sturdy handle and are usually heavier than other beer glassware. The handles on these types of beer glasses are said to have been developed so the drinker would have more confidence when “clinking” glasses. These can be made of a variety of materials including pewter, ceramic, glass, or stainless steel to name a few. Well-known beer glass styles of the beer mug include the German beer stein, tankards, and dimpled mugs. The stein is a German beer mug that is usually made of pewter and, many times has a pewter lid attached to it. Legend has it steins were developed in during the black plague to keep the fleas that carried the black plague out of your beer. Yuk! Thankfully we no longer have to deal with disease carrying fleas but they are still a great way to keep flies and other bugs out of your favorite brew.

Beer tankards, similar to the stein, have a flared round bottom, hold more than the usual serving size of beer, and some tankards even have a glass bottom. A funny story behind the glass bottom tankard is that most bar fights started when someone was blindsided while drinking from their tankard; the glass bottom provides a clear view so they could always see what was coming! Meanwhile, dimpled mugs are a charming beer mug style that was once a standard beer glass at pubs in Britain.

  • Use with These Beer Styles: Most American Ales and Lagers, English beers, Bock beers, good multi-purpose glass


Wheat Beer Glasses, Weizenbier glass, or Weissbier Glass

wheat beerThese types of beer glasses are many times mistaken with the real Pilsner glasses below in American. The term seems to be used interchangeably at times. In reality they are called Wheat Beer Glasses. They are used to serve wheat beers, traditionally called a Weizenbiers or Bravarian Weizens. This German style glass has thin elegant walls and is typically quite tall allowing the glass to showcase the beer’s color. It is said the tapered glass shape originates from the desire to trap yeast at the bottom of the glass, which was very common in traditional beers until mass bottling and forced carbonation became popular in the early part of the century, and is still common today in micro-brews and home brews. These Weizenbier glasses typically hold around .5L but it’s also common to see them holding 20oz -24oz. The larger sizes allow for more of that appealing fluffy foam or “head” which traps aromas and is visually pleasing; typically associated with this type of beer

  • Use with These Beer Styles: Pale Wheat Beers, Dark Wheat Ales, Hefeweizens


Pilsner Glasses

Pilsner GlassesPilsner glasses are a more elegant type of beer glasses. These beer glasses are tall and have tapered walls that lead to a sturdy base. The pilsner glass was created to complement the lighter ales. The thin walls show off and maintain the sparkle in the golden hues of the ales they contain. The tall pilsner glass is also ideal for maintaining the perfect beer head which enhances the volatiles in beer, therefore creating a better enjoyment in the taste of pale ales. Sometimes this beer glass style can be mistaken for a Weizen glass, but the pilsner is tapered evenly from top to bottom and has no curves in its design at all.

  • Use with These Beer Styles:  Best for light colored beers, American Pale Lager, Czech Pilsener, Light Lagers, and Low % Alcohol Beer


Beer Boots

beer bootBeer boots have been around for over a hundred years, but have regained popularity thanks to movies like Beer Fest in recent years. Born from a Bavarian tradition over 100 years ago where soldiers filled their boots with traditional ale to toast and salute their military victories. Shortly there after the glass version was made, and the rest as they say, is history! Range anywhere from 0.5L to 2.0L. TIP: Twist the boot when you near the end unless you want a beer bath!

  • Use with These Beer Styles:  Novelty glass! Use for any beer you want, but we recommend low % alcohol beer because you’ll likely be drinking a lot of it!


So What Beer Glassware Should I Use?

Our suggestions under each type of glass above should be a good starting point for the average beer drinker. However the type of beer glassware you choose for your ale is ultimately up to you. Each is made for a different type of beer and all the different types of beer glasses all have their pros and con dependent on the type of beer you are drinking. No matter if your choice of ale is bitter, cream ale, or stout there is a beer glass that was specifically created to accent the aromas and taste of your beer just right! So experiment with different beer glasses and see which one works best for you!

Top 10 Famous Drinking Quotes

Billy Carter, former spokesman for Billy Beer and brother of former President Jimmy Carter, once said, “Paintings are like beer, only beer tastes good, and it’s hard to stop drinking beer.” While not poetic, Carter’s statement does illustrate an important point: like art, alcohol is inseparable from the fabric of modern society. It is present in our art, religion, and entertainment. As alcohol has such a major role in society, there are understandably a number of quotes about drinking from some of the greatest entertainers, artists, writers, philosophers, and politicians, and many of these quotes are humorous and thought-provoking, with a hint of truth. We at HomeWetBar have compiled ten such of our favorite drinking quotes of all-time for your reading enjoyment.

10. “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.” – Henny Youngman, comedian

Henny Youngman was known for his one-liner jokes, his most notable being “Take my wife – please!” He is also responsible for this funny drinking quote

9. “I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.” – Johnny Carson, former host of The Tonight Show

Carson is considered by many today to be the greatest king of late night talk shows. During his monologues on The Tonight Show, he often told drinking jokes; many of them were aimed at longtime sidekick and well-known drinker, Ed McMahon.

8. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway, American writer

Writers as a whole are often categorized as drinkers. Hemingway fit this mould. As a great American writer, it is only natural that he was the author of one of our favorite drinking quotes.

7. “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, and in water there is bacteria.” – Benjamin Franklin – Founding Father of the United States

Wine and especially beer were staples in the diet for many Colonial Americans. As Franklin’s drinking quote suggests, alcohol was often safer (and more patriotic) to drink than water.


Frank Sinatra

6. “Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy.” – Frank Sinatra, singer and member of the Rat Pack

Gifted with maybe the smoothest singing voice ever, Sinatra was well-known for enjoying a glass of whiskey while carousing with the rest of the Rat Pack. The Chairman of the Board was entrenched in the 1950’s Las Vegas nightlife and is attributed with some of the most memorable quotes about drinking.

5. A lady came up to me one day and said, “Sir! Your are drunk,” to which I replied, “I am drunk today, madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober, but you will still be ugly.” – Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister

Churchill was the British Prime Minister during World War II. He faced criticism for his drinking habits during war time; he did not, however, backdown on this front (or any other for that matter), and responded with one of the best drinking quotes ever.

4. “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. ” – Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Franklin is the source of another one of our favorite quotes about drinking, proving that lightning can strike twice!

3. “I cook with wine . Sometimes I even add it to food. & A woman drove me to drink, and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.” – W. C. Fields, American actor and comedian

In film, W. C. Fields often played heavy-drinking comedic characters. Fields had numerous, funny drinking quotes, so we have included two of our favorites of his at the number three spot.

2. “To alcohol! The cause of – and solution to – all of life’s problems.” – Homer Simpson, cartoon character on The Simpsons

The Simpsons is the longest-running television series in history. Homer Simpson, the impulsive, Duff Beer-loving patriarch of the Simpson clan, is responsible for many funny quotes about drinking. This quote, however, comes in at number two on our list due to its humor, philosophical nature, and touch of truth.

1. “I feel bad for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” – Frank Sinatra

Ol’ Blue Eyes grabs the top spot for our favorite, famous drinking quotes of all time with his second appearance on the list! Mixing humor and wit with a devil-may-care attitude, this Sinatra quote rings true on many levels while providing a good laugh.

More Quotes

Did we miss any of your favorite quotes about drinking? If so, make sure to share them with us.

15 Most Manly Drinks

What makes a drink manly? Which drinks require that you turn in your man card if you’re caught dead with it? It’s a highly debated topic that our experts here at HomeWetBar.com decided to get to the bottom of. Interestingly enough there are plenty of factors that go into making manly drinks. The first cardinal rule of all manly drinks is that it can’t be sweet. If you’re thinking of ordering a strawberry daiquiri or pina colada, be prepared to hand over your man card. Fruity flavors and colorful drinks are a big no-no! And absolutely no straws! The best cocktails for men are usually brown or clear. The best manly drinks do not necessarily have to be high in alcoholic content, but the bitter, throat burning, taste are what all real men are after. Another factor is the name; when sitting at your local bar with the regulars you must be conscious of what you order. When yelling out to the bartender keep in mind that the manly drink you order has to have a tough name as well. Although, alcoholic content isn’t the largest factor in most manly drinks, it is still a factor. If your hangover is not movie worthy you may want check the bass if your tone before you order that next round of drinks.

Ranking the Top Manly Drinks

There’s no better way to rank the manliest drinks than to measure them by the massive hangover you will have in the morning from knocking too many of these drinks back. Manly cocktails are accredited by their ability to knock you flat on your ass and how fast that can happen. Another trait of the best manly drinks is what puts hair on your chest, that throat burning sensation only real men can appreciate. Aspirin can become a man’s best friend if you have the gaul to test any of these manly cocktails out. We will rank the manliest drinks of all time from one dose of aspirin to the ultimate four doses to help ease the pain of the well known hangover. To keep it easy, 1 dose is the least manly and 4 doses puts it up with the big dogs as being a potent cocktail for men. Although some drinks may rank lower than others, we can all agree that any fellow bold enough to order any of these top manly drinks will never have to worry about their man card being revoked.

Gin and Juice

Rank: 1 Dose

Snoop Dogg recommended. A cocktail made of gin, grapefruit, and orange juice making this a smooth drink where a man can keep his cool while mingling with the ladies. This drink is also tough enough to be one of the only most manly cocktails with a fruity taste that you won’t have to turn in your man card for.

Whiskey Sour

Rank: 1 Dose

2735592868_38016386f3The name alone takes the cake for ranking among the top manly drinks. A concoction of whiskey and lemon and maybe sugar for the beginners. Not the biggest and baddest of drinks for men, but this can be a refreshing for the summer that is sure to add some bass to your tone when you order the next round.


Rank: 1 Dose

Made of gatorade energy drink and jagermeister herbal liqueur this manly drink can help up your electrolyte intake. We’re not too sure about the buzz factor, but the taste can guarantee a peach fuzz for any baby face pansy that can’t handle the strong bite of the Jagerade.

Bloody Bull

Rank: 1 Dose

Something like the manly version of the bloody mary. A tasty mixture of vodka, beef bouillon, lemon, tabasco sauce and worcestershire sauce. Again, the name makes up for at least 50% of what makes the manliest drinks manly. Not the top choice of drinks for taste, but any man that can down this probably has the hairy chest of a bull from the burning bite of the bloody bull.


Rank: 2 Doses

5365837908_540a0b02cbA classic cocktail made up of triple sec, cognac, and lemon juice -No Sugar. Not the manliest cocktail ever, but it definitely has enough kick to make it tougher than the average martini. In all honesty a martini has never been considered the go-to cocktail for men, but we can agree that James Bond carries that pass for all men, thus making strong cocktails manly even when served in a martini glass.

Gold Rush

Rank: 2 Doses

A man’s summertime friend. A shot made up of bourbon, lemon juice, and honey will put some hair on that bare chest of yours. Still potent, but just enough lemon and honey to make it a smooth shot. This manly drink is something like a hot toddy, but the cooler summer version. Get over that summer cold with a gold rush & make it a double!


Rank: 3 Doses

5396934673_296d639225Made up of only 2 key ingredients Canadian Whiskey and a dash of lime juice in a shot glass, taken straight up; definitely a man’s drink. A cocktail or shot’s name plays another big role in defining what makes a manly drink manly. You can’t yell just any drink name out to the bartender among the at the local bar. Order a Snakebite and you’ll receive nods of approval from the regulars for that knee buckling bitter taste.

The Godfather

Rank: 3 Doses

Another well known gentleman’s drink that can add bass to your tone. The Godfather has a name that, alone, fits as one of the top manly drinks. A sophisticated blend of bourbon or whiskey and amaretto served in served in classic whiskey glasses make this a classic choice for any real man who can take a real drink. Much like the popular Godfather movie this mixed drink can become a man’s favorite in no time.

Jack and Coke

Rank: 3 Doses

2714076651_e114a4b146This mixture is the universal manly drink for men. Served in cocktail glasses, the recipe is simple. Combine Jack Daniels and just enough Coke to make it a crisp bittersweet mixed drink for men that is known to put some bass in your voice. Switch things up at the bar and order a Rum and Coke or use a different kind of whiskey. Drink too many of these and a hangover will be knocking on your door bright and early.

Tom Collins

Rank: 3 Doses

It’s safe to say any cocktail that has a man’s name should be deemed a common manly cocktail. The Tom Collins is a perfect example of what a man’s cocktail should taste like, gin, lemon juice, club soda and a hint of sugar on the rocks. It can be served with fruit, but honestly what man wants a fruit filled cocktail? No man can go wrong drinking a manly drink that has the ability to be smooth and tough at the same time.

Dirty Martini

Rank: 3 Doses

5076909064_883d31b1f3A sleek combo of gin, vermouth, olive juice, and yes, the classic olives. The Dirty Martini make the perfect drink for that charming guy standing at the bar that has a bit more class and maturity than any fruit cocktail drinking wimp. “Martini: shaken, not stirred,” like Bond these manly cocktails will sneak up on you before you know it. That familiar throat burning sensation is clearly evident from a mere whiff of your glass.

Rusty Nail

Rank: 4 Doses

The name alone will send chills down the spine of any coward that can’t handle drinks for real men. Fill your whiskey glass with scotch and lemon peel on the rocks and you’ve got one rusty nail. Order one of the best cocktails for men, like the Rusty Nail, at a hard core pub and drinking vets will respect you. Be easy when taking these shots or you’ll feel quite rusty yourself in the morning!

Old Fashioned

Rank: 4 Doses

Old FashionedDon Draper of Mad Men TV series has made us very familiar with this particular cocktail. Order an Old Fashioned anywhere and you should get nods of approval for ordering such a manly cocktail. A manly concoction of bourbon, bitters, a hint of sugar water and for the sake of your sacred man card no fruit. You will appear more mature and distinguished than if you ordered a long island iced tea. This can definitely rank as being one of the best cocktails for men and is a classic choice for that dapper guy at the bar. Don’t go overboard with these bad boys or you may need to leave those car keys at home.

Classic Manhattan

Rank: 4 Doses

If Sinatra and the Rack Pack can deem this cocktail as a favorite, then we can go a step further in making this one of the top classic cocktails for men. A mixture of bourbon, vermouth, bitters, & a stemmed cherry(if requested) making this a top choice when it comes to drinks for men. Remember this is a gentleman’s drink, don’t ruin the experience with a piece of fruit lingering in your glass. This manly drink ranks 4 doses for a reason. Remember that.

Irish Car Bomb

Rank: 4 Doses

3247414923_1dec96ea2cPicture the Jagerbomb. Now picture something much more manly, higher in alcoholic content, something for a real man and you will see the badass of all badass manly drinks-The Irish Car Bomb. A deadly combination of irish cream and irish whiskey put into a shot glass and then dropped into a pint glass of irish stout. Beer advocates can appreciate this kind of drink at it can be deemed as one of the manliest drinks ever created for men. Make sure you drink fast before it curdles!

Sure, there are plenty more classic cocktails for men that can be added to this list of the top manly drinks, but we like to leave some drinks up to the imagination. At the end of the day a manly cocktail is per choice and you can order any kind of fruit filled beverage that you would like at the bar. BUT if you want to mature as a social drinker into an experienced and responsible manly cocktail expert you may want to keep these valid tips in mind when you’re at the bar. First things first, please, no fruit! if there is a need for garnish make it a simple olive or slice of lemon and nothing more. Next, is the taste it either has to be really potent or harsh enough to turn that baby face into a full beard and goatee. And last but definitely not least the best manly drinks have a tough name to match that tough taste. It is safe to say cocktails for men are usually straight up or involve shots. And don’t forget every woman loves a man with a big cock…..tail shaker so our sasquatch cocktail shaker” may come in handy the next time you want to try some of these manly cocktails.

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Best Fathers Day Gifts 2013

When it comes choosing a Fathers Day gift, dads can be difficult to shop for. Ask a dad what he wants for Fathers Day, and most likely the responses you’ll get are “I don’t need anything” or “I have everything I want.”  For the loved one shopping for Dad, this makes the task difficult.There is, after all, a reason why ties are the default gifts for Father’s Day; ties are the one-size-fits-all gift for men, but unless your father is Ward Cleaver, he may not even wear a tie on a regular basis. This year, doesn’t the father in your life deserve more than a generic man gift? At HomeWetBar.com and GreatGiftsforMen.com, we think so! With that in mind, we have assembled our guide to the best fathers day gifts 2013 guide. To make things even easier to find gift ideas for Dad, we have selected a Top Dad Gift for each “Dad-egory.”

The Grill Master

Dad Meat BrandThere are very few things more iconically American than Dad grilling in the backyard. For the dad who loves to barbecue, our grilling tools make great Fathers Day gifts. From grill tongs to jalapeno grill roasters to barbecue tool sets, you’ll find excellent gift ideas for your Grill Master dad. Our top Father’s Day gift for the Grill Master is our Dad Branding Iron Gift Boxed Set! The gift that literally has “Dad” written all over it, this barbecue branding iron will allow your father to “steak” his claim when grilling.

The Outdoorsman

Classic Stanley ThermosCamping, fishing, hiking, and hunting are the activities you will find the outdoorsman father doing on the weekend. He treks away from the beaten path to interact with nature. The outdoorsman dad needs a Father’s Day gift to take with him into the wilderness. Give your outdoorsman dad our Stanley Classic Insulated Thermos, the dad gift that is just as rugged and durable as he is. Perfect for the man-on-the-go, this best Father’s Day gift idea ensures he’ll have a hot cup of coffee or warm soup in even the most inhospitable of environments.

The Corporate Maverick

Monogrammed CufflinksDoes your father call the shots from a corner office? Does he run with the bulls or hibernate with the bears of Wall Street? If so, we have a great selection of Father’s Day gifts for your dad, the corporate maverick. This type of dad spends long hours at the office and regularly goes to important business meetings. Instead of getting him the impersonal tie this year, our top dad gift is an often overlooked but very necessary men’s fashion accessory, the cufflink. Our Sophistico Monogrammed Cufflinks are the perfect Father’s day gift for the corporate maverick dad. With the included engraving, your father is sure to be the sharpest dressed maverick in his next business meeting.

The Golfer

Golf Sign golf-signGolf gifts: a Father’s Day tradition like no other. For the father who likes to hit the links, golf accessories are always a huge hit. This year, bring a little bit of the golf course home and make things personal with our Father’s Day gifts 2013 top pick, our Nineteenth Hole Personalized Golf Wooden Sign. Customize this sign with your father’s name, and this is sure to be a gift he’ll  never “Fore!”-get.

The Handyman

wall mounted battery organizerOtherwise known as Mr. Fix-It, the Handyman father works on cars, home, toys, bikes, and anything else that might break around the house. For the Handyman dad, what good would a tie do as a Father’s Day gift? The Handyman takes pride in fixing things in his family, so for Father’s Day this year, get him a Dad gift that is sure to keep things working around the house – our Test and Stack Battery Rack. Perfect for making sure only working batteries are on hand and organized, the Handyman dad is sure to love this Father’s Day gift.

Need More Father’s Day Gift Ideas?

Personalized Picture FrameDon’t fret! Every dad is unique, and it is possible that your father does not fit into one of the Dad-egories above. There is one gift that every dad is sure to love – a photo of his children! Make sure to give Dad this photo in one of our favorite Dad gifts, a Personalized Silver Picture Frame. With personalization included, this picture frame, combined with the photo, is sure to bring a smile to Dad’s face whenever he sees it.

Types of Wine Glasses for Beginners

Sure we all have a glass of wine every now and again, but how do you really enjoy a glass of wine? Wine experts have many theories on how to make wine taste better, but one thing they can all agree on is the type of wine glasses you use make a big difference. Each shape is meant for a specific type of wine, and by pairing the right wine with the right glass, your wine will really shine! First we will start with the parts of the wine glass, then move on to the different types of wine glasses.

Parts of the Wine Glass

All wine glasses are composed of three main parts, how these are shaped greatly affects the taste, and bouquet of your wine.

Bowl – The upper section of a wine glass. This is the most important component of the glass. The bowl shape varies on each glass allowing an enhancement on how the flavor and aromas of the wine are received. We will cover more on the importance of wine glass shapes for each type of wine a little later in this guide.

Stem – The midsection of a wine glass allowing you to handle your wine glass. Wine is to be served at a certain temperature to provide it’s most optimal taste. Typically reds are served near room temperature, while white wines are served slightly chilled. Holding your wine glasses by the stem rather than holding them by the bowl, keeps your wine at the proper temperature longer. Holding your glass by the bowl would alter the temperature of wine at a consistent enough rate that it would ruin the flavor due to the body heat from your hand. The stem also keeps messy fingerprints from getting on the bowl of the glass for the visual appeal and inspection of the wine.

Base – Supports the wine glass when standing upright.

Different Types of Wine Glasses

Red Wine Glasses

Personalized Wine GlassRed wine glasses have a shape that can be easily noticed because of it’s wide bowl and shorter stem. The wide bowl shape in these types of wine glasses is essential for swirling, more wine is exposed to the air when swirled which allows essential aromas and flavors to be released. Red wines benefit from more oxygen due to the higher tannin level in it. Red wine glass shapes have been studied and proven that the wide mouth allows you to receive the flavors on certain sensors of the tongue for a better enjoyment of the wine.* This type of wine glass has a shorter stem so if the wine is served too cold the glass can be held at the bowl to get the best temperature of enjoyment. Red wines are typically served at approximately 55 to 63 degrees.

White Wine Glasses

White Wine GlassThese are typically shaped slimmer than the red wine glass; with the exception of the wider Chardonnay glasses that some vendors have started offering in recent years. The shapes of white wine glasses vary dependent upon which type of white wine you are drinking, but they are also typically much thinner and the stem is usually taller than reds. The reason for this is each type of wine glass has a different shape which hits your tongue palate at a different spot dependent upon the glass, to enhance the flavor and bouquet of the wine. Also popular for white wines in recent years is wine aerating. Using a wine aerator, combined with the proper white wine glass shape will make a huge difference in your wine. White wines are served at a temperature around 43 to 50 degrees so maintaining that temperature is crucial when tasting wine. For more on aerating we suggest viewing the wine aerating guide here.

Champagne Flutes (Sparkling Wine Glass)

Champagne FlutesAnother name for this glass would be the sparkling wine glass. These glasses are much thinner and taller than the average glass. They come in stemless and stemmed, for the stemmed versions, the stem is long like the typical white wine glass shape. The taller and slimmer bowl of the glass is to enhance the carbonation of the Champagne. The longer stems also allows it to be held without altering the temperature of the wine. Finally, it prevents fingerprints from disturbing the amazing view of the bubbly at it’s best. Champagne is usually served chilled at about 46-43 degrees.

Stemless Champagne FlutesSelecting among the different types of wine glasses can be overwhelming, but we hope this beginner guide has at least armed you with the basics. Every wine glass shape has its benefits, choosing which one fits you best is probably the hardest, but also one of the most rewarding parts of wine drinking. Be looking looking out for our more advanced article where we’ll get into the nitty gritty of all the various types of wine glasses soon. Cheers until then!

 *Find more about types of wine glasses at http://www.pinot-noir-wines.com/winestemware/

Top 5 Best Drinking Games of All-Time

Spring is finally here, and if you’re in college, that means the end of the semester is just around the corner. With the end of the semester comes every college student’s favorite event – finals week. Just kidding! We all know the end-of-semester party is what keeps most students going in that limbo time between Spring Break and finals, and that bash is sure to include drinking games. But which game is the best? Our crack team of experts at HomeWetBar.com recently sat down and graded the top 5 best drinking games of all time.  Our grading is based on overall fun for players and onlookers, as well as the “buzz factor” for the game.


5. Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever combines drinking with sometimes embarrassing admissions, which of course means that this drinking game makes the list! Players take turns making “Never have I ever…” statements, and players who have done those activities drink. Learning new and occasionally disgusting facts about your friends and fellow-party goers makes Never Have I Ever one of the top 5 best drinking games ever; however, the game does tend to slow down as players try to come up with “never have I ever…” statements, which can slow down the buzz factor.

Fun for Players: B-
Fun for Onlookers: B+
Buzz Factor: B-
Final Grade: B

4. Asshole

Asshole is one of the most complex card drinking games (for full instructions on Asshole and other drinking games, please visit the link at the end of this report card), so it can entertain and frustrate for hours. A 52 card deck of playing cards is dealt out to the players. In the initial round, the goal is to be the first player to discard all of their cards. The first player to get rid of all of their cards is the President in the next round, and the last player to get rid of all of their cards is the Asshole. The President assigns rules and has special privileges over other players, and the Asshole…well, let’s just say you don’t want that title. The complexity of this drinking game requires players pay relatively close attention, and the humor or cruelty of the acting President creates some hilarious moments for players and onlookers alike. And as there is always the goal of becoming the acting President in the next round, Asshole can last a long time, which gives it a strong buzz factor.

Fun for Players: B+ (F for whoever the current asshole is)
Fun for Onlookers: B-
Buzz Factor: A
Final Grade: B+

3. Quarters

Quarters has secured its place in drinking game history due to its simplicity and fast pace. Try to bounce a quarter into a shot glass and assign drinks. Miss your shot, and you take a drink. Quarters is surprisingly addicting, as getting just the right touch on bouncing the quarter into the shot glass takes some practice, and other party-goers are inevitably drawn to the sound of the quarter as it bounces and (hopefully) rattles into the shot glass.Oh, and it  will get you buzzed fairly quickly, as the act of bouncing a quarter into a shot glass does require some skill and luck.

Fun for Players: A-
Fun for Onlookers: B
Buzz Factor: A
Final Grade: A-

2. Circle of Death or Waterfalls or Ring of Fire

This drinking game goes by many names, but for simplicity, we will call it Circle of Death. Players sit in a circle and draw cards that are spread out in the middle of the circle of players thus the name, Circle of Death. Each card has a corresponding rule that the players must follow. For example, when a 9 of any suit is drawn, it is a “Nine, Nine, Bust-a-Rhyme,” where the player who drew the card says a word or phase, and players take turns around the circle rhyming with the selected word or phase. The rhyming continues until a player cannot continue the rhyme, at which point that player drinks. Circle of Death is fun as players are constantly making up and abiding by the various, hilarious rule and drinking. Outside observers will also get some laughs from the antics coming from the circle.

Fun for Players: A+
Fun for Onlookers: B
Buzz Factor: A
Final Grade: A-

1. Beer Pong

Portable Beer Pong Table

Portable Beer Pong Table

In Beer Pong, opposing teams (generally of two) stand at opposite ends of a beer pong table with nine cups set up in a triangle in front of them. Each team tries to bounce ping pong balls into the opposing teams cups filled with beer, forcing the opposing team to drink. Beer pong is fast-paced, strikes up the spirit of competition at almost any party, and a crowd of onlookers can almost always be found gathered around a beer pong table. For this reason, beer pong is considered by many to be the best drinking game of all-time, earning it our highest grade.

Fun for Players: A+
Fun for Onlookers: A
Buzz Factor: A
Final Grade: A

Further Study for the Best Drinking Games

As with any game, it is always best to study up on the rules, strategies, and intricacies of a drinking game before playing it. For rules and strategies on our best drinking games of all time, Howcast.com has a great series on playing drinking games. For a drinking game that has more complex rules, such as Asshole and Circle of Death, Drinksmixer.com has a great set of more detailed instructions for these games.

The Ten ComMANdments for Man Caves

Creating and setting up a man cave, on the surface, should be a simple process: pick a room, throw a recliner and television in it, and allow only men to enter. A space set up in such a fashion may be functional, but it is certainly not how the ultimate man cave is created. In fact, it can turn out in horrific fashion. Consider the following parable.

In an effort to save time and money, I had been getting my hair cut at a large, well-known, one-size-fits-all haircutting franchise. The waits were agonizingly long with screaming children and the smell of women’s perms; the florescent lights, stained waiting room furniture, and top 40 radio station playing in the background strained my eyes, back, and nerves; and the turnover of hairstylists was high, so I never knew with whom I would be having a twenty-minute, awkward, chit-chatty conversation. It was a miserable experience

I had finally had enough of subjecting myself to this unnecessary torture, and through some research, found a local barbershop called The Clubhouse. As soon as I walked in the door of this barbershop, I felt at home. The waiting area had leather couches and sports magazines. The sound of screaming children and the smell of perms were absent, and in their place, the sight and sound of a college football game on the big screen television and the familiar smell of shaving cream. The dark, solid-wood walls were covered with golf memorabilia, and busy behind the chair, the barber worked away clipping hair.

As you you may have guessed, I now go exclusively to The Clubhouse for haircuts, and the one-size-fits-all hair franchise is a distant memory. As it turns out, the barber was the proprietor of the shop. Walking into his establishment was a much more comfortable experience, and it dawned on me that the barber had essentially turned his business into a mancave. Everything in the shop was carefully picked to ensure every man who entered felt welcome and knew exactly who the man of the cave was.

The one-size-fits-all hair franchise and The Clubhouse both cut hair, but my experience between the two was drastically different. The golf memorabilia and sports on television and the rest of well-thought-out details are how the barber welcomes his guests as they walk in the door. The same thing can be accomplished at home, but it does require careful planning or else it may just become another one-size-fits-all room. To avoid the heresy of the one-size-fits-all room, commit yourself to the follow the 10 Com-MAN-dments of the man cave.

1. Make It About You

Man Cave Ideas

This is your space, and you need to claim it. After all, you do not want just anyone walking into the cave without knowing who the man is! You can accomplish this in a number of ways.  You can decorate the walls with framed golf scorecards from courses you’ve played. You could have personalized man cave signs made. You could even pull in your favorite chair that no one else would ever dream of sitting in (think Martin Crane’s chair on “Frasier”). You might even paint the walls in your favorite team’s colors. The point is that whoever walks into the room should have a sense of who you are and what you like.

2.  Do Not Disturb Hours

The point of having a man cave is to give you a space where you can unwind. You work hard, and you deserve a quiet moment to watch sports, drink a beer, or play a video games. Make sure there are clear boundaries on when others may or may not disturb you in the cave.

3. Stock Your Home Bar

Home Wet Bar

You will inevitably have friends over to share in (and to show off) your space. Part of being a good host is to have an appropriately stocked home bar, and ultimate man caves have a reasonable selection of alcohol available for friends and guests. And while most guests generally abide by the BYOB rule, a good host is prepared for the friend who shows up empty handed.

4. Provide Plenty of Snacks


Have you ever been a guest at someone’s house and thought, “I’m really glad they didn’t serve some delicious snacks. What great hosts!”? Probably not. If you have guests over, and they will be there longer than an hour, you need to serve some form of manly food – typically wings or nachos or pizza. For some man cave ideas for food, check out these great recipes from realsimple.com

5. Tune the Big Screen to Football on Sunday (and Saturday and Monday)

Football is the new American pastime (sorry, baseball!), and while tuning the big screen to any sport is generally a good idea, having your friends over for football on Sunday (or Saturday or Monday) is a sacred tradition of the man cave. There may be other televised sports, but they will drive friends away from your space to find a better place to watch football.

6. Don’t Skimp on HD

Remember comMANdment #4? Well, if you skimp on HD with your cable or dish provider, the sports on your big screen will be lacking. No one likes a fuzzy picture or motion blur. If you have a big screen in your mancave, you should have HD technology, so use it!

7. Silence is Golden (During the Game)

We’ve all been to a Superbowl party where someone talks throughout the entire game. That someone could be the know-it-all, the wannabe play-by-play analyst, or even the ex-athlete. In any case, someone talking throughout the entire game can ruin the ultimate mancave experience for everyone. As the man of the cave, it is your duty to make sure there are some talking guidelines set for watching the big game. Your other guests will thank you.

8. Play Great Music

ipod vintage jukeboxWhen you’re sitting around the man cave bar and there is not a game on, it is good idea to have some great music playing in the background. While musical tastes vary, there are some definite no-nos for your playlist. Compiled by Ranker.com, the bands on the worst bands of all time list  should never, ever make it into the song rotation.

9. Seating Now Available

As you invite your friends over for the big game or any celebration, it is critical that you have enough seating in your room. The ultimate man cave is all about comfort, so it is unacceptable for your guests to sit on the floor or on the arm of a couch. If you have a home bar in the cave, make sure you have plenty of bar stools. If you have the space for it, a couch or two are ideal. Folding chairs are acceptable for a large gathering, and bean bags are fine in a pinch.

10. Invite Your Neighbors

So your man cave is all set up. There is plenty to drink and eat, and there is a great game on that all of your friends are there to watch. Since you have the place to hang out, there will be times that there are a number of cars parked on the street or the noise from the cave is loud. Make sure to invite your neighbors to the celebration. Not only is it the neighborly thing to do, it may prevent problems in the future, such as complaints about the parking or the noise.


Remember that this space is about comfort and celebrations, so put some time and effort into planning your man cave decor. Your guests will appreciate it, and by following the ten comMANdments of man caves, you will be well on your way to hosting great gatherings and avoiding the one-size-fits-all room.

Setting Up a Home Bar

So you’ve grown up a little bit. Not enough to quit having fun, but you’ve moved on from frequenting a bar to having friends over for drinks. What now? Set up a home bar!

Do Your Research

To have an enviable home bar, research is key. Planning ahead will eliminate headaches later on, except the ones caused by over indulging the night before.

Think back to the “research” you did at your favorite pub.  What did you like about it?  Why did it feel like home?  What kept you coming back?  What were your favorite drinks? Knowing what you like will help you plan your bar. The style of your bar area is an extension of your personality. Do you want replicate your favorite Irish Pub in your basement? Pick colors and decor that match your style. It’s much easier to paint at this stage of the game! Maybe you are going with a Man Cave theme in the garage? You might want to add wheels when building a bar for this space. Bars can be heavy so try to do as much decorating as you can before it is installed.

Now, a fun homework project.  This weekend, grab a bite to eat, then go visit a restaurant bar where they charge way too much for a steak.  These places usually have a decent cocktail menu. Take the seat right in front of where the bartender makes his drinks.  Stay focused, you are gathering intel for your in home bar! Order a drink off the menu and pay cash with a nice tip, not a beer or vodka tonic, but something special.  Watch closely how the bartender makes the drink, what bar tools are used?  While you are enjoying the drink, watch what items he uses over and over, where does he keep them?  If you see something new, like an intriguing drink or some strange tool, ask questions.  Don’t worry, the bartender likes you because you already tipped well.  Learn as much as you can without doing so much “research” you forget it in the morning!

Use this research to optimize your space so that it fits your personality and has easy access storage for the bar tools you will be gathering. A well planned bar is a much better alternative to frantically looking through drawers and cupboards for a bottle opener!

Gather the Essential Bar Tools

Now that you’ve got your space, it’s time to pick up the essential tools for your in home bar. 

The Recipe Book: Not only is a guide like this needed for the cocktail recipes, it is an invaluable conversation starter. Imagine your friends picking drinks off this “menu” as you become a bartender. The possibilities are endless.

The Cocktail Shaker: There are opportunities here to show your personality. Go classic with a stainless steel shaker that twists to reveal recipes or go wild with  zebra stripes. Or maybe start a collection so you can make more than one drink at a time! You might also try a Bartending Set that has the shaker plus other tools of the trade.

A Cutting Board and Knife: It may sound simple, but where are you going to slice up your citrus and the makings for the best Bloody Mary? Surely not your bar top!

Bottle Opener & Corkscrew: The opener is another item that is easily overlooked in home bars until you can’t open the bottle! You can go high tech with an electric wine opener or simple and elegant with an engravable combination corkscrew and bottle opener. A wall mounted beer bottle opener is a great choice, no matter how rowdy it gets, you can always find the opener!

Armed with these essentials, you can serve almost any drink! To get started, you can grab some glasses and utensils from the kitchen, a towel for spills and something to hold ice.  You are ready to invite some friends over, have them bring a bottle! You’ve put so much time and effort in making a great place for them to hang out, why should you foot the bill? If they balk at the idea, let them know that a good bottle of liquor is cheaper than a night out, and more than they can probably drink in a night. Get each friend to bring a different kind of liquor, and keep track of what they are bringing, so you can learn a few drinks you can make with each one.

Stock the Mixers and Garnishes

A well stocked home bar has the mixers needed for a variety of mixed drinks. Look up recipes for the cocktails you plan to serve and grab the mixers and garnishes needed.

Water: Grab some bottled water or filter your tap water to add to Scotch or Bourbon. Aficionados say it opens up the flavor.

Cola: This mixer is great for rum and whisky drinks. Don’t put this in a shaker! Instead, use a spoon or some swizzle sticks to mix your drink.

Tonic and/or Club Soda:  Used mostly for gin and vodka drinks, but can add a touch of greatness to a Margarita as well.  Don’t put this in a shaker either, stir it in later.

Sweet and Sour Mix:  From margaritas, whiskey sours, to the classic tom collins, many mixed drinks call for sweet and sour in their recipes. As you grow as a bartender, consider making your own!

To Make Enough Sweet & Sour Mix for a Pitcher of Margaritas (8 glasses) :

You Need:
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
5 Lemons
8 Limes


Stir – Sugar and Water in Sauce Pan over medium heat until dissolved. Allow to cool. (Congratulations, you’ve just made Simple Syrup!)

Combine – Simple Syrup and the juice from the lemons and limes.

Bloody Mary Mix:  This is another mixer that you can buy or make on your own ahead of time. Be careful how spicy you make your mix, more heat can be added on a per drink basis. 

Juices:  Orange and Cranberry are versatile drink additives, so make sure these are constantly in stock!

Garnishes: Check your recipes, but always keep limes and olives on hand. Consider adding lemons, oranges and cocktail onions. Fresh citrus can be squeezed to substitute  sweet and sour mix if you add a little sugar or simple syrup to your drink!

You’ve done your research,  built out your space, got your essential bar tools, and stocked up on the mixers. Congratulations you’ve set up a home bar!

Make Sure Your Basketball Party Is A Slam Dunk

It’s that time of the year again when, all across America, college hoops enthusiasts begin analyzing the teams left in the hunt for a national title. Die hard fans and novices meticulously evaluate squads from all conferences in hopes of creating the ultimate tournament bracket for their office pool. College basketball gives fans the opportunity to dust off the old gear from their alma mater and tout their school pride. Showing off your colors is definitely a sign that a serious college hoops shindig is on the way. But before you feel the shot clock ticking down till your party begins, a few essentials are key to making sure it will be a slam dunk.

The Location:

Man-Cave-Personalized-Sign-p-1188After getting the OK from the misses have your friends post up inside your one of a kind Man Cave or Bar and it will certainly set the tone for the rest of your evening. Nothing screams out awesomeness like a decked out room in honor of dudes, so be sure and customize your area with all things manly. Pub signs are one of my favorite ways to fill up empty space on a bar room or man cave wall. Whether you want to go the traditional neon sign route, old school tin vintage, or even a custom made personalized wall hanging, adding small accents throughout the man cave or bar will also enhance the tournament mood; if you need more lighting in your space, add a set of decorative string lights. Looking for a place to set that cold one? Getting drink coasters that fit your style and taste will also add a nice touch to your party, besides the only rings you want to see are the one’s given to the athletes not those left on your table.

The Party Food:

non-stick-jalapeno-popper-roasting-rack-p-1786Bring some of your friends’ courtside favorites into the mix; after all epic basketball marathons like those held in March need to be celebrated with food that will leave your comrades full enough to take on any grueling night of tournament play. While the student athletes are giving their all in hopes of reaching championship glory, bust out the Chips, Salsa, Pretzels, and cheese spreads. Classic hot dogs and nachos are also sure fire ways to satisfy even the manliest of appetites, but if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, use a pepper corer and jalapeno rack to spice things up with some stuffed jalapenos . For more ideas on making stuffed jalapenos, going straight to an authority on the matter is always the best route : Steve Raichlen 

The Fun:

Now that you’ve got your location set, your food ready, and friends invited, all that’s left for you to do is enjoy night after night of college hoops glory. If you want to add some fun to the night, come up with some College Basketball themed drinking games. How about anytime the opposing team hits a 3-pointer you have to take a shot? How about anytime a Center rejects a player someone has to chug a beer? Is there a rare four point play opportunity? If so, how about a boilermaker for everyone? The possibilities for coming up with a drinking game on the fly are endless when your friends and college b-ball are on tap.

Just an Average Golfer? Don’t be a Crybaby, and Think Before You Play

If you’re like me, you’re a decent golfer but it’s more about the golf, not the score. Sure I love it when I have a good round, but I ALWAYS have fun, good round or bad. Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years that helped me not only with my game, but to get the most out of my trips to the course.

#1 If you throw your clubs, I won’t golf with you.

No body likes a crying baby, and no golfer likes a childish partner. If you hit one into the water or shank a ball and then lose it, guess what? All that bad mojo you’re spewing around spreads to everyone else you’re playing with. Yes, the game is difficult, but it’s SO difficult, that sucking at it is OK. Most golfers are out there to enjoy the company and the weather, and try to play as good as they can. Keep acting childish at the course, and people will avoid playing with you.

#2 Home Course Advantage

I recommend having a favorite course that you not only play a lot, but you get to know the staff as well. There are a couple key advantages to getting to know the staff of your favorite course. As for myself, I have a very small group of friends that actually play golf. Sometimes it’s hard for me to even get one of them to go play on any given weekend. For this reason, I golf alone quite a bit. You probably know that you can’t get a tee time for a single golfer, so when you “walk-on” you usually join another small group of golfers. When you get to know your staff, I’ve noticed that they will avoid pairing me with people they don’t like, assuming I won’t like them either! That’s awesome, because since my friends my be busy and I still want to golf, I don’t want to get paired with someone like in tip #1, so my staff gives me the hookup on avoiding those people.

 #3 Bring your own booze

hidden golf club drink dispenser

Golf Club Kooler Caddie

You can’t count on the drink cart to be there, and beer at the course is about as expensive as concerts or sporting events. For example at my home course, it’s $2 for a 12 oz can of beer, but if you buy a 12 pack, it’s $26. So what’t the extra $2 for, the cardboard? The same 12 pack will cost you about $15 if you buy it before you get there. Some courses won’t let you bring your own? Not a problem, get on of our hidden golf club drink dispensers and no one will ever know. It’s one of our many awesome golf gifts and a must have golf accessory for incognito boozin’ at the clubs that are sticklers about people bringing their own alcohol.

#4 Save money by golfing smart

If you golf often and you not only want to shave a few strokes off of your game, but a few dollars as well, there are lots of ways to do just that by shopping around. Before you start googling golf discount sites, check the actual golf course website for specials. Here in Oklahoma City we have some really nice city golf courses that are around $40 per round of golf. However, if you know you’re going to be golfing all season, you can buy 10 rounds for the price of 8. Now I’m sure specials like this will vary greatly depending on where you play, but my point is to check places other than the big name golf discount sites. And don’t be afraid to ask the staff at the course. There very well could be a special running and they just haven’t updated their website.

#5 When you’re having a bad round, put the pencil down

It’s inevitable. You’re gonna have a bad round every once in a while. When I have a bad round, I try two things. First, I keep telling myself  “Ok I had a bad start. There’s always the back nine.” I’m not the best golfer in the world, so I like to think of a round as I played good on the front or back instead of I just played ok overall. If I continue to have a bad round, I stop keeping score and enjoy the weather and good friends. If I keep looking down at a terrible scorecard, it just makes it worse. So I put the pencil down and remind myself that I’m not a good enough golfer to be mad about a bad shot or a bad score.


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