What do you get the lush who has everything? For this holiday season, the completely extraneous gift that any drinker must have is the Tumi Mixology Set. The high-end luggage maker has partnered with Ketel One to create a portable bar that is so pretty that we might just cry a tear into our deftly mixed martini. The product is available here at Tumi’s website and at select company stores. There is room for two bottles (Ketel fits perfectly, now how about that) in the leather case. There’s also gear ranging from coasters to a metal barspoon to a – wait for it – vermouth spritzer. Drool.
The product hasn’t been priced yet – speaking of shedding a tear, we’re sure we’ll cry even more when we see the tag on this baby. Stay tuned for details at their website here.
The spirits makers have 30 days to hit their $10,000 goal, and if you donate you can score some schwag. Gifts for those contributing to the campaign range from sunglasses and T-shirts to invitations to special dinners where you can taste the spirit. Strangely, the one thing that you can’t get is an actual bottle of the sauce once it is finished. State shipping laws prohibit the shipment of alcohol to many of the areas of the U.S. – and this is why the whole crowd funding thing might not work in the realm of booze. If you do want to contribute, you can check out the campaign here.
The Europeans will surely figure out what to do about the $50K that’s currently spent on wine each year, a drop in the bucket compared to their larger budget. But, we think the whole situation begs a larger question – what is the American government doing to keep pace with Europe’s wine collection? It would be embarrassing to let them be bigger lushes than us without contest. Perhaps it’s time to start a petition (well, maybe after our next drink)…
What goes on in the broken shed? Well, if you’re a vodka maker in New Zealand, some freaky stuff with milk byproduct. This recently launched brand is the first whey-based label that we’ve come across. In case you’re a few years out of home economics class, whey is the liquid that’s leftover when cheese is being made from milk. The spirit makers combine their whey with water from the Southern Alps, a sparsely populated area on the nation’s Southern Island. It’s now available in the states, and we hear that the dairy connection gives it some nice “creamy” notes.
Oh, and for the record the hooch is not made in a broken shed. That is just where the makers experimented with their distillation, and where they go every now and then to drink some of their fine firewater. You can get more info about it here.
We're off early today to enjoy everyone's favorite thing about Turkey Day: the excessive amounts of booze. The night before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest going out nights of the year, so we expect you to make like a Pilgrim and do some shots (that's what they did, right?). We'll be back after the holiday weekend with our regular coverage - until then gobble gobble up those drinks and thank YOU for reading!