Brainstorming for Happy Hour

Brainstorm Cocktail Recipe - Absolut DrinksIrish Whiskey has the reputation of not being exactly an easy choice when you want to make a cocktail based on it. That is partly due to the slightly smoky dominant taste of the drink, which can be hard to tame, and partly due to a more traditional aspect which Irish Whiskey drinkers (and the Irish, of course) want to preserve. The brainstorm is an excellent choice to showcase the potency of Irish whiskey.


  • Cracked ice
  • 2 oz Irish Whisky
  • 1/2 tsp dry white vermouth
  • 1/2 tap Benedictine
  • Orange peel


Use a shaker to shake the whiskey, vermouth, and Bénédictine well with cracked ice. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with twist of orange peel. Another suggestion would be to mix all the ingredients directly with a few ice cubes in an Old Fashioned glass.



Via Cocktailpedia



Pre-Tie or Free-Tie that is the question.

WP_20130702_005Those of us that have rented a tux at some point in our lives are very familiar with the pre tied bow tie. In many respects the bow tie can leave a bad taste in the mouth of many as it is usually a very cheap excuse for a bowtie. This sort of encounter can color even the most open minded connoisseur’s perception of pre tied bow ties and bow ties in general. With their resurgence in the past few years, the question has moved from whether or not you should wear a bowtie to should you wear a pre tied or free tie bow tie.


jackieAs stated before most of us are familiar with the pre-tied bowties in the form of those cheap bow ties, however times have changed as companies are now making these type of bow ties at a quality level that is in many ways on par with many free tie bow ties that are on the market. Pre-ties offer a gateway to wearing bow ties to many who have not learned the art of tying one on. Many pre-ties are very stylish and can compliment many outfits traversing a myriad of occasions. Some benefits of wearing of a pre-tie is that you are able to sport a perfectly “tied” bow tie every time you put it on. Also many pre-ties focus on the casual markets and occasions by focusing on bow ties that feature a wide range of nontraditional prints including characters and individuals from the world of anime, comics, history, and beyond. With the increasing quality and versatility of pre-ties, it is becoming even harder for the most ardent bow tie snob to deny their place in the bow tie realm.


P1190856.jpgAmazement! That is a common reaction when the uninitiated realize that your bow tie was tied by hand. Sure it is no feat of rocket science, yet there is a pseudo sense of pride know that it was tied by your own hands. While not an overly complicated knot, the bow tie can present challenges to even the most experienced gentleman upon their first attempts. Once mastered it can become a valuable weapon in one’s wardrobe. Adding an air of distinction that some could argue that the pre-tie bow tie does not. A hand tied bow tie tends to stand apart from the rest.

The Collective Thought

Bow Ties both pre-tied and free-tie can offer excellent choices in the diversification and complimenting of a wardrobe. Considering the versatility that is offered, one only has to abide by the classic lyrics evoking that you can get with this or you can get with that, because ultimately the choice is yours. A choice that will undoubtedly be a stylish one.



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