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Bittermilk: Making the Complex Convenient

Posted on February 04, 2014

 

Bittermilk was created by husband and wife team Joe and MariElena Raya in Charleston, S.C. They had plenty of practice in cocktail creation from running their bar, the Gin Joint, and decided to bottle the best in cocktail mixers for those with less patience and practice. 

The name was derived from buttermilk, and since real cocktails are almost all based around the use of bitters, buttermilk easily became Bittermilk. 

Owners Marielena and Joe Raya

They’re adamant about maintaining freshness in their bar with hand squeezed, cut and shaved everything, but Bittermilk mixers came out of the notion that “When you get together to have drinks with friends, it’s not supposed to be serious,” Joe says.

The Rayas created three unique mixes: No. 1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashioned,  No. 2 Tom Collins with Elderflowers and Hops and No. 3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour

Their cocktails all match well with the liquor you would expect, but the creativity of the flavor allows you to interchange spirits for a cocktail all your own.  Joe says that “We want to make it easier to mix good drinks, but not in a way that takes creativity out of people’s hands.” Their website offers a dozen unique recipes all with video instruction.  

The Rayas stress the mixers aren’t meant to replace the handcrafted cocktail experience, but for simplicity's sake or the beginner's try, this Bittermilk will taste sweet!

 

 


Posted in Gift Ideas, New Arrivals, Recipes

The Carryall You Actually Want to Be Seen In

Posted on January 27, 2014

There's no denying the convenience of a fanny pack. Whether exercising, traveling, or going about town it's an easy way to be hands free and have your amenities accessible. But there has to be some solution to the aesthetics of it.

designers have tried to make it work, but it ends up visually cutting the body in half.

 

even Leo DiCaprio couldn't pull it off!

 

So one woman decided to solve the carryall conundrum, and invent Quivvers!

Inspired by a quiver of arrows, the Quivver slings across the body to maximize movement, and carry what you need. 

Amy Barnum, created these for easy storage of the necessities: phone, money or ID, and she didn't slouch on style. They're water resistant and have pockets on both sides, for whatever print best suits you that day.

 

Quivvers are also connected with an "S-biner" to easily hook on more gear - keys, camera, water, bag or whatever else you need to keep close. Check out our video review below.

 

Posted in Gift Ideas, News, Sports & Outdoors

Homespun Glory, For Your Neck

Posted on January 14, 2014

If there was one standout trend this winter, it was the infinity scarf. The Bora scarf is one such scarf that's a relaxed way to dress up an outfit in the cold, or be worn loosely when it’s warmer out. The unique medium of Alpaca fur handles both flawlessly.

 

       Alpaca is a rare fiber that the Huffington Post describes as “stronger than mohair, finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, warmer than goose down, and better-breathing than thermal knits.”

       Whoa. You've heard of super fruits, but super furs?

(Apparently alpaca fur starts out pretty happy too.)

 

       The fur used for the scarves from Aria Handmade comes from Asheville, North Carolina and is woven by designer Nestor Pineda. The company focuses on using recycled and all natural products: both applicable definitions for the Bora scarf in a way. 

        These scarves were created out of the necessity for something stylishly warm during a severe winter in New York City. So the style that can be worn easily in Autumn and Spring even stands up to a frigid winter. 

 

Posted in American Clothing, Gift Ideas, Handmade

What Everyone is Buzzing About...

Posted on January 06, 2014

   With health and beauty there's always a lot of buzz, and new products promising to do a lot for you...but maybe what really works isn't new but a new spin on the tried and true. 

   For example: beeswax and royal jelly beauty products made all naturally by the Savannah Bee Company in Savannah Georgia (click the link to learn more about their company). Stylish new beauty products that simply expanded on the healthy nature of the beehive.

   The beauty benefits of the hive mainly come from two ingredients: beeswax, and royal jelly (the stuff the queen bee herself feeds off of to stay strong).

   Ever wonder where the phrase "mind your own beeswax" came from? Some say it came from the colonial period when women would use it to cover up pock marks from younger years. Sit too close to the fire though and it would drip and look unseemly, so to get rid of the gawkers, the phrase was born!

   Today there are more subtle ways to use beeswax to improve complexion, like Royal Jelly Body Butter (pictured below), but it's been used for hundreds of years in some form or another. 

   Our products from Savannah Bee Co. are meant to keep your skin supple by smoothing the texture of it and strong by improving its elasticity, since it is your body's first line of defense. They're also meant to make you glow, like with their  lip gloss and tinted lip balm in flavors like tupelo honey, and mint blossom.

 

  If beauty really is skin deep, then why not make your skin beautiful without all the hype of new beauty products full of things you can't pronounce?

Posted in Bath & Body, Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift List for the Host and Foodie

Posted on December 05, 2013

While we all love a good party, not everyone loves to throw them. Luckily for the rest of us, there’s a certain type of person who loves to. Call em a control freak, or just the life of the party, there’s something special about the host. We’re also willing to bet they are forever looking to improve the food side of any event. So we’ve created our list for the host and foodie, that person who works hard, but plays hard, and who loves to try new things with their entertaining.

 

1. Mother Shuckers Original Cocktail Sauce

This award winning sauce is the perfect kind of gift for a foodie who loves seafood, and as you can guess from the name, especially oysters. It can be served cold, but is even better hot, and has more of a kick than your average cocktail sauce. Created in South Carolina by Mother Shucker herself, your foodie will be grateful for the introduction.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Mr. B Sustainable Glasswork Glasses

These glasses are created from recycled wine bottles collected from various restaurants around Columbia, South Carolina. They’re remolded by the glass artists, etched with the two flags and packaged in a wooden box with straw for an already lovely gift box. This set of four is great gift for the host who feels at home in two countries.

 

3. Etch-It Cups

Hosting has its ups and downs. The biggest downer probably being the cleanup. To cut back on excess trash and waste these Etch it Cups easily mark whose cup is whose for quick finding and refilling, rather than grabbing another one. So save your host from the ever multiplying half full red cups with these fun to use Etch it Cups!

 

 

4. Mammoth Pecans

In the South, we know just how homey pecans can make the holiday season. Endless recipes abound, but most importantly is the pecan pie (Find our recipe a few blog posts back). They're only grown commercially in North America, so this dish can set your foodie apart from the usual dessert fare. They also make a delicious healthy snack!

5. Willie’s Hog Dust Bloody Mary Mix

Made from fresh crushed tomatoes, not a watery tomato concentrate, this bloody mary mix is the kind of drink your favorite host will love to add to their bar. Willie's Hog Dust is a company centered on BBQ, so this mix is blended with the secret ingredient, Willie’s Hog Dust seasonings. It’s available in original and spicy for the classic or the daring!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in American Food, Gift Ideas, Home & Garden