Gifts for Cocktail Lovers

Pat yourself on the back: you made it through Thanksgiving dinner with Uncle Edgar and his creepy new wife, and you even made it through Black Friday without getting trampled at Wal-Mart. But you’re not done yet, pilgrim. It’s time to shop. If you’re having trouble thinking of great presents for your favorite spirits aficionados, we’re here to help. These gifts will be a hit with cocktailians, home mixologists, and fanciers of booze in general.

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Distillation Glossary: Pot Stills!

I‘m sure you guys are pulling out your favorite new Scotch terminology at cocktail parties, and using those distillation terms in every Saturday’s crossword, but now that we’ve covered the basics, I wanted to focus in on a certain kind of distillation—the kind that takes place in the pot still.

What’s a pot still? Why does it matter? Well, I’m glad you asked. Today we’ll chat about this distillation equipment’s origins, what it does, and how it’s used.

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Death to Google Reader

Y‘know, for a couple of years now, I’ve been increasingly dissatisfied with Google Reader. It seemed clunky, visually unappealing, and in sore need of a redesign and an upgrade. I kept wondering why Google didn’t invest any resources in updating it.

Well, a few months ago, we learned why, when Google announced it would be shutting down Reader, as of July 1 of this year.

Hey, July 1 is moving very quickly in our direction, so if you’re a Reader junkie, and you haven’t made plans to switch, now’s the time. I’d hate to lose any readers of ADoB or my work on Drinks, just because Google’s giving up on Reader.

I am one of the millions — yes, millions — who’ve switched to Feedly. Migrating your full Reader feedlist is eeeeeeeeeasy. Go to to get started.

I don’t have any financial interest in Feedly or anything. I simply like and recommend the service. The nice thing is, they opened their API to other developers. I happen to like Feedly’s web interface, but I’m no fan of their iOS app. No problem. Feedly’s API powers Newsify, which I use on my phone. My feeds stay synced between services, no problem.

Trust me: it’s easier to switch now, no matter what service you migrate to, than it will be in early July.