Time to Up the Home Bar Ante
There’s little doubt that we’re living in the age of the craft spirit, which is a good thing for lads that like a good drink, but it also means you shall we judged on what you present on your home bar, whether it’s a sleek copper lined number crested with ornate decanters, or just a dusty corner where bottles tend to congregate. The reality is good craft spirits not only make cocktails more interesting, but they also make great ice breakers and conversation starters, which can always be nice if the night’s waning.
Karven Starka Vodka is no ordinary vodka. Crafted in New Zealand with natural artesian water (the family-owned distillery also does an award-winning gin and a very unique vermouth) this savvy drop is inspired by Eastern Europe’s 500-year-old tradition of creating starka spirit, a dry vodka made from distilled rye that’s often buried in the ground the day a baby boy is born and unearthed when he marries. Karven’s starka vodka is rested in American oak barrels for 6-8 weeks and infused with local manuka honey and insightful local botanicals, including native kawakawa. The result is an alluring and intriguing spirit with the deep golden hue of a sunburst Stratocaster, with toasted vanilla and honey notes on the palate, followed by a touch of spice that’s guaranteed to get tongues waggling.
Dare to drink different.
Karven Starka Vodka
Time Your Tried Tequila’s ‘Ugly Sister’
When it came to drinking rum and playing with knives, no one has ever mastered this fine balance quite like cutthroat pirate Edward Teach, otherwise known as Blackbeard.
On certain topics we value a female perspective and one such topic is lady underwear. To keep you in the loop with the XX chromosome we’ve invited guest contributor Gillian Chu to explain what men should look for when they’re buying lingerie and where they can get it in Hong Kong.
Time Your Tried Tequila’s ‘Ugly Sister’
You may have already heard of the story of mezcal, the ugly sister of tequila. With a strong, quirky personality, this Mexican distilled spirit, once consumed by the blue collar, hasn’t, until recently, enjoyed the limelight and infamy of its libacious sister.
The New Strike Force
Luxury watch brands have always liked to link their products with various masculine facets, from flying and golf, to motor sports and sailing. But one of the most common themes is the military.
Going Back to the City’s Roots
When we hear about Hong Kong as a global gastronomy destination you might smirk, but it’s not only the flash-in-a-pan restaurants that give the city its foodie credentials.
Sushi Done Right
So, when it comes to authentic Japanese sushi, there’s a chance you don’t know your nigiri from your uramaki, but that’s cool because it’s never too late to learn.
Add Spirit Artisan to Your CV
There’s no doubt that gin is seeing a huge global renaissance. The spirit has come a long way since it single-handedly corrupted the moral fiber of London in the first half of the 18th century (leaving you to corrupt the other half during nights on the town in Brixton). This was a time when there was said to be a gin still in every fourth house in the city and when it was safer to drink the juniper-laced elixir than water.
Make your own home a gin joint with The Home Made Gin Kit, a brilliant little set up that allows you to turn vodka into your own small-batch gin in the time it takes to binge watch season one of Ray Donovan. Kick off with the starter kit, which includes everything you need, from two 375ml glass bottles, a fine stainless steel strainer, a funnel, one tin of juniper berries, and one of the brand’s own secret blend of botanicals. All you need to do then is add the ingredients to any old vodka, wait for nature to do its thing, strain, and rebottle. If you’re not a gin guy yourself these kits also make great he-gifts, as do the finished products. Once you have the equipment and know how you can get a little more creative, either with the brand’s own botanical refills, which include smoky, spiced or hopped blends, or with ingredients you come across on your travels.
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” - Casablanca
The Home Made Gin Kit
From US$49.95 www.homemadegin.com
Start the Year Strong
Forget what you think you know about your face; chances are you’re treating is as poorly as you treat your hands, your liver, and your moral compass. Sure, once upon a time men were expected to age quietly – women had ‘crow’s feet’, but we had ‘character lines’. However, times, they’re a changin’, and it’s time you took the maintenance of your lady catcher a little more seriously.
Fortunately, the sirens at The Strand in Central are a few steps ahead. Located beside the Mid-Levels Escalator, The Strand boasts an array of he-centric treatments, from manicures, pedicures and a full hair saloon (we’ll call it a barbershop if it makes you more comfortable) through to a host of skin treatments designed to make those youthful years last as long as scientifically possible. Start your 2017 filled with youthful zest with the new Skeyndor Eternal Youth treatment, a comprehensive anti-aging facial that targets the skin - contrary to what you might tell the ladies, it’s your biggest organ you know – and helps undo all that environmental damage. Without getting too technical, the machine-based treatment encouraged hydration and the production of collagen and elastin, replacing damaged skin cells and resulting in firmer skin and leaving you with the face of a shaving commercial model. The spa also stocks Skeynor’s men’s range, meaning there’s no reason the face-love can’t last throughout the year.
A fresh face for a new year.
18 Cochrane St, Central;
Skeyndor Eternal Youth facial from HK$1,480 for 60 minutes
Light the Night
There’s nothing wrong with wanting a little attention, it’s only natural. We groom ourselves, we accessorize, and we dress well, not only because it makes us feel confidant, but because, like it or not, we’re judged by how we present ourselves to the world. We (many of us) bask in that attention, especially when it comes from the fairer sex, with some likely lads going to great lengths to maintain a sense of notoriety, especially in their social lives. Fortunately, it might be as easy as waving your hand at a waiter next time you’re hitting the club.
Introducing Midnight Sabre, a breakthrough, eye-catching, and certainly attention-gaining new luminous bottle from Polish vodka gurus Belvedere. Available exclusively at Asia’s top nightclubs, this very special bottle of vodka (sibling to Belvedere’s 2014 precision cut Night Sabre club bottle) features exquisite laser etching and a delicate black coating, which helps set the scene and captivate the crowds when you turn on the built-in LED lamps in the bottle’s base. The effect of misty trees emerging from within the bottle is sure to act like a welcoming beacon to the lovelies with their eyes on the VIP tables.
Go ahead, bask.
Belvedere Midnight Sabre
Available in good wine stores