Happy New Year From KOLDSMOKE Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief

Hangover relief is just an Alka-Seltzer away. Get fast, gentle relief from your hangover symptoms with Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief, specially formulated to help provide relief from hangover symptoms.


Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief packs a maximum strength pain reliever and caffeine into a refreshing citrus effervescent product that is gentle on your stomach and gives you a burst of energy to get you going again. (Caffeine has been found to help relieve headaches. In fact, the National Headache Foundation has found that when caffeine is added to the common nonprescription pain relievers, like aspirin, the pain relieving effect is increased by 40%.) The unique combination of ingredients in Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief is designed to relieve minor aches and pains with fatigue or drowsiness associated with a hangover, and can also be used for headaches, body aches and pain alone.

Alka-Seltzer Morning Relief – Hangover Remedy.

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Woodinville Whiskey Age your own Whiskey kit



From cool material – If you make a bunch of really great New Year’s resolutions and stick with them, you’re going to upgrade a lot more than just your gadgets and gear. During one of our many brainstorming sessions, one of the editors decided we needed to have at least one that would be easy to abide by. Drinking every cocktail in Boozehound. In light of that, we decided to upgrade our liquor collection, starting with our whiskey. Woodinville Whiskey is at the top of the list with their Age Your Own Whiskey Kit. For $150 you get two bottles of “white dog” un-aged whiskey, 2L charred oak barrel and 2 glasses. The whiskey is consumable immediately, but better aged. Put it in the barrel and come back in months (due to barrel size, it doesn’t take years). Because if you want something done right, do it yourself. Even if it’s aged whiskey. $150

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Teroforma Whiskey Stones

Ideal for chilling your favorite spirit without diluting its flavor



Nolan Edwards turned me on to these. Milled in Vermont by the oldest soapstone workshop in the US. Add three chilled stones to your next dram, let stand for 5 minutes and enjoy. Set of 9 stones + muslin storage bag. Not for use with larger volume drinks.

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King Cube Silicone Ice Cube Trays



The watered-down version of anything is, by definition, blander than the original. It’s why a TV adaptation of a great curse-filled movie leaves you feeling unsatisfied. If you’re going to enjoy some nice scotch or whiskey, and we highly recommend you do, you’re gonna want to do your best to not water it down. The problem is, standard ice cubes can melt pretty quickly in your glass and water-down your Glenlivet. These King Cube Ice Cube Trays from William Sonoma are your dilution solution. Now, you can freeze up big 2” ice cubes that will remain intact far longer, leaving your drink tasting the way it was meant to taste. The silicone trays are dishwasher safe and really the ideal gift to give with a pricey bottle this holiday season. $15

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Absinthe Minded

The Leopold Brothers believe in a strong sense of tradition and it is understood that tradition is what makes their spirits so good. The Leopold Brothers Absinthe Verte ($67) is crafted from a 100-year-old recipe of anise, grande wormwood, and sweet fennel along with a number of “proprietary botanicals.” The spirit is distilled in a small batch, 40-gallon tank and then hand labeled and numbered. No part of the process alludes to mass yields. The thoughtfulness and craftsmanship is present in each sip.

The once federally banned and often mysterious liquor of yore has caught the attention of critics and earned a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition and frankly, we give it two thumbs up because it’s undeniably delicious.

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Century-old whisky found in Antarctic

Century-old whisky found in Antarctic

Team found crates restoring Antarctic hut used by Ernest Shackleton

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Crates of Mackinlay’s Scotch whisky have been excavated from beneath British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s hut in Antarctica

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — This Scotch has been on the rocks for a century.

Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.

Ice cracked some of the bottles that had been left there in 1909, but the restorers said Friday they are confident the five crates contain intact bottles “given liquid can be heard when the crates are moved.”

New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust team leader Al Fastier said the team thought there were two crates and were amazed to find five.

Current distillery owner, drinks group Whyte & Mackay, launched the bid to recover the Scotch whisky for samples to test and decide whether to relaunch the defunct spirit made by distiller McKinlay and Co.

Fastier said restoration workers found the crates under the hut’s floorboards in 2006, but they were too deeply embedded in ice to be dislodged.

The New Zealanders agreed to drill the ice to try to retrieve some bottles, although the rest must stay under conservation guidelines agreed to by 12 Antarctic Treaty nations.

“The unexpected find of the brandy crates, one labeled Chas. Mackinlay & Co and the other labeled The Hunter Valley Distillery Limited Allandale (Australia) are a real bonus,” said Fastier.

Ice has cracked some of the crates and formed inside them. Fastier said in a statement that would make extracting the contents delicate, but the trust would decide how to do so in coming weeks.

Richard Paterson, master blender at Whyte and Mackay, whose company supplied the Mackinlay’s whisky for Shackleton, described the find as “a gift from the heavens for whisky lovers.”

“If the contents can be confirmed, safely extracted and analyzed, the original blend may be able to be replicated. Given the original recipe no longer exists, this may open a door into history,” he said in a statement.

Shackleton’s expedition ran short of supplies on its long ski trek to the South Pole from the northern Antarctic coast in 1907-1909 and turned back about 100 miles (160 kilometers) short of its goal.

The expedition sailed away in 1909 as winter ice formed, leaving behind supplies, including the whisky and brandy.

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Oooold Scotch

If you like a really chilled glass of whiskey, you better not plan a trip down to New Zealand. A crate of Scotch whisky frozen in Antarctic ice for over a century is now being defrosted in a controlled environment by New Zealand’s Canterbury Museum officials, but only for analysis, but not to sip. Recovered along with four other whisky and brandy crates, the Scotch was stored under the floor of a hut which was originally built by Sir Ernest Shackleton for his Antarctic expedition in 1908.

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Summer Shandy

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Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy Beer

End of Summer, Refreshment

In the blistering heat, when your typical Bud bottle isn’t quenching your thirst, you need something that actually tastes refreshing. That’s when you should break out a 6-pack of Leinkenkugel’s Summer Shandy ($7). The first thing you’ll notice is the citrus aroma that jumps out of the glass. When it hits your lips the lemon flavor is the first to shine, followed by a hint of wheat, then ending with a touch of honey. Your perfect summer beer. Hurry up and pick up a pack if you’re hankering for it, this seasonal beer won’t be available after August. Cheers.

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Our Wines / Larch Hills Winery / Premium Cool Climate Wines / Salmon Arm, BC, Canada

Wine from just around the corner from the Rap base in Salmon Arm.  A nice drop.

Grandview Bench Red 2008

Full flavour, dark colour, blend of Marechal Foch, Lemberger & Merlot. Soft, warm finish. Great with all meat dishes.

CSPC: 56192

Price: 16.40 (per bottle)

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The rum portion for an executive Lundinee.

Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Apart from “the beast,” we’re generally fans of liquor named after monsters — and Kraken Black Spiced Rum ($22) is no exception. This upscale, but not crazy-expensive, spiced rum is a nice alternative to your normal well-residing rum, and comes in a handsome old-school jug-handled bottle adorned with a label that begs for a spot on the counter instead of being hidden in the cabinet.

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