Switchel

The old-fashioned farmer's refresher mixed with spirits at Brooklyn's Prospect restaurant

While learning how to properly brine and prepare a Thanksgiving turkey during a cooking class at the new Prospect restaurant in Brooklyn we also had the pleasure of discovering Switchel, an “American heritage” beverage from Vermont. The restaurant serves up this variation of the vaguely sweet, vinegar-based refresher as a mixer—it pairs best with rum—and the beverage’s enigmatic blend of refined ginger, apple cider vinegar, …

Twiddle & Bard

Minneapolis trio celebrate the simplicity of a handwritten note

In 2010, designer Will Coombs launched Twiddle & Bard with Robb McNeil and Nick Thompson as a response to what they felt had become a lack of proper emotion in digital communication. The Minneapolis-based stationery company has since built a solid repertoire of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind wedding suites and thank-you cards in the spirit of tradition, but with a contemporary sensibility. Covering just about every piece …

Hail Merry

Holistic living inspires the creation of delectable healthy snacks

Susan O’Brien founded snack company Hail Merry on the island of Maui, crediting yoga and meditation as the inspiration for creating healthy food. We sampled the line of raw, vegan and gluten-free macaroons and tarts at CH HQ and were pleasantly surprised with how satisfyingly rich the treats seemed for our mid-afternoon sweet fix. The bite-sized macaroons are dense enough to taste like an indulgence, …