The World’s First Ceramic Mug With Temperature Control, From Ember

An easy-to-use app moderates the heat of the liquid within

Employing the same technology as their wildly successful Travel Mug, Ember‘s new Ceramic Mug impresses with its sheer simplicity. While it feels like an everyday ceramic mug, it allows users to moderate the temperature of the beverage within. There’s an on/off switch but you can leave it on because its intelligent sleep mode simply wakes the mug up when there’s liquid inside. The app then …

NYC-Made West 32 Soju

A smooth take on the Korean alcohol

by Sun Pak Step into any Korean restaurant on a weekend night and you’ll find similar set-ups at every table: a green bottle of soju perched next to plates of sizzling meats (or bubbling stews) and a collection of small vegetable sides. The clear, simple liquor—akin to a less-alcoholic vodka—washes down the spicy dishes well, and it would be considered egregious to consume less than …

Fernet-Branca + Forbidden Root’s “Fernetic” Beer

A limited-edition release deconstructing the herbs from the Italian digestif's family recipe

As breweries have grown more exploratory, many curious products have hit the shelves in recent years—some poor, some excellent and the bulk somewhere in-between. With the announcement of Fernetic, however, one can’t help but be excited. Here, Chicago’s first-ever botanic brewery and restaurant, Forbidden Root, partnered with the classic Italian digestif brand Fernet-Branca. Forbidden Root deconstructed the historic amaro recipe—digging into its 27 botanicals—and created …