Four Exotic Variations of Honey

From ghost pepper to macadamia nuts, alternative flavor profiles for the much loved sweetener

Honey complements a myriad of delectable dishes and drinks outside of the expected tea and toast. Its dynamic sweetness, syrupy thickness and versatility in the kitchen make options plentiful. Recently, we’ve tasted a handful of alternative honeys and found their application further spreadable. The following four options present distinct flavor profiles beyond traditional expectations—and for us, most of them were not only a surprise, but …

Wright & Company’s The House Manhattan

Replacing one portion of vermouth with Cynar for an herbaceous twist

While a well-made Manhattan cocktail needs no modification, we’ve had our fair share of inspired spin-offs that provide a modern edge and an altogether pleasant diversion. On a recent trip to Detroit, we swung by Dave Kwiatkowski’s Wright & Company (Kwiatkowski also happens to own Detroit’s celebrated cocktail venue The Sugar House)—located on the second floor of 1500 Woodward, a Queen Anne-style brick commercial building …

Office Blend Tea by Daphnis and Chloe

A fresh, hand-picked tea from Greece offers a caffeine-free energy boost

When hitting the post-lunch slump at work, the office stereotypically shuffles over to the coffee pot in search of a fresh jolt. But for those who don’t drink caffeine, the stamina-inducing choices have long been slim—energetic teas still contain the stimulant, and supplements tend to neglect the gratification of taking a break with a warm, tasty drink—forcing the decaf crowd to accept its slightly slouching …

A Natural Hangover Remedy from Province Apothecary

The handmade skincare and fragrance line adds a botanical recipe to soothe nausea and headaches

Aromatherapist and holistic health practitioner Julie Clark of Toronto-based Province Apothecary has a knack for experimenting with different natural ingredients (many of which are organic or picked in the wild from Canadian provinces) to create effective products beyond just face cream. As fans of her all-natural sex oil, that doubles as a light summer body oil, we were delighted to find that PA’s newest product, …

Anchor Brewing Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale

San Francisco's storied brewery introduces an herby Belgian-style beer for summer

As a visit to NYC’s CultureFix taught us last spring, saison-style beers are incredibly refreshing when the mercury rises. While many are hard to come by, San Francisco’s storied Anchor Brewing recently released a Belgian-style farmhouse ale that plays on the same clove-like, fruity notes of a saison, only with a slightly more herbal taste. The fourth brew in the limited edition Zymaster Series, the …