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3 Feb

It’s Not About The Nail

11 Jun

“Don’t try to fix it. I just need you to listen.” Every man has heard these words. And they are the law of the land. No matter what.

The Return Of Bitters

1 May
Before Prohibition, a cocktail wasn’t a cocktail without bitters. But for many years, bitters were forgotten and Angostura was about the only brand you could find, and even that bottle would’ve been covered in dust. Now bitters are back, thanks in large part to the revival of classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan.

What Are Bitters?
Bitters are a relatively small player in the overall content of a cocktail, yet just a few drops of bitters make a liquor concoction far more interesting, adding complexity and balance while drawing out the other flavors in the drink. Bitters are generally a concentrated high-proof alcohol base infused with herbs, roots, barks, spices and sometimes fruits. They began as a medicinal substance in Europe consumed by the glass, but became part of the cocktail menu in the early 19th century. Only a few dashes are needed in any drink, but variations of many cocktails can be made with a type of bitters.

Bitters For Your Home Bar
Today, a number of new labels and varieties are on the market, not to mention the array of house-made bitters that bartenders and enthusiasts are crafting themselves. We selected 5 quality brands that you can use to improve your cocktail making skills. Experiment with various types and don’t hesitate to combine different flavors of bitters in the same drink.

Amargo Chuncho
Made in Peru, this unique aromatic variation is made with a selection of Amazon barks, herbs, roots and flowers. While hard to find, it’s the only bitters for a Pisco Sour.

Angostura
The ubiquitous staple of aromatic bitters, Angostura has produced its secret recipe since 1824.  Packaged with an iconic paper label that doesn’t fit the bottle, these bitters have a pronounced tamarind and cinnamon flavor essential to a Manhattan. In 2008, Angostura added orange bitters to its product line that has a natural flavor and a complex depth.

Fee Brothers
A non-alcoholic variation, Fee Brothers makes an excellent old-fashion aromatic bitters, along with an assortment of flavors including cherry, lemon, grapefruit and whiskey barrel aged. Try the cherry bitters in place of the actual fruit in your next Old Fashioned.

Peychaud’s Bitters
Created in New Orleans in 1830, Peychaud’s has a light, slightly sweet anise flavor with a more floral taste than most. A key ingredient for the Sazerac and Vieux Carré.

Regans’ Orange Bitters No.6
During the 19th-century, a dried orange peel was often added to cocktails to lend vigor. Orange bitters were soon prepared alongside aromatic bitters, enhancing the crisp citrus bite with ingredients like cardamom and coriander. Nearly extinct until recently, orange bitters now have several makers, including Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6 launched in 2005.

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Leaving Your Comfort Zone.

19 Mar

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The Wizard’s Eye Expedition

15 Mar

Fear of the unknown has haunted Captain Tyler Bradt from an early age. Holding the world record for the highest waterfall ever run in a kayak (189.5 foot Palouse Falls), Tyler now sets off on an entirely new adventure – to explore our planet and to confront his fears.

With a 45-foot, 20-ton steel hull boat built for the world’s most demanding environments, he and his wild demographic of friends, extreme sport professionals, and others met along the way will circumnavigate the planet searching out and living the most off-the-wall experiences and extreme stunts.

 

 

Become part of the expedition at wizardseye.tv and facebook.com/WizardsEyeExpedition
Launching March 2013 with support from kavu.com | nrsweb.com | voketab.com | smithoptics.com | dagger.com | gopro.com | goalzero.com

Music
Return To Gulu – *shels [song provided courtesy of shelsmusic.com, p + c Shelsmusic 2013]
shelsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/sea-of-the-dying-dhow

Max Richter – Berlin by Overnight
itunes.apple.com/us/album/berlin-by-overnight/id545043862?i=545043877

Two Circles – Winston Morris
vibedeck.com/winstonmorris/two-circles-single
soundcloud.com/winstonmorris

Additional Footage – Special Thanks
Underwater Shots, Aaron Eveland – Makai Creative [vimeo.com/makaicreative]
Kite Surfing, Scribblevision [vimeo.com/user1044345]
Volcano, Michael Fletcher [vimeo.com/user655337]

Sponsorship and media inquiries contact Tyler Bradt – tylerbradt00@gmail.com

2012 in review.

2 Jan

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 26,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Spirit Fall on Japan

2 Jun

I’m publishing  this post, a simple video made of images from Japan set to the song Spirit Fall by Chris Tomlin, for two reasons:

1.) Almost three months ago, On March 11, an earthquake struck Japan near the city of Sendai, which caused a tremendous amount of damage and generated a powerful tsunami which then struck northern Japan and spread across the Pacific. Many people lost lost loved ones, their personal belongings, or worse, a loved one. 

2.) I really like this song. I am fortunate enough to be able to attend Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA and have been able to hear thousands of people singing this song at once. It is quite powerful experience. Quite thankful for CJC for bringing me along.

I hope you all enjoy this one, turn it up, and test your speakers!

 

 

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