Surviving Tax Season

This originally appeared in Five O'Clock, Harry's Magazine. Armed with only a flask and a little ingenuity, Max Wastler elevates common cocktails with supplies from his seasonal surroundings. The Harold Crick Water “Crick Water” was a cheap cocktail I recall pulling from a ladle in college. It usually involved combining citrus sodas and powdered lemonade and every possible clear spirit we could

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Leap Year Cocktails

This originally appeared in Five O'Clock, Harry's Magazine. Armed with only a flask and a little ingenuity, Max Wastler elevates common cocktails with supplies from his seasonal surroundings. The Sadie Hawkins (Savoy’s Leap Year Cocktail) Celebrating Leap Years has spawned traditions like women proposing marriage and digesting a cocktail that may lead to such activities. On February 29th, also known as Sadie Hawkins

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Three of My Favorite NBA Uniform Stories

As the 2015 NBA Basketball season gets underway, I wanted to take a moment to recount three of my favorite basketball uniform design stories. One of the first stories about uniform design I remember reading had something to do with the 1988 debut of the Charlotte Hornets' purple pinstripe uniforms. They were designed by Charlotte native, Alexander Julian. With his line, Colours

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A Playlist for Ledbury: Route 66

The good folks over at Ledbury asked for me to put together a road trip mix. I could think of no road finer than ol' Route 66. You can get the whole playlist here. I grew up on Route 66. No, really. In 2005, Missouri named the road along the backside of my parents' neighborhood in St Louis a state scenic

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Weenie Beenie

My love for the roadside drive-in is well-documented. I first learned of the Weenie Beenie in Arlington, Virginia while watching the Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways on HBO. And then, I remembered the song. I think it was a track I would skip over to get to hits like "Big Me."

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CHICAGO: Patagonia Snap-T Party

Attention, Chicagoans: join me at the Patagonia Magnificent Mile  a week from this Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 to celebrate thirty years of the iconic Snap-T pullover. We'll have live music from one of my favorite musicians (I can't say more at this point, but know that this will be a super-secret show from an iconic Chicagoan) tasty food provided by Piece

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Friday Night Feels: A Funky Mixtape

"Swimming after dark." Just writing it down sends my heart a-reelin'. With Labor Day signaling summer's unofficial end, we have exactly two weeks left to frolic, to feel the heat and above all else, to swim outside all hours of the day. I've had it in my head to throw a big pool party outside after sunset, the kind of pool

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Summer Cocktails Part 2

This originally appeared in Five O'Clock, Harry's Magazine Armed with only a flask and a little ingenuity, Max Wastler elevates common cocktails with supplies from his seasonal surroundings. Part 2 of our summer cocktail guide. THE RECORD-BREAKER, OR, THE SHARK’S TALE According to John Waldman’s book 100 Weird Ways to Catch Fish, legend has it that ancient tribes of the South Pacific, known

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Summer Cocktails Part 1

This originally appeared in Five O'Clock, Harry's Magazine Armed with only a flask and a little ingenuity, Max Wastler elevates common cocktails with supplies from his seasonal surroundings. There’s Always Money In… The truest pool rats know that the best pool snack bar offering is the frozen chocolate banana. First seen on the beaches of Newport Beach, California, in the middle of the

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