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What Your Fall Drink Says About You

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The leaves, they are a-changing. The days are getting shorter. And there’s getting to be quite the chill in the air.

Fall has (finally) descended in full force, and that means it’s time to ditch those refreshing summer cocktails for drinks that do a better job of warming your bones after a long day of raking leaves. Something maple-y, perhaps? But be warned: your choice of autumnal elixir is sure to make a pretty intense assertion about you, so it’s crucial to decide beforehand what you want it saying. And since we’re always here to help, we went ahead and took their statements to make that choice a little easier for you.

What your fall cocktail says about you, after the jump...»

Bartending Icon: Harry Craddock

  • Kevin Gray

Harry Craddock

Bartenders. The good ones are impossibly dexterous, effortlessly cool, elegantly nonchalant. And we appreciate that. So we’re honoring the best of the bunch. Next up: Harry Craddock.

Name: Harry Lawson Craddock DOB: 1875 Place of birth: Stroud, England Trade: Bartender Years active: 1897–1947 Locations of employ: Chicago, New York, London Notable employers: The Hoffman House (NYC), The Knickerbocker Hotel (NYC), The Holland House (NYC), The Savoy Hotel (London), The Dorchester Hotel (London) Cocktails invented: 250, give or take Books written: 1 Wax statues at Madame Tussauds: 1

After the jump: 10 highlights from the life of the man who served the last legal pre-Prohibition cocktail in America...»

What Your Summer Drink Says About You

  • Kempt Staff

Mojito

The sun is out. The air is hot. And you’re going to need a drink.

But before you start ordering or mixing up cold, refreshing adult beverages at will, you’ll want to choose wisely. Because with the vast number of blended, lime-y, tiny-umbrella-wielding options before you, what you ultimately end up sipping on is making a statement. And since we’re here to help, we’ve gone ahead and laid out a handy road map for you:

What your summer drink says about you...»

Bartending Icons: Jerry Thomas

  • Kevin Gray

Jerry Thomas

Bartenders. The good ones are impossibly dexterous, effortlessly cool, elegantly nonchalant. And we appreciate that. So we thought it time to honor the best of the bunch. Up first: Jerry Thomas.

Known as the Father of American Mixology, Jer was a master behind the bar. As a teenager in the late 1840s, he cut his teeth in New York before heading west to tend bar during the California gold rush. He kept traveling, slinging drinks in Chicago, St. Louis, Charleston and New Orleans before settling back in New York, where he manned the bar at the Metropolitan Hotel. (Don’t go looking for it—the opulent structure once stood at the corner of Broadway and Prince, but was demolished in 1895.)

All the while, he was changing forever the way we drink...»

Sammy Sosa, the Detroit Auto Show and a Wintry Cocktail

  • Kempt Staff

Say It Ain’t Sosa: Sammy Sosa has a Pinterest page. It’s full of amazingly staged shots of him. Almost equally mind-boggling: how the photos of him in the canary sweater didn’t instantly become a meme sensation. Internet, consider this a formal challenge.

Street Legal: Our octane-enamored partners in crime at Driven give us an in-depth look at the new face of American muscle coming out of Detroit.

A Gentlemanly Soak: One man’s journey to bathtub enlightenment, as told by Valet’s editor. (Good to know, in case your nearest hot tub is out of order.)

Bucking Branca: Esquire hips us to a solid wintry cocktail—that gets extra points for incorporating Fernet.

Constance Jablonski Is a Nosy Neighbor

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The Hill Side: GQ hits Capitol Hill to upgrade the style of a bunch of political-minded twentysomethings. [GQ]

Separating the Bonds: Tallying up the Bonds through the years in number of kills, martinis and conquests. [Economist]

Days Gone By: Now you can turn your favorite 365 Instagram photos into a calendar. [Highsnobiety]

Big Blimpin’: A Romney-sponsored blimp crash-lands in Florida. Everyone inside survives. (No word on Romney.) [Washington Post]

Amber Heard Is Expecting Afternoon Showers

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Amber Heardvia GQ UK

There’s an Aperol for That: The Times reports on the latest aperitif to take the cocktail world by storm—and how you’ll harness its powers. [NY Times]

High and Not Dry: Take swimming to a new level in these high-rise (often cantilevered) pools from around the world. [Flavorpill]

Brace Yourself, America: For Ryan Lochte, superstar. And here’s his first IMDb-able out-of-pool performance. [Vanity Fair]

Bourne Again: For those of you who plan on seeing the new Jeremy Renner Bourne movie this weekend, but have a Matt Damon Bourne-like memory affliction, here’s a cheat sheet. [Vulture]

Edita Vilkeviciute Can’t Stand Water in Her Ears

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D’oh!: Here to explain the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Obamacare: nine Simpsons GIFs. [Buzzfeed]

Readers, Digests: Selectism brings news of a Warby Parker pop-up that’s easy on the eyes. [Selectism]

Always a Critic: Being a restaurant critic sounds like a plush gig. Here are some words of wisdom from a guy who is one. [The Art of Manliness]

Drink Up: It’s Friday afternoon and you’re thirsty. Pick one of Esquire’s 50 summer cocktails and then make it. Enjoy. Repeat as necessary. [Esquire]

Sophie Vlaming Is a Hippie Tree-Spooner

  • Najib Benouar

Not-So-Breaking News: The Times has discovered a shocking new development in menswear: guys are wearing lighter suits in summer. [NYTimes]

Drink It if You Can: Just in time for Memorial Day imbibing, Details rounds up five “hillbilly cocktails.” Expect pickle juice and open flames. [Details]

Watching Draper: For all the applause and scrutiny over the wardrobe of Mad Men, the timepieces are often overlooked. Hodinkee rights that wrong with an in-depth rundown. [Hodinkee]

Too Good Not to Share: Unequivocal proof that Ron Livingston didn’t have to do much acting when he played Pete Gibbons in Office Space: a 30-second clip of his latest performance (as Keyboard Cat). [Geek Tyrant]