There is just something special about settling into a plush leather chair, wearing your superfine 200’s Kiton suit, loosening the half-windsor on your Charvet tie, kicking off your Berluti’s checking the time on your Patek Calatrava, sending a quick message from your Vertu, and then taking your first sip of your Louis XIII in a Waterford sniffer.
Or so I’ve been told. I wouldn’t know. I can’t afford Kiton (although it is a nice suit), I prefer a simple prat knot, I wear my grandfather’s hand-me-down watch, I send messages on a regular ol’ iPhone, and my preferred drink is a Manhattan on the rocks (made with Bulleit Rye, Carpano Antica, and a dash of Fee Bros. Whiskey Barrel Bitters—so I am at least particular about my cocktails). But give me that liquid gold, a good conversationalist to share it with, and I am set for the night.
And that is what this blog is about. It is about ratcheting it up a level—imbibing, sartorially, gastronomy—while still living in these recession-ridden times (although, as a caveat, I tend to splurge occasionally when it is warranted). Specifically, this experiment is about appreciating some of the finer things (especially in cocktails!) without breaking the bank and, at the same time, advising where a splurge is not warranted.