GE.D3.3So let me paint the picture of my evenings here on my house-sitting gig at my friend’s pond-side retreat when I am not dodging hurricanes.  As the last light of day reflects on the pond and a light warm breeze rustles the trees, plants and flowers in the yard, I relax in the hammock that slowly rocks with my legs over the side and my feet anchored on the ground.  Nearby are a couple of lounging dogs and a cat or two.

Nearby I have set a small table. On the table I have my iPod linked to speakers with some nice music (the Avett Brothers are my band of the moment), a citronella candle, a glass of nice cold seltzer and two of my favorite things: a snifter of fine bourbon and nice fat cigar.  Ah!

There is nothing like winding down a summer’s evening with a little bourbon and a few puffs of a cigar.  Now, I am not really much of a drinker or a smoker, but these two long-standing manly pursuits are great – in moderation. 

There are many nice bourbons on the market these days.  I fancy Knob Creek a nice smooth drink that compliments a fine cigar.

About Knob Creek:  “Handcrafted in limited quantities, Knob Creek is aged nine years to fully draw out the natural sugars in its charred white oak barrels. As a result, this exceptional, full-bodied bourbon strikes the senses with a maple sugar aroma, distinctive sweetness and rich, woody, caramel flavor with a long, smooth finish. Made at 100 proof and created to reflect the flavor, strength, care and patience that defined pre-prohibition whiskey, Knob Creek is perfect straight or cooled slightly with one or two ice cubes.”

For my cigars, I use the online store of Famous Smoke Shop where you can find a huge selection of fine cigars in all price ranges.

About Famous Smoke Shop: “Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s leading discount retailer of imported premium handmade cigars, offering one of the largest selections of premium cigars, cigar humidors, and cigar accessories.”

Again, I am not a regular drinker or smoker. However, I like to treat myself to the best of both when I have the opportunity.  I make it a little ritual, like something you do on special occasions which makes it all the more enjoyable.

Bourbon and/or cigars may not be your thing, but I am sure there are other things you can do to add a special touch to your relaxing evenings, and I suggest you make the time to do it when you can.