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At After 5 our motto, "Celebrating the art of celebrating," is just a politically correct way of saying we really like to party. As such, you'll find here a rip-roaring collection of drink and cocktail-related wares and Holiday gifts ranging from the unique to the practical to the completely absurd. Whether you're an aficionado of the martini, the margarita, the mojito, the Mai Tai, tequila, beer or wine, or simply an indiscriminate lover of booze in general we have for you a boatload of specialty drink themed barware, glassware, casual wear and even underwear. Our cocktail paraphernalia, meanwhile, runs the gamut, as well. Flasks, martini shakers, wine chillers, personalized drink coasters, daiquiri blenders, cocktail mixers, martini bar lights and wine stoppers - when it comes to barware, you name it and we got it.
I like the advice of Ursula Hermacinski, the former Christie’s wine auctioneer, when it comes to knowing what temperature at which to serve a wine: “Twenty minutes before dinner, you take the white wine out of the fridge, and put the red wine in.” This rule is intended to fix the two most common mistakes in wine service: People tend to serve white wines too cold and red wines too warm. Now, this is not something to wake up at 3 a.m. and worry about, but the fact is that properly chilled wines do taste better. White wines too warm will taste alcoholic and flabby, while white wines too cold will be refreshing but nearly tasteless. As for reds, keep them too warm and they will taste soft, alcoholic and even vinegary. Too cold and they will have an overly tannic bite and much less flavor.