In the critical global move of industrialized nations toward sustainability, Penthouse wants you to know that this does not mean you have to sacrifice individuality or style.

Penthouse Highlife — Fall 2021

Sustainable Footwear

Some will call it sacrilege. We just call it good taste.

For far too long the rubber flip-flop has been an overused staple of a regular man’s summer wardrobe.  But with time comes connotations, and one can’t help but associate this floppy piece of footwear with lazy days at home and beer-guzzling guys in sports bars rather than a stylish ensemble.

Now is the time to invest in something a little more considered; something that will keep the wind running through your toes without sacrificing on style.  In layman’s terms—it’s time to get yourself a pair of sandals.  The sandal market has really come into its own in recent years, managing to brush off years of stereotypes associated with bearded ’70s hippies and Silicon Valley CEOs.

The main reasons for this are bigger demands for comfort, longevity and something that can be worn with anything other than a pair of shorts and a vest or T-shirt.  Some of the biggest names in the business are throwing out superb designs made from the finest leathers, with soles that can withstand anything from a day sauntering around at home, to a soiree at the beach or a step about town.  They quite literally go with anything in your wardrobe, from shirts and cardigans, to roomy slacks and jeans.

As many of us turn to more ethically made sustainable clothing, this little investment could be one of the best and most comfortable you make this summer, while ridding the world once and for all of uncomfortable, easily broken rubber flip-flops. And if your friends disapprove? Well maybe they should not really be your friends. We’re just saying to consider that.

Sustainable Automobiles

Electric Car Sustainability

Welcome the electric king.

With the arrival of Cadillac’s Lyriq, a  great new era has begun. The production debut of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq culminates a century of innovation. Testing of Cadillac’s inaugural luxury SUV has been running ahead of schedule, and customers can place order reservations from September 2021. Estimates now project initial availability starting in the first half of 2022.

“Throughout the next decade, Cadillac will define the future of luxury transportation through a series of exciting new electric vehicles, and it all begins with Lyriq,” said Rory Harvey, vice president, Global Cadillac.”

The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq’s stunning design and artfully integrated technology combined with GM’s Ultium platform will deliver a high-performance luxury experience unlike anything that has come before it, setting a new standard for Cadillac.”

Lyriq will be available with both premier technologies and stirring performance capabilities enabled by the vehicle’s dedicated electric architecture. Complete with a 12-module, 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack and rear-wheel drive, Ultium platform will deliver an estimated 340 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque—and a Cadillac-estimated over 300 miles of range with a full charge.

“Thanks to the modular and highly flexible Ultium platform that powers Lyriq along with advanced virtual development tools, Cadillac has been able to accelerate development and put more real-world miles on prototypes sooner than expected,” said Jamie Brewer, Lyriq chief engineer. “It’s exciting to see our objectives realized on the road—and it means we are on track to bring this pioneering electric luxury vehicle to customers nine months earlier than originally planned.”

Lyriq will feature next-gen variable Regen on Demand technology, along with the convenience of One-Pedal Driving. Regen on Demand enables drivers to control how quickly Lyriq slows down, or comes to a complete stop, using a pressure-sensitive paddle located directly on the steering wheel.

Additional Specs

  • Optional Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance technology for compatible roads
  • 33-inch-diagonal advanced LED display
  • Active Noise Cancellation system
  • Slim-line LED headlamps with choreographed lighting sequence
  • AKG Studio 19-speaker audio system with headrest speakers
  • KeyPass digital vehicle access
  • Dual level charge cord
  • Standard 20-inch split, six-spoke alloy wheels or optional 22-inch dynamic split-spoke reverse rim alloy wheels

Fit for a King

The interior presents clean and simple with a focus on secondary and tertiary design elements, including intricate laser-etched patterns through wood over metal decor, which has never been done before. The large, curved LED screen is the centerpiece. All of the components are incorporated artfully, blurring the lines of separation between technology, lighting and decor.

Sustainable Celebrations

Sustainability in Beverages

Technically all beverages themselves could qualify as sustainable, as they do tend to come from plants. That said, the process of making them could pose a carbon footprint problem. Also, and we should be honest here: Not all beverages are created equal.

Mezcal 101

In the most simple terms, the difference between tequila and mezcal is how it is cooked. Tequila is produced by steaming agave inside industrial ovens before it’s distilled two or three times in copper pots. Mezcal’s agave is cooked inside earthen pits that are lined with lava rocks and filled with wood and charcoal before being distilled in clay pots.

Tequila tends to have a smooth, sweet flavor, and mezcal is often described as savory and smoky. The smoky quality comes from the underground cooking process.


  • 2 oz. Doña Vega Espadín Mezcal
  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a shaker and add plenty of ice. Stir for 15 rotations. Strain into your selected glass. Can be served straight up or on the rocks. Garnish with a charred orange peel, maraschino cherry or a brandied cherry.


  • 2 oz. Mezcal
  • .25 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Instructions: Stir together all ingredients in a rocks glass with a large ice cube until well chilled.


  • 2 oz. Casamigos Mezcal
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • .75 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a tin shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Strain into a rocks glass. Add fresh ice. Garnish with a charred orange peel.

Don’t get us wrong, we love classic tequila cocktails, but when we fire up a cigar, we sometimes find ourselves itching for tequila’s smokier cousin, mezcal. When the sun is setting on another scorching day, rather than reaching for a whiskey nip to pair with a fat Cuban, try those bold, spirits-forward takes on the traditional Manhattan, old-fashioned Oaxaca and classic margarita with a twist.

Remember, it never hurts to slip on some sustainable comfort that not only lets your toes breathe, but also lasts for years and years. Jump in your environment-friendly technical marvel of a car, and head out to escape for the weekend at your local commune with nature destination. Then experiment with some new favorite ways to add some mezcal to your cocktail rotation. You’d best plan on staying overnight as you apply these new mixology experiments, however. Serious science takes serious effort, so put your keys in a safe place away from you as you contemplate what else you all might do to further sustainability efforts in your own little piece of the world.

Automobile manufactures make it easy to research things like the Cadillac Lyriq, but we can give you a head start on awesome sandals and truly fine mezcal. We do try to be friendly like that around here.

Sustain On, Our Friends!

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