Top Four Budget Vodkas for January

Tis the season! And it screams nothing but bills, bills, and more bills.

But the B word should not be the reason you stop your long-standing traditions like enjoying a good drink!

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In this article, we share with you, in no particular order, a list of budget vodkas that you can still enjoy during this never-ending month of January!

  • 1. Magic Moments Vodka
  • Immediately after its launch in 2005, Magic Moments became India’s fastest growing deluxe brand vodka. And for good reason. Magic Moments is a pure rice grain vodka that is exceptionally smooth with lively flavours. It is a favourite base for most cocktails, so much so, that it has its own family of cocktails. Being the famous sipping spirit that it is, you may opt to enjoy it on its own. Magic Moments does come in a number of flavours, with the Classic and Green Apple currently available in store.

  • 2. Flirt Vodka
  • Take two worlds; one of tradition, the other of modernity. Fuse them and you have yourself a Flirt Vodka! Other than being a better quality vodka than most in its price range, Flirt Vodka also provides one the ultimate vodka drinking experience. It may be used as a base for cocktails, some as famous as the Blue Lagoon Cocktail. Like Magic Moments above, Flirt Vodka is not short in flavor varieties, with the classic, Green Apple, Strawberry, and Chocolate flavours currently available in our store here.

  • 3. SKYY Vodka
  • There’s something special about the SKYY. Its invention was inspired by a man’s dream to make better Martinis. His solution was to first make a better vodka, a.k.a, SKYY Vodka, a.k.a., America’s first quadruple distilled and triple filtered premium vodka. It therefore goes without saying that SKYY is one of the most preferred brands for various mixed drinks. It does come in a variety of infusions such as Passion, Citrus, and Raspberries.

  • 4. 360 Doughnut Glazed Vodka
  • Everything about the 360 Doughnut Glazed Vodka is outstanding. Starting with its fresh doughnut flavours and sweet glazed finish, to its sealing and finally the fact that it is the most eco-friendly vodka you will ever drink! It can be enjoyed in cocktails or just on their own, best over ice.

    Four Easy to Make Cocktails for The Festive Season

    It’s the season of joy, family reunions, and friendly toasts!

    And nothing says Festive better than a refreshing cocktail that can be enjoyed with loved ones. It helps if it’s easy to make and the ingredients are readily available.

    In this very straight-forward article, we’ll share with you not just one, but four easy to make cocktails that you should try out!

    four easy to make cocktails
    1. Watermelon Sangria

    Ingredients

    How to:

    • Pour two cups of the white grape juice in a jug.
    • Add into it a bottle of Rose Wine.
    • In the same mixture, add 2 cups of cubed watermelons, followed by 2 pints of raspberries.
    • Gently stir the mixture.
    • Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours to a day.
    • Serve over ice and mix with the soda water in a 50/50 ratio.
    • Garnish with mint leaves.

    2. Pineapple Mojito

    Ingredients

    How to:

    • Pour 4 ½ teaspoons of simple syrup in a glass. (Simple syrup is prepared by mixing equal amounts of sugar and water.)
    • Take 4 to 6 mint leaves and activate them. This is done by clapping your palms with the mints placed between them. This step is important as it helps set the refreshing minty flavours free.
    • Now place the activated mint leaves into the simple syrup solution.
    • Add 60ml of white rum in the mixture, followed by 30ml of lime juice, and ¼ cup of pineapple juice.
    • Finally, add ¼ cup of sweetened coconut water in the mixture.
    • Gently stir the mixture.
    • Garnish with lemon wheel.

    3. Watermelon Lemonade

    Ingredients

    • Chopped, seedless watermelons.
    • Lemon liqueur
    • Lemon juice
    • Soda water
    • Lemon wheel to garnish

    How to

    • In a blender, place 5 cups of the chopped, seedless watermelons.
    • Pour in ½ cup of the lemon liqueur
    • Add in 1/3 cup of lemon juice
    • Now thoroughly blend the mixture
    • Refrigerate until chilled
    • Serve over ice in a 50/50 ratio with the soda water
    • Garnish with the lemon wheel.

    4. Mango Mojito

    Ingredients

    How to

    • Pour 4 ½ teaspoons of the simple syrup solution in a glass.
    • Take 6 mint leaves and activate them before placing them in the glass with the simple syrup.
    • Add in 2oz of white rum, followed by 1oz of lime juice, then finally, ¼ cup of the pureed mango.
    • Gently stir the mixture.
    • Add in some ice cubes.
    • Fill the glass with the soda water. (This should be in about a 50/50 ratio.)
    • Garnish with a lime wheel.

    How easy was that! Whichever you decide to settle on this festive season, feel free to give us some feedback in the comments!

    Top Five Must Try Whiskies This December

    With the festive season just around the corner, you are understandably spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which drinks to enjoy with the gang.
    But we got you!
    Check out our top five Scotch Whiskies that should be in your must-tries list this month of December!

    top five scotch whiskies1. 8PM Whisky

    8PM Whisky from India is a rare blend of Indian spirits and mature Scotch malt whiskies. During its launch in 1999, 8PM stood out as the single best-selling whisky in India in its first year, winning it a place in the Limca Book of Records. This is India’s equivalent of the Guinness World Records.

    With a fantastically deep, smooth, and cosy flavours, 8PM is an epitome of lavishness and quality drinking.
    Order for 8PM Whisky here for deliveries anywhere in Nairobi.

    2. Ballantine’s Finest.

    Ballantine’s Finest Scotch whisky is a pioneer in developing blends. With over 40 different malts and grains being used in its blending, Ballantine’s is famous world over for its complexity and style. It comes in various ranges such as the Ballantine’s 12yo, 17yo, 21yo, and 30yo. Because of the unique style and flavours, Ballantine’s has the world’s second biggest range of Scotch whisky by volume.

    Ballantine’s finest has a sweet, soft style with the presence of chocolate, vanilla, and apple notes.
    Check out the Ballantine’s Finest here. Feel free to order for deliveries anywhere in Nairobi.

    3. Chivas Regal.

    Since its founding in the 19th century by the Chivas Brothers, Chivas Regal has had a long-standing tradition of combining style and substance. Chivas Regal comes in the 12yo range and the 25yo range, both combining individual signatures that craft the unique, perfect blends.

    Chivas Regal 12yo, in particular, has an aromatic infusion of wild herbs, heather, honey, and orchard fruits. It is round and creamy on the palate, with a full, rich taste of honey and ripe apples and notes of vanilla, hazelnut, and butterscotch.

    4. Singleton of Dufftown

    Singleton of Dufftown is a replacement of the now-defunct Singleton of Auchroisk.  It is a smooth and mellow dram designed to attract new drinkers to the malt category.

    Singleton of Dufftown is a sweet and eminently drinkable introductory malt from one of Diageo’s biggest distilleries. It is smooth and medium bodied with a sweetness and crunchy nuts in the palate. There’s an evident fruity, Speyside richness to it, hints of blackcurrant fruit, brown sugar and espresso coffee.
    Check out the Singleton of Dufftown range here.

    5. The Famous Grouse

    Among the best-selling blends in Scotland, The Famous Grouse traces its origins back to 1896 when it was developed by the Victorian entrepreneur Matthew Gloag.

    Famous Grouse is a rich, sweet, and round, whisky with oak and cherry aromas along with well-balanced citrus notes. It is full and bright with the Speyside fruit.

    The Famous Grouse comes in also comes in ranges. These are aged between 10yo to 30yo.

    There goes our top five Scotch whiskies for this month! Your favourite didn’t make the list? Tell us about it in the comments!
    Feel free to visit our shop section here for more drinks available in store!

    Méthode Cap Classique – All you Need to Know!

    If it is made like Champagne, looks like Champagne, and tastes like Champagne, then it is Champagne, right?
    Wrong.

    Only sparkling wine made of grapes from the Champagne region of France qualifies to be Champagne.

    Méthode Cap Classique on the other hand, is, in simple terms, the South African equivalent of Champagne. It just couldn’t carry the same name.

    Méthode Cap ClassiqueHow it is made

    Méthode Cap Classique is made using the traditional French method known as method champenoise, where sparkling wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle for that extra fizz characteristic.

    This second fermentation involves making a base wine in the normal manner, then adding a mixture of wine, yeast, and sugar (also known as ‘liqueur de tirage’).

    The liqueur de tirage initiates the second fermentation process in the bottle. Unlike in the first fermentation, CO2 is not able to escape, hence forming the bubbles captured inside the bottle.

    After the second fermentation, the mixture goes through a process called remuage, where sediment formed in the bottle is removed to produce a clear, sparkling wine.

    But what makes Méthode Cap Classique so unique?
    Let’s find out!

    1. Quality Grapes

    Méthode Cap Classique uses only the finest quality grapes sourced from meticulously maintained vineyards of South Africa. Some rely on exclusively selected chardonnay grapes from cooler climate vineyards. As a result, they have a crisp natural freshness and a complex minerality.

    2. Longtime Ageing

    Ordinarily, Champagne would be aged for no more than 3 years. But this isn’t the case with Méthode Cap Classique. Their ageing takes close to seven years. The result is something worth the wait.

    3. Limited in Supply

    Due to the long ageing process of Méthode Cap Classique, they are often released in small batch quantities. This limited supply, in turn, creates a high demand for the product, making it a precious collector’s item – something that people would pay a top dollar for!

    Fun fact: Did you know that there are only around 2.5 million bottles of MCCs made each year, in comparison to Champagne’s 400 million? More reason to treat yourself to some fruity, uniquely South African flavours!
    Check out our Méthode Cap Classique here !

    Why you Should Drink Red Wine More Often

    Don’t we all love a well-toned skin? The kind they use in lotion commercials?

    Or better still, good, healthy teeth – the kind that a toothpaste Ad would pay a fortune for?

    If your answer is “YES”, or “YES Of COURSE!” then you are in the right place!
    We uncovered some benefits of drinking red wine that they never get to advertise!

    Male or female, Red Wine is not just your normal evening drink, and consuming 1-2 glasses on a daily basis may just prove to you why.

    Below are some legitimate reasons to open a bottle more often:

    Benefits of drinking red wine1. Red Wine is good for the Skin

    Prescription: A glass or two of red wine for a few days, the right contacts, and voila! You are ready for your first TV Commercial!

    Some of the antioxidants present in red wine are known to slow down the ageing process as well as reduce facial wrinkles, leading to that glowing skin that we all desire.

    2. Prevents Tooth Decay

    “Number one toothpaste brand recommended by dentists worldwide.”
    You may be familiar with that tagline from most toothpaste commercials. And while it may not be of much help when shopping for the right toothpaste, we found you an alternative. At least when it comes to tooth decay.

    Red wine is known to harden the enamel, which in turn prevents the dreaded tooth decay and bacteria growth inside the mouth. The polyphenols present in red wine also help in reducing gum inflammation and other gum related diseases.

    Note: Brushing your teeth twice a day is still a thing.

    3. Good for the Brain

    Ever wondered why brainstorm sessions with the team at happy hour often provide such fantastic results?

    Studies have shown that a few glasses of wine help relax the brain, allowing one to think more clearly and creatively.

    The resveratrol antioxidant present in red wine also helps in boosting one’s memory and protects from memory-related diseases.

    4. Sex Drive

    “So how exactly does drinking red wine increase one’s sex drive?” Glad you asked!

    Red wine is known to increase the flow of blood to women’s erogenous zones, hence leading to increased levels of sexual desire.
    When it comes to men, this fact is not far from the truth. Apart from increasing blood flow to the sacred areas, red wine also increases testosterone levels in the blood – an essential hormone in a man’s sexual appetite.

    5. Weight Loss

    On top of the normal gym and healthy diet regimen, adding red wine to the mix often leads to more efficient results in one’s weight loss program. Some of the ingredients of red wine aid in burning down excess fats, and preventing their growth thereof.

    The ellagic acid present in grapes used in making red wine is known to slow down the growth of existing fat cells and the formation of new ones, hence boosting the metabolism of fatty acids and in liver cells.

    6. Unstuffs the Nose

    Red wine almost always makes one immune to colds. Well, kind of. Anyone who does not consume red wine regularly is perhaps familiar with that disgusting feeling of having a stuffed nose whenever the flu surfaces.

    But for red wine drinkers, a stuffed nose is a new vocabulary.

    The antioxidant properties present in flavonoids helps prevent the body from succumbing to illnesses, one of them being colds and stuffed noses.

    7. Fountain of Youth

    The search for the ever elusive fountain of youth may just end with a glass of red wine. Or two. Studies have shown that red wine helps elongate one’s life to some extent. For one, it is known to protect from diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis – a disease known to weaken the body with the advancement of age.

    8. Protects the Heart

    The resveratrol, an antioxidant compound present in red wine, helps reduce the accumulation of saturated fats in the arteries, which often constitute to circulation difficulties. This compound also aids in raising good cholesterol, and the formation of blood clots.

    Also present in red wine are the flavonoids and saponins which help prevent cardiovascular diseases.

    Feel like starting your Red Wine journey? Feel free to order for a delivery anywhere in Nairobi from our shop here, or give us a call on 0700 245 245.

    Cheers!

    Bumbu Rum Cocktails That you Have Been Missing out On.

    Like most good rums out there, the ageing of the Bumbu Rum takes place under the york-yellow Caribbean sun. Its chestnut-gold appearance, sweet notes of caramel and refreshing aromas of oak make it extremely drinkable on its own.

    Bumbu Rum Cocktails

    But that’s boring!

    If you are the adventurous type, below is not just one, but two refreshing Bumbu Rum Cocktails that you have been missing out on bigtime!

    1.The D6 Cocktail

    The D6 Cocktail is a modern spin of the Mai Tai Cocktail, flaunting an elegant deep red colour, with just the right amount of sweetness and fizz.

    Here’s how you can easily whip this up at home and give your loved ones some rum time!

    Ingredients:

    How to:

    Combine all the ingredients in a shake in the following proportions:

    • 60ml of Bumbu Rum
    • 30ml of the pineapple juice
    • 30ml of pomegranate juice
    • 15ml of fresh lime juice
    • Give the mixture a good shake
    • Top with ginger ale
    • Garnish with pomegranate seeds as desired.

     

    2. The Freaky Tiki Cocktail

    Freaky Tiki is a deliciously fruity cocktail drink that is sure to have everyone hang around a bit longer at the party!
    Here’s how to make it!

    Ingredients:

    • Bumbu Rum
    • Pineapple juice
    • Fresh lime juice
    • Campari
    • Grenadine (Bittersweet)
    • Orgeat Almond syrup

    How to:

    Combine all the ingredients in a shaker in the following proportions:

    • 60ml of Bumbu Rum
    • 30ml of pineapple juice
    • 15ml of fresh lime juice
    • A 15ml 50/50 ratio of Campari mixed and Grenadine
    • 15ml of orgeat almond syrup
    • Give the mixture a good shake
    • Strain over fresh ice
    • Garnish with a rosemary sprig or fresh peach slices

    So, which one will you be trying out first? Let us know in the comments!

    Margarita Cocktail Recipe.

    A top 5 list of the most popular cocktails would be incomplete without the mention of the Margarita Cocktail.

    And for good reason.

    This is one of the classics and surprisingly, one of the easiest to prepare.

    Forget those with fancy ingredients that you cannot find at your local store. This is a simple and straightforward recipe that can be done whenever the thirst strikes.

    Margarita Cocktail RecipeIngredients:

    How to mix:

    • Chill the glass that’s to be used
    • Pour some ice into a shaker
    • Follow this with one part of Cazadores Tequila, ½ part of triple sec liqueur, and finally ½ part of lime juice.
    • Give the mixture a good shake for about 30 seconds.
    • Run the lime wedge around the outside rim of the chilled glass, then roll the rim in salt.
    • Double strain the mixture into the glass.

    A Margarita Cocktail can be served straight or on the rocks. Either way, it makes for a refreshing coolant for a warm day.

    Differences Between Scotch and Bourbon.

    What’s the difference between Scotch and Bourbon?

    differences between Scotch and BourbonWhile the two variants might have a lot in common, they can easily be differentiated by the following five factors:

    1. Location
    2. Ingredients
    3. Distillation
    4. Maturation
    5. Flavour
    1. Location

    Scotch.

    As the name suggests, Scotch Whisky is commonly made and bottled in Scotland. Some examples are The Macallan, Oban, and Glenmorangie.

    Blended Whisky, which are a mix of grain and single malt whiskies also form part of the Scotch family. Blends are the most popular Scotch Whiskies as they form 9 out of every 10 sold around the world. Examples are The Famous Grouse, Black & White, and J&B.

    Bourbon.

    Even the popularized as whiskey from Kentucky, Bourbon whiskey can, in fact, be made in any other state of the US. Kentucky State is, however, most popular for Bourbon whiskey, given that the limestone water used in making them is primarily found in this region. The limestone water filters out impurities such as iron. Examples of Kentucky Bourbon include Bulleit and Jim Beam.

    1. Ingredients

    Scotch

    Scotch Whisky can be in two forms: Scotch Single Malt whisky which is made with 100% barley, examples are Dufftown, and Glenfiddich. The other type is Grain whisky, which is made by combining malted barley, unmalted barley, and wheat.

    Bourbon

    The Bourbon recipe (‘mash bill’) consists of corn, rye, wheat, and barley. The ingredients are mixed in different ratios, with corn forming 51%. The greater the ratio of corn, the sweater the bourbon. This is the guiding principle. Bourbons with a lower ratio of corn compared to other ingredients make the spicier types.

    1. Distillation

    Scotch

    The method of distillation is dependent on the style or category. Single malts are double or triple distilled in pot stills, while grain whiskies are distilled in a column still.

    Bourbon

    Almost all Bourbons are first distilled in a column. This is followed by the spirit being distilled for a second time in a modified copper port still known as a doubler.

    1. Maturation

    Scotch

    Maturation of Scotch whisky takes place in oak casks already used to age Bourbon spirits. Ageing of Scotch whisky can be done in a variety of casks, including those that formerly contained wine, port, or even cognac.

    Bourbon

    Maturation of Bourbon is rather unique as they only age their spirit once in new oak casks. The used casks are then sold to Scotch distillers.

    Given the warmer temperatures in Kentucky, where most of the bourbon is produced, the evaporation rates are higher, meaning bourbon whiskey matures almost twice as fast as the Scottish equivalent.

    1. Flavour

    The flavours are generally dependant on the style of either the Scotch or Bourbon.

    Scotch

    Given the length of maturation, cask type, and the peating level, Scotch whiskies are mostly elegant and floral, rich and spicy or some even have a salty, maritime character.

    Bourbon

    Bourbon whiskies are generally sweeter in taste, given the ratio of the ingredients used. (High in corn).

    In general, it is common to get torn between the perfect choice as both come with their unique characteristics. On one hand, bourbons are made in an approachable style, while on the other hand Scotch whiskies come in a soft, subtle character. Either way, one has to try each and form their own preferences.

    Find our collection of Bourbon and Scotch Whiskies from our shop section here.

    How to Make a Coronarita Cocktail.

    Wondering what refreshing cocktail to enjoy in this scorching heat?

    Coronarita is the it!

    As the name suggests, the drink is simply a ‘turned up’ classic Margarita that is guaranteed to make a long, boring day feel like a refreshing breeze!

    Coronarita Cocktail Recipe

     

    The recipe is simple (and a little scientific). Whether you are a skilled mixologist or just someone trying to make a decent cocktail, this is worth trying out!

    But before the recipe, let’s get down to the science behind it!

    One interesting fact to note about this cocktail is that it somehow defies some laws of nature, like gravity. Naturally, when you pour into a glass full of liquid, the content in the glass overflows. But not the Coronarita!

    How is this possible? It all has to do with pressure!

    In a Coronarita, as you will find out soon, the liquid surrounding the opening of the Corona bottle prevents air from entering the bottle. Therefore, the air that is inside the bottle creates pressure that keeps the content of the glass from spilling out. So when you sip on the Margarita with a straw, its level in the glass is displaced by the same amount of Corona flowing from the bottle to make up for the sipped portion. This is conditional to whether the Corona is placed right!

    Follow the steps below if want to get it right!

    How to Make a Coronarita Cocktail.

     

    Ingredients:

     

    1. Corona Extra
    2. Tequila
    3. Triple sec
    4. Lime
    5. Ice cubes

     

    How to:

     

    1. Place the ice cubes into a cocktail shaker.
    2. In the cocktail shaker with ice cubes, pour in the tequila, triple sec, and lime sour mix.
    3. Give the mixture a good shake.
    4. Strain into a salted pint glass.
    5. Now here comes the tricky part: quickly flip the beer upside down and place it into the drink, so it dispenses slowly as you sip using a straw.

    We hope you enjoy the familiar and refreshing flavours of the two classics.

    Feel free to stock up for the cocktail ingredients from our shop section here.

    How to Identify the Right Glasses for Red Wine.

    The art of drinking wine is perceived by many as a preserve of the few. In fact, many dread upon the thought of drinking it in a company of the well-informed in matters wine, and as a result,  end up making poor drink choices.

    But that should not be you. Wine is a fun drink that was meant to be enjoyed. And when you are familiar with the basics, like what’s the right kind of glass to use, it gets much better and way much easier.

    If you have been having trouble with wine glass choices then this one is for you!

    In our first article about glassware below, we talk about the various types of red wine glasses; their shapes, height, and design, and why you should be using them.

    1. Cabernet Wine Glasses.

    Originating from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety, Cabernet wines are some of the most widely recognized red wines around the world. Some examples are the Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon , Douglas Green Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Vina Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon.

    The Cabernet Wine Glass is one of the tallest of the red wine glasses, so created with the purpose of intensifying the smell of the wine.

    Cabernet Wine GlassTheir shape aid in focusing the content in the glass to the nose. The wide bowl allows the wine to breathe properly. The narrow mouth captures the aroma of the wine.

    2. Burgundy Glasses.

    Burgundy wines are those produced in the Burgundy region in France. Some of the most common Burgundies are dry red wines made from Pinot noir grapes and white wines made from Chardonnay grapes.

    Burgundy Wine GlassThe Burgundy glass has a bigger bowl to accommodate the delicate aromas of the wine.

    The shape of the glass is designed in a way that the drinker gets to taste the wine from the tip of the tongue, then throughout the mouth. This is to ensure that one fully tastes and smells every detail of the particular wine.

    The glasses have long enough stems for easy swirling to incorporate air that opens up more complex aromas and flavours of the wine.

    3. Bordeaux Glasses.

    A Bordeaux wine is wine produced in Bordeaux, southwest region of France. The Bordeaux vintages produce large quantities, ranging from everyday table wine like the Mouton Cadet Bordeaux to some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world.

    Bordeaux wine glasses are the tallest of all red wine glasses, though with a smaller bowl compared to most of its peers.

    Bordeaux Wine GlassThe tallness of the glass makes it easy for the wine to travel back to the mouth upon sipping, instead of remaining up the tip of the tongue.
    The Bordeaux glasses are perfect for full-bodied wines such as the Merlot or Cabernet.

    4. Zinfandel Glasses.

    Zinfandel is a black-skinned wine grape variety grown in the United States. The grapes produce robust red wines.

    The Zinfandel glass is slightly shorter than the Bordeaux wine glass and has a slightly longer rim. The longer rim ensures that one experiences the full flavor and complex aromas of the wine.

    Zinfandel GlassThough smaller than the Bordeaux or Cabernet wine glasses, the bowl is just large enough to ensure the wine breathes, opening up the complex flavours and aromas.

    5. Pinot Noir.

    The Pinot Noir is a red wine grape variety or wines created predominantly from the pinot noir grapes.

    Pinot Noir glasses have the widest bowls of any of the red or white wine glasses.

    Pinot Noir The wide shape ensures that the wine has maximum contact with wine, leading to a great improvement of the aroma and flavours. The bowl is large to ensure for easy swirling while observing through the crystal clear glass.

    6. Rose Wine.

    A rose wine is a type of wine that incorporates some of the colors from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify as a red wine.

    rose wine glassThe glasses have a long stem to ensure the wine remains at a cool temperature, without being affected by the heat from the hand. The flared lip of the glass directs the wine to the mouth.

    Stay tuned for our part two of this series, where we shall be talking white wine.
    Cheers!