Cocktail Recipe: Citrus Whiskey Punch.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Does anyone know if Santa takes cocktails? If he does, then the citrus whiskey punch is one he would love for sure! We made a unique concoction of lemon, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and bourbon for a holiday sipping pleasure. Whether you have your family coming over or you going to them, this is a refreshingly cool recipe that we suggest you make and enjoy together!

Should serve up to 10 serious cocktail drinkers!

Ingredients:

  • 15-20 lemons
  • 250 grams of sugar
  • 4 Cinnamon sticks
  • 500 ml of Bourbon whiskey.

How to:

  • Cut 8 long strips of the lemons and squeeze up to 3 cups of juice from it.
  • Now combine the lemon-zest strips, sugar, cinnamon sticks and 3 cups of water in a saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture on medium while stirring until the sugar perfectly dissolves.
  • Next step is to let it cool. 10 minutes is enough for this. You don’t want to waste time with Santa’s special.
  • Discard the lemon zest from the mixture.
  • Refrigerate the lemon syrup.
  • Remove and discard the cinnamon sticks.
  • Now add the lemon syrup bourbon whiskey, then add 2-3 cups of cold water.
  • Serve on ice, garnished with lemon twists and cinnamon sticks.
  • There is also the option of refrigerating for up to 3 days.

We hope you enjoy making the citrus whiskey punch for your holidays!

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Recipe: How to Make a Mimosa Cocktail.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Mimosa Cocktail, invented in 1925 by Frank Meier, is one of the popular ones out there. You have probably seen it served at bridal showers, weddings and even as part of first class treatment by some airlines.

Mimosa Cocktail

Making this type of cocktail is as simple as combining equal amounts of Champaign and orange juice. You can however get creative with your recipe and make its variations using any of the methods below:

Method 1:

Orange Juice + Champaign (The Classic).

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Champaign (you’ll only need about half a glass of this).
  • Orange juice.
  • Orange wedge to garnish.

How to:

  • Serve the Champaign half-way full in a Champaign flute.
  • Fill the remaining half with orange juice.
  • Garnish with lemon wedge.

Method 2:

Champaign + Orange Juice + Triple Sec

You can call it the turned-up mimosa.

Ingredients:

  • Orange juice.
  • Triple Sec
  • Champaign

How to:

  • Serve the Champaign half-way full in a Champaign flute.
  • Fill the remaining half with equal parts of orange juice and triple sec.

Method 3:

Champaign + Orange Juice + Blueberries.

Ingredients:

  • Champaign
  • Blueberries
  • Peach schnapps
  • Orange juice

How to:

  • Serve the Champaign half-way full in a Champaign flute.
  • Add equal amounts of orange juice and peach Schnapps
  • Drop in some blueberry seeds.

Method 4:

Champaign + Tomato Juice (Bloody Mary)

Ingredients:

  • Champaign
  • Tomato juice.
  • Celery stick to garnish

How to:

  • Salt the glass rim with sweet & spicy seasoning.
  • Serve the Champaign half-way into the glass.
  • Fill the remaining half with tomato juice.
  • Garnish with a celery stick.

Of course there are many variations of the Mimosa Cocktail out there. Get experimental. Let us know which one works best for you.

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Blue Hawaii Cocktail Recipe.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Blue Hawaii Cocktail is one of the forgotten classics, but still a refreshing, light, and lovely tropical drink. The original recipe is a 1957 invention by Harry Harry Yee, a bartender who, interestingly, does not drink rum. The cocktail has since evolved to have many variations by different mixologists from across the globe. One constant however that makes the blue Hawaii outstandingly refreshing is the Blue Curacao- a blue appearing liquor with a fresh mandarin scent, loaded with sugar and divine oils from dried Valencia orange peels. With such qualities, the blue curacao sure gives a superb and unique aftertaste to any cocktail it is formed of.

Blue Hawaii Cocktail garnished with orange wedge.

Here is how to make a Blue Hawaii Cocktail:

Ingredients:

 

  • White Rum, preferably Bacardi.
  • Vodka
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Sweet & Sour Mix
  • Blue Curacao

 

How to:

 

  • Fill a hurricane glass with Ice cubes.
  • In the glass, pour 22 ml of white rum
  • Add an equal amount of vodka in the glass and allow to mix with the rum.
  • Now pour in 90 ml pineapple juice.
  • The next step is to add Sweet & Sour mix, 22 ml of this.
  • Add in some of the Blue Curacao liquor in the cocktail.
  • Now gently stir then garnish with a fresh orange or pineapple wedge.

 

The Blue Hawaii Cocktail was originally intended to be aqua green in colour, but depending on how blue you want your drink to be, you can keep adding the Blue Curacao liqueur. No harm in that.

Another interesting bit about Harry Yee and his genius invention is that he was the first to decorate a drink (this particular one) with an orchid flower, a practice so popular with modern-day cocktails. Harry would do anything for a good drink. So, you may as well drop in some flowers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Recipe: The Cosmopolitan Cocktail.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The cosmopolitan cocktail is one with a shaky origin story. Some argue that it is from the 1930s, while others, early 1900s (1903 to be specific). The most recognized version, however, is that the Cosmopolitan Cocktail was invented by  Toby Cecchini of The Odeon in Manhattan in 1987. But why dwell on the past when the present is this tasty? Whichever the year, whoever invented it must have had us cocktail lovers in mind. Our job, therefore, is to appreciate them with every sip we take.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail served in a stem cocktail glass.

Below are some two simple recipes to a perfect cosmopolitan cocktail that you can try at home:

Note: These recipes can be tweaked to a preferred taste; either mild or strong. The choice is yours.

Method 1:

Ingredients:

  • Absolut Vodka (or any citron vodka)
  • Liqueur
  • Cranberry juice
  • Contour juice
  • Orange zest to garnish.

How to:

  • The first step is to chill the glass. Scoop some ice cubes and place in a glass. Preferably, a martini glass.
  • Add 3 shots of vodka in a shaker. (Can be more or less, depending on how strong you want your cocktail to be).
  • In the shaker containing the vodka, add 2 parts of contour and 2 parts of cranberry juice.
  • Slightly squeeze in then drop 1 or 2 wedges of lime in the mixture
  • Now add ice to the same shaker and give it a good shake.
  • Strain in your pre-chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of orange zest.

Note: Unlike most cocktails, you do not have to add ice cubes in the cosmopolitan. Pre-chilling the glass is enough.

Method 2: Making a Cosmopolitan Cocktail Using Triple Sec.

Triple Sec simply adds to the alcohol volume in your cocktail. Therefore, if you must use it, you may want to go easy with the vodka shots. Remember, the goal is to enjoy, not get drunk.

Ingredients:

  • Lime Juice
  • Vodka
  • Triple Sec
  • Cranberry juice
  • Zest to garnish

How to:

  • Pre-chill a stem cocktail glass
  • Add 22 ml of citron vodka (or Absolut vodka) into a shaker. Again, this can be more, depending on how strong you want the end result to be.
  • In the same shaker, add 15 ml of triple sec
  • Now add 22ml of lime juice and a splash of cranberry juice.
  • Give the mixture a good shake.
  • Strain the cocktail in the pre-chilled glass.
  • To garnish, slightly squeeze in a lime wedge then drop it in the glass.

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Wine Tasting: Here’s how to do it Like a Pro.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Wine tasting is more than just sipping and swallowing. It is an art that involves several of our senses, patience, and skill that may take ages to become an expert in. Here’s a quick-step guide of how to taste wine like a pro:

A glass with red wine.

Step 1: Inspect

How to Inspect White Wine

Before doing anything with your wine, first, you want to inspect the appearance. If it is white wine, what is the exact colour that you see? For easy observation, hold the glass over a white background, say a dinner plate or a white handkerchief. Is the wine almost clear white or does it have a golden tinge? If it appears lighter, then that is a sign of a younger age wine, cooler climate, or a specific grape variety. On the other hand, golden yellow indicates older age, warmer climate, aged in an oak barrel or a specific grape variety.

How to Inspect Red Wine

In the case of red wine, however, the wine ages by losing colour and becoming more translucent or pale garnet. If you can see through the wine over a white background, then that is a sign of older age wine. The red in wine is caused by the presence of a pigment known as the anthocyanin.

Step 2: Swirl

Step two is to gently swirl (not sipping) the wine in the glass. You may have noticed your wine savvy friends or favourite movie stars do this. But do you know why they do it? Swirling coats the inside of the wine glass with a layer of wine, increasing its evaporation rate and amplifying its complex aromas. All those scents that we know and appreciate in white and red wines are amplified when swirling. Think of this as turning up the volume to listen to your favourite song.

For a first-timer, it can be easier to swirl on a table-top, or a surface while holding the stem of the glass as though it were a pencil.

While swirling, pay close attention to the legs/tears on the glass. Legs are a result of a phenomenon called Marangoni effect caused by fluid surface tension. They are a sign of viscosity, which indicates the alcohol level and/or residual sugars. Therefore, the more legs, the more viscous the wine is and the higher the alcohol and/or sugar concentration.

Step 3: Smell

Deciphering the smell of wine is one of the most complex stages in the process. You must know your smells if you are to do this accurately.

Briefly, sniff once to “prime” the nose. Swirl then sniff once again. Longer and more delicately this time. Switch between sniffing and thinking, taking note of all the notes; anything spicy, fruity, or floral? You are more likely to notice two major notes; fruit smell and the flavours associated with it. For example, the white wine variety Sauvignon Blanc often smells like gooseberry or fresh-cut grass. Some other examples of primary aromas (aromas from grapes) that you are likely to notice in wine include black fruit, dried fruit, red fruit, tropical fruit, tree fruit, citrus fruit and finally, floral and herbal.

Take time to breathe in over your wine. Feel the complex aromas emanate from it. Take a moment to appreciate the finer things in life, like what you are holding. You can close your eyes here if you want to.

Pro tip: When smelling the wine, moving your nose to different positions around the glass ensures that you notice all the complex aromas; from the rich fruit aromas found on the lower lip to the floral aromas that can be smelled on the upper lip of the glass.

Step 4: Taste and Identify

After observing, swirling, and sniffing comes to the most important parts-tasting and identifying the wine. How do we properly taste and identify wine? Take a longer than normal sip, then, without swallowing, aspirate it a little to draw the air through the nasal cavity. This increases the aromatic perception of the wine. Squish it around the mouth. Remember, you want to cover every surface area of the mouth, hit every taste bud, and get as much textural impact as possible. So, take time to toss it around the mouth. Do not swallow. You may be tempted to, but do not. Spit it out like a pro.

Carefully isolate and pick out the traits that you can feel; how is it on the tip of your tongue; is it sweet? the palate, and the after-taste? Any noticeable acidity? Create a mental profile of all the flavours you notice in the wine. Anything vanilla, nutty or coffee-like? Take note and try matching the tasting notes with their categories. For example, vanilla notes indicate maturation in oak barrels.

Pro tip: You’ll notice acidity if the wine makes your mouth water.

Hopefully, the above steps help guide you in the interesting journey of becoming a master of wines.

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Angel’s Share.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Angel’s share. What is it? Do angels too have a drinking habit that we should know of? Do they also look forward to Fridays and complain about weekends being short like we do? Are hangovers something they also struggle with on Sunday mornings?

Angel's share coming from whiskey barrels

To make sense of all these, a brief overview of the whiskey-making process would help shed some light.

The aging of most whiskeys takes place in oak barrels. The main purpose of using the oak barrels is to remove the undesirable parts of the distillate (such as sulfur), reduce the percentage of alcohol and to intensify the subtle flavours of the distilled spirit. All these it achieves through absorption. In return, due to its heavily charred nature, the oak barrel imbues the whiskey with the unique flavours that we all enjoy.

So how do the angels get their share in all this? Due to the porous nature of the oak barrels, about 2% of the total volume evaporates during the critical aging process. It is this evaporated volume that is presumably savoured by the guardian angels who watch over the precious liquid as it ages.

A range of factors affect the rate of evaporation, the main one being humidity. In low humidity areas, more water content evaporates from the barrel. This gives the beverage a higher alcoholic content. On the other hand, higher humidity areas would mean more alcohol evaporation. As a result, the beverage would be less alcoholic.

The angel’s share phenomenon, however, has its own downside. Specifically when it comes to the whiskeys and scotches which undergo many years of aging. An example would be a twelve-year-old scotch, such as the Glenfiddich 12-year-old. By the time it is ready for consumption, assuming it losses 2% per year, it shall have lost 24% of its liquid content to the angels. This may not go down so well for the manufacturers, right?

So next time you describe your whiskey as full-bodied, smooth, or robust, do not forget to thank the angels for it.

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Two Simple Recipes for Making Mojito Cocktails.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mojito cocktails or mocktails are one of the most popular cocktails in the world. Turns out Cubans have been enjoying mojito from as early as the early 19th Century before they decided to share secret recipe with the rest of the world. And we have all since grown to love them (the mojitos, not Cubans). Perhaps for the fresh ingredients, such as the fresh mint, or watermelon in some cases, used in making mojito cocktails. Whichever your preference, just remember to serve in a Collins glass, nice and cold, close your eyes then refreshingly sip your way through a hot, sunny afternoon.How to make Mojito Cocktails

Below are three recipes you can try at home to make the mojito cocktail:

Method 1:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh mint
  • Simple syrup (Remember, simple syrup is just equal parts of sugar and water)
  • Fresh lime juice
  • White rum
  • Ice cubes (lots of ice cubes)
  • Soda (optional)

How to:

  • Place some fresh mint into a shaker
  • In the same shaker, add 22 ml of simple syrup.
  • Use a wooden pestle to gently squash the mint in the shaker to extract its aroma
  • Add 22 ml of fresh lime juice
  • In the mixture, add 60 ml of white rum
  • Prep some ice by shaking
  • Strain the mint out (it does not taste as good as it smells plus you want everything out of the way when sipping this).
  • Serve in a Colin glass (you want lots of ice cubes in this)
  • Garnish with mint sprigs

Method 2:

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon juice
  • Lime juice (2 table spoons)
  • 2 table spoons of sugar
  • Mint
  • Soda, preferaby Sprite
  • Ice cubes

How to:

  • Pour the 2 table spoons of lime juice in a shaker
  • Of the 2 table spoons of sugar, add 1 to the lime juice in the same shaker
  • Add 3-5 mint leaves. (tear them into smaller portions).
  • Gently muddle the mixture using a pestle
  • Halfway add water melon juice to the muddled mixture
  • Add a quarter glass of sprite in the mixture
  • Drop in some ice cubes
  • Garnish with a mint sprig

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Drinking Games to Play With Friends.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whether you are having a birthday party or a simple get together with friends, and you wish to raise the tempo in a more fun way, then some motivation is always welcome. Below are some few drinking games you can always try with your friends at home.

What you need: Drinks (beer or whiskey), party cups and of course, people.

  1. Straight Face

How to play: Each player is to pick a piece of paper and write a sentence on it then place the paper at a principal place. The general rule is that the sentences written should be hard to read while keeping a straight face. So, make them witty. One after the next, ask the participants to randomly pick a piece and read the sentence aloud. Whoever does not keep a neutral facial expression while reading must drink. The host decides the number of shots.

Keeping a straight face

  1. Flip Cups

How to play: Serve multiple shots of whiskey and place them on a table from one end to the other, on the opposite sides of a table, with two friends standing on each side. On the count of three, ask them to begin drowning the shots from end to end. Whoever finishes first wins. The host may add a twist to make losing less fun; for example, loser takes 3 more shots of whiskey.

Flip cups

  1. Most Likely

How to play: Ask your friends to sit in a circle then, starting with the host, ask them to begin asking questions, one at a time, then the rest of the group to answer while pointing at the ‘most likely.’ Whoever gets most fingers pointed at them will drink or take whiskey shots just as much. An example of such questions would be, “Who is the most likely to doze off when watching a movie?”

  1. Paranoia

How to play: As the host, ask your friends to sit in a circle then whisper a question to whoever is on your immediate left. The question and the corresponding answer should be someone present in the room. Whoever you ask this question is to shout the answer. The question is to remain a mystery until the person whose name is mentioned drinks. An example of such questions would be, “Who is the laziest person in the room?”

Paranoia Drinking game

  1. Drink While You Think

How to play: Ask your friends to sit in a small circle then the host to name a celebrity, say Michael Jackson. Whoever is on their left is required to mention a different celebrity whose name begins with the first letter as the other one, say Mariah Carey. One must take whiskey shots while they think of the name. Meaning, the faster you think, the better for you.

  1. Beer Pong

Have 10 party cups filled half-way with beer on opposite ends of a table, then two friends take turns in throwing a ping pong ball, one shot each, aiming for the cups. If one makes a cup, then the opponent drinks the beer in it. One wins by making the opponent drink all the beer on their end of the table. To make it more interesting, the host can add a twist to it; looser takes a shot (or 2) of whiskey. The host sets the rules.

So, next time you are indoors, plotless, and bored, invite some friends over for some drinking games!

 

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Simple Hangover Hacks.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a night of partying and in-depth socialization with alcoholic beverages, there’s usually one aftermath that we all dread; a hangover. Waking up with a rather unpleasant feeling that you are going to die in about five minutes. You try to open your eye and feel like a merciless sunbeam had squirted straight in. Your body feels as though you had somehow been on a cross-country run and then afterward, received an expert beating by the police. Hangovers make us feel bad.

Even though there is no real one-and-done cure (yet) for a hangover, below are some simple home remedies that can help you through the dreaded H-word: hangover hacks

    1. Natural Sugars.
      Natural sugars from fruit juice such as orange and grapefruit help speed up the healing process. This they do by naturally restoring sugars in the body, helping you feel like a human being again.
    2. Potassium.
      Along with the wealth of body benefits that come with it, potassium is one great element for fastening the healing process of a hangover. When one is hangovered, the body suffers a great loss of Potassium. It is therefore advisable that the morning-after diet is rich in this particular element. Bananas, for example, are rich in this and would, therefore, come in handy in making one feel normal again. Other potassium-rich meals you can try are avocados and dried fruit as apricots, peaches, and figs.
    3. Ginger Tea.
      For breakfast, try to include ginger tea in your menu. Raw ginger is an all natural remedy for an upset tummy and can help hasten the path to recovery.
    4. Eggs for breakfast.
      Eggs are rich in the amino acid cysteine, which the liver needs to break down the alcohol toxin acetaldehyde.
    5.  Light exercise.
      This may be the last thing one wants to hear when nursing a hangover, but exercise boosts the body’s metabolism. This naturally speeds up the rate at which the body gets rid of the alcohol toxins, making one feel better faster. So jog a little.

There is also an interesting one; drinking more alcohol the morning after, aka Hair of the Dog. This has been believed to be a cure for hangovers. But does it really work? The alcohol dulls our senses, making us feel like ourselves for some time. Sadly, hair of the dog is just a temporary fix. In a few hours, it will have circling back to the sad state we are all trying to run away from here. In as much as we dread to hear this, drinking in moderation still is the only effective trick. So next time you are at the pub and the rounds keep coming, be cool and ask for water. You will thank us in the morning.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2344″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How to Make the Whiskey Sour Cocktail-With Egg White.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The very thought of adding egg white in a drink is scary and you are allowed to get nervous. But think of it this way; whiskey sour is one very strong cocktail, right up there with old-fashioned, so, it may be comforting know that the high alcohol concentration isn’t favorable for any traces of salmonella. More like kills the brain cells that may be thinking of salmonella. Okay? Cool.Whiskey sour cocktail recipe

The classic whiskey sour cocktail recipe first appeared in Jerry Jerry Thomas’s Bartender’s guide in 1862. It is refreshingly enjoyable, highly recommended during summer.

There are two ways of making Whiskey Sour Cocktail; one uses the egg whites, (this is the proper way), while the other doesn’t involve egg whites. The egg white simply serves to enrich the texture of the drink. In some places, the classic whiskey sour is referred to as Boston Sour to differentiate it from the other less interesting one.

Ingredients for making the classic whiskey sour cocktail:

  • Bourbon Whiskey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Simple Syrup (Simple syrup, as the name suggests, is a simple solution of sugar and water; 2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
  • An egg
  • Orange and cherry to garnish

How to:

      • Pour 60ml of the Bourbon Whiskey into a shaker
      • In the same shaker, add 22 ml of simple syrup
      • Add 22ml of lemon juice in the mixture. (this is approximately 1 half of a lemon)
      • Now add the egg white. (This adds a nice, frothy and silky texture)
      • Dry shake (shake without ice) the components laterally to break up the protein with the alcohol. (Lateral shaking keeps the air flowing evenly).
      • Now add ice cubes and shake vigorously to chill the solution.
      • Serve over ice.
      • Garnish with a speared cherry and orange wedge

Observe the tightly knit, smooth, eggy foam in all its protein-packed glory.

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