What do you get the-man-who-has-everything for his 35th birthday? Well Justin Timberlake got his very own customised cocktail from his personal mixologist! Named “The Thirty-Five”, the drink makes use of Timberlake’s own brand of Sauza 901 Tequila, as well as orange bitters and cognac, served in a double rocks glass. Mixologist Eddy Buckingham describes it as “a sophisticated yet approachable drink – perfect for a celebration”.
Turns out it is not the first cocktail to be created in JT’s name. Eddy Buckingham has been working with the popstar/actor since 2014 when the tequila collaboration first came about. Since then he has been creating personalised cocktails for parties, and promotional drinks for Sauza 901, as well as unique creations for his own bar. Here are a few of his tequila-based delights:
This cocktail came to life on The Tonight Show, when JT took Buckingham along to his interview. Made with two parts jalapeno-infused tequila, one part maple syrup and two dashes of orange bitters, this spicy drink is served in a rocks glass and garnished with a small jalapeno pepper. The drink is quick and easy to make, but the jalapeno-infused tequila requires a little preparation. It involves mixing one bottle of Sauza 901, four chopped jalapeno peppers, one teaspoon of agave syrup and a pinch of salt, and then leaving it all to marinate for at least an hour. It can then be finely strained back into the tequila bottle for a spirit with a kick. Not for the weak-of-heart!
This cocktail was created as a promotional beverage for Sauza 901. It is a twist on the traditional margarita, and is best served in a pitcher and shared among friends. The drink combines eight ounces of Sauza 901, six ounces of fresh lemon juice, four ounces of orange juice, four ounces agave syrup, one cup of cold black tea, and one bottle of pilsner, with a couple of handfuls of ice, a cup of raspberries and slices of orange, lemon, grapefruit and cucumber.
This drink is served in Buckingham’s own cocktail bar in New York, and is the perfect accompaniment to a pool-side vacation. Made with two parts 901 Sauza, one part fresh lemon juice, one part simple syrup, and a splash of soda water, garnished with lemon peel and cherry, it is served over ice in a highball glass. The syrup provides sweet relief from the bitter lemon and tequila, making for a delicious combination of sweet and sour.
Another custom-made drink for the bar, this drink is much simpler to make, but much more potent than some of Buckingham’s other creations. Two parts tequila, one part Campari, one part Sweet Vermouth and half a part of agave syrup is poured over ice in a rocks glass and garnished with a slice of orange.
Justin Timberlake has certainly fallen on his feet with a friend like Eddy Buckingham. We can’t wait to see what delectable delights he comes up with in the future.
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The Thirty Five
Cocktails of the Year
Everyone has a favourite tipple, but thanks to research conducted by the search engine Google, we now know the most popular cocktails of 2015! There are no major surprises, the list is full of classic cocktails that I am sure most of us have sipped on at least once in our lifetime. However, there are one or two you may be unfamiliar with, so perhaps this list will help you to broaden your horizons. Here is the top ten countdown:
This simple rum-based classic is popular drink that was invented in Cuba by an America mining engineer. The original is made with just rum, lime juice and sugar, although there are now many variations on this.
9. Sex On The Beach
This pretty cocktail is just perfect in the hot weather. Orange and cranberry juice combine to create a sunrise effect and add a sweetener to peach schnapps and vodka.
Created in New York in the early twentieth century, this is a gin-based concoction that contains some difficult to find ingredients. Maraschino cherry liqueur and lemon juice are the other main ingredients, but some recipes also call for Crème de Violette. Good luck finding a bottle of that!
It is difficult to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy this fresh, minty beverage. There are many variations on this cocktail, but the original contains white rum, sugar cane juice, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. Born in Cuba, the history behind it is difficult to pin down.
Created in Mexico for a dancer who was allergic to all spirits apart from tequila, this salty favourite is always popular. Made with tequila, triple sec, lime or lemon juice, and garnished with salt around the rim, it has a variety of finishes, be it shaken, on the rocks or straight up, and is delicious whichever way you choose.
5. Long Island Ice Tea
Various sources claim to have invented the Long Island Ice Tea, but its potency is undeniable. Despite being somewhat snubbed by bartenders, this combination of vodka, tequila, gin, rum, triple sec, sour mix and cola is still extremely popular among drinkers.
Although always a favourite amongst cocktail drinkers, the Cosmopolitan gained a whole army of new fans in the 90s, thanks to its frequent mentions on the television programme, Sex in the City. Made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and freshly squeezed lime, it is a sweet, refreshing drink.
One of the simplest recipes on the list, the original Gimlet is nothing but equal parts of gin and lime juice. It has adapted over the years, and now contains far more gin than lime juice. Soda can be added if this is too potent, and mint and lime are often used to garnish.
2. Moscow Mule
Invented in Connecticut in 1941, the name of this cocktail refers to the Russian origin of vodka. It is made with vodka, lime juice, ginger beer and angostura bitters, and is traditionally served in a copper mug, although a highball glass does just fine too.
This Spanish treat is still the world’s most-loved cocktail! Served in pitchers big enough to accommodate a whole bottle of red wine, a touch of sugar, a swig of brandy, and a whole load of chopped fruit, the recipe varies between bars, and as such, the alcohol content does too! Only drinks made in Spain and Portugal are now legally allowed to carry the Sangria name, but we think it is well worth the trip to get the real thing!
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Christmas Punch Up
If you are hosting a Christmas party this week, you are sure to want to impress your guests with a variety of classy cocktails. However, if you have a large group of people to cater for, making individual cocktails can be difficult and time consuming. Save yourself some time to mingle, by preparing some Christmas punches, and let you guests serve themselves.
This cocktail does exactly what it says on the tin. Pomegranate and Cranberry Juice give it a festive flavour, while Vodka and Cointreau will warm the guests up when they arrive out of the frosty weather. Simply combine sixteen ounces pomegranate juice, eight ounces cranberry juice, eight ounces vodka, and eight ounces Cointreau with eight ounces chilled club soda, four ounces fresh lemon juice and four ounces sugar syrup in a bowl. Garnish with cranberries and lemon slices, and give your guests cocktail glasses filled with ice so they can pour their own.
Warm Cider and Rum Punch
Apple cider and dark rum are offset by lots and lots of fruit! This warm punch is perfect for a winter party and will have your guests going back for refills again and again, so be sure to make plenty as it takes a while to prepare! Put 64 ounces of apple cider in a pot, along with a thinly sliced apple, a thinly sliced orange, two cinnamon sticks and a one-inch piece of fresh, peeled ginger, and bring to the boil over a high heat. Allow it to simmer for two hours, before removing from the heat and stirring in sixteen ounces of rum. Transfer to your punch bowl and watch it be devoured!
Champagne Holiday Punch
If you really want to impress your guests this Christmas, this sparkling punch is sure to do the trick. Made for the most discerning of drinkers, this adds a touch of class to a cocktail party. Mix twelve ounces Genever with four ounces of Creole Shrubb, six ounces fresh lemon juice, four ounces of sugar syrup and ten dashes of Angostura Bitters in a bowl and then put into the refrigerator. Leave to chill for at least two hours, before adding four ounces Champagne and eight ounces Club Soda. Add plenty of ice and garnish with star anise pods and pineapple slices. Delicious.
Kids Christmas Punch
Obviously Christmas is all about the kids, and this non-alcoholic punch ensures they are not left out of the festivities. Mix 60g white sugar in a bowl with a litre of cranberry juice, 500ml pineapple juice, and two or three tablespoons almond extract. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours and then stir in two litres of ginger ale to serve.
Happy Christmas Cocktails!
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The History of Christmas Cocktails
With Christmas on its merry way, we are taking this opportunity to celebrate three of the most popular tipples at the time of year. Whichever one you prefer, it is always interesting to know the history behind these traditional cocktails.
Eggnog is a creamy cocktail made of milk, sugar and eggs, as well as either brandy, rum or bourbon. It has a frothy texture thanks to the whipping of the eggs, and is usually finished off with a sprinkle of nutmeg or ground cinnamon. Served in a large punch bowl with a ladle, it is believed that it improves with age, and it can keep in the fridge for up to a year!
It is believed that the drink originated in East Anglia, UK. Another theory is that it is a derivative of the Posset, another milk-based cocktail. It was popular amongst the rich, who were the only ones who could get hold of milk and eggs at the time, before making its way to the British colonies in America in the 18TH century.
It became associated with Christmas thanks to the eggnog riots at the United States Military Academy in 1826. Some of the cadets smuggled the ingredients into the barracks to make a special cocktail for Christmas Day. The act resulted in disciplinary action for many of the soldiers.
This delicious mixture of red wine and mulled spices has the ultimate scent of Christmas. It is possible that this drink dates as far back as the 2nd century, where wine was warmed up in Rome. However, it is in the UK where it is most popular, and has been since Victorian times.
It is a recipe that is very much dependant on individual tastes, with the amount of spice added down to the barperson’s discretion. Added ingredients can include anything from orange slices, lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and sugar.
It is popular around Christmas time thanks to its ability to warm people up on a cold, snowy day.
Advocaat and lemonade with a dash of lime make up this popular yuletide drink. Created in the UK in the 40s, it really took off in the 70s. Then its reputation declined somewhat, as the cheapness and sweetness of the drink fell out of favour. However, in 2006, chef Nigella Lawson was responsible for a 40% rise in sales of Advocaat, and the snowball was revived.
Meanwhile, in America, the snowball has always been looked at with suspicion. There is something about the combination of egg and lemonade that seems to put people off. However, keep an eye out for this as there is a growing number of people that are keen to see it become just as popular in the States as it is in Europe.
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Top 5 Must Know Make Me A Cocktail Secrets
Over 5 years ago we started building Make me a Cocktail with one simple premise in mind – allow a user to enter what ingredients they have at home, and we’ll tell them what they can make! Simple. Succinct. No problem ….. right? Well, that original goal was relatively quick to solve, but as with all websites the main crux of the problem came on how best to represent all the information and how to give the user the best possible experience to find the information they were exactly after. To that aim we are always striving and one which means we are constantly tinkering with small GUI updates.
However, as we’ve been making this journey we’ve realised that what one user wants to be shown can be different to another, and giving the right results and information to a user is a complicated beast to solve. To try and achieve this there are so many small and clever user options, tabs and hacks that you can carry out on the website to get what you want, and here’s our top 5!
1. Ingredient Searching Cleverness
You carry out a search with the ingredients vodka and orange in. But do you mean you want to see cocktails with vodka OR orange, or vodka AND orange. Well, you can do actually do both. So lets say you carried out this very same search which takes you here:
Now near the top of the results, in a nice blue box, you get shown what you searched for, which looks like this:
However, click on that lovely black arrow and you’ll get shown this option:
And wham bam thank you mam! Simply click on the green and white ‘go arrow’ and we’ll change it from one to the other. Clever hey?
2. Home ingredients …. I’ve got them all!
We’re users of the site too, and as such we know that sometimes when creating a new My Bar you don’t want to enter all those pernickety home ingredients such as milk, cocoa powder, ginger, pepper, sugar, salt etc etc. You just want for the system to assume you’ve got them all and you just enter the alcoholic parts of your bar … well guess what, we built that feature in. It’s a member only feature so simply register or login (registration is free so theres no reason not to) and then go to the Preferences tab. There, among a host of useful options is the power feature of ‘Ignore home ingredients, assume I’ve got them all’.
Tick that box, hit save, and hey presto, when working out what cocktails you can make we assume you’ve got all home ingredients. If you go to My Bar you’ll even get shown a bespoke view to highlight that you’ve got this option selected.
How when you search using your bar we do all the home ingredient assumptions for you. Very very cool!
3. Default measurement
Stick with me here, and stay on the Admin > Preferences screen. You’ll notice among the options this little gem of choosing what default measurement you want shown on cocktail recipes.
Choose your preferred measurement and hit save. And just like that we try and show you all recipes using that measurement instead of the original text. You can still see a cocktails original text, but if we can, we show you the converted measurement too! Yep, very funky we know!
4. Tell me more about this cocktail…..
So sure we think we’re the best cocktail resource out there, and we hope our recipes give you everything you need to know, but we also believe in an open and connected web where information from different sources can only be a good thing. And to that end we built our ‘Elsewhere on the net’ widget for all cocktails.
On every cocktail page you’ll see this little powerful gem of a box:
Where we display 3 videos from YouTube that (hopefully) show how to make the cocktail you’re looking at. Click a video and we open it up in a mobile friendly lightbox so you can view the video without having to navigate off the site. In the picture above (and the ones below) I’m on one of my favourite cocktails page – the Caipirinha, and you can see the widget is showing me 3 videos from different sources on how to make the cocktail – nice.
But what about those two other tabs …. those are actually really clever little things. Lets take a look at the contents:
In the social tab (the one on the far right) we give you a Twitter and Google Plus feed of anybody who is talking about that cocktail right now, so you can see what people are saying about the cocktail on social media RIGHT NOW! Yep, up to date internet action on the very cocktail you’re looking at.
Not only that, but the other tab – Websites – gives you 5 other websites which mention how to make this cocktail. Sure, some of them are our competitors, but we believe so strongly in our brand and website, and the openness of the web that we’d rather give you as much information as we can on a cocktail then hide it away and shy away. Crazy – maybe, but we’re all about the best user experience for you rather than holding you tightly to our site and not letting you go.
5. Really (really) complex ingredient searching
Geek alert! This one is very very (very) clever but does come with a slight geek alert warning. Happy to carry on? Then lets begin!
We’ve already mentioned ingredient searching and being able to search with AND / OR logic, but what about complex searches where you want to be able to search for combinations of these. Lets take an example.
You want to see cocktails that use:
(Vodka OR Gin), as well as (Lemon juice OR Lime juice OR Orange juice), as well (Angostura bitters).
I.e. we’re saying one from the first set, one from the second, and one from the last, but in any combination. Well, you can do this with a little bit of URL tinkering. Firstly go onto the search page and add all the ingredients to the mix, and hit search!
You’ll get presented with a list of cocktails that use any of those ingredients (currently around 1500 cocktails). Now take a look at the URL:
And this is where you can tinker with the URL to get what you are after. In ingredient searching URL’s, comma’s mean or, and the pipe character (the straight line key … |) means AND. Those numbers are the ingredient id’s, so to build up our query we simple replace the comma’s between the sets we want to create with the pipe character, leaving you with this:
This URL logic means any one from the first set (before the pipe) AND any one from the middle set, AND any one from the end set. Hit return and boom – the complex search you wanted is carried out, in this case currently returning around 10 cocktails.
If you need a drink after that logic I suggest you try the Pegu Club from those results, lovely!
And thats our top 5 hints, tip and tricks to get the most from our website. It was tough to bring the list down to 5, as theres so many more very funky tips, but we’ll leave them for another article. Got any tips or ways of using the site yourself? Let us know in the comments below. Happy cocktailing!
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Flaviar First Look
Disclaimer: We’ve recently been speaking with Flaviar and received this box to review for this website. Below is an honest and open review on the company and the service they offer.
Today as I ran down the stairs like I was a child at Christmas, hearing the doorbell from the postman, I had that anticipation that something exciting and intriguing was being delivered. I was not to be disappointed! Today I received my first monthly box from Flaviar, with their Five Flavours of Scotch monthly tasting box; I had to withhold myself to capture some photos for this review before ripping open the box.
Flaviar, an online monthly or free subscription service, essentially hand pick some craft spirits which you then get delivered monthly direct to your door. Or as they put it they “…tongue-pick the ones that deserve a spot in your home bar.” Each box contains between 3 and 5 spirits in nifty little bottles and contain a range of flavours along with some helping leaflets to help you get the most from the contents. You can choose from rums, scotches, whiskeys, cognacs, bourbons and more. As well as the monthly subscription services that I am reviewing here, they also have an online store with a lot of great craft and hard to find spirits.
I’ve tried some of these monthly services before with a few craft beer services and food recipes and have had some mixed feelings; often the companies seem to try and get away with cheap standardised yet unfamiliar beers or ingredients that are mass produced and just repackaged under new names. However with the multitude of spirits out there, and the expense that you naturally incur trying to taste more and more, Flaviar seem to have something good going for them.
First impressions can mean a lot, especially in subscription services where your on-going support to the company is based not only on the product, but also in your feelings and emotions towards them. Flaviar didn’t disappoint as I opened up the delivery packaging to be presented with a smart, swish black box, that has an almost honest feeling of craftsmanship about it from the start – a theme that was to carry on throughout the product.
As I excitedly opened up the box, taking care not to rip the red sticky labels in half, for no other reason than an intrinsic feeling of keeping the box intact and to not spoil the overall feel, I had presented to me 5 test-tube esque bottles of scotch along with a couple of leaflets of information and tasting instructions.
I really do like the feel of the box; the presentation, the smart packaging and the way that the scotch is presented and displayed, held up in a stately manner akin to its prevalence and enjoyment hereon in. The 45ml bottles (for you non-math wizards out there, totalling 225ml of scotch) are made of glass, have a good solid feel to them and are of a good size, they are enjoyable to hold. Maybe I’m lamenting too much on the look and feel here, but it really is important that a company understand all these aspects and start right from the off before the product even shines through if they are to keep customers loyal and wanting more, and so far I’m impressed.
Before cracking open the first scotch however, I had a good read of the paraphernalia that comes along with the package. And you know what – I actually enjoyed reading it. The language is in a friendly almost humorous manner, with little jokes and attempts at humour that had me enjoying the read. They could have gone down the serious scotch drinkers route with flavour maps and what to taste for, but instead have gone for the much more approachable language with such snippets as ‘tastebuds’ in the ‘preflight checklist’, along with a ‘sound system’, reminding you to ‘invite your friends’, and a ‘SmartAss Corner’ flavour map introduction. Its the little touches…..
Of course, as much as a product can sell itself on the emotive responses gained from the product, the actual contents, in this case, the scotch, is just as important. In the box I received laid out before me was:
- Lagavulin (16 years old)
- The Glenliver (18 year old)
- Laphroaig (quarter cask)
- Auchentosham (12 year old), and a
- Singleton of Dufftown (15 year old)
Price wise, some of these go for £40+ ($60USD) a bottle and I was pleasantly pleased and upbeat to see the contents live up to the packaging, with the price point of the box definitely providing quality inside, and a good return on the monthly investment.
Of course taste can often be in the eye of the beholder, and I am yet to find that ‘friend’ that the leaflet requires of me to taste test these beauties, but I am excited and giddy at the thought of going through Flaviar’s product line and seeing what their leaflets can both teach and inspire me with the scotches received in this box.
Overall, a big thumbs up from me. Well done Flaviar. The packaging and care you’ve taken on your product is top notch. The way the contents are presented, the language used and the overall honest feeling of craftsmanship to the whole product is one of the best I’ve seen in a monthly subscription service.
With Christmas just around the corner, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the company have a good uptake on its products, a good solid business with uncompromising quality so far. Well done!
Flaviar’s website can be found here: flaviar.com
They offer a free members service with bottle deals and ratings and reviews, as well as the aforementioned monthly subscription packs, called Prime or Gift Packs.
They also offer an app (The Flaviar App) for use with their products that can be found here.
Prime membership (i.e. the monthly tasting box) is priced at:
First month is $18.99, then $24.99 per month after
First month is €15.99, then €21.99 per month after
First month is £14.99, then £18.99 per month after
See more of what they offer on their website.
The colder evenings may be creeping in now, but that doesn’t mean we need to desert our beloved cocktails in favoured of hot cocoa. This list of drinks will be sure to fill you with a warm glow, and they taste delicious too!
Caramel Irish Coffee
I couldn’t write a post about hot winter drinks without mentioning Irish coffee. This classic cocktail is regularly made in my house, but I really love this caramel twist. Made with equal parts of Jamesons Irish Whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Butterscotch Schnapps mixed with two and a half parts coffee, this tastes best if made in a pre-heated Irish coffee glass. Simply pour in the ingredients and top with whipped cream and caramel. It’s a wickedly naughty dessert in a glass!
Hot Peppermint Patty
Following along the lines of after-dinner drinks, this Peppermint Patty takes a traditional hot chocolate and gives it a minty, alcoholic twist. Make hot chocolate as normal, and add an ounce of Peppermint Schnapps, half an ounce of Dark Crème de Cacao, and a teaspoon of Crème de Menthe. Fill the cup up with whipped cream and sprinkle some chocolate shavings on top. This recipe will delight anyone will a sweet tooth and works best in a mug or a pre-warmed Irish coffee glass.
Hot Apple Toddy
This cider recipe is a wonderful alternative to the classic Mulled Wine that often makes an appearance around this time of year. Pre-heat an Irish coffee glass and then coat the base of it in honey. Pour in two ounces of Whiskey and then fill with hot apple cider. Give it a quick stir and then garnish with a cinnamon stick, lemon wedge, and a few whole cloves. It will become your new winter favourite!
Milk & Honey
This cocktail is one that is sure to take you back to the days when your mum used to make your warm milk before bed. Of course, this nostalgic favourite has been given a grown-up twist. Pour one and a half ounces of Benedictine into a mug and fill with warm milk. Bliss. One thing to remember is that milk will curdle with the alcohol in your stomach, so don’t drink too many or you will live to regret it!
Warm n’ Toasty
After a long day of snowball throwing, Christmas shopping or just running errands out in the cold, Warm n’ Toasty is exactly how you want to feel, so this cocktail had to make it onto my list. Another one that requires an Irish coffee glass, preferably pre-warmed to keep the cocktail hot, it is simple to make. Pour two ounces of Bourbon into the glass with a quarter ounce of lemon juice and a quarter ounce of Grenadine, and fill with hot water. The garnish is a cinnamon stick and orange wheel. The result is utter relaxation after a hard, cold day!
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Hot Peppermint Patty
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Milk & Honey
I love Halloween. What better excuse is there to dress up, eat lots of sweets and carve an oversized fruit than All Hallows Eve? But when you have come down from your sugar-high and emerged from your pumpkin pie coma, you are going to need something to wash it all down.
So here is a list of the most devilish cocktails we could find – perfect to serve at a Halloween party or to delicately sip on while watching a scary film. Just be sure not to spill any on the carpet – the results could be deadly.
This cocktail is well known in bartending circles for its high alcohol content – potent enough to wake the dead. To make this punchy beverage, first rinse your glasses in absinthe. Then fill a cocktail shaker with an ounce of each of the following ingredients: gin, triple sec, lillet Blanc and lemon juice. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into the absinthe glasses. Garnish with a brandied cherry.
Bleeding Heart Martini
This gruesome-looking cocktail uses pickled baby beets on cocktail sticks to replicate a bleeding heart. You will need to chill your glass before you begin to make this cocktail, and then rinse it in two ounces of dry vermouth. Then combine eight ounces of gin in a shaker with plenty of ice cubes and pour into the glass. Place your gory garnish into the cocktail and watch it bleed!
This fruity concoction is created to look like a pumpkin. Pour one ounce of cognac, an ounce and half of orange juice, half an ounce of ginger ale and half an ounce of Grand Marnier into a cocktail shaker and shake violently. Strain into a lowball glass. The garnish is what makes this drink spooky. Take an orange wheel and a twist of lime and float on top of the drink so that it resembles the top of a pumpkin.
Frog In A Blender
This super-easy cocktail will leave all your party guests wondering if you really have blended a frog. Put a cup of ice, two ounces of vodka and four ounces of cranberry juice into a blender with two lime wheels. You can also add other fruit including grapes, berries and apple pieces. Then blend for just a few minutes, so that the drink still has plenty of lumps and pour into a chilled martini glass.
The easiest way to please everyone at a Halloween party is to make a punch. And none are more appropriate than this one. First of all, you need to stir ten tablespoons of dark brown sugar in 300ml lemon juice until it has completely dissolved. Then pour into a bowl along with equal amounts of white rum, gold rum, demerara rum, pineapple juice, lime juice and passion fruit syrup. Add 8-10 dashes of bitter and stir to combine. This looks best served in a hollowed out pumpkin. Garnish with plenty of lemon and lime pieces.
And there you have five of the most haunting recipes you will find this October. Happy trick or treating!
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Enjoy every last drop of Summer
As the Summer draws to a close, and the Labor Day weekend beckons, it seems only right that it is spent celebrating the long, warm days gone by, before the kids go back to school and the cooler weather kicks in. Why not make up some of these tropical cocktails to help encourage the sunny days to stretch a bit longer…
End of Paradise Punch
Make this fruity concoction up in advance and then sip delicately throughout the day while chasing the sun around you back garden from the comfort of your sun lounger. Simply muddle fresh raspberries with simple sugar syrup, and then add three parts Malibu, two parts apple juice, four parts Earl Grey tea and a dash of fresh lime juice. Stir in a big bowl and garnish with mint and citrus fruits and then chill in the fridge. Top up your drink with a ladle every time you notice your glass getting empty.
Nothing sweetens a lazy summer’s day like a glass of ice cold lemonade. This alcoholic version is just as refreshing, and will only enhance your Labor Day weekend. Chill four glasses in the freezer for a while before serving your drink. Then mix one cup of lemon juice, half a cup of sugar, some fresh mint, one cup of sparkling water, a splash of ginger ale and three cups of ice in a blender. Combine until you have a lovely thick liquid. Add a quarter of a cup of Vodka into your four frozen glasses, and top with your lemonade mix. Garnish with mint, lemon and a straw.
Nothing refreshes a thirsty tongue like a juicy watermelon, and the fruit is synonymous with summer for me. Puree two cups of watermelon in a blender. Add it to a pitcher with half a cup of simple syrup, a three quarter cup of tequila and a dash of lime juice. Rim your glass with lime and sugar and fill with crushed ice. Pour your margarita mix over the top and garnish with lime. With all the work required to make this drink, you are sure to have built up a sweat that will require you to cool off with a melon drink or two.
Reminisce about your tropical holidays with a twist on the traditional Sangria. Add shredded lime peel, one cup of lime juice and a three quarter cup of sugar to a bowl and add two cups of water. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and then refrigerate for at least two hours. Fill a glass with ice, add half a cup of Pinot Noir and top with the lime mixture. Garnish with nectarine and say Adios to the summer.
The Compendium of Alcohol Ingredients and Processes
Winebgas.com have done an awesome new infogrpahic highlighting all the processes and ingredients that go into various spirits and alcoholic ingredients. Its a fairly comprehensive list ranging from absinthe to kilju, to whiskey and wine.
We’re loving the mini graphics and dedication to the amount of ingredients in this list. See the full infographic here: http://www.winebags.com/The-Compendium-of-Alcohol-Ingredients-and-Processes-s/2054.htm