Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Get Ready For Summer With This Fruity Cocktail

With summer just around the corner, and the heat making its presence felt, it’s best to sit back and make the most of the season. Put on your bathing suits and sunglasses, lather on some sunscreen, and enjoy the sun!

To add to the tropical feel, Cardinal Spirts has introduced a fruity rum cocktail to help you beat the heat. The Mango Papaya Daiquiri is sure to be a hit, whether you’re sharing with friends or sunbathing solo.

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You won’t need a lot to come up with this amazing cocktail. Here are the ingredients.

  • 2 ounces Tiki Rum infused with mango-papaya tea
  • ¾-ounce lime juice
  • ¾-ounce simple syrup

The first thing you have to do is mix a tablespoon of loose tea into 375 ml of rum and allow it to sit for two hours. This should be enough time for a single serving of the mango papaya tea with Tiki Rum.

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Once you have the tea-rum mix, pour it into the shaker with the lime juice and simple syrup. Shake it vigorously before straining it into a coupe glass. If you desire so, you can garnish the cocktail with a lime.

Adam Quirk sets his passion toward making his business, Cardinal Spirits, better. For more discussion on alcoholic beverages, check out this blog.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

All About Rum: How The Celebrated Drink Is Made

Rum is a distilled spirit produced from the sugarcane plant. It’s worth going to the nitty-gritty of how this spirit is made and how far back its rich history goes.

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According to evidence, commercial rum production likely originated in Barbados in the 1600s where it was part of a trade triangle involving sugarcane, molasses, and the slave trade during the colonial days when there was significant rum production in the United States. Rum was largely deemed the dominant spirit in the young U.S. nation before it cozied up with whiskey and bourbon.

The United States Government Federal Standards of Identity notes that the alcoholic distillate is from the fermented juice of sugarcane, sugarcane syrup, sugarcane molasses, or other byproducts of the plant, created at less than 190 proof in a way that the distillate exhibits the taste, aroma, and qualities generally attributed to rum. It’s bottled at not less than 80 proof, too.

The base made from sugarcane juice or molasses is combined with water and yeast, and the resulting mixture is fermented into something that is then distilled. Sugarcane-based rum is typically distilled using a pot still, which entails a single distillation each time, while molasses-based rum is distilled through a column still, a continuous distillation process.

A wealth of factors affecting rum quality include the raw fermenting materials, fermentation method used, type of yeast used, distillation method, blending of various barrels of rum, and quality of water for diluting the final product, to name a few.

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The raw spirit from the still will lie between 70 and 95 percent alcohol by volume. Some rums, specifically those for local Caribbean markets, are simply bottled and sold fresh from the still, while most rum is aged, which then significantly alters the spirit’s overall character.

Adam Quirk is the co-founder of Cardinal Spirits, a craft distillery opening in Bloomington, IN, that produces premium whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, and liqueurs using local ingredients. For similar reads, visit this page.

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Intriguing Copper Tone Cocktail

For those who love vodka cocktails, here’s the oh-so-intriguing Copper Tone Cocktail. Not only does it taste great and pack a punch, but it also has a great story behind it. There was once a girl named Claire who won a year’s supply of LaCroix Sparkling Water. She was ecstatic save for the fact that the supply includes coconut – a flavor she hates.

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Next thing you know, she was at our bar, and the staff was helping her create a new mix, one that turned her around on coconut. It is called the Copper Tone Cocktail because of it looked.

To make one, you’ll need 1.5 ounces Cardinal Spirits Vodka, 3/4 ounces passion fruit puree, ½ ounce grapefruit juice, ¾ ounce lemon juice, 1/2 ounce cayenne-honey syrup, Coconut LaCroix Sparkling Water, to taste, and a lemon peel, for garnish

Except for the Coconut LaCroix Sparkling Water, put all the ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously before straining into a large glass with ice. Top the cocktail with Coconut LaCroix and garnish it with the lemon peel.

For the cayenne-honey syrup (which is fondly called the “secret ingredient”), mix a cup of honey with a cup of water, and a teaspoon of cayenne in a saucepan. Heat and stir until the honey dissolves completely. By then, remove the syrup from heat and allow it to cool completely.

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Adam Quirk sets his passion toward making his business, Cardinal Spirits, better. For more discussion on alcoholic beverages, check out this blog.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Heat Up The Night With The Fire At The Pageant Cocktail

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Who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Cardinal Spirits has some of the greatest cocktails in the state. And one of the all-time favorites is the Fire at the Pageant Cocktail. The Fire at the Pageant Cocktail is a unique blend of sweetness, spice, and the perfect amount of citrus for the cocktail lover, thanks to the incredible blend of ingredients that includes jalapenos and hibiscus.

First, you’ll have to gather the ingredients. You’ll need two ounces of Cardinal Spirits Vodka, a half oz. of fresh lemon juice, three-fourths oz. of blood orange juice, a half oz. of simple syrup, and three jalapeno slices. You can also use a blood orange slice for garnish.

You’ll then need to infuse the vodka with hibiscus tea. To make the tea, steep a bag of hibiscus tea in one-and-a-half cups of Cardinal Spirits Vodka for 24 hours. The result should
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be a dozen ounces of infused vodka, which can make up to six cocktails.

The cocktail itself is rather straightforward. You’ll just need to put all the ingredients, save for the blood orange garnish, in a shaker. Shake well before straining into a glass with ice. Add the blood orange slice as a garnish.

Adam Quirk sets his passion towards making his business, Cardinal Spirits, better. For more discussion on alcoholic beverages, check out this blog.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

More benefits from the incredible whisky

Over the centuries, whisky has been a favorite for many alcohol drinkers. Today, a lot of whisky drinkers have become more sophisticated and the prices and quality of whisky have increased. One of the most appealing aspects of whisky is its health benefits. Here are some of them. 


  • Whisky can contribute to weight loss. Whisky is zero fat and only has 100 calories. Compare that to beer which is full of carbs. 

  •  Whisky can help you lower your stress levels. A glass of whisky is enough to calm you down after a long day by slowing and relaxing your brain. 

  •  Through the aging process of whisky, it changes its color and the amount of ellagic acid in it increases. This acid regulates the glucose being released by the liver. This is extremely good news for diabetics since whisky keeps their blood sugar levels in check. 

  •  Aside from helping diabetics, whisky also protects a person from stroke. Whisky allows blood to flow freely without any blockage. In connection to this, whisky is free of bad cholesterol. 

  •  Lowered chances of stroke and amounts of bad cholesterol ultimately means that whisky is great for the heart. It boosts antioxidants and its beneficial compounds are taken in by the body pretty quickly.

Adam Quirk used to work for a tech startup before he pursued his passion for high-quality spirits and liquors. Learn more about vodka and other premium craft liquors by visiting this blog.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The most influential skateboarders of all time

Skateboarding has been around for decades and its influence on street culture has not been as strong as it is today. Aside from being revered, modern-day street stuntmen, skateboarders are considered fashion influencers. To be a skateboarder is to pursue a lifestyle of cool. Here are three names who’ve pushed the sport to its current worldwide popularity. 

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Bob Burnquist 

Absolutely no one has matched Brazilian Burnquist’s performance in Skate Vert 2001, at the seventh installment of the X Games. Needing a 95-plus score to win the event, he came up with a flawless run that included some of the most difficult tricks known at the time and ending up with a 98 score. The commentators were absolutely delirious; this is a must-watch YouTube video for any skateboard fan. Also, he was the first skater to land the uber-hard fakie 900. 

Rodney Mullen 

Mullen began skating at the tender age of 14 and invented most of the staple tricks we know in modern skating. The list of tricks he initiated includes the kickflip, the 360 flip, and the pop shove it. Skateboarding historians regard Rodney Mullen as the most influential and best street skater ever. 

Tony Hawk 

Skating won’t be as popular as it is now without the guy known as Tony Hawk. He made the sport a household term and a computer game, and is the first skater to land a 900. If Mullen started it all, the San Diego-native is the guy who pushed the sport to new heights. 

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Hello there. I’m Adam Quirk, a film enthusiast, freelance graphic designer, and skateboarder from New Jersey. Visit this website for similar reads.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

What Happens During Liquor Distillation?

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Distillation refers to the process of separating components or substances from a liquid mixture. This is done either via selective boiling and condensation. Both complete distillation and partial ones are possible; the former refers to the separation of nearly pure components, while the latter increases the concentration of selected mixture components.

Whatever the chosen process used, the idea is to work on the volatility of the components. Heat is applied to what is called a boiler, a container with an alcoholic wash, some mixture of ethanol (drinking alcohol), water, and often other solid and liquid substances. The distillation process happens with the interaction of yeast and sugars, a process called fermentation.

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When the alcoholic wash is heated to a boiling point, some of the wash becomes vapor, which expands and leaves the boiler by way of its lyne arm. The vapor travels through this lyne arm and goes into a separate container called a condenser which is cooled externally, often by circulating cooling water. When the vapor is cooled, it condenses back to a liquid called the condensate, which when collected becomes the distillate.

The two methods for distilling are pot distilling and column distilling. The former, also known as the alembic method, is the use of a big, kettle-shaped vessel where the primary fermented liquid is heated up. Column distilling involves giant gleaming columns. The wash is continuously injected into the column, with steam constantly rising up to meet it.

Adam Quirk is a former operative at a tech startup and the co-founder of Cardinal Spirits, a craft distillery opening in Bloomington, IN. More writings on liqueurs and spirits here.