Saturday, 30 September 2017

Three common mistakes people do with wine

Whether you’re chilling alone or celebrating with your friends, there are a few things that nearly every wine drinker does wrong. Here are the most common mistakes you can find people doing with wine: 

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1. Avoiding white wine in the winter Since white wine is best served chilled, it’s easy to associate it with hot, sunny days. But there’s no reason to ditch the white wine during the cold seasons. Opt for full-bodied, rich winter, white wines, like an oaky Chardonnay. 

2. Not buying screw tops There used to be a time when a screw top meant cheap wine. These days though, winemakers are turning away from traditional corks in favor of screw bottles. After all, many red and white wines are meant to be opened at a young. 

3. Holding the glass wrong Yes, there’s actually a correct way to hold a wine glass, and it’s not only for show. Instead of wrapping your hand around the bowl of the glass, grip the base of the stem between your thumb and pointer finger. This will prevent your hand from transferring heat to your wine, thus making the wine stay cooler for longer. 

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Homemade simple syrup recipes to up your cocktail game

Those who enjoy homemade cocktails know how important a simple syrup is. Basically, simple syrup is just equal parts of water and sugar that is heated until the sugar dissolves. It is then mixed into the cocktail, giving it a sweet taste. 

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Simple syrup does not have to be that simple, though. You could also give it flavor by adding fruits and herbs. That way, you can experiment with different kinds of cocktails. 

The following are some simple syrup recipes you should try out: 

Cold-pressed cherry ginger 

 Combine one-half cup of sugar, one-half cup of halved and pitted cherries, and a teaspoon of grated ginger. Smash the mixture to release the juices of the cherry and ginger. After that, add hot water, and occasionally stir and smash the syrup until sugar dissolves. 

Pineapple turmeric 

In addition to water and sugar, a teaspoon of turmeric, a cup of pineapple juice, and lemon peels are included. Heat all the ingredients and bring it to a simmer. Continuously stir the substance until the sugar dissolves. 

Roasted strawberry and tarragon 

Mix a quart of halved strawberries with one-half cup of sugar and put it in an oven that is preheated to 400 degrees. After 15 minutes, add tarragon sprigs, with the amount depending on how want flavor of the syrup to be. Roast again for 15 minutes, and then add another one-half cup of sugar while smashing the strawberries. Stir the syrup until sugar is completely dissolved. 

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Cocktail craft: the appropriate drink for every occasion

No matter what the party or event is, it’s always a good time for a drink. Everyone has their favorite beverage, but with so many choices out there, sometimes it can be hard to choose. When faced with that dilemma, check out this list of drinks for every occasion and how you can make them. 

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1. Rum and raisin old-fashioned 

Perfect for chilling after a hard day’s work. 

50ml Appleton VX rum 
25ml Harvey’s Bristol Cream 
1 dash Angostura bitters  
1 dash Angostura orange bitters 
1 orange twist, to garnish 

Fill a tumbler or rocks glass with ice cubes. Add the rum, sherry, and bitters, then stir. Squeeze the oils from the orange peel onto the surface of the drink, then drop into the glass. Serve. 

2. Common or garden G&T 

Best served while relaxing, lying on a lawn. 

35ml gin 
Tonic water 
1 fresh bay leaf
1 sage leaf 
1 lemon wedge 

Fill a wine glass with ice cubes, add the gin, tonic to taste, and the bay and sage. Squeeze the lemon and drop it into the glass. Stir and serve.

3. Marmalade punch 

Heat up your summer party with this drink.

500ml cloudy apple juice 
250ml Fentimans ginger beer  
100ml whisky 
2 dashes Angostura orange bitters 
Juice of ½ lemon  
8 slices orange 

Put everything into a large jar filled with ice. Stir and pour into tankards. 

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Adam Quirk, the co-founder of Cardinal Spirits, is a former operative at a tech startup. Visit his blog to know more about alcoholic beverages.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Some little-known facts about gin

Gin is the secret ingredient to some of the most mind-blowing cocktail treats. Here are some little-known facts about this truly versatile spirit. 

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Gin was never intended to be taken straight up. It is supposed to be consumed as the key ingredient in a cocktail drink. However, other cultures have evolved their own drinking practices, and so you might encounter people who take it in shots. 

Although the U.K. is the country most associated with gin, the drink actually traces back its origin to Holland. When the English were fighting in the Thirty Years’ War of the 17th century, they saw Dutch soldiers drinking Jenever to boost morale before charging in the battlefield. The idea caught on with the English, and basically, they copied off the enemy and made gin their own over a century later. 

In the chemical sense, gin is not really far from vodka. Vodka is pure alcohol mixed with water. Gin, however, is that, plus botanicals such as juniper, coriander, citrus peel, or cinnamon. Other people might refer to gin as flavored vodka, and this is perfectly acceptable. 

Gin can also be used for medicinal purposes. Its key ingredients have proven to stop scurvy and treat malaria. However, a bottle of gin hardly ever makes it to a doctor’s prescription. It’s truly meant to be enjoyed as a very soothing and satisfying drink. 

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Tips To Prevent a Hangover

A bad hangover can make one quickly swear to never drink again. Fortunately, hangovers aren’t an unpreventable part of drinking. These few tricks can help you enjoy a great night without dreading the next morning.

Before drinking

Eat something. Commonly referred to as “soakage,” eating something before a night of heavy drinking helps lessen the effects of alcohol because the more you eat, the more time it will take for the alcohol to affect you. Eat carbs and fatty food such as pizza and pasta as fat slows your body’s absorption of alcohol. If you’re trying to eat healthy, go for oily fish such as salmon and mackerel.

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While drinking

Stick to one type of alcohol. Mixing drinks is a sure way to get a bad hangover. Because different drinks have different flavorings and other additives which, when combined can give your body a hard time to process everything at once. Choose beer or vodka or wine or rum.

Cocktails are especially lethal, as they usually contain at least two different types of alcohol. But if you can’t resist, try to set a limit. Maybe a glass or two of cosmopolitans.

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After drinking

Rehydrate for dehydration is the leading cause of a hangover. So, as soon as you get home, drink a large glass of water before you crash on your bed. Get a good sleep, and when you wake up, drink another glass of water and eat a hearty breakfast.

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Three Easy Cocktails To Make At Home

Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking to impress your friends, making your own cocktail isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Usually, mixing drink could end up badly, but cocktails are an exception. You can turn an ordinary rum into a tangy, refreshing delight.

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Here are three cocktails that are easy to make at home.

1. Cheeky Vimto

This cocktail is super easy to make and tastes super as well. It’s an old student favorite for a reason.
Ingredients: WKD Blue, port (small bottle), vodka (leftovers will do)

Method: Mix 50ml of Port with a bottle of WKD, then add 25ml of your Vodka. That’s it!

2. Jammie Dodger Shot

This one’s not your typical cocktail as it’s more of a shooter. But, it’s the best-tasting shot you will ever put in your mouth!

Ingredients: A bottle of Chambord, double cream, sugar

Method: Fill 3 quarters of the shot glass with Chambord, top it up with cream. Sprinkle a little sugar. Bottoms up!

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3. Sex on The Beach

Really, who doesn’t like this drink? It’s perfect any time of the year.

Ingredients: 200 ml cranberry juice, 100 ml orange juice, 75ml vodka, and 75ml peach schnapps

Method: Mix all of them together, adding the alcohol first and serve with ice.

Adam Quirk is a co-founder of Bloomington-based craft distillery Cardinal Spirits. For similar reads, visit this blog.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Variety Of Gin Cocktails

Gin is a great alcoholic beverage to turn into a cocktail because of its dryness, herbal qualities, and (sort of) refreshing taste. When mixed with sugary fruit juices, the taste is more balanced than anything else.

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A citrus-infused gin cocktail has become more and more popular over the decades, however nowadays, drinkers lean towards the drier, subtler flavors.

Take for instance the classic gin and tonic. This mix has been a favorite for centuries. British colonialists invented this drink in India. What started as a medicinal additive quickly turned people into gin lovers. Over the years, people have garnished the drink with either lime or cucumber.

Speaking of gin and cucumbers, nobody knew how beloved this combination would be. After all, it’s a watery vegetable mixed with a botanical spirit. But it was just one of those things that worked. Cucumbers were known to bring out the juniper, pepper, and citrus flavors in gin.

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Moving away from organic ingredients, let’s look at gin and martini. This drink, which combines gin, vermouth, an olive (or lemon) has been a bar favorite for ages. The sweetness can be adjusted with the type of vermouth being used. You can also come up with a saltier, more savory taste by adding a splash of olive brine.

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