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. 


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  • 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.
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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.



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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Adam Quirk co-founded Cardinal Spirits, a distillery in Bloomington, IN. Visit this blog for similar reads.

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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Adam Quirk is the co-founder of Cardinal Spirits, a craft distillery operating in Bloomington, IN. For more interesting information, read this blog.