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.

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.

Adam Quirk is the co-founder of Cardinal Spirits, which specializes in the production of premium craft whiskey, gin, vodka, spirits, and other liquors. Visit this Google+ page for more of Adam.







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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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Health Benefits Of Drinking Gin

It may come as a surprise to many drinkers that gin may have more advantages for the health than other spirits. When consumed in moderation, gin can do wonders for some important body functions, and the health of a few vital organs. Here are some amazing effects of drinking gin.

Joint pain relief: Apparently, a smidgen of gin can help ease the pain brought about by joint problems such as gout and arthritis. It has been a practice for some time now for many people to soak raisins in gin, and consume them whenever they feel the onset of joint pain.

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Digestion improvement: Gin can improve a body’s digestive processes. Gin is made up of a number of herbs that can stimulate the secretion of stomach acids and digestive enzymes.

Protection against malaria: Gin and tonic is the drink of choice for people in malaria-stricken countries for a few centuries now. Accounts have shown that gin can both cure and prevent the dreaded disease.

System cleansing: Since juniper, the berries that make up gin, is a diuretic, it causes the body to urinate more often, thus alleviating any bloated-like feeling. This can also be very helpful against urinary tract infections.

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Protection of the liver: This part is theoretical since gin is an alcoholic beverage, and may well be bad for the liver. However, because junipers are diuretic, they may help against liver disease.

Adam Quirk is the co-founder of Cardinal Spirits, a craft distillery operating in Bloomington, Indiana. Learn more about the company by checking out this blog.

Friday, 9 December 2016

The most popular quick-and-easy gin cocktails

Gin is among the most versatile spirits known to man. When looking at a fresh bottle of gin, this may as well be an open invitation for one’s creative cocktail genius to work magic in the bar. Here are some well-loved gin-inspired drinks.

Gin Fizz

How often do you encounter alcoholic drinks that include egg as an ingredient? Surprisingly, gin fizz has made quite an impression on those who try it for the first time. A lightly whipped egg gives this drink a silky and rich texture, as it blends quite well with some soda water, lemon, sugar syrup, and of course, your favorite gin.

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Bramble

There are some ingredients out there that seem totally unrelated to each other, and yet when they meet, they play beautiful music together on one’s palate. Bramble is when gin meets blackberries, a drink that showcases a most mysterious affinity. This comes best when infused with a little crème de mure, or blackberry liqueur.

Gin and mint

There something about any alcoholic beverage that makes it hard to describe as refreshing to the senses. However, there are a few out there that make things reconcile beautifully. Have some gin, add the mint, and you have the basic elements of one of the most refreshing cocktails around. With a bit of cold cucumber, this drink will blow your mind.

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These are only a few drinks which are as tasteful as they are quick and easy to prepare. Drink up!

Adam Quirk is the co-founder of Cardinal Spirits, a craft distillery operating in Bloomington, Indiana. Find more interesting trivia about wines and spirits here in this blog.