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What Makes Us Different?

What Makes Us Different?

What Makes Us Different? If we may bend your ear for a moment, we’d love to tell you what makes Your Drink Box different. There are some fantastic online stores out there and it was important not to compete directly, but to create our own little slice of online space to occupy. With the clean, simple lines of our website, we don’t like to be too shouty about what we do. Call us humble…or actually, maybe that’s a bit too much, but we’ve realised recently that we do need to be telling you about some of this stuff. So here...

What Makes Us Different?

5 Unique Gifts For The Cocktail Lover

5 Unique Gifts For The Cocktail Lover

And here we are! Our fourth and final gift guide to help you get started on the Christmas shopping. Today we're looking at 4 unique gifts for the cocktail lover. Cocktails are just THE best! There are so many in the world and each and every one has countless variations! They are our favourite spirits journey through time, in all their different guises. We love cocktail lovers and believe they deserve great gifts at Christmas, so why not take a browse through this selection and find a that something special for that someone special. Experimental Cocktail Club Book - £12.99...

5 Unique Gifts For The Cocktail Lover

5 Unique Gifts For The Whisky Lover

5 Unique Gifts For The Whisky Lover

And here we are on day three and our third gift guide! So far we've looked at secret santa and stocking fillers, and gifts for the gin lover. And, today we are focusing on gifts for the whisky lover. Whisky makes your frisky! Or at least, it certainly makes us happy! We can say that, right? Whisky is one of those drinks with a real cult status, and should you know someone who is partial to a dram, you’ll know that something dram related is one of the best things you can get them for Christmas. So, let’s take a...

5 Unique Gifts For The Whisky Lover

5 Unique Gifts For The Gin Lover

5 Unique Gifts For The Gin Lover

Well hello there, and welcome to the second instalment of our Christmas guides. Today we are looking at 5 unique gifts for gin lovers. Chin chin! Do you have a juniper freak in your life? And are you, perhaps, looking for the perfect gift for them this Christmas? Well, don’t you worry, at YDB, we specialise in unusual, boozy related bits for your loved one. Check out these ginny offerings, everything from decorations, to gummy sweets, to gin itself. Glass Gin Bauble Cute, round, and decorative. It has to be a bauble, right? But this bauble is a little different,...

5 Unique Gifts For The Gin Lover

5 Unique Stock Fillers/Secret Santa Gift Ideas

5 Unique Stock Fillers/Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Hooray! It’s that time of year again! It's December and Christmas is coming! We're pretty keen on Christmas here. So, let's whack on a bit of wham (unless you're playing whammagedon, in which case go for a bit of Buble), and get mulling some wine and throwing tinsel left, right and centre. The tree is up and the fairy lights are twinkling, everything is perfect.  But wait, something's missing. Gifts! Gifts can often leave us scratching our heads. We've got a budget to think about, and we like to get something a little bit different. There's a lot of pressure. Well...

5 Unique Stock Fillers/Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Happy Happy Hour Day!

Happy Happy Hour Day!

Come one, come all! It’s National Happy Hour Day! Who doesn’t love a happy hour? I know I sure do! Not only do you get bargain drinks, but spotting a happy hour sign can also be the instigator of a cheeky drink, or maybe even a surprise evening! Happy hours are a magical time where anything can happen. But one thing’s for sure, you’ll enjoy a tasty tipple or two. But where does the idea of ‘happy hour’ come from? Let's start from the beginning, shall we? These two words have appeared together for centuries to describe fun and well,...

Happy Happy Hour Day!

International Gin And Tonic Day - The History Of The Humble G&T

International Gin And Tonic Day - The History Of The Humble G&T

It’s International Gin and Tonic Day! All around the world, people will be raising glasses of their favourite juniper spirit in one of the world’s most popular serves. Around the world? Absolutely! Gin has gone crazy over the last few years. And, that love of juniper has spread far and wide! Gin is now being produced all over the place, with wonderful spirits coming out of Africa, South America and Asia, as well as Australia, the US and Europe. Gin already had a global spread due to the years of colonialism, where the British Empire covered almost a third of...

International Gin And Tonic Day - The History Of The Humble G&T

Viva Mexico! - Mexican Independence Day

Viva Mexico! - Mexican Independence Day

The Mexican War Of Independence from Spain lasted some 11 years from 16th September 1810 - 27th September 1821. So, why does Mexican Independence Day fall on the 16th September? Well, that was the date that the famed Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla yelled the infamous battle cry “El Grito De Dolores!” or ‘the cry of Dolores’, Dolores being the small town where he lived. Under the banner of Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, he inspired many people to follow him and begin the fight for independence. Hidalgo’s attempt was unsuccessful. However, he did inspire another priest, José...

Viva Mexico! - Mexican Independence Day

Navy Strength - Black Tot Day

Navy Strength - Black Tot Day

Happy Black Tot Day! Here's a little history behind the tot, and the Royal Navy's relationship with rum.

Navy Strength - Black Tot Day

Independence Day 4th July - American Spirits

Independence Day 4th July - American Spirits

Independence Day is a national holiday in the US that falls on the Fourth of July each year. We look at it's history, the history of drinking in the US and the character of US Spirits.

Independence Day 4th July - American Spirits

World Gin Day!

World Gin Day!

Started in 2009, World Gin Day is THE annual celebration of all things gin. This year it falls on Saturday 12th June 2021. Best top up the ice.

World Gin Day!

These Modern Collectables Will Make You Appreciate ‘Geek Chic’ Charm

These Modern Collectables Will Make You Appreciate ‘Geek Chic’ Charm

Lapel pins are often considered geek chic collectables. Recent popularity surges boosted pins into the mainstream. But where did the craze begin? Why were enamel pins first created and what significance have they played in cultures? And are they really any different from your grandmother’s brooch? We answer these questions and more!

These Modern Collectables Will Make You Appreciate ‘Geek Chic’ Charm

This is How Exotic Tiki Mugs Became Unforgettable Icons Craved by Collectors

This is How Exotic Tiki Mugs Became Unforgettable Icons Craved by Collectors

The origin of the tiki mugs we use today is debatable. Beginning as a marketing effort by legendary "Godfather of the Tiki" Donn Beach, tiki mugs quickly became a hot collector's item for avid tiki enthusiasts. Discover the birth of tiki culture and why some have become intoxicated with collecting these iconic mugs!

This is How Exotic Tiki Mugs Became Unforgettable Icons Craved by Collectors

Rum: History and Comparison of Light, Dark, and Spiced Rum

Rum: History and Comparison of Light, Dark, and Spiced Rum

What is Rum and how does it differ from Rhum? Understand how rum is made and the advantages of using pot stills vs. column stills during distillation. We explore rum's history from slavery to sailing, then compare broad rum categories: Light/White, Gold/Dark, and Spiced rum.

Rum: History and Comparison of Light, Dark, and Spiced Rum

Flowers: The Unique Addition of Botanicals to Spirits and Drinks

Flowers: The Unique Addition of Botanicals to Spirits and Drinks

Flowers are a powerful token of love and wonderful addition to drinks. This botanical is found in gins, vodkas and even rums and whiskys. From floral gins, to hibiscus cocktail bitters, to a flower extract that will magically change the colour of your cocktail, let's dive into the history and use of flowers in drinks!

Flowers: The Unique Addition of Botanicals to Spirits and Drinks

2021 Drink-Themed Holidays

2021 Drink-Themed Holidays

We compiled a handy list of all "drink-themed holidays" happening in a calendar year. Use this reference to craft new cocktails or inspire fun party themes. You can buy many key ingredients right on our site. We hope this list helps you celebrate your favourite drinks and discover some new favourites, too!

2021 Drink-Themed Holidays

Low and No Alcohol ‘Spirits’ - A Suitable Substitute

Low and No Alcohol ‘Spirits’ - A Suitable Substitute

Low and No alcohol alternatives are becoming popular in the drinks industry. People abstaining from alcohol consumption are still keen to experience the sensations alcohol offers. They want to enjoy expertly crafted products, dive into complex flavours and botanical mixes, but without the effects of alcohol.

Low and No Alcohol ‘Spirits’ - A Suitable Substitute

Three Fab Festive Tipples

Three Fab Festive Tipples

The holiday season is upon us, and is typically one of indulgence. With a wealth of enjoyable festive tipples out there, we wanted to share a few simple delicious recipes to get your festivities started: the Hot Toddy, a Vanilla Gin & Tonic, and the Kir Royal. Plus, we give you tips to make a vanilla gin cake guests will love!

Three Fab Festive Tipples

Scotch Whisky, Bourbon, Japanese Whisky: What’s the difference?

Scotch Whisky, Bourbon, Japanese Whisky: What’s the difference?

We’re all frisky for whisky! But how well do you know your styles?

Whisky is essentially a grain based distillate that has been matured in oak barrels. However, for this simple definition, it comes in many forms. Today we’re going to look at three popular styles and the differences between them. Scotch Whisky, Bourbon and Japanese Whisky, which has been growing in popularity around the world.

Scotch Whisky, Bourbon, Japanese Whisky: What’s the difference?

The History of Thanksgiving & Cocktail Treats for Autumn

The History of Thanksgiving & Cocktail Treats for Autumn

Thanksgiving is a celebration of thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year. It is not only observed in the US, but several other countries including Canada, Brazil, Grenada, St Lucia and Libera. Celebrating the harvest is a commonplace tradition amongst many cultures and comes from a time when it was commonly thought that the Gods had the power to gift a good harvest or to ruin it. 

The History of Thanksgiving & Cocktail Treats for Autumn

The Old Fashioned - Old Father Cocktail

The Old Fashioned - Old Father Cocktail

Surprise! When Old Fashioneds were first made, they were called by a different name. Discover the history of the Old Fashioned, how to make one, whether you should use fruit, why stirring is so important, and some variations on the classic recipe to experiment with.

 

The Old Fashioned - Old Father Cocktail

What Are Shrubs?

What Are Shrubs?

Shrubs vs. Drinking Vinegars Shrubs are drinks with an interesting history. They are a type of acidulated beverage, which means some sort of acid is added to a spirit, usually citrus like lemon and lime, or vinegar. So, technically there are two types of shrub, both very closely related. The latter makes a type of shrub otherwise known as ‘drinking vinegars’. The former has been around since the 15th century, descending from medicinal cordials first made by Italian Apothecaries during the Renaissance. Because distilling was becoming well refined during that period, cordials were alcohol-based and contained various herbs and spices...

What Are Shrubs?

Introduction to Bitters

Introduction to Bitters

Bitters are not just a cocktail accessory, they are an institution, with a history spanning longer than you’d think. In this post we share the history of bitters, their transition from medicine to cocktails, the resurgence in the popularity of bitters today, and creative ways to use them from cocktails to cuisine.

Introduction to Bitters

Tasting Like a Pro

Tasting Like a Pro

Tasting is one of life’s gifts. To drink is one thing, but to taste? That’s when you really appreciate a spirit. Drinking is a rich experience with much to explore. After judging spirits awards for four years, I can share tips on tasting like a pro. So, let’s sit down for a lesson on: Appearance, Taste, Note, Palate, and Finish. I suggest you digest this with a spirit in hand and taste along with me. The real learning comes from doing.

Tasting Like a Pro

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