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

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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!

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

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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!

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

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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.

Flowers: The Unique Addition of Botanicals to Spirits and Drinks

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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!

2021 Drink-Themed Holidays

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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!

Low and No Alcohol ‘Spirits’ - A Suitable Substitute

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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.

Three Fab Festive Tipples

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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!

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

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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.

The History of Thanksgiving & Cocktail Treats for Autumn

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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 Old Fashioned - Old Father Cocktail

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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.

 

What Are Shrubs?

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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...

Introduction to Bitters

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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.
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