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2021 Drink-Themed Holidays

Posted by DAMIEN EGAN

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

Posted by BERNADETTE PAMPLIN

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

Posted by BERNADETTE PAMPLIN

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

Posted by BERNADETTE PAMPLIN

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?

Posted by BERNADETTE PAMPLIN

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

Posted by BERNADETTE PAMPLIN

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.

Tasting Like a Pro

Posted by BERNADETTE PAMPLIN

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.

The Negroni - All Day Aperitivo

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The Negroni - All Day Aperitivo
The Negroni cocktail has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years, to the point that ‘Are you a Martini or Negroni person?’ has become a valid question sparking strong debate in the drinks world. So let's get into it! In this post we cover what is a negroni, its history, why the ingredients matter, variations on the recipe along with how to lighten up the alcohol content, and--of course--how to make a negroni!

All About Mezcal

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All About Mezcal
Learn about the differences between Tequila and Mezcal, the history of Mezcal, how this spirit is produced, tips on how to drink it authentically, and details on what's found inside the latest launch: Your Mezcal Box.
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