Spirited Babble: Behind The Bar

Meet The Collins Family

  The Tom Collins takes its name from the Old Tom sweetened gin originally used to make this simple and refreshing cocktail. Learn to make a Collins and you will instantly know a whole family of drinks. The basic ingredients are sweetened citrus juice and 2 oz of liquor plus soda water. Once upon a […]

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GrandGala Orange Liqueur

GandGala Italian Orange Liqueur   Imported from the House of Stock in Trieste, Italy since 1884, GranGala draws its proud heritage from the Italian beauty, culture and tradition of an earlier century.  Deep rich orange flavor is the result of artful blending of VSOP Brandy with triple orange essence from the choicest oranges from Sicily. […]

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Unicum Liqueur

Unicum Liqueur / Bitters   Unicum is a Hungarian herbal liqueur or bitters, drunk as a digestif and apéritif. It was created by court physician Josef Zwack in 1790, and now the liqueur is world-famous. Unicum is today produced by Zwack company according to a secret formula of more than forty herbs; the drink is […]

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Jaan Paan Liqueur

The Exotic Jaan Liqueur  Jaan is an Hindi/Urdu word with many meanings, the most common being life and love. This exotic liqueur offers the mystic flavours and aromas of Paan which has been enjoyed in the East for thousands of years. Paan is a betel leaf wrap containing various exotic spices. Paan is very common in […]

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Styles Of Tequila

Styles Of Tequila BLANCO – It is also called silver, white, or plata tequila. Most blanco tequilas are bottled after distillation. If stored, the spirit must not be kept longer than sixty days in stainless steel tanks or barrels. This style is usually strong in character. Blanco tequila is used in mixed drinks like ‘Margarita’ […]

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Vermouth – The Versatile

Vermouth – The Versatile Mixer For thousands of years, people have been flavouring wines and spirits with herbs and roots. Vermouth is an aromatized wine, fortified with alcohol and flavoured with various spices and herbs, roots, seeds, flowers, you name it! The name derives from one of the ingredients, wormwood, which translates wermut in German. […]

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Russo Liquore Di Limoncello

Limoncello Liqueur Limoncello is the second most popular liqueur in Italy, and it has recently become popular in other parts of the world. Traditional Limoncello liqueur is made from the zest of lemons, or peels without the pith, then steeped in rectified spirit until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed […]

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Fresh Lemon Juice – Bartender’s Notes

Fresh Lemon Juice – Helpful Tips Citrus fruits can be squeezed very easily with good results on relatively inexpensive squeezers especially designed for the job. Nothing compares to the taste of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Pick the fruit with the thinnest skin, it has more flesh inside and therefore more juice to extract. Very cold […]

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Pimm’s No. 1

Pimm’s No. 1 Forever associated with summer, Pimm’s No. 1 Cup is one of the most quintessential English drinks. Pimm’s No. 1 was created by James Pimm owner of an oyster bar in the city of London in the 1820s. It was the custom of these places, fast food joints of their days, to serve […]

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How To Make A Layered Shot

RAISE THE BAR Shots, also called shooters, are alcoholic mixed drinks that typically contain between one to two ounces of liquor. They can be shaken, layered, or simply poured. Layered shots are fun, colourful, and guaranteed to impress your friends or bar patrons. TOOLS OF THE TRADE Start out with the right tools and your […]

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