Spirited Babble: Behind The Bar

Aquavit & Schnapps Notes

  A Bartender’s Notes Schnapps and aquavit have a great history dating back some 400 years. They might be grouped together in the vodka family as they are also made from either grain or potatoes, and are then purified until neutral. The resulting base spirit can then be distilled and flavours added. Aquavit is very […]

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Bloomsbury Lemon Gin

Bloomsbury Lemon Gin The Bloomsbury distiller is the first licensed rectifier in Bloomsbury since Tanqueray & Co moved to Scotland after sustaining severe bomb damage during WWII. Bloomsbury lemon Gin is made from neutral base, the original Bloomsbury gin is used with traditional lemon botanical flavoring added. Lemon Gin, once a staple of the cocktail […]

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Pear Brandy – Eau De Vie

Fruit Brandies – Eau De Vie Most spirits called brandy are distilled from grape wine, but some are made from a mash of fresh fruits such as plums, cherries, apples and others. Also, some countries make brandies from starchy vegetables too. The French word for a brandy made from a fruit other than grapes is […]

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Sweeteners For Cocktails

Sweeteners For Cocktails – In The Recipe Not every ingredient in a cocktail contains alcohol. A sweetener agent helps to balance out the tartness of many ingredients. A basic sweetener such as simple syrup is a must ingredient in any well-stocked bar. Here’s a list of sweeteners that you might want to experiment with for […]

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Averna IlCrem Amaro Liqueur

Averna Cream Amaro Liqueur   Most people in the bar industry are familiar with the regular Averna Amaro. The company has always been a guarantee of high quality and reliability, and thanks to its wide product range, it is suitable to have any time of day with its harmonious tastes joining tradition and modernity. Averna […]

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Cabo Wabo Tequila

Cabo Wabo 100% blue Weber Agave Tequila The award winning Cabo Wabo Tequila shines with smooth, authentic flavour and unique personality; it is created with respect of the long-standing tequila traditions that made it the drink of choice of the wise and venerated mystics of Mexico. No shortcuts are taken in making Cabo Wabo, unlike […]

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Campari Aperitivo

CAMPARI The red Italian spirit, Campari Aperitivo is world famous and absolutely unique. Along with Angostura bitters, Campari is probably the best-known bitters of the world. With its vibrant red colour, intense aroma and inspiring flavour, Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and pleasure, which unfurls itself into a captivating drinking experience. It […]

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Vana Tallinn Liqueur – It’s Estonian!

Vana Tallinn Rum-Based Liqueur A while back doing research, I read about this premium liqueur Vana Tallinn. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to taste it at a liquor industry product tasting event. I really liked it at my first sip, I found it flavourful, smooth, well-balanced, and elegant. I knew that I […]

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Mini-Measure

Mini-Measure This compact measuring glass provides four common volume units* in one convenient vessel, making it easy to measure and pour small amounts and make quick conversions between units. Not just for bar use, it also has a place in the kitchen and the medicine cabinet. Made in the USA from glass with durable, easy-to-read […]

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Distilled Essences

Flavoured-Vodkas   Excerpt from the fabulous little book ‘Shaken NOT Stirred’ by Anistair R Miller & Jared M. Brown. Russia was a cold, austere place when Peter 1 became its monarch in 1682. From the day he first took the throne, Peter was known to be a workaholic with a limitless capacity for drinking and […]

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