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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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The Soda Fountain Drink Family Tree

The Soda Fountain Drink Family Tree Smoothies, milkshakes, floats,  slushies, and frozen drinks are all delicious summer drinks. Quick, easy to make, and bursting with flavours, it is no surprise that these concoctions are back in popularity in bars and at home. When temperature starts rising leave it to these modern refreshing drinks to cool […]

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Absinthe Substitutes

ABSINTHE SUBSTITUTES Absinthe is an old, traditional herbal liqueur that has a strong licorice flavour from anise seed. It was in vogue in the late 19th century and is the ancestor of today’s anise liqueurs. This legendary liqueur is featured in many classic cocktails such as the Death In The Afternoon.  A good quality Absinthe […]

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Game Of Thrones Cocktails

The wait is over the popular HBO tv series Game Of Thrones season 4 starts tonight. Want to throw a theme party and need original Game Of Thrones cocktails? Fear not, we are here to help with ideas and inspiration. Top 5 Games Of Thrones Cocktails 1. King Of The North 2. Milk Of The […]

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Bigallet Viriana China-China

Bigallet Viriana China-China is an artisanal liqueur from the French Alps  and  produced since 1875. It is made from a blend of sweet and bitter orange peels which have been macerated and distilled in alembic stills. A delightful bouquet of aromatic  plants  with  a  pinch of sugar give  this liqueur  its  unique  character.  The  result […]

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How To Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is simply a mixture of granulated sugar and water. It is a must in any well-stocked bar. Granulated sugar will not dissolve easily in alcohol but simple syrup will. It is used for drinks that require sugar,  such as a Daiquiri,  so you don’t end up with undissolved sugar crystals.   SIMPLE SYRUP […]

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How To Make A Bow Tie Garnish

The garnish is an integral component of a cocktail.  Garnishes that a bartender makes quite frequently when mixing drinks are  fruit wedges, slices, and twists. Get creative! For example, dress up your cocktail with a bow tie. It is easy to make and doesn’t require special tools. Use firm fruits and vegetables such as apples, […]

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Infogram About Liquor

It Is A Visual World A picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures are the hottest and fastest social tool on the Internet. Most people are visual creatures and using images to communicate is becoming an indispensable way to convey information. Infograms or pictograms are a pleasant and fun way to learn about a topic. […]

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El Presidente: A Dash of Cocktail History

The Story of  The El Presidente Cocktail The El Presidente is a classic Cuban cocktail. The exact origin is unknown, but according to Esquire magazine, El Presidente was created by Eddie Woelke, an American bartender at the Jockey Club in Havana, Cuba. He named the drink in honour of Presidente Gerardo Machado who ruled Cuba […]

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Cachaça Brazil’s National Spirit

Cachaça (pronounced ka-sha-sah) is a Brazilian spirit. Cachaça is distilled from fermented juice of fresh sugar cane. It is the third most widely consumed spirit in the world and over 1.5 billion liters of Cachaça are produced each year, mainly for domestic consumption. Cachaça is thought to have originated from Portuguese settlers around the 1530’s. […]

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