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Back To School Cocktails

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Summer is ending, we have to go back to work and our children back to school. At least one reason to celebrate, right? Maybe if you’re a parent, but as a teacher, you might need a little cheer-up. In both cases, we have some fun cocktail suggestions for you to help get over autumn. 

The Teacher’s Aid

We’re talking about an after-school cocktail to help you recover and recharge your batteries after a long day at school or the office. Its unusual mix addresses those who look for a peculiar taste, something that awakens your senses.

Ingredients:

  • Some bubbly brut rosé
  • Cane sugar cubes
  • Cranapple juice
  • Ginger ale
  • An apple to garnish

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Fever Tree Ginger Ale

 

 

The Teacher’s Pet

The teacher’s pet is not the smartest girl or boy in school, it’s this cocktail. Teacher’s Pet is perfect for anyone who wants to relax without trying anything too strong. His recipe is easy and his benefits are many.

Ingredients:

  • Green Tea
  • Vodka
  • Ice

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Cîroc Vodka 1L

 

 

Summer Ain’t Over

Living in the past is one of your passions? Lean back, ignore reality and act like summer would never end. Fresh and fruity, tastes like the Carribean.

Ingredients:

  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade
  • 4 shots of vodka
  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • Mint

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Firestarter Vodka

 

 

No Sleep Tonight

This is definitely the drink made for those who really need support during the nights when sleeping is forbidden. We’re talking about a cocktail that can easily replace coffee, especially when temperatures are hot and you want to feel something fresh and sweet. 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of Bourbon
  • 0.75 ounces of lemon juice
  • 0.75 ounces of hazelnut and caramel syrup
  • 2 bar spoons of coffee liqueur

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Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon 75cl

 

 

See? Your return to reality doesn’t have to be that hard. Enjoy your cocktail but be careful, only one at a time. Cheers!

Beyond Beer: Exciting New Drinks for your Offseason

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Rosé Wine

Perfect to enjoy during hot summer days, accompanying appetisers or dinner, a rosé wine is one of the best-rated drinks of the past years. England is currently growing a wine culture that includes rosé wine as a good recommendation for those who are not yet used to drinking wine, those who usually prefer beer. Both the wine’s sweetness and freshness are well-known and highly appreciated all around the globe. In this context, the Maison Aix Rosé 2016 is a very good sample to taste.

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The Maison Aix Rosé 2016 rises from a perfect combination of dedication and passion for wine. With a delicate balance, crispy acidity and its fruity sweetness, he brings a summery taste of the Provence.

 

Cider

Another refreshing beverage is cider, normally served in pubs and restaurants. However, during summer, you can also enjoy it on ice in order to amplify the drink’s refreshing mouthfeel. With a low alcoholic degree, cider makes for a delicious aperitive or dinner companion. One of this summer’s most popular ciders is the Magners Berry from Ireland that reveals a sweet and powerful taste of red berries.

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Magners Berry 50cl is a cider with origins in Ireland. The Uvinum community values the Magners Berry 50cl with 3,5 of 5 points.

 

 

Gin Tonic

We’re talking of one of the most successful cocktails all over the world. More than that, gin is also a typical English product, that means earning a huge response from the British audience during the hot season. It’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy after dinner events in cosy bars and outside. The Bombay Sapphire is one of the world’s most important gin producers telling a great story and showing prestige behind its brand. This gin grants to achieve a proper and powerful gin tonic. Top it off with a slice of lemon, a few peppercorns and a slice of cucumber.

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Bombay Sapphire is a London Dry gin with aromas of Juniper, spicy with citrus notes. It is a great classic that is still the favourite of many gin enthusiasts and comes at a very attractive price.

 

Champagne

The perfect way to finishing a nice dinner is, of course, tasting a delicious champagne. Still an icon in France, champagne has also become an important part of the British drinking culture. With the overwhelming power of his bubbles, the Mumm Brut Selection Grand Cru is one of the best options for enjoying the pleasure of a very good sparkling during summer nights, when even the craziest football fans want to relax from their sports routine.

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G.H. Mumm elaborates this Mumm Brut Sélection Grand Cru, a sparkling wine from Champagne that is made with pinot noir and chardonnay. Uvinum users reviewed this sparkling wine with 3,9 of 5 points.

 

 

The 10 most expensive cocktails in the world

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10. Mai Tai Original – Price: £ 961.53

It is served at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast and is a combination of dark and white rum, the same ones that Victor J. Bergeron himself used in 1944 while inventing this drink. Only one 750ml bottle of the original rum costs £ 24,849.99

9. Sidecar – Price: £ 1,338.74

Served at the Ritz in Paris. It is the most classic cocktail on the list, which deserves all the glamor of a contemporary Gatsby. It is made with 1865 Rosé Fine Ritz Champagne and a stream of lemon juice. It was created in 1923 by bartender Frank Meier.

8. Macallan 55 Simple – Price: £ 3,207

It is more than a simple drink, it is a liquid luxury. It is prepared at the Sky View Bar in Dubai and uses 55-year-old Macallan natural whiskey combined with dehydrated fruit flavors and a delicious dash of homemade passion fruit sugar. In addition, ice cubes made with the water that runs through the pipelines of the Macallan distillery are added.

7. The Legacy of Salvatore – Price: 5,371.73 £

This drink can be found at the Playboy Club in London and was created during an attempt to beat a world Guinness record by legendary master and bartender Salvatore Calabrese. The price is due to the ingredients that were used: Clos de Griffier Vieux cognac from 1778, a Kummel liqueur from 1770, a Cura Dubb Orange from 1860 and a small bottle of nineteenth-century Angostura flavors.

6. Gigi – Price: £ 8,017.54

It is served in the Gigi bar in London and, although it is not the most expensive in the world, it uses champagne as a base for its realization. To give you an idea, it contains fine gold sparks. You will feel King Midas.

5. Champagne Cocktail Ono – Price: £ 8,018.22

The extravagance of this cocktail is such that it is served with a pair of Mont Blanc cufflinks and a necklace of 18k diamonds and pearls, for those crazy in love. And not only that, the cocktail contains Remy Martin Louis XVIII Black Pearl Cognac (a shot of this brandy is paid at £ 1,603.48) and is accompanied by other, equally expensive drinks. Where do you find it? Nothing more and nothing less than the Club XS, Las Vegas.

4. Martini “The Diamonds Are Forever” – Price: £ 8,018.22

It is served in the Uncorked bar, and is an almost ordinary Martini, what makes it expensive? That in the bottom of the drink you can find a diamond engagement ring, for that special occasion and so important in life.

3. The Winston – Price: £ 9,620.894

This cocktail comes from Melbourne, Australia, Club 23. It takes 2 days in which its creation process is finished, and for its elaboration is used as Crozet cognac base of 1858, a bottle that costs nothing more and no less than £ 125,870.11. The name of the drink refers to Winston Churchill.

2. Martini “The Diamonds Are Forever” Tokyo version – Price: £ 14,430.95

It is very similar to its cousin of the United States, but this is served in the Ritz-Carlton, in Tokyo. He uses diamond declarations and, instead of a ring, he can find 1 carat of pure diamond. Without a doubt, a very expensive drink for a very expensive city.

1. Ruby RosePrice: £ 32,068

This limited edition cocktail was served in 2013 at the White Barn Inn, in Kennebunk, Maine, United States. It was in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the place, and consisted of a simple cocktail accompanied in the background by a 4 carat ruby. You can also order the same cocktail without the luxurious touch, and it will cost you as little as £ 13.65 .

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Lagavulin 2013 Special Release 37 Year old 1976

 

 

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Jack Daniels Gold Medal Old Nº 7 1.5L

4 cocktails to warm you during Christmas

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Inevitably, the cold season is here, and what better than to take sit by the side of the chimney with a rich and strong drink, especially during Christmas. Here we give you 4 recipes for drinks that surely will chase the cold out of your body.

1. Winter Sun

Ingredients:

  • 60ml of mandarin juice
  • 15ml of lemon juice
  • 1 part triple dry (Cointreau)
  • 45ml of Vodka
  • Sugar to taste
  • A spig of rosemary

Preparation

  1. Pour the tangerine and lemon juices into an ice-free shaker.
  2. Add the vodka and triple dry and shake very well.
  3. Take a large glass and frost the edge with the help of some tangerine juice and sugar.
  4. Serve the mixture in the frosted glass and garnish with the rosemary.

2. Rothes Original

Ingredients:

  • 6 cl. Of The Glenrothes Select Reserve
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or gingerbread sugar to give it a spicy touch
  • 2 cl. Of dulce de leche
  • 1 drop of vanilla essence
  • ½ lime juice
  • 1 cl. Of liquid caramel

Preparation:

  1. Introduce all ingredients in a shaker with a little ice and shake very well until a homogeneous and fresh mixture.
  2. Serve in a low glass without ice.
  3. You can decorate the surface with a little-whipped cream.

3. Punch of Granada and Champagne

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of pomegranate juice
  • 1 pear nectar
  • ¼ orange liqueur
  • 1 bottle of champagne

Preparation:

  1. Take a large pitcher and pour in the pomegranate juice, the pear nectar and the orange liqueur.
  2. Shake well to mix and then pour the champagne.
  3. Serve in short glasses with ice to taste.

4. The Mount Christ

Ingredients:

  • 15ml of orange liqueur
  • 15ml of coffee liqueur
  • 120ml of coffee
  • Whipped cream

Preparation:

  1. Pour the hot coffee and add the two liquors: coffee and orange.
  2. Cover the surface with a little-whipped cream.
  3. Enjoy!

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve

 

 

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Gosset Grande Réserve

Champagne Cocktails: a growing trend

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You can’t have more pleasure than to drink a delicious cocktail during a sunset in your comfortable terrace, facing the sea while watching the sun disappear over the horizon. When we hear the word cocktail usually we think of whiskey, rum, vodka or gin mixed with some fruit juice of your preference, but the truth is that trends are changing. In Spain, for example, they have cocktails with champagne and other sparkling wines and is a craze among consumers ranging from 18 to 65 years, according to a survey conducted by The Codorníu Raventos Group.

Generally, according to the study by the Codorníu Group, Spaniards prefer to enjoy cocktails during the summer days. As stated before, the preference is for those drinks with rum and whiskey, although the Champagne it’s positioned in third place, above cocktails based on gin and tequila. The trend is slowly changing, because although they are 56% those who prefer a “classic” cocktail, 44% are opting to try new things, like those made with Champagne, and it’s a statistic that is gaining ground over time.

The best and preferred combination among those surveyed are drinks made with Champagne and fruit juices, with more than half of the respondents choosing this option, although others combinations -a little bit more exotics- that include spices or honey are also on the rise.

With today’s items available at hand, we can pretty much prepare any cocktail in our homes, due to the extensive access to tools and utensils to make almost any cocktail on a professional manner, Spaniards still prefer to go out to local bars and pubs to have a good time with their relatives and friends, followed by cocktail bars and lastly to specialized type bars or chill out terraces.

Whatever and wherever, the most important thing, is that you enjoy your cocktails with champagne and, above all, to do it in good company 😉

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial: a sparkling wine from Champagne that is based on pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay grapes and has an alcoholic strength of 12,5%

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: a sparkling wine from the region of Champagne vinified from pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay and shows an alcoholic content of 12%. 

 

 

3 Delicious and refreshing champagne cocktails

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When it comes to cocktails we first think in very traditional ones such as rum or vodka drinks, however, a trend that has been popular in Spain is to prepare delicious cocktails based on champagne or sparkling wine. Of course, these drinks are better enjoyed with the company of friends and family. Here we list 3 easy-to-make beverages with champagne that you can prepare and share:

Champagne and strawberries cocktail

Ingredients (for 4 glasses)

  • 4 shots of orange liqueur
  • 4 teaspoons of honey
  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne

Preparation:

  1. Mix in a mixer or food processor orange liqueur, honey and strawberries for a while until you have a smooth and homogeneous liquid.
  2. Take the glasses, previously cooled, and serve the strawberry mixture to half in each one.
  3. Fill the other half with cold champagne or sparkling wine and enjoy!

 

Agua de Valencia Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 40 ml of semi-dry champagne
  • 80 ml of orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 15 ml of Vodka
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar

Preparation:

  1. Just take the 4 cold ingredients and mix until dissolved each other.

Note that this is a very strong drink and you should be careful with it. Vodka is the strongest of the spirits and to mix it with a little champagne can be disastrous for some if you do not have any precaution.

 

Sparkling apple cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 unit of apple juice
  • 1/2 unit cognac
  • 1/2 unit of syrup
  • 4-5 apple slices
  • 3 units of champagne 
  • Ice to taste

Preparation:

  1. Place in a mixer or shaker the apple juice, the cognac, the syrup, the apple slices and the ice needed. Shake well until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  2. Take a pre-cooled glass, serve the mixture and add the cold champagne to enjoy.

You can also prepare a nonalcoholic version of this drink: just suppress cognac for pear juice and champagne for nonalcoholic cider.

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut: a sparkling wine from Champagne based on pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay and has an alcoholic strength of 12%. Dishes like white meat and seafood make for an ideal match for the Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut.

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial: a sparkling wine from Champagne that is based on pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay grapes and has an alcoholic strength of 12,5%. 

 

Typical drinks of Brazil

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The Olympic Games in Brazil are past and gone, but we can still enjoy the marvelous food and drink from this beautiful country. That’s why we would like to share with you some of its most famous drinks. Have you already tasted them? 

Among their drinks, one of the most known and common is the Caipirinha, a drink that we are sure everybody drinks in the hot summer. This cocktail is quite easy to prepare: it only takes lemon juice, sugar, and cachaça, with pieces of fruit added by some Brazilian to give it more flavor. It’s really a refreshing cocktail in Spain and usually reserved for summer.

Coconut is one of the foods that are used in the cuisine of many countries in Latin America. It is used in dishes and also to make cocktails and other beverages. In Brazil, coconut milkshake is one of the typical drinks, which often contain rum, sugar and coconut milk. It is refreshing and sweet, also ideal for when the sun heats.

Much like the Caipirinha, a variety of the country is the Caipiroska, another refreshing cocktail that offers a variation of the previous: lemon juice, sugar and vodka, and that’s it, the latter ingredient is replaced instead of the cachaça.

And speaking of this, note that cachaça is a distilled alcoholic beverage in the country, which is usually obtained as a product of the distillation of juice fermented from sugar cane. The leavening agent is a corn flour, known as fubá, while distillation is done in a copper container. Artisanal cachaça is made by many small producers in the country.

In addition, Brazil also surprises by the amount of juices and natural and non-alcoholic drinks that it offers. We can get some juices mixed from orange and pineapple and other more famous fruits such as Surinam, red and delicious. While the passion fruit, already known throughout Europe, is yellow and can be taken in juices, ice cream and others. The cupuaçu fruit is green-brown with a really tasty flesh. It is usually used to make fresh juices and ice cream as well.

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Cachaça Ypióca 1L: a cachaça from Brazil with an alcoholic level of 40%.

 

 

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Cachaca Salinas: a premium cachaça from Brazil.

The best rum for your mojito

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Mojito cocktail is one of the most successful drink, and certainly the most famous of those made with rum. However, neither cocktails experts agree on ingredients: lemon or lime, white or brown sugar, mint or peppermint, sparkling water or tonic, and the list keeps going.

Not to mention the new variants of mojito with strawberry, coffee liqueur, chocolate, watermelon, and more… the possible combinations are almost endless, so how to choose the best rum for your mojito?

The first thing to think about is what kind of “feeling” are you trying to achieve with your mojito, do you want a refreshing mojito? A sweet one? Maybe sour taste? A hot drink? The ingredients and flavors mark the style of your mojito along with the type of rum you choose since it is the main ingredient. Here we suggest some rum references according to the taste of your cocktail:

Bitter Mojito: this is the kind of drink where strong aromas and flavors are dominant such as the tonic, lime or lemon peels or heavy liquors like tequila. These are the most original mojito because it is not the classical idea of mojito, is that touch of bitterness that makes it a much more refreshing combination. In this case, if you want to accentuate the bitter taste, you should use a very light white rum with aromas, such as Bacardi rum. Note that the rum is one of the sweetest spirits and that, therefore, any rum flavor could make your drink to lose its bitterness.

Sugar Mojito: these mojitos are obviously made out of sweet flavors and tastes, like syrup or mashed red fruit (from strawberry to pomegranates), chocolate, passion fruit, figs or even a splash of sweet cava. However, these drinks may result cloying if you prepare them with a sweet rum: in fact, they need a strong rum to keep its consistency. One of the best options is the Barceló, a very deep a nuanced rum.

Acid Mojito: the original mojito is an exceptional combination of the bitterness sparkling water or soda and the acidity of lime or lemon. It is fresh and fun. In the case of an acid mojito, you can change the sparkling water for regular water, or add chunks of pineapple, grapefruit, and other acidic tropical fruit. It is recommended to use in this case a sweet rum instead of using sugar. An ideal candidate is the Bacardi Limon, specially designed for such mixtures.

Spiced Mojito: this type of mojitos are highly valued in non-Hispanic countries, where the most famous rums are from the old –or actuals– English or French colonies, like Bermuda, Martinique or Jamaica. You can use pepper, juniper, ginger or coffee instead of mint and marinated citrus juices. In these cases, you should go with Captain Morgan rums that will for sure be your best friend to surprise your guests or beloved ones

These are just some of our suggestions, but if you are looking to enjoy a traditional mojito, here are 2 rum references to make an authentic one, enjoy!

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Ron Barceló Añejo

 

 

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Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold 1L

8 cocktails for pregnant women

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Being pregnant does not have to (and should not) be synonymous with constant deprivation. On the contrary, with a little imagination and the right ingredients one can create cocktails with no alcohol for women who are pregnant (and also for people who prefer not to drink alcohol). Do you want to give it a try?

1. Alcohol-free Sangria

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups white grape juice
  • 1 cup pink grapefruit juice
  • Lemon juice
  • 750 milliliters of mineral water
  • Slices of pink grapefruit

Preparation:

  1. Mix the three juices,In a large pitcher. Refrigerate.
  2. Before serving, add the slices and sparkling mineral water.

2. Shirley Temple

Ingredients:

  • 148 milliliters of ginger beer
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • Lemon peel
  • 1 slice of orange
     

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients, in a shaker with crushed ice, and mix.
  2. Decorate the drink with a lemon peel and orange slice.

 

3. Coconut Dream

Ingredients:

  • 200 milliliters of coconut cream
  • 266 milliliters of water
  • Lemonade to taste
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • Lemon juice to taste

Preparation:

  1. Dissolve the coconut cream in the water.
  2. Puree the bananas and lemon juice.
  3. Mix both preparations, serve in glasses and top up with lemonade.

 

4. Bloody Driver

Ingredients:

  • 147 milliliters of tomato juice
  • 147 ml of orange juice
  • 400 milliliters of water with gas
  • 4 lemons

Preparation:

  1. Put some ice in a pitcher and add the ingredients.
  2. Mix the content and serve in glasses decorated with slices of lemon.

 

5. Ray of Sunshine

Ingredients:

  • 59 ml of apple juice
  • 59 milliliters of pineapple juice
  • Lemonade or sparkling water

Preparation:

  1. Pour apple juice and pineapple juice in a 2 litre jar, add ice
  2. Add sparkling water or lemonade and serve 

6. Fruit Punch

Ingredients:

  • 600 ml of orange juice
  • 600 milliliters of apple juice
  • 150 milliliters of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

Preparation:

  1. Place first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and leave for 5 minutes over low heat.
  2. Serve in glasses and garnish with orange slices or lemon. 

7. Bloody Mary Virgin

Ingredients:

  • 118 milliliters of tomato juice
  • 14 ml lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • A touch of hot sauce
  • A dash of celery salt
  • A little bit of salt
  • A pinch of pepper
  • crushed ice
  • Ice cubes

Preparation:

  1. Mix tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and seasoning in a mixing glass.
  2. Shake with crushed ice and strain into a glass filled with ice cubes.
  3. Garnish with a celery stalk and a slice of lime.

8. Pina Colada

Ingredients:

  • 59 milliliters of coconut milk
  • 90 milliliters of crushed pineapple
  • 30 milliliters of pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup crushed ice
  • brown sugar to taste

Preparation:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend.
  2. Pour into pre-chilled glasses and garnish with an orange slice or a slice of pineapple.

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Monin Granadina

 

 

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Syrup of Spicy Mango