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The Gimlet Cocktail

 TAGS:The Cocktail Gimlet is made with Gin (usually a Dry Gin, like Diplôme Dry Gin) and with neutral type of Vodka like the famous Smirnoff Red Label. Its name means “barrier” and has been associated with tools of drilling small holes. This cocktail is considered to be a ?barrier? because it penetrates every person who decides to try it.

This cocktail has been invented by Sir Thomas Gimlette, Admiral of the Royal Navy, who used to make this drink in order to generalize the consumption of lemon (and its vitamins) on the boat, to avoid scurvy.

The preparation of Cocktail Gimlet has some variants. The original recipe is:

Ingredients:

  • 4 parts of gin,
  • 1 part of lime juice
  • and a slice of lemon to garnish the cocktail glass.

Another variant in the preparation of this cocktail is given by David A. Embury in 1958:

  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce of simple syrup
  • 1 slice of lemon

While William L. Hamilton said in 2002 to a review in The New York Times that Gimlet Cocktail Recipe was:

  • 4 ounces of vodka
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounces of Lemon
  • Lemon slice for garnish

Gary Regan in the Bartender Bible presents the Gimlet Cocktail Recipe like that:

  • 2 ounces of Plymouth Gin
  • 1/2 ounce of lemon juice
  • Slice of lemon

As you can see the possible variations of this cocktail are numerous and you will have to try several to choose your favorite. You could even create your own, who knows?
The Gimlet cocktail is not that famous compared to others that have appeared in books and blockbuster movies, but some consider it as a martini good enough to find its public.

This cocktail can be pleasant in hot climate. It is very simple to prepare and everyone added with the passage of time the ideal proportions to balance the flavors. Many people drink it ?on the rock?, it is not recommended to add water.

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Tanqueray

 

 

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Bombay Sapphire

Blue Hawaiian, the blue cocktail

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There is a delicious cocktail considered to be the blue version of the famous tropical piña colada: the Blue Hawaiian and its striking blue fascinate every person who has seen it. Its main ingredient is rum (white or aged), and its color is spectacular and different.
Hawaiian Blue is prepared in two different ways, liquefied and frappe

Blue Hawaiian

Ingredients:

  • 2 measure of pineapple juice
  • 1 measure of Ron
  • 1 measure of blue curacao
  • 1 measure of coconut cream
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Pineapple slice for garnish
  • Ice

Preparation of Blue Hawaiian Smoothie

Step 1:
Pour all ingredients in a blender with enough ice and blend until it gets creamy

Step 2:
Decorate with maraschino cherries and pineapple slice.

Preparation of Bue Hawaiian smoothie

Step 1:

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well.

Step 2:
Serve chilled in a tall glass with ice above and garnish with the slice of pineapple and maraschino cherries.

Some people put vodka instead of rum. It was invented in 1975 by Harry Yeee a bartender in Hawaii who wanted to create a cocktail with the characteristic blue Curacao liqueur.

Many relate this cocktail with the film of the same name released in 1961 by Elvis Presley. Simple to prepare and economic, this drink must be served during the warm season, as many tropical cocktails.

Today we recommend a couple of rums for you to make the best Blue Hawaiian:

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Bacardi Screw Cap 1L

 

 

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Captain Morgan Jamaica Rum 1L

How and what to drink with a vodka

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Vodka is one of the spirits of Russian origin (its name literally means ?little water “), similar in its production to other high strength spirit. But it is unique in two things: in its most classic versions, it has absolutely no flavor nor odor.

This feature makes it an excellent raw material for the preparation of drinks and cocktails of all kinds. It is ideal for an alcoholic fruit juices, carbonated drinks, tonic water, etc. It is as well a fundamental ingredient in cocktails as well known as the Bloody Mary, Caipiroska, Cosmopolitan, Screwdriver, Gimlet, White Russian or Vodka Martini, among many others.

Actually, in countries where its production has more history, i.e., Russia, Poland and Baltic countries, the vodka is traditionally consumed only in small chilled glasses, and as an accompaniment to meals, probably because of its large ability to fight the cold winters of these geographic areas where the most classic and typical drink to accompany food are spirits and tea, not like in the rest of Central and south Europe where we drink beer and wine.

Besides “white” classic vodka, we must also emphasize the dissemination in recent times in the world, but for quite some time and the Slavic countries, of flavored vodkas, especially with lemon, berries, spices and other ingredients which give this distillate, the most consumed globally, a new air and sometimes even “chic ” touché in a market, with high alcohol graduation, highly competitive and where each day brings more news varieties.

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Grey Goose Vodka 1L

 

 

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Smirnoff Red Label 1L

Whiskey sour: cocktails with whisky

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The Whisky Sour is a cocktail from Chile, and more specifically from the area of Iquique, which means “place of rest.” While Sour means sour, obviously, and is used to identify the beverage containing lemon. It is one of the most popular whiskey cocktails.

Elliot Stubb is the inventor of the Whisky Sour, and reportedly had a dream to start his own bar but worked on a boat, one day the ship arrived at the port of Iquique in Chile and Elliot, after admiring the place, decided that it would be the site for his dream, founded his bar and invented different cocktails, until one day he blended whiskey with lemon juice, then to soften the bitter taste he decided to add sugar to the mix, finally getting what we all know as Whisky sour.

The Whiskey Sour is usually served as an appetizer before meals and should be served in Old-fashioned cup or rocks glass, garnished with a lemon peel on the edge.

Whisky Sour

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 45 ml of Whisky
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • Lemon rind.

Step 1:

Mix in shaker ice, whiskey, lemon juice and sugar.

Step 2:

Then serve the cup with ice.

Step 3:

Garnish with a spiral of lemon before serving.

Instead of whiskey, some people use Bourbon for this cocktail, but most follow the original recipe.

We recommend you try these whiskies on Uvinum:

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The Famous Grouse 1L

 

 

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Jameson 1L

Brandy Alexander: Cocktails with brandy

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Cognac and brandy are often associated, wrongly, with large glasses in which to drink, slightly hot, older brandies very high alcohol content that delight the gourmets.

And yet, it seems that the brandy is an ideal beverage for the preparation of delicious cocktails. It is true that many brandies and cognacs are way too good to be mixed with another drink. As for great whiskies, it is almost a sin. But choosing an average brandy, it is possible to elaborate original cocktails that will appeal to everyone. The idea of the day: the Brandy Alexander.

Brandy Alexander

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of brandy
  • One ounce of cocoa cream
  • 2 ounces of cream
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder or chocolate powder

Preparation

Pour the brandy and the cocoa cream in a shaker. Add the cream, sugar and ice, and shake vigorously.

Serve in a glass and sprinkle with cocoa or chocolate powder.

This is a very digestive cocktail widely consumed after heavy meals.

To choose the ideal brandy for preparing a brandy Alexander, I recommend you to choose an average price one. A brandy that you can drink and enjoy alone, but not too great. It will accompany your cocktail with elegance.

Ready to prepare a Brandy Alexander? We recommend two brandies :

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Brandy Soberano 1L

 

 

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103 Etiqueta Blanca

What formats are the most common for bottles of spirits?

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Sometimes, the different forms of bottles of spirits make us doubt about their volume. Can you buy whisky or vodka of different sizes? What are the most common?

For wine lovers it is not uncommon to find bottles of different sizes. The most used are the Magnum (1.5 liter) and 3/8 (375 ml or 37.5 cl), but we cannot forget that there are many other formats including the latest arrival, the Midas size.

However, in the case of spirits, there are not many standard sizes. It depends more on the imagination of the distillery. Another important aspect in spirits is the alcohol content: the higher the alcohol content, the higher taxes are, leading many brands to reduce their volume to maintain their prices.

The most common sizes of bottles of spirits

  • 70cl (standard size): the most frequent, almost all distilleries use it as a reference dimension, which is equivalent to 75 cl for wine.

After this bottle that is the standard classification, of least to most, here are the other common bottle sizes:

  • 4-5 cl: the size of the collectors of mini bottles. They can be sold in plastic (in general), although some brands also make glass. Perfect for a tasting. Some distilleries use 4 cl. and others 5 cl.
  • 200ml: Presented in classic pocket format is widely used by conventional brands of whisky.
  • 50cl: The format of these bottles is usually that of a bottle (glass or plastic), and is very common for American spirits like bourbon. It is also used as a standard for the size of some brands of premium gin.
  • 75cl: It is not common in Europe. It is mostly seen in duty free sales, in the United States.
  • 1 liter is normally used for the distribution, sale is widespread.
  • 1.5 liter: full size Magnum. It is widely used.
  • 1.8 liter: In Premium is of a size that is more fashionable, and is called Magnum (although the classic Magnum is the 1.5 – liter)
  • 3 liters: Used for special editions.
  • 4.5 liters: you can find a gift format, especially for whisky because it is a very popular in countries like the UK.

Did you know that all these sizes exist? What is your favorite? Today, we present different sizes of a great whisky, the Chivas: 

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Mini Whisky Chivas Regal 12 Years 4cl

 

 

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Chivas Revolve 17 Years 50cl

 

 

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Chivas Regal 12 Years 1L

 

 

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Chivas Regal 4.5L

 

 

 

 

Drinks for a summer dinner

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During summer, we go out more, go to the beach, we move more and lunches and dinners are usually outside. All these celebrations are accompanied by soft drinks, very popular in summer.

Among them, especially for a good summer dinner, white wine is the king. It goes well with almost everything, especially salads, paella, rice, fish and seafood, which are generally the preferred dishes these months. Fresh white wine brings sweetness to any dish, and many young flavors of grapes, flowers and fruits. Rosé wine can also accompany these dinners.

The beers are special. They are made with great care by professionals and beer lovers, and are currently very popular. One summer evening is the perfect time to try some of these lagers, especially if they are served very fresh. We also have premium beers and special editions that can be purchased in Uvinum.

If we are a group and we want the meal to turn into party, we will choose some cocktails. The caipirinha is the queen of summer. The cocktail with rum, lime, sugar and lots of ice can be prepared at home. But if we are tired of staying in the kitchen, we can always choose to buy creams and liqueurs of capirinha already prepared … They are really good and your guests will love it!

The sangria is also the queen of this season. In general, many people like it, so that your success is assured. Its advantage lies in its freshness. The mixture of red wine and fruit makes it easy and simple to prepare. Surprise your guests with another variant of sangria such as cava sangria.

Want to surprise your friends with a big party? We recommend you the refresh:

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Real Sangría 1.5L

 

 

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Taras Boulba

 

After Shock, liquor for strong palates

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For those who want new, strong, explosive flavors and always in small doses, there are some spirits with strong personalities. Today we present the After Shock, which for those who have not heard about it, it is a strong alcoholic drink that something have a different flavors (hence the name). Of course, it tastes cinnamon and pepper, which causes still more bitter taste.

It became commercially by 1987 in Britain and spread among British students looking for something strong and very fashionable. It should be noted that the color of the liquor is usually blue or red, and the bottle design is also really striking.

Therefore it is popularized to become a really cool drink. In appearance, both inside and in the outside of the bottle can resemble the Blue Tropic, but the taste really has nothing to do.

It has an alcohol content of about 40% no less! Often drunk in a shot glass. In Germany and England it is much more popular and in Spain it costs more to find a bottle, but it’s always possible to buy After Shock on beverage stores online. It is a good gift when invited to a dinner. Everyone will try some glasses after a heavy menu, because we’ll need it.

As we have noted, it has different flavors. We found the After Shock Blue, Blue color; it tastes like strong mint with pepper and cinnamon. And the Red one has a very similar flavor. This liquor can be mixed with other beverages and is used to make cocktails, just put a few drops of liquor mixed with fruit juice, some vodka, Malibu, whiskey or lime … to counter the powerful taste of After Shock. You know, if you like excitement, the After Shock is for you, always in moderation.

Did you know the After Shock? Then I’m sure you’re a fan, so today I offer the best price:

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After Shock Electric

 

 

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After Shock Red

The best summer Gin and Tonic

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The Gin and Tonic has greatly evolved since the time tonic was introduced to the market as a cure for malaria. This drink with gin was invented by the British army to celebrate their victories. Today there are countless recipes and this cocktail managed to change and become more complex and sophisticated with the passing of the years.

The Gin and Tonic in all its variations is an ideal drink to enjoy and relax this summer. We can find suitable options for all tastes, from simple and classic to fruity, floral and fresh. This drink is still consumed in every corner of the world; its fame does not seem to decrease. A good Gin and Tonic requires a gin of excellent quality. The presentation is also a factor that should not be overlooked when it comes to delight our guests.

A Gin and Tonic that one must make this summer is the June & Tonic. Ready to learn how to make it?

  • 50ml of gin
  • 200ml of tonic water
  • 2 physalis

Its flavor and floral aroma will be the perfect mix of freshness and sophistication.

You can also try the Gin & Tonic of G’Vine:

  • 50 ml of G’Vine Nouaison or floral gin
  • 200 ml of tonic water
  • a thin sheet of ginger root
  • sanguine orange slice

For those who enjoy the refreshing citrus flavors, it’s time to have a Kamm & Sons:

  •  200 ml of tonic water 1724
  • 50 ml of Kamm & Sons (with ginseng)
  • 1 dash of elderflower cordial

This drink will be ideal to stimulate appetite and blood clearance thanks to the benefits of ginseng, and at the same time it will be an excuse for sharing something cool and refreshing with friends.

In these recipes you will find the key to enjoy the Gin and Tonic with premium ingredients this summer and It will also inspire you to make your own drinks and surprise everyone.

Want to try the best Gin and Tonics this summer? Then we recommend:

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Gin Gordon’s 1L

 

 

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Gin Xoriguer 1L

Caipiroska, refreshing cocktail with vodka

 TAGS:In our series on cocktails, today we are going to discover the caipiroska, perhaps one of the least known, but just as tasty as the other ones, that is perfect for the hot summer we?re living.

In fact, it is less known because it is a variation of the better-known caipirinha. The only difference is that the main ingredient changes from cachaça to vodka. The caipiroska is made of lime juice, sugar and vodka. This last ingredient counters the acid and sweet taste of the lime.

It has been invented during the 80?s, when the caipirnha reached its maximum popularity in Brazil among the population, and the vodka maker, seeing that it was an interesting market, decided to change the basic ingredient of the famous caipirinha. This new drink also spread rapidly in the country but was consumed by a higher social class.

So the caipiroska is a glamorous cocktail, for those who like vodka but with a touch of acidity that gives this twist to the classic vodka combined with stronger and bitter taste.

Its elaboration is very simple, so that you can surprise your guests this summer and give them this vodka before or after dinner.

To make the cocktail, you have to first cut the lime or lemon to very small pieces, like when we have to make caipirinha. Throw it in a shaker and crush the lime in it to get the juice. Then add the sugar and ice (with small cubes). Then the vodka, and turn it on for a few seconds. Serve with a straw in a glass.

The caipiroska supports some variation, such as adding passion fruit or strawberry puree, adding a unique sweet flavor, and something exotic, which is going very well at any time of day, especially in hot weather.

Need a vodka for your caipiroska? Here are our favorites:

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Grey Goose Vodka 1L

 

 

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Smirnoff Red Label Screw Cap 1L